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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Central Europe Discovery

Travel to Prague, Budapest, and Poland to explore classic world heritage sites and honor Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving educational travel opportunity.

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 11-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Your European travels begin in the grand capital cities of Prague and Budapest. Step back in time wandering the cobblestone streets of Budapest’s Castle Hill and Prague’s Old Town Square. Cruise down the Danube River, tour the world’s largest castle in Prague, explore the expansive markets of Budapest, and luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal pools.

As a Jewish experience, you’ll learn about Europe’s rich Jewish history and about the lives of world-famous intellectual leaders like Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka who called these cities home. In Poland, the story of the Holocaust unfolds. You’ll re-trace the rise of Nazi-inspired anti-Semitism and bear witness to the horrors of Plaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek. You’ll be inspired by the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore world heritage sites like Hradcany Castle in Prague, Budapest’s Castle Hill, and the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland
Cruise down the Danube River, luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal baths and explore the fantastic Wieliczka Salt Mines
Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry at places like the Spanish Synagogue and Dohany Street Synagogue
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Pllaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors

Celebrate Poland’s modern Jewish community by taking part in the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21st departure only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Arrival to Europe

  • Arrive in Prague in the morning – meet local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Orientation and dinner with local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Enter Josefov – Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Discover Prague’s fascinating Jewish history at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and learn the legend of the Golem – Prague’s Jewish “monster”
  • Explore the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue and the Moorish-style Spanish Synagogue
  • Tour of Prague Castle – world’s largest castle! – dating back to the 9thCentury
  • Walk across the Charles Bridge and step back in time to Prague’s Old Town
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest in the morning
  • Go deep underground to explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth
  • Walk across the Chain Bridge over the Danube River – Connecting historic Buda and Pest
  • Climb up Castle Hill and take in the views from Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

  • Reflect at the somber “Shoes on the Danube Bank” installation
  • Explore the Dohany Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum – Europe’s largest synagogue
  • View the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial – Rescuer of Budapest Jewry during WWII
  • Visit to Hősök Tere – “Heroes Square” – to honor Hungary’s national heroes
  • Afternoon at the Szechenyi thermal spa and the lively Great Market Hall
  • Dinner cruise on the Danube River
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Musical Shabbat in Galicija – Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival (June 21st departure only)
  • Check-in and prepare for Shabbat in Krakow
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Walking tour – Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Enjoy a festive concert in Szeroka Square (June 21st departure only)
  • Preparation to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim near Auschwitz
  • View Oscar Schindler’s Factory and Plasźow forced labor camp
  • Time for group reflections and processing
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Lublin in the Galicia Countryside
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Afternoon walking tour in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Jewish Ghetto, Grodzka Gate, and the Yeshiva of Lublin
  • Overnight: TBA – Lublin, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Last Reflections in Europe

  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Continue on to Warsaw where you’ll honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Farewell dinner and reflections
  • Overnight: TBA – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Farewell to Europe

  • Depart Warsaw on a morning flight
  • Arrive back to New York in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, over 90% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue on to Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • Central Europe Discovery + *International Kallah
    32 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 11-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Your European travels begin in the grand capital cities of Prague and Budapest. Step back in time wandering the cobblestone streets of Budapest’s Castle Hill and Prague’s Old Town Square. Cruise down the Danube River, tour the world’s largest castle in Prague, explore the expansive markets of Budapest, and luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal pools.

As a Jewish experience, you’ll learn about Europe’s rich Jewish history and about the lives of world-famous intellectual leaders like Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka who called these cities home. In Poland, the story of the Holocaust unfolds. You’ll re-trace the rise of Nazi-inspired anti-Semitism and bear witness to the horrors of Plaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek. You’ll be inspired by the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore world heritage sites like Hradcany Castle in Prague, Budapest’s Castle Hill, and the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland
Cruise down the Danube River, luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal baths and explore the fantastic Wieliczka Salt Mines
Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry at places like the Spanish Synagogue and Dohany Street Synagogue
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Pllaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors

Celebrate Poland’s modern Jewish community by taking part in the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21st departure only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Arrival to Europe

