ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW: RECREATING MEMORYSunday, October 3, 2021
Participants who arrived early gather in the hotel lobby of the Sheraton, Krakow and meet your tour educator.
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 Krakow Umschlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
View of the pharmacy gateway to the ghetto. Learn the story about the Polish “righteous among the nations” pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewicz, and his role in saving the Jews of Krakow.
Visit 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.”
Continue to 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. Learn and explore the past, present, and future through the unique photo exhibit which captures life through the still media.
Check into the hotel.
1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner at Hawelka 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.
OvernightSheraton Grand Krakow, Krakow
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRYMonday, October 4, 2021
Depart for Auschwitz.
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.
LaDa’at Focus: How We Remember with your tour educator.
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.
Pay a visit to Plaszow, the site of the former Labor Camp depicted in Schindler’s List.
Return to Krakow.
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.
OvernightSheraton Grand Krakow, Krakow
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAWTuesday, October 5, 2021
Load luggage to the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
Depart Krakow and travel to Warsaw by train. (Train journey is approximately 2.5 hours.)
Arrive in Warsaw.
Visit the Lauder Morasha School, which is celebrating 30 years of Jewish education in Poland. During your visit, you will meet with Karolina Szykier-Koszucka, the Chief of Jewish Education and Communication, tour the school, and interact with students and faculty.
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. Rediscover 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 bear testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
Check into the hotel.
OvernightBristol Hotel, Warsaw
THE WORLD THAT WAS AND THE WORLD THAT ISWednesday, October 6, 2021
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.
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.
Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw. Meet with Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland.
“Let the World Read and Know What the Murderers Have Done": Explore the Ringelblum Archives, an eye-witness record of life and death in the Warsaw Ghetto. These diaries, letters, underground newspapers, and studies were collected and collated, at great risk, by a group of Jewish historians and leaders living in the Ghetto. We’ll see the milk cannisters and metal boxes where Dr. Emmanuel Ringelblum and his “Oneg Shabbat” team hid this material and examine what they reveal about Jewish life under Nazi terror.
OvernightBristol Hotel, Warsaw
THE WORLD THAT WAS & THE WORLD THAT ISThursday, October 7, 2021
Shelter from the Storm: Local guides will escort us to the site of a remarkable display of heroism. During World War Two, hundreds of Jews were hidden at the Zabinski Villa at 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. We'll 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.
Visit the Warsaw JCC, located in a 3,000 square feet multi-level building, the community center has become a vibrant center of Jewish life in Warsaw.
Boxed lunch, en route.
Drive north of Warsaw to Treblinka. (Journey is approximately 2 hours.)
Visit what was once the Death Camp of Treblinka. Leveled down by the Nazi’s, there aren’t any remains left of what was one of the largest death camps in Poland. It is now a large complex of monuments. Walk on the rebuilt train tracks to the striking monument built from 17,000 stones, marking the number of communities killed and wiped out in Treblinka.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner at Mokotowska 69 and panel discussion with leaders of the local Jewish community including Monika Elliot, program director of JDC, and Magda Dorosz, director of Hillel Warsaw. We’ll learn how young Polish Jews are both confronting the country's tortured past as well as rediscovering and celebrating their Jewish roots.
5 nights’ accommodation, including portage service at the hotels.
5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides.
Da’at Educational Expeditions tour educator accompanying the group throughout.
Train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, with separate luggage transfer.
Individual arrival airport transfers at Krakow.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary.
Individual departure airport transfers at Warsaw.
Mineral water on the bus throughout.
Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners.
Tips for the Da’at tour educator, local guides and drivers.
Whisper system for 5 days.
Flights to and from Poland.
Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
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.
US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
The small print
Rates: 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, the cost of the trip will be adjusted to reflect the additional expense of operating the
Currency: 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.
Payment policy: 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.
An initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated.
Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.
Cancelation policy: All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee
depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to
cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
Cancelation fees may also include:
Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
Group airfare penalty fee.
Travel insurance: 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.
Room categories are based on standard Run of House unless otherwise noted.
Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for the differences between hotel prices.
The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Dalat Educational Expeditions and its suppliers.
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.
We have created a Da’at COVID-19 safety protocol to protect everyone in the group.*
Masks are required on Da’at trips and are provided at no extra charge.
Social distancing is strictly observed and trips are limited in participation. All venues, meals, and vehicles are reserved to ensure that there is additional space and that they conform to COVID safety protocols.
Cleanliness is our top priority and we ensure that all surfaces and high-traffic areas used by our trip participants and team are clean and disinfected.
In order to give you peace of mindwhen making future travel plans, we have suspended our cancellation policies.** If your travel has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, you can change or cancel your travel without any cancellation fees up to 30 days before your departure date. If you need to change your travel plans due to Coronavirus 30 days or less before your departure date, no change fee will apply and funds received to date for your trip will be refunded to you as an e-Credit that you will be able to use toward a future Da’at trip.
Using common sense during a global pandemic is key to having a safe, healthy, worry-free, and enjoyable trip. If you have questions about our COVID protocols, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team so that we can reassure you.
* To protect the safety of all our travelers, we cannot allow anyone to join a trip who has been exposed to COVID-19 within 2 weeks of the trip’s departure date. Check your destination’s entry requirements before departure, as several countries may have issued travel regulations that may affect your trip.
** In cases where our cancellation policy differs from what is written, you will be personally notified well in advance.