Friday, December 15, 2017
 

Lithuanian Holidays


Destination Management Company
 
Inbound Tour Operator


Tel. +370 5 2636064 / 2721340

IBC (International Business Center) 
Šeimyniškiu St. 1a, LT-09312
Vilnius, Lithuania


24 hours 
emergency phone: +37068232553



     


   


E-mail:
travel@lithuanianholidays.lt
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The Lithuanian Tourism Association


International Coach Tourism Federation

 

 

8 days / 7 nights

 


Tour description

JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

 

TOUR DESCRIPTION: 

Get acquainted with a long Jewish history in Lithuania which goes back to the 14 th century. Since old Vilnius was a Jewish city referred by a holy name, Jerusalem of Lithuania. A city of spiritual leaders, yeshivas, seminaries, synagogues and libraries where Torah and wisdom always went together in harmony. By the first half of the 17 th c. Vilnius already had 40 famous rabbis. But it was with the Gaon Elijah ben Salomon Zalman when Vilnius became the capital of Jewishness. Jewish scholars from many countries came to Vilnius for wisdom, to share its wealth of books. The city nurtured many of the world's most famous synagogue cantors. Here the Jewish culture flourished in both Hebrew and Yiddish. The books written by Vilnius teachers and published here, were used in Yiddish schools throughout the world. Vilnius is mentioned more often in Jewish history than any other Jewish centre. 

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights at 4*, 3* centrally located hotels in Vilnius, Riga, Kaunas, Panevezys;
  • Daily buffet breakfast;
  • Roundtrip transportation;
  • Guided tour in each city;
  • Entranes to the museums;
  • Local guides for visits to museums;
  • Arrival & departure transfers. 

 Riga's Choral Synagogue Remains Monument to Tsemah Shabad Vilnius Choral Synagogue Monument to Jews

 

Contact us to book this tour: travel@lithuanianholidays.lt

 

DAILY ITINERARY


Day 1

Arrival to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Transfer to hotel for accommodation. Overnight in Vilnius.


Day 2: VILNIUS

Morning walking city tour of Old Vilnius or VILNE in Yiddish and VILNA in Hebrew, a one-time spiritual and intellectual centre for the Jews across the world. Visit the historic site of the Great Synagogue, also the sole surviving active synagogue in Vilnius and many other places commemorating Jewish history. A visit to the Lithuanian State Jewish Museum telling the history of Lithuanian Jews, known as Litvaks, paying homage to holocaust victims. In the afternoon Classical Vilnius tour including the 16-18th century architectural and historic sites : Cathedral on Sventaragis Valley where Vilnius was founded, St Anne's and Bernardines' Churches, gems of the 16th c.Lithuanian Gothics, the Dawn Gate with a holy icon of Virgin Mary, Vilnius University founded in 1579.
Overnight in Vilnius.


Day 3: VILNIUS - PANERIAI - TRAKAI - VILNIUS

Morning visit to the Jewish Cemetery where the great Rabbi, the Gaon of Vilnius is buried. A further drive to Paneriai, in the southeast Vilnius environs, a pine forest area where the nazis took the Vilnius Jewry, other prisoners of war on foot only to be exterminated. After visiting Paneriai Memorial, a further 20 km drive to Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania,attracting with its hills, woods, 5 lakes around and an impressive 15th c. red-brick Gothic Castle on Lake Galve. A visit to Karaite Museum to hear the story of this small ethnic group,Karaites, confessing Judaism, invited to Lithuania from the Crimea 600 years ago.
Overnight in Vilnius.


Day 4: VILNIUS - KAUNAS

Morning transfer to Kaunas, the second Lithuania 's largest city, 100 km from Vilnius. Sightseeing includes the 9 th Fort Memorial, the ‘Blue' Synagogue, Slobodka Jewish suburb of Kaunas and other most important historic sites. You'll visit the house where the Japanese Consul to Lithuania Chiune Sugihara lived and issued transit visas that saved 6000 Jews. A tour round the Town Hall square with its 15-18th c. architectural monuments: Vytautas Church, Cathedral, Catholic Seminary buildings.
Overnight in Kaunas.


Day 5: KAUNAS - KEDAINIAI - PANEVEZYS

Departure for Panevezys via Kedainiai, a town where the Vilna Gaon worked. A visit to three synagogues complex in Kedainiai Market Square. Arrival to Panevezys. Meeting with local Jewish Community leaders.
Overnight in Panevezys.


Day 6: PANEVEZYS - SIAULIAI - JONISKIS - RUNDALE - RIGA
Morning transfer from Panevezys for Riga with a few stops en route : first in Siauliai (Shavli) to visit the Frenkel's synagogue, tannery and residence given to the Hebrew school. The second stop in Jonishkis - an example of a pre-war shtetl in Lithuania. After crossing the Lithuanian-Latvian border, a visit to Rundale Palace,an excellent 18th c.baroque complex, created by the famous Italian architect Rastrelli.
Accommodation on arrival to Riga. Overnight in Riga.

Day 7: RIGA

Morning tour of Jewish Riga including a Jewish quarter, a memorial to the burnt Big Choral Synagogue, Jewish hospital "Bikur Holim", Jewish Cemetery, now a memorial park. A drive to Riga outskirts to visit to Rumbula and Bikernieki Memorials where nazis murdered thousands of Jews from Latvia. On return to the city a stop to admire Art Nouveau architectural style buildings. In the afternoon a walking tour of Riga Old Town including the Dome Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the House of Blackheads, St.Peter's Church. A visit to the only functioning Synagogue in Riga.
Overnight in Riga.


Day 8

Morning free and preparations for a departure home.

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