Jewish Heritage on the Balkan Peninsula tour

12 DAYS / TAILOR MADE

Summary 01/05 – 12/05 (11 nights)

Zagreb

2 nights (01/05 – 03/05)

Hotel |  5* Esplanade
Room | Deluxe room

Private transfer from Zagreb airport to Your hotel in Zagreb
Sightseeing Private tour in Zagreb with accent on Jewish heritage, round
transfers included (approx. 2h30min)
Private transfer from Zagreb to Split

Split

2 nights (03/05 – 05/05)

Hotel |  5* Park
Room | Superior room

Sightseeing Private tour in Split with accent on Jewish heritage, visit to the
Jewish cemetery included (approx. 3h)
Private car & driver transfer from Split to Dubrovnik (approx. 4h30min)

Dubrovnik

3 nights (05/05 – 08/05)

Hotel |  5* Bellevue
Room | Superior room with balcony and sea view

Sightseeing Private tour in Dubrovnik with professional, English speaking
guide, including one day Dubrovnik Card (approx. 3h)
Free day
Private car & driver transfer from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo (approx. 3h30min)

Sarajevo

2 nights (08/05 – 10/05)

Hotel |  4* President
Room | Double room

Sightseeing Private sightseeing tour in Sarajevo with accent on Jewish
heritage (approx. 4h)
Private car & driver transfer from Sarajevo to Zagreb (approx. 5h10min)

Beograd

2 nights (10/05 – 12/05)

Hotel |  4* Moskva
Room | Superior room

Sightseeing Private sightseeing tour of Belgrad with visit to Synagogue and
Jewish museum (full day tour, with round transfer)
Private transfer from Your hotel to the airport

Included in price:

Taxes and credit card fee

Package that we will send to America (or Croatia) with information about Croatia, final PDF and
brochures

Not Included in price:

Air fares

Food and drinks in restaurants (except if stated otherwise in tour description)

* We cannot guarantee the tours or the hotels until the deposit is taken
* The pictures in the itinerary are examples, the reality may differ from them
* If group tours are suggested tour organizer reserves the right to cancel if the minimal group is not formed
* Tour organizer reserves the right to change the starting time of excursions and tours due to the guides availability
* Total travel times for transfers are an approximate. The transfers depend on weather, traffic or crowds at the border

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Stay in luxury hotels

Itinerary

May the

1st

Do you already like what you see?

Arrival to Zagreb

XX:XX

Your personal English speaking driver will be waiting for You at the arrivals of the airport for Your transfer to the Hotel. He will be holding a sign with Your name on it.

Zagreb

Croatia’s capital and the largest city in the country, is a typical Central European town. It grew out of two medieval settlements that flourished for centuries on neighboring hills. Zagreb’s written history dates to the year 1094, when a diocese was established there. The classicist and secessionist facades of its historical nucleus exude the lofty spirit of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but here and there one can also discern the contours of the panoramas of Prague. Almost all of the main sites of the city and cultural venues are located in the very center, which teems with charming coffee houses, fine restaurants, garden restaurants, and lovingly tended parks like.

* Total travel time is approx. 30min

Arrival at Your Hotel

May the

2nd

Jewish Culture in Zagreb

10:00AM

You will meet Your professional personal guide at the lobby of Your Hotel. Today You will discover Jewish culture in Zagreb.

First stop will be the biggest cemetery in Zagreb called Mirogoj. You will continue onto the Jewish section of the cemetery. After return to the city center You will visit beautiful, green park Zrinjevac. Join Your private guide in the walk through the city with an emphasis on Jewish legacy. Tour include visits to music pavilion in Zrinjevac, a memorial plaque at the site of the ruined synagogue in Prague Street, walk to the Ban Jelacic Square, buildings in Ilica that were once owned by Jews, Octagon and Maric passage. Visit to the Jewish community in Palmoticeva.

Nikola Subic Zrinski Square

This park is located near the central Ban Jelacic Square, halfway towards the Main Railway Station. It is a part of the so-called Green horseshoe or Lenuzzi’s horseshoe. The southern part of Zrinjevac sports busts of significant Croatian people. In the middle of the park is a music pavilion built in 1891.

