Join us for an experience of a lifetime!

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites participants of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy for a special tour, A Glimpse into Polish Galicia.

Let your curiosity get the better of you, and join us to experience Poland. On a Taube Jewish Heritage Tour you are not merely a passive observer, but rather, an active participant in creating a memorable journey into time and place!

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Dates: Sunday, August 12 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

Meeting point: lobby of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre on Grzybowska 63 street

Number of people: max 25 people, min 10

Transportation:  Air-conditioned coach

Sites Included: Chmielnik, Pinczow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Tarnow, Rzeszow, Lancut, Krakow.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JULY 5, 2018. The tour will not take place if a minimum of 10 participants is not achieved by July 5, 2018 and the fees will be fully reimbursed.

Tour Fees:

  • 6,500 PLN/person double occupancy
  • 7,600 PLN/person single occupancy

All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty).

The price, if presented in USD, is only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread.

The fee includes:

  • ***Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Breakfast included
  • Ground transportation (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Private professional guiding services
  • Private meetings with scholars, community and cultural leaders
  • Meals (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • Entrance fees and tickets
  • Private tour of the Galicia Jewish Museum
  • Community Shabbat dinner at the Krakow JCC
  • Dedicated TJHT tour coordinator throughout the tour
  • Shabbat observed
  • Kosher meals available on request

 

The fee does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Taxis
  • International health and travel insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Additional ground transportation not included in the Itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the Itinerary
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond TJHT control
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation or other arrangements

DAY 1: Sunday, August 12
WARSAW/PINCZOW/CHMIELNIK/KRAKOW:
RESTORING A FORGOTTEN HERITAGE – FROM OBLIVION TO MEMORY

Travel to Krakow with visits in the former shtetls of Chmielnik and Pinczow, an opportunity to explore pre-war Jewish life, and to learn about contemporary initiatives to preserve local Jewish memory and heritage.

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Early departure from Warsaw via former shtetls of Pinczow and Chmielnik
  • Framing the day with professional guide on the coach
  • Arrival in Pinczow (an approx. 3-hour drive)
  • Tour of Pinczow, including the visit the renaissance synagogue and an exhibition of photography showing the life of Poles and Jews before World War II:

Jews lived in Pinczow as early as the 16th century and eventually made up such a large percentage of the town’s population that their presence gave rise to a popular saying: to be “as crowded as the Jews in Pinczow.” Today, no Jews live here, but the massive, cube-shaped Old Synagogue (located on Klasztorna Street just off the main square) stands beautifully restored as one of the best-preserved Renaissance synagogues in Poland.

  • Drive to Chmielnik via coach (an approx. 30-minute drive)
  • Visit to Chmielnik

Chmielnik is a showpiece of Polish religious mosaic. During the so-called “Golden Age” of Polish Kingdom it was one of the centers of Polish protestant movement, consolidated around local congregation, dissolved after disastrous wars of the middle 17th century. The history of the town is also inseparably connected with the history of Jews, who since the end of the same century became the main organizers of local social and economic life. The Jewish community was ultimately destroyed during the Holocaust, but the memory of Chmielnik’s Jewish past is kept alive and can be discovered with a visit to a surviving Chmielnik Synagogue, serving now as a museum and cultural center. The unique glass bimah is the highlight of the synagogue’s interior.

  • Lunch and coffee break in Chmielnik. Boxed lunch will be provided.
  • Drive to Krakow via coach (an approx. 2-hour drive)
  • Arrival in Krakow
  • Welcome to Krakow Dinner
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

 

DAY 2: Monday, August 13
KRAKOW: THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF POLISH KINGS and KROKE – JEWISH KRAKOW:  RICHNESS OF THE PAST, CHALLENGES OF THE PRESENT

