DANUBE RIVER CRUISE 2021

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and the Wachau Valley
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All Kosher Luxury Cruise Along the Danube
With the Simon Wiesenthal Center & Special Tribute to Simon Wiesenthal

“The Only 5* All Kosher Cruise – Entire Ship Kosher”
Only 60 Cabins – Exclusive Cruising for Only 120 Guests

All Inclusive: Cruise, Delicious Kosher Cuisine, Tours, Open Bar, Entertainment & So Much More!

Featuring special Guests:

Dr. Efraim Zuroff
Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center – Israel office and Eastern European Affairs Coordinator, SWC Nazi war crimes research worldwide and film festival of their academy award winning documentaries

Lecturer:
Dr. Henry M. Abramson
Dean, Touro College

Kosher River Cruises brings you a-once-in-a-lifetime travel experience as we sail the majestic Danube. Experience exceptional comfort, unexcelled quality, and the highest levels of service in a classic and graceful atmosphere. Discover an unforgettable river cruise on Europe’s most storied waterway—from the comfort of your floating 5- star hotel.

Kosher River Cruises and the 5-star Scenic Ruby stand for the highest levels of hospitality and service and are s devoted to satisfying your every wish and every need. Now in our 7th season, our reputation and over 30 years of kosher travel experience guarantees you will feel pampered in every way and enjoy each and every moment, both on the river and on land.

THE JOURNEY

Kosher River Cruises brings you a-once-in-a-lifetime travel experience as we sail the most beautiful stretches of the majestic Danube in the very heart of the what was the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Experience exceptional comfort, unexcelled quality, and the highest levels of service in a classic and graceful atmosphere. Discover an unforgettable river cruise on Europe’s most storied waterway—from the comfort of your floating 5- star hotel.

Your journey begins in Budapest and goes upstream. As we cruise through three countries – Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria, with stops at its three capitals – Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Along the route the 5-Star Scenic Pearl sails through Austria’s Wachau Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a region of small towns and villages, steeped in legend, and offering exceptional bucolic scenery. Your route will show you the art and culture of one of history’s great empires, and your luxurious vacation will be further enhanced by your on-board Kosher River Cruise historians, lecturers, and educators, who bring to life the region’s rich Jewish history and heritage.

Our all-inclusive program includes delicious Glatt Kosher cuisine, on-board synagogue with daily minyanim, thought-provoking lectures, entertainment, and other on-board programming, along with local tours in Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and the Wachau Valley that combine Jewish interests with the overall culture and history of each locale.

Picture yourself watching the river flow from the window of your cabin or one of the decks as it takes you to new places and reveals storybook landscapes as you relax in total comfort. The sublime ambiance and personal service aboard your Kosher River Cruise ship creates an oasis of relaxation that is simply unexcelled. Each one of the bright, airy cabins has unrestricted views of the scenery through panoramic, glass windows with French balcony (sliding glass windows / doors) that spans the cabin’s width. Experience European travel like you never have before with the sheer ease of river transport!

 
THE SHIP

Innovators in design and technology for luxury river cruising vessels, your Scenic Space-Ship will be your gracious floating hotel as you cruise the waterways of Europe. The only All-Kosher- All Luxury-All Inclusive River Cruise, Kosher River Cruises bring you the Scenic Pearl!

Intimate and friendly, with every amenity you could wish for, our Scenic Space-Ships were designed with you in mind. From the moment you step on board you’ll be spoilt for choice.

From our delicious buffets, tour options, right down to your pillow menu, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury, every moment of the day.

From Owners Suites to Balcony Suites all boast large private balconies fitted with Scenic Sun-Lounges, 32-inch Samsung HD TVs linked to Mac Mini computers and complimentary internet access enhanced by an upgraded Wi-Fi system. Spectacular dining and lounge areas with stunning views from floor to ceiling panoramic windows, and all public areas featuring modern artwork, soft furnishings and designer furniture

All-inclusive luxury

On board you’ll have full access to a Wellness area, complete with massage services and a hair salon, a gym, our special on-board entertainment, Wi-Fi internet, electric bicycles and of course luxuriously appointed suites to retire to at the end of the day.

Your Kosher River Cruise Directors, as well as every member of our hospitable on-board team, are on hand to make sure you make the most of every minute of our time on board your Space-Ship and with Scenic and KRC.