* Tour duration is approx. 2h30min
* Private guide and round transfers included.
* If wanted we can arrange visit to Jewish community in Zagreb (please tell us in advance)

From green to blue…

May the

3rd

Transfer to Split

09:00

AM You will meet Your personal English speaking driver at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your transfer to Split

* We suggest You to stop and enjoy in natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes (tickets not included)

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes are natural phenomenon and a jewel of inestimable value. There are 16 large and a lot of small lakes which are connected by small, medium and large waterfalls. Due to the natural beauty of the waterfalls, cascades, caves and rocks, which offer a beautiful mosaic of colors, sounds and shapes surrounded by high mountain forest terrain, Plitvice Lakes and its surroundings were in 1949 declared a National Park, and since 1979 have been under the UNESCO protection.

Split

The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace.

* Total travel time is approx. 4h10min (without stops)

Arrival at Your Hotel in Split

May the

4th

Discover Split with emphasis on Jewish heritage

10:00AM

You will meet Your professional personal guide at the lobby of Your Hotel for a Split sightseeing tour highlighting most amazing Ancient features with emphases on Jewish heritage

Today You will enjoy in ancient town whose history is full of interesting stories. During Your tour You will see the most famous Split’s sights and the Synagogue that was created in the 16th century in the one-time Jewish ghetto, by the conversion of the second floor of two attached medieval houses. Split’s Synagogue is the third oldest active Synagogue in Europe, after Synagogue in Prague and Dubrovnik. You will also see the third oldest European Bookshop (Morpurgo) which is established by the Jewish family. You will hear from Your guide about the Jews who have greatly influenced the development of the city (Daniel Rodrigo Vid Morpurgo ect.) You will continue on to Marjan hill where You will visit old Jewish cemetery.

* Tour duration is approx. 3h
* Private guide, tickets to Basement halls of Diocletians Palace and Cathedral included

Continue to The Pearl of Adriatic…

May the

5th

Transfer to Dubrovnik

10:00AM

You will meet Your personal English speaking driver at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your transfer to Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik

The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. Dubrovnik is mainly a cultural destination, which asides from monuments of interest, offers a series of cultural events and festivals. Dubrovnik is a city that charms, a city that You fall in love with and always return to like new, to discover more unique experiences. “Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik”, so wrote George Bernard Shaw, smitten by the beauty of the city whose untouched, 1940m long defensive walls – today under the protection of UNESCO. Sitting at the southernmost part of Croatia, harboring centuries of heritage created by the noble skills of the finest builders and artists, Dubrovnik basks in a warm Mediterranean climate with groves of lemon, orange and tangerine trees, sumptuous palms and agaves, adorned by Renaissance parks and the flowering gardens of medieval stone palaces and unobtrusive monasteries.

* Total travel time is approx. 4h30min from Split to Dubrovnik (without stops)

Arrival at Your Hotel in Dubrovnik

May the

6th

Discover The Pearl of Adriatic

10:00AM

You will meet Your personal English speaking driver at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your transfer to city center. There You will meet with Your private guide for Your sightseeing tour (if possible the guide will pick You up at the Hotel lobby, You will be advised the day before)

Today You will embark on a journey to the past of Dubrovnik. Let Yourself be taken back to the past and get an insight of what the daily life in “Ragusa” looked like. During this tour You will understand the privileges the citizens of this magnificent city enjoyed. They had one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe dating back to the 14.ct, fountain with fresh water from one of the first water supply system and a developed care system for the old and poor citizens. Dubrovnik is over a thousand year old. It’s history is visible in every part of this city.

* Tour duration is approx. 3h; private guide, 1 day Dubrovnik Card included
* Your Professional licensed guide will take You to see the museums that Dubrovnik Card includes. You can choose from the following: Art Galley Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik city walls, Dulcic-Masle-Pulitika Gallery, Marin Drzic House, Maritime museum, Natural History Museum, Rector’s Palace and Rupe Ethnographic Museum
* Synangogue is charged separately and on site

May the

7th

Free day (no tour included)

We suggest You to have a walk on Your own, on the city ramparts, for its wonderful views and atmosphere. You can also take a cable car and enjoy in beautiful panorama. Enjoy in magnificent scenic view and sunset experience that You will remember Your whole life!

