New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Royal York Travel – Dream Vacations is launching Yiddish Kultur Voyages which produces Yiddish culture festivals aboard river cruise vessels that explore Jewish Heritage sites along European waterways and are enhanced with daily supplemental lectures and headline-worthy entertainment related to Yiddish culture. The inaugural cruise is a full-ship charter of one of AmaWaterways’ new ships AmaLea, which debuts in spring 2019, and departs from Budapest, Hungary on May 10, 2019.
“I’m very excited about this project for many reasons. First and foremost, we are creating a unique experience for those who join our voyages, one where Yiddish culture can be enjoyed in harmony with tourism and the arts,” said Norman Buchbinder, co-founder of Yiddish Kultur Voyages, who grew up speaking Yiddish with his parents and grandparents. He added, “anyone who feels an affinity or connection to this culture, as I do, will not want to miss our first river cruise.”
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During the cruise, participants will enjoy daily tours including tours to several Jewish Heritage sites along the Danube River in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany, and also have daily lectures on topics related to the history of the destinations or culture developed in the Yiddish-speaking communities in Europe, capped off with nightly performances by renowned interpreters of Yiddish music and song. Yiddish Kultur Voyages will provide a unique and memorable travel experience for all Yiddish enthusiasts as well as those just learning or gaining exposure to the richness of the culture. It is designed for anyone interested in luxury travel, history, good food, and/or an interest in understanding the Yiddish culture.
“The event that we are planning will allow the travelers to immerse themselves in the culture that thrived in the Yiddish-speaking communities such as those that were based in some of the destinations that we are visiting,” said Derek Krabill, founder and co-owner of Yiddish Kultur Voyages. “By engaging leading interpreters and teachers of Yiddish music, culture and history to accompany our guests on their voyage, members of the group will not only learn more about the destinations and Yiddish culture in an academic sense, but will come away with a visceral understanding of the life lived by these communities that can only be communicated with music.”
Buchbinder and Krabill are collaborating with Sasha Lurje, a Latvia-born Yiddish song performer and teacher who has participated in and organized a variety of Yiddish music festivals throughout the world and as Artistic Director is tasked with developing a program of varied musical performances during the week-long voyage that informs and deepens the experience of the guests. Other performers who have confirmed their participation for the floating festival include Daniel Kahn, a Berlin-based Yiddish songwriter and revolutionary cabaret artist, Lorin Sklamberg, Grammy Award-winning lead singer for the Klezmatics, virtuoso clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist Christian Dawid, and bass Anthony Russell accompanied by Dr. Alan Mason.
Royal York Travel – Dream Vacations will be the exclusive travel agents for all Yiddish Kultur Voyages events. As part of World Travel Holdings, one of the nation’s top travel retail networks, Royal York Travel offers consumers the lowest possible pricing on cruise and land vacations through its relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators.
Fares start at $3,681.00 per person and are based on double occupancy. Yiddish Kultur Voyages is offering an early bird discount of 20% off for guests that place a $500 per person deposit prior to March 31, 2018. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested in joining this unique travel experience may call (212) 220-0621 or register at the website http://www.yiddishkulturvoyages.com.
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Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.