Set out for an unforgettable experience and unique journey through Poland, the country that was 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 the Hasidic movement. A country where many of the most infamous war crimes of WWII were committed; including the extermination of over 1 million European Jews in the German Nazi Camp of Auschwitz.
Flight New York – Warsaw.
Arrival to Warsaw. We’ll be met by our guide upon arrival to Chopin International Airport. We’ll begin our tour by exploring the Jewish Heritage sites of Warsaw – the second largest Jewish Community in Europe before WWII.READ MORE
We’ll visit the old Jewish Cemetery of Okopowa St, continuing to Grzybowski Sq where the Nozyk Synagogue and Jewish Theater are to be found. From there we’ll go on to see the Ghetto wall at Zlota St. In the afternoon we’ll visit the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews – Polin.
After our visit to the museum, we’ll make our way along the Heroism Trail – starting from Natan Rapaport’s Memorial to the Ghetto Fighters, then the Bunker of Mordechai Anielewicz at Mila 18, and ending at the Umschlagplatz from where the Jews of Warsaw were transported to their death. Overnight: Warsaw.
In the morning we’ll travel to Lodz, where before WWII the Jewish Community was an integral part of the textile industry, including I.K Poznanski – owner of the largest textile plant in Europe at that time.READ MORE
We’ll visit the Jewish Cemetery, Lodz Ghetto and Radagast Station, where the Jews of Lodz Ghetto were gathered for deportation to the extermination camps of Auschwitz or Chelmno. We’ll return to Warsaw, where in the evening we’ll walk through the Old Town. Overnight: Warsaw.Close this
We’ll depart Warsaw early in the morning and travel to Kazimierz Dolny – one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland, famous for its well preserved Renaissance urban plan and appearance.READ MORE
The Jewish Community was present in the city from the time of Casmir III the Great in 14th century. Then we will visit Majdanek – the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp established on the outskirts of Lublin during the German occupation of Poland in WWII. From Majdanek we’ll continue to visit the Lublin Ghetto and Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin – one of the most important centers of Torah study in pre war Poland. Overnight: Lublin.Close this
Today we’ll travel via Galicia to Krakow. We’ll visit Lezajsk and the grave of Rabbi Elimelech – one of the great founding Rebbes of the Hassidic movement.READ MORE
We’ll continue to Lancut with its picturesque Baroque Synagogue and Castle of the famous Graf Potocki. Toward the end of the day we’ll arrive to Tarnow, where before WWII Jewish Community consisted 25,000 members, both religious Hasidim and secular Zionists. Overnight: Krakow.Close this
In the morning we’ll visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines – one of the world’s oldest salt mines, called “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” and placed in 1978 on UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites.READ MORE
In the afternoon we’ll tour Krakow starting with the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz with its remarkable Synagogues: Temple (the largest Synagogue in Krakow), Isaac, Remah and its Cemeteries: Kuppa and Altshul (Poland’s oldest remain Synagogue). We’ll then visit Podgorze Ghetto with the Pharmacy of Tadeusz Pankiewicz and Oscar Schindler’s Factory. Evening Services followed by Shabbat Dinner. Overnight: Krakow.Close this
After morning services and Shabbat Lunch we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city. Overnight: Krakow.
After Breakfast we’ll depart to Auschwitz – Birkenau, the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and exterminations center, where over 1 million men, women and children were murdered. In the evening we’ll take a walking tour of Krakow Old Town. Overnight: Krakow.
Transfer to the Airport for our flight home.
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.
Tips for local service providers.
* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in air fare
Airport and security tax.
Travel Insurance (for details see General Conditions).
Tips for the Tour Escort.(Recommended :$5 per person per day)
Any item not mentioned under “included in price”.
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.
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.
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.
A $500 deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm the reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure.
A minimum number of participants are required in order to operate a tour date.
If the minimum number has not be reached and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee
• 59- 30 working days prior to departure: 25% cancelation charges per passenger
• 29-15 working days prior to departure: 50% cancelation charges per passenger
• Less than 15 working days prior to departure: 100% cancelation charges – NO REFUND