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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Poland

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7 nights' accommodation at select hotels

7 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

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Porterage at the hotels


Day One: Saturday
DEPARTURE

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

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday
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.)
  • 6:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Brick by brick, stone by stone: 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 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: Monday
THE WORLD THAT WAS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a panoramic tour of the city and explore the changes of the city that was rebuilt after its destruction during WWII, with its modern and classic architecture.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Despite it all and against the odds: Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Four: Tuesday
LUBLIN - THE REBUILDING OF A CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart for Lublin.
  • Arrive at Lublin, and take a panoramic view of the city, from the top of the Castle Hill entering the city.
  • Begin the tour of the city with a walk through the center of Lublin, once a great center of Jewish life, following along the well-known Sjeroka Street, concluding at the local castle used as a prison during the Second World War.
  • Pass under Grodzka Gate, the gate connecting the former Jewish and Christian quarters.
  • Pay a visit to the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre. This unique museum captures the life of the Jews in Lublin pre-WWII house by house, with a rare collection of soundbites, photos, documentation and testimonies.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • The Role of Jewish Learning in Jewish History with your tour educator.
  • Embrace the spirit of Yeshivat Chachamei Lublin, the “Scholars of Lublin's Yeshiva”. Once the world's largest Yeshiva, where “The Choze of Lublin,” among other Rabbis, did his teachings and wrote his books. Sit in the “Beit Midrash,” the hall of study, and revive the words and learnings of the Yeshiva students who perished in the Holocaust.
  • Go back in time at Lublin's old Jewish cemetery. Surrounding the cemetery's wall are engraved the names of the 10,000 Jews killed by the Kozaks in 16th century. Visit graves of the famous scholars who are buried there and learn about the rich Jewish life that took place in the city throughout the ages.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy an evening out with dinner on own in the newly renovated old town of Lublin with its student atmosphere and international cuisine.

Overnight: Lublin


Day Five: Wednesday
FROM THE ASHES OF MAJDANEK TO VIBRANT LIFE IN KRAKOW

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Drive to the Majdanek Death Camp Museum.
  • Take a guided visit through the Majdanek Death Camp. The camp, which was not destroyed by the Nazis, tells the story of the Soviet and Jewish prisoners in WWII. Walk through the soviet monument, to the gas chamber, barracks, crematorium and the famous “Mausoleum of the Ashes.”
  • Depart Majdanek and begin your journey to Krakow.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Welcome to Krakow, once the capital of Poland, which was not destroyed during WWII and bears witness to the rich history of the country.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy an evening walk with your tour educator to Krakow's Historical Market Square, with its medieval architecture, basilicas and sculptures.
  • Dinner on your own for a chance to taste a selection of Polish and international cuisine.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Six: Thursday
LAYERED MEMORIES AND THE PATH THAT BINDS THEM

  • 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 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, 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”.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Seven: Friday
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.
  • Optional Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • 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 Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community, and learn more about the cultural and religious revival happening at the JCC.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Eight: Saturday
TRADITION & MODERNITY IN KRAKOW

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit to one of Kraków's most famous landmarks, the Wawel Royal Castle. This Gothic style Castle, built by Prince Casimir III, holds beautiful grounds, a cathedral, the Crown treasury and armory.
  • Lunch on own in the Market Square.
  • Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Explore magnificent chambers chiseled out of rock salt, underground saline lakes and unique statues sculpted in salt.
  • Return to Krakow with free time for last-minute shopping, packing or to relax.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Nine: Sunday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to Krakow 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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Grand Hotel Lublinianka
Lublin

The hotel is situated in an old eclectic building in the heart of Lublin with access to all major attractions.

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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.


  • 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.