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Jewish Heritage in Poland & Prague

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 11 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Poland   Czech Republic  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Pilgrimage/Spirituality  
Season: September
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3020 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3670 US Dollar (USD)

- Round-trip air to Warsaw (subject to change based on U.S. departure city and availability)
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Private air-conditioned motor coach
- English-speaking tour escort
- Local guides
- 9 nights at a First or Superior First Class hotel
- Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners as per detailed itinerary
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Entrance fees: Warsaw: Nozyk Synagogue, Okopowa Cemetary; Lodz: Poznanski Palace, Jewish Cemetery; Auschwitz: Chewra Lomdej Misznajot Synagogue; Krakow: Remuh Synagogue & Cemetary, Old Synagogue, Oscar Schindler Factor, Galicia Museum; Wroclaw: White Stork Synagogue, Old and New Jewish Cemetery; Prague: Old-New Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Jubilee Synagogue
- Hotel charges and taxes
- Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
- Comprehensive information folder.

Tour Itinerary:

Thursday USA-Warsaw
Depart on a regular scheduled flight from USA to Warsaw.

Day 1, Friday : Warsaw. In the afternoon meet your guide at 4:00pm in the hotel lobby for a walk through the Old Town. In the evening a meeting will be held at the Beit Warszawa, a Jewish Cultural Association co-founded in 1999 by seven Jews who wished to practice Judaism in a more liberal way than that offered by the only other Jewish spiritual center in Warsaw – the Orthodox Synagogue. The association’s main goal is to familiarize Jews with the Jewish religion, history and tradition. There you will meet representatives of the Jewish community of Warsaw. Dinner will be served at the Beit Warsaw Place. Includes: (D – Shabbat Dinner).

Day 2, Saturday: Warsaw. This morning you will meet your guide who will familiarize you with the Jewish sites of WWII. Visit the Nozyk Synagogue which was destroyed during the occupation and renovated after the war; the Warsaw Ghetto area including the site of the Jewish Combat Organization’s main bunker on Mila Street where the chief of staff of the committed suicide and, the monument of heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. A traditional Polish Jewish dinner will be served at Pod Samsonem, a local restaurant located in the Old Town, where you will be greeted in the Polish custom and hospitality with bread and salt. There you will be treated to a short recital of Yiddish songs performed by actors of the State Yiddish Theater of Warsaw. Includes: (B, D).

Day 3, Sunday: Warsaw – Lodz. After breakfast you will visit the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery, the largest in Warsaw with its’ ornate gravestones. This is where several prominent politicians are buried along side the Jewish officers who lost their lives in defense of Warsaw in 1939. You will meet the director of the cemetery for a history lesson. You will then be on your way to Lodz, a city where 3 traditions meet, Polish, Jewish and German. You will spend the night at the architecturally modern Andel’s Hotel, situated in the heart of the largest shopping center in Poland. Visit the Poznanski Palace, once owned by one of the wealthiest Jewish clans in Poland, home of the historical Museum of Lodz. Dinner will be served at the Anatewka restaurant. Includes: (B, D).

Day 4, Monday: Lodz – Krakow. This morning you will visit the Jewish Cemetery, the largest in Europe; where many famous rabbis, physicians, politicians and social activists are buried. Notice the intricacies and workmanship of the tombstones. Following lunch at a local restaurant you will depart for Krakow. You will tour the Old Town its’ Main Market Square, and Cloth Hall. Inside are there many shopping stalls, the National Museum on the first floor has a collection of Polish sculptures and paintings from the 18th to the 20th century. You will also see the magnificent Gothic Church of Our Lady with its’ famous wooden altar created by Wit Stwosz. Includes: (B, L).

Day 5, Tuesday: Krakow. Enjoy a Guided tour of Krakow, a city that captures the essence of Polish history. The tour will take you to the Wawel Royal Castle with its priceless Flemish tapestries that represent the Renaissance of North European art, and the Wawel Cathedral where Poland’s kings were once crowned. Continue on to the Kazimierz district inhabited by Jews during WWII. Drive through the streets and alleyways named after figures from the Old Testament. Visit the famous Remuh Synagogue and the Jewish life museum at the Old Synagogue. A short break for tea and cake at the Cheder Café is planned where you will enjoy their tea and coffee specialties in an Ashkenazi and Sephardi atmosphere. You will also see a documentary on the history of the Kazimerz district. Following this short break you will visit the new Oscar Schindler’s Factory museum for a detailed history and life of Jews during the Nazi occupation. Dinner will be served at a local Jewish restaurant accompanied by a Klezmer music concert. Includes: (B, D).

Day 6, Wednesday: Krakow. Following breakfast, drive to Oswiecim, a town which witnessed human tragedy. Visit the Chewra Lomdej Misznajot Synagogue. Learn about the city’s history and pre-WWII through the present day. A short presentation will be given. You will drive to Auschwitz considered the largest Nazi concentration camp which was established in 1940 and liberated in 1945. After lunch you will meet the director of the Galicia Jewish Museum for a short presentation. This museum was built to commemorate the victims of the holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish culture of the Polish Galicia. Includes:(B, L)

Day 7, Thursday: Krakow – Wroclaw. Depart for Wroclaw after breakfast, a beautiful city situated in the middle of the Silesian Lowland. It is a religiously and culturally diverse city which has one of the oldest Jewish communities in Poland dating to the 12th century when it was an important trade route along the Amber road. You will have a chance to walk through the heart of Wroclaw, its market square, see the Town Hall with its gothic Renaissance architecture and the Aula Leopoldinum a magnificent hall at the Wroclaw University. See the white Stork Synagogue and the Jewish Cemeteries. In the evening you will meet representatives of the Jewish community of Wroclaw, dinner to follow. Includes: (B, D).

Day 8, Friday: Wroclaw – Prague. Departure for Prague, upon arrival in the afternoon a tour of the Jewish Quarter better known as the Prague Jewish Ghetto is planned. This area underwent a vast redevelopment between 1893 and 1913. The integrity of significant buildings from previous eras was never compromised. It is a living testimony to the history of Prague Jews, spanning many centuries. You will see buildings that form the best preserved complex of Jewish historical monuments in Europe. Six synagogues remain, including the Old-New Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. The Old-New Synagogue - is the oldest preserved synagogue in Central Europe. It is today the main house of prayer of Prague's Jewish community. Dinner will be served on a boat with the beautiful panorama of the city. Includes: (B, D).

Day 9, Saturday: Prague – Terezin – Prague. Following breakfast you will proceed on a morning half day tour to Terezin, a former “model” concentration camp. Visit Jewish Cemetery, Memorial Monument and small fortress with remains of equipment of the concentration camp. You are on your own in the afternoon to relax or shop in Prague. In the evening you will attend a farewell dinner with special folk entertainment at a local restaurant. Includes: (B, D).

Day 10, Sunday: Prague. After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for the return flight home. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

2013 Departure Dates & Prices: Available on Request

Please note: Air taxes, fuel surcharge and any other charges and taxes related to the airline ticket are NOT included. Prices are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate, and dates of travel.

Airfare is included in price. Tour price without airfare is available upon request.

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which we offer through Travel Guard. A pre-existing medical condition exclusion is waived if insurance is purchased within 24 hours of initial deposit.

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Joined InfoHub: Jul 2002
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