JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR. JEWISH POLAND IN 7 DAYS.
This itinerary will help you get a good understanding of the history of the Jewish community of Poland. We will visit places, where before the war the Jewish cultural, economic and social life flourished, as well as sites of the extermination under the Nazi rule. The route begins with the sightseeing of one of the most interesting museums of Poland – the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews POLIN, open in 2014. The tour includes the sightseeing of old Jewish settlements and towns, the tour of Cracow with the Jewish district Kazimierz and a sightseeing of Lodz.
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Arrival to Warsaw, transfer to the hotel, check-in, panoramic sightseeing and orientation tour, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and guided tour of Warsaw. We will see the sites connected with the Jewish history of the Polish capital: Nozyk synagogue, Umschlagplatz memorial, Jewish Ghetto Memorial. Visit of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews POLIN. Next, sightseeing of the historic and modern downtown. We will drive along the Royal Route towards the Old Town, totally destroyed during the war. We will see the Royal castle, St. Anne’s church and the Old Town Market Square, St. John’s Cathedral and the city walls with Barbican. Drive to the Jewish cemetery, where many eminent Warsaw Jews are buried. Return to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Optional: transfer and visit of the Treblinka extermination camp memorial, where approximately 800 thousand Jews were killed.
Breakfast and transfer to Kazimierz Dolny, a small picturesque locality on the bank of the Vistula river, with its landscape and Jewish life depicted in numerous works of art. Short walk through the city, Jewish cemetery, old synagogue. Next, transfer to the museum of the Majdanek concentration camp, where approx. 150 000 victims perished. Transfer to the centre of Lublin, sightseeing of the Old Town and its most valuable historic monuments: castle, market square, cathedral, town hall. Check-in at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and transfer to the town of Leżajsk, on whose Jewish cemetery you will find a grave of tzaddik Eimelach, who died in 1787. His ohel is one of the most visited tombs of a tzaddik in Europe. In town you can also see a Chassidic synagogue built by the end of the XX century in an old ritual bath (mikveh), used for prayer by Chassidic pilgrims visiting the place. Next we proceed to Łańcut, a town once owned by the richest woman in Poland – Izabela Lubomirska. We will see the gardens surrounding her 18th century residence and then we will drive to visit the most beautiful Polish synagogue erected in 1761. En route visit of Rzeszów and its traces of the Jewish life, and transfer to Tarnów, where before the war over 40 synagogues and houses of prayer existed. Visit of Tarnów’s Jewish district with a well-preserved 18th and 19th century architecture. Transfer to Cracow, check-in at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and a guided visit of the historical centre of Cracow: Wawel hill with its renaissance castle and cathedral, the resting place of the Polish kings and national leaders, Old Town, Royal Route, the largest in Europe Market Square, the cloth hall and St. Mary’s church, old Jewish district Kazimierz, one of the best preserved Jewish settlements in Europe. It was here where many scenes from Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” were filmed. Today Kazimierz is a vibrant district, popular among artists and students, known for its nightlife, art galleries and fashionable cafes and eateries. We will visit the most important monuments of Kazimierz: Remuh synagogue and cemetery, Old Synagogue. Our day will be completed with a visit at the museum of the former Oskar Schindler factory. Dinner at a local restaurant with Jewish cuisine and klezmer music, overnight.
Breakfast and transfer to Auschwitz and a guided visit of the camp site. Transfer to Birkenau where still camp barracks and a railway platform with the entrance gate – one of the iconic symbols of the holocaust – can be seen. Next transfer to Lodz, known under the Nazi occupation as Litzmannstadt, a city with the second largest Jewish ghetto, operating almost until the end of war. Lodz is a centre of textile industry, which owes its fortune also to its Jewish community. Sightseeing of the city, check-in at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Warsaw airport, return flight.