Itinerary

Day 1 October 27 (We) Budapest

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner aboard the luxurious Scenic Pearl. After dinner we gather together for an after-dinner toast and orientation preparing us for the coming weeks adventure. Then to cap it all off we enjoy a scenic evening “Budapest Illuminated – Palaces & Bridges” cruise around the beautiful city for a magical start to your Journey!

  • Embarkation
  • Welcome reception
  • Dinner
  • Orientation
  • Evening City Lights Cruise
Day 2 October 28 (Th) Budapest

After a restful night on board, set off to see the sights of one of the most unique cities in Europe. With its multifarious and often embattled history, magnificent architecture, and rich cultural heritage, Hungary’s capital deserves its reputation as the ‘Paris of Eastern Europe’. It has a complex identity, somewhere between Western luxury and simple traditions. The city straddles a gentle curve in the Duna (Danube in Hungarian). It has broad avenues, leafy parks, and elaborate bathhouses. It also has a turn-of-the-century feel to it. Today Budapest is one of Europe’s most seductive capitals, a cultural door between Asia and Europe. Hungary’s Jewish community is the largest in Central and Eastern Europe with most Jews residing in Budapest.

Explore the city’s old Jewish quarters, synagogues, and monuments marking 800 years of Jewish presences in Budapest.

Our expert guides bring this captivating city to life as we explore both its secular and Jewish heritage. Our tour begins in the Castle District where the first Jews of Buda settled in the 13th century. We visit the small medieval synagogue in what was Jews Street and we will learn about life during the Turkish occupation of the 15th -17th centuries. Also on the Buda side we will visit the statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Second World War, and a memorial plaque to Gabor Sztehlo, a Hungarian Evangelical pastor who saved the lives of Jewish children and adults.

After lunch onboard, we travel to the Pest side of the Duna. We will walk through the former Jewish ghetto area and visit the lovely Moorish Revival style Dohany street synagogue, the third largest in the world, including an opportunity to meet with members of the Jewish community. A sign on the wall indicates the site of the building where Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism was born. Behind the synagogue is a Holocaust Memorial, a metallic weeping willow with names engraved on the leaves to remind us of the people who perished. Finally, we’ll visit the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, a late art nouveau building, which is now one of the main Jewish centers for the orthodox community of Budapest.

Return back to our ship for our famous talk & tea lecture program with our scholars in residence as our vessel departs Budapest to our next port of call. After dinner is our daily port talk and orientation to prepare us for our next day’s adventure followed by our KRC entertainers.

  • Morning & Afternoon Tours
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 3 October 29 (Fr) Bratislava

We arrive the next day in Bratislava, the dynamic and bustling capital of Slovakia. An historic town full of traditions, nostalgia, and music it is proud of its rich past. Here, three different countries meet, and their languages, traditions, and cultures produce a pleasing microcosm of central Europe. Discover the Old Town’s inviting squares and romantic alleys and visit Bratislava Castle for its splendid views of the city.

For centuries Bratislava was an important center of Jewish life. Jewish presence in the medieval city was regulated by the municipal charter granted to Bratislava by King Andrew III of the Arpád dynasty in 1291. One section of the document stipulated that the Jews had right to reside within the city walls, elect their own mayor, and pay taxes directly to the king. Later, the Jews were expelled from the city on several occasions, the last time in 1526. In 1599, invited by Count Palffy they returned, but not to the town proper. They settled in a narrow area between

the castle hill and the city fortifications. The so-called Judengasse, a part of the area controlled by the Castle, remained the only place Jews were allowed to live until 1840. In the first half of the nineteenth century, Bratislava became an important center of Jewish learning when the Chatam Sofer established a famous yeshiva. At the same time his opponents in the community opened a modern Jewish primary school. As a result, two Jewish communities, Orthodox and Neolog existed side by side in Bratislava, each with its own large synagogue. Most Bratislava Jews were killed during the Holocaust, but most of the Jewish built heritage in the city wasn’t destroyed until after the War under the communist regime. The Orthodox synagogue was demolished in 1961 and the rest of the Judengasse, along with the Neolog synagogue, was razed in 1968, when the SNP Bridge was constructed. Today, there is just a small Jewish community in the city.

