HISTORY, HERITAGE & HERRING: 2019 Culinary Heritage Tour to Lithuania & Poland

Friday, October 11 – Monday, October 21, 2019
Join us for an experience of a life time!

Embark on an unforgettable culinary and historical journey through Jewish Poland and Lithuania, led by Jeffrey Yoskowitz, Jewish food expert and chef-and-scholar-in-residence; hosted by Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland and Magda Masla, Culinary Curator, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Heritage, History and Herring deeply explores Jewish eastern Europe through a distinctive culinary lens, taking participants to some of the richest and most dynamic centers in all of Jewish history. Visiting major landmarks, points of interest and innovative museums, as well as markets, restaurants, farms, forests and specific foods and drinks that added color and richness to Jewish life in pre-war Europe. Discover what contemporary Polish and Lithuanian cuisines owe to the legacy of Jewish cooks, bakers and spice traders. And explore the regional terroir through cooking classes and workshops with local experts using seasonal ingredients.

Beginning in Vilnius, Lithuania, home to the intellectual flourishing of Yiddish culture and the home of famed vegetarian Jewish restaurateur Fania Lewando, the tour then winds its way through Polish cities, shtetls and countryside, culminating in Warsaw, Poland’s capital, to catch the second annual TISH Jewish food festival. The tour will explore Polish, Lithuanian and Jewish culinary heritage’s shared roots and points of divergence, as well as American Jewish favorites. By the end of the trip, participants will have learned about a history that is obscure to most, added several recipes to their own cookbooks, and, most importantly, eaten a lot of delicious food!

UNIQUE FEATURES OF THIS TOUR:

  • Led by Jeffrey Yoskowitz, leading thinker and producer of Jewish food
  • Book of recipes from Trip
  • Cooking Classes
  • Curated dinners 
  • VIP access to TISH Jewish Food Festival
  • and much more! 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 

  • Vilnius : The Jerusalem of the North
  • Sejny: The Borderlands
  • Bialystok: The Story of a Bread (Bialy) and Lost World
  • Kruszyniany: The Tatar Trail
  • Tykocin: Traditions of former Shtetl
  • Lublin: The Gate to the East
  • Warsaw: The Phoenix City
  • TISH Jewish Food Festival

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is excited to take you on this special journey of discovery!

REGISTER NOW!
Don’t miss out early bird discount! Register by December 31, 2018 and get a 5% discount! 

Deadline registration is June 11, 2019.

Trip total cost, 11 days/10 nights
These are prices based on delux accommodation:
Price per person, double occupancy: PLN 19,913; approx. $5,380
Price per person, single occupancy: PLN 23,895 ; approx. $6,460

*All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread.

1 USD = 3.7 PLN (exchange rate as of November 1, 2018)

For tour details, please call us at toll-free phone number: 800 394 1245; or email us at: tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

*TJHT is an official partner of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

• Deluxe hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
Jeffrey Yoskowitz, chef and scholar-in-residence
• Full-time Tour Program Coordinator
• All private services throughout the tour
• Ground transfers as specified
• VIP access to TISH Jewish Food Festival EVENTS
• Full breakfast buffet daily at the hotels
All meals and drink, including alcohol (wine)
• Scheduled meetings and briefings

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

• Airfare is not included
• International health and travel insurance (required)
• Taxis
• Optional excursions, some of which we can recommend and/or help you arrange
• Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the program
• Any scheduled flights and related taxes
• Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
• Staff gratuities
• Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases, which are beyond TJHT control
• Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included
• Transfers on other days than the announced arrival and departure dates
• Pre-or post-tour hotels or other arrangements
• Meals not mentioned and alcohol beverages
• Services not mentioned

Itinerary (subject to change):

VILNIUS: JERUSALEM OF THE NORTH

Arrivals in Vilnius International Airport (VNO) 

Suggested arrival time 1:00 pm  

TJHT staff members will meet and greet all participants arriving on October 11 (individually and as a group) in the arrival hall upon exiting baggage holding a sign with the Taube Jewish Heritage Tours logo on it.

Transfer to the hotel. The drive to the city takes approx. 30 minutes, depending on traffic. 

Check in, hotel  

Check in time is 2:00 pm. Early check-ins on request

 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome to Vilnius  (formerly Polish “Wilno”, Russian “Vilna”, Jewish “Vilne”), a walking tour. 

