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12 Day | Jewish Tour of Poland, Budapest & Prague

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10 nights' accommodation at select hotels

9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour (Prague) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Our tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Train ticket from Warsaw to Krakow, with separate luggage transfer

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 7 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

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

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN WARSAW

  • Arrive at Warsaw 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.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Depart for an orientation tour of the city.
  • 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.  
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Evening walk through 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.
  • 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue 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: Warsaw


Day Three: Tuesday
THE WORLD THAT WAS AND THE WORLD THAT IS
  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Despite it all and against the odds: Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Reaching back and finding out: Visit the Jewish Genealogy Center, including meeting with the Director for a family roots discovery.
  • 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 Four: Wednesday
LAYERED MEMORIES AND THE PATH THAT BINDS THEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Krakow separately).
  • Transfer to the Warsaw train station and travel to Krakow. (Train journey is 2 hours and 45 minutes.)
  • Upon arrival in Krakow, disembark and stop for lunch on own.
  • 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 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.
  • Take a guided journey following the Jewish community on their descent from Kazimierz, and 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 from 1939 to 1945. The museum is housed in the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. Schindler, a successful businessman, and his wife Emilie, managed to provide a safe environment for over 1,000 Jews, and saved them from being sent to Auschwitz. They were later honored with the title of “Righteous among the Nations”.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Evening 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. 
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Five: Thursday
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Learning about the Holocaust in Poland - a Historical Perspective: Dialogue with a scholar from the Jageillonian University.
  • 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 with free time to explore Krakow's Old Town.
  • 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 Six: Friday
FROM KRAKOW TO BUDAPEST: TRAVERSING MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS

  • Early breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive through the Tatra Mountains and stop for lunch on own en route.
  • Drive through Slovakia to Hungary and continue to Budapest.
  • An Introduction to Hungary with your tour educator.
  • Arrive in Budapest and meet your local guide at Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks. Relive 1,000 years of Hungarian history through the square's impressive statues of kings and leaders. 
  • Take a panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue en route to the hotel.
  • Check into the hotel and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.
  • Evening walking tour with your tour educator to discover the sights, smells and sounds of Budapest.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Seven: Saturday
SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Political Trends and Shifts in Modern Day Hungary: Dialogue with a prominent political analyst.
  • From Pest to Buda, drive through the city, cross the river and ascend Castle Hill - where among other historical sites, stands the first royal castle of the city. Enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest from the top of the Fisherman's Bastion, which commemorates the Fishermen who were guarding the city.
  • Lunch on own at the Great Market Hall. This 3-level indoor complex includes vendors of local seasonal produce, spices and handcrafted gifts. Enjoy a traditional meal on own in one of the street food oriented restaurants, with Hungarian music in the background. 
  • Free afternoon to explore the sites and scenes of Budapest on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), enjoy people watching and feel the vibe with its many local boutiques, shops and cafes.
    • Enjoy a romantic walk in Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube, overlooking the center of the city. Stroll along the medieval ruins, through a small zoo, a magical musical fountain, a water tower, pools and a water park, with the local residents. During the summer days, you can enjoy a show in the open air theater and cinema.
    • Visit Budapest's urban City Park (Varosliget). Walk on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad Castle, the 120 year-old castle showcasing the architectural evolution through centuries and styles in Hungary. Stroll through the City Park Lake, which is great for rowing in summer and ice skating in winter, and spend some entertaining time in the Budapest Circus or the 100 year-old Municipal Zoo.
    • Visit the Széchenyi Bathhouse or Gellert Bathhouse, known for their healing waters. Inside and on the grounds of these beautiful palace compounds, you can enjoy various styles of indoor and outdoor medicinal and natural pools.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Eight: Sunday
JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Contemporary Jewish Life in Hungary - How Did We Get Here? Dialogue with Professor Michael Miller, Associate Professor of the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.
  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 years, including visits to:
    • The largest synagogue in Europe - The Dohany Street Synagogue. Built in 1859, the synagogue holds 3,000 seats and is home to one of the Neolog communities of Budapest.
    • The Jewish Museum, which is housed on the site of Theodor Herzl's family home. This museum holds a unique collection of Jewish artifacts, art and memorabilia, which sheds a new light on the rich Jewish life and predominant Jewish community of Hungary, its influence on Hungarian society and its long lasting memory.  
    • The complex courtyard, where the Community Holocaust Memorial stands. This impressive monument commemorates over 500,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust. 
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Take a guided walk through downtown Budapest, including Liberty Square, with its controversial WWII monument, Hungary's tribute to the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and a view of the Hungarian Parliament building.
  • Stop at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the Pest side of the Danube, honoring the Jews shot by fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II. The memorial represents the shoes left on the river bank as the victims fell into the water.
  • Special program with the local Jewish community at the Jewish Community Center OR Israeli Cultural Institute.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy the spectacular views and lights of the city on a special dinner cruise on the Danube.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Nine: Monday
BETWEEN BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Budapest and drive west towards the Czech Republic.
  • City tour of Bratislava, the political, cultural, and economic center of Slovakia.
  • Lunch on own in Bratislava.
  • Continue the drive to Prague.
  • Arrive in Prague and stop at Vysehrad Fortress for a panoramic view of the city.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Evening stroll to the Old Town Square. View the famous 14th century Astronomical Clock and Prague's Art Nouveau architecture around you.
  • An Inside Look into the Czech Republic - Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with a local journalist, over dinner in Prague.

Overnight: Prague


Day Ten: Tuesday
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ascend to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle, an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Walk through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge, a famous historic bridge crossing the Vltava River that was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. Stroll through the bridge, that is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • The Jewish Community of Prague - A Millennium of Complex Coexistence with your tour educator.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which encompasses the Altneu Shul, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pincus Synagogue, the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


Day Eleven: Wednesday
MEMORY & CONTINUITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Terezin.
  • Visit Terezin, the town that was turned into a ghetto and concentration camp, including the Historical Museum and the Art Exhibits, the so-called Hidden Synagogue and the Crematorium.
  • Packed lunch en route.
  • Return to Prague.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping, packing or to explore on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Bike along the river.
    • Take the funicular up to Petrín Hill, for great views of the city from Petrín Tower and a stroll through the Rose Garden.
    • Visit art galleries.
    • Visit the Franz Kafka Museum.
    • Take a boat ride on the Vltava River.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Prague


Day Twelve: Thursday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Prague 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



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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.

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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.

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Zara Continental
Budapest

The hotel is located in the heart of Budapest (5th district, city centre), a few meters from the world famous Vaci pedestrianized shopping street (váci utca). 

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Century Old Town
Prague

The Century Old Town hotel is located right in the centre of Prague, next to the old town square and the famous astronomical clock.


  • 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.