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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #90 on: April 22, 2015, 11:45:51 AM »
Am particularly interested in non-USA pesach experiences:  My sense is that its a lot less expensive.

If anyone is willing to share

1) approx cost per head for the sedarim, meals,  accommodation etc for 9 days
2) was the food edible, average, excellent or over the top(5 dessert choices???)
3) location
4) %american and was it an english speaking program
5) organized, disorganized or total chaos
6)  likleyhood of going back next year(pesach falls out the same way)
Really getting a head start, huh?

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #91 on: April 22, 2015, 12:51:06 PM »
Was at the Inbal in Jerusalem and was quite pleased. Only draw back with Israeli programs is that lunch isn't included unless it's Shabbos or YT.  Also, 2nd Seder and YT are extra too.

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #92 on: April 22, 2015, 12:51:45 PM »
Anybody went to Italy?

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #93 on: April 22, 2015, 03:39:45 PM »
Am particularly interested in non-USA pesach experiences:  My sense is that its a lot less expensive.

If anyone is willing to share

1) approx cost per head for the sedarim, meals,  accommodation etc for 9 days
2) was the food edible, average, excellent or over the top(5 dessert choices???)
3) location
4) %american and was it an english speaking program
5) organized, disorganized or total chaos
6)  likleyhood of going back next year(pesach falls out the same way)

I was in Dubrovnik (Croatia) with Vered Holidays
It was very good value - worked out approx $1500 per adult full board for 10-11 days (from Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch) including 5 star accomodation, transfers, all food etc (but not excursions). My 2 year old was free, another child was $600 or so I think. No service charges or additional taxes so this is total cost (apart from flight..).

Food was average to good, not wonderful. There was plenty of food, and it was will organised - no-one went hungry. All meals buffet apart from Yom Tov/Shabbat dinner. Plenty of salads, 4-5 meat choices each meal, 1 fish, sides,  lots of desserts etc. Basic tea room all day (soft drinks, cookies etc). Plenty of soda and wine at all meals included.

Program was generally well organized.Not perfect, but pretty good. Organizers are very nice people. Hotel was great, refurbished over the winter so all rooms brand new. Hotel staff had good english and were very pleasant to deal with. Really 5 star. See

http://libertasdubrovnik.rixos.com/overview/detail/OVERVIEW/65/28/0

Location was superb. Dubrovnik is amazing, and there are fascinating excursions at reasonable prices (to Bosnia, Montenegro, and Elafite Islands, each around EUR 40 or you can rent a car for EUR 40 per day). Hotel is 15 minute walk from old city and port. They also arranged some evening activities (folklore evening etc), shiurim and kids club most hours of the day.

Group was approx 60% Israeli, 30% English speaking (UK and US) and 10% others (Belgium, France etc). There as an American Rabbi from Shalavim, and 2 sedarim etc. I think there was around 700 guests, but it didn't seem overly crowded.

I assume they will be in a different location next year, someone mentioned Barcelona....

Would recommend as a budget program as long as you don't expect 5* luxury meals (dinners/lunches where somewhat repetitive). FWIW most guests are modern orthodox or traditional, though kashrut level seemed high (non-gebrochts, only shemura matza for whole of chag etc). Under Strasbourg Beth Din, which has a good reputation.

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #94 on: April 23, 2015, 07:42:58 AM »
Any other European recommendations?

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Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #95 on: April 28, 2015, 02:16:36 AM »
Stresa, Italy with Galinski was really great!
Out of the 3 hotels I've gone too- this was the most relaxing experience and I think I would go back again.
Most of crowd were English (and Yiddish) speaking (American ,British and European ). A more heimish crowd.
Food was very good most if the tome ( breakfast on chol hamoed was wrest from all programs I've been to)
And price was cheaper then staying in (the best  place kashrus wise I found in ) Israel  (around 4k euro per room- double occupancy) .
The area is beautiful and relaxing, but they don't arrange group tours to other areas. They can help you arrange one- but cheaper to rent your own car.
The biggest hiccup we had was that these European hotels won't turn on the Ac until it's officially summer, and happened to be hot first 2 days (but nothing a 25e fan couldn't fix).
Night Entertainment just ok.
What was really great was they had a photographer from the area doing photo shoots for only 30e !
Overall a great experience.
Feel free to ask any questions if I missed anything...
« Last Edit: April 28, 2015, 03:29:36 AM by Let3 »