Cable car

Two cabins, holding up to 30 passengers, need less than 4 minutes to negotiate the 778 meter distance between the lower and upper stations, passing over one column (disabled access). The upper station, located at 405 meters above sea level, has three terraces equipped with binocular telescopes, a panoramic restaurant, a souvenir shop, restrooms (disabled access) and an amphitheater with seating for a maximum of 120 people. The amphitheater is available for hire for an event or a special occasion. Once at the top go to the Restaurant with Panoramic view. The restaurant lies on the very edge of the hill from where You have magnificent views over the Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum and the crystal clear blue sea. From its unique position You can enjoy the view while selecting from the numerous traditional Dalmatian meals and drinks.

Welcome to Sarajevo

May the

8th

Transfer to Sarajevo

10:00AM

You will meet Your personal English speaking driver at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your transfer to Sarajevo. Private guide can be arranged, please advise us. We suggest a stop in Mostar, a unique place where east meets the west.

Mostar

Mostar is divided by the Neretva River. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, after which it is named. In the 1990 conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, were destroyed. During Your visit of Mostar You will see the old center with Old Bridge and Turkish Bazar. Mostar is a bilingual town, place where the east meets west, divided by the Neretva River. In the 1990 conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect, Sinan, were destroyed. Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored.

* The traffic depends on the season and if there are a lot of people crossing the border, delay is possible. You will need to show your passport at the border.
* Total travel time is approx. 3h30min (without stops)

Arrival at Your Hotel in Sarajevo

May the

9th

Jewish Tour of Sarajevo

10:00AM

You will meet Your professional personal guide at the lobby of Your Hotel for Your Jewish sightseeing tour

The end of 15th century in Europe marked the end of the peaceful life of people belonging to many nations. After the fall of Granada in 1492, the persecution of Jews from Spain and Portugal began and some of them decided to make Sarajevo their next place of residence, since Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the few territories in Europe that welcomed Jews after their expulsion from Spain. The Jewish Tour is the perfect place to find out just how the Sarajevans got new neighbors in the 16th
century – the Sephardim Jews, and what day to day life was like in Sijavus Pasha’s quarter, as well as how they adapted to a life in new and quite different surroundings. Get a general idea about the things they use to do , the songs they use to sing and the culinary specialties they use to make as well as what Ladino language is and sounds like. The aim of the tour is to tell you the entire story of the Jewish community in Sarajevo, the Sephardim and Askhenazim Jews: their life, happiness, suffering, persecution, their eternal resting place, as well as the struggle of death and suffering.

The Jewish community of Sarajevo

The Jewish community of Sarajevo, the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina really, has a rich and colorful history on this territory. Surviving the World War Two and the Yugoslav wars , after having been established here as a result of the Spanish inquisition and having nearly been destroyed by the Holocaust, Judaism and Jews have secured their place in Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the oldest communities with the most diverse history in the former Yugoslav states. The first Sephardi Jews arrived to the Bosnian territory in the period from year 1492 to 1947 from Spain and Portugal as a result of inquisitions in those countries, as they were welcomed into the country by Sultan Bayezid II, who opened the door for all the Jews who were able to reach its territory. The first Askhenazim Jews arrived from Hungary in 1686, when the Ottoman Turks were entirely expelled from Hungary. The entire community prospered in Bosnia, living side by side with their Muslim neighbors, the country becoming the largest Sephardi Jewry centers outside Spain. The Jewish tour includes a visit to a variety of sites dedicated to the Jewish community including a museum, synagogues, cultural center and a cemetery.

* Tour duration is approx. 4h
* Private guide and tickets included in the price

Tour finale…

May the

10th

Transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade

10:00AM

You will meet Your personal English speaking driver at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your transfer to Belgrade. (Total travel time is approx. 5h)

Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia and has a population of around 1.7 million. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important crossing of the ways where the roads of eastern and western Europe meet. The city lies on two international waterways, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, which surround it on three sides. Because of this position, Belgrade is fittingly referred to as the Gateway to the Balkans and the Door to Central Europe.

* The traffic depends on the season and if there are a lot of people crossing the border, delay is possible. You will need to show your passport at the border.