Bratislava’s only remaining synagogue is located on Heydukova Street, not far from the historic city center. It was constructed in 1923-1926, decades after restrictions on Jewish residence were lifted. This enabled Jews to move out of the Judengasse district and settle throughout the city. The synagogue exterior has a tower less, seven-pillared colonnade facing the street. The interior includes a large sanctuary in which modern steel-and-concrete construction and contemporary Cubist details are combined with historicist elements, such as the arcade of the women’s gallery, a metallic bimah, and the ark.

The Chatam Sofer Memorial: Rabbi Moshe Schreiber was a renowned Orthodox rabbi and scholar. Born in Frankfurt am Main, he became Chief Rabbi of Pressburg (today Bratislava), in 1806. Strictly Orthodox, he spearheaded traditionalist responses to modern thought and similar changes within Jewish society. His Pressburg Yeshiva, was one of the most prominent in all of Europe, produced scholars and rabbis for well over a century who went on to influence Jewish thought that is felt to this very day. The beginnings of this famous cemetery date back to the 17th century, when Jews were allowed to settle on the estate of the Pálffy Counts. The site served for centuries as the burial place of the Bratislava Jewish community, but it was destroyed in 1943, when the nearby tunnel was constructed. Only the most precious section, with 23 graves surrounding the Chatam Sofer’s tomb, was preserved, encircled by a concrete shell and covered with panels. In 2000-2002, after decades of neglect, the whole site was redeveloped, and the gravestones were restored. The Architect Martin Kvasnica designed a striking new complex that adheres to the strict requirements of Halakhah as well as to the highest standards of contemporary architecture. The unique architectural monument forms part of the Slovak Jewish Heritage Route.

  • Morning Tours
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series & onboard programming
  • KRC Shabbat Program
Day 4 October 30 (Sa) Shabbat in Bratislava

Morning of Shabbat programming docked in Budapest with all our old and new friends.

In the afternoon we have developed a Shabbat friendly guided walking tour of the old city of Bratislava

After a magical Havdallah we depart and set sail to Vienna

  • KRC Shabbat Program
  • Guided Afternoon Walking Tour
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 5 October 31 (Su) Vienna

Today, a full day is spent exploring the magical, musical city of Austria; a capital that offers a unique blend of the traditional and the modern. Famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and a charm that is quintessentially Viennese, the city is as old as it is new. Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings exist side by side with the latest architectural styles; over 100 museums are there for you to enjoy. From the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendor of the Viennese Secession movement, to the magnificence of Baroque Schönbrunn palace to the Museum of Fine Arts to the latest architecture in the Museum Quarter, Vienna has more museums than anywhere else in the world and it includes some 27 castles and more than 150 palaces

As for Jewish history, there are few European cities that are as closely connected as Vienna. Until 1938, Vienna had a flourishing and influential Jewish community with dozens of synagogues and prayer houses. The anti-Semitism of the time provided fertile grounds for the Nazi terror to come when 140,000 Austrians had to flee the country.; 65,000 who could not escape were murdered. Coming to terms with the largest crimes in the history of Vienna and Austria is a process that has lasted decades and is still not complete. Since the 1980s, (through organizations such as the Jewish Welcome Service), the City of Vienna has made many efforts to show the history and Jewish heritage in all its complexity.

On our afternoon Jewish tour, we will visit the Museum at Judenplatz (with the subterranean remains of a medieval synagogue), the Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz, and the Memorial against War and Fascism at Albertinaplatz. Finally, we will visit the beautiful City Temple that was built between 1825-26 by Josef Kornhäusel, the most eminent architect of the Vienna Biedermeier School. He designed the building’s interior as well as its religious objects. Since the only houses of worship permitted to stand adjacent to major streets were Catholic, the Synagogue was built into an apartment complex, and as a result it was the only one of 94 Jewish buildings to survive the Kristallnacht progrom of November 9-10, 1938. Here we will have the opportunity to meet with and learn about local Viennese Jewish community.

  • Morning & Afternoon Tours
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 6 November 1 (Mo) Wachau Valley

The Wachau is one of the most beautiful and famous regions in Austria and designated a World UNESCO Heritage Site. Visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the picturesque landscape and the cultural heritage. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Wachau Valley, on the banks of the Danube (Donau in German), we will pass by charming towns amidst breathtaking scenery, that offer glimpses of traditional architecture, and places of significant historic interest.

