Jun 20 - Jul 19, 2022 Closed
- Accommodations (hotels, kibbutz lodging, and desert tents)
- All meals
- All programming
- Private transportation
- Security escort & monitoring
- Medical insurance
- Laundry service
- Gratuity for program staff
Travel to the heart of Europe on a rewarding journey that explores Jewish history, classic world heritage sites, and the beauty of European nature. Then, go on to discover Israel’s many treasures on a transformative journey with a focus on historical exploration, exhilarating adventures in nature, and cultural connections.
Together, we will explore the cities of Munich, Prague, Berlin, Nuremberg, and Dresden as we trace the winding story of Europe from the days of the Holy Roman Empire to the Middle Ages and on to the dark history of the 20th Century. Be wowed by spectacular castles, wander through ancient market squares, and take in the high culture of European art and music. The region is particularly well-known for its natural beauty, and along the way, we find time for plenty of time for outdoor adventure and relaxation as we explore the mountains, canyons, and historic rivers of Bavaria and Bohemia.
As a Jewish experience, we will also celebrate the historic achievements and contributions of the region’s Jewish communities, including an especially memorable Shabbat with Prague’s thriving Jewish community of today. We will re-trace the rise of Nazi-inspired anti-Semitism, learn about the legacy of forced labor, and bear witness to the ultimate horrors at Dachau Concentration Camp.
After that, we’ll travel to Israel where we’ll explore from the far north in the Galilee to the deep south at the Red Sea as we visit ancient Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, the lush Golan Heights, the vast Negev Desert, the unsinkable Dead Sea, and the stark mountaintop fortress of Masada. Along the way, you’ll take part in an authentic archaeological dig, sample the world’s very best falafel, spend a night sleeping under the desert stars, and experience the innovative energy of Tel Aviv first-hand.
This experience gives you the unique opportunity to choose your own path in Israel on either BBYO's flagship trip, Israel Journey, or our leadership in the land experience, International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI). Visit the trip pages to learn more—either experience will give you the chance to understand Israel’s dynamic society first-hand while finding your own connection to this storied land. You'll explore what it means to be Jewish from an Israeli point of view, understand the complex politics of the Middle East with real-world insights, and practice Jewish values through hands-on volunteering and Shabbat experiences.
Embrace your adventurous spirit river rafting in the German Alps, going for a hike in the Bohemian mountains, and stand up paddleboarding through the heart of Prague
Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry at places like the Spanish Synagogue and Dohany Street Synagogue
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Dachau Concentration Camp, the infamous Nazi Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, and Hitler’s Bunker in Berlin
Learn about Germany’s Cold War History and Reunification visiting vestiges of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and Brandenburg Gate
Float in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada to watch the sunrise
Navigate the wilderness on a camel trek and enjoy a delicious desert feast in Bedouin tents
Raft down the Jordan River and swim under the Ein Gedi desert waterfalls
Soak up the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv and enjoy its lively beach culture