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Customized - Tailor-  made journeys


Example of a journey for  US-schools

In special cases only we offer tailor-made journeys to any destination at your choice in Western & Eastern Europe:

Band of
Brothers
Central
Europe
Southern
Europe
East
Europe


But first, below, our  itinerary for schools.



on this page the schedule for our earlier 11 day US-School trips.

Printable pdf document of this itinerary can be downloaded (right click save as..) or opened here       It's a shortened (horizontal printed and foldable) version of the program below.
It will be neat to print page 1 first and then page 2 on the backside or use the double sided function of your printer.

We had an approximate of 40 students for each trip with 6 chaperones or teachers.

Earlier departure is possible and we are glad to make reservation for your hotel.
 
year - Day - 1   



February 12 Tuesday
May 26  Monday

is a good choice


Leave USA for Europe.

Destination will be Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport)
in the Netherlands

participants usually use the internet to purchase the ticket that matches their wishes

year - Day 2
1. early welcome at Amsterdam airport by Cor Suijk

2. 10.00 a.m. Anne Frank School and Theater where Jews were gathered

3. 11.00 a.m. In Amsterdam, a truly multicultural city, we start with a boat cruise through the canals of Amsterdam, a town built in and on the water.




4. 12.15 p,m, arrival Anne Frank House; lunch at museum coffee shop

The Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam where you may (optional) visit the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family. Here they were safe for a long time. This is also the place where Anne wrote her famous diary. The permanent exhibition shows a part of the original diary. A tour through the house is certainly a moving experience.


the bus

5. 4pm To country hotel
for buffet dinner:

Hotel de Witte Bergen  The Netherlands
De Witte Bergen
Rijksweg 2,Eemnes
+31.35.5395800 

year - Day 3
1.  8.00 a.m. Westerbork
2. 10.00 a.m. guided walk camp grounds  
With a video on the bus, we go to Camp Westerbork in the Northern part of The Netherlands. Westerbork was the departure place for the train to Auschwitz. Walking the lanes of this serene place, one still feels the grief of those humans, who were prisoners at Westerbork. Also Anne Frank was described here before her transport to the death final Camp. At Westerbork, we will see a movie reliving its sad history, visit an expo and memorial, with its bent up railroad tracks .... no train will ever depart again.

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3. 11.30 a.m. movie and exposition Westerbork museum
4. 12.45 p.m. buffet lunch
5. 2.00 p.m. further to Celle, Germany

 Along the route in Germany
6. 7 pm check-in Intercity hotel   buffet dinner
Germany
Nordwall 22,  Celle
+49.5141.200701



Group dinner and
thereafter leisure.
 
year - Day 4
1. 8.00 a.m. to Bergen Belsen for 2 hour visit of museum and cemetery


memorial

Camp Bergen-Belsen was established in 1940 by the army as a P.O.W. camp for captured French and Belgian soldiers. The camp was handed over to the SS and became a detention place for Jews, initially intended to exchange them for Germans held prison abroad.
In March 1944, Bergen-Belsen became a regular concentration camp, holding thousands of prisoners including the now-famous Anne Frank.


2. 11.00 a.m
    to Berlin, lunch en route



3.
3.00 p.m.  A visit to the Wannsee Villa where the extermination of all Jews was decided. 
4. 6.00 p.m. check-in
Golden Tulip hotel Hamburg


5. buffet dinner

Germany Golden Tulip
Landgrafenstrasse 4,
Berlin
+49.30.264770

year - Day 5
1. 9.00 a.m.  BERLIN :
4 Hour Guided bus tour of the city, 


Synagogue in Berlin

Berlin is a sophisticated central European metropolis and again Germany's capital. It has a western area with real nightlife, parks and woodlands. The eastern part of Berlin has old townhouses and many restaurants.
Well known is the Brandenburg Tor, the gate that today (since 1989) is the symbol of unity, former glory of the nazi's.


2. 2.00 p.m. after lunch:
    guided visit Jewish museum
 

Reichstag
It was built according to the plans of Paul Wallot from 1884 to 1894, just like the Palace of the Reichstagspräsident. The buildings are linked by a tunnel through which in 1933 the arsonist Marinus van der Lubbe went to the Reichstag building. It was severely damaged by the fire as well as the fighting in and around Berlin in WWII and was reconstructed from 1961 till 1972.

In 1990 the constituent Bundestag of the reunited Germany assembled here for the first time




3.
6.00 p.m
buffet dinner at hotel



Golden Tulip
   Hotel Hamburg
Landgrafenstrasse 4,
Berlin +49.30.264770



Berlin former Checkpoint Charlie - Friedrichsstrasse.

year - Day 6
1. 8.00 a.m. to Poland with lunch and movie en route

Krakow:
The place has been settled since the Stone Age at least. In 1038 Krakow became the capital of Poland, and Polish monarchs took up their residence in its Wawel Royal Castle.

The city has largely been left intact since the Tartar raids of the thirteenth century - and this accounts for the largely unspoilt Old Town - now a World Heritage Site. One area that has seen traumatic changes is the Kazimierz district. For centuries it was a center of Jewish culture, until the Nazis killed many of its residents and deported most of the rest to the wartime ghetto and then to Auschwitz-Birkenau.


Old Synagogue of Krakow.



2. 4.00 p.m. 

After group dinner a “tram” tour to Schindler's factory prominantly featured in the film.

On the factory grounds is a plaque:
"The workplace over 1000 Jewish nationality persons. During second world war saved their life by Oskar Schindler".

