Danube Jewish History Cruise on the Crystal Mahler.
You are Invited to journey through Europe to discover some of history's most meaningful traditions and sites, as Crystal Mahler embarks on a voyage exploring the Jewish Heritage along the Danube River. The May 1, 2018 sailing from Vienna is the ideal opportunity for families, loved ones and fellow travelers to connect with shared discoveries of legendary spiritual landmarks that highlight Europe's enduring Jewish past and unite generations. Crystal Adventures will transport travelers through time as they explore the stories of Europe's first Jewish citizens, visit synagogues and other significant Jewish monuments, and reflect the vibrant spirit of Europe's Jewish people.
Book this enriching journey by December 31, 2017 and you will be eligible for savings of up to $1,000 per suite on Crystal's all-inclusive luxuries!
May 01 -3, Tuesday- Thursday, Vienna, Austria Embark pm Thursday
Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—Or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.
EXCURSION OPTIONS: All booking come with 2 free daily excursions.
Board your Crystal motor coach where you will depart from the river yacht passing the Jewish Quarter to Ring Road in Vienna’s Old Town. As you leave the motor coach, begin a walking tour along the Jewish square and streets where will have the opportunity to visit Jewish Museum Vienna, as well as some noteworthy monuments.
The first Jewish museum in the world of its sort, Jewish Museum Vienna was founded in 1895 and is a museum of Jewish history, life, and religion in Austria.
At the end of your journey, board your motor coach once again to be returned to your river yacht.
Meeting with Mr. Aba Lewit, survivor of Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps
May 04, Friday Krems, Austria 8 AM 12 PM
Situated at the confluence of the Danube and Krems rivers 43 miles west of Vienna, Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley (if traveling upstream) and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. The Steiner Tor, or Stoney Gate, combines architectural styles, with its original 15th-century construction later refashioned into a fanciful Baroque style. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, which is snuggled up against a newer chrome-and-glass section – similar in height and purpose, and entirely different in appearance and feel. Putting the new within the old are the designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt. In the upper Old Town, you’ll find one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria. Old traditions also stand the test of time: In cozy heurigen, or wine bars, wine is consumed with a relaxed conviviality. Storybook beautiful in its steep-roofed architecture and Danube setting, Krems is perhaps neither old nor new, but timeless.
Krems Jewish Tour option 3.5 hours
Enter your Crystal Coach
and join your guide to discover the Jewish Heritage Sites Krems has to offer.
First you will be transferred to the 'Südtirolerplatz' from where you will
start your walking tour. You will pass the Steiner Tor, the church St. Veit, the
former ghetto and the church 'Bürgerspital' and learn about the Jewish History
in Krems. After this, the coach will bring you to the Jewish cemetery
where you will have a short guided tour. You continue to the ruins of the
prisoner of war camp 'Stalag XVII B' which was located in the area of the
airfield 'Gneixendorf' during World War II. It was part of a large complex
which comprised a military camp, a prisoner camp, a military hospital, a camp
cemetery and a water reservoir. Also American prisoners of war used to be
detained here. With many new impressions and information you will be
transferred back to the ship.
May 04, Friday Danube Scenic Cruising
Scenic River Cruising At Its Best.
Aboard your all-inclusive, all-suite Crystal river yacht, luxury knows no bounds. While cruising from one storied European port to the next, your day’s adventure might include a morning in the Fitness Center using state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment, or perhaps a yoga class followed by a soothing massage. For lunch, dine on Michelin Star-level cuisine while watching the world drift slowly by. Enjoy a mid-afternoon respite on the top deck under the sun, or in cooler climes escape to your well-appointed suite and avail yourself of your attentive butler. Catch up on your reading. Watch a movie. Attend a lecture. As always aboard the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, the choices are yours.
May 04, Friday Melk, Austria 4 PM 7 PM
Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.
May 05, Saturday Cruising the Danube River
May 05- 06, Saturday, Sunday Passau, Germany 1 PM
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade and manufacturing pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Experience Passau’s charm as you the wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and encounter magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the New Bishop’s Residence.
