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11 Day | Jewish Tour of Krakow, Warsaw & Berlin

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9 nights' accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Our tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, with separate luggage transfer

Train ticket from Warsaw to Berlin

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Saturday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday
ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW

  • Arrive at Krakow International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Guided walk to Krakow's Historical Market Square, with its medieval architecture, basilicas and sculptures. This UNESCO World Heritage site, once the capital of Poland, was not destroyed during WWII and bears witness to the rich history of the country.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Three: Monday
RE-CREATING MEMORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Learning about the Holocaust in Poland - a Historical Perspective: Dialogue with a scholar from the Jageillonian University.
  • Engage with the multifaceted and vibrant story of Jewish life in Krakow with a walk through the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, transformed into the local Jewish life cycle museum.
    • The Rema Synagogue, the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), the great codifier of Jewish law and pillar around whom the Jewish community was able to grow.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry are buried.
    • The Temple, once the first “Modern” orthodox synagogue associated with Liberal Judaism in its earliest days.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum, which exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
    • Learn and explore the past, present and future through the unique photo exhibit which captures life through the still media.Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Take a guided journey following the Jewish community on their descent from Kazimierz, crossing over the bridge into the Holocaust period Jewish Ghetto of Podgorze, including:
    • The Krakow Umchlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
    • The Pharmacy gateway to the Ghetto. Learn the story about the Polish “Righteous among the Nations” Pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewitz, and his role in saving the Jews of Krakow.
    • The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. The museum tells the story of the city of Krakow and its residents under Nazi occupation. The museum is housed in the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. Schindler, a successful businessman, and his wife Emilie were later honored with the title of “Righteous among the Nations”.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Four: Tuesday
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In This Place: Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, reflecting on personal stories and texts. Walk through the Auschwitz Museum exhibits, built in the original blocks of the camp, see the original artifacts and footage, and witness the life and death of the prisoners of this work camp. A short drive will take you to the Auschwitz II death camp, better known as Birkenau. This camp was barely touched or renovated, allowing you a first-hand experience to understand the last moments of the prisoners of this camp.
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Group reflection at the Oswiecim Synagogue, on the site of one of Oswiecim's many pre-Holocaust synagogues - a silent witness to what was once an ordinary Polish town known as Oswiecim with a Jewish majority, later to become the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • The Krakow Jewish Community Today and a Vision for the Future: Evening program at the Krakow Jewish Community Center with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director. Enjoy dinner with members of the local Jewish community, and learn more about the cultural and religious revival happening at the JCC.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Five: Wednesday
INTRODUCTION TO WARSAW

