5 DAYS JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR VILNIUS - KAUNAS - VILKOMIR - PONEVEZH - TELZ - PLUNGE

Arrival in Vilnius(Vilna) -meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 1: Vilnius

Start of the Grand Jewish Heritage Sites tour in Vilna.

We start at the Cathedral square
- Follow the central street of Old town - Pilies
- Presidential Palace
- University ensemble and the importance in Jewish hystory
- Small Ghetto – the place of Big synagogue and monument of Gaon of Vilna
- Vokieciu street and Big Ghetto
- The hiding place Malina and the monument of Ghetto victims
- Jewish theater
- The Ghetto uprising place
- Former sweet shop
- Vilnius Choral Synagogue
- Continuing to Pylimo street
- Gaon of Vilna Jewish State museum
- The cultural triangle ( Joseph Brodsky, Jungen Vilna , Herman Perelshtein )
- The righteous among the nations
- Vilnius street - Jascha Heifetz
- Central street Gedimino av
- Uzhupis republic and Jewish history
- 3 Jewish cemeteries with one working and Ohal Gaon where the religious Litvaks come to pray and like in the western wall put the notes.

Dinner at local restaurant SENOJI TROBELE- a small cozy Lithuanian cuisine restaurant where you can taste homemade bread,beer and lots of more -the best of our cuisine.
Free time (transfer to casino or night club or just for the night-life optional)

Day 2: Trakai - Kaunas


Meeting at the hotel lobby.
Trip to Kaunas(Kovno) -second biggest city in Lithuania, Kaunas ghetto and the IX fort- Jewish execution site .
On our way to Kaunas (Kovno) we will stop at:
Ponar memorial were Vilnius Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

Trakai(Trok) - Historical capital of Lithuania.

• tasting of “kibinai”,traditional karaites pastry
• Trakai castle museum (on request)
• Tiškevičiai estate homestead (during the season)
• Hillfort of Angels
• Holocaust victims memorial site

 

 

Kaunas(Kovno) Tour

• The IX Fort- Jewish execution memorial site
• Kaunas Old Town,
• Kaunas castle
• Kaunas cathedral
• Laisvė avenue
• Kaunas synagogue
• Slabodke
• Kaunas ghetto

Lunch in Kaunas(Kovno) and nightstay in hotel in Kaunas(Kovno)


Day 3: Kedainiai - Vilkomir


9:00 a.m leaving Kaunas(Kovno)

Trip to Ukmergė ( Vilkomir) once an active center of the Jewish life

Tour in Ukmerge(Vilkomir):
• Former Great Synagogue
• Orphanage for Jews
• Jewish cemetry
• Talmud-torah primary school
• Jewish street
• Massacre site of Jews of Vilkomir
• Jewish hospital

 

 

 

 

Trip to Kėdainiai (Keydan)  the famous jewish city where Gaon of Vilna studied Talmud.Rich in heritage unique city a must visit place in Lithuania .
• Former Great summer synagogue
• Smaller winter synagogue - Kedainer Jewish history center
• Great marketplace and the Keydan ghetto
• Holocaust victims memorial "Shoa ich bin Keidainer"
• Gaon of Vilna Synagogue where he came to study Talmud
• Jewish street with unique multipurpose type building -Sukhot celebration place
• The Jewish cemetery
• Holocaust victims memorial for Keydan Jewish people executed in 1941

Lunch in Keydan.

On our way we make stops in important jewish villages -Krakės(Krok),Dotnuva,Šėta
• Former leather manufacture
• meat grocery
• former jewish groceries and houses
• Jewish cemetery
• Holocaust victims memorial site in Dauksiai village-1003 executed are commemorated in the memorial "Wall of tears".
• Ghetto in Pestiniukai - 1125 Jews were executed there. 

Trip to Ponevezh and nightstay in hotel.
Free time and dinner ir Ponevezh.
 

Day 4: Ponevezh - Telz

9:00 a.m leaving Ponevezh

A morning tour of Panevezys (Ponevezh), including the building of the former world famous Ponevezh Yeshiva, Synagogue, the Jewish ghetto, common grave of the Holocaust victims in the outskirts of the city.

Stop in Siauliai (Shovl)

Lunch in Shovl and sighseeing tour for jewish heritage in the old town
• Visiting the former Chaim's Frenkel leather manufacture and Shovl jewish history museum
Trip to Telsiai (Telz)-the capital of Samogitia (unique area in Lithuania with local dialect and has been known in the world as a spiritual centre of Jews.

 



Tour in Telz:
• Telz jeshyvah- Telšiai yeshivah, as a higher rabbinic school, was established in 1873 by rabbi Gaon Leizer Gordon. Telšiai yeshivah in the XIX century was acknowledged as one of the biggest in the world, there have improved the practicing rabbis from England, the U.S.A., Uruguay, SAR, Hungary and other countries. In the yashivah there have had studied up to 500 rabbis at a time.
• Former jewish hospital
• Jewish cemetery
• former synagogues (4) of Telz
• Telz old town and city centre

Night stay in Telz in hotel. Free time
 

Day 5: Plotl - Plugnyan

9:00 am Leaving Telz

En route stops in:
- Plotl - Litvak Memorial Garden
- Plunge (Plungyan)-one of the earliest places and villages for jewish settlements in Lithuania .

Tour in Plungyan. Lunch in Plungyan

Stop at Pagegiai - OFFLAGER #53 - Buchenvald execution campus memorial sitebranch in Lithuania - 10 000 people were executed there - Jews froms Samogitia, Plungyan, Telz, other places.
en route stop in Rambynas hill and white storks colony.
former Jewish villages and towns - Yurberik, Villon.

Late evening arrival in Vilna and nighststay in hotel.
 

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