A legendary focal point of Jewish life and learning, today Vilnius is a bustling modern capital of a European Union member state, centered around the beautiful Old Town – rich with centuries-old historic monuments. The tour will include viewing the stumbling stones commemorating Fania and Lazar Lewando, which are laid at Vokiečių g. 14 in Vilnius on the former site of the restaurant “Dieto-Jarska Jadlodajnia”.Frania’s cookbook, The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook, was recently translated to English 

6:00 pm Introduction and orientation, followed by a Shabbat dinner led by Jeffrey Yoskowitz, scholar and chef-in-residence.

Venue: hotel  

6:45 pm Dinner  

Overnight in Vilnius 

 

VILNE/VILNA/WILNO/VILNIUS  

Breakfast in the hotel 

9:00 am Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz, scholar and chef-in-residence

9:15 am – 12:00 pm Walking tour of Vilnius Old Town, including a visit to the Hales Turgus market with various types of Lithuanian specialty foods.  

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch in the Hales Turgus 

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Tour of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum and Samuel Bak Exhibition  

The National Martynas Mažvydas Library of Lithuania with a short stop at Basanavicius Street (prewar Pohulanka St.), where in 1925 YIVO was founded.  

Transfer back to the hotel / free time to stroll along Gedymino Blvd. (city’s main street)  

Back in the hotel to refresh 

Dinner with a special guest

Overnight in Vilnius 

VILNIUS  

Breakfast at the hotel  

9:00 am Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz, scholar and chef-in-residence

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Walking tour of Vilnius, Part II  

12:00 pm Lunch and visit to the Bagel shop café.  

Visit to the JCC Vilnius  

Culinary workshop 

Free time 

7:00 pm Dinner in the Uptown Market

Overnight in Vilnius  

VILNIUS   SEJNY BIALYSTOK
JOURNEY THROUGH THE LAND OF SHTETLS 

Breakfast at the hotel  

Check out

8:00 am Departure via coach for Poland. Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz on the coach. 

Drive to Sejny  

Visit in Sejny: Synagogue, visit in “Pogranicza” (“The Borderlands”) cultural center 

1:00pm – 2:00 pm Lunch in Sejn at Karczma Litewska  

2:00 pm  Drive to Suwalki (an approx. 30-minute drive)  

Visit to Browar Polnocny (North Brewery) 

Drive to Bialystok (an approx. 2 hour drive) 

Check in, hotel  

Free time 

6:00 pm Dinner

BIALYSTOKSUPRASL – KRUSZYNIANY – BIALYSTOK 

Breakfast at the hotel  

Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour of Bialystok  

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Cooking workshop: Homemade Bialys

Visit to Supraśl: Cepelina or didžkukulia, a traditional Lithuanian dish of stuffed potato dumplings. 

Kruszyn – Tatarska Jurta – restaurant run by local Polish Tatar community

Dinner in Tatarska Jurta 

Overnight in Bialystok 

 

BIALYSTOK – KORYCINY – TYKOCIN – KIERMUSY  

Breakfast at the hotel  

Check out 

Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz on the bus 

Visit to Tykocin. Viewing the Tykocin Synagogue, built in early Baroque style in 1642. 

Drive to Kiermusy 

In the wrapper of the Narwiański and Biebrzański national park they are suiting Kiermusy Manor above Meadows, called the “Mainstay of bison and noble tradition”. Kiermusiańskie estates are historical – holiday complex which consists a few objects about unusual to such a scale, character. 

Lunch at Karczma Rzym 

Visit to Ziołowy Zakątek in Koryciny  

Herbalist workshop or spa 

Dinner  

Overnight Ziolowy Zakatek  

LUBLIN: THE GATE TO THE EAST  

Breakfast at the hotel  

Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz on the bus 

9:00 am Drive to Lublin (an approx. 4-hour drive) 

1:00 pm Cooking workshop: cebularz lubelski, originating from Jewish cuisine, is a flattened wheat roll, with a diameter of 15-20 cm, topped with diced onion and poppy seed, characteristic for Lublin cuisine 

Check in

Brief walking tour of Lublin, Grodzka Gate, and Chachmei  Lublin  Yeshiva 

Free time 

Dinner at the Perłowa Beer House. Slow food restaurant 

Overnight in Lublin 

LUBLIN – WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY 

Breakfast in the hotel 

Check out  

8:00 am Drive to Warsaw via coach (an approx. 3 hour drive) 

Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz on the coach. 

