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AACI’s Kosher Croatia and Slovenia   

03 September 2019 - 10 September 2019
Locations: Bled, Cakovec, Plitvice Lakes. Split, Postojna, Trakoscan, Varaždin, Zagreb

Our tour highlights will include the Plitvice Lakes – National Park which is included on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites * Split – one of the Croatian fortified jewels on the clear blue Adriatic coast * the National Park Krka, natural phenomenon with its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters * the city of Trogir *  Zagreb – the capital of Croatia * Varaždin and Castle Trakošćan, Čakovec * Jasenovac, the largest concentration camp in Croatia during the Holocaust.

During this tour you will also visit Slovenia and its best sights such as Postojna Cave – the largest known cave system in Slovenia with expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations, and the enchanting Lake Bled, the most beautiful lake within the Slovenian Alps.

DAY 1 TUESDAY    ZAGREB
Depart from Tel Aviv at 16:40 arrival Zagreb at 19:10
On arrival at the Zagreb International Airport, we will be met by our tour escort
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight Zagreb

DAY 2 WEDNESDAY  TROGIR – SPLIT
After breakfast departure for Trogir for a short sightseeing tour.  Trogir is known as a town museum, included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Walk through its narrow streets passing stone houses, churches, palaces, monasteries and walls.  We continue with our drive to Split.  The tour includes the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian, with Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple and St. Duimus Cathedral. There are carvings of menorahs on the walls of the same room that houses the marble dining table in the Diocletian’s Palace. These carvings do provide evidence of an early Jewish presence in Split. Visit the restored Synagogue of Split, located along the narrow street called Židovski Prolaz (Jewish Passage) and the Jewish Ghetto.

Dinner and overnight in Split.

DAY 3 THURSDAY     NATIONAL PARK KRKA –  ZAGREB
After breakfast our day takes us to the National Park Krka, one of the most amazing in Dalmatia, surrounded by untouched nature – enjoy the sights of crystal clear waters, waterfalls and small lakes. Embark on a boat for a cruise on the Krka River. Continue on to Zagreb for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 FRIDAY       ZAGREB – JASENOVAC
Breakfast at the hotel.  The bus will take us to Mirogoj, one of the most famous cemeteries in Europe, designed in 1876 by Herman Bolle. He built a majestic arcade by a string of cupolas which like a fortress from the outside but is calm and graceful on the inside. The cemetery is lush and green and the paths are interspersed with sculpture and artfully designed tombs. Departure for Jasenovac, the largest concentration and extermination camp in Croatia during World War II. At the outbreak of World War II, 23,000 Jews lived in Croatia. Jasenovac was established in August 1941 and was dismantled only in April 1945. According to incomplete lists, some 60,000 names were identified in Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška camps, mostly Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies. According to some estimation, the total number of victims varies and goes far over this number. Visit  Jasenovac Memorial Centre. Return to Zagreb to welcome in Shabbat.  Dinner & Overnight.

DAY 5 SATURDAY SHABBAT IN ZAGREB
Shabbat services and lunch at the local Jewish community. Afternoon walking tour near our hotel and time to rest.

Walking Tour of Zagreb: Zagreb, the capital of Croatia with 1000 years of history, friendly people and beautiful parks, will surprise you with its rich and fascinating Jewish history. Take a walk through ages, starting at 11th century foundation of Zagreb, over to the 14th century and the first arrival of Jews to Zagreb, through the golden years of late 19th and early 20th century, when Zagreb developed rapidly, with Jewish community reaching its peak – just before almost completely perishing in the Shoah.  Our tour includes visits to all the landmarks and sites of Zagreb, with detailed insight into the history of Jews in Croatia and surrounding areas, and the revival of Jewish life today.  Seudah Shilishit  & overnight in Zagreb.  (No Eruv)

DAY 6 SUNDAY –  ZAGREB – POSTOJNA – BLED
After breakfast departure by bus to Slovenia and the Postojna Cave, the largest known cave system in Slovenia with expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations. After the visit to the Cave, we will continue our drive towards Bled. There we will visit the 11th-century castle of Bled sitting on a cliff and we’ll enjoy the breathtaking view. Castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and the island and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps. We will take a relaxing walk around fairytale Lake Bled.  Dinner & overnight in  Kranjska Gora.

DAY 7 MONDAY –  VARAŽDIN – TRAKOŠĆAN – ČAKOVEC
After breakfast, departure on a full-day excursion to Varaždin, a beautiful city filled with cultural and architectural treasures. Jews settled in Varaždin in 1777 and the first Jewish school in Croatia was founded here in 1826. The city’s city center of Varaždin is one of Europe’s most intact baroque center dotted with numerous museums and galleries. You will see the oldest city hall in Europe – the Croatian National Theatre, built in 1873. In the neo-renaissance style. This theatre attracts visitors from all over the world. After sightseeing the old part of town, proceed to the cemetery, which is under UNESCO protection. It is characteristic because it is made in baroque style with over 100 years old trees. The well-known Varaždin cemetery was created at the beginning of the 20th century with the planting of thuja shrubs that are formed by trimming into hedges and arcades modeled after the parks in France’s Versailles. The cemetery is a real monument to horticulture.  

We will continue towards Trakošćan castle. It retains classical 12th and 13th-century features. The surrounding attractive park with exotic trees and an artificial lake make it the most impressive castle in Croatia. The road will then take us to Čakovec. The afternoon tour of the town includes the Jewish sites, the synagogue that was built 1836, and Jewish cemetery that is part of municipal cemetery established in 1897 which is still actively used today. The cemetery is listed as a historical landmark and maintained by local authorities and the Čakovec Jewish community.  Return to Zagreb for dinner & overnight.

DAY 8 TUESDAY  – Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast will drive to Plitvice  Lakes. Sightseeing tour of Plitvice- unique phenomenon under the protection of UNESCO and Croatia’s beautiful National Park.

The Beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodland. We will fully enjoy the beauty of the park with specially made paths and tour boats.

Return to Zagreb for an early dinner and then to the airport for the return flight to Tel Aviv.

Price: AACI members €2975 per person in a double room                            Currency Converter
Non-AACI members   €3035 per person in a double room
Single supplement       €600 / credit for flights $250

Price Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations:
    Zagreb – Hotel  Sheraton – 1 night
    Split – Hotel  Park  1 night
    Zagreb – Hotel Westin 3 nights + 1 last night
    Kransjska Gora- Ramada hotel &suites /Ramada Resort – 1 night
  • Meals- Full board, breakfast, and dinner daily with provisions for making sandwiches for lunch.
  • A/c bus
  • Entrance fees
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Porterage hotels ( one piece of luggage per person)
  • Whispers  for the trip
  • Water in bus daily except for Shabbat
  • Tips
  • Israeli tour escort
  • AACI escort 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks during the meals

Any other item not mentioned in “included”

Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary. A minimum number of participants needed for this tour to operate.

FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY July 16th, 2019 AND WILL BE CHARGED AUTOMATICALLY WITHOUT NOTICE.

Deposit of €500 per person due at time of registration. 50% payment by June 3rd.
Full payment by July 16th
*Cancellation from time of registration until June 3rd, 2019: 300 per person.
*Cancellation between June 4th – July 16th, 2019: 50%
*Cancellation from July 17th to day of departure: 100%

FOR INFORMATION please call Diesenhaus, 02-622-0000 / aacitravel@diesenhaus.co.il
Or Carole at AACI 02-5600910 / info@aaci.org.il