Arrival to Your hotel in Beograd

May the

11th

Jewish heritage in Belgrade

10:00AM

You will meet Your professional personal guide at the lobby of Your Hotel for Your sightseeing tour of Belgrade. This tour includes visits to the Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova pedestrian street, the Jewish Museum, Synagogue Sukat Shalom, Burning Menorah monument on Danube quay, old Zemun

Jewish museum

The Jewish Historical Museum in Belgrade was founded in 1948. The Museum is established within the Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia and is a unique museum in the country. It is thematically specialized and complex in terms of contents. Apart from museum collections, it also has a significant archive. The activity of the Jewish Historical Museum is versatile and dynamic – it stages exhibitions continually, it has a dynamic publishing activity, and as the only museum of its type, it provides daily assistance and information to scholars, scientists, students and artists, and other interested individuals. Apart from maintaining contacts with individuals, the Jewish Historical Museum cooperates closely with other similar national and international institutions. There are frequent individual and small group visits to the permanent exhibition of the Museum, and over the recent years there is an increasing number of group visits, especially foreign.

* Full day tour, round transfer, Tickets for are included in the price

The Jewish community of Sarajevo

The Jewish community of Sarajevo, the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina really, has a rich and colorful history on this territory. Surviving the World War Two and the Yugoslav wars , after having been established here as a result of the Spanish inquisition and having nearly been destroyed by the Holocaust, Judaism and Jews have secured their place in Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the oldest communities with the most diverse history in the former Yugoslav states. The first Sephardi Jews arrived to the Bosnian territory in the period from year 1492 to 1947 from Spain and Portugal as a result of inquisitions in those countries, as they were welcomed into the country by Sultan Bayezid II, who opened the door for all the Jews who were able to reach its territory. The first Askhenazim Jews arrived from Hungary in 1686, when the Ottoman Turks were entirely expelled from Hungary. The entire community prospered in Bosnia, living side by side with their Muslim neighbors, the country becoming the largest Sephardi Jewry centers outside Spain. The Jewish tour includes a visit to a variety of sites dedicated to the Jewish community including a museum, synagogues, cultural center and a cemetery.

* Tour duration is approx. 4h
* Private guide and tickets included in the price

May the

12th

Departure

XX:XX

You will meet Your personal English speaking driver at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your transfer to the airport.

* It is recommended to arrive to the airport two hours before departure.

Transfers by land

Mercedes E class or similar

With private English speaking driver

Airport Zagreb / Hotel in Zagreb
Zagreb / Split
Split / Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik / Sarajevo
Sarajevo / Belgrade
Hotel in Belgrade / Airport in Belgrade

* The color and model of the vehicle may vary depending on the availability.

1-day Dubrovnik Card

The Dubrovnik Card is a unique pass allowing entry into 8 cultural-historical monuments, the top attractions of Dubrovnik. It is designed to accrue savings in time and money.

By purchasing a Dubrovnik Card, you will get a bus card that is valid throughout the city of Dubrovnik, which will simplify and accelerate your sightseeing around the city.

By presenting the Dubrovnik Card, you get discounts, especially created for you, in specially designated restaurants, stores, souvenir shops, jewelry shops and tourist agencies (Dubrovnik Partner Card).

For each Dubrovnik card purchased, you will get a free 150-page travel guide with a plan of Dubrovnik in Croatian-English, with photos, descriptions, working hours and the addresses of all the cultural, historical and religious heritage in Dubrovnik, useful general information and a list of the Dubrovnik Card partners where you can benefit from a discount on their services.

This card lasts one day.

The Dubrovnik Card offers you sightseeing, where you can pick and choose from 8 top attractions and so create a trip of your choice with a free guide. Once you buy a Dubrovnik Card, you can forget about using money to buy an entrance ticket to cultural-historical monuments or on public transport.

What is included:

1. Art Galley Dubrovnik
2. Dubrovnik city walls
3. Dulcic-Masle-Pulitika Gallery
4. Marin Drzic House
5. Maritime museum
6. Natural History Museum
7. Rector’s Palace
8. Rupe Ethnographic Museum
9. Brochure
10. Public transport (Free 24-hours use or 10 or 20 rides with the Dubrovnik Card)

Price

July & August June & September May & October the rest
2 persons price 9.700€  8.600€ 7.500€ 6.800€

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