Day 1: Warsaw
We begin our journey with a short introductory walk along the Old Town of Warsaw where our guide will present you the most important facts about the Polish history. After the walk we proceed to explore the Museum of the History of Polish Jews – POLIN. In the area of over 40 000 sq ft we will immerse into the detailed world of Polish-Jewish relations. The main exhibition is divided into eight galleries that present different chapters of the history of Jews in Poland starting from the medieval times until today.
Day 2: Warsaw
100 synagogues were active in Warsaw in 1938 but only one survived – the Nożyk Synagogue. After visiting it we will walk through the streets of the former Jewish Ghetto – the largest one created by Nazis. That is where the first major organized resistance known as the Ghetto Uprising of 1943 took place. The Warsaw Uprising Museum is our next destination. Having learned the unsettling story of both uprisings we take you to the place where the sad story ends – the Jewish Cemetery with over 200.000 gravestones.
Day 3: Warsaw, Łódź
The most picturesque baroque palace in Warsaw called Wilanów awaits us on the crisp morning of the 3rd day. This place will fill your soul with calamity and reflection so rare to find in the capital city. Later, we drive to Łódź, where the largest Jewish community of Poland once flourished. Our benchmarks there: the longest street in Europe (Piotrkowska), the Izrael Poznański Museum and the Jewish Cemetery.
Day 4: Piotrków Trybunalski, Oświęcim (Auschwitz);
In the morning we move south and stop for lunch in Piotrków Trybunalski, where the first Jewish ghetto was created just a few days after the WWII started. Our main destination for that day is the the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau where more than 1 million Jews were exterminated. Its fences fell down half a century ago, its roads are green and its windows are empty, but the silent horror will stay there forever to keep reminding us what civilized people may do.
Day 5: Kraków
We will guide you literally under the skin of the cultural capital of Poland, to the Underground Museum to reveal the secrets of medieval Krakow. Then we step onto the Royal Route to reach the most significant castle of Poland, the seat of Polish kings – the Wawel Castle. The most important landmark for is the Jewish Quarter – Kazimierz. Our tour embraces sightseeing of 6 synagogues, the Jewish Remuh Cemetery from the 16th century and many other vibrant spots of Jewish heritage.
Day 6: Wieliczka, Kraków
Let’s start the day with the unearthly expedition into the shaft of the Wieliczka Salt Mine – the main source of the “white gold” and the longest active salt mine. Thousands of corridors, passages, statues, a restaurant and a chapel – all made of salt! In the afternoon we will continue visiting Krakow. Our agenda includes the former Krakow Ghetto and the famous Oscar Schindler’s Factory.
Day 7: Łańcut, Leżajsk
Galicia has many treasures and wonders left behind by those unlikely to return. One of them is the only Galician synagogue that was not damaged during the WWII – the Synagogue of Łańcut. Even when set on fire by the Nazis, an influential Pole made them extinguish the fire, so only the wooden elements were touched by the war. We will pass to The Jewish cemetery of Leżajsk where the famous Elimelech Weisblum is buried. In the evening we take a tour around the Łańcut Castle where you will have a pleasure to overnight.
Overnight: the Łańcut Castle
Day 8: Rzeszów, Sanok
Rzeszów is one of Galicia’s capitals where you can get acquainted with the history of the mountainous region at its fullest. You can also see the Folk Architecture Museum in Sanok – the biggest open-air museum in Poland presenting the whole Galician village, where Poles, Jews and Ukrainians used to live and run their businesses. Also the unique reconstruction of the wooden synagogue makes the place worth seeing.
Overnight: the Bieszczady mountains
Day 9: Tarnów, Kraków/Warsaw
On the last day of our journey we take you to the airport in Kraków or to the railway station that offers very comfortable train connection to Warsaw. Our itinerary can also be adjusted to take you anywhere else so that you can travel back home with a piece of Poland in your heart! On our way we may stop in Tarnów – the fourth largest Jewish community in Galicia before the WWII and the first among major towns in terms of the number of Jews as a percentage of the total population.