Kosher River Cruise 8 Days / 7 Nights
Budapest | Bratislava | Vienna | Dürnstein | Melk | Linz | Passau
Jun 08 – 15 | Jul 06 – 13
Included in the price:
- 7-night Danube river cruise in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony
- Transfer on arrival and departure from nearest AP to the ship and back
- Cruise porterage on arrival and departure
- Welcome drink at check in
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director & Activities Host throughout cruise
- Delicious Glatt Kosher dining, with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, cakes & tea, and dinner in our beautiful Panorama-Restaurant
- Mashgiach InCharge + 2 Mashgihim in the kitchen
- Kosher wines during meals
- On-site synagogue with Sefer Torah
- Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
- Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
- Afternoon coffee and cake
- Late night snack served in our lounge
- Free flowing red & white wines from European regions. Beer & soft drinks with dinner
- Bottle of water replenished daily in every stateroom
- 24-hour complimentary self-service coffee station with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water.
- Piano musician onboard
- Lectures onboard held by experts of the Jewish culture and its remarkable history in Europe
- Cantor and Prayer Rabbi onboard
- Live band show on 2 evenings
- Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
- Captain’s lounge with panoramic windows
- Non-smoking ship interior
- Full shore excursions package according to the itinerary
- Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
- All port taxes and local taxes
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
Transportation will be provided from Budapest Airport to the ship, where there will be time to check in and settle into your cabins. Tonight, we will meet for our Welcome Dinner with the Captain and our onboard team. we will dock in Budapest tonight.
Discover the magical city of Budapest with a guided bus & walking tour. As the capital of Hungary, Budapest is often called the “Paris of the East” and is a highlight for travellers from all around the world. The tour will not only give you a sense of Budapest’s colorful history, but also give insight into how the city’s division by the Danube river has played such an important role in society over the centuries – one side known as “Buda” and the other “Pest.”
Our first stop will be at the famous Neolog Synagogue, also known as the Dohanny Synagogue, Europe’s largest synagogue. Designed in oriental style, the synagogue can seat some 3,000 people. Its central location on a leafy boulevard serves as a complex for the synagogue, Heroes Temple, Memorial and Jewish Museum and graveyard. Built on the site of Herzl’s home, it is no surprise that the 13-year-old Theodor celebrated his Bar Mitzvah here.
Our next stop is the Jewish Museum. From there we will continue towards the famous monuments located on Andrássy Út street, including the exquisitely designed Opera House, Hero’s Square, the famous Great Market Hall, St. Stephen’s church, and the Parliament, which strikingly resembles the British Parliament building with nearly 20 km of corridors! Return to the ship for lunch.
This afternoon will start our tour with Crossing the famous chain bridge towards Buda Castle, where the coronation of Sisi and her husband as Hungarian Hapsburg rulers took place. You’ll have an opportunity for an unforgettable view of Budapest and take in the exotic Fisherman’s Bastion, where you can enjoy the city at your fingertips.
We will meet for dinner followed by a live band performance while the ship sets sail towards Bratislava.
09:30 – Morning guided tour includes Budapest Synagogue & Jewish museum
12:30 – Return to ship for lunch.
15:00 – Guided tour of the city for 3 hours
19:00 – Dinner at the ship restaurant
21:00 – Live show
22:00 – Set sail towards Bratislava
Scenic cruise from Budapest
As our river ship glides out of the heart of the city via the picturesque Danube River you’ll pass under several stunning bridges and enjoy views of magnificent architecture lining the river banks on both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides of the city. The Banks of the Danube in Budapest are UNESCO-listed in recognition of their beautifully well-preserved historical landmarks, and when you see wonders such as the awe-inspiring Parliament Building from the deck of your ship, you’ll soon understand why they’re so highly regarded.
We will reach Bratislava during lunch and later we will travel by Coach to our first tour to Chatam Sofer’s Burial. Chatam Sofer is one of the most influential Poskim whose imprimatur is felt today as a result of his writings, his position as head of the prestigious Pressburg Yeshiva and the hundreds of his students and extended family who were, and continue to be, influential in contemporary Jewish life. A visit to his burial place is an inspiring way to greet Shabbat in Bratislava.
We will return to the cruise ship to prepare for Shabbat. Kabalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv prayers will be led by the cantor.
14:00 – Arrive to Bratislava and visit Chatam Sofer’s Burial.
18:00 – Kabalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv prayers
19:00 – Shabbat dinner following prayer services.
21:00 – Lecture
On Shabbat morning, we will join the local Jewish community in Bratislava’s Heydukova Street Synagogue, the only synagogue in Bratislava, and only one of four active synagogues in Slovakia. While three other synagogues did survive the Holocaust, they were demolished in the 1960’s.
Bratislava’s Synagogue also houses the Bratislava Jewish Community Museum. The Museum is a Slovak National Cultural Monument. Following morning services, a community leader will give us a private tour of the Museum located on the upper level of the Synagogue, and share with us the fascinating history of Bratislava’s Jewish community, home to the prestigious Pressburg Yeshiva and whose pre World War II Jewish population accounted for 12% of the city’s residents. This museum’s remarkable collection of Judaica and religious objects, many of them formerly hidden, were collected and preserved by the Jewish community. We will return to the ship for the Shabbat meal.
After the shabbat meal we will have some time to rest and, in the afternoon, we will hear a lecture and enjoy tea and cake. Right after the lecture we will have Seudah Shlishit and the cantor will lead the singing. We will pray and do Havdallah and right after Shabbat the ship will start cruising.