  • Arrive in Prague in the morning – meet local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Orientation and dinner with local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Enter Josefov – Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Discover Prague’s fascinating Jewish history at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and learn the legend of the Golem – Prague’s Jewish “monster”
  • Explore the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue and the Moorish-style Spanish Synagogue
  • Tour of Prague Castle – world’s largest castle! – dating back to the 9thCentury
  • Walk across the Charles Bridge and step back in time to Prague’s Old Town
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest in the morning
  • Go deep underground to explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth
  • Walk across the Chain Bridge over the Danube River – Connecting historic Buda and Pest
  • Climb up Castle Hill and take in the views from Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

  • Reflect at the somber “Shoes on the Danube Bank” installation
  • Explore the Dohany Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum – Europe’s largest synagogue
  • View the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial – Rescuer of Budapest Jewry during WWII
  • Visit to Hősök Tere – “Heroes Square” – to honor Hungary’s national heroes
  • Afternoon at the Szechenyi thermal spa and the lively Great Market Hall
  • Dinner cruise on the Danube River
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Musical Shabbat in Galicija – Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival (June 21st departure only)
  • Check-in and prepare for Shabbat in Krakow
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Walking tour – Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Enjoy a festive concert in Szeroka Square (June 21st departure only)
  • Preparation to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim near Auschwitz
  • View Oscar Schindler’s Factory and Plasźow forced labor camp
  • Time for group reflections and processing
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Lublin in the Galicia Countryside
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Afternoon walking tour in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Jewish Ghetto, Grodzka Gate, and the Yeshiva of Lublin
  • Overnight: TBA – Lublin, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Last Reflections in Europe

  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Continue on to Warsaw where you’ll honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Farewell dinner and reflections
  • Overnight: TBA – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Farewell to Europe

  • Depart Warsaw on a morning flight
  • Arrive back to New York in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, over 90% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue on to Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • Central Europe Discovery + *International Kallah
    32 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Central Europe Discovery

Travel to Prague, Budapest, and Poland to explore classic world heritage sites and honor Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving educational travel opportunity.

Central Europe Discovery

Travel to Prague, Budapest, and Poland to explore classic world heritage sites and honor Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving educational travel opportunity.

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 11-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Your European travels begin in the grand capital cities of Prague and Budapest. Step back in time wandering the cobblestone streets of Budapest’s Castle Hill and Prague’s Old Town Square. Cruise down the Danube River, tour the world’s largest castle in Prague, explore the expansive markets of Budapest, and luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal pools.

As a Jewish experience, you’ll learn about Europe’s rich Jewish history and about the lives of world-famous intellectual leaders like Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka who called these cities home. In Poland, the story of the Holocaust unfolds. You’ll re-trace the rise of Nazi-inspired anti-Semitism and bear witness to the horrors of Plaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek. You’ll be inspired by the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore world heritage sites like Hradcany Castle in Prague, Budapest’s Castle Hill, and the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland
Cruise down the Danube River, luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal baths and explore the fantastic Wieliczka Salt Mines
Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry at places like the Spanish Synagogue and Dohany Street Synagogue
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Pllaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors

Celebrate Poland’s modern Jewish community by taking part in the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21st departure only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Arrival to Europe

  • Arrive in Prague in the morning – meet local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Orientation and dinner with local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Enter Josefov – Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Discover Prague’s fascinating Jewish history at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and learn the legend of the Golem – Prague’s Jewish “monster”
  • Explore the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue and the Moorish-style Spanish Synagogue
  • Tour of Prague Castle – world’s largest castle! – dating back to the 9thCentury
  • Walk across the Charles Bridge and step back in time to Prague’s Old Town
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest in the morning
  • Go deep underground to explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth
  • Walk across the Chain Bridge over the Danube River – Connecting historic Buda and Pest
  • Climb up Castle Hill and take in the views from Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

