The Baltics 2024

Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania

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Tiyul - Jewish Journeys
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Sep 2 - 12, 2024
Group size: 1 - 28
The Baltics 2024
Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania

Tiyul - Jewish Journeys
  • Email address verified
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10 reviews

Sep 2 - 12, 2024
Group size: 1 - 28

About this trip

  

Next summer we will visit Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania. Our trip will start in Estonia’s capital, Tallin and we will travel by ferry for the day to Helsinki, Finland’s capital. The trip will continue to Latvia and Lithuania visiting Riga, Kovno (Kaunas), Vilna (Vilnius) and sites related to WWII and the Holocaust.

Available Packages

Price per person double room
$6,175
Deposit: $800
price per person in single room
$6,990
Deposit: $800


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Tiyul - Jewish Journeys
10 reviews
A journey with Tiyul is more than just a vacation. It is the opportunity to visit not only the “traditional” sites and learn about the history, people and culture of a destination, but also to explore each country’s Jewish past and present within that larger context. We meet with members of Jewish communities, hear people’s stories and learn of the challenges they face. We visit synagogues, Jewish schools, and institutions in remote corners of the world and we celebrate Shabbat on Friday night dinners.

Reviews

Ariel Goldstein and Jehon Grist were terrific group leaders. All of the places we visited were tremendously interesting and meaningful. The synagogues, Jewish museums and Holocaust memorials were very emotional to visit. All of the archaeological museums and sites were jam packed with history. Many new friendships were made on this wonderful trip. The food and accommodations were outstanding. We loved it! JoAnne & Michael Miller
By JoAnne M for GREECE on Nov 15, 2023
My husband and I both had a fabulous time. Ariel is an outstanding tour Director. Anytime there was an issue he dealt with it promptly. If any person had a problem he made sure it was resolved. He shared his feelings and insights with the group which really made it personal. I would go anywhere with him. The hotels were outstanding. The food was very good and the guys he selected were beyond excellent. Thanks for a truly fabulous trip.
By Sandra S for GREECE on Nov 08, 2023
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This trip was just as fabulous as the previous two trips that I took with Tiyul. Greece was amazing!
By Susan G for GREECE on Nov 08, 2023
This tour was a unique experience for us. It presented the story of 2,000 years of Jewish diaspora in Greece, plus a healthy dose of classic Greek history that is a foundation of Western civilization. The highlight of the tour for us was the visit to Monastir Synagogue in Thessaloniki. A most beautiful edifice, beautifully explained -- and encapsulating in it the story of 500 years of Sephardic Jews in Macedonia. I could not speak, as a flood of emotions touched my heart. Other visits to Jewish communities and synagogues were also breathtaking and eye-opening. The island of Crete was another high point of the tour. Ariel is a terrific tour leader, combining a warm personal touch with a very wide perspective on world history and geopolitics. We are eagerly awaiting his announcements of future tours to different corners of the world where Jewish history and world history have inter-meshed. ==== Of course, there's always room for improvement. So I will suggest several. But please note that this is not to say that the Greece tour was less than wonderful. It was wonderful. But it might be more wonderful: 1. Hotels in Saloniki and Crete could have been better. I think that most tour participants would not mind a moderate price increase, in order to get a more upscale (less goofy) hotel in Saloniki, or to get a larger room at a hotel in Heraklion. [Hotel in Athens was 100% OK.] 2. It would have been nice to have an evening of Greek folklore (music, songs, Greek dance show), perhaps in a taverna. 3. Sometimes the local tour guides were a bit like army drill sergeants. They controlled their tour segments with a tight fist, sometimes delaying (by hours or days) answers to simple questions; or sometimes answering brusquely. I thought this was often amusing, but perhaps some other tour participants might have been taken aback ?? Hope Jehon was not taken aback when they contested him for control of the microphone on several occasions. ==== It was difficult for us to be touring while a terrible war is going on in Israel. We saw that for Ariel the tour leader, it was equally difficult if not more difficult. But as the tour progressed, we felt a sense of community with other participants -- that actually made this difficult time a little bit less stressful for us. - David & Orit Kalinsky
By David K for GREECE on Nov 07, 2023
This was an awesome trip! Ariel was a superb organizer and secondary guide. Jacobo ws our Mexico City guide and we couldn't have asked for a better one!
By Ed C for Mexico City on Feb 23, 2023
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