Drive (15 minutes) to Mleczna Droga (Milk Way), cheese manufacture 

Drive to Kazimierz Dolny, Shtetl Kuzmir (an approx. 20-minute drive)

Kazimierz Dolny was home to the Jewish people for centuries, starting from the beginning of the 13th century. In the 16th century, Jews were 1/6 of all inhabitants, and at the end of the 19th century – at least half of the entire population. 

Visit to the synagogue and cemetery

Drive to Warszawa (approx. 2 hour-30 minute drive)  

Arrival in Warsaw 

Check in  

Optional Shabbat services 

5:35 pm Sunset 

7:00 pm Festive Shabbat dinner at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews 

Overnight in Warsaw 

Breakfast in the hotel 

Free time or events of the TISH. Jewish Food Festival  

Optional:  

Introductory guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town, with its 15th century Jewish routes, a stroll down the Royal Route to the University and Pilsudski Square.  

Lunch 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Visit and shopping at Hala Mirowska  

12:30 pm  – 3:00 pm Cooking workshop

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Guided tour through POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, highlighting the sites, historical events and figures included in the tour.   

The Museum, created by Poland’s first public private partnership, opened the doors to its eight-gallery Core Exhibition in 2014.  It draws visitors from around the world, with the largest percentage coming from Poland.  In 2016, it was honored with the European Museum of the Year Award. 

Free time to explore the Museum on your own or coach back to the hotel  

Dinner on your own  

Overnight in Warsaw 

WARSAW: FAREWELL

Breakfast in the hotel 

Framing the day session with Jeffrey Yoskowitz, scholar and chef-in-residence

Walk to the JCC Warsaw  

11:00 am  – 12:30 pm Boker tow brunch at the JCC Warsaw 

A kosher, Polish-Jewish-Israeli brunch. Everything you can find on the tables is freshly homemade and to give you an idea here is a list of some of our every weeks delicacies: freshly baked focaccia served with hummus, tapenade, egg salad, toppings based on cottage cheese and lots of different pestos, together with fresh vegetables and homemade pickles.

Van to Praga district 

Visit to the Vodka Museum in Praga district 

Vodka workshop  

Farewell dinner

DEPARTURES 

Breakfast in the hotel 

Check out 

Transfers from the hotel to the Warsaw International Airport (WAW) will be arranged. 

Transfers to the airport are scheduled 3 hours before the departure.  

TJHT covers airport transfers only on October 21

Trip total cost, 11 days/10 nights
These are prices based on delux accommodation:
Price per person, double occupancy: PLN 19,913; approx. $5,380
Price per person, single occupancy: PLN 23,895; approx. $6,460

*All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread.

1 USD = 3.7 PLN (exchange rate as of November 1, 2018)

TAUBE CENTER FOR THE RENEWAL OF JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND FOUNDATION

TOUR TERMS & CONDITIONS

This is very important information, so please carefully review these Terms and Conditions, before making your reservation. By making a reservation with Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation, you are deemed to have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.

Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation
Taube Center is an educational NGO institution, dedicated to the shared mission of intercultural learning and promoting of Jewish heritage in Poland. Taube Center operates its Taube Jewish Heritage Tours heritage travel program in Poland and Eastern Europe. Taube Center represents that it has the skills and personnel required to provide the relevant services.

This document outlines what Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, (tour program of Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation, based: Tlomackie ⅗ street, 00-090 Warsaw, Poland, tax ID: PL5252457055) agrees to provide when you, (the Client) sign up for a tour, and what you agree to do in return (“Tour Conditions”). TJHT provides land-only tour services.

This is very important information, so please carefully review these Terms and Conditions, before making your payment. By paying the tour fee to TJHT, you are deemed to have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.

Deposit
A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the total fee of 1,992 PLN (double occupancy), approx. *$540 or 2,390 PLN (single occupancy), approx. $646 per participant is required at the time of signing up for the tour. The deposit, which forms a part of the total fee, will be deducted on the final invoice.