  • Reflect at the somber “Shoes on the Danube Bank” installation
  • Explore the Dohany Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum – Europe’s largest synagogue
  • View the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial – Rescuer of Budapest Jewry during WWII
  • Visit to Hősök Tere – “Heroes Square” – to honor Hungary’s national heroes
  • Afternoon at the Szechenyi thermal spa and the lively Great Market Hall
  • Dinner cruise on the Danube River
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Musical Shabbat in Galicija – Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival (June 21st departure only)
  • Check-in and prepare for Shabbat in Krakow
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Walking tour – Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Enjoy a festive concert in Szeroka Square (June 21st departure only)
  • Preparation to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim near Auschwitz
  • View Oscar Schindler’s Factory and Plasźow forced labor camp
  • Time for group reflections and processing
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Lublin in the Galicia Countryside
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Afternoon walking tour in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Jewish Ghetto, Grodzka Gate, and the Yeshiva of Lublin
  • Overnight: TBA – Lublin, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Last Reflections in Europe

  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Continue on to Warsaw where you’ll honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Farewell dinner and reflections
  • Overnight: TBA – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Farewell to Europe

  • Depart Warsaw on a morning flight
  • Arrive back to New York in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, over 90% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue on to Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • Central Europe Discovery + *International Kallah
    32 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 11-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Your European travels begin in the grand capital cities of Prague and Budapest. Step back in time wandering the cobblestone streets of Budapest’s Castle Hill and Prague’s Old Town Square. Cruise down the Danube River, tour the world’s largest castle in Prague, explore the expansive markets of Budapest, and luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal pools.

As a Jewish experience, you’ll learn about Europe’s rich Jewish history and about the lives of world-famous intellectual leaders like Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka who called these cities home. In Poland, the story of the Holocaust unfolds. You’ll re-trace the rise of Nazi-inspired anti-Semitism and bear witness to the horrors of Plaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek. You’ll be inspired by the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore world heritage sites like Hradcany Castle in Prague, Budapest’s Castle Hill, and the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland
Cruise down the Danube River, luxuriate at the Szechenyi thermal baths and explore the fantastic Wieliczka Salt Mines
Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry at places like the Spanish Synagogue and Dohany Street Synagogue
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Pllaszow, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors

Celebrate Poland’s modern Jewish community by taking part in the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21st departure only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Arrival to Europe

  • Arrive in Prague in the morning – meet local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Orientation and dinner with local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Enter Josefov – Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Discover Prague’s fascinating Jewish history at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and learn the legend of the Golem – Prague’s Jewish “monster”
  • Explore the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue and the Moorish-style Spanish Synagogue
  • Tour of Prague Castle – world’s largest castle! – dating back to the 9thCentury
  • Walk across the Charles Bridge and step back in time to Prague’s Old Town
  • Overnight: TBA – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest in the morning
  • Go deep underground to explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth
  • Walk across the Chain Bridge over the Danube River – Connecting historic Buda and Pest
  • Climb up Castle Hill and take in the views from Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

  • Reflect at the somber “Shoes on the Danube Bank” installation
  • Explore the Dohany Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum – Europe’s largest synagogue
  • View the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial – Rescuer of Budapest Jewry during WWII
  • Visit to Hősök Tere – “Heroes Square” – to honor Hungary’s national heroes
  • Afternoon at the Szechenyi thermal spa and the lively Great Market Hall
  • Dinner cruise on the Danube River
  • Overnight: TBA – Budapest, Hungary

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Musical Shabbat in Galicija – Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival (June 21st departure only)
  • Check-in and prepare for Shabbat in Krakow
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Walking tour – Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Enjoy a festive concert in Szeroka Square (June 21st departure only)
  • Preparation to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim near Auschwitz
  • View Oscar Schindler’s Factory and Plasźow forced labor camp
  • Time for group reflections and processing
  • Overnight: TBA – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Lublin in the Galicia Countryside
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Afternoon walking tour in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Jewish Ghetto, Grodzka Gate, and the Yeshiva of Lublin
  • Overnight: TBA – Lublin, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Last Reflections in Europe

  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Continue on to Warsaw where you’ll honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Farewell dinner and reflections
  • Overnight: TBA – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Farewell to Europe

  • Depart Warsaw on a morning flight
  • Arrive back to New York in the afternoon

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Central Europe is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, over 90% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue on to Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • Central Europe Discovery + *International Kallah
    32 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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