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THE OLD MONARCHY
AN INSIGHTFUL JOURNEY AROUND
THE CZECH REPUBLIC

June 17-26, 2024
Led by Jacob Shoshan

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             Travel back in time and discover the glorious past of a unique Jewish presence in the very heart

             of Europe:  Architecture, Judaica, highly involved Jewish community – and its tragic fate during

             the dark years of the Holocaust.

 

Mon, June 17:   Arrival to Prague Airport

                           Transfer to Brno

                           Orientation walking tour of the Old Town

                           Vegetarian dinner                                                                                                        BRNO                           

 Tue, June 18:     Synagogue and Jewish Museum in Brno

                           The Jewish Museum in Brno is housed in two historic synagogues and is dedicated to the                                        history and culture of the Jewish community in the city.  The museum has an extensive 

                            collection of Jewish artifacts and documents.

                            Visit the Villa Tugendhat, a famous modernist building in Brno that was designed by the

                            German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The villa was built for the Tugendhat family,

                            who were Jewish industrialists, in 1929-1930.                                                          BRNO

                                                                                                                                                    

Wed, June 19:    Check-out from the hotel

                            Drive to Mikulov, a town located about an hour from Brno that has a well-preserved

                            Jewish cemetery, one of the oldest and most important ones in Moravia.  The cemetery

                            dates back to the 16th century and is the final  resting place of many prominent members

                            of the Jewish community in the region.

                            Drive to Třebíč, a town located about halfway between Prague and Brno.

                             It has a well-preserved Jewish quarter, which includes a synagogue.

                             Drive to Český Krumlov.                                                                                ČESKÝ KUMLOV

 

Thu, June 20:     Walking tour of Český Krumlov. Český Krumlov is a small and picturesque town located

                             in the South Bohemian region with beautiful castle, vibrant cultural scene, and stunning 

                             natural scenery. Český Krumlov was founded in the 13th century and has a rich history

                             that reflects its strategic location along the Vltava River. It was an important center of

                             trade and culture during the Middle Ages and has been home to many notable figures

                             over the centuries.

                             In 1992, Český Krumlov was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its

                             well-preserved medieval architecture and cultural heritage.

                             Visit the synagogue is located on the street Široká ulice and was built in 1909 for the local

                             Jewish community. It was designed by architect Max Fleischer and is built in the Moorish

                             Revival style. After the war, the synagogue was used as a warehouse and later as a

                             gymnasium. It was restored in the 1990s and today serves as a cultural center and

                             exhibition space.

                             Drive to Prague.                                                                                                           PRAGUE                                             

 Fri, June 21:        Visit the Jewish Quarter of Prague also known as Josefov. It is home to several

                              synagogues, including the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in Europe,

                              the Maisel Synagogue, High Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue and

                              the  Spanish Synagogue. Also visit the unique old Jewish cemetery.

                              Shabbat services followed by a kosher dinner.                                                       PRAGUE               

 Sat, June 22:      Morning services at the synagogue

                              Kosher Shabbat lunch

                              Walking tour of Prague Old Town which is a must-visit destination for anyone

                              traveling to Prague. Its rich history, stunning architecture, and lively atmosphere make

                              it one of  the most popular tourist destinations in the city.                                    PRAGUE

Sun, June 23:       Drive to Terezin, also known as Theresienstadt, was a concentration camp during

                              World War II where many Jewish prisoners were held. Today, the site is a memorial and

                              museum dedicated to the memory of the victims.

                              Continue to Rakovník to visit the Synagogue in Rakovník is an Ashkenazi synagogue

                              built in 1763-64. The synagogue was rebuilt in 1792, 1865 and throughout the 20th

                              century. In use until WWII, this Baroque brick building now serves as a cultural centre.

                              Drive back to Prague.                                                                                                 PRAGUE                                                                

 Mon,June 24:       Ride by Historic Tram to Prague Castle which is considered one of the largest

                               ancient  castles in the world. It was founded in the 9th century and has been home to

                               kings, emperors, and presidents over the centuries. Prague Castle is a complex of buildings 

                               that includes palaces, churches, gardens, and courtyards.

                               Some of the most notable buildings include St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace,

                               and the Golden Lane.

                               Tour the Lesser Town and the Charles Bridge are important landmarks in Prague that

                               offer a glimpse into the city's rich history and culture. Their beautiful architecture,  

                               stunning views, and fascinating legends make them must-see destinations for anyone

                               visiting the city.                                                                                                            PRAGUE                                                                              

 Tue, June 25:       Drive to Kolin to visit the synagogue is located on Masarykova Street in the town center

                               and was built in 1903-1904 in the Moorish Revival style. The synagogue was then used

                               as a warehouse and later as a textile factory. After the fall of communism, the synagogue

                               was restored and today serves as a cultural center and museum.

                               Drive back to Prague

                               Boat trip followed by a kosher dinner.                                                                      PRAGUE                 

 

Wed,June 26:        Transfer to the airport for departure flight

                                                      PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Price for land arrangements only:  Euro 3495 per person in a double room

          ***EARLY REGISTRATION UNTIL AUG 15TH: Euro 3445 per person in a double room***  

                                                                                                  

Single supplement (Double room for Single Occupancy): Euro 675

              Price is based on minimum participants

 

Price for airfare Tel Aviv-Prague-Tel Aviv including airport taxes: USD 530 (USD 475 + 55)         

(Based on airfares and airport taxes in effect at time of publication and subject to change)

 

People joining us from abroad should meet us in the Prague International Airport or in the hotel in Brno

 

Deposit:  Euro 900 with registration, of which Euro 450 is non-refundable.

Remainder of payment is to be paid by April 15, 2024.   Please register promptly as our trips fill quickly.                                                         

           

Cancellation fees:                                                                              

                       March 1-April 30, 2024...… ..…......…...........25%                        

                       May 1-31, 2024…….……...………….……..….50%

                       June 1, 2024 -Departure.……................….. 100%                

                                                                                                          

Trip includes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  •   Led by the tour guide and lecturer, Jacob Shoshan

  •   Local English speaking tour guide                          

  •   9 nights accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels with meals according to the itinerary

  •   Local transport by bus        

  •   Entrance fees according to itinerary      

                

Not included in the price:                                      

  • Obligatory health and cancellation  travel insurance                     

  • Tips Euro 95

  • Visa fees  (if needed)                                     

                                                                           

Program subject to change:  All rights are reserved by Jewish Historical Seminars to make

staff substitutions if necessary and/or make changes to the program and conditions as

required by force majeure, including cancellation of the trip at any time due to drastic

changes in the situation. Participants are reminded that weather conditions cannot be

predicted and cancellations or changes to visits may be unavoidable.

 

Further information:  Contact Debbie:Tel: 972.2.534.5191, Cell: +972.54.2212503  Fax: 972.2.5700005

                                     Email: JHSeminars@gmail.com.   www.JewishHistoricalSeminars.com

                                     The trip is run in conjunction with Ayala Travel and Tours, Jerusalem

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