3. 6.00 p.m.
center city Hotel check in
and buffet dinner

Poland Holiday Inn


Wielopole 4,
Krakow - Poland
+48.12.6190100



Wawel Royal Castle
year - Day 7
1. 8.00 a.m 4 hour guided visit to Auschwitz

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. The name of the city of Oswiecim was changed to Auschwitz, which became the name of the camp as well.


Auschwitz entrance

2. 1.00 p.m.
lunch in Auschwitz
   leisure time in Krakow

Although the former ghetto had largely fallen into decline since World War II, the area is rapidly changing in response to the renewed interest brought about by the film, Schindler's List and the Jewish culture, if not the Jewish community, is being revived with lively Klezmer concerts in the city's theaters.


Memorial remembering the Nazi attack on Warsaw.
Poland Holiday Inn


Wielopole 4,
Krakow - Poland
+48.12.6190100

3. 6.00 p.m.
buffet dinner at hotel

Train Tracks Leading To Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

year - Day 8
1. 8.00 a.m. to Prague
    lunch en route


National Theatre Prague
CZECH Republic has many mountains, highlands, but also canyons, lakes and lowlands. We will stay in the Bohemian part of Czech.
Prague, the capital of Czech. The Vlatava river crosses this city and it has numerous old and marvelous bridges. In addition, the center is one open-air museum of almost a thousand years of architecture. Time permitting a visit to the Jewish Quarters in the Stare Mesto, the old town, the Karlsbridge and also Hradcany, the Castle district.

Or maybe a walk over the famous Karlsbridge.

2. 7.00 p.m. check-in

Central K+KHybrenska 10,
Praha,
Chech Republik
+420.225022000



dinner at local restaurant
year - Day 9
1. 8.00 a.m. to Terezin

Terezin for 3 hour guided visit to the Ghetto museum with a permanent exhibition on its history. And to the small fortress, the former camp and the Jewish Cemetery with an exhibition and a memorial.


Ghetto residents were interned here until the Nazis dispersed the ashes in an attempt to cover their crimes.

2. Noon lunch break at museum
    coffee shop
3. 1.00 p.m. Lidice village: we visit the village that was destroyed by the Nazis in June 1942 after the assassination of the Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich. We'll visit too the museum and movie in commemoration of the population of this Catholic village of which all men were killed and woman and their children deported in 1942Of the 503 people who once lived in Lidice, 340 perished. 143 women returned from Ravensbrook after the war; and after two years of searching, 17 of the children were recovered. To this day, some of the children of Lidice who were adopted and raised as Germans have no idea whom they really are.

Lidice


followed by leisure in Prague

4. 7.00 p.m. dinner in a local restaurant, down town




Chech Republik
Central K+KHybrenska 10,  Praha
+420.225022000

year - Day 10
1. 9.00 a.m. to Nuernberg (Nuremberg).



The place where Hitler stayed, Deutscher Hof hotel then (above) and now (below)

The Zeppelin Airfield used as Rallyground. Thousands and thousands gathered here.




2. 2.00 p.m  guided visit former Nazi Headquarters.

Every September from 1933 untill 1938 the NSDAP held its annual rallies in Nuremberg. This place was seen as the city richest in German history.

Nuernberg Main Headquarter,
  The Hauhaus on Marienplatz


As Nazi headquarter.


As Newspaper office, now.

3. 5.00 p.m.
To airport hotel Munich

Mercure Airport HotelDorfstrasse 15a,
Aufkirchen, 
Germany
+49.01.228670




This is the last night in Europe,
Depending on airliner an early wake up call or a fresh morning walk in the town of Aufkirchen.

Tomorrow, day 11:
If not done by us, schedule your departure flight from Münich Airport in Germany.
year - Day 11

luxe-bus
Return to the USA

Flight home

or maybe an extension of your stay in Europe, we love to help you planning this.

year 
 includes:

.. airco hotels with breakfast

.. lunch or dinner each day

.. admission fees and tour guides

.. ground travel in private coach

.. movies, documentaries, and
    much Holocaust information
    on the bus

.. en route itinerary changes
    possible if all agree

.. seasoned driver and escourt

Following the successful journey in February 2008 (read more on our testiomonials page) with the Eastchester N.Y. High School, several schools have expressed interest in a similar experience for their students.

The size of such groups, including one chaperone for every six students, can vary from 28 till 56.
 
The rate will depend on the size of the group, the U.S.airport from where the participants travel and whether the journey takes place off season or during the travel peak. As soon as these data come available a quote will be submitted. 
   [usually excludes airfare to Europe]
 
The rate includes stay double occupancy at luxury, central city hotels, with every day buffet breakfast, buffet dinner and a soup, salad, sandwich lunch. It further includes all admissions, guides and gratuities. Tipping is not expected, nor accepted. Drinks in between the meals can be bought by participants on the bus.
 
Participants travel in a comfortable, private coach with two drivers. Cor Suijk will escort the trip. Nature of the tour is that of a moving classroom. En route, Cor presents info regarding the historic and economic aspects of the places visited. He also presents challenging views on human behavior and State policies, as well as his many anecdotes.   


 

Printable pdf document of this itinerary can be downloaded (right click save as..) or opened here       It's a shortened (horizontal printed and foldable) version of the program below.
It will be neat to print page 1 first and then page 2 on the backside or use the double sided function of your printer.

The videos shown on the bus partly pertain to the Holocaust sites we will visit shortly before we are visiting them. For the other part they contain information regarding the cities we are approaching. One video concerns the life of Miep Gies, Anne Frank's helper.
Pictures are merely a way to give an impression of what we will actually see on the trip. Hotels in particular always give pictures of their most beautiful rooms.
The journeys we did over the past years:
Band of Brothers Central EuropeSouthern EuropeEast Europe


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