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Past Trips

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Poland, May 2014

Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence and his wife, Dr. Kathy Lawrence, hosted a five-day "Pilgrimage to Poland," led by the world's leading scholar on the Polish-Jewish experience, Antony Polonsky, the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis. The group explored the historic and contemporary world of Polish Jewry and met with pre-eminent scholars, historians and key figures. They visited Warsaw, toured the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Ghetto, the Old Town and the Royal Palace; in Krakow, they toured the old royal capital, the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter and the Altshul — the oldest synagogue in Poland. They also visited the Oskar Schindler factory and the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps.  

Myanmar, January 2013

With traditions unchanged from time immemorial, a rich Buddhist culture and diverse ethnic groups, Myanmar presents a singular travel experience. Our small group set out on the road to Mandalay, saw the spectacular temples at Bagan, colonial Yangon, the hill station of Kalaw and pastoral Inle Lake. It was a journey of deep discovery and reward. Hosts: Detlev Suderow ’70, P ’05 and his wife, Ellen Beth Lande ’73, P ’05.

Guatemala, January 2011

Travelers visited the amazing ruins at Tikal, small towns where Indian culture thrives, beautiful Lake Atitlan, and magnificent colonial Antigua – revealing many treasures of a proud nation that was once a center of Mayan civilization. Hosts: Detlev Suderow ’70, P ’05 and his wife, Ellen Beth Lande ’73, P ’05.

Vietnam, October 2010

Travelers visited this land of breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people. Highlights included visits to Hanoi, Da Nang and the Mekong Delta. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

China, June 2009

The trip featured monumental Beijing, a cruise on the fabled Yangtze, fascinating Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai, giving travelers a chance to experience China’s ancient and current. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

Morocco, June 2007

Travelers visited the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech on a trip that included encounters with ancient ruins, sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

Peru, June-July 2006

Travelers experienced Peru’s distant past and its fascinating present through visits to Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca, experiencing the country’s archaeological, cultural, and natural treasures. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

Russia, June-July 2005

The “Cruise the Passage of Peter the Great” program took travelers on a cultural odyssey from the onion domes of Moscow to the palaces of St. Petersburg. On the enchanting northern waterways, travelers wound their way through the heart of Russia on the Volga, Neva and Svir rivers. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

Sicily, June 2004

Travelers spent seven nights in the medieval town of Taormina, visited the remains of a Greek colony in Agrigento, saw the crater at Mount Etna, and explored the archeological park in Syracuse. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

Cuba, October 2002

Travelers stayed in Havana, took a walking tour of the old city, visited the Museum of the Revolution, saw the fishing village of Cojimar, and toured the Le Corona cigar factory.

Greece, June 2002

From the beautiful Greek island of Poros, travelers visited the islands of Aegina and Hydra, Poros Town, and Athens. In Greece’s capital city, travelers experienced the Acropolis and Parthenon. Hosts: Jehuda Reinharz, PhD ’72 and Shulamit Reinharz, PhD ’77.

Tuscany, Italy, October 2001

From the Tuscan village of Pienza, travelers experienced the Tuscan countryside, Siena, Florence, Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, Perugia, Assisi and Montepulciano.

Provence, France, May 2001

From their base in Aix-en-Provence, travelers walked through the villages of Gordes, Roussillon, and Bonnieux; saw the historic ruins of Arles; and visited Les Baux, St. Remy, Avignon and Pont du Gard.

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"We have been to Peru, Morocco, China, Vietnam and Myanmar with Brandeis. The accommodations, food and guides have all been outstanding. Our fellow travelers are adventurous and well informed. The guides are eager to engage in a range of topics and are extremely knowledgeable."
~ Ellen Gould ‘67 and Daniel Ray
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