Our experience begins with an expertly guided walking tour of Krakow’s historic Old Town, among the very first places in the world to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You visit the interactive Schindler Museum housed in the former enamel factory of Oskar Schindler, and the revered Pharmacy Under the Eagle where the only non-Jewish business in the Krakow ghetto was allowed to operate during Nazi occupation.
You may choose to visit the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum as we spend our last night in the city.
Lublin & Warsaw, Poland
A scenic morning drive takes us to Lublin, where we will tour this city, which was the World War II center of Nazi government for the occupied Polish territory. We continue to Warsaw for an evening highlighted by a delightful dinner of regional specialties. In Warsaw, we uncover synagogues and memorials exemplifying the legacy of Polish Jews.
A morning flight takes us to the beautiful city of Budapest where we will begin our stay with a scenic evening cruise on the Danube River. Our morning begins on the city’s Pest side, visiting the Parliament Building, Liberty Square, and the moving ‘Shoes on the Danube’ Memorial. Afternoon takes us to the Buda side of the city. The poignant meaning of our visit is punctuated by the haunting ‘Weeping Willow’ Memorial, a sculpted tree with leaves that contain Holocaust victims' names.
Bratislava, Slovakia & Vienna, Austria
A morning drive from Budapest takes us through Bratislava, where we will tour the Old Town by streetcar.
We begin our visit to enchanting Vienna with a tour that includes Schonbrunn Palace, a Baroque masterpiece. After lunch at historic Cafe Central, we will walk off the decadent pastries in the city’s historic Jewish neighborhoods.
On Sunday morning, we have the option to visit a service at Hofburg Chapel and hear the Vienna Boys’ Choir. After enjoying best-in-house seats to see a performance of the renowned Lipizzaner stallions, we treat ourselves to an indulgent brunch at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Prague, Czech Republic
A morning drive takes us to Prague via Brno, where we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Villa Tugendhat, designed for the Tugenhadt family by architect Mies van Rohe in 1928 and seized by the Gestapo in 1939.
We tour Prague by night in a private tram and discover the city’s Jewish heritage with a morning walking tour of Old Town and the Jewish Quarter.
Our drive from Prague to Berlin takes us first to the Hagibor Social Care Facility, a historic center of Prague's Jewish community now operating as a senior center for Holocaust survivors. As we enter the heart of Berlin, we will enjoy a comfortable walking tour to see the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. Our first afternoon and evening here will find us leisurely exploring on our own.
A full day visit to Potsdam takes us to the School of Jewish Theology where we will have an expert guide and speaker help us understand the ‘New Jewish Prominence’ in Germany today. We conclude our visit here with a day exploring Berlin’s Jewish heritage – topped by a gala Farewell Dinner and cabaret show as we celebrate this Journey of past and future.
Berlin & Home
You will travel from your hotel to the airport by individual private car for your flight home or to your next destination.
Hotel Stary, Kraków
This lavish and luxurious hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Kraków, and features grand design and fashionable interiors. Guests rooms are spacious yet cozy and elegantly decorated to compliment the ambience of the original building. While a historical hotel, the residence maintains an air of effortless style; unique furnishings, exotic wood, marble, Oriental carpets and sumptuous silk blend seamlessly.
Mamaison Hotel Le Regina, Warsaw
An elegant and sophisticated hotel, the Mamaison Hotel Le Regina is a situated in a historic building in Warsaw's Old Town. Centered around a lush courtyard garden, it was faithfully restored to the style of an 18th-century palace outfitted with all the modern amenities. The Italian-made furniture with its satin covers and dark brown leather details adds a note of aesthetic refinement, creating a true luxury experience.
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is centrally located at the end of the renowned Chain Bridge, with panoramic vistas of the Danube and the hills of Buda. A unique art nouveau landmark, the recently transformed hotel gracefully combines vintage architecture and design with modern services and amenities. Of the Hotel’s one hundred seventy-nine generously proportioned guest rooms, many offer views of intimate interior courtyards, the Old City or the sparkling Danube. A 2015 Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotel
Hotel Imperial Vienna, Vienna
The sumptuous surroundings of the Hotel Imperial Vienna were originally created in 1863 as the Vienna residence of the prince of Württemberg. It was then transformed into the Hotel Imperial in 1873. The Hotel Imperial Vienna takes pride in pampering and delighting discerning travelers who are accustomed to staying at the best addresses. Precious antiques and historical details in the one hundred thirty-eight guest rooms and suites liaise harmoniously with modern comfort - only a few examples of the luxurious hospitality one will experience at the Hotel Imperial Vienna. A 2015 Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotel
Pachtuv Palace, Prague
With fifty richly decorated rooms and suites the luxury Pachtuv Palace is the closest hotel to Charles Bridge in the center of Prague. It offers excellent personal service and historic accommodation in the heart of the city. The former residence of Earl Karel Pachta, and once Mozart’s home in the city, the magnificent Pachtuv Palace boasts stunning features including frescoes, vaulted chapel ceilings, sculptures, and fireplaces. If you are looking for a romantic, charming stay in an original palace, this gorgeous boutique hotel is the ideal destination.
Hotel de Rome, Berlin
Built between 1887 and 1889, the building served as the Dresdner Bank’s headquarters until 1945. Designed by architect Ludwig Heim in the Renaissance style, the original building only had three floors. Three additional floors and a roof terrace were added in 1923. Formerly a cashier’s hall, the ballroom’s mosaic floor contains the names of the bank’s four main offices — Dresden, Bremen, London and Berlin. It was briefly used as a cinema during the Communist era. Spa de Rome is located in the old bank vault. Original features include a 15cm thick steel door leading to a treatment room. The gold leaf mosaics on the walls reflect where the bank once held its gold deposits.