Tour Itinerary:

Led by the engaging and enlightening Professor Natan Meir, we will travel to Nuremberg to set sail aboard a luxurious Viking Longship for a journey of a lifetime along the Danube River. Professor Meir’s presentations and touring commentary along the way will help create an immersive experience that will not soon be forgotten.

Day 1: Sunday, July 8, 2018: ALL ABOARD!

• Arrival (on own – contact Ayelet Tours for assistance) in Nuremberg.
• Check in to our staterooms, then spend the day (on own) discovering all that the ship and the city of Nuremberg has to offer.
• We meet for a welcome reception and dinner on board the ship this evening.
• Professor Meir will lecture this evening following dinner aboard the ship.Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 2: Monday, July 9, 2018: TOURING NUREMBERG

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Post-breakfast lecture with Professor Meir.
• This morning, we take a tour of Nuremberg, including the Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s and the Palace of Justice, where the Nuremberg Trials took place. We also make a brief stop at the main courthouse before walking from the imperial palace grounds, past the Albrecht Durer House and on to the Main Market Square of Old Town, enclosed within ancient city walls.
• We return to the ship for lunch.
• Following lunch, we enjoy a lively discussion of the European Union as we sail through the locks that comprise the Main-Danube Canal, stretching 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube.
• We enjoy dinner aboard the ship together this evening as we cruise through the night.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 3: Tuesday, July 10, 2018: REGENSBERG, GERMANY

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Post-breakfast lecture with Professor Meir.
• Our day begins as we meet our guide dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. We see a large group of 13th and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses, and encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and several idyllic courtyards. We visit the museum called Dokument Neupfarrplatz, an underground museum of the city’s Roman and Jewish history including excavation of the medieval Jewish quarter.
• Free time to stroll through the streets or shop.
• This afternoon, you may choose to spend more time in Regensberg, visiting Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche, or on an optional excursion to Kelheim, located at the southernmost point of the Main-Danube Canal. On this excursion, travel by boat to Kelheim, then cast off on a ferryboat ride to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. Visit the Weltenburg, famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050.
• Return to our ship this evening for dinner and cruise through the night.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 4: Wednesday, July 11, 2018: PASSAU, GERMANY

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• We arrive in Passau, Germany and set out for another day of adventure.
• Our guided walk takes us along the town’s narrow streets through Old Town, past traditional patrician houses, including the New Bishop Residence. We also see the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Inside amongst the ornate interior of the cathedral, we are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ.
• We return to our ship for lunch, followed by more time to discover the city of Passau this afternoon on own before setting sail.
• Dinner together aboard our ship this evening.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 5: Thursday, July 12, 2018: KREMS, AUSTRIA

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Welcome to Austria! We spend the morning cruising leisurely through the Wauchau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Mid-morning lecture with Professor Meir.
• We enjoy the chance to taste some local Austrian specialties while taking in the riverside towns and castle ruins along the way.
• Lunch aboard the ship.
• After lunch, we arrive in Krems, with a chance to explore this time-honored town. We see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, as well as Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns several vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in the imperial stairwell, and visit the church to see the baroque architecture.
• Return to the ship to continue cruising while enjoying dinner.
• We arrive in Vienna, and enjoy a relaxing evening or take in an optional concert in the town known as the “City of Waltzes”

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 6: Friday, July 13, 2018: A DAY IN VIENNA

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Post-breakfast lecture with Professor Meir.
• Today, we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Take a ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace.
• Return to our ship for lunch.
• The remainder of the day is yours to further explore Vienna on own or choose to take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna”, erected in 1778 and graced by a number of formal gardens, Grecian statues, the world’s oldest zoo and Roman ruins. Or choose an afternoon visit (on own) to the excellent Jewish Museum and the Stadttempel, the only Vienna synagogue to survive Kristallnacht.
• Dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 7: Saturday, July 14, 2018: SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Shabbat Shalom! This morning, we arrive in Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital divided by the Danube River.
• We set out on a panoramic city tour through the more modern Pest side of the city, driving along Andrássy Avenue to see the 19th and 20th century mansions, the National Opera House, Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge.
• We stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Walk up the hill to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy brilliant views of the city below.
• Return to the ship for lunch.
• The remainder of the day is yours to explore both sides of the city.
• Dinner together aboard the ship this evening.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 8: Sunday, July 15, 2018: JEWISH HISTORY IN BUDAPEST

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• After breakfast, we enjoy a closing lecture with our scholar, Professor Natan Meir, before we disembark in Budapest.
• Depart for home, or join our amazing extension tour!

July 15 – 19, 2018

Day 8: Sunday, July 15, 2018: BUDAPEST

• We spend our day visiting Jewish sites throughout this dynamic and historic city. Our first stop is at the statue of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish architect, businessman and humanitarian who is celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust.
• We see the moving Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial.
• Our next stop is at the impressive Dohány Street Synagogue, built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world.
• We continue to the Jewish Cemetery to pay our respects, followed by a visit to the adjacent Magyar Zsido Jewish Museum.
• Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center, where we see several exhibitions, including From Deprivation of Rights to Genocide, a tribute to the Hungarian victims of the Holocaust.
• We check in to our hotel and after time to refresh, we have dinner together at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Budapest

Day 9: Monday, July 16, 2018: EXPLORING BUDAPEST

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we take an insider’s walking tour of Budapest. We’ll finish our morning with a visit to the fascinating Great Market Hall, where we can sample some Hungarian delicacies! Time here for lunch on own.
• Free afternoon – head to the Gellert Hill Spa to enjoy the rejuvenating and relaxing traditional Turkish baths!
• Free evening for dinner on own.

Overnight in Budapest

Day 10: Tuesday, July 17, 2018: TO PRAGUE

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We transfer to the airport for our flight to Prague, the Czech capital, also known as “the City of One Thousand Spires”, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls.
• Upon arrival, we see the 1,000 year-old Royal Castle of Hradcany, the Charles Bridge and the nearby John Lennon Wall, as well as the famous astronomical clock and St. Vitus Cathedral, the biggest and most important church in the Czech Republic.
• Check into our hotel.
• Dinner on own this evening.

Overnight in Prague

Day 11: Wednesday, July 18, 2018: THE JOSEFOV AND (OPTIONAL) TEREZIN

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jewish interest sites, visiting the Old City to view the Josefov, Prague’s Jewish town with its Old Town Hall, the Alt-Neu Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Maisel Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery and the State Jewish Museum.
• Free afternoon for last minute shopping and exploration on own OR continue for an optional (cost included) visit to Terezin, the former “model” Nazi concentration camp, just an hour outside of Prague. We visit the Fortress, Jewish Cemetery Museum, the hidden synagogue, and the Memorial monument.
• Return to our hotel a chance to refresh before heading out on the town for a farewell dinner together, recalling all that we have experienced together on this journey.

Overnight in Prague

DAY 12: Thursday, July 19, 2018: DEPARTURE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

*itinerary subject to change
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