Our Story Europe

May 22 – June 3, 2018
May 21 – June 2, 2019
Join us in the heart of Europe to explore the story of our People – their enduring accomplishments, their world-changing ideas, and their sorrows – on this moving Jewish travel experience for all.

Our Story includes stops in Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw. The itinerary highlights places of Jewish historical and cultural interest and is led by a professional Jewish educator/guide. Along the way we will also cover world heritage experiences such as Hradcany Castle in Prague, a classical concert in Vienna and a cruise on the Danube River.

VEW THE FULL ITINERARY

Our Story is led by Gadi Ben-Dov, an acclaimed Jewish educator and professional guide. The group is also escorted by a local European tour manager.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • An educational guide and a tour manager escorts the group on a 24/7 basis
  • Centrally located 4* hotels
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals according to the itinerary
  • Luxury private air-conditioned touring bus
  • All programming and site entrances according to the itinerary

Not Included: Flights, travel insurance, gratuities (suggested $100/traveler), meals not marked as included in itinerary, hotel incidentals

TRAVELING TO AND FROM EUROPE
Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel into Warsaw on arrival and from Prague at the conclusion of the tour. Airport transfers will be provided within a specified window. Travelers wishing to arrive early to Warsaw or staying later in Prague will be accommodated at the group hotels by special request based on the group hotel rate.

WHAT IT COSTS

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free.

Land Package: $2,985/Person
Double room hotel occupancy rate
Single Room Supplement: $650/person


REGISTRATION
Sign up for Our Story Europe by completing the online registration form

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of registration
  • The deposit is refundable up to four months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than two months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain travel insurance*
  • A late registration fee of $50/person applies for enrollments within two months of the program start date
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3.5% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • The listed program cost is subject to a minimum participation of 20 travelers confirmed at least four months prior to the program start date
    • Should there be less than 20 participants, the cost of the program may increase
    • Should there be at least 25 participants, the cost of the program will decrease
    • Participants will be allowed to cancel without penalty if there is any such increase in the program cost
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to its discretion

*Our travel insurance policy must be issued before final payment is made. Some benefits are only available if the policy is purchased within 21 days of your initial registration.

 


FAQs

Who staffs the tour?

Our Story is led by a professional Jewish educator/guide who escorts the tour on a 24/7 basis. Our program leader is joined by a tour manager at most times and by a local guide in select cities.

How active is the touring?

Our Story is an active tour designed for adults. Our days are full of experiences designed to provide you with as complete an experience as possible. Although the program does not have age guidelines, the itinerary involves a good amount of walking and some long travel days.

What's the composition of the group?

The program is based on a minimum of 20 travelers and a maximum group size of 30 travelers.

How is this a Jewish experience?

Our Story is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience open to all. Group meals are kosher or kosher style (no pork or shellfish and with vegetarian options), and all touring on Saturdays is by foot.

How all-inclusive is the experience?

In short, you’re responsible for arranging your own flights to and from Europe and any meals not listed as included. We take care of most everything else! The program covers all touring, a fantastic staff team, deluxe bus transportation and round trip airport transfers on the arrival day and departure day (see below for details). You’ll be responsible for any meals not included and gratuities.

How are special dietary needs accommodated?

Travelers be sure to note any special dietary needs as part of your registration. We will coordinate with our hotel and restaurant meal providers to arrange special accommodations as necessary. We make a good faith effort to accommodate food allergy considerations, however, we can not make absolute guarantees on behalf of our meal providing partners.

How do I get ready for the trip?

Detailed pre-trip material are distributed approximately three months prior to arrival. You’ll also be invited to a trip Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch afterwards.

How should I arrange my travel to and from Europe?

Travelers are responsible for arriving to Warsaw, Poland by 12pm on the first day of the program and departing from Prague, Czech Republic by 11am on the final day of the program. Airport transfers will be provided for select flights, with exact details to be communicated following registration.

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