• “The current rebirth is the spiritual and intellectual heir of the 1000 years history that preceded the war. We should be defined by what the community has accomplished and the rich potential that lies ahead.”  

    Rabbi Elyse Winick Jewish Chaplain, Brandeis University

Useful Info

Time Zone

Poland is on Central European Time, 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time.

Entry Requirements

US citizens receive tourist visas on arrival to Poland (and any other country in the Schengen zone). The only required document for US citizens traveling to Poland is a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after the tour end-date.

Airport Arrival in Warsaw

Once you arrive at the Warsaw airport, it should take less than one hour to clear customs, pick up your baggage, and transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival, go through customs (unless you have already done so at a previous stop in Europe) and be sure to stand in one of the non-EU lines. After you collect your luggage (as with other international terminals, luggage carts are free of charge), exit into the main lobby of the airport. If ordering a taxi, use only the licensed ones parked outside of the terminal.

Currency

The currency in Poland is the Polish zloty. Exchange of U.S. dollars can easily be made at banks and official exchange places. ATMs are a convenient way to obtain local currency.

Credit Cards and ATMs

Large stores, hotels, and restaurants accept major credit cards. However, in Poland, people tend to use cash. Small shops and street vendors will not process credit cards.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50 Hz. adapters to Standard European plugs and/or converters are required for most US electrical appliances. All appliances that do not work with 220 volts will not work in Poland.

WiFi and Phones

At hotels, cafes and many other places, WiFi is readily available. It is free of charge in public areas, but there is usually a charge for use in the hotel rooms. If you need to use a phone, check if your local carrier offers service in Poland. Another option is to bring an international GSM or unlocked cell phone and ask your guide to purchase a local Polish SIM card.

Food & Water

Hotel breakfasts are typically buffet-style, with hot and cold choices. Lunches will vary depending on each day’s program, including meals served buffet-style or provided via lunch boxes. Dinners are mostly served at local restaurants.

Though water is safe to drink in most places, drinking bottled water is recommended. Bottled water is easily purchased locally.

Important: If you have specific dietary requirements, please let us know in advance.

What to Bring

Think comfortable and practical when packing. Casual clothing is preferable and appropriate.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and we recommend that everyone bring at least two pairs. As the weather can be unpredictable, please ensure that you come prepared with layers and umbrellas. Always bring a day pack or waist pack that you feel comfortable with to carry your personal items during daily activities.