Free optional Full Day Munich with Jewish
Dance Workshop 9 hours
After an approx. 2,5 hour coach drive from the vessel in Passau, arrive at the Marienplatz in Munich where the walking tour starts. During the city walk, explore the historical city center of Munich and find many highlights such as the golden statue of the Virgin Mary, the town hall with the Glockenspiel, the Church of Our Lady, the Opera Square and Maximilianstrasse with the exclusive boutiques. On the top, see the impressive Maximilianeum on top of the hill (Bavarian State Parliament), the Odeonsplatz, the residence, the Opera House, the Hof Garten and the Viktualienmarkt. After the tour, enjoy your lunch in a typical Bavarian restaurant. With some new energy, participate in a Jewish dancing workshop with Mr. Goldschmidt to get deep insights into the Jewish culture. After the workshop, the coach will bring you back to the ship.Free optional Jewish Tour of Regensburg 7 hours
Enter your Crystal Coach and enjoy your transfer to Regensburg. Once you arrive, join your guide on a walking tour through the city. You will see the most important sights of Regensburg with a focus on the Jewish history. Part of the tour will be a visit to the restored Mikve, an exterior visit to the house of Oskar Schindler, the synagogue monument at Neupfarrplatz, today's Jewish community, various walled Jewish gravestones and the so-called Judensau at the cathedral. After the walk, enjoy some free time to have lunch. With some new energy, start your guided tour of the document Neupfarrplatz. You will descend into the excavated remnants of the Jewish quarter and immerse yourself in the life of the medieval Jewish community. After the tour, the coach will bring you back to the ship in Passau.
May 07 - 08, Tuesday Linz, Austria arrive 8AM on the 7th Departs May 8 at 6 PM
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, even as it remains reverential to its past. There is much to be proud of: Here on the gentle curve of the Danube, Linz rose to power as a political and economic hub for the Holy Roman Empire. Trade and influence extended in all four directions, from Hungary and Germany to the east and west and Poland and Italyto the north and south. Later, Linz sparkled as a city of the Habsburgs, the last home to German Emperor, Friedrich III. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods, a kind of tree-rings of age and architectural styles. Highpoints of old traditions and impressive landmarks include the Linzer torte, dating to 1653 and thought to be the oldest cake in the world, and St. Martin’s church, the oldest church in Austria.
Optional Jewish tour
Option 1 is a 6 hours Jewish Tour of Czesky Krumlov
Enter your Crystal coach
and relax while being transferred to 'Rožmberk nad Vltavou' which is located
approx. 60 minutes away from Linz. Here you will find the Jewish Cemetery on which all the Jews from
Linz and Czesky Krumlov were buried in the past and have a short guided tour.
Get back in the coach to continue to
Czesky Krumlov. Here you will have a guided walk through the city and
visit the Jewish synagogue which was built in 1909. During the stroll through
the town, you will see many sights such as the castle, the town hall and the
Egon Schiele Art Center and learn about the city's as well as the Jewish
community's history. One highlight will be the Jewish synagogue in which you
can find many information boards and pictures of the former synagogue that was
destroyed by the Nazis. Before heading back to the ship, have a look at the
garden and enjoy some free time in the small cozy integrated café which used to
be the apartment of the rabbi.
Option 2 4 hour Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
This excursion will take
you to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial, which is located approx. 45
minutes coach drive from Linz. Between
1938 and 1945, around 190,000 people from over 40 nations were imprisoned in
the Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps or one of the subcamps. During
this time, at least 90,000 people were killed. Today the Mauthausen Memorial is
an international site of remembrance and a place of historical and political
education. Its task is to ensure public awareness of the history of the
Mauthausen concentration camp and its subcamps, the memory of its victims and
the responsibility borne by the perpetrators and on-lookers. With many new
impressions, the Crystal coach will bring you back to the ship.
May 09, Wednesday Bratislava, Slovakia 1 PM 10 PM
Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.
