Tour Pricing, Deadlines, and Details
Prices are per person based on double occupancy:
Tour cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,100*
Single supplement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $875
*Reservations received by Friday, February 20, are eligible for a $250 discount. $500 of the tour cost is considered a tax-deductible donation to The Defiant Requiem Foundation. Upgraded rooms may be available for an additional fee.
- All breakfasts are included in the tour price, plus a lunch or dinner as indicated above.
- The price of the tour does not include airfare, all airport transfers, passport costs and personal expenses such as travel insurance, laundry, some meals, room service, and baggage fees.
- Space on the tour is limited to 50 participants. Bookings are on a first come, first served basis.
- This tour will include walking and stairs. Travelers with physical limitations must inform the Foundation of these limitations prior to booking. Participants with dietary restrictions must also notify the Foundation in advance. Please note that kosher meals will not be provided and are not available in many outlying areas we will visit.
- The booking deadline is Friday, March 10. After this date, reservations will be accepted as space permits.
- A deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. The remainder of the cost is due 60 days prior departure. Payment can be made by personal check or credit card.
- The tour is sold as a compete itinerary. Participants must pay for the complete tour even if they wish to attend only part of the tour or not participate in some activities.
- Cancellations received 30 days or more prior to departure are subject to a $475 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between 15 and 30 days prior to departure are subject to a $950 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to departure are non-refundable. We highly recommend that all participants purchase trip insurance.
Tour Personnel and Groups
Veretski Pass, Klezmer Trio
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Klezmer Trio Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers around the world. During The 10 Stars Tour, the trio will play selections from original arrangements of Bohemian and Moravian Jewish melodies, which originate from the regions nearby the restored synagogues. From historic Hasidic nigunim (songs without words) to plaintive melodies borrowed and transformed from local musicians before WWII, these arrangements are being created specifically for this tour and will be heard for the first time in each of the restored synagogues we will visit. www.veretskipass.com
David Kraus, Guide
Our guide, David Kraus, is a historian by education, and a long-time Jewish activist, researcher and tour leader. His approach to sightseeing combines a fact-based approach with a nuanced understanding of yiddishkeit (the Jewish way of life) and he will help us explore and enjoy Prague, and the other regions and landmarks of the Czech Republic, through multiple lenses. David comes from a very old Prague Jewish family. By the 16th century, his ancestors were already living Prague’s famous Jewish Quarter and David’s grandfather, František, was one of the leading Czech intellectuals before the Holocaust, stemming from the so-called Kafka Circle.
The Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities
Now in its seventh year, The Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities, presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation, is an annual series of events to honor the creative activities of the prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during WWII. It is named for Terezín inmate, Rafael Schächter, a young, talented Jewish conductor, who chose to confront evil by organizing and training a choir made up of fellow prisoners to perform the monumental Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi. This tour is being presented as part of the 2017 Schächter Institute and will be accompanied by members of the Foundation staff including President and Creative Director, Murry Sidlin.
The Defiant Requiem Foundation
The Defiant Requiem Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease, and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in Washington, DC. Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.