Jewish Sites Tour – 10 days
Ever since the middle ages Poland was home for Jews, the centre of their vibrant culture and the site of some of history’s greatest tragedies. During this one of a kind tour you will get a unique chance to discover the rich heritage of Jewish communities that lived in Poland thoughout centuries. You will see Zamosc, Lublin, Kazimierz Dolny and many Galician towns like Lancut, Tarnow, Bobowa and of course Krakow. You will also deliberate on the disaster of Holocaust while visiting the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek, as well as the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto.
Day 1 – Arrival in Warsaw
We will organize for you private transfer from Chopin Airport or Modlin Airport or railway station to your hotel. You will have free evening.
Day 2 – Umschlagplatz and former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
Right after breakfast we will begin guided tour of Warsaw which will last up to 5 hours. By the time of the outbreak of World War II Jews made up 30% of Warsaw’s population. There were more than 400 synagogues and prayer houses in the city. There was not much left after the German invasion in 1939. We are going to visit the Umschlagplatz, from which Jews were transported to death camp Treblinka. We will not miss the Monument of Ghetto heroes. Afterwards we will visit the bunker where 23-year-old commander of the anti-Jews organization, Mordechai Anielewicz commited suicide in 1943 and last remaining pieces of the ghetto wall.
Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Day 3 – Kazimierz Dolny and Lublin
We will begin the day by traveling to the town of artists – Kazimierz Dolny. History of local Jewish community goes back to beginnings of 15th century. Today you can see here synagogue in Maly Rynek. Do not forget to ask your guide about the town’s legend of King Casimir the Great and his Jewish lover Esther. After a short break you will go to Lublin which used to be called Jewish Oxford. Our local guide will get you familiar with the city’s Jewish Heritage and show you all highlights of Lublin.
Day 4 – Majdanek Concentration Camp and Zamosc
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel in Lublin and take you to Majdanek Concentration Camp where nearly 80 000 people died during German occupation of Poland. This camp is even better preserved camp than Auschwitz. Guided tour in Majdanek will take approx 2 hours and then you will go to Zamosc – pearl of Polish Renaissance. There you will see the fabulous, Old Synagogue building of the ritual Jewish baths. By dinner time we will be back in Lublin.
Day 5 – Lezajsk and Lancut
From Lublin we will take a tip to Lezajsk – one of former centres of Hasidism. This typical Galician shtetl town is well known as the place where zaddik Elimelech was burried. We will visit his grave as thousands of people do every year. It is very important site on the map of Jewish culture in Poland. From Lezajsk we will travel to another beautiful town related with Jewish heritage – Lancut, where one of the most impressive synagogues in whole country can be found. Close to the synagogue, we will also find amazing aristocratic residence from 17th century – famous Lancut Palace. We will stay for the night in Lancut.
Day 6 – Bobowa and Tarnow
After breakfast we will leave Lancut and head towards tiny town of Bobowa, which used to be a dynamic centre of Hasidism and admire the local famous synagogue. We will also show you picturesquely situated Jewish cemetery. Currently Bobowa is also famous for lace-making business. Then you will go to Tarnow, which history is tightly related with Jewish culture. You should definitely see the 17th century synagogue. You must not forget that in 1942 Tarnow was the place of enormous slaughter of local Jews. We will stay in Tarnow for the night.
Day 7 – Krakow
We will leave Tarnow after early breakfast and go straight to the most beautiful city of Poland – Krakow. Around noon you should arrive in your hotel where you will spend 3 nights. Today you will visit just the famous Schindler’s factory – one of the most interesting museums in Krakow. Rest of the day you will have free time for your own exploration of the city. Our recommendation would be for example Galicja Jewish Museum. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 8 – Krakow Old Town & Kazimierz Jewish Quarter
This day is dedicated to Krakow sightseeing. Our guide will wait for you at your hotel’s lobby and take you for a tour around the Old Town area and Kazimierz Jewish District.You will see the fantastic Kanonicza and Grodzka streets and admire huge Main Market Square. Our guide will also take you to Wawel Hill to show you Wawel Castle picturesquely located by Vistula River. In Kazimierz district you can be sure to see the Remuh Synagogue – the only active synagogue in Krakow and the Old Synagogue, which is one of the oldest Jewish worship places in Europe. Dinner and concert of klezmer music in a typical Jewish restaurant.
*in the afternoon we can offer you optional 4 hours excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine
Day 9 – Auschwitz and Birkenau tour
We will pick you up from your hotel in Krakow in the morning and take you for a 6,5 hours excursion to German Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau – world’s biggest cemetery and place which become the symbol of Holocaust where German war machine killed nearly 1,5 million people, mostly in very cruel manner. In the afternoon and evening you will have free time in Krakow.
Day 10 – departure from Krakow
After last breakfast in your hotel, we will arrange private transfer to the airport or railway station.