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  • 7 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1st class train ticket from Warsaw to Krakow, with separate luggage transfer
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunch and & 4 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Monday, October 26, 2015

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the city center.
  • The World That Was: Guided visit through the Okapova Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world and a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Three: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and load luggage on to the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Krakow separately).
  • Visit the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 
  • Guided visit through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Mila 18, and Umschlagplatz, site of the deportation of the Warsaw Jewish community to Treblinka.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Transfer to Warsaw train station.
  • Depart Warsaw and travel to Krakow by train. (Train journey is approximately 3 hours.)
  • Transfer to your hotel in Krakow and check in.
  • Evening guided walk to Krakow's Market Square.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Four: Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Learning about the Holocaust in Poland from a historical perspective: Dialogue with a scholar from the Jageillonian University.
  • Interactive ‘Site & Text' program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
  • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland.
  • 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, Krakow's Reform congregation.
  • The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Guided visit to Podgorze, where the Jewish Ghetto was located during the Holocaust,  including:
    • The “Pharmacy” gateway to the Ghetto, and the Jewish Ghetto.
    • The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Five: Friday, October 30, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In This Place - Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, using personal stories and texts as a guide.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Group debriefing at the Oswiecim Jewish Center, on the site of one of Oswiecim's many pre-Holocaust synagogues, including boxed lunch. Before Auschwitz became the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust, it was just an ordinary Polish town known as Oswiecim. The majority of its citizens were Jewish.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Krakow's Reform congregation led by Rabbi Tanya Segal, at the Galicia Museum.
  • The Krakow Jewish Community Today and a Vision for the Future: Shabbat dinner at the JCC with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director, and local members of the community.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Six: Saturday, October 31, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Krakow and cross the border into Slovakia.
  • Drive through the Tatra Mountains.
  • Stop in the town of Bansca Bystrika, with its beautiful Gothic style buildings and quaint streets, for lunch on your own.
  • Drive through Slovakia to Hungary and continue to Budapest.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to Hungary with your tour educator.
  • Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Seven: Sunday, November 1, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue and visit Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks.
  • Drive through the city and across the river. Ascend Castle Hill to view Budapest from atop the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Explore the Story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 Years, including visits to:
    • The Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe.
    • The Jewish Museum, housed on the site of Theodor Herzl's birth.
    • The Community Holocaust Memorial.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Eight: Monday, November 2, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 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.
  • Guided walk through downtown Budapest and the sprawling boulevards of Budapest, including Freedom Square and a tour of the Hungarian Parliament, one of the oldest legislative buildings in Europe and one of Budapest's most impressive landmarks.
  • 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 killed by the fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II; the memorial represents the shoes left behind on the river bank as they fell into the river after being shot.
  • Lunch on your own at Budapest's enormous enclosed market, where you can find anything from fruits and vegetables to souvenirs.
  • LaDa'at Special program with young Jewish leaders from Budapest or at the Jewish Community Center.
  • Free time to explore Budapest on your own, with the opportunity to:
  • Wander along Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), with its many shops and cafes.
  • Visit Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube in the center of the city. The island features romantic walkways, medieval ruins, a small zoo, musical fountain, a water tower, swimming pools, a water park, and an open air theater and cinema.
  • Visit Budapest's City Park (Varosliget), which features Vajdahunyad Castle, the City Park Lake, which is great for rowing in summer and ice skating in winter, the Budapest Circus and the Municipal Zoo, which is over 100 years old.
  • Visit the Széchenyi Bathhouse, the largest medicinal bath in Europe, which houses a number of indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Danube River to see Budapest's major landmarks in a different light.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Nine: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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



Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 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 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

  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
  • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
    • $10 per participant per day for the ARZA World 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 ARZA World tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $4 per participant per day for the driver
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. ARZA World 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 the insurance company.
  • Transportation in 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.
  • 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 cancelled 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. 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.

Guidelines for Registering Children (under age 18):


    The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18.)


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    Important to Know
    • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
    • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
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