Jewish Tour of Bratislava 3.5 hours
Enter your Crystal coach and join your guide to discover the Jewish Heritage of Bratislava. Visit one of the most unique and most visited monuments, the Jewish underground tomb of Chatam Sofer, which only miraculously survived the construction of a tunnel under the castle rock during WW2. At the time of the rabbi Chatam Sofer the Jewish community in Bratislava as well as local rabbinical school experienced its golden age. After that you continue to the castle of Bratislava for the view of the three countries and the lovely castle gardens. Coming back to the old town you will visit the Jewish museum in the former Jewish settlement. From the museum you will start the walking tour by the Holocaust monument and the former neological synagogue destroyed by the communist regime. At the end the guide will walk you through the cozy old town showing you the oldest Jewish settlement in the down town as well as other important sites like the town hall, national theater, Michael´s Gate and many others.
May 09 Budapest, Hungary
Once the capital of Hungary, Esztergom still displays a regal appearance, situated beautifully on the Danube and capped by the Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary. Adding to its former-capital credentials is Esztergom’s stretch-way-back history: It is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. The Middle Ages version of the city lies underneath the present Esztergom; excavations have revealed evidence that this spot of Hungarian earth has been inhabited since the end of the Ice Age—in other words, 20,000 years ago. Fast forward to today and you’ll discover a town that stays intouch with its past, with most roads leading to the grand Basilica. Turn your head away from the church’s imposing edifice to glimpse the city’s other attractions, including fountain-adored squares, fine gardens and, of course, the waters and bridges of the Danube.
May 10, Thursday Esztergom, Hungary 7 AM 10 AM
May 10, Thursday Budapest, Hungary 2 PM
Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasuresof Budapest—Hungary’s capital and the largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, formed as a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a genteel coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.
May 11- 12, Friday and Saturday Budapest, Hungary Disembark PM
Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasures of Budapest—Hungary’s capital and the largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, formed as a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a genteel coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.
Free Options Budapest
Holocaust Memorials &
Museum 3 hrs
This tour will focus on the
Holocaust Memorials. After a short transfer, you will have a short photo stop
at the Shoes on the Danube Memorial. The memorial was designed as a remembrance
for the hundreds of Hungarian Jews who had to leave their shoes on the bank of
the river before they were shot to the river during the Holocaust in Hungary.
After that, you will be transferred to Saint Stephen Park with its statue and
to Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Sign which is located on the corner of the Raoul
Wallenberg Street in Budapest, in the neighborhood of the protected houses of
Pest, which were established by Wallenberg. Next the coach will take you
to the Grand Synagogue (Dohany Street
Synagogue) where you will start your tour of the Synagogue, Raoul Wallenberg
Park, Emanuel Tree and the Jewish Museum before returning to the ship.
Jewish Cooking Class 4 hrs
Enter your Crystal coach
and take a short transfer to the Jewish cooking class. You will be divided into
teams of 4-8 people and start a unique and fun experience. While listening to
light music and tasting delicious drinks, you will prepare a harmonic menu of
Jewish courses. Each team will cook or prepare a different course, e.g. Matzah
dumpling soup or Humus as an appetizer, Shakshuka or Cholent (meat, potatoes,
beans and barley stew) as a main course and Flódni (apple, walnut, poppy seed
pastry) as dessert. At the end, enjoy your selfmade meal and enjoy a nice chat
with each other before heading back to the ship.
Jewish District Tour 3.5 hrs
This tour leads through the
Jewish District. Enter your Crystal coach and have a short transfer to the
Grand Synagogue which is a must see for anyone visiting Budapest. During your
visit here, you will also see the Raul Wallenberg Park which is located on the
grounds of the Grand Synagogue. Next to the Synagogue there is the Goldmark
Hall, named after a Hungarian born Jewish composer. After that you will be walking from the Grand
Synagogue to the Kazinczy synagogue, passing the Carl Lutz memorial. The last
stop will be the Fröhlich kosher pastry shop. Here you will have a short coffee
break and taste some Jewish pastry before heading back to the ship.
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2-BEDROOM CRYSTAL SUITE WITH PANORAMIC BALCONY-WINDOW ™
2-BEDROOM CRYSTAL SUITE WITH PANORAMIC BALCONY-WINDOW ™
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