THE OLD MONARCHY
AN INSIGHTFUL JOURNEY AROUND
THE CZECH REPUBLIC
June 17-26, 2024
Led by Jacob Shoshan
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
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.
March 1-April 30, 2024...… ..…......…...........25%
May 1-31, 2024…….……...………….……..….50%
June 1, 2024 -Departure.……................….. 100%
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
The trip is run in conjunction with Ayala Travel and Tours, Jerusalem