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #96 on: April 28, 2015, 09:08:15 AM »

Stresa, Italy with Galinski was really great!
Out of the 3 hotels I've gone too- this was the most relaxing experience and I think I would go back again.
Most of crowd were English (and Yiddish) speaking (American ,British and European ). A more heimish crowd.
Food was very good most if the tome ( breakfast on chol hamoed was wrest from all programs I've been to)
And price was cheaper then staying in (the best  place kashrus wise I found in ) Israel  (around 4k euro per room- double occupancy) .
The area is beautiful and relaxing, but they don't arrange group tours to other areas. They can help you arrange one- but cheaper to rent your own car.
The biggest hiccup we had was that these European hotels won't turn on the Ac until it's officially summer, and happened to be hot first 2 days (but nothing a 25e fan couldn't fix).
Night Entertainment just ok.
What was really great was they had a photographer from the area doing photo shoots for only 30e !
Overall a great experience.
Feel free to ask any questions if I missed anything...

Thanks. Which other hotels have you gone to.

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #97 on: April 28, 2015, 04:17:08 PM »

Thanks. Which other hotels have you gone to.
Leonardo  in Dead Sea
And the one in Spain 3 years ago (that was this year in Greece I think)

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #98 on: April 28, 2015, 04:48:53 PM »

Leonardo  in Dead Sea
And the one in Spain 3 years ago (that was this year in Greece I think)

Have you considered the other Pesach program in Rome as opposed to Stresa?

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #99 on: May 03, 2015, 08:04:00 AM »
And the one in Spain 3 years ago (that was this year in Greece I think)
Who ran the program in Spain that you went to?

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #100 on: November 22, 2015, 01:19:54 PM »
I am curious how the sedarim work with 700 people. Does each family/table make there own seder?  I cant imagine its communal especially without a microphone?  Any ideas for programs that are under $2k/person?

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #101 on: December 23, 2015, 02:17:32 PM »
I was in Dubrovnik (Croatia) with Vered Holidays
It was very good value - worked out approx $1500 per adult full board for 10-11 days (from Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch) including 5 star accomodation, transfers, all food etc (but not excursions). My 2 year old was free, another child was $600 or so I think. No service charges or additional taxes so this is total cost (apart from flight..).

Food was average to good, not wonderful. There was plenty of food, and it was will organised - no-one went hungry. All meals buffet apart from Yom Tov/Shabbat dinner. Plenty of salads, 4-5 meat choices each meal, 1 fish, sides,  lots of desserts etc. Basic tea room all day (soft drinks, cookies etc). Plenty of soda and wine at all meals included.
How many Americans were at the program?

Program was generally well organized.Not perfect, but pretty good. Organizers are very nice people. Hotel was great, refurbished over the winter so all rooms brand new. Hotel staff had good english and were very pleasant to deal with. Really 5 star. See

http://libertasdubrovnik.rixos.com/overview/detail/OVERVIEW/65/28/0

Location was superb. Dubrovnik is amazing, and there are fascinating excursions at reasonable prices (to Bosnia, Montenegro, and Elafite Islands, each around EUR 40 or you can rent a car for EUR 40 per day). Hotel is 15 minute walk from old city and port. They also arranged some evening activities (folklore evening etc), shiurim and kids club most hours of the day.

Group was approx 60% Israeli, 30% English speaking (UK and US) and 10% others (Belgium, France etc). There as an American Rabbi from Shalavim, and 2 sedarim etc. I think there was around 700 guests, but it didn't seem overly crowded.

I assume they will be in a different location next year, someone mentioned Barcelona....

Would recommend as a budget program as long as you don't expect 5* luxury meals (dinners/lunches where somewhat repetitive). FWIW most guests are modern orthodox or traditional, though kashrut level seemed high (non-gebrochts, only shemura matza for whole of chag etc). Under Strasbourg Beth Din, which has a good reputation.

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #102 on: December 23, 2015, 02:27:45 PM »
I am curious how the sedarim work with 700 people. Does each family/table make there own seder?  I cant imagine its communal especially without a microphone?  Any ideas for programs that are under $2k/person?
usually they give you the option of communal or private

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #103 on: December 23, 2015, 02:29:15 PM »

usually they give you the option of communal or private
Or by your own table in the ballroom.

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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
« Reply #104 on: December 23, 2015, 02:31:24 PM »
Or by your own table in the ballroom.
thats what they consider private. you dont get your own room to do it