Central Europe

Discover the classical Europe with one of our 10-13 day tours of the most magnificent cities in the world. Enjoy the rich culture, fine cuisine and historical monuments only Europe can offer. The streets of Prague, quiet charm of Budapest and palaces of Vienna will remind you that you are walking the streets kings and lords walked centuries ago.

One of the many amazing things about Europe is how close together all the countries are. It’s unbelievably easy to travel from one country to the next within a day or night. This is especially true in Central Europe, where all of the countries and city hubs like Vienna, Prague, and Budapest are all so close. Each country, however, has their own history, and unique qualities that make them special. Each country and each city tell a different story. Each one of those countries have seen the both rise and fall of society, especially during the two world wars. Today, these countries are thriving, providing travelers and tourists some of the greatest historical and modern destinations to visit in Europe.

Vienna was once the epicentre for medieval worship, dating back thousands of years ago. This is one of the reasons for the gothic architecture of the famous hot spots in the city. Some of these areas in Vienna include the Hofburg Palace, St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace and more. All of these sights helped created what Vienna is today.

Prague, much like Vienna, highlights the medieval period, showcasing gothic and baroque buildings around the city center. The city is best known for the Old Town Square, the 600-year-old astronomical clock, the synagogues and more. Budapest, once two different cities, Buda and Pest, converged together after in 1873. Again, like Prague and Vienna, the city represents the medieval period, showcasing gothic style cathedrals and synagogues throughout the city. Budapest has a strong Jewish history planted within the city, as it saw destruction of the Jewish society in World War Two, but also the rise and restructuring of the city after the war. There are some of the best kept synagogues in Budapest, helping encapsulate and showcase the Jewish heritage throughout the city.

IBMT knows how important it is to see these types of countries and cities throughout Central Europe. We offer a variety of tours for all of our clients to see the worldful history and modern day life of these historical cities and countries. IBMT offers Jewish heritage tours around the cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague, as well as Warsaw and Krakow. These cities faced extreme turmoil during World War Two, as Jewish ancestors lives were taken, buildings and synagogues were torn down, and families were separated. It is important to see these cities for what they are today, giving us inspiration and hope for the lives of ourselves and our loved ones for the future.

Additionally, IBMT offers non-jewish heritage tours throughout the main hubs of Central Europe, giving you the opportunity to visit and witness the breathtaking architecture and cultural lifestyle of these historical cities and countries.

For more information on the tours we offer, check out the tour details below. If you’d like to speak to a travel representative, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us a note through our Contact Us page. We’ll handle all of the details for your trip so you can sit back and enjoy everything that Central Europe has to offer.

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The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!

Marcia, Eli and Max Lawrence, Chicago, IL

I want to thank you for a most fabulous trip/experience/adventure ! We had a great time !! And so enjoyed and appreciated so many of the wonderful surprises that IBMT had for us ! The bar Mitzvah day was amazing and the party that night an absolute thrill !!!! What a memory ! The hotels were great! We saw/ learned and did so much in 2 weeks ! What a great time ! What great people on our trip, what a fascinating country .

Lisa Weinberg, Toronto, Canada

We returned from our trip yesterday and are now recovering from jet lag.
We had a great time and both believe this was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. I expected to enjoy Israel, but not to the extent that I did. The trip was well-planned, full of activities and we greatly enjoyed the tour guide, Nadav.
Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip. We have friends considering a Bar Mitzvah trip for their grandchildren and will recommend IBMT to them.

Kathy Mattes, San Francisco

How to I begin to thank you for an awesome Bar Mitzvah Tour that literally has changed my soul. I love Israel and will seriously get behind doing whatever I can do to help our state. I am a proud American but my heart belongs to Israel. We had an experience that was like none other, we enjoyed our group immensely and Natalie is a golden jewel, never to be cast off as she held us all together and so knowledgeable about every aspect. She is quite the tour guide! And our driver great too.

Joan Ross, Palm Spring, CA

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 by IBMT's level of diligence in ensuring that every hotel and restaurant fully accommodated our son's food allergies.  Our tour guide Natalie was the highlight of the trip -- she is warm, incredibly knowledgeable, and tailored the experience for everyone's needs.  The other families on our tour were excellent, excellent people and we've made friendships that will last for many years to come."

Warm regards,

David M Zimmerman, Jericho, NY - 2017

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 person with so much knowledge, she made it very interesting for all of us to enjoy and we all became one big family.
Fun, Excitement & Connection, IBMT you are more then that.

Everyone took care of each other looking after the children, everyone pitched in
“Just like one Big Mishpucha”

I would like to thank you Ornan for a great tour that you have provided for me and my family in Israel.

Chana Pulvermacher, Brooklyn, NY - 2017

Dear Ornan,

We recently returned from our IBMT - Israel Bar - Bat Mitzvah Tour.  We loved it. 

Natalie did everything a guide should do and more. She is very knowledgeable, well spoken and fun. She interacted well with everyone....parents,  grandparents,  aunts and uncles and definitely the kids. All our accommodations were first class. The touring was well planned and comprehensive. 

Thank you very much.

Sincerely, 

 

Ruth Baruch and Gary Satz , Hollywood. FL

Bar Mitzvah Tour in Europe

Hi Ornan

We just returned from our trip this afternoon. We had a wonderful time and our trip was seamless! All three guides were great and drivers were professional as well.
Thanks for putting together the Siddur. It will be such a nice memento.

One quick question-is there a way to forward  an additional tip on to Budapest guide Agi Antal? Is it best to deal with her directly or can I send you a check to be given to her by her tour group? I am not sure how that works???

Thanks again for planning such a great trip!!  We will highly recommend your services to others!

Warmly,


 

Shayna Green and Eric Genin, Northbrook , IL

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.

One minor scheduling suggestion I had:  we had a market tour for dinner Thursday night in Jerusalem, which came after an intense outdoor day.  I would suggest trying to pair that experience with one of the easier days.  Even the high energy kids were pretty beat by dinner time.  For us North Americans, walking around in the sun is quite difficult; counting towards a challenging day. 

The Jordan River experiences were a highlight for the young people, as was the chocolate factory, and donkey riding.  It was nice having the free Saturday to choose your own sites in Jerusalem (I know this isn't really optional since its the weekend, but it fits in nicely). 

So many of the individual attraction guides were really funny, which was another highlight.  Amir, the donkey guy from Winnipeg, Manitoba is a stand-up comic at his job, and having Abraham from Australia hosting the Bar Mitzvah party was quite entertaining.

We went on our own to the new Laser Tag in Jerusalem, called Space Laser, on the Saturday night...opens around 9pm.  Between the laser tag and the amazing virtual reality machines they had there, this was a really fun spot.  The VR tech they had there was astounding.

Thanks again,

 

 

Adam Waese, OSHAWA, ONT

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