Kosher Tour To Lithuania, 27 April 1 May 2007
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Posted: December 20 2006


20 December 2006 ( - Kosher tour to Lithuania, 27 April 1 May 2007 with historian Sara Pellach of Galed Tours.

Join veteran Eastern European tour guide Sara Pellach and scholar in residence Rabbi Stewart Weiss on a journey to remember visiting the towns and shtetls of Lithuania. Explore the rich Jewish heritage of Vilna, Kovno, Trakai, Ponevezh, Telz and Klaipeda. Take a side trip to your family shtetl. Participants may join the tour from Israel, US, UK, Europe and South Africa.

Sara Pellach is one of the leading guides to Eastern Europe, with decades of experience in taking groups of students and adults on educational heritage tours. Information about Galed Tours, including testimonials and feedback from participants in earlier tours, can be accessed at

The detailed itinerary, which is subject to change, is as follows:

Heritage Tour to Lithuania, 25 April 1 May 2007 with Galed Tours (


Fly to Vilna. (From Israel: OK 287 from Tel Aviv to Prague (06:00), OK 872 to Vilna (11:50), arriving in Vilna at 14:40.) Short tour of the city. Dinner and check in at the hotel.

THURSDAY, 26 April

Depart to Kaunas (Kovno), visit Slobodka, a Jewish settlement in the suburb of pre-war Kovno and the ghetto during World War II. Visit the Jewish cemetery, Seventh and Ninth Forts, the main synagogue and the old town, including sites of general interest. Overnight in Kovno.

FRIDAY, 27 April

Visit Trakai, with its castle and museum and the Trakai National Park. Continue to Vilna. Preparation for Shabbat. Tefilla and Shabbat dinner.

SHABBAT, 28 April

After tefilla, kiddush and lunch, walking tour of the ghetto. Melave Malka and meeting with representatives of the Jewish community.

SUNDAY, 29 April

Depart Vilna for Panevezys (Ponevezh). Visit the former Ponevezh Yeshiva, the ghetto and mass grave on the outskirts of the city. Continue to Shavli for overnight stay.

MONDAY, 30 April

After sightseeing tour of Shavli, continue to Telz. Visit the former Yeshiva and other sites of interest and learn about the Mussar movement. Continue to Plunge, a popular resort on the Baltic Sea. Visit the Botanic Park and Amber Museum. Continue to Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea for overnight stay.


Depart Klaipeda for Vilna airport and return home. (Those returning to Israel: OK 873 to Prague15:20-16 :05. Tour of the city. Dinner and transfer to airport for overnight flight to Israel: OK 286 23:55. Arriving 04.55, 2 May)

Price: $1020 per person in a double room. Includes accommodation in good tourist hotels, kosher breakfast and dinner, entrance fees, local and Israeli guides, luxury bus. Single person supp: $200

NOT included: Airfare, taxes, fuel surcharges, tips ($35 pp), health and travel insurance.

Airfare from Israel estimated at $450.

Possible to join tour from US, Europe, South Africa etc. Side trips to shtetls possible.

For further information and registration form, please contact

Lydia Weitzman, Galed Tours, Israel


Tel: 972 523 584395


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