Western Europe Danube River Cruise aboard MS Viva Two

Explore Europe’s most beautiful cities: Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, replete with stunning architecture and fascinating Jewish history.
Location:
Dates:
28 June-05 July, 2023
Price:
$3300 per person

Explore classic Europe in style, gliding down the Danube on a luxury river 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.

The MS VIVA TWO is the second newbuild of VIVA Cruises and invites with 95 cabins up to 190 passengers on feel-good moments on board. On the diamond deck are eight luxurious suites, which invite with 24 m² size and a French balcony to enjoy the beautiful view. On the Diamond Deck, as well as on the Ruby Deck, there are 15 m² large 2-bed cabins, which have a French balcony. On the Emerald Deck, the 2-bed cabins have windows that cannot be opened. All cabins are perfectly equipped with flat screen TV, included minibar, Nespresso® machine, beauty products from RITUALS®, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning, shower and toilet and leave nothing to be desired.

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

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 shore excursions tours
  • An exclusive kosher dining restaurant area
  • Scholars in residence
  • Guest speakers, and more...

What's not included:

  • International flights to arrive at the cruise starting point
  • 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

 

International Flights & Global Travel, Health & Luggage Insurance
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance covering trip cancellation, medical emergencies and luggage is mandatory at the time of reservation.
    • Israeli Citizens; Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance. 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.
    • USA & Canadian Citizens; Kosher Travelers recommends www.traveldefend.com Ph Josh: 18005782871 info@traveldefend.com
    • Arrangements and cost of International flights are not included.
    • We recommend the following Travel & Flight Consultants
    • Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il
    • Ruth Berman of Ofakim +97225362163 or  ruth@ofakim.co.il

     

    • KOSHER TRAVELERS CANCELLATION FEES AND REFUNDS POLICY:If guest cancels their reservation the following cancellation fees apply:
      • 90 days prior a full refund is payable less $100 admin. per room
      • 45-90 days prior a full refund is payable less $500 per room
      • Within 45 days there is no refund.
      • If government-imposed lockdown of hotel or airport full refund less $100 admin. per person

What kind of crowd should I expect?

What type 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, cruises or hotel programs  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 our group members.

At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.

Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, 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.

Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.

Connect... 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!

Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!

Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.


Daily Cruise itinerary

DAY 1, WEDNESDAY: PASSAU (DEPART 17:00) 

We will meet at the dock in Passua where there will be time to check-in and settle into your cabins. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with the Captain and our onboard team after your days travel.

DAY 2, THURSDAY: MELK (07:00- 13:00)

 

DAY 3, FRIDAY: VIENNA / BRATISLAVA Vienna (12:00) Bratislava ( 16:00)

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. 

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.

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.

DAY 5, SUNDAY: BUDAPEST (09:30 - 16:00)

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.

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. 

DAY 6, MONDAY: VIENNA (16:30 - 22:00)

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.

DAY 7, TUESDAY: DURENSTEIN (05:00: 12:00)

his 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. 

Tonight, we will gather for a Farewell dinner with the Captain and crew.

DAY 8, WEDNESDAY: PASSAU - DISEMBARKATION (09:30)

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

Pricing

Lower Deck:

Double cabin with window In the cabin - double bed, bathroom with toiletries, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, wardrobe. Area - 16 sq.m.
Pricing
$3300 incl Taxes & Port Charges

Mid Deck

Double cabin with french balcony In the cabin - double bed, bathroom with toiletries, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, wardrobe. Location - upper deck Area - 16 sq.m.
Pricing
$4250 incl Taxes & Port Charges

Upper Deck

Double cabin with french balcony In the cabin - double bed, bathroom with toiletries, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, wardrobe. Location - upper deck Area - 16 sq.m.
Pricing
$4550 incl Taxes & Port Charges

Suite Upper Deck

In the cabin - double bed, bathroom with toiletries, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, wardrobe, bathrobe and slippers. Location - upper deck. Sitting lounge area Area - 24 sq.m.
Pricing
$5450 incl Taxes & Port Charges
  • Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:There is a $1000 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

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