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A Tale of Two Cities


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals: breakfast daily & 6 additional meals
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program

The "A Tale of Two Cities" seminar, taking place from August 26 (in Prague) to September 4 (in Berlin), will be led by Avi Ben-Hur, Melton Tour Educator. The seminar is open to all Melton students and graduates as well as to all adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel.

Seminar Dates: August 26 - September 4, 2018

Day One: Sunday
PRAGUE: A walking introduction

    2:30 p.m. Meet with your Melton educators and fellow group members.

    Orientation to the program.

    Walking tour of the Old Town Square and its vicinity: (how) were the Jews a part of this culture? 

    Walk alongside the Vlatava River: Prague at its Finest

    Opening dinner.

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight: Prague

    Day Two: Monday

      Introduction to the day: The Crown, the Cross and the Jews.

      Transfer to the Strakhov Monastery Library for an exclusive visit to its collection.

      Visit the St. Vitus Cathedral and grounds of the Prague Castle.

      Overview of the City of 100 Spires and walk along the Golden Lane and through the Lesser Town, with a study session on the way: Politics and Leadership: Between Nobles, Burghers and Jews.

      Lunch on your own.

      Afternoon: the Old Jewish Town (Yosefov):

      Introduction: The Fabric of Jewish Life Until the 19th century
      Guided visit through the Altneu Shul
      Explore the rest of the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit.

      Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

      (Optional): A Jew in K's Prague (exploring Central Prague through Kafka's life story).

      Overnight: Prague

      Day Three: Tuesday

        Introduction to the day: Twentieth century breakdown.

        Visit Terezin, the “model” ghetto and concentration camp. Visit the Historical Museum and the Art Exhibits. Conclude the visit with a special study session.

        Boxed lunch en route back to Prague.

        Visit the Jubilee Synagogue.

        Group debriefing and discussion with local Jewish activist about contemporary challenges faced by the Czech Jews.

        Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

        Overnight: Prague

        Day Four: Wednesday

          Drive to Dresden, symbol of Germany in her defeat and of the price of war.

          Site visit and discussion: Between Victor Klemperer and Kurt Vonnegut. 

          Boxed lunch in nearby park.

          Continue the drive to Berlin.

          Upon arrival: Introduction to an Emerging Great City.
          visit Nikolaikirsche Platz - The city and its Jewish community.
          Who is a Court Jew? - Ephraim-Palais, home of the court Jew of Frederick the Great.
          "Nathan the Wise" - Lessing and Moses Mendelssohn. (At Lessing's home).
          Enlightenment and Assimilation: The story of Rahel Varnhagen, founder of Berlin's most famous salon of the 1800's.

          Check into the hotel.

          Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

          Overnight: Berlin

          Day Five: Thursday

          Introduction to Imperial Germany:

          (I) Bismark and his Jew, Bleichroder

          (II) German Jews and Their Judaisems

          Visit the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe.

          Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry. 

          Tour Jewish sites in the neighborhood:
          The Hackescher Markt
          The Jewish Cemetery, including Moses Mendelsson's grave
          Local memorials

          Break for lunch on own.

          Visit the Centrum Judaicum, an important location for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.

          Trajectories: Guided visit to Libeskind's Jewish museum of Berlin.

          Return to the hotel or remain in museum.

          Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

          Overnight: Berlin

          Day Six: Friday

            Visit the Book Burning Memorial alongside Humboldt University.

            Visit the Tiergarten near the statue of Bismarck, architect of modern Germany.

            Visit the stadium for the 1936 Olympic Games.

            Stop at Postdamer Platz, today a major commercial center.

            Drive to the Reich Ministry of Aviation, and other Nazi-era buildings along Wilhelmstrasse.

            Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

            Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner with members of the local community and other visitors.

            Overnight: Berlin

            Day Seven: Shabbat
            SHABBAT IN BERLIN (including a walking tour)

            Optional Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.


              At leisure to explore Berlin on own, with the opportunity to visit Berlin's excellent museums, or simply relax!

                Afternoon walking tour, including:
                The Brandenburg Gate, Perhaps Berlin's best known landmark, and now a symbol of the city's reunification.
                The Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
                Monument for the murdered Roma and Sinti

                Bein Kodesh Lechol: light Seuda Shlishit, study session and Havdallah.

                Overnight: Berlin

                Day Eight: Sunday
                MEMORIES OF THAT WAR

                Introduction to the day: Berlin, Divided and Reunited.

                Visit the Topography of Terror Museum.

                Visit the exhibition devoted to the residents of Schoneberg at the municipal hall and break for lunch together.

                Visit the “Places of Remembrance” ‘art in public space' memorial in the Bavarian Quarter, addressing the almost-forgotten history of this neighborhood, where Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt once lived.

                Walls That Divided: Visit the Berlin Wall Museum and memorial.

                Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

                Overnight: Berlin

                Day Nine: Monday                                                                                                                                                    TAKING STOCK

                Introduction to the day: Looking Back.

                How Do We Educate? a special session with the educational staff of the Wannsee Conference Educational and Memorial Site.

                The Ongoing Construction of Memory: a visit to Gleis 17 (Track 17), the main deportation site for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust, located in Grunewald.

                Boxed lunch.

                Heart of the New Germany: The Reichstag and new Government Center.

                What Lessons do Germans Take From Their Past? Meet with an organization involved in refugee assistance or co-existence dialogue or a scholar of contemporary German society.

                Group session: What Lessons do we Take From All Our Encounters?

                Farewell dinner.

                Overnight: Berlin

                Day Ten: Tuesday
                RETURN HOME

                  Breakfast at the hotel and check out as per private travel plans..


                  Need to Know

                  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
                  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
                  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
                  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. In travel beyond Israel, all group meals are kosher. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
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