Sutton Place Synagogue | Heritage Journey to Poland
Led by Rabbi Rachel Ain

price per person from $2870

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*The price of the Poland trip is based on a minimum of 15 fully paying participants.

Main Trip to Poland -

6 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour on Shabbat, with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airports

Train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, with separate luggage transfer

Da’at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunchs & 4 dinners

Portage at the hotels


*The price of the Berlin extension is based on a minimum of 10 fully paying participants.

Extension to Berlin -

3 nights’ accommodation at select hotel

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

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airports

Land-only cost includes one-way flight from Warsaw to Berlin (estimated rate)

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast & 1 dinner

Portage at the hotels

Day One: Monday, November 4, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
ARRIVAL TO KRAKOW 

  • Arrive at Krakow International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Krakow and check into the hotel.
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet at the hotel lobby.
  • Guided walk through 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.
  • Guided visit to one of Kraków's most famous landmarks, the Wawel Royal Castle. This Gothic style Castle, built by Prince Casimir the 3rd, holds beautiful grounds, a cathedral, the Crown treasury and armory.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus A Window to Our Journey: Orientation with Rabbi Ain and your tour educator over a private dinner.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Three: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
RE-CREATING MEMORY

  • 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 life cycle 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 Jewish Ghetto of Podgorze, including:
    • The Krakow Umchlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
    • 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

OR

  • Dine-Around in Krakow: Visit Krakow`s bustling markets and neighborhoods. Try and taste the best Polish traditional cuisine. The perfect balance of cuisine and culture for a truly authentic local experience! (Cost of the tour is not included)

Overnight: Krakow


Day Four: Thursday, November 7, 2019
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.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Jewish Center and Museum, capturing the rich life of the Jewish community which was the majority of the city. Through testimonials, artifacts, rare footage and personal belongings, take a mental picture of the community that held a large variety of Jewish organizations, sports and youth groups.
  • 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: Friday, November 8, 2019
FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW          

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Krakow separately).
  • Transfer to Krakow train station.
  • Depart Krakow on an early train to Warsaw. (Train journey is approximately 3 hours).
  • Arrive in Warsaw and transfer to the city center.
  • Lunch on own.
  • The World That Was: Guided visit to the Gensha Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. Bring back life to the names on the unique tombstones of the famous Jewish leaders, artists, Rabbis and intellectuals, including: Yiddish writer, author of “If Not Higher” L Peretz; “Esperanto” language creator Ludwig Zamenhoff; The Warsaw theater Diva Ida Kaminska; and Adam Czerniakow, the beloved head of the “Judenrat”. The cemetery is a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw, followed by a Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community. (Communal dinner is pending confirmation)

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Six: Saturday, November 9, 2019
THE WORLD THAT WAS | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own.
  • Shabbat lunch.
  • 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, and 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Seven: Sunday, November 10, 2019
FROM LIFE IN LUBLIN TO DEATH IN MAJDANEK  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to
  • 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.
  • Visit the old Jewish cemetery on Sienna Street, dating from at least the 16th century, and the "New Cemetery" started in 1829, and today preserved as a historical site.
  • Lunch en route.
  • 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.
  • Return to Warsaw.
  • Late farewell dinner and group reflection at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Eight: Monday, November 11, 2019
RETURN HOME OR CONTINUE TO BERLIN               

  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out.
  • Group transfer to Warsaw International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

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Extention to Berlin

Day One: Monday, November 11, 2019
BERLIN - PAST & PRESENT  

  • Early check out of the hotel and transfer to Warsaw International Airport.
  • 8:25 a.m. Depart Warsaw on a flight to
  • 9:50 a.m. Arrive to Berlin and transfer to the city.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history as well as some of its hidden gems on a tour in East Berlin, including:
    • 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.
    • View the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin's most significant landmarks.
    • Lunch on own, en route.
    • 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.
    • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
    • View the famous Humboldt University and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
    • Visit Alexander Platz, the city center of former Socialist East Berlin.
    • View the Nikolai-Kirche, (St. Nicholas' Church) the oldest church in Berlin.
    • Visit 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.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Two: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
THE BERLIN JEWISH COMMUNITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Visit the grave of Hermann Cohen and the memorial marker for Leo Baeck.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry.
  • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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 Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a safe haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Guided visit to 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. (Currently under renovation - regular exhibition is closed, temporary exhibition focused on Jerusalem)
  • Stop at Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best-known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, frequently featured in spy movies and
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Three: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
THIS IS THE HOPE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Building a Community: Dialogue with Rabbi Gesa Ederberg, Rabbi of Oranienburger Strasse Synagogue of the Jewish Community of Berlin.
  • Street Art Tour of Berlin - get to know the weird and wonderful areas of Berlin. Check out the street art on many hidden corners and be impressed and inspired by the varied and dynamic works of art.
  • From the Divided to the City of Freedom: On Berlin's 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall, stop at 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.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Free time to explore Berlin on your 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.
    • Shop on the Kurfürstendamm (known locally as the Ku'damm).
  • Festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Four: Thursday, November 14, 2019
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Berlin International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

 


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.

*The price is based on a minimum of 15 fully participants.

Prices:

Poland Trip Only (per person):
Single occupancy - $3,205
Double occupancy - $2,870


Berlin Extension (per person):
Single occupancy - $2,095
Double occupancy - $1,800
 
2019 Land Only Status  
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Flight Details


Accommodation Details



Hotel Indigo Image

Hotel Indigo
Krakow

Right in the heart of the city, Hotel Indigo® Krakow – Old Town blends historic Polish art with contemporary style. The past and the future meet in the streets around the hotel, where Wawel Castle and the Renaissance Cloth Hall on the old town’s medieval square rub shoulders with new museums, cutting-edge galleries and buzzing bars.

The Westin Warsaw Hotel Image

The Westin Warsaw Hotel
Warsaw

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 15 full paying participants per bus. 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.
  • 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-bedrooms 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.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required upon registration.
  • Final payment for this tour is due August 6, 2019.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 90 days prior to departure (i.e. until August 6, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of $500 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 89 and 46 days prior to departure (i.e. from August 7, 2019 to September 19, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 45 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (i.e. as of September 20, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages/group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a 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 the time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to the permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

 

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on the number of participants)
    • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one piece per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at the time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • 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.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

 

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.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be canceled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. The package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • 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.