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 journey through Jewish history of Lublin, former shtetls & Krakow. Let your curiosity get the better of you, and join us to experience Poland. On a Taube Jewish Heritage Tours you are not merely a passive observer, but rather, an active participant in creating a memorable journey into time and space!

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

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

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

Led by a professional guide and accompanied by a TJHT staff member throughout

Sites Included: Lublin, Majdanek, Belzec, Zamosc, Rzeszow, Lancut, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Krakow

Tour Fees: 

7,300 PLN /person double occupancy
8,800 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
  • Community Shabbat dinner at the Krakow JCC
  • Dedicated TJHT tour coordinator throughout the tour
  • 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 – LUBLIN: THE GATE TO THE EAST

  • Early breakfast in the hotel
  • Check out
  • Coach to Lublin (an approx. 3-hour drive)
  • Framing the day with a professional guide on the coach
  • Arrival in Lublin

 

Lublin is the largest Polish city in the East. Relatively close to the Ukrainian and Belarusian borders, Lublin is an important location where cultural influences from the West and East intertwined throughout centuries. The city has a rich history – its picturesque Old Town with its townhouses and churches is considered to be one of the best examples of typical Polish Renaissance and Baroque architecture. It became one of the centers of Jewish printing during the 16-18th century and the home of the famous Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. On the outskirts of Lublin, in the village of Majdanek, German Nazis constructed an infamous concentration and death camp (KL Lublin) during World War II, that was active 1941-44.

 

  • Guided visit in Majdanek including groups’ Memorial Services
  • Late lunch in the Old Town
  • Guided tour of the Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin, including viewing multimedia exhibition “The History of Yeshiva of the Lublin Magi”.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Welcome dinner
  • Overnight in Lublin

 

DAY 2: Monday, August 13
REMEMBERING JEWISH LUBLIN

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Guided tour of Lublin’s Old Town, the Lublin castle and the The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre, a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. In its activities, the Centre draws on the symbolic and historical significance of its residence, the Grodzka Gate, also known as the Jewish Gate. The Gate used to be a passage from the Christian to the Jewish part of the city, a meeting place of various cultures, traditions and religions. Read more about history of Grodzka Gate.
  • Lunch
  • The tour continues, including the Old Jewish Cemetery, and Chevra Nosim Synagogue
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Lublin

DAY 3: Tuesday, August 14
LUBLIN/ZAMOSC/BELZEC/RZESZOW

  • Early breakfast in the hotel
  • Check out
  • Framing the day with professional guide on the coach
  • Drive to Zamosc (an approx. 1 hour 30-minute drive)
  • Tour of Zamosc, including visiting the Zamosc Old Town and the synagogue.

Zamosc is known as the “Pearl of Polish Renaissance”, was established by a powerful Polish magnate Jan Zamoyski in 1580. Designed by Italian architects and modeled after merchant centers of Northern Italy, is a unique example of the so-called ideal city, with logical and rigorous street plan, filled with Renaissance and early Baroque buildings. The Jews were prominent in the city’s history from its beginning, which is documented in the local Jewish museum housed in the renovated synagogue, what is unique is that the origins of the community were not Ashkenazi but rather Sephardic, as Zamoyski brought in to Zamosc Jewish merchants from the Mediterranean area. The city was one of the centers of the haskala (enlightenment) movement which ushered changes into the traditional Jewish landscape, was also the birthplace of the most famous Yiddish language author, poet and playwright I. L. Peretz.

  • Light lunch in Zamosc
  • Drive to Belzec (an approx. 1-hour drive)
  • Visit to Belzec, former Nazi German Death Camp

Belzec, the German Death Camp in Bełżec was a center of extermination for Jewish people from South Eastern Poland. From March to December 1942 at least 450 thousand people were murdered here, most of whom were Polish Jews as well as Jewish citizens from Germany, Austria, Czechia and Slovakia. The date of the first deportations to Bełżec, 17 March 1942, corresponds to the beginning of Operation Reinhardt, which aim was the extermination of Jews from the General Government and plunder of their property. The camp in Bełżec was the first of the three centers of this kind, the next being Sobibor and Treblinka.

  • Drive to Rzeszow via coach (an approx. 2-hour drive)
  • Arrival in Rzeszow
  • Dinner on your own in Rzeszow
  • Overnight in Rzeszow

 

Day 4: Wednesday, August 15
RZESZOW/LANCUT/RZESZOW/TARNOW/KRAKOW: INTO THE POLISH HEART OF GALICIAN

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Framing the day
  • 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 Lancut via coach (approx. 30-minute drive)
  • Guided tour of Lancut synagogue and the castle

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
  • Drive from Lancut to Tarnow (approx. 1 hour 20-minute 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 World War II. The only surviving fragment, the bimah, serves now as a memorial to lost Jewish population of Tarnow.

  • Drive from Tarnow to Krakow (an approx. 1 hour drive)
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

Day 5: Thursday, August 16
KRAKOW: THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF POLISH KINGS & KROKE – JEWISH KRAKOW:  RICHNESS OF THE PAST, CHALLENGES OF THE PRESENT 

The historical capital of Poland, miraculously saved from destruction during centuries of wars and turmoil, is replete with numerous medieval, renaissance, and baroque churches, synagogues, and other architectural marvels. Krakow was once an important center of European Jewry, particularly the Progressive movement, and now is one of the main centers of Jewish renewal in Poland. Visitors and locals alike are attracted to the Old Town of Krakow, the former Jewish district of Kazimierz, the district of Podgorze where Germans placed the Ghetto during the war. Krakow, with its seven remaining synagogues and other reminders of Polish Jewish heritage, is both a living memorial and a beacon for the future.

  • 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 6: Friday, August 17
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
  • Shabbat services optional
  • Shabbat Dinner with the Krakow Jewish community at the Krakow JCC
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 7: Saturday, August 18
SHABBAT AND FAREWELL TO KRAKOW

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Shabbat services optional
  • Shabbat lunch optional
  • Afternoon guided 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
  • Farewell to Krakow Dinner
  • Overnight in Krakow

 

DAY 8: Sunday, August 19
DEPARTURES 

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