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Cities Of Peace Illuminated
Global Ambassadorship - 75th Commemoration of The Liberation Of Auschwitz
Presented by Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation

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Experience the Power of Liberation with Cities of Peace
The 75th Anniversary event commemorating the Liberation of Auschwitz will take place on January 27, 2020. Cities of Peace is hosting a travel and educational experience called the Auschwitz Initiative* during this monumental time in Poland. Be a part of it!

The Auschwitz Initiative’s Inaugural Trip

A Once in a Lifetime Experience

What makes this trip unique?
Private gatherings, which have been tailored to honor this milestone.
An evening of exclusive dining to include the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; the Director of the JCC Krakow; the Mayor of Krakow; the Director of ICC and the US Consul General.
Art, Art, Art! Meeting artists, their families, scholars and educators. Attending the gala for the unveiling of the Commemorative painting at The Galicia Jewish Museum.

Visits to historical sites in Kraków and Warsaw that are customized for this trip.

Interact with local citizens to learn about their lives today.

*The Auschwitz Initiative is a first of its kind, forward-looking peace building & healing initiative through arts engagement, education, and cultural diplomacy.


Day One: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • Arrival at Krakow International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
  • Check into the hotel (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m. If your room is not ready upon arrival, you can leave your luggage with the concierge).
  • Free time to get acclimated to the city.
  • Meet the group in the lobby to depart for dinner.
  • Gala dinner in a venue TBA, with notable guests: The Mayor of Krakow, the S. Consul General, the Director of the International Cultural Center, the Director of the Judaic Foundation, the Director of the Galicia Museum, the Director of the Krakow JCC, the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), and others.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow


Day Three: Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Connect to the story of Jewish life in Krakow with an interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, transformed into the local Jewish lifecycle museum.
    • The Rema Synagogue, the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), the great codifier of Jewish law.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry are buried.
    • The Temple, once the first “Modern” Orthodox synagogue.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Take a guided journey following the Jewish community on their descent from Kazimierz, crossing over the bridge into the Jewish Ghetto of Podgorze, including:
  • The Krakow Umchlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
  • A view of the Pharmacy gateway to the Ghetto. Learn the story of the Polish “Righteous Among the Nations” pharmacist, Tadeusz Pankiewitz, and his role in saving the Jews of Krakow.
  • The Oskar 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. The Schindlers were later honored with the title of “Righteous Among the Nations.”
  • Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK) in Krakow. The museum has been open since 2010 and aims to present the art of the two last decades in the context of post-war avant-garde and conceptual art. The museum also strives to clarify the rationale behind creating art by highlighting its cognitive and ethical value and its relationship with everyday reality.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • (Optional) Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • 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 that is happening at the JCC.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow


Day Four: Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In This Place - Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, reflecting on personal stories and texts. Walkthrough 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 This camp was barely touched or renovated, allowing you to better understand the last moments of the prisoners of this camp.
  • Lunch at the International Youth Center with the Mayor of Oswiecim.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Synagogue, the only surviving example 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. The visit will include a meeting with the President of the Oswiecim Synagogue.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow


Day Five: Sunday, January 26, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Opportunity to meet Polish and international artists.
  • Poland After Communism: Talk with a prominent Polish journalist about the massive political, social, and economic changes in the country since the return of democracy and independence in 1989.
  • Visit the ICC, the International Cultural Center, which specializes in issues of culture and heritage in Central Europe.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Enjoy a program at the Judaica Foundation of Krakow (program details TBA).
  • 4:00 p.m. Grand unveiling of Cities of Peace artwork at the Galicia Jewish Museum, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and celebrates the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. The event will include a cocktail reception.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Eat Your Way Through the Real Krakow: Experience authentic Krakow cuisines and culture on this tasting tour as you discover the best local foods and markets.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow


