A Journey Through Jewish History: Poland

9 days

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Set out for an unforgettable experience and unique journey through Poland, the country which used to be home to the largest Jewish population in Europe and served as the center for Jewish culture, as well as the most important spiritual center for Hasidic movement. Country on which territory many of the WWII most infamous war crimes were committed, including extermination of over 1 million European Jews in the German Nazi Camp of Auschwitz.

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Day 1: Sunday
Flight New York – Warsaw.

Day 2: Monday
Arrival to Warsaw – greeting at the Chopin International Airport. Exploring the Jewish Heritages Sights of Warsaw – second largest Jewish Community in Europe before WWII – visiting Cemetery of Okopowa St, Grzybowski Sq with Nozyk Synagogue and Jewish Theater, Ghetto wall at Zlota St. Afternoon visiting new opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews – Polin. And then the Heroism Trail – starting from Natan Rapaport Memorial to Ghetto Fighters, Bunker of Mordechai Anielewicz at Mila 18, end at Umschlagplatz. Overnight – Warsaw.

Day 3: Tuesday
In the morning traveling to Lodz, where before WWII Jewish Community was integral part of the textile industry, including I.K Poznanski – owner of the largest textile plant in Europe at that time. We will visit Jewish Cemetery, Lodz Ghetto and Radagast Station, where Jewish inhabitants of Lodz Ghetto were gathered for deportation to extermination camps of Auschwitz or Chelmno. Coming back to Warsaw, where in the evening we will walk trough the Old Town. Overnight – Warsaw.

Day 4: Wednesday
Early morning traveling to Kazimierz Dolny – one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland, famous for its well preserved Renaissance urban plan and appearance. Jewish Community was present in the city from the time of Casmir III the Great in 14th century. Than we will visit Majdanek – Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, established outskirts of Lublin during German occupation of Poland in WWII. Will then visit the Lublin Ghetto and Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin – one of the most important center for Torah study in pre war Poland. Overnight – Lublin.

Day 5: Thursday
Traveling via Galicia to Krakow.. Visiting Lezajsk and grave of Rabbi Elimelech – one of the great founding Rebbes of Hassidic movements. Lancut with its picturesque Baroque Synagogue and Castle of Graf Potocki. And the end visiting Tarnow, where before WWII Jewish Community consisted 25,000 members, both religious Hasidim and secular Zionists. Overnight – Krakow.

Day 6: Friday
In the morning visiting Wieliczka Salt Mines – one of the world oldest salt mines, called “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” and placed in 1978 on UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites. In the afternoon visiting Krakow – at the beginning Jewish Quarter Kazimierz with its remarkable Synagogues: Temple (the largest Synagogue in Krakow), Isaac, Remuh and its Cemetery, Kuppa and Altshul (Poland’s oldest remain Synagogue)
Continue for visit Podgorze Ghetto with Pharmacy of Tadeusz Pankiewicz and Oscar Schindler’s Factory. Evening Services followed by Shabbat Dinner. Overnight – Krakow.

Day 7: Shabbat
After morning services and Shabbat Lunch enjoy a walking tour of the city. Overnight – Krakow.

Day 8: Sunday
After Breakfast departing to Auschwitz – Birkenau, the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and exterminations center, where over 1 million men, women and children lost their lives. In the evening walking tour of Krakow Old Town. Overnight – Krakow.

Day 9: Monday
Transfer to the Airport for your flight home.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.

Need to Know

Price Includes:

  • Round trip air fare from New York as per itinerary.
  • First Class hotels.
  • Kosher Meals daily. (For details see General Conditions).
  • Transportation by air conditioned coaches.
  • Sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per Itinerary.
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Escort.

Price Excludes:

  • Airport and security tax.
  • Travel Insurance (for details see General Conditions).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities to local service providers and Tour Escort.
  • Optional tours.
  • Individual transfers.
  • Any item not mentioned under “Price Includes”

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

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