The Ultimate 5-Star Western Europe River Cruise

Explore Europe’s most gorgeous cities, replete with stunning architecture and fascinating Jewish history, with none of the fuss of switching hotels.
Location:
Western Europe on the Danube River
Dates:
June 8-15 and July 6-13, 2022
Price:
$4230 per person

Explore classic Europe in style, gliding down the Danube aboard the MS River Voyager luxury cruise ship. This 7-night cruise offers you the charming Old World highlights of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and more. Visit many of Europe’s most gorgeous cities, replete with stunning architecture and fascinating Jewish history, with none of the inconvenience of switching hotels. Savor delicious Kosher cuisine in the ship’s signature panoramic restaurant, paired with unlimited red and white wines from Europe’s finest Kosher vineyards. Enjoy on-shore excursions led by passionate English-speaking guides where you will be engulfed in the rich heritage of the region. Compelling lectures from experts on Jewish culture and European history provide insight into the attractions, exposing you to the hidden gems and narratives of past communities. Visit local synagogues, museums, and timeless landmarks; then settle into your deluxe stateroom or private balcony for rest and relaxation in the evenings. This luxury river cruise is sure to delight history buffs, Jewish heritage visitors, and travelers in search of their dream European jaunt.

With Kosher Travelers it's not just a vacation - it's a lifelong experience

On a Kosher Travelers cruise, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment. Let us pamper you with gourmet cuisine prepared fresh daily by our renowned chefs. Enjoy a royal dining experience at every meal, set with fine china, gleaming glassware, and crisp linens.
Expect an unforgettable culinary experience in our exclusively kosher ocean-view restaurant, from casual hot & cold buffets, late-night snacks, and afternoon teas, to elegant dinners and delightful breakfasts.
We know what’s important to you. You want a memorable, pampering, full-sensory experience that also has depth and meaning. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our cruises, with scholars in residence, intriguing lectures, and daily minyanim. We provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours and cruises!Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Cruise!Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.
Cruise Itinerary
Day
Date
Location
Departure / Arrival Time 
Wednesday
Budapest
Thursday
Budapest
Friday
Bratislava
Shabbat
Bratislava
Sunday
Vienna
Monday
Durnstein & Melk
Tuesday
Linz
Wednesday
Passau
What's included?

What's Included:

  • Delicious Glatt Kosher dining, prepared fresh daily, with all meals on the ship in our beautiful Panorama-Restaurant
  • Complimentary packed lunch options for shore excursions
  • Kashrut, under supervision of Rabbi Nechemia Rotenberg and his experienced team of Mashgichim
  • Kosher Traveler’s exclusive weekday program and Shabbat program
  • Synagogue with Sefer Torah
  • Jewish heritage tours
  • An exclusive kosher dining restaurant area
  • Scholars in residence
  • Guest speakers, and more...

What's not included:

  • Shore excursions.
  • International flights to arrive at the cruise starting point- please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights. Ronnie can be reached at +972-505314500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory.
  • Entry visa if required.
Kashrut Information

Kosher Travelers is committed to providing all its meals of the highest quality and under strict kosher supervision.  All the food serves is Glatt Kosher, and prepared fresh on board the cruise ship by gourmet chefs with uncompromising quality and strict kashrut standards. All meat is Glatt kosher and milk products are Chalav Yisrael. Our on-board Kosher kitchen is under the full-time supervision of a team of mashgichim, headed by our cruise Rav HaMachshir, Rabbi Nehemiah Rotenberg.

 

Rabbi Nehemiah Rotenberg came to Vienna to serve as Rabbi in the community in 2002. During his tenure as Rabbi, he was the head of the “Zehut” Beit Midrash, and during his work in the community he dealt extensively in matters of Kashrus as a representative of many Batai Din (בד”ץ) around the world. Before 2002, while living in Israel he has dealt with kashrus issues and ran a weekly radio program on kashrus.

During the past decade Rabbi Rotenberg’s main specialty is turning hotels throughout Europe to be able to provide food of the highest Kashrus level for Pesach and the summer months. Kashrus of a hotel is a distinct job and requires much expertise in the field, familiarity with the industrial kitchens, the form of Kashering an industrial kitchen, and of course extensive knowledge of kosher food products in Europe. His Kashrut team are all hand picked and well versed with many years of experience.

Rabbi Rothenberg has spent many years developing the community Kosher list in Vienna for hundreds of food products sold in large retail chains throughout the Europe. This knowledge is very important and gives hotel operators in Europe the ability to bring local products and not need to import from Israel or the USA. His Kashrut experience has further expanded into the Kosher Cruises and he the Rav Hamachshir for Eddie’s Kosher Travel/Destinations Cruise packages.

Rabbi Rotenberg works throughout the year to obtain Kosher meat and poultry throughout Europe at the highest kosher level, at the best price. For every shechita Rabbi Rotenberg sends a special overseer on his behalf in reservation to ensure that the shipment of meat from the start will arrive at the hotel with the utmost supervision.