The morning is spent exploring with our guides the picturesque wine town of Durnstein. Those more adventurous have the opportunity to hike to Richard the Lionhearts castle for some stunning views then an optional guided electric bike tour along the river from Durnstein to Melk. In the afternoon we continue through the valley soaking in its stunning bucolic scenery and hilltop castles on our way to Linz.

  • Morning Tours
  • Afternoon Scenic Sail
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series & on-board programming
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 7 November 2 (Tu) Mauthausen & Linz - A Day of Remembrance & Rebirth

On this special day, together with the directors of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, we will pay tribute to the life of Simon Wiesenthal beginning with a tour and ceremony at Mauthausen Concentration Camp, the site of Simon Wiesenthal’s internment until his liberation.

In the afternoon, you will have a choice of free time or an optional tour of the city of Linz and meet with the local Jewish community.

We return to our ship for a delicious farewell gala dinner and evening entertainment. Later this evening, the vessel sets off for its final port of call – Passau.

  • Morning & Afternoon Tours
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Farwell Evening Entertainment
Day 8 November 3 (We) Passau

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

The KRC / Scenic Experience Video

from $4790 pp/db 8
days

October 27 to November 3, 2021

CRUISE RATES

Schedule

Our all-inclusive river cruise vacation includes daily tours at each of our ports of call.

Cruise Tour

  • Day 1 October 27 (We) Budapest
  • Day 2 October 28 (Th) Budapest
  • Day 3 October 29 (Fr) Bratislava
  • Day 4 October 30 (Sa) Shabbat in Bratislava
  • Day 5 October 31 (Su) Vienna
  • Day 6 November 1 (Mo) Wachau Valley
  • Day 7 November 2 (Tu) Mauthausen & Linz
  • Day 8 November 3 (We) Passau

* Please note mooring and casting off times are only guidelines. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programs. If due to low or high water or a defective ship a section of the river is closed to travel, the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along this section by bus, accommodate them in hotels and /or change the course of this part of the journey. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship.  These situations are rare but do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations. There’s nothing anyone can do to control mother nature.

THE JEWS OF THE DANUBE

ONBOARD LECTURE SERIES WITH DR. HENRY ABRAMSON

Air Booking

For those who need assistance with booking your air please call us and we can supply you the contact information for an outside air agent. Please note there will be a ticket issue fee of $50 per person for this service.

Embarkation & Disembarkation

Embarkation (Wednesday, October 27):

Clients will be able to check-in and board in Budapest beginning at 16:00. Guest who arrive earlier may leave their luggage at reception beginning at 13:00 but will not be able to check-in or receive their cabin until 16:00. Budapest International Airport is approximately 45 minutes from city center and pier. Scheduled group airport transfers are included in the price of your tour on October 27.

Disembarkation (Wednesday, November 3):

Boat will arrive Passau at approximately 5:30a on November 3. Clients will be required to disembark by 9:30a on November 3. Closest international airport is Munich International Airport and is approximately 2 hours from pier to airport. Scheduled group transfers are included in the price of your tour. We recommend guests schedule departing flight around mid-day to avoid any delays that may occur on day of departure.

Gentle Walkers: We welcome guests with limited mobility but want all guests to understand that challenges will exist both on board and during shore excursions. There are stairs between decks and our ships has an elevator. In addition, there are split-level decks and/or significant thresholds that could make movement difficult. Shore excursions are a mix of walking and bus touring that require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs. Therefore, a physically challenged guest

will require the services of a responsible adult as crew availability is very limited in most circumstances. Motorized scooters are typically not suited and cannot be used on-board. Guests have the option of taking taxis and meeting the group at our designated meeting points to cut down on the amount of walking from site to site. Please note that this is at the expense of the individual guest and must be arranged by guests themselves. The ship’s reception can be of assistance in ordering taxis from the dock.

*The Pearl is equipped with an elevator for easy access between decks

Security: The safety of our passengers is something we take very seriously, and we consider it our most important responsibility. Our policy is to be in constant contact with local municipalities as to our arrival and departure at our various locations.

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United Kingdom: 020 3393 6823

 

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