*1 USD = 3.70 PLN (exchange rate as of November 1, 2018)

Final Payment
All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread. All listed prices are per person and based upon double occupancy. For participants choosing single rooms, single supplement will apply. All our prices (listed on our website and promotional materials: electronic and printed hardcopies) and for our custom tailored programs are based on tariffs effective on date of printing. In case of currency fluctuation of more than 3% or amendments in local government taxes, we will adjust pricing accordingly in order to be able to operate the tour. If the full amount is not paid during registration process, final payment is due 90 days prior to the departure of the tour (March 25, 2018). The registration fee will be deducted on the invoice. We reserve the right to cancel a reservation if final payment is not timely received and impose the published cancellation fees. Cancellation fees may appear.

Tour Fees
All payments are accepted in Polish currency (PLN – Polish Zloty). The price in USD is presented only for orientation purposes and may vary depending on the exchange rate and bank spread. The fee per person for this tour, based on minimum number of participants 14 (fourteen), double occupancy and deluxe accommodation is:

PLN (Polish Zloty) USD (US Dollar)
Fee per person, double occupancy 19,913 Approximately *$5,380
Single occupancy 23,895 Approximately *$6,460

*1 USD = 3.70 PLN (exchange rate as of November 1, 2018)

All our prices (listed on our website and promotional materials: electronic and printed hardcopies) and for our custom tailored programs are based on tariffs effective on date of printing. In case of currency fluctuation of more than 3% or amendments in local government taxes, we will adjust pricing accordingly in order to be able to operate the tour.

Credit Card Payment
If you prefer to pay via credit card, please chose this option when registering.

Cancellation and Refund

The Participant can withdraw from the contract at any time. All cancellation must be sent in writing to:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

Your deposit is 100% refundable for 14 days from the date it is received, but no later than 136 days before the tour starts.

In case of cancellation, the Participant shall be reimbursed less the following lump sum cost, referring to the total tour fee and standard average amounts of deductions based on the actual costs incurred:

  1. a) 10% of the value of the cancelled tour (the deposit) – for 136-90 days before the start of the tour,
  2. b) 30% of the value of the cancelled tour – for 89-60 days before the start of the tour,
  3. c) 50 %  of the value of the cancelled tour – for 59-21 days before the start of the tour,
  4. d) 100 %  of the value of the cancelled tour – for less than 21 days before the start of the tour.

Please note, other suppliers such as airlines, might impose additional cancellation fees. All cancellation must be sent in writing to:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

Changes
Itineraries are subject to change. TJHT needs to be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever comes along so that we may provide you with the best possible tour. Uncompleted portions of the tour itinerary are not cause for refund. Participants requiring individual travel arrangements in conjunction with this tour must announce this as early as possible to:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com
Individual arrangements can be made pre or post the tour. For any change made 90 days or less prior to the tour, a service fee of $100 per person will be charged by the travel agency. All expenses involved with individual travel arrangements will be carried by the individual traveller.

Meals
Breakfasts are served buffet-style at the hotels. Other meals are served at restaurants or at the hotels, and are based upon set menus (no pork, no shellfish). However, options are provided for participants requiring special meals such as a kosher, vegetarian, or fish option. Lunches will be based upon a single course with coffee/tea or as a boxed lunch. Dinners will include a cover charge for bread, water, a soft drink, coffee or tea is included, and 1 glass of wine per person is included.

Minimum Number of Participants
The minimum number of participants is 18 and maximum is 20. In the event the required number has not been reached, the tour can be cancelled. Should this occur, TJHT will refund your deposit and payment in full.

Payment Confirmation
TJHT will issue a payment confirmation for each and every payment made.

Feedback Policy
We welcome feedback from our participants. Should you have a complaint on TJHT, you should inform your Tour Coordinator during the course of the tour and if matter cannot be resolved after our representative’s best endeavors to do so during the tour, your complaint should be made in writing to the TJHT at tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com.

Airport Transfers
TJHT offers complimentary transfers on the listed arrival and departure dates. These are October 11 and October 21, 2019. For pre-tour arrivals or post-tour departures, individual transfers can be arranged and must be paid by the individual participants.

“No Show” Policy
In case of “no show” of a participant, who is covered by a host institution, due to any reason, the host institution will not be reimbursed by TJHT if the participant is a “no show” or if the participant cancels her/his arrival for less than 8 days prior to the start of the tour.

