Moscow & Stalingrad: The turning points of WW2

9 days

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Travel in time tunnel, a-once-in-lifetime experience!
Participate: Mr John Loftus – a well know author and researcher of WW2 and the US leadership.
Tour Guides: Rona and Ahron Michelson.

We all grew up in shade of “big dangerous monster” , the Soviet Union… and the monster has collapsed and gone, the memories and stories remain. Let follow them. Lets go and see and touch the places and sites we know so much and so little about….

Just few days before Pearl Harbor, Nazi Germany was at the gates of Moscow. Less then 20 miles from the Soviet Capital. It was clear to all that this are the last days. And then the unexpected came , the Germans where pushed back . it was the first amazing victory for the Soviets and a turning point the Germans missed to understand.

A year later, in Stalingrad , it happened again. The allies are getting ready to swallow the bitter pill and then again, the Soviets won. Over one hundred thousand German soldiers go to POW camps. Again a turning point, the allies understood, the free world can win .

We go to visit Moscow and Stalingrad with experts. We will listen and understand what happened and how did it happen… who was behind the smashing success and how was it done.

Mr John Loftus – a well know author and researcher of WW2 and the US leadership will be with us all along the trip. He will explain, guide and show what was going “behind the walls”. Together with Mr Loftus, we have Mr. Avraham Ziv-Tal, a researcher who spent years to learn and understand the Soviet moves in WW2.

With 2 experts we will see and understand it all. We will see the past while walking in Moscow of today, the changing world, the modern and open world, so different than what we knew.

Old and new, memories and a live history lesson, an experience you want once in life.

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Tour Guides: Rona and Ahron Michelson

Day 1: Wednesday, 9 August 2017, Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Meet the tour guide at the hotel.

Day 2: Thursday, 10 August 2017, Moscow
We begin with orientation in Moscow , the Russian capital. We open our tour with a visit to the Kremlin, the mausoleum of LENIN – founder of the Communist Soviet Union – , we will visit the palace of the CZAR , the RED SQUARE and the surroundings .
We continue to the central synagogue which was the center of our “old time struggle “ in the famous heroic Jewish movement of LET MY PEOPLE GO…
Over dinner we will hear our honorary guest – Mr John Loftus who will tell us few things we may know and a lot we never heard ….

Day 3: Friday, 11 August 2017, Moscow
We begin our day , visiting the Borodino Museum, the spectacular view of the famous battle of Moscow in 1812 and the Napoleon Army. We continue to PUSHKIN Museum with its treasures including the gold found in Old TRYOA on the 19th centaury.
We continue to visit some of the Moscow Underground stations well known for their art achievements.
Back to the hotel for Shabbat Dinner.

Day 4: Saturday, 12 August 2017, Moscow
After Shabbat Services and breakfast we will take a walk around the hotel area.
Evening – Bolshoy show…

Day 5: Sunday, 13 August 2017, Moscow
We begin with the huge museum of the “Great Patriotic War “ and get a deeper look at the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany . We continue to the largest cemetery of Generals, Politicians and Artist by the monastery of Novodivici and on to Victory park. We continue to IZMAILIVO and Stalin’s War Room.
After dinner we take a walk on ARABAT street the artistic center.

Day 6: Monday, 14 August 2017, Moscow – Volgograd
We leave our hotel to the airport for a flight to Stalingrad (Volgograd) . Up arrival we go on a tour to “HEROES CIRCLE” and the famous “bunker of defense”. We continue to our luxury hotel for dinner.
Over dinner – Lecture by ZIV TAL “ how did the Soviets do it “? – how did the Red Army managed to Move over 1 Million soldiers and 1000 tanks from Moscow to Stalingrad while the Germans are SURE that the Red Army in around Moscow….

Day 7: Tuesday, 15 August 2017, Volgograd
After breakfasts we begin with “Red October “ factory and the Barikadi Tractor” factory. We go on to the “Island of Lidonikov” and the memorial to the 600,000 soviet soldiers killed in Stalingrad. We continue to MAMAYEV HILL and the basement of the shopping mall Unimog” where Field Marshal and commander of the 6th army surrendered .
At evening we take a pleasant boat ride on the Volga.

Day 8: Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Volgograd
We drive west of Stalingrad to visit the battle fields of Nov 1942, the Red Army crossed the DON river here and began the encircling of the German 6th army. We will see the crossing sites , the Stalin Tank and the huge Soviets and German cemetaries.
Our experts are with us to point out important facts as well as to answer questions.
We return to our hotel for dinner and summery.

Day 9: Thursday, 17 August 2017, Volgograd – Moscow – Back home
After breakfast we depart to Airport for flights back to Moscow and from there back home.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* 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

Price Includes:

  • Domestic Flight
  • 4* Hotels
  • Tips of local service providers
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
  • Kosher meals daily
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Local English-speaking Guide as required

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Individual transfers
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours as per Itinerary
  • Tip for our Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc.

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.

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

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