- 6 nights' accommodation at select hotels
- 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
- Da'at tour educator accompanying the group throughout
- Land-only cost includes one-way flight from Amsterdam to Krakow
- Individual transfers and assistance from and to the airport
- 1 train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, with separate luggage transfer.
- All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
- Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 brunch & 4 dinners
- Portage at the hotels
Day One: Monday, March 30, 2020
Day Two: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
ARRIVAL & INTRODUCTION TO AMSTERDAM
- Arrival at Amsterdam International Airport.
- Meet your tour educator, Mike Hollander, who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
- Enjoy an introductory walking tour through Amsterdam's alleys and canals and pass by the Royal Palace, situated on the west side of Dam Square, and the famous National Monument, a 72-foot concrete conical pillar covered by white travertine stone that honors World War II casualties.
- Along the Water: Enjoy a boat canal cruise and the relaxing atmosphere of Amsterdam while wandering through its canals.
- Red Light… Take part in guided tour with a local specialist to gain a better understanding of the legal and cultural aspects of the infamous Red-Light District of Amsterdam, as well as the financial & tourism benefits of the cannabis industry.
- Check into the hotel.
- 7:00 p.m. Welcome dinner at Haesje Claes and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey, including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, and the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.
Overnight: Pulitzer, Amsterdam
Day Three: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
- 8:45 a.m. Visit the Anne Frank House, hear the story and tour the offices and "secret annex" where Anne Frank, her family, and others spent 23 months hiding from the Nazis.
- Beyond Anne Frank: The Dutch Tell Their Full Holocaust Story. Discover some of the many hiding places in the center of Amsterdam and learn about the Jews who stayed there.
- Walk through the Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt), which was an important Jewish center in the 16th Visit the Jewish Historical Museum there. Explore the creativity and strength of Amsterdam's Jewish community during its heyday and witness the devastation caused by the Nazi occupation.
- Tour the still-active Portuguese Synagogue, once one of the largest synagogues in Europe and a symbol of the glory of the Sephardi Jewish community in Holland.
- (Time permitting) Visit the Dutch Resistance Museum to learn about the German Occupation and Nazi rule in the Netherlands during World War II (1940-1945).
- Proceed to the National Holocaust Museum. This building, once a teachers' training college, was used by resistance workers during the war to smuggle some 600 children out of captivity and get them to relatively safe hiding places. A guided visit to this historic site hosting a temporary exhibition will help us gain a better understanding of the local story that took place here during the Holocaust. It is a story of exclusion, of persecution, and murder, but also of rescues, survival, solidarity, and heroes.
- Cross the street to the Hollandsche Schouwburg (Dutch Theater); in 1941 the Nazi occupiers condemned this as a “Jewish” theater and used it as a deportation center during the Holocaust. Today it is a museum and memorial to the victims of the Nazi era. Our visit will end with a memorial service.
- 3:00 p.m. Explore the Rijksmuseum, displaying Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch and Vermeer's famous The Milkmaid.
- Visit and dialogue with leaders of the Liberal Jewish Community of Amsterdam, the progressive Jewish congregation of Amsterdam founded in 1931 (pending confirmation).
- Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Pulitzer, Amsterdam
Day Four: Thursday, April 2, 2020
FROM AMSTERDAM TO KRAKOW
- 6:45 a.m. Check out of the hotel and transfer to Amsterdam airport.
- 9:20 a.m. Depart from Amsterdam on KLM #1993 to Krakow.
- 11:15 a.m. Arrive in Krakow and transfer to the Jewish Quarter.
- The Kazimierz Jewish Quarter has been the heart of Jewish life in Krakow for 500 years and is now one of the city's most attractive and bohemian areas. Our tour will include:
- The Built in the 15th century, this is the oldest synagogue still standing in Poland and an important example of Jewish architecture in Europe. It was designed as a fortress synagogue to assist in the defense of the city. We'll visit its museum which celebrates Krakow's Jewish heritage through exhibits based on lifecycle events.
- The Rema Synagogue, named after Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), a great Talmudic scholar and codifier of Jewish law. Reconstructed many times, the synagogue still includes some of its original features from the 16th It is one of the few synagogues in Krakow still active today.
- The Rema Cemetery, which was established in 1535. Many renowned rabbis, including the Rema himself, are buried here. But this is also the burial place of a man who may not have existed. A tombstone marks the grave of “Yossele the Holy Miser,” a legendary figure of Polish Jewish folklore.
- The Tempel Synagogue. Built in the 19th century and repeatedly extended, this Reform synagogue with its 36 stained glass windows is evidence of the growing power of non-Orthodox religious movements in Poland before the war. No longer used as a synagogue, it instead hosts artistic events and is a key venue in the revival of Jewish culture in the city.
- 5:00 p.m. The Galicia Jewish Museum, with its powerful photographs of Jewish life in Polish Galicia. It includes exhibitions on the richness and diversity of Galician Jewish culture as well as haunting images of its destruction.
- Check into 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Sheraton, Krakow
Day Five: Friday, April 3, 2020
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY & REBIRTH OF JEWISH LIFE IN KRAKOW
- 7:45 a.m. Meet Mike and your local guide, Tomasz in the hotel and depart.