Rabbi Rottenberg currently serves as part time Rabbi of Savion community in Israel Further enquiries pls contact Rabbi Nechemia Rottenberg on +972 584038543 / +436889171489 or nr@zehut.org

 

Flight information & insurance
  • Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance for your Travel, Health, Luggage & COVID-19 insurance needs. You may contact Tali +972-2-622-7999 ext. 125 or 052-769-9406 or tali@egertcohen.co.il. You may also sign up for insurance online at https://www.egertcohen.co.il/travel/signup-kosher-travel.asp. 
  • Comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation and medical emergencies is mandatory at the time of reservation.
  • The arrangements and cost of International flights to get to the tour are not included with your reservation. Please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

What kind of crowd should I expect?

The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among group members.


Daily Tour Schedule

DAY 1, WEDNESDAY: BUDAPEST

Transportation will be provided from Budapest Airport to the ship, where there will be time to check-in and settle into your cabins. We will meet for a Welcome Dinner with the Captain and our onboard team. We will dock in Budapest.

DAY 2, THURSDAY: BUDAPEST

Discover the magical city of Budapest with a guided bus & walking tour. As the capital of Hungary, Budapest is often called the "Paris of the East" and is a highlight for travelers worldwide. The time will not only give you a sense of Budapest's colorful history but also give insight into how the city's division by the Danube river has played such an essential role in society over the centuries - one side known as "Buda" and the other "Pest."

Our first stop will be at the famous Neolog Synagogue, the Dohanny Synagogue, which is Europe's largest.

Designed in oriental style, the Synagogue can seat some 3,000 people. Its central location on a leafy boulevard serves as a complex for the Synagogue, Heroes Temple, Memorial, and Jewish Museum and graveyard. Built on the site of Herzl's home, it is no surprise that the 13-year-old Theodor celebrated his Bar Mitzvah here.

DAY 2, THURSDAY:

Our next stop is the Jewish Museum. From there, we will continue towards the famous monuments located on Andrássy Út street, including the exquisitely designed Opera House, Hero's Square, the famous Great Market Hall, St. Stephen's church, and the Parliament, which strikingly resembles the British Parliament building with nearly 20 km of corridors! We will return to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, our tour continues as we cross the famous chain bridge towards Buda Castle, where the coronation of Sisi and her husband as Hungarian Hapsburg rulers took place.

You'll have an opportunity for an unforgettable view of Budapest and take in the exotic Fisherman's Bastion, where you can enjoy the city at your fingertips.

We will meet for dinner, followed by a live band performance while the ship sets sail towards Bratislava.

Morning guided tour includes

09:30 – Budapest Synagogue & Jewish museum

12:30 – Return to ship for lunch.

15:00 – Guided tour of the city for 3 hours

19:00 – Dinner at the ship restaurant

21:00 – Live show

22:00 – Set sail towards Bratislava

DAY 3, FRIDAY: BRATISLAVA

Scenic cruise from Budapest

As our river ship glides out of the heart of the city via the picturesque Danube River, you'll pass under several stunning bridges and enjoy views of magnificent architecture lining the riverbanks on both the 'Buda' and 'Pest' sides of the city. The Banks of the Danube in Budapest are UNESCO-listed in recognition of their beautifully well-preserved historical landmarks, and when you see wonders such as the awe-inspiring Parliament Building from the deck of your ship, you will soon understand why they are so highly regarded. We will reach Bratislava for lunch and later travel by coach to the Chatam Sofer's Burial. The Chatam Sofer is one of the most influential Poskim and the leader of the prestigious Pressburg Yeshiva. 

We will return to the cruise ship to prepare for Shabbat. The chazzan will lead Kabalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv prayers.

Friday:

14:00 – Arrive in Bratislava and visit Chatam Sofer's Burial.

18:00 – Kabalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv prayers

19:00 – Shabbat dinner following prayer services.

21:00 – Lecture

DAY 4, SHABBAT: BRATISLAVA

On Shabbat morning, we will join the local Jewish community in Bratislava's Heydukova Street Synagogue, the only Synagogue in Bratislava and only one of four active synagogues in Slovakia. While three other synagogues did survive the Holocaust, they were demolished in the 1960s.

Bratislava's Synagogue also houses the Bratislava Jewish Community Museum. The Museum is a Slovak National Cultural Monument. Following morning services, a community leader will give us a private tour of the museum located on the upper level of the Synagogue and share with us the fascinating history of Bratislava's Jewish community, home to the prestigious Pressburg Yeshiva and whose pre-World War II Jewish population accounted for 12% of the city's residents. This museum's remarkable collection of Judaica and religious objects, many formerly hidden, were collected and preserved by the Jewish community. Finally, we will return to the ship for the Shabbat meal.

After the Shabbat meal, we will have some time to rest. In the afternoon, we will hear a lecture and enjoy tea and cake, followed by a lecture, Seudah Shlishit, and singing lead by the chazzan. After Havdallah the ship will start cruising.

