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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Poland

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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 guide
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday

  • Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Depart for an orientation tour of the city, including a visit to the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Evening walk through Warsaw's Old Town.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Three: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 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.
  • 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 own, en route.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Visit the Jewish Genealogy Center and meet with the Director for a family roots' discovery.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at Beit Warszawa, Warsaw's liberal congregation, with community members.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Four: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Depart Warsaw for Treblinka.
  • Visit the Treblinka Extermination Camp.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to the village of Tykocin.
  • Guided visit to Tykocin and the Luchopowa Forest.
  • Drive to Lublin and check into the hotel upon arrival.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Lublin

Day Five: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Role of Jewish Learning in Jewish History with your tour educator.
  • Walk through the center of Lublin, once a great center of Jewish life, along the well-known Sjeroka Street, concluding at the local castle that was used as a prison during the Second World War.
  • Visit Yeshivat Chachamei Lublin, once the world's largest Yeshiva, now used as a medical school.
  • Guided visit through the Majdanek Concentration & Extermination Camp, including a memorial service.
  • Lunch box en route.
  • Drive to Krakow and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Six: Friday

  • 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 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, established 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 Oskar Schindler Factory Museum.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at the Jewish Community Center with the JCC Director and local members of the community. 

Overnight: Krakow

Day Seven: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walk to Krakow's Market Square and Old Town.
  • Guided visit to the Wawel Royal Castle, one of Krakow's most famous landmarks. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Explore magnificent chambers chiseled out in rock salt, underground saline lakes and unique statues sculpted in salt.
  • Free time to explore Krakow's Old Town on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Eight: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In This Place: Guided tour through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, using personal stories and texts as a guide.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Jewish Center, on the site of one of Oswiecim's many pre-Holocaust synagogues, including boxed lunch. Before Auschwitz became infamous as the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust it was just an ordinary Polish town, known as Oswiecim, the majority of whose citizens were Jewish.
  • LaDa'at Focus Group reflection with your tour educator.
  • Return to Krakow with free time for last-minute packing, shopping, or to explore on your own.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Nine: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Krakow International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Need to Know

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants.
  • 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 educator are included.
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • 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.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • 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 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 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

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. 
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).                 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $10 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  
      • 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

    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.
    • 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.

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