Travel Protection Plan & Medical Insurance
Please note that individual Travel Insurance is not included in the tour price and all medical costs and other costs involved must be paid by the participant. Therefore, we strongly recommend to all of our participants to purchase comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure to meet any contingencies.

We strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance to protect your trip investment and yourself while traveling.

Please note that Travel insurance providers have different rules regarding coverage and how pre-existing conditions can be waived. It is up to the individual traveller to obtain the rules for all policies.
TJHT recommends using:

Passport and Visa
Each participant must possess a valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. However, residents of Australia must obtain a visa. Visas can be given upon entry at major airports, but not at the border crossings from Poland. If you are traveling from a country different than the above, please inquire whether a visa is needed.

Baggage Handling/Lost or Damaged Baggage
Participant will be allowed check-in and hand- carry luggage according to the respective airlines’ regulations. Excess baggage must be paid locally by the participant. TJHT will not be responsible for the loss, damage or theft of any item(s) belonging to a participant throughout the duration of the tour.

Hotel Accommodations
Will be provided in accordance with the itinerary or similar. TJHT reserves the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. There will be no refunds for any difference in the cost of those accommodations. All rooms are standard twin-bedded/double rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel’s management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. All hotel rates are based on Taube Jewish Heritage Tours agreements with its suppliers and are not negotiable. Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 PM and check-out time is prior to 12:00 PM. Early check-ins are available on request at:
tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com

General Data Protection Regulation
Pursuant to Article 7(1) of GDPR I represent that I consent to the processing by the Controller, i.e. the Foundation Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland(ul. Tłomackie 3/5, 00-090 Warsaw), of my personal data provided in documents necessary for the purpose of preparation and implementation of tourist and education programmes organised by the Controller. Moreover, I consent to the processing of the abovementioned personal data by automated means, including by profiling. The above consent was given freely in accordance with Article 4(11) of GDPR. I consent to the use of my personal data for promotional and marketing purposes related to the programmes organised by the Foundation Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland (ul. Tłomackie 3/5, 00-090 Warsaw).

Disclaimer of Liability
The Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland (hereinafter “Tour Service Provider”) and/or its representatives shall act only as independent contractors for various suppliers of services in connection with its tours in making arrangements for accommodations, transportation, meals, or any other tour or guest service, and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, inconvenience, expense, damage or loss of property, death, cancellation, change in itinerary, accident, irregularity or delay due to an act of negligence of, or default of, any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour, or by an act of God.

Further, the Tour Service Provider is not responsible for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other causes. No responsibility shall be incurred for any additional expense, omissions, delays, re-routing or other acts of any government or other authority. The airline, steamship and railroad companies concerned are not responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract issued by the airlines, steamship and railroad companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between such companies, and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers.
The Tour Service Provider is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to baggage.
The right is reserved to withdraw any tour listed herein, and/or to make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable for the convenience, comfort and/or welfare of the parties and the integrity of the tour, without any penalty to the Tour Service Provider. Additional expenses, if any, will be borne by the participant. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to revise the routing of the itinerary. If due to such circumstances a change becomes necessary in the sole opinion of the Tour Service Provider, hotels substituted shall be of the same quality as those listed in the itinerary. The Tour Service Provider assumes no financial liability for any resulting losses, expenses, or inconvenience. No refunds will be made for portions of transport, tours, rooms, or meals, and no credit can be allowed for unused accommodation.
The full cost of the tour will be refunded, however, if the entire tour is cancelled by the Tour Service Provider prior to the published departure date (additional transaction fee may occur). Unless otherwise noted, all prices are per person, based on double occupancy (two persons sharing a hotel room); single supplement noted. Prices are based on rates in effect (including foreign exchange rates) at the time of printing and are thus subject to increase or decrease without notice.
For information concerning international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U.S. State Department (202) 6475225.
For medical information, call the Public Health Service (404) 332-4559. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveller voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveller is hereby warned of such risks, and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them. Traveller’s retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute a consent to the above, and an agreement on his/her part to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members.

Miscellaneous
We reserve the right to change, amend, insert or delete any of these Terms and Conditions, or policies contained therein, from time to time. The latest copy of these Terms and Conditions is maintained and made available on our website. Participants are responsible for periodically checking our website to update themselves on the latest Terms and Conditions.