An unforgettable Jewish Heritage tour to the central and south-eastern part of Poland, that includes:

11-day program based on our 10 year experience in organizing genealogy tours

15 towns to be visited: Warsaw – Kazimierz Dolny – Lublin – Zamość – Szczebrzeszyn – Biłgoraj – Łańcut – Leżajsk – Rzeszów – Tarnów – Kraków – Oświęcim – Częstochowa – Piotrków Trybunalski – Łódź

10 nights in in the most beautiful towns: Warsaw (3 nights), Lublin (2 nights), Łańcut (2 nights), Cracow (2 nights), Łódź (1 night)

Dates: June & September 2021

Day 1

We meet you at the airport in Warsaw.
After checking into a hotel we invite you for a walk around the Old Town of Warsaw which will end by the Royal Castle. The center of the city was destroyed in nearly 85% during WW2 but was carefully and beautifully rebuilt by the nation and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight: Warsaw, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 2

After breakfast, we start exploring Warsaw. We visit the Polin Museum (Museum of the History of Polish Jews) in Warsaw – a place that promotes tolerance, dialogue and is a center of education about a 1000-year-old history of Polish Jews. Later we move to the former Ghetto area where we can find out more about this place. The day ends by the Nozyk synagogue the only surviving prewar Jewish house of prayer in Warsaw.

Overnight: Warsaw, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 3

In the morning we check out and leave Warsaw.  On the way to Lublin, we have a lunch break in Kazimierz Dolny. This charming place located by the Vistula river has a lot of cultural heritage and the legacy of painting, writing and artistic Bohemia. In the past, it used to be a significant trade place and an important Jewish center.
We spend the evening in the old town of Lublin having a relaxing time on a charming market square.

Overnight: Lublin, a 4* hotel in the center of the town.

Day 4

Today we have a full day for sightseeing Lublin. It used to be called Polish Jerusalem because of a very high development of Jewish community. Here, in the 18th century unfolded an ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious movement, Hasidism. We are going to follow the historical footsteps of Jewish presence such as Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva  – once, one of the largest yeshivas in the world! In the afternoon we pay a visit to Majdanek a German concentration and extermination camp built on the outskirts of the city.

Overnight: Lublin, a 4* hotel in the center of the town.

Day 5

We leave Lublin and head for the south. During the day we stop in the old town in Zamość, a Renaissance gem, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way we must also admire the building of 18th-century synagogue in Szczebrzeszyn and the reconstruction of the wooden synagogue in Biłgoraj (the only one in Poland!). Before the evening begins we enter the historic region of Galicia and get to our place for an overnight in Łańcut.

Overnight: Łańcut, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the town.

Day 6

Today, we visit The Łańcut Castle – one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland. Next to the castle, there is an outstanding Baroque style synagogue from 1761. Its interiors are adorned with decorative plasterwork.
After lunch, we have a short bus trip to Markowa to explore The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II.
On the way back we visit the town of Leżajsk and a famous Jewish cemetery there.

Overnight: Łańcut, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the town.

Day 7

Today we continue sightseeing of Jewish Galicia.  First, we go to a nearby Rzeszów, where we stop by the old synagogue and take an opportunity to follow the underground route underneath the Market Square.
After lunch we move further west to Tarnów. Jews began to settle there in the 15th century. We explore the old town and see Jewish streets, remains of the synagogue with the original bimah, Jewish cemetery.
In the afternoon we reach Kraków.

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the Jewish Quater.

Day 8

Have a solid meal in the morning as we spend the whole day sightseeing  that former capital of Poland. The city is one of the most significant cultural centers in our country. It is an outstanding example of mediaeval architecture, situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. First, we explore the biggest market square in Europe. Then we move to the Jewish district called Kazimierz. It is an exceptional and unusual place, with a lot of social, architectural, cultural and religious treasures. It is a part of Krakow that owes its really unique character to over five hundred years of Jewish tradition. Later that day we visit the building of Oskar Schindler’s factory that is nowadays a modern museum.

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the Jewish Quater.

Day 9

Today, we have a bus trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Oswiecim). We visit this important historical area, that allows us to recapture on the horrors that occurred there during the WW2. It is an important memorial to the victims of the genocide.
Before we get back to Krakow we stop in the only survived synagogue in Oświecim where we have a chance to pray and learn more about the regular life of Jews in that town over the centuries.

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the Jewish Quater.

Day 10

In the morning we leave Krakow. First, we stop in Częstochowa where we see the area of the former camp of the ammunition factory HASAG-Apparatebau (Pelcery). We also see an old Jewsih cemetery established in 1799. Then we move to the town of Piotrkow Trybunalski – the town that for many years was a center of Hebrew publishing in Poland. It is also where Nazis created the first Ghetto in the occupied Europe.
At the end of the day, we get to the city of Łódź (known also as Litzmannstadt).

Overnight: Łódź, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 11

It is the last day of the tour and we have quite a lot to see here: the Izrael Poznański Palace, the famous Piotrkowska Street (one of the longest commercial thoroughfares in Europe), the only synagogue that survived till present times, the Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre, the biggest Jewish Cemetery in Europe, and the Litzmannstadt Ghetto.
In the late afternoon we arrive back to Warsaw.

Overnight: Warsaw, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

PRICE: $2.669 (USD)  per person (land only), includes:

– Airport transfers in Warsaw on arrival and departure day
– Comfortable air-conditioned transportation in a mini-bus (max. 20 people)
– English speaking tour leader throughout the itinerary
– 10 nights accomodation in TWIN or DBL room at 3- or 4-star hotels with buffet breakfasts
– 10 large Polish lunches
– All of the entrances to tourist attractions, and local guides, as specified in the itinerary
– Genealogical support before and during the whole trip
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $760 (USD)

THE ITINERARY DOES NOT COVER YOUR PLACES OF INTEREST?

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– extend your stay and take advantage of our tailor-made heritage tours to visit the actual place your ancestors originated from,
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