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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.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A

    Location: Czech Republic, Hungary, & Poland

  • Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots or Less
    • 3 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $3,200

    Supervised Flight: ~$1,400

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (3- and 4-star hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Security escort (Poland Only)
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 10-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Our 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 the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

NOTE: Teens traveling on the June 25th departure date will celebrate the modern day revival of Poland’s Jewish community — taking part in the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. This annual festival highlights modern Jewish cultural expressions of all forms and includes a moving Shabbat celebration with thousands of Jewish travelers who come from far and wide to share in this event.

 

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 25th departure only)

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

 

WEEK #1 | Prague, Budapest & Krakow

Arrive in Prague and discover Europe’s most well preserved Jewish Quarter, dating back to medieval times. Then continue on to Budapest and wander the cobblestone streets, an underground labyrinth world on Castle Hill. From Hungary we travel through the European countryside to Poland, arriving in time to celebrate Shabbat as part of the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 25th departure only).

WEEK #2 | Bearing Witness in Poland

In Poland, we explore the story of the Holocaust, tracing the history of European anti-Semitism and confronting evil at places like Plaszow labor camp as well as the death camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. Our European travels end in Poland honoring the heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and celebrating Poland’s modern Jewish community.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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 to Prague in the morning – meet our local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Walk from Charles Bridge into Prague’s Old Towne where you’ll view the hourly procession at the Astronomical Clock and tour Prague Castle — the world’s largest castle!
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Celebrate the glory of Jewish history in Prague at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Tour of the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue of 1270 and Prague’s Spanish Synagogue
  • Learn about the legend of the Golem – the Jewish “monster” of Prague
  • Time for shopping and exploration in Prague’s Old Towne center
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest via Austria
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets of old Budapest to the southern tip of Castle Hill
  • Tour of the medieval-era Buda Castle – Historic home to Hungarian kings
  • Explore Budapest’s extensive underground world at the historic Hospital in the Rock
  • Overnight: Hotel Park Inn, Budapest – Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

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

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines en route
  • Check-in and prepare for our Shabbat in Krakow
  • Take part in a musical Shabbat as part of Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Afternoon: Preparation for Auschwitz and Birkenau visit
  • Evening: Experience the “Nigum Jam” at Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Visit Oscar Schindler’s Factory and tour Kazimierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Reflections and processing at the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Warsaw
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Arrive at Warsaw in the evening
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Uprising and Defiance

  • Tour of the historic Jewish cemetery of Warsaw and the Nozyk Synagogue
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Concentration and Death Camps
  • Honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Overnight: Hotel Campinile – 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 group flight is offered – typically from New York City. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Out of an abundance of caution we travel with a guard in Poland. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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. Day time 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, so plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

Do most of the participants continue onto Israel?
Yes, over 95% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue onto Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. 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 here.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Czech Republic, Hungary, & Poland

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots or Less
    • 3 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $3,200


    Supervised Flight: ~$1,400

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (3- and 4-star hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Security escort (Poland Only)
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 10-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Our 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 the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

NOTE: Teens traveling on the June 25th departure date will celebrate the modern day revival of Poland’s Jewish community — taking part in the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. This annual festival highlights modern Jewish cultural expressions of all forms and includes a moving Shabbat celebration with thousands of Jewish travelers who come from far and wide to share in this event.

 

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 25th departure only)

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

 

WEEK #1 | Prague, Budapest & Krakow

Arrive in Prague and discover Europe’s most well preserved Jewish Quarter, dating back to medieval times. Then continue on to Budapest and wander the cobblestone streets, an underground labyrinth world on Castle Hill. From Hungary we travel through the European countryside to Poland, arriving in time to celebrate Shabbat as part of the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 25th departure only).