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
  • Transfer to the Krakow train station and depart on the train to Warsaw. (Train journey is approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes.)
  • Upon arrival in Warsaw, take a panoramic tour the city, and explore the changes of the city that was rebuilt after its destruction during WWII, with its modern and classic architecture.
  • Visit Warsaw's Old Town. Established in the 13th century and later to be destroyed by the German army during WWII, it was meticulously rebuilt using the original stones. Walk through the Old Town market place, once the center of European cultural life, and now a vibrant and colorful center. Explore the fashionable restaurants and shops, the beautiful, medieval architectural city walls, and a lookout of the Warsaw Barbican and St. John's Cathedral.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • The World That Was: Guided visit to the Gensha Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. Amble through the earth laden paths, overgrown thicket and worn down tombstones.
  • Re-discover the life that was, through the history, stories and lives of the Jewish community of Warsaw, buried here. Names of Jewish leaders, artists, Rabbis and intellectuals, will begin to shine bright, emanating a luminance that will bare testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Six: Thursday
THE WORLD THAT WAS AND THE WORLD THAT IS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Despite it all and against the odds: Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Visit the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews located in the center of what once was the Jewish Ghetto. Explore the 1,000 years of rich history of the Polish Jews; beginning from their arrival as merchants, through the medieval ages until today. This 43,000 sq. ft. museum includes rare and valuable art, photos, documentation and footage of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world.
  • Lunch on your own, at the museum.
  • Take a guided journey through what was the Warsaw Ghetto. Stop by the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall for a rare look at one of the only examples of this wall in Warsaw. Walk along the Path of Remembrance for an opportunity to reflect and stop at some of the memorials dispersed throughout the former ghetto, including: the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, the memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising at the headquarters, Mila 18, and the memorial at the site of the Umschlagplatz, the gathering area of the Jews before they were sent to the death camp of Treblinka for an opportunity to reflect on the last moments of the Warsaw Jewish Community before their final destruction.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • To Life, To Life, Lechayim: Dinner at Beit Warszawa, one of Warsaw's liberal congregations, with the Rabbi and community members.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Seven: Friday
INTRODUCTION TO BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Warsaw train station for your train journey to Berlin. (Train journey is approx. 4.5 hours.)
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Arrive in Berlin and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city.
  • The Enigma that is Berlin - Introduction to Berlin: Orientation dialogue with your tour educator.
  • Introductory tour to Berlin, including visits to:
    • The Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace. The gate was ironically incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the years of the Communist regime. Perhaps Berlin's best known landmark, it now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
    • The Holocaust Memorial, the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection with thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forms a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, designed to give visitors a sense of groundlessness and of a loss of orientation; the memorial also includes a subterranean information center at the edge of the site which houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
    • The Berlin Wall Memorial, an open-air exhibition that explains the history of division and the impact of the Berlin Wall on the city and its residents.
  • Check into the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner with guests from the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Eight: Saturday
BERLIN - PAST & PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • An Introduction to Berlin - History, Sociology, Politics & Culture: Dialogue with a local journalist.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history as well as some of its hidden gems on a tour in East Berlin, including:
    • Visit Alexander Platz, the city center of former Socialist East Berlin.
    • View the St. Nikolai-Kirche, (St. Nicholas' Church) the oldest church in Berlin.
    • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
    • Visit the Neues Museum (New Museum), finished in 1859 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Schinkel. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt under the direction of David Chipperfield for the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and re-opened in 2009.
    • View the famous Humboldt University and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • The Distinguished Jews of Berlin: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Visit the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most conspicuous architectural landmarks in the city, it embodies remembrance, melancholy, and departure.
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, frequently featured in spy movies and books.
  • Visit Topography of Terror, a documentation center where the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror were located during the Third Reich period.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Nine: Sunday
JEWISH LIFE IN BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry.
  • Tour to Jewish sites in East Berlin, including:
    • The Hackescher Markt.
    • The Jewish Cemetery, including Moses Mendelsson's grave.
    • The site of the Women's Protest on Rosenenstreasse.
    • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
    • Visit the Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a safe haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the “Places of Remembrance” ‘art in public space' memorial in the Bavarian Quarter. The project consists of 80 brightly printed signs put up on lampposts, depicting colorful images on the one side and condensed versions of anti-Jewish Nazi rules and regulations passed between 1933 and 1945 in black and white on the reverse side. Together, the words and images force passers-by to remember the almost-forgotten history of this neighborhood, where Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt once lived.
  • Pay a visit to Gleis 17 (Track 17), the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust, located in the neighborhood of Grunewald. Witness the contrast between the calm atmosphere and the tragic history of the place.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Ten: Monday
EXPLORE BERLIN YOUR WAY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore Berlin on own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit Berlin's excellent museums, such as the Gemaeldegalerie or the Neue Nationalgalerie, or any of the museums on Museum Island. Museum Island features the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.
    • Explore the city's many art galleries.
    • Shop on the Kurfürstendamm (known locally as the Ku'damm).
    • Visit the East Side Gallery, a part of the former Berlin Wall now serving as a memorial of 150 wall paintings from a slew of international artists.
    • Visit the DDR Museum, an interactive museum that offers a snapshot of life in East Berlin in the days of the Soviet occupation.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Eleven: Tuesday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer on your own to Berlin International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


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Flight Details


Accommodation Details



Holiday Inn Krakow Image

Holiday Inn Krakow
Krakow

The stylish hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Kraków's Old City, only minutes away from the main Market Square, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, Wawel Castle, the central train station and bus terminal, and Kraków's biggest shopping centers.

Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel Image

Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel
Warsaw

Warsaw's Radisson SAS is located in the city center, close to the Palace of Science and Culture and within walking distance to the Old Town and most of the city's tourist highlights, making it an ideal location for your Warsaw stay.

Leonardo Mitte Image

Leonardo Mitte
Berlin

This brand new hotel is located in the heart of Berlin 800 metres from The Brandenburg Gate, 900 metres from the Natural History Museum and 900 metres from the German Historical Museum.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.