Jewish Heritage tour of Poland Kosher departure
July 25 - 31, 2016
Day 1 Monday: Warsaw – Treblinka - Krakow
Arrival at Warsaw airport and depart to Treblinka Extermination Camp memorial site and visit the Holocaust place including memorial in the forest. Continue to Krakow for overnight.
Day 2 Tuesday: Krakow
Depart our hotel for the Kazimierz District to visit its Jewish sites and synagogues. The itinerary includes the Old Cemetery at the Remuh Synagogue, established in 1535; the Stary Synagogue (the oldest synagogue in Krakow, dating back to the 15th century and housing a Museum of Jewish Art and Judaica); and the Galicia Museum (documenting remnants of Jewish culture and history in Poland).
Lunch on our own along the way before continuing to Podgórze, the site of the Jewish ghetto, where we will visit the memorial to the ghetto, a museum to the ghetto resistance, and a fragment of the ghetto wall. Our tour will end at Schindler’s factory, today a museum for a visit.
Day 3 Wednesday: Auschwitz-Birkenau
Morning visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, where we will witness the history of the most notorious site of the Holocaust. In the afternoon, we will visit the nearby Auschwitz Jewish Center, which is dedicated to memorializing the 400 year history of the Jews of Oświęcim (Auschwitz). Following that there will be an opportunity to say Kaddish in the last synagogue in Auschwitz and a special guided tour and meeting with the volunteers and directors of the Center.
Day 4 Thursday: Tarnow – Belzec - Zamość
Depart for Zamość . En route visit Tarnow, where the first Jewish settlers came in the Middle Ages. See the well preserved Jewish tenement houses; the Bimah, Mikvah, square of the Ghetto Heroes and Jewish cemetery. Continue to Belzec to visit the monument commemorating half a million Jews murdered by the Nazis. Arrive to Zamość and visit the synagogue, school, Mikvah and hospital located on the Jewish Street and a cemetery established outside the town at the beginning of the 17th century.
Day 5 Friday: Zamość - Kazimierz Dolny – Lupochowa – Warsaw
After breakfast we drive to Kazimierz Dolny, a picturesque town and one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland. From the town’s beginnings, Jews formed an important part of the community, before World War II they formed over half the town’s population. Later, visit the Lupochowa Forest, where the Jews of Tykocin were executed during the Holocaust. Arrive to Warsaw and start preparing for Shabbat.
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Day 6 Shabbat:
Warsaw Shabbat services and walking tour of the old city.
Day 7 Sunday: Warsaw
Today the story of Warsaw’s once thriving Jewish Community unfolds. This morning, drive to the former Jewish Ghetto. Walk along Memory Lane to see the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes monument and the marble plaque commemorating Mila 18. Stop at Umschlag Platz-the rail station where Jews were transported to Treblinka. Visit the Old Cemetery, which dates back to 1806. Also visit the Nozyk Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Institute and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
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