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Danube River cruise, Prague, & Jewish history

Old Aug 31st, 2007, 11:16 AM
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my name is Andrew Illes, a local private tourist guide in Budapest.
If you does not like to travel in big group, I will offer my tailor-made private service with my vehicle, comfortable for 3-4 pers.
Have a look in my web site: www.guideinbudapest.com and you can select planty of interesting program.
I am specialised in the Jewish history, city tour and other visits.

Please feel free to write me and I will reply to your questions.
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Old Sep 8th, 2007, 01:07 PM
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I was there for the entire month of July and posted a trip report listing activities and food. Just do a search on adnil1962 - I posted it the first week of August 2007. Feel free to e-mail me with questions.

Also check out my photos on cdiaphoto.com under the Prague tab - I did a whole story on Jewish Prague.
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If you're searching for native hungarian private guides for an unforgettable sightseeing/walking tour in Budapest or the surroundings, take a look on the following websites:

www.babotka.com (Katalin Babot)
www.guideinhungary.hu (Tibor Lázár)
www.kataguide.hu (Katalin Patai)
www.pannonvoyage.hu (Anikó Dalos)
www.hediguide.hu (Hedvig Gaal)
www.personalguides.hu (George Fohn)
www.budapestguides.hu (Judit Gresznáryk)
www.twinstour.hu (The Koncz-twins: Emese & Krisztina)
www.guide4you.hu (István Nádor)
www.tourguideistvan.net (István Kovács)
www.juliaguide.hu (Júlia Sarlai)
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For what it's worth, I was speaking this evening with a U.S. travel agent who was born in Hungary and travels back frequently and she mentioned that there is quite a notable increase in anti semitism in Hungary these days. Has anyone else experienced this?
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If you are interested in a guided tour of Jewish Prague and Czech Republic you can't do better than Precious Legacy Tours who specialize in just that. One of the principals is the former head of the US Council of Jewish Federations and is the person most responsible for bringing the Precious Legacy exhibit to the Smithsonian some years ago. It is a first quality operation. They have a website - just google the name if you are interested.
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Another recommendation for WITTMAN Tours.
My visit to Prague did not include a CRUISE, but while staring in Prague, I LIKED THE WITTMAN TOUR of the Jewish Ghetto in Prague very much, and also recommend it.

We bought tickets right in front of the Prague Intercontinental Hotel.
I can't remember exactly, but I believe the morning tour was at 10:00AM.

The guide we had was wonderful.
The Josevof (Jewish Ghetto section) of Prague, was acutally on of my favorite neighborhoods.
Be sure to spend time exploring that neighborhood. Also many good restaurants in that neighborhood as well. The streets, buildings in the neighborhood were fabulous.

There were 4 of us, and it was like our "own private tour.
Everyone enjoyed the information our guide shared with us.

ELAINE has a very organized list of Prague sights and suggestions, that are very good.

I don't think you should include Terezin your trip, as you really won't be in Prague that long. With only 2 days in Prague.........You would never get to really see the city if you take a side trip to Terezin.

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We were in Budapest this summer and loved it. We went to Friday evening services at the Dohany Synagogue. The day before we had taken a tour of the synagogue, museum and courtyard. They are all enclosed, so I hope you're not there on a Saturday. Walking around the Jewish quarter was fascinating and a little sad, because even though it still exists, it's like one of those movies where the person is becoming a ghost, slowly slowly fading away. Lots of empty buildings with Hebrew words or letters carved into the facades. You need to witness that it once existed, who knows how long it will be there before it all becomes gentrified. Not unlike the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Remnants are all that's there. BUT, since you will be on a River Cruise, your 1st stop must be the Shoes Memorial on the banks of the Danube in Budapest. It is on the Pest side, between the Parliament and the Chain Bridge. There is no marker. You come upon the shoes and it's heartbreaking. This is the place (or one of them) where the Nazis lined up Jewish women & children from the Budapest Ghetto, had them undress and killed them. Their bodies went into the Danube. No muss, no fuss. Really chilling. One of the most moving memorials I've ever seen. My Mom & Dad were Holocaust survivors so you can bet I scope out Jewish history whenever we go to Europe. Your cruise sounds like something we would like to do someday. Be sure to report back.
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