09:00 – Morning walking tour include Synagogue
12:00 – Return to ship for Shabbat meal and rest of the Shabbat program
22:30 – Depart to Vienna
This morning we’ll start with a visit to the First District, and a bus tour of the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s circular boulevard which boasts some of the city’s most spectacular sights—the Parliament Building, City Hall, the Opera House, palaces, museums, and parks. After the bus tour, we’ll continue on foot to the elegant Kärntner Strasse and Graben pedestrian areas and visit the majestic St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
We continue to the Jewish part of the tour. In the Middle Ages, Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest and most important in Europe. Famous Rabbis taught and worked here, making Vienna an influential centre of Jewish knowledge. This lively and creative environment was forced to an abrupt and violent end in 1420-21, with the expulsion and murder of the Viennese Jews. The ruins of the then-destroyed synagogue, excavated under the Judenplatz in 1995, bear witness to the life and destruction of that medieval community.
In 2000, the Museum at Judenplatz was opened as a branch of the Jewish Museum Vienna. On the square itself, the city unveiled the solemn Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial: a reinforced concrete cube resembling a library with its volumes turned inside out, designed by British artist Rachel Whiteread. To this day, new sources and scientific and architectural findings are shedding a more detailed light on medieval Jewish Vienna. Our visit to the museum will include an animated virtual tour of Jewish life, allowing us to walk through a reconstruction of the city and showcasing the Jewish festivals and customs of the time, making for a lively depiction of life in this medieval Jewish community. Return to the ship for lunch.
This afternoon we will visit the Schönbrunn Palace. The palace is the summer residence of the Habsburg family and notably Empress Elisabeth, who is better known as Sisi. Schönbrunn Palace is made up of 1,441 rooms and is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, displaying the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of the Habsburg monarchs. Today it is largely in its original condition and is quite a site to see!
This evening you are welcome to join us for an optional visit to Vienna’s Concert. As the German name still suggests, the “Kursalon Palace” was originally intended as a spa resort, however over time, this magnificent building has quickly grown into a vibrant hotspot in the heart of Vienna, promoting the very essence of what Vienna is famous for: classical music. In the very place where Johann Strauss himself used to direct his orchestra from the position of first violin, Vienna’s classical music scene can once again be experienced in modern times.
Enjoy an evening full of Viennese charm with the swinging sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and enchanting ballet soloists, this classical concert is an experience you don’t want to miss!
08:45 – 12:45h Morning guided tour in Vienna’s Ring and the Jewish museum
12:45 13:15 – 14:45 Lunch onboard
15:00 – Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens
18:00 – Early dinner for guests going to the concert
19:00 – Dinner for all guests
19:45 – Depart for the concert
22:30 – Return to ship
23:30 – Depart to Dürnstein
This morning we will dock in Dürnstein located on the bank of the Danube River in the Wachau Valley. Known as the Pearl of the Wachau Valley, it is surrounded by luscious vineyards. We will visit the ancient 12th century castle, famous for the imprisonment of the King of England, Richard the Lionheart, which is also connected to the city of Akko.
This guided walking tour takes you through the charming centre from where you will have a wonderful view of the surrounding valley and castle ruins. Return to ship for lunch while we sail to Melk.
Scenic cruise along the Wachau Valley
The Wachau is a picturesque valley between Krems and Melk,and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its medieval agricultural and architectural landscape, organically evolved over time and remarkably-preserved. The architecture in the towns and villages shows the development of the region and its society over many centuries.
The Wachau has inspired romantic legends for centuries and the castles are full of tales of love and heartbreak, particularly from the medieval days. The Wachau Valley is also one of Austria’s most important wine regions. Along this part of the Danube, terraced vineyards produce fruity Rieslings and Grüne Veltliners, two of Austria’s most popular white wines.
Your afternoon tour will be in Melk. Located at the north-western tip of Austria, at the confluence of the Danube and Melk rivers in the luscious Wachau Valley.
The city is dominated by the Baroque-style Benedictine Monastery, known as the Melk Abbey, one of Austria’s great cultural highlights and Europe’s largest abbey. Its sheer physical dominance attests to the spiritual and cultural importance that it has held throughout the ages.
At the end of WWII one of the sub camps of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp was located in Melk. Other important historic sites we will visit include the Old Post Office building, the Coloman fountain, “the House on the Rock” (built in the 15th century it is the oldest building in the city), the municipal square and others. Located in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site, ‘Wachau Valley’, the town of Melk has been a spiritual and cultural centre of Austria for more than a millennium. Since the 12th century, a school has been connected with the monastery, home to valuable manuscripts, which have ultimately helped to create an absolutely breathtaking library that you will have an opportunity to visit within the Abbey chambers.
We will return to the ship for dinner. After dinner you are invited to a live show with a local band. Tonight our ship will sail to Linz.
09:00 – Walking tour in Dürnstein
12:00 – Lunch onboard
14:00 – Cruising the Wachau Valley
15:00 – Visit Melk and Abbey
19:00 – Dinner
21:00 – Live Band show
Linz is the second-most populous city in Austria and was first settled by Romans in the first century AD. It is now one of the cultural centres of Austria and a centre for trade in antiques. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Linz and discover the great sites this city has to offer. The main square is one of the loveliest squares in Europe, lined with Rococo and Baroque architecture. Tonight, we will gather for a Farewell dinner with the Captain and crew.
09:00 – Mini Train & Walking tour in Linz
12:00 – Lunch onboard
13:00 – Cruising towards Passau
16:00 – Lecture onboard
18:00 – Cocktail at the Bar
19:00 – Farewell Dinner
After breakfast transportation will be provided from the ship to the nearest airport.