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Baltic Jewish Heritage Tour

9 days
8 nights

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Rates:

Per Person in USD:
$ 1,560.00 (double occupancy 4*)
$ 1,860.00 (single occupancy 4*)
$ 2,100.00 (double occupancy 5*)
$ 2,760.00 (single occupancy 5*)
$ 170.00 (Druskininkai supplement)

Dates:

May 05, 2017 - May 13, 2017 
Jun 02, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 
Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017 
Aug 25, 2017 - Sep 02, 2017 

Hotels:

Vilnius - "Amberton" 4*
Riga - "Europa Royale" 4*
Tallinn - "Vana Viru" 4*

 

Included:

Accommodation in centrally located 4* hotels
Daily breakfast, welcome dinner
Transport service as per itinerary
Arrival/ departure transfers
Sightseeing tours with car and English speaking guide as per itinerary
Friday nights dinner
Admission fees: Gaon Jewish State Museum, Vilnius university, Trakai castle, Ninth Fort Museum, Kaunas synagogue, Sugihara house, Rundale Palace, Jews of Latvia museum, Riga’s synagogue, Turaida castle, Estonian Jewish center and synagogue
Info package

Optional Services:

Before the tour starts we suggest an optional trip to:

Vilnius – Valkininkai – Degsnes – Druskininkai – Vilnius

Morning departure to Lithuania's favorite SPA resort Druskininkai with a stop at Valkininkai and Degsnes towns where we learn about the life and traditions of the Lithuanian Jews.  In the 18th century, Valkininkai had one of the outstanding synagogues in Lithuania, the so-called Lita Synagogue. Lithuanian Vaad has convened in Valkininkai. Degsnes  - is a former Jewish farmer’s village.  Alongside with farming the land, the Jewish residents of Degsnes were providing care for people with mental disabilities. Later this occupation became the primary source of income for most of the village inhabitants. Continue to Lithuanian resort – Druskininkai, a birthplace of a world famous sculptor Jacque Lipchitz whose father opened one of the first resort hotels in Druskininkai. Free afternoon to relax in SPA or Druskininkai Aquapark (reservations required). Return to Vilnius in the evening.

Itinerary:

Our Jewish Heritage Baltic tour is all about the beuty of the Baltic States and the life of the Jewish people.

 

Day 1  : Vilnius

Today we begin the exciting exploration tour of the Baltic States with their rich Jewish Heritage. Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Vilnius (D)

Day 2  : Vilnius

In the morning you can visit synagogue service or walk around the beautiful street of Vilnius Old Town. Later today we will take you on an Old Town tour. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was a well-known Jewish center in Europe. Jews started to settle in Vilnius in the 14th century, and by the 18th century, it became the world center of Talmudic teachings and learning, rightfully gaining the name of the Jerusalem of the North. During our tour, we will visit Gaon Jewish State Museum and learn about Jewish traditions, life, and art in Lithuania and Shoah. We will also visit Vilnius University and learn about Yiddish Institute.We will drive by Vilnius Choral Synagogue, Gediminas Castle Tower and Cathedral Square, Gothic corner and Medieval Jewish quarter with its narrow streets and small cozy courtyards, Gaon and Jewish streets, the site of now destroyed Great Vilna Synagogue, a place were Gaon of Vilna lived. Nearby is a Jewish Ghetto with a gruesome history, where 40,000 Jews were encamped in 1941-1943, Judenrat building on the Rudninku street. Overnight in Vilnius. (B)

Day 3  : Vilnius - Ponar - Trakai - Vilnius

In the morning we travel to Trakai - the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. On our way, we will stop at Ponar Forest Memorial to pay our respect to the thousands of Jews, shot here in the early days of the war – but (as proved by your visit) never forgotten. You will learn about a recently discovered location of the escape tunnel. We continue to Trakai, famous for the insular medieval castle in the middle of Galve Lake and Karaites ethnic minority heritage and learn how it is related to Judaism. Upon return to Vilnius, we will visit Gaon’s grave in the Vilna cemetery (many come here to ask for a blessing). Overnight in Vilnius (B)

Day 4  : Vilnius - Ziezmariai - Kaunas

After breakfast, we leave for Kaunas. En route we will stop in Ziezmariai to look at the old wooden synagogue. Afterward, continue to the Ninth Fort Museum where thousands of Jewish people were killed here during the World War II. Arrival to Kaunas - second-largest Lithuanian city. Kaunas used to be the capital of Lithuanian between two world wars. During the sightseeing tour of Kaunas Old Town, you will see the Town Hall Square, Cathedral and Perkunas House. The Jewish Heritage landmarks include the former Kaunas Jewish ghetto and Kaunas Choral Synagogue and Children's Memorial. Learn about the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who saved around 6000 Jewish people during Holocaust and the story of a Jewish girl from Kaunas, Leah’s Goldberg. Overnight in Kaunas (B).

Day 5  : Kaunas - Kedainiai - Rundale - Riga

After breakfast, we continue our Jewish Heritage tour to Riga, the capital of Latvia. En route we will stop in Kedainiai,  a hometown of Radzivil family, a noble family from the middle ages. Kedainiai is also known for the fact that the Vilna Gaon lived and worked there and where remains of three synagogues can still be found. Our next stop is Rundale where we visit Rundale Palace, a perfect example of Baroque architecture, created by the French architect B. Rastrelli. Afternoon arrival in Riga. Overnight in Riga (B)

Day 6  : Riga

Today we explore the  Old Town of Riga, strolling through the cobble-stone streets, visiting "Art Nouveau" district, where many prominent Jewish Latvians once lived, among them the famous philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin. Riga is known for its impressive Art Nouveau architecture and uniquely preserved entire streets with buildings from early 20th Century. In the Museum “Jews in Latvia” you will hear about the life of Latvian Jews. We will then pass by the site of Jewish Ghetto and visit the only remaining Synagogue in Riga. Overnight in Riga (B)

Day 7  : Riga - Turaida - Parnu - Tallinn

Our Jewish Heritage Tour continues to Tallinn by way of Gauja National Park with a stop at the medieval Turaida Castle. Another stop is at the Estonia's favorite resort Parnu. We will arrive in Tallinn late in the afternoon. Overnight in Tallinn (B)

Day 8  : Tallinn

This morning, enjoy a tour of Tallinn Od Town, which is a designated UNESCO's World Heritage site. We will then drive to the top of the hill in the Old Town to enjoy the breathtaking views of the colorful roofs and houses below. Walk the well-preserved medieval streets and explore Tallinn's thousands-year-old history.  Among other landmarks, you will see the Town Hall Square and Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and spend some time in Tallinn Jewish Center where will have coffee, tea, and cake and learn about the life of Jewish community in Estonia. Synagogue visit. Free afternoon to enjoy cafes, bars and get beautiful souvenirs. Overnight in Tallinn (B) 

Day 9  : Tallinn

End of the tour. Private transfer to the airport.(B)

Notes:

Group size: min-2 pax, max-25 pax