Tour June 26 – July 5, 2017

WARSAW

Theme: Warsaw – Introduction to Poland

Arrival at Warsaw Chopin International Airport (WAW)
TJHT staff will meet and greet the delegation at the airport

Transfers to the Sofitel hotel (an approximately 30 minute drive depending on traffic)
Check in and refresh
Orientation and briefing at the Sofitel Hotel
Welcoming dinner

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW

Themes: Warsaw – The Phoenix City & Warsaw’s Jewish Roots

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Guided walking tour of the old town and the Royal Route
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
  • Walking tour of Prozna Street and Grzybowski Square with a visit to the Nozyk Synagogue
  • Wrap-up session
  • Dinner at JCC Warsaw with Warsaw community members

Overnight in Warsaw

 

WARSAW

Theme: 1,000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Transfer to the Jewish Cemetery at Okopowa Street
  • Guided walking tour of the Jewish Cemetery
  • Transfer to Umschlagplatz Memorial
  • Walk along the Memorial Route of Martyrdom and Struggle of Warsaw’s Jews through Mila 18 to the Museum’s plaza with the Rappaport Monument
  • Guided tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Part I
  • Lunch break at Besamim (Museum’s restaurant)
  • Guided tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Part II
  • Meeting with one of the Museum’s curators, Q&A session
  • Wrap-up session
  • Dinner on your own

Overnight in Warsaw

KRAKOW

Theme: Kroke – Jewish Krakow 

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Transfer to the train station (luggage will sent via van)
  • Morning train to Krakow
  • Arrival in Krakow, transfer to the Galaxy Hotel
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Guided walking tour of Kazimierz, prewar Jewish district of Krakow, with its seven surviving synagogues
  • Visit and session in the Galicia Jewish Museum and wrap up
  • Dinner
  • Krakow Jewish Festival Concert at the Tempel Synagogue

Overnight in Krakow

 

 

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU / KRAKOW

Theme: Into the Heart of Darkness

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Departure for Auschwitz-Birkanau (by coach)
  • Study visit through the State Museum of the Former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Visit to the Auschwitz Jewish Center in the town of Oswiecim
  • Return to Krakow
  • Wrap-up session
  • Time to refresh
  • Optional: Shabbat services
  • Shabbat dinner at the JCC Krakow with more than 400 guests from Krakow and around the world

Overnight in Krakow

KRAKOW

Theme: The Ancient Royal Capital of Polish Kings

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Optional: Shabbat morning services OR free time
  • Walking guided tour of the Old Town and Wawel Royal Castle grounds
  • Walk or transfer to Podgorze
  • Lunch in Podgorze
  • Short walking tour of Podgorze, former Krakow ghetto, to Schindler’s Factory Museum
  • Guided visit through the Schindler’s Factory Museum
  • Wrap-up session
  • Dinner on your own
  • Outdoor Finale Festival Concert in the heart of Kazimierz
  • Taube Center reception

Overnight in Krakow

TARNOW / DABROWA TARNOWSKA / CHMIELNIK / KIELCE

(option 1)

OR

TARNOW / RZESZOW / LANCUT / MARKOWA (option 2)

Theme: Landscape and Memory (I) – When the Past Confronts the Presence

OPTION 1:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Departure from Krakow (by coach)
  • Short visit in Tarnow, guided walking tour of the old town with the memorial at the site of the destroyed synagogue
  • Short visit to the synagogue in Dabrowa Tarnowska
  • Lunch en route
  • Short visit to Chmielnik, a former shtetl, with its surviving synagogue serving now as a museum and cultural center
  • Short visit in Kielce
  • Arrival in Lublin
  • Check-in to the Grand Hotel
  • Wrap-up session
  • Dinner

OPTION 2:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Departure from Krakow (by coach)
  • Short visit to Tarnow, guided walking tour of the old town with the memorial at the site of the destroyed synagogue
  • Lunch en route in Rzeszow
  • Short visit to Lancut, the castle grounds and the 17th century synagogue with unique 18th century frescoes
  • Short visit to the Ulma Family Museum dedicated to Poles saving Jews in WWII in Markowa
  • Arrival in Lublin
  • Check-in to the Grand Hotel
  • Wrap-up session
  • Dinner

Overnight in Lublin

LUBLIN

Theme: The Gate to the East

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Visit to Lublin Yeshiva Chachmei (transfer by coach)
  • Optional: A visit to the State Museum at Majdanek (transfer by coach)
  • Lunch break in the old town
  • Walking guided tour of the old town, with a visit to the Lublin castle and Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN, an institution which archives the memory of prewar Jewish Lublin
  • Free time in the late afternoon
  • Dinner on your own

Overnight in Lublin

LUBLIN / KAZIMIERZ DOLNY / WARSAW

Theme: Landscape and Memory (II) – Cultural, ethnic and religious outline of Eastern Poland

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day session/briefing
  • Departure from Lublin
  • A visit to Kazimierz Dolny, a picturesque Renaissance town, nestled on the Vistula river, a former shtetl prior to WWII, now functioning as an artist colony
  • Lunch en route
  • Arrival to Warsaw
  • Check-in to the Sofitel Hotel
  • Time to refresh
  • Closing session
  • Farwell dinner

Overnight in Warsaw