WEEK #2 | Bearing Witness in Poland

In Poland, we explore the story of the Holocaust, tracing the history of European anti-Semitism and confronting evil at places like Plaszow labor camp as well as the death camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. Our European travels end in Poland honoring the heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and celebrating Poland’s modern Jewish community.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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 to Prague in the morning – meet our local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Walk from Charles Bridge into Prague’s Old Towne where you’ll view the hourly procession at the Astronomical Clock and tour Prague Castle — the world’s largest castle!
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Celebrate the glory of Jewish history in Prague at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Tour of the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue of 1270 and Prague’s Spanish Synagogue
  • Learn about the legend of the Golem – the Jewish “monster” of Prague
  • Time for shopping and exploration in Prague’s Old Towne center
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest via Austria
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets of old Budapest to the southern tip of Castle Hill
  • Tour of the medieval-era Buda Castle – Historic home to Hungarian kings
  • Explore Budapest’s extensive underground world at the historic Hospital in the Rock
  • Overnight: Hotel Park Inn, Budapest – Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

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

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines en route
  • Check-in and prepare for our Shabbat in Krakow
  • Take part in a musical Shabbat as part of Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Afternoon: Preparation for Auschwitz and Birkenau visit
  • Evening: Experience the “Nigum Jam” at Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Visit Oscar Schindler’s Factory and tour Kazimierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Reflections and processing at the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Warsaw
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Arrive at Warsaw in the evening
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Uprising and Defiance

  • Tour of the historic Jewish cemetery of Warsaw and the Nozyk Synagogue
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Concentration and Death Camps
  • Honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Overnight: Hotel Campinile – 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 group flight is offered – typically from New York City. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Out of an abundance of caution we travel with a guard in Poland. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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. Day time 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, so plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

Do most of the participants continue onto Israel?
Yes, over 95% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue onto Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. 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 here.

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.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A

    Location: Czech Republic, Hungary, & Poland

  • Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots or Less
    • 3 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $3,200

    Supervised Flight: ~$1,400

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (3- and 4-star hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Security escort (Poland Only)
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 10-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Our 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 the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

NOTE: Teens traveling on the June 25th departure date will celebrate the modern day revival of Poland’s Jewish community — taking part in the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. This annual festival highlights modern Jewish cultural expressions of all forms and includes a moving Shabbat celebration with thousands of Jewish travelers who come from far and wide to share in this event.

 

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 25th departure only)

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

 

WEEK #1 | Prague, Budapest & Krakow

Arrive in Prague and discover Europe’s most well preserved Jewish Quarter, dating back to medieval times. Then continue on to Budapest and wander the cobblestone streets, an underground labyrinth world on Castle Hill. From Hungary we travel through the European countryside to Poland, arriving in time to celebrate Shabbat as part of the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 25th departure only).

WEEK #2 | Bearing Witness in Poland

In Poland, we explore the story of the Holocaust, tracing the history of European anti-Semitism and confronting evil at places like Plaszow labor camp as well as the death camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. Our European travels end in Poland honoring the heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and celebrating Poland’s modern Jewish community.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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 to Prague in the morning – meet our local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Walk from Charles Bridge into Prague’s Old Towne where you’ll view the hourly procession at the Astronomical Clock and tour Prague Castle — the world’s largest castle!
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Celebrate the glory of Jewish history in Prague at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Tour of the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue of 1270 and Prague’s Spanish Synagogue
  • Learn about the legend of the Golem – the Jewish “monster” of Prague
  • Time for shopping and exploration in Prague’s Old Towne center
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest via Austria
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets of old Budapest to the southern tip of Castle Hill
  • Tour of the medieval-era Buda Castle – Historic home to Hungarian kings
  • Explore Budapest’s extensive underground world at the historic Hospital in the Rock
  • Overnight: Hotel Park Inn, Budapest – Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

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

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines en route
  • Check-in and prepare for our Shabbat in Krakow
  • Take part in a musical Shabbat as part of Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Afternoon: Preparation for Auschwitz and Birkenau visit
  • Evening: Experience the “Nigum Jam” at Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Visit Oscar Schindler’s Factory and tour Kazimierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Reflections and processing at the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Warsaw
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Arrive at Warsaw in the evening
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Uprising and Defiance

  • Tour of the historic Jewish cemetery of Warsaw and the Nozyk Synagogue
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Concentration and Death Camps
  • Honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Overnight: Hotel Campinile – 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 group flight is offered – typically from New York City. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Out of an abundance of caution we travel with a guard in Poland. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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. Day time 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, so plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

Do most of the participants continue onto Israel?
Yes, over 95% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue onto Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. 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 here.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Czech Republic, Hungary, & Poland

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots or Less
    • 3 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $3,200


    Supervised Flight: ~$1,400

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (3- and 4-star hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Security escort (Poland Only)
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Travel to the heart of Europe on a deeply moving 10-day journey highlighting the region’s storied Jewish history and tremendous world heritage sites.