Shabbat:

09:00 – Morning walking tour include Synagogue

12:00 – Return to ship for Shabbat meal and

rest of the Shabbat program

22:30 – Depart to Vienna

DAY 5, SUNDAY: VIENNA

This morning we will start with a visit to the First District and a bus tour of the Ringstrasse, Vienna's circular boulevard, which boasts some of the city's most spectacular sights—the Parliament Building, City Hall, the Opera House, palaces, museums, and parks. After the bus tour, we will continue on foot to the elegant Kärntner Strasse and Graben pedestrian areas and visit the majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community in the Middle Ages, one of the largest and most important in Europe. Famous Rabbis taught and worked here, making Vienna an influential center of Jewish knowledge. Unfortunately, this lively and creative environment was forced to an abrupt and violent end in 1420, with the expulsion and murder of the Viennese Jews. The ruins of the then-destroyed Synagogue, excavated under the Judenplatz in 1995, bear witness to the life and destruction of that medieval community.

In 2000, the Museum at Judenplatz was opened as a branch of the Jewish Museum Vienna. The city unveiled the solemn Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial on the square itself: a reinforced concrete cube resembling a library with its volumes turned inside out, designed by British artist Rachel Whiteread. To this day, new sources and scientific and architectural findings are shedding a more detailed light on medieval Jewish Vienna. Our visit to the museum will include an animated virtual tour of Jewish life. Allowing us to walk through a reconstruction of the city and showcasing the Jewish festivals and customs of the time.

Return to the ship for lunch.

This afternoon we will visit the Schönbrunn Palace. The palace is the summer residence of the Habsburg family and notably Empress Elisabeth. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, displaying the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of the Habsburg monarchs. Today it is mainly in its original condition and is quite a sight to see!

This evening you are welcome to join us for an optional visit to Vienna's Concert. The German name still suggests that the "Kursalon Palace" was initially intended as a spa resort. However, over time, this magnificent building has quickly grown into a vibrant hotspot in the heart of Vienna, promoting the very essence of what Vienna is famous for classical music. In the same place where Johann Strauss himself used to direct his orchestra from the position of the first violin, Vienna's classical music scene can once again be experienced in modern times.

Enjoy an evening full of Viennese charm with the swinging sound of waltzes, polkas, arias, and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Excellent opera vocalists and enchanting ballet soloists, this classical concert is an experience you don't want to miss!

Sunday:

08:45 – 12:45 Morning guided tour in Vienna's Ring and the Jewish museum

12:45 13:15 – 14:45 Lunch onboard

15:00 – Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens

18:00 – Early dinner for guests going to the concert

19:00 – Dinner for all guests

19:45 – Depart for the concert 22:30 – Return to ship

23:30 – Depart to Dürnstein

 

DAY 6, MONDAY: DÜRNSTEIN & MELK

This morning we will dock in Dürnstein, located on the bank of the Danube River in the Wachau Valley. Known as the Pearl of the Wachau Valley, it is surrounded by luscious vineyards. In addition, we will visit the ancient 12th-century castle, famous for the imprisonment of the King of England, Richard the Lionheart, which is also connected to the city of Akko.

This guided walking tour takes you through the charming center, from where you will have a fantastic view of the surrounding valley and castle ruins. Then, return to the ship for lunch while we sail to Melk.

Scenic cruise along the Wachau Valley, a picturesque valley between Krems and Melk and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Wachau has inspired romantic legends for centuries, and the castles are full of tales of love and heartbreak, particularly from the medieval days. 

Your afternoon tour will be in Melk, located at the north-western tip of Austria. The city is dominated by the Baroque-style Benedictine Monastery, known as the Melk Abbey, one of Austria's great cultural highlights and Europe's largest abbey. At the end of WWII, one of the subcamps of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp was located in Melk. In addition, we will visit other important historical sites include the Old Post Office building, the Coloman fountain, and "the House on the Rock."

We will return to the ship for dinner. After dinner, you are invited to a live show with a local band. Tonight, our boat will sail to Linz.

Monday:

09:00 – Walking tour in Dürnstein

12:00 – Lunch onboard

14:00 – Cruising the Wachau Valley

15:00 – Visit Melk and Abbey

19:00 – Dinner

21:00 – Live Band show

DAY 7, TUESDAY: LINZ

Linz is one of the cultural centers of Austria and a center for antique trade. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Linz and discover the great sites this city has to offer. The main square is one of the loveliest squares in Europe, lined with Rococo and Baroque architecture. Tonight, we will gather for a Farewell dinner with the Captain and crew.

Tuesday:

09:00 – Mini Train & walking tour in Linz

12:00 – Lunch onboard

13:00 – Cruising towards Passau

16:00 – Lecture onboard

18:00 – Cocktail at the Bar

19:00 – Farewell Dinner

DAY 8, WEDNESDAY: PASSAU - DISEMBARKATION

After breakfast, transportation will be provided from the ship to the airport.

 

Pricing

Many room types available:

CATEGORY D: $4,230 CATEGORY C: $5,030 CATEGORY B: $5,135 CATEGORY A: $5,450 DELUXE SUITE: $6,090 OWNER SUITE: $7,145 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 80%
Pricing
Port fees: $180
  • All rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • $1000 per person deposit is due at the time of booking.
  • Payment in full is due 90 days before sailing.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund. Please see our full terms & conditions page for more details.

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