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Visit Warsaw, Treblinka, Bialystok, Lublin, Majdanek, Rzeszow, Lancut, Tarnow, Krakow, Auschwitz, Lodz.
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Highlights of Polish Jews Heritage 

Embark on a journey to learn about Polish Jews, touching the depths of your soul, 10 Day tour of Jewish legacy in Poland.

Poland was the centre of Jewish life for almost 1000 years. Jewish history is being kept alive in Poland and during the tour Jewish past will be rediscovered.

This incredible trip will let you explore and learn bout the rich Jewish life, that existed in Poland prior to the Holocaust.

  • Duration

    10 days

  • Inclusive

    • Accommodation in 3*, 4* or 5* hotel
    • Delicious daily breakfast
    • Dinner & Lunch as per itinerary
    • Guided excursions specified in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees as per itinerary
    • Transport air-conditioning
    • Experienced driver
    • Parking fees
    • Professional English-speaking escort guide while on tour
    • Tour organization and travel documents
    • Health insurance & tour insurance
    • All taxes

Day 1 – Warsaw

WARSAW

Upon arrival in Warsaw take an orientation tour of the city with its beautiful tenement houses, historical monuments and palaces set along the Royal Route. You cannot omit the famous Chopin’s Monument, the Royal Castle overlooking the Vistula River and the Old Town with lovely Market Square and New Town with the Monument of Warsaw Rising.

Welcome dinner will be your journey through traditional Polish cuisine specialities, such as pierogi (dumplings with different stuffing), Polish duck with apples and the Warsaw cake “Zygmuntowka”.

Day 2 – Warsaw

WARSAW

Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Jewish sites, including highlights such as:

Nozyk Synagogue, devastated during the occupation and renovated after the war, Okopowa Jewish Cemetery, the largest one in Warsaw, Warsaw Ghetto area, including the site of the bunker on Mila Street, the place where the chief staff of the Jewish Combat Organization committed suicide and the monumental Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Day 3 – Warsaw – Treblinka – Tykocin – Bialystok

WARSAW – TREBLINKA – TYKOCIN – BIALYSTOK

Today we head off to Bialystok. On our way we will visit Treblinka, the site of the former largest extermination camp, designed exclusively for the murdering of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, the ghettoes of other cities, as well as for thousands of Jews from nine other European nations.

After that we will continue to Tykocin, a town famous for great scholars of the Tora. One of the most important Jewish centres in the First Polish Republic and one of the favourite places of the Lithuanian princes and Polish kings, most prominently Zygmunt August. This lovely town set on the river Narew, preserve the Synagogue, one of the oldest and the biggest in Poland. Overnight in Bialystok.

Day 4 – Bialystok – Majdanek – Lublin

BIALYSTOK – LUBLIN – MAJDANEK

In the morning we will departure to Lublin, a place where Jewish community settled in the mid-14th century, and grew so rapidly, that the town had the third-largest Jewish population in Poland. In the mid-18th century Jews formed half of the city’s inhabitants. Before World War II Lublin was one of the most important centres of Jewish culture in Poland.

Former Jewish Quarter covered the area of today’s surroundings of the Lublin Castle and Castle Square. We will start our tour there. We will take you to Old Kirkut – the oldest still existing Jewish cemetery in Poland. You will also visit, New Jewish Cemetery and Synagogue of the Chevra Nossim. In the afternoon we will drive to Majdanek, to see the grounds of the former Nazi camp with the Monument, the Mausoleum “Road of Homage” and the crematorium building. Return to Lublin for overnight stay.

Day 5 – Lublin – Lezajsk – Rzeszow

LUBLIN – LEZAJSK – RZESZOW

We will take a drive to Rzeszow, where we will see the 18th century New Town Synagogue and the 17th century Old Town Synagogue, which is currently the city’s registry and a centre for studies on local Jews history.

The next stop will be in Lezajsk, a famous destination for thousands of Chassidism, who come here to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Tzadik Elimelech.  Overnight stay in Rzeszow.

Day 6 – Rzeszow – Lancut – Tarnow – Cracow

RZESZOW – LANCUT – TARNOW – KRAKOW

In the morning we will visit Lancut, where you will see the biggest and the most beautiful synagogue in Poland built in 1760s. It has retained much of its decoration and has been opened as a museum.

You will also get a chance to see one of the most beautiful Polish residences, the Lancut Castle, set in the splendid rose garden. In Tarnow we will visit an old Jewish district and the Jewish Cemetery that dates from the 17th century and features about 3000 tombstones. Overnight stay in Cracow.

Day 7 – Cracow

 CRACOW

A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Cracow this morning with our Local Specialist, showcases the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. Visit the fascinating churches with different architectural styles, the world’s biggest wooden altar (carved by Wit Stwosz in 1477-1489), the legendary Wawel Castle, the Renaissance Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church.

In the afternoon we will drive to Kazimierz, a former Jewish district town with its own Market Square, Town Hall and thriving culture. See a magnificent Gothic Old Synagogue and the Remuh Synagogue with adjoining Renaissance cemetery. Visit the newest, renovated Tempel Synagogue built for progressive Jews, decorated with stuccoes, paintings and stained glass. Dinner with klezmer music concert and opportunity to taste specialities of typical Jewish cuisine, such as: kugel, tzimmes and pascha.

Day 8 – Cracow – Auschwitz – Cracow

CRACOW – AUSCHWITZ – CRACOW

Join a field trip to the places connected with Oscar Schindler, including his factory, now an outstanding museum to present the history of Krakow Jews before the WWII and during the war. Drive to Plaszow death camp where the Nazis relocated many Jews. We will also visit the moving museum called “Pharmacy under the Eagle”, where we hear the story of Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a Polish pharmacist, who chose to remain in the ghetto for several years, dispensing free medicines to the suffering Jewish community.

Afterwards, transfer to Oswiecim to see the largest death factory in the history of humanity. The preserved, authentic Memorial consists of two parts of the former concentration camp: Auschwitz I with permanent exhibition of the Main Camp, where you will see Block 11, the Wall of Death and Crematorium I. In Auschwitz II -Birkenau with the most important remaining camp objects: the site of the camp, residential barracks, the unloading ramp, the ruins of gas chambers and crematoria II and III. Overnight stay in Cracow.

 

Day 9 – Cracow – Lodz – Warsaw

CRACOW – LODZ – WARSAW

Lodz, one of the largest Jewish centres in Poland until the outbreak of World War II will be visited by us today. Manufacturers of Jewish origin determined the character of 19th century Lodz. Their presence is recorded in the history of the city and its industry.

Jewish contribution to the Polish culture was immense. The city’s most famous sons were: Aleksander Tansman, the world famous composer, the pianist Artur Rubinstein and the poet Julian Tuwim. Finally, we will visit Jewish cemetery, the largest Jewish graveyard in Europe. Late afternoon drive to Warsaw for overnight. Farewell dinner with the recital of Yiddish songs performed by the actors of the State Yiddish Theatre.

 

Day 10 – Warsaw

WARSAW

A morning visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, that presents the past and present days of Polish Jews. See the special exhibitions, displays, a wide range of media, documents, and artefacts, as well as a documentary movie about the museum. Afterwards, drive to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Highlights

Warsaw

Warsaw Ghetto.

Treblinka

The former,  largest extermination camp.

Lublin

The third-largest Jewish population in Poland.

Lancut

The biggest & the most beautiful synagogue in Poland.

Auschwitz-Birkenau

UNESCO Heritage.

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