Jewish Heritage Tour
JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR ( 8 days/7 nights)
WARSAW (1) – Kazimierz Dolny – Majdanek – LUBLIN (1) – KRAKOW (3)- Lodz- WARSAW (2)
Day 1 – WARSAW
- Arrival Warsaw, transfer to the hotel
- Half day sightseeing of Warsaw including Jewish heritage : a tour of former Jewish Ghetto area : Sienna 55 Street ( fragment of Ghetto Walls), Prozna and Twarda Streets, Chlodna Street ( Adam Czerniakow site in 1941 ). Heroism Route leading from Ghetto Hero’s Monument by Rappaport to Umschlagplatz – the gathering place for Jews before transportation to Treblinka camp, visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened in 2014 and the Nozyk Synagogue ( it is the only synagogue in the city open to the general public, founded by Zelman and Ryfka Nożyk in 1898-1902 ). Entrance to Jewish Genscher Cemetery
- Welcome dinner ( Kosher food available )
- Overnight in Warsaw
Day 2 – WARSAW – Kazimierz Dolny – Majdanek – LUBLIN ( 210 km )
- After breakfast departure for Lublin ( 170 km )
- stop in Kazimierz Dolny to see a former 18th synagogue and Goldsmith’s Museum presenting Christians and Jewish iconic silverware , mainly from 19th century
Kazimierz Dolny is a charming town picturesquely situated on the right bank of the Vistula River in the hills, valleys and gorges. For years it fascinated with its unique atmosphere, attracting many tourists. Before the II World War Jews made up almost the half of the population of the city. According to the legend – the local synagogue was founded by King Casimir the Great as a gift for his beloved Esther. Stones for the construction were to come from the Western Wall in Jerusalem and parochets were sewed by Esther.
Optional : coffee at „Esterka“ cafe in synagogue building
- Continue to Majdanek in the suburbs of Lublin to visit former concentration camp
- Check in and overnight in Lublin
Day 3 – LUBLIN – KRAKOW( 340 km)
- After breakfast sightseeing of Lublin
Before World War II, Lublin was one of the largest concentrations of Jews in Poland. The Jewish quarter was an important religious, cultural and commercial center. During the Nazi occupation, Jewish population has been almost completely destroyed. Despite of that in Lublin still preserved objects showing the strengh of Jewish community of Lublin: synagogue “Chevra Nosim“, Yeshiva – the former Jewish school, local cemetery etc
- Departure for Krakow
- Check in and overnight in Krakow
Day 4 – KRAKOW
- After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Krakow including : tour of the Jewish Quarter Kazimierz and the former ghetto area, including visit to the Remuh Synagogue with the Old Jewish Cemetery, Alt Synagogue – Museum of Jewish History and Culture, Pod Orlem Pharmacy. Guided visit at Schindler’s Factory museum
- In the afternoon the walking tour of Old Town with St. Mary’s Basilica, Cloth Hall, Florian Gate and Barbican Walls followed by the Royal Route to Wawel Hill with Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral – the place of coronation and burial of Polish kings, noblemen and famous Poles.
- Dinner at local restaurant in Kazimierz area with Klezmer music and Jewish menu
- Overnight in Krakow
Day 5 – KRAKOW
- After breakfast visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camp – the largest site for the murder of Jews brought here under the Nazi plan for their extermination. More than 1,100,000 men, women, and children lost their lives here.
- In the afternoon sightseeing of Wieliczka Salt Mine – the tourist route is going underground through the labyrinths, lakes, chambers and caves up to Kinga Chapel, which is the prettiest chamber with white crystal salt chandeliers. It is one of the oldest mining sites in the world still in uninterrupted operation
- Dinner at local restaurant with folklore show
Day 6 – KRAKOW – Lodz – WARSAW ( 390 km )
- After breakfast departure for Warsaw via Lodz
- En route city tour of Lodz . Visit the Jewish landmarks, a palace of Israel Poznanski – now a city museum of Lodz, former Ghetto area, the Manufaktura – a centre of entertainment, culture and commerce. A revitalization project, unique at the Polish and European scale, combining modern forms and architecture with the restored 19th century buildings of the former cotton factory of Israel Poznanski. 20 ha of surface include a market with colourful fountains, Museum of the Factory, Museum of Art, restaurants, over 300 shops, discos. A walk along the Piotrkowska Street – one of the longest shopping streets in Europe (a length of approximately 4,2 km.), a centre of entertainment and commerce. Entrance to Jewish Cemetery
- Continue to Warsaw for check in and overnight
Day 7 – WARSAW
- In the morning half day standard sightseeing of Warsaw including Old Town with Barbican Walls, Castle Square with Royal Castle, Tomb of Unknown Soldier . Drive along Royal Route from Old Town to Belvedere Palace and Lazienki Palace and Park with recognizable Chopin monument. Palace of Culture and Science, National Stadium – example of modern architecture, panorama of Warsaw from right bank of Vistula River.
- Afternoon free
- Optional : excursion to Treblinka – museum of struggle and martyrdom ( 100 km north-east from Warsaw ). Death camp to exterminate Polish and European Jews was established here in July 1942 ( date of first transport of Jews from Warsaw’s ghetto ) . Over 800 thousand prisoners lost their lives there
- Overnight in Warsaw
Day 8– WARSAW
- After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.