Travel

AACI KOSHER BUDAPEST IN STYLE   

30 August 2020 - 03 September 2020

 

Sample itinerary to be confirmed

General cultural touring will be woven into the Jewish touring, bringing the rich culture of Budapest to life.  Visit the second largest synagogue designed by Otto Wagner, as well as museums and other Jewish cultural sites.  Visit beautiful residential neighborhoods and hear the stories of the local Jewish history.  Visit important Jewish and Holocaust museums.  Drive through hidden backstreets.  Explore the Castle District and take a tour of Buda’s most exclusive residential districts.  Take a romantic cruise on the Danube River.

Take several day excursions to the most interesting towns around Budapest and the Danube Bend for Jewish and other cultural touring.  See the Basilica and Synagogue in Esztergom.  Take in a spectacular view of the Danube Bend in the village of Visegrad.  Tour the Jewish Memorial House in Szentendre, and visit the Margit Kovacs Museum-home to a collection of work by the well-known ceramic artist who converted from Judaism.  Take a glance into the world of royalty when we visit the Baroque Palace in Gödöllő.

Tour highlights:

  • The Jewish quarter in Budapest
  • Danube River Cruise
  • Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performance
  • Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’
  • Full day tour of the Danube Bend
  • Visit to the Baroque Palace in Gödöllő
  • Stay at the deluxe Hotel Sofitel

Day 1:  Arrive Budapest.  Panoramic city tour.  The city known as Budapest actually consists of three cities – Obuda, the oldest section, with Roman ruins on the Buda side of the Danube; Buda in the gently rolling hills on the western bank, famous for its historic Castle Hill and beautiful residential area; and vibrant Pest with its shopping, government and commercial districts on the flat plain of the eastern bank.  United in 1873, Budapest is renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites.  Despite spectacular development, Budapest has preserved its old charm and magic.  The visitor will find side by side the remains of fortresses and buildings from Roman times, still operating Turkish baths, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and the incredibly rich Art Nouveau architectural heritage.  It is a city where the pleasing harmony of different architectural styles and superb structures, the cafés, baths, the food and culture, combined with legendary hospitality blend into an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Our tour covers the major highlights of the city, showing the grandeur and Old World charm of Budapest.  Visit both sides of the city – the colorful hills of Buda and the bustling businesslike boulevards of Pest.  Explore the gorgeous House of Parliament, the elegant Andrassy Avenue, the impressive Heroes Square, the fascinating Market Hall, the medieval Castle District, the picturesque Fishermen’s Bastion and the Liberty Statue on Gellert Hill with its magnificent panoramic view of the city.

Check in to the hotel and late afternoon Danube cruise.  Dinner at a local kosher restaurant.

Day 2: Jewish Budapest

Our Jewish Budapest tour starts in the Castle District where the first Jews of Buda settled in the 13th century.  We visit the small, medieval synagogue in the former Jewish street and discover facts about life during the Turkish occupation in the 15th -17th centuries.  Still on the Buda side we visit the statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in the 2nd World War, and a memorial plaque of Gabor Sztehlo, a Hungarian Evangelical pastor who saved the lives of Jewish children and adults.

On the Pest side of the river we walk through the former ghetto area visiting the lovely oriental building of the famous Dohany street synagogue, the third largest in the world.  There is a guided tour in the Jewish Museum, with a small but rich collection of objects associated with religious holidays and rituals of everyday life.  A sign on the wall indicates the site of the building where Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism was born.  Behind the synagogue is the Holocaust Memorial, a metallic weeping willow with names engraved on the leaves to remind us of the people who perished in the war.  Passing through the court of the synagogue, this was part of the ghetto and turned into a cemetery for those who were killed here.  Next to the synagogue we look at the Temple of Heroes, a simple modern building erected in the 1930s for the memory of the Jews fallen in the 1st World War.  We visit the late art nouveau building of the Orthodox synagogue in Kazinczy Street, which is one of the main places of worship for the Orthodox community.  Leisure time in the afternoon.

Dinner in a local kosher restaurant.  Evening performance of Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ at the Budapest Opera House

Day 3: Budapest, Gödöllő morning visit

Visit the second largest Baroque Palace of the world in Gödöllő!  After only a 30-minute drive from Budapest we arrive at the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sisi) and Francis Joseph (Habsburg Emperor & Hungarian King 1867-1916).

This interior visit of the Museum and the tour through the garden of the Chateau gives us a glimpse of times under the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  We will become acquainted with the secrets of the private life, the hidden doors, rooms and lovers of the royal couple.

Afternoon free to enjoy the beautiful spa at the hotel or perhaps a leisurely stroll through the old town

Dinner tonight in a local kosher restaurant.  This evening we will enjoy a performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

Day 4: Danube Bend

This morning we will check out of the hotel and start our tour of the Danube Bend– an excursion into Hungary’s history.  This is an unforgettable tour along the “Blue Danube” with stops in Visegrad, Esztergom and Szentendre.

Visegrad: we walk on the 750 year-old stones of the formal Royal Residence, learn about life in the middle ages and enjoy the fascinating panorama on the Danube valley.

Esztergom: we visit the so-called Technology & Science House built in 1888, once serving as a synagogue for Esztergom’s Jewish community, the oldest in Hungary, which now contains a regional government office.  It was designed in Moorish Romantic style by Lipót Baumhorn, the master architect who was also responsible for the synagogues in Szeged, Szolnok and Gyöngyös.

Szentendre: On the way back we stop in the artist’s village of Szentendre.  It is a small baroque city at the gate of the Danube Bend, at the meeting place of the river Danube and the Pilis Mountains, in a beautiful natural environment.  We walk around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins and go up the narrow streets to the panorama point to see the Danube.  We then simply enjoy the special atmosphere of this village.  You can also take the opportunity to visit the museums (for example the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum, the Confectionery Museum-with buildings and people made of marzipan), or you can choose to visit the shops of the village.

 Dinner in a local kosher restaurant then we depart to the airport for our evening flight.

Price per person for AACI members in a double ——- Euro
Price per person for non AACI members in a double —– Euro
Single Supplement —— Euro / Danube view supplement: —— Euro per room for full stay

 Price Includes:

  • Round trip air on ______from Israel
  • 3 nights Hotel
  • 3 BREAKFAST at the hotel plus lunch sandwich preparations
  • 4 Dinners in a Kosher Restaurant
  • Tour the Jewish quarter in Budapest
  • Danube River Cruise
  • Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performance
  • Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’
  • Full day tour of the Danube Bend
  • Visit to the Baroque Palace in Gödöllő
  • All sightseeing as indicated including entrances
  • Tips for the local guide & driver
  • Fully escorted by AACI

Price Does Not Include

  • Any items of personal nature
  • Insurance

Minimum number of participants required.
Itinerary is subject to change without notice. Please note there are no refunds for unused services or meals.

Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary.

For further details please email:   aacitravel@diesenhaus.co.il
Call 02-622-0000 or call Carole at AACI 02-5661181/ info@aaci.org.il