Emancipation in 1867 marked the beginning of a period of great success for the Hungarian Jewish community: a community of educated intellectuals, well-trained professionals and merchants, Jews living there regarded Hungary as their homeland and had no problems reconciling between their Hungarian and Jewish heritage.  Jews played a key role in the creation and development of Hungarian trade and industry as bankers, economists, scholars, engineers and inventors. Jewish writers, poets, artists, actors and directors have indelibly inscribed their names into the history of Hungarian culture.

World War II, German Nazism and the reign of terror enacted by the Hungarian Arrow-Cross brought unimaginable suffering to Hungarian Jewry. 600,000 of the 900,000-strong Jewish community in Hungary perished in the Holocaust.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to the Jewish Quarter
  • Dohanyi Street Synagogue and cemetery
  • “Shoes on the Danube” memorial
  • Raoul Wallenberg Street
  • Carl Lutz Glass House
  • Culinary tour in the 7th District
  • Short cruise along the Danube River
  • Shabbat dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 – Welcome and overview

  • Land at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
  • Transfer by bus to hotel and check in.
  • Welcome cocktails and speaker: 1800 years of Hungarian Jewry.
  • Rest of evening at leisure.
  • Optional: Traditional Hungarian dinner and folklore show.

Overnight:  Budapest Hotel

 


Day 2 – Jewish Budapest

  • Lunch and session in a kosher restaurant in the quarter with local Jewish staff.
  • Visit the Dohanyi Street cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, and the iconic weeping willow statue.
  • The tour will include a visit to the Dohanyi Synagogue, built over 150 years ago and recently restored to its former glory. The Dohanyi Synagogue is the second largest in the world (the first being the Temple Emmanu-El in New York).
  • Today will be spent in what was the Jewish Quarter and later the ghetto in Pest.
  • Pause at the “Shoes on the Danube” memorial to the Budapest Jews who fell victims to the Arrow Cross Militamen. The monument depicts the shoes left behind when they were shot on the banks of the river.
  • Further afield is the street named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during World War Two and the Glass House commemorating another Swedish diplomat, Carl Lutz, who saved over 3000 Jews.

Free evening.

Overnight:  Budapest Hotel

 


Day 3 – Living in Budapest

  • Culinary tour in the 7th District, to taste Hungarian- Jewish traditional cuisine and walk through the winding back streets lined with neo classical buildings, cafes, artisan shops and designer studios. The tour includes lunch at one of the cafes en route, famed for their pastries.
  • Depending on the weather, take a short cruise along the Danube. For the more active (and again depending upon the weather) enjoy a bike ride on Margaret Island.
  • Erev Shabbat services at the Dohanyi Synagogue (special permission to be obtained).
  • Shabbat Dinner with members of the Jewish Community in Budapest.

Overnight:  Budapest Hotel

 


Day 4 – Relaxation on Shabbat

  • Morning visit to the Dohanyi Synagogue (special permission to be obtained).
  • OR at leisure.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Afternoon tour of Buda, the city across the Danube from Pest. Visit the Buda castle perched above the river, accessible by the historic cable car.
  • Farewell Dinner at restaurant.

Overnight:  Budapest Hotel

 


Day 5 – Departure

Transfer to airport.

 

*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*

 

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