Day Six: Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • “Schindler's List” and Krakow: We'll talk with Edyta Gawron about the extraordinary actions of Oskar Schindler who, along with his wife Emilie, saved over 1000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz. We'll also learn about the impact that Steven Spielberg's 1993 movie, filmed and set in Krakow, has had on the city and its Jewish life. Dr. Gawron heads the Centre for the Study of the History and Culture of Krakow Jews at Jagiellonian University.
  • Guided walk through Krakow's Main Market Square, with its medieval architecture, basilicas, and sculptures. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, once the capital of Poland, was not destroyed during World War II and bears witness to the rich history of the country.
  • Guided visit to one of Krakow's most famous landmarks, the Wawel Royal Castle. This Gothic-style castle, built by Prince Casimir III, includes beautiful grounds, a cathedral, and the Crown Treasury and Armory.
  • Lunch with the Mayor of Krakow at a local restaurant.
  • Watch the live broadcast from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum which will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with a special event at the site. The anniversary ceremony, which will be attended by survivors, their families, heads of states, and world leaders, will be the central event of the 2020 International Holocaust Remembrance Day observance across the globe.
  • Explore Nowa Huta, the eastern-most district of Krakow. The district was built by the Communist authorities in post-World War II Poland in response to the resistance to their regime from the middle-class Krakovians. The district was initially built as a separate industrial town to attract people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to the region, such as peasants and the working class, and in 1951 it joined Krakow as a new district. The district was planned as a huge center of heavy industry and is one of the best examples of Social Realist architecture in Europe.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow


Day Seven: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
  • Transfer to the Krakow train station.
  • Depart Krakow by train to Warsaw (The journey is approximately 2.5 hours).
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Visit Warsaw's Old Town. Established in the 13th century and later destroyed by the German army during World War II, it was meticulously rebuilt using the original stones. Walk through the Old Town Market Place, once the center of European cultural life, 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 John's Cathedral.
  • Shelter from the Storm: Visit the site of a remarkable display of heroism. During World War II, hundreds of Jews were hidden at the Zabinski Villa at the Warsaw Zoo. Learn how zookeeper Jan Zabinski smuggled Jews to the zoo from the Warsaw Ghetto, and see the cellar and abandoned animal enclosures where they hid. Also, view the piano on which Jan's wife, Antonina Zabinski, would play a special tune to warn that Germans were approaching. Honored by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations,” the story of the Zabinskis inspired the book and film, The Zookeper's Wife.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner with the US Ambassador at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Westin, Warsaw


Day Eight: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dialogue with the Mayor of Warsaw.
  • Take a guided journey through the Warsaw Ghetto, including:
    • The Remnants of the Ghetto Wall.
    • The Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial.
    • Following the footsteps of the Warsaw Ghetto heroes along the Path of Remembrance.
    • Commemorating the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising at Mila 18.
    • Reflecting on the last moments of the Warsaw Jewish Community at the Umschlagplatz - the gathering area of the Jews before they were sent to the death camp of Treblinka.
  • Walkthrough the Muranow District, which was rebuilt after its destruction during World War II.  Local artists have created a number of murals in the neighborhood, bringing color to these dark Soviet buildings and reminding visitors of the people who lived here. Explore the neighborhood and view the murals, which represent stories of Marek Edelman, Janusz Korczak, Ludwig Zamenhoff, and other important historic figures.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Visit the newly opened POLIN, 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 with their arrival as merchants, through the medieval ages, until today. This 43,000-sqare-foot museum includes rare and valuable art, photos, documentation, and footage of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world. Possible meeting with a curator of the museum.
  • Return to the hotel with free time for last-minute packing, shopping, or to explore the city on your own.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Westin, Warsaw


Day Nine: Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Warsaw Airport for your return flight to the US.



Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Holiday Inn 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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The Westin Warsaw Hotel

The hotel is situated in the business and financial district, guests are just a short walk from the Old Town, Market Square, Chopin's Monument and are surrounded by green parks.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full-paying participants. 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 tour guide/educator are included.
  • A portion of the cost of this trip will be a contribution to Cities of Peace.

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

Are included as specified in the itinerary

All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.


  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator, guides and drivers. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 10-19 participants and more:
    $10 per participant per day for the tour educator, $6 for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
    Group of 20 passengers and more:
    $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver