Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Archaeological Tours

NEW FOR 2020

Prague, Vienna & Budapest: Jewish Heritage in the Heart of Europe

One of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, Judaism’s story is one of great tragedy and greater unity, and we delve deeper into it on this brand new multi-center tour. 

Traveling between Prague, Vienna and Budapest, we pay visits to fascinating museums, explore synagogues, and discover neighborhoods that boast strong Jewish heritages. In Prague, we visit the small fortress at Terezín, which existed as a way to keep
the Prussians out of harm’s way before it became a Nazi work camp. In Vienna, take part in a memorable Shabbat service. In Budapest, discover more about the life of Hungarian Jewish sculptor, Margit Kovács, at her Ceramics Museum.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  A/C coach
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Three lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  Flights (excluding airfare from the US)

Led by...

Professor Ori Soltes

Professor Ori Soltes

Professor Ori Soltes is Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and has also taught in the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins and Cleveland State Universities.

Full Price
$7,995

Today's Price
$7,745

Saving
$250

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $970

Tour highlights:

  • Explore Prague, Vienna and Budapest on this illuminating multi-center tour
  • Visit the Upper Belvedere Palace, which is home to a selection of artworks by the celebrated artist, Gustav Klimt
  • Experience a morning Shabbat service at the Vienna City Temple
  • Gaze out across the Danube and the UNESCO-listed Buda Castle from the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest
  • Spend time at a range of synagogues with enchanting interiors and rich histories in each of the three cities we visit

Tour details

Dates May 11 2020 - May 22 2020
Duration 12 days
Cost
Full Price
$7,995
Today's Price
$7,745
Saving
$250
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $970 Balance due by February 17 2020
Activity Level
Tour code A20JEH

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May 11 2020: Itinerary

Today, we arrive in Prague and transfer to our hotel. Here, we meet our expert scholar and enjoy a fascinating introductory lecture before moving on to a local restaurant for our evening meal.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Majestic Plaza, Prague

This morning we tour the area’s main sights, including Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, City Hall, and the Charles Bridge. We also explore the Jewish Quarter, with our visits taking us to Altneushul, Pinkas Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, and the Spanish Synagogue.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel Majestic Plaza, Prague

After breakfast, we drive out to Terezin where we visit the former military fortress. In the afternoon, we make our return back to Prague and can enjoy the rest of our day at leisure.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Majestic Plaza, Prague

A coach will take us to Vienna after breakfast. This is Austria’s vibrant capital and is often considered to be the epicenter of classical music. On our way there, we will make a stop at the Jewish town of Trebic, where we pay a visit to the Brno Synagogue.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Intercontinental Vienna

Our morning starts at the house of Sigmund Freud – the founding father of psychoanalysis – in the Alsergrund District. This is now a museum with exhibits on display that help visitors to explore his much-studied theories of psychoanalysis. We also wander around the city’s renowned Ringstrasse – where many of Vienna’s monumental buildings are located today. Construction of these buildings took place between the 1860s and 1890s, and they include the Vienna State Opera and Museum of Fine Arts, among others. After, we discover the Upper Belvedere Palace with its collection of artworks by Gustav Klimt and we visit the extensive Jewish Museum.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel Intercontinental Vienna

At 9am this morning, we take part in a Shabbat service at the Vienna City Temple. The remainder of our day will be spent sightseeing in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Intercontinental Vienna

We start our day with a visit to the Jewish Community Center and the Judenplatz. The latter is a town square in the Innere Stadt, which was the Middle Ages’ center of Jewish life and home to the Viennese Jewish community. Here, we will find the Museum Judenplatz, which houses an exhibit on medieval jewelry, the excavations of a medieval synagogue, and Rachel Whiteread’s Shoah Memorial.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel Intercontinental Vienna

A half-day trip to Szentendre awaits this morning. This is a charming Hungarian riverside town near to Budapest with a rich artistic heritage, home to the National Wine Museum and boasting great views from the church of Saint János. During our time here, we also visit the Ceramic Museum of the Jewish sculptor, Margit Kovács (1902–1977). Opened in the 1970s, this museum showcases the works – with over 300 pieces on display – of this celebrated artist. Our afternoon will be spent at leisure in Budapest. There are a myriad of sites to visit here, including St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge, the Romanesque Matthias Church, and the neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel Corinthia, Budapest

We begin our day with an engaging lecture at our hotel, and then it’s off to the Fisherman’s Bastion, which is perhaps one of Budapest’s main attractions. Constructed in the 19th century, it was built to provide stunning views and includes lookout towers that offer panoramic vistas over the Danube and Buda Castle. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 895. We also visit the famed Buda Castle and Castle Hill, a UNESCO-listed limestone plateau that extends for 0.6 of a mile and towers 560 feet above the Danube. Our final visit of the day will be to the Hungarian National Museum, founded in 1802. Here, we find Roman, archaeozoological, Paleolithic, and Hungarian Conquest Period collections, with impressive artifacts that span thousands of years.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Corinthia, Budapest

Our exploration of Budapest continues this morning at the Jewish Quarter, Dohány Street Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and the Holocaust Memorial Center. The Dohány Street Synagogue, also known as the Great Synagogue, is the largest in Europe, seating around 3,000 people. Free time will follow in the afternoon and with plenty still to discover, it will be easy to find ways to fill these hours.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Corinthia, Budapest

Today we pay a visit to Visegrád, a small castle located north of Budapest. This stronghold benefits from an elevated location and offers amazing views of the Danube Bend.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Corinthia, Budapest

We transfer to the airport today for our individual flights home or onward travel.

All meals included

May 11 2020: Additional Info

May 11 2020: Accommodation

Hotel Majestic Plaza Prague is made up of two interconnected historical buildings, its rooms are decorated in Biedermeier and Art Deco style. The hotel has magnificent views and over 180 rooms in total.

Dating back to 1880 the hotel accommodates a total of 50 rooms in the Biedermeier style. This building used to be a Pavlati house with apartments, and here was born the world-famous author of the book The Brave Soldier Svejk, Jaroslav Hašek.

The other building with its main entrance from the street Štěpánská ulice was the first administrative building in Prague from the beginning of the 20th century before the renovation. A total of 132 rooms have been decorated in ART DECO style.

The hotel offers free WiFi and has a restaurant and a bar.

The Intercontinental Vienna is set in the city center, right on Vienna's Stadtpark and is the perfect base from which to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Numerous sights of Vienna's city center such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, the State Opera or the Ringstraße as well as exclusive shopping addresses are within walking distance of the hotel. Our concierge is on hand to help you get to know Vienna, apart from the well-known tourist attractions.

The Intercontinental Vienna offers with its sophisticated service and excellent gastronomy, hosting a restaurant, cafe and a bar. The hotel has over 450 rooms.

First opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, Corinthia Hotel Budapest remains among the grandest in the city. The hotel has been meticulously renovated, its rich history blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art features, such as an original 19th century spaelegant eateries, two bars and the city's largest hotel conference facilities

The hotel has complimentary WiFi.

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