Jewish Heritage in Europe And Why It Makes For a Fascinating Trip?

Published on January 27, 2017 by IBMT

The history of the Jewish heritage in Europe includes the highs of success and significant contributions to culture, science, society, and the lows of some of recent history’s most horrific atrocities committed against mankind. The history of the Jewish heritage in Europe is complex, and fascinating. If you’re interested in taking a trip “back in the old country,” consider taking one of our fascinating European trips.

While it is easy to imagine the “old country” in black and white photographs, or in Fiddler on the roof, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have shot up on top travel destinations lists in the past few years. With newly built luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, and a wide variety of sightseeing excursions, Krakow is a must-see spot in Poland. Highlights of the city’s beautiful sights and rich Jewish history include the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, the Altshul; the oldest synagogue in Poland, and the Ghetto Heroes Square, commemorating those who fought against the Nazi Occupation of their beloved city.

The next destination within Poland is Warsaw and its surrounding areas, steeped in Jewish history particularly during the time of the Holocaust, as Warsaw served as the hub in Poland, with more than 300,000 Jews.  Enjoy a guided tour of recently renovated Museum of the History of Polish Jews, at the centre of the former Jewish Ghetto. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the Jewish history of over 1000 years in Poland, from medieval eras to more modern times. This expansive museum holds art, rare pictures, documents and videos that provide an understanding of the largest Jewish community across the globe in the mid-twentieth century. An additional important sight near Warsaw is the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, the largest Nazi concentration camp, where more than a million people were killed. The camp has been minimally changed, granting visitors a first-hand insight into the lives, and last moments of the people who lived in the camp.

This tour is particularly special as it provides guests with a unique insight into both the rich Jewish history, and the bustle of flourishing modern European cities. Budapest provides visitors with the opportunity to visit beautiful open air markets, incredible Szecesszió architecture, and sights of a historic Jewish community, primarily located in Theodor Herzl’s family’s home, serving as the Budapest Jewish museum. Experience the lively nightlife of the city’s Jewish quarter, packed with trendy bars and restaurants, in addition to beautiful hotels.

The final destination of this trip is Prague, a medieval city located in the heart of Europe, and steeped in tradition and history. The Prague Castle, City of 100 Spires, and Terezin ghetto provides a glimpse into the tradition and history of the country, with uniquely Jewish twist. Additional highlights are the world-famous bike paths along the river, the Franz Kafka Museum, and the expansive rose garden. To book, please contact IBMT Tours either by phone at 1 (877) 977-4268 or send us an email at info@ibmttours.com.

Testimonials

We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is ...

Michael Rodney, Toronto, Canada

To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a ...

Chana Pulvermacher, Brooklyn, NY - 2017

Dear Sheryl,

The visit to Israel was better than advertised. All of us had an awesome and inspiring vacation or as I call it, an education. Danny is one of the nicest and smartest men I have had the pleasure of meeting. He made the trip so special and I cannot imagine any other person showing us Israel but Danny.

Hotels were great but for Eilat, but no big deal. Food in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv restaurants were delicious. Sheila in Tel Aviv was extraordinary. Dinners at hotels just “so so”. Loved Mitzpe ...

Craig Savage,

Ornan,

Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

Adam Waese, OSHAWA, ONT

9 Days Holyland Tour

Sara / Ornan,

I had a fabulous time on this tour and highly recommend it to anyone interested.  We had an especially knowledgeable guide with us Doron Hoffman who as a history major added so much more information and had a great demeanor.  I was part of an international group and made some new friends.   

Regards,

 

 

Janie Carpenter, US Embassy Moscow

Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened ...

David M Zimmerman, Jericho, NY - 2017

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