Jewish Heritage Tours and Cruises in Central Europe

jewish heritage and cultural tours in central europe

Nature Expeditions International has recently expanded the number of land based excursions and cruises that focus on Jewish heritage, history and culture. As a region, Central Europe is, of course, particularly well-suited for this theme.

In terms of cruising, we are working with our luxury cruise partner AmaWaterways to bring Jewish heritage excursions to our clients.  Three “Jewish Heritage Cruises” highlight centers of centuries old traditions, modern-day museums and monuments dedicated to conserving the rich Jewish legacy of the region. Complimentary Jewish Heritage tours will include visits to synagogues, Jewish districts and landmarks. A guide will lead the tours, which are open to all. Jewish Heritage tours are offered in addition to regularly scheduled shore excursions.  In Central Europe, “Jewish Heritage” tours include entrance to the second-largest synagogue in the world, the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, along with the Jewish Museum, Temple of Heroes and cemetery at the Synagogue complex. In Bratislava, the tour includes a visit to the tomb of Rabbi Chatam Sofer. In Vienna, the tours include a visit to the Jewish Museum, Judenplatz and Old Synagogue; Sigmund Freud House (outside), Jewish Cemetery and Jewish Quarter. The house of Oscar Schindler is a highlight of the tour in Regensburg. Passengers may also visit Court Room 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, scene of the 1945-49 Nuremberg Trials.

Jewish heritage tours and cruises in central Europe

Jewish Heritage Cruises with AMAWaterways

On the  Blue Danube Discovery Jewish Heritage Cruise, discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you explore some of Europe’s most famous destinations. From Budapest, a haven for musicians, writers and artists, cruise to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and baroque abbeys. Explore the charming Wachau Valley and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide, made possible through the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal. Take an optional excursion to Salzburg and celebrate the heritage of Mozart, one of the world’s greatest composers. 14 days, 7 of which are on the AMAWaterways AMACerto. Contact us to request a quote.  Early booking bonus: 5% early booking discount if booked by July 15, 2013  plus $100 shipboard credit. Departure on November 15, 2014. If you wish to sail on the October 25, 2013 itinerary, we are able to offer you a $100 shipboard credit – sorry, early booking discount not available on the October

On the Legendary Danube Jewish Heritage Cruise, your voyage starts with a visit to historic Prague, “the city of a hundred spires.” Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river, cruising from Nuremberg through the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide. Continue to centuries-old towns and marvel at the beautiful river-side vistas unfolding around you. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand capitals, magnificent Vienna and historic Budapest. 12 days, with the cruise portion aboard the AMAWaterways AMALyra. Contact us to request a quote.

Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. On the Romantic Danube Jewish Heritage Cruise, travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague followed by 7 nights cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, visit Europe’s largest pipe organ, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest. 12 nights with the cruise portion aboard the custom-designed AMAWaterways AMADolceContact us to request a quote. Booking by July 15, 2013 and receive a 5% early booking plus $100 shipboard credit. Available on the April 1, 2014 departure only.

Jewish Heritage Land-based Tours

Even though a small country, Hungary has a tremendous wealth of Jewish heritage sites. Land-based Jewish heritage tours include visiting many of Budapest’s synagogues, including the Neolog Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the second largest synagogue in the world. In 1944 the garden of the Dohány Street Synagogue was used as a cemetery where thousands of victims were laid to rest, called the Martyr’s Cemetery. Also visit the Hungarian Jewish Museum, which was built in 1932, in the same style as the Great Synagogue, to harmonise with its environment. It has a rich collection of artwork and ritual objects, all of which were hidden in the basement of the National Museum during the war. You will also see the Holocaust Memorial, the Kozma Street Cemetery, the Carl Lutz Memorial and the Danube-side Holocaust Monument during your stay in Budapest.
Prague is another city where travelers with an interest in Jewish heritage and culture may wish to visit.  We suggest a walking tour of the city, hosted by an English-speaking local guide. A typical tour begins in Old Town, with its cobbled streets, and the Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka. Visit the Jewish Museum which houses the largest collection of Judaica in Europe, the Old New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery. You may also enjoy a walk across the 14th century Charles Bridge.
Just outside of Prague is the town of Terezin. Terezin is where the former Nazi Theresienstadt Concentration Camp is located. Here you will see the camp, a prison for 150,000 Jews during World War II, as the Nazi’s left it in 1944. See the Lesser Fortress with its tiny cells that served as the prison of the Prague Gestapo, and the Ghetto Museum whose exhibitions detail the town’s tragic story.

 Did you know:  NEI can easily incorporate Jewish heritage tours on our land tours to  Argentina (Buenos Aires) South Africa (Cape Town),  China (Shanghai), India (Mumbai and Kochi) and Brazil?

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