TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

Baltic Cruise

13 days

Preview

The Baltic Sea, surrounded by 9 countries, is the gateway to the magical natural beauty of Northern Europe. Our tour and luxury cruise combination offers a unique opportunity to explore the cities and towns of some of those countries: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Germany. A sumptuous kosher cruise to this fascinating part of our planet promises a wealth of experiences. Every day we disembark to discover a new destination leaving you with a deeper understanding of the attention-grabbing places and the charming people that you visit.

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday August 11, 2017: Copenhagen – Start Cruise Ms Zuiderdam
Arrival to Copenhagen. Upon arrival we will transfer to the port for embarkation on the Ms Zuiderdam (Holland-America). Sailing at 04:00 P.M.

Features Of The Ms Zuiderdam

Facilities
Dining
* 4 restaurants – Rotterdam dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, Canaletto restaurant, Pinanacle grill * 11 bars/cafes including Mix champagne, Mix martinis, Mix spirits and ales, Ocean bar, Wine tasting room, Terrace grill, Lido bar
Health and Fitness
* 3 pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool * 3 jacuzzis * Gym * Greenhouse Spa * Aerobics studio * Beauty salon * Thermal suite * Basketball court * Practice tennis court * Lower Promenade deck walk
Entertainment
* Van Gogh theater * Casino * Crow’s Nest lounge/nightclub * Explorations library/internet cafe * Explorer’s lounge*  Culinary Arts center * Neptune lounge * Hudson card room * Club HAL kids club * Club HAL games room * The Loft teens club * The Oasis teens deck area
Other Facilities
* Shopping arcade * Art gallery * Launderette * Half Moon meeting room * Medical center

Day 2: Shabbat August 12, 2017: Kiel, Germany
We will not be disembarking, but will spend Shabbat aboard ship. After Shabbat services and Shabbat meals, we’ll enjoy lectures and shiurim, and be able to enjoy the ship’s wonderful, pampering facilities.

Day 3: Sunday August 13, 2017: At Sea
An opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along to Baltic Sea towards its eastern shores. Today too, we’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers.

Day 4: Monday August 14, 2017: Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn’s beachside region of Pirita may bring back memories of the 1980 Olympic Games, held here at the yachting complex. We will visit the Old Town, and then walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. The Baroque palace at the top is now the seat of the Estonian Parliament. Then, finally, we will look out over the rooftops of the Lower Town from a scenic viewpoint before returning to our ship.

Day 5: Tuesday August 15, 2017: St. Petersburg – Peterhof Gardens & Pushkin
Today we dock in St. Petersburg, the second largest and second most important city in Russia. We’ll begin our visit at the Peterhof Gardens, the copy of the gardens of Versailles that Peter the Great created at his summer palace. The palace was built on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Russian Baroque style. During World War II the Germans destroyed much of the city and established their command post here. We’ll wander through the gardens, enjoying the many Statues, waterfalls and fountains. We’ll make our way to the town of Pushkin nearby where we will hold a memorial ceremony by the monument dedicated to the Jewish murdered here during the Holocaust. If time permits, we’ll try making it to one of the shows that are offered here every night, seeing as the ship remains at anchor overnight.

Day 6: Wednesday August 16, 2017: St. Petersburg – The Hermitage Museum
Today we will tour the numerous halls of the Hermitage Museum, housing one of the richest art collections in the world. The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage, situated in the center of St Petersburg, is the Baroque Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian Emperors. Enjoy the sumptuous interiors of the Palace while reviewing the paintings, statues and various objects of art. The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from the Berlin, Germany. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from various historical periods (from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe). Pride of the collection includes paintings by the great masters of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian and Michelangelo. Worth seeing is also the unique collection of French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, as well as numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. After our visit we will continue to Yusupov, the place where Gregory Rasputin was assassinated. The palace contains wax figures of those who planned and carried out the murder in December 1916. We end the day with a visit Kazan Cathedral and the battleship Aurora.

Day 7: Thursday August 17, 2017: Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki’s tree-lined avenues, graceful parks, and distinctive architecture make the city a wonderful venue for walking. A coach will take us from the pier to Senate Square, where the Lutheran Church stands near the Senate Building, and the University boasts a neo-Classical style. Along the way we will see the formidable buildings that dominate Helsinki’s skyline—the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum and Parliament House. From here, we will begin our walking tour past the central railway station, Eliel Saarinen, to the National Theater and Sanoma Talo. Our walking tour ends here, and we will return to the pier by coach.

Day 8: Friday August 18, 2017: Stockholm, Sweden
Today we will visit Stockholm, capital of Sweden, a city spread across 14 islands. We will see the imposing City Hall—a magnificent red brick building that was the result of a 12-year effort by combined elite of Swedish construction workers, sculptors, artists and craftsmen. It is renowned for its architecture, murals and mosaics, and as the site of the Nobel Prize Banquet. We will pass through the city center to reach Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) dominated by the Royal Palace. We will continue to stroll along the narrow, twisting alleys and cobblestone streets of this living historical monument, savoring the romantic atmosphere of the buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, with Baroque doorways and regal Coats of Arms. We will also visit the Stortorget (Great Square)—the hub of the Old Town on which the Stock Exchange stands—now the home to the Swedish Academy.

Day 9: Shabbat August 19, 2017: At Sea
After Shabbat services and Shabbat meals, we’ll enjoy lectures and shiurim, and be able to enjoy the ship’s wonderful, pampering facilities.

Day 10: Sunday August 20, 2017: At Sea
An opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along to Baltic Sea towards its eastern shores. Today too, we’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers. How about some Baccarat in the Casino? Or some last-minute duty free shopping? An Art auction, maybe?

Day 11: Monday August 21, 2017: Berlin, Germany
Today the ship docks art Warnemund in Germany, from where we’ll be off to Berlin, the capital of united Germany. We will start with an orientation tour of this amazing city. We will first see the Brandenburg Gate. Built in 1791 by Friedrich Wilhelm II as a symbol of peace, it later became part of the Berlin Wall, and today is probably the most famous symbol of the reunited city. Next on our tour is the Reichstag. Central to so much of German history, the Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament, and one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks. We will see the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe built in 2005, consisting of about 2,700 concrete slabs. An attached underground “place of information” holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. We will drive on Unter Den Linden Blvd, named for the linden (lime) trees that formerly grew along the central promenade and now line the sidewalks. We will see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, which divided East and West Berlin, including Checkpoint Charlie, the best known border-crossing of Cold War days. We will continue past Potsdamer Platz and Kurfurstendamm, one of the most famous avenues in Berlin.

Day 12: Tuesday August 22, 2017: Copenhagen, Denmark
This morning we’ll anchor in Copenhagen. We’ll disembark and head out to discover this most beautiful of Europe’s cities. We’ll visit the Houses of Parliament, the Municipality, the Bourse and the Mall which leads from downtown to the port, where the famous statue of the mermaid is to be found. We’ll continue to Amalienborg Palace, residence of the Danish Royalty and as many other sites as the day will allow.

Day 13: Wednesday August 23, 2017: Departure to Home Gateway
We bid farewell to Northern Europe. It’s been fantastic!

 

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
BLT17/01 08/11/2017 08/23/2017 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
BLT17/01 08/11/2017 5600 $ 2750 $

* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.

Need to Know

All the cruises including mashgiach all the way.

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
  • Kosher full board during the cruise
  • Tips for local service providers
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • first class hotels throughout

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Insurance
  • Tips during the cruise ($170 per person)
  • Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

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