Jewish Heritage in Europe And Why It Makes For a Fascinating Trip?

Published on January 27, 2017 by IBMT

The history of the Jewish heritage in Europe includes the highs of success and significant contributions to culture, science, society, and the lows of some of recent history’s most horrific atrocities committed against mankind. The history of the Jewish heritage in Europe is complex, and fascinating. If you’re interested in taking a trip “back in the old country,” consider taking one of our fascinating European trips.

While it is easy to imagine the “old country” in black and white photographs, or in Fiddler on the roof, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have shot up on top travel destinations lists in the past few years. With newly built luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, and a wide variety of sightseeing excursions, Krakow is a must-see spot in Poland. Highlights of the city’s beautiful sights and rich Jewish history include the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, the Altshul; the oldest synagogue in Poland, and the Ghetto Heroes Square, commemorating those who fought against the Nazi Occupation of their beloved city.

The next destination within Poland is Warsaw and its surrounding areas, steeped in Jewish history particularly during the time of the Holocaust, as Warsaw served as the hub in Poland, with more than 300,000 Jews.  Enjoy a guided tour of recently renovated Museum of the History of Polish Jews, at the centre of the former Jewish Ghetto. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the Jewish history of over 1000 years in Poland, from medieval eras to more modern times. This expansive museum holds art, rare pictures, documents and videos that provide an understanding of the largest Jewish community across the globe in the mid-twentieth century. An additional important sight near Warsaw is the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, the largest Nazi concentration camp, where more than a million people were killed. The camp has been minimally changed, granting visitors a first-hand insight into the lives, and last moments of the people who lived in the camp.

This tour is particularly special as it provides guests with a unique insight into both the rich Jewish history, and the bustle of flourishing modern European cities. Budapest provides visitors with the opportunity to visit beautiful open air markets, incredible Szecesszió architecture, and sights of a historic Jewish community, primarily located in Theodor Herzl’s family’s home, serving as the Budapest Jewish museum. Experience the lively nightlife of the city’s Jewish quarter, packed with trendy bars and restaurants, in addition to beautiful hotels.

The final destination of this trip is Prague, a medieval city located in the heart of Europe, and steeped in tradition and history. The Prague Castle, City of 100 Spires, and Terezin ghetto provides a glimpse into the tradition and history of the country, with uniquely Jewish twist. Additional highlights are the world-famous bike paths along the river, the Franz Kafka Museum, and the expansive rose garden. To book, and for more information abour Jewish heritage tours please contact IBMT Tours either by phone at 1 (877) 977-4268 or send us an email at


Still traveling but wanted to thank you for planning a marvelous trip.  It is truly a trip of a lifetime.


Susan Lachtman


The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!

We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.

We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons.  We had enough family members to warrant our own bus.  After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did.  The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so.  From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more.  Our meals were equally excellent.  Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.

It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”.  Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI.  All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was  special.  He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults.  His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts.  He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us.  He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery.  He adjusted our times to include those little extras.  When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran.  After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem. 

We loved everything.  Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on.  Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs  everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.

Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation.  We had a family trip of a lifetime.  Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely. 

“Gadi” - what else can we say ... g double o - d, j-o-b. Good job, good job.  V-e-r-y-n-i-c-e, very nice, very nice.💕



I cannot imagine a better, more organized, more perfect experience! IBMT went above and beyond all expectations!

Loved the trip! The itinerary was fantastic and really kept us moving. We were able to see and do so much. Best of all was our tour guide Natalie. She was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of Israel.

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