- 9:00 a.m. In This Place: Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, the largest of the Nazi concentration and extermination centers and a key location of the Holocaust in all its inhumanity. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives in the Auschwitz camps. Our experience will include:
- The first camp built at Auschwitz, a mass concentration camp. Here, we'll visit the Auschwitz museum which contains powerful artifacts and haunting footage of the lives and deaths of prisoners.
- We will then make the short drive to the Auschwitz II death camp, also known as Birkenau. Largely untouched since the war, it provides intimate insights into the tragedy of the Holocaust. We'll reflect here on the personal stories of some of the Jews held and killed here and read accounts from survivors.
- Boxed lunch, en route.
- 3:30 p.m. After Auschwitz: At the Oswiecim Synagogue, we will reflect, as individuals and as a group, on what we have experienced. This synagogue stands as a silent witness to the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust, Oswiecim (in German, Auschwitz) was a Polish town with a Jewish majority, many synagogues, and a thriving Jewish communal life.
- Return to your Krakow hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services at the local synagogue.
- 7:00 pm. Shabbat evening program at the JCC with Jonathan Ornstein, 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Sheraton, Krakow
Day Six: Saturday, April 4, 2020
FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW
- Check out of the hotel.
- Load your luggage onto the luggage truck, which will be separately transferred to Warsaw.
- 9:30 a.m. Transfer to Krakow train station.
- 10:07 a.m. Depart Krakow and travel north by train to Poland's capital, Warsaw. (The journey is approximately 2.5 hours.)
- 12:25 p.m. Arrive in Warsaw and meet your local tour guide at the train station.
- Visit Koszyki Market Hall, a lively center for culinary and social life in Warsaw.
- 14:30 p.m. Many Stories: We'll visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, located in the center of what once was the Warsaw Ghetto. Opened in 2014, this massive (over 43,000 square feet) museum explores the history of Poland's Jews from their arrival one thousand years ago until today. Our visit will begin with a discussion on the richness and variety of Jewish life in Poland and an introduction to key features and highlights of the museum. It would take weeks to explore the entire museum, but you'll get the chance to visit the exhibitions and issues that especially fascinate you.
- Walk through Warsaw's Old Town. Established in the 13th century but destroyed by the German army during World War II, the Old Town has been meticulously rebuilt. We'll walk through the marketplace, once a center of European cultural life and now again a vibrant area of fashionable restaurants and shops, see the medieval walls and the Warsaw Barbican, the fortifications that encircled the city. John's Archcathedral, reconstructed according to its original 14th-century Gothic style, is another impressive example of a city and culture rebuilt after the carnage of the war.
- Check into the hotel.
- Three Stars in the Warsaw Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah
Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw
Day Seven: Sunday, April 5, 2020
JEWISH LIFE IN WARSAW
- The World That Was: A guided visit to the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw (Gensha) on Okopowa Street is a chance to mourn what has been lost but also to recall the strength of Jewish life in Warsaw. From 1806, many of the great figures of Polish Jewry, including rabbis, communists, scientists and Yiddish writers, were buried here. One of the world's largest Jewish cemeteries, it was badly damaged in World War II and then neglected for many years. Since the 1990s, Jewish and non-Jewish volunteers have been repairing and trying to trace the names of the many Jews buried here. We'll walk among the earth-laden paths, overgrown thickets and worn-down tombstones and talk about the Jews of Warsaw.
- Still Standing: Warsaw had over 400 synagogues before the Holocaust. We'll visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the only stand-alone synagogue that remains today. Badly damaged during the war, it was eventually returned to the Jewish community, restored, and is now an active synagogue.
- New Jewish Life in Poland: Enjoy Sunday brunch and talk with staff from the Warsaw JCC about the joys and challenges of rebuilding Jewish communal life in Poland after the shattering ruptures of previous years. We'll see how the JCC provides an open, pluralistic environment that allows Jews, people of Jewish descent, and their non-Jewish spouses and friends to experience modern Jewish culture and community.
- Take a guided visit to the Warsaw Ghetto. Here, we'll see the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall and the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and retrace, at the Path of Remembrance, the steps taken in 1943 by heroic fighters during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At Mila 18, we will commemorate the doomed uprising and at Umschlagplatz, the holding area before transportation to the Treblinka death camp, reflect on the fate of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto.
- 4:30 p.m. “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.
- Return to the hotel.
- 7:00 p.m. Looking Backward and Looking Forward: Farewell dinner in Momu and group reflection at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Bristol, Warsaw
Day Eight: Monday, April 6, 2020
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
- Transfer to Warsaw Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.
Need to Know
- Registration deadline: 30 November 2019
- 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.
- Payment Policy
Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancellation 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 Dec. 16, 2019 (90 days before the scheduled trip begins), or as specified in your invoice.
- Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
- 105 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
- 104 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
Cancellation fees may also include:
- Hotel or supplier cancellation fees.
- Group airfare penalty fee.
- Hotel Accommodations: 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.
- Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
- 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 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 (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
Group of 20 participants and more:
Da'at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day