Our 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 the bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and be inspired by the righteous Polish students who risked it all to save their Jewish neighbors.

NOTE: Teens traveling on the June 25th departure date will celebrate the modern day revival of Poland’s Jewish community — taking part in the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. This annual festival highlights modern Jewish cultural expressions of all forms and includes a moving Shabbat celebration with thousands of Jewish travelers who come from far and wide to share in this event.

 

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 25th departure only)

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

 

WEEK #1 | Prague, Budapest & Krakow

Arrive in Prague and discover Europe’s most well preserved Jewish Quarter, dating back to medieval times. Then continue on to Budapest and wander the cobblestone streets, an underground labyrinth world on Castle Hill. From Hungary we travel through the European countryside to Poland, arriving in time to celebrate Shabbat as part of the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 25th departure only).

WEEK #2 | Bearing Witness in Poland

In Poland, we explore the story of the Holocaust, tracing the history of European anti-Semitism and confronting evil at places like Plaszow labor camp as well as the death camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. Our European travels end in Poland honoring the heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and celebrating Poland’s modern Jewish community.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary 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 to Prague in the morning – meet our local staff and travel to Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city and an orientation
  • Walk from Charles Bridge into Prague’s Old Towne where you’ll view the hourly procession at the Astronomical Clock and tour Prague Castle — the world’s largest castle!
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #3 | Tuesday | The Jewish Quarter of Prague

  • Celebrate the glory of Jewish history in Prague at the Jewish Quarter Museum
  • Tour of the Gothic-style Old New Synagogue of 1270 and Prague’s Spanish Synagogue
  • Learn about the legend of the Golem – the Jewish “monster” of Prague
  • Time for shopping and exploration in Prague’s Old Towne center
  • Overnight: Hotel Pyramida – Prague, Czech Republic

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Castles & Caves of Budapest

  • Travel from Prague to Budapest via Austria
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets of old Budapest to the southern tip of Castle Hill
  • Tour of the medieval-era Buda Castle – Historic home to Hungarian kings
  • Explore Budapest’s extensive underground world at the historic Hospital in the Rock
  • Overnight: Hotel Park Inn, Budapest – Hungary

DAY #5 | Thursday | Jewish Budapest

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

DAY #6 | Friday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Travel through the Hungarian and Polish countryside to Krakow
  • Tour of the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mines en route
  • Check-in and prepare for our Shabbat in Krakow
  • Take part in a musical Shabbat as part of Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Krakow, Poland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Historic Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Walking tour of Wawel Castle and explore Krakow’s Market Square
  • Afternoon: Preparation for Auschwitz and Birkenau visit
  • Evening: Experience the “Nigum Jam” at Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • Visit Oscar Schindler’s Factory and tour Kazimierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
  • Bear witness at Auschwitz and Birkenau Extermination Camp
  • Reflections and processing at the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim
  • Overnight: Hotel Wilga – Krakow, Poland

DAY #9 | Monday | Jewish Warsaw

  • Depart Krakow and begin traveling towards Warsaw
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, a forest mass grave memorial
  • Majdanek – Reflect at the grounds of the infamous Nazi death camp
  • Arrive at Warsaw in the evening
  • Overnight: Hotel Campanile – Warsaw, Poland

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Uprising and Defiance

  • Tour of the historic Jewish cemetery of Warsaw and the Nozyk Synagogue
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Concentration and Death Camps
  • Honor the immense bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
  • Follow the Route of Heroes and view the Rappaport Memorial
  • Overnight: Hotel Campinile – 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 group flight is offered – typically from New York City. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Out of an abundance of caution we travel with a guard in Poland. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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. Day time 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, so plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

Do most of the participants continue onto Israel?
Yes, over 95% of the teens participating on Central Europe Discovery continue onto Israel with Central Europe Discovery + Israel Journey.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. 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 here.

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