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the Day
  • Private guided walking tour of Krakow’s Old Town, including visits to: Wawel Royal Castle grounds, a political and cultural heart of Poland through the end of 16th century; Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University, established by King Casimir the Great (Kazimierz Wielki) in 1364; St. Mary’s Basilica, a magnificent brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square Built in the 14th century, the Altar of St. Mary’s by master sculptor Veit Stoss; Main Market Square, one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe with the beautiful its Cloth Hall standing in its center.
  • Lunch in the Old Town on your own (recommendations will be provided)
  • Guided walking tour through Krakow’s Jewish quarter of Kazimierz (known among Polish Jews as Kuzmir), including visiting several of the seven remaining synagogues and the half-millennium old Remuh cemetery, a visit to the JCC Krakow, which opened in 2008 and serves the local Krakow community, as well as thousands of visitors exploring Poland; and a visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and celebrates the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 3: Tuesday, August 14
KRAKOW/LANCUT/RZESZOW/TARNOW/KRAKOW: INTO THE POLISH HEART OF GALICIAN

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day on the coach
  • Drive to Lancut via coach (approx. 2-hour drive)
  • Guided tour of Lancut synagogue and the castle

Not far from Rzeszow lies a charming little town of Lancut. In the center of the town we will walk to see the splendorous Lancut Castle of Lubomirski and Potocki families surrounded by a magnificent park, followed by a visit the local Lancut synagogue from the 18th century which interiors are adorned with colorful polychrome paintings depicting the twelve figures of the zodiac. In the local Jewish cemetery, we will see two ohels of famous tzadikim, Nafatli Tzvi Horowitz and Eleazar Shapiro, which are often visited by followers from all over the world.

  • Lunch break. Boxed lunch provided
  • Drive from Lancut to Rzeszow (approx. 45-minute drive)
  • Guided tour of Rzeszow, including visits to the Old Town Synagogue from the turn of 17th century and the New Town Synagogue, both reconstructed after World War II.
  • Coffee and tea break
  • Drive to Tarnow (an approx. 1-hour drive)
  • Guided tour of Tarnow including the Jewish cemetery and the former bimah, which now serves as a memorial.

Tarnow is a mid-sized city in the heart of the Lesser Poland province. Its town hall and houses surrounding the central market square date back to 16th century and are characteristic for the Polish Renaissance style. The Renaissance synagogue was destroyed by the German Nazis in the beginning of WW2. The only surviving fragment, the bimah, serves now as a memorial to lost Jewish population of Tarnow.

  • Return to Krakow (an approx. 1 hour-15-minute drive)
  • Dinner on your own (recommendations will be provided)
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 4: Wednesday, August 15
KRAKOW: THE DESTRUCTION OF KROKE

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day
  • Guided walking tour of Podgorze, the district on the south-bank of the Vistula River which the Nazis turned into the Krakow ghetto; a remnant of the ghetto wall and memorial on the Ghetto Heroes’ Square and the Pharmacy Under the Eagle
  • Visit to Plaszow, the notorious German Concentration Camp, known from the Steven Spielberg’s “Schindlers List.”
  • Return to Podgorze
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Museum in Oskar Schindler’s Factory. Oskar Schindler’s Factory of Enameled Vessels ‘Emalia’ has been turned into a modern museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow under the five-year Nazi occupation during the World War II.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Free time in the late afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 5: Thursday, August16
AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU/KRAKOW: FROM DARKNESS TO HOPE

  • Early Breakfast in the hotel
  • Early departure to Auschwitz-Birkenau via coach (an approximate 90-minute drive)
  • Guided walk through Birkenau
  • Time for reflection and memorial
  • Brief break (boxed lunch provided)
  • Guided study tour of Auschwitz I
  • Reflections
  • Visit to the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Coffee and tea served.
  • Return to Krakow via coach
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 6: Friday, August 17
KRAKOW – WIELICZKA SALT MINES – KRAKOW 

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Visit to the Secret Treasures of Krakow’s Main Market Square Underground Museum
  • Visit to the gallery of Polish 19th Century Art (National Museum in Krakow branch) in the Cloth Hall
  • Free time in the Old Town/ Optional:  Special visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Shabbat services optional
  • Shabbat Dinner with the Krakow Jewish community at the Krakow JCC
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 7: Saturday, August 18
SHABBAT IN KRAKOW

  • Shabbat services optional
  • Shabbat lunch optional
  • Tour of the Old Town, including viewing defensive walls and Barbican and flavor-infused vodka tasting
  • Back to the hotel and free time
  • Farewell to Krakow Dinner
  • Havdalah
  • Overnight in Krakow
  • End of the program

 

DAY 8: Sunday, August 19
DEPARTURES