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Hadassah Mission to Poland
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Tour Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) using selected hotels
  • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide
  • Da'at Israeli tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Tips to the Da'at tour educator, local guide and driver
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Mineral water on the bus


 

Day One: Saturday, March 29, 2014
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, March 30, 2014
ARRIVAL IN WARSAW 

  • Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Transfer for participants arriving on Lufthansa flight #5714 at 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. Meet your Israeli tour educator and local guide in the hotel lobby.
  • Visit the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, an old Jewish cemetery sits on Okopowa Street, one of the very few to have survived World War II. Founded in 1806, the cemetery consists of 82 acres and contains the remains of approximately 250,000 people. Unfortunately, the Nazis burned the cemetery's records, so no one really knows how many are buried here.
  • Guided visit through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Mila 18, Umschlagplatz, site of the deportation of the Warsaw Jewish community to Treblinka.
  • Visit the newly opened Museum of History of the Polish Jews and meet with one of the curators.
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner and orientation by the tour educator at Galil restaurant.

Overnight: Sofitel Victoria, Warsaw

Day Three: Monday, March 31, 2014
PIOTRKOW 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit Nozyk Synagogue, the only remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Drive to Piotrków Trybunalski, the first city to have a ghetto for Jews in occupied Poland, built as early as October 1939.
  • Visit the Jewish Cemetery.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to Warsaw.
  • Dinner with Youth Aliyah Mission.

Overnight: Sofitel Victoria, Warsaw

Day Four: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
LIFE IN LUBLIN TO DEATH IN MAJDANEK

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel. 
  • 7:00 a.m. Drive to Majdanek (approximately 3 hours).
  • Visit the Majdanek Death Camp. Visit the Monument of Struggle, the barracks, and the crematorium.
  • 1:00 p.m. Yizkor Service with the Youth Aliyah Mission at the Holocaust Memorial.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Drive to Krakow, with debriefing en route.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 9:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Krakow

Day Five: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
RE-CREATING MEMORY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the Jewish Community Center. Meet with Anna Gulinska, the JCC's Director of Programming for an overview of the Jewish community in Krakow and the JCC's activities.  
  • Interactive ‘Site & Text' program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland.
    • The Rema Synagogue, the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles the “Rema,” the great codifier of Jewish law.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry are buried.
    • The Temple, Krakow's Reform congregation.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Guided visit to Podgorze, the former Jewish Ghetto, including:
    • 1:30 p.m. The “Pharmacy” gateway to the Ghetto, and the Jewish Ghetto.
    • 3:00 p.m. The Oskar Schindler factory Museum.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Havelka restaurant.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Krakow
 
Day Six: Thursday, April 3, 2014
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. In This Place - Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, using personal stories and texts as a guide.
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Jewish Center, on the site of one of Oswiecim's many pre-Holocaust synagogues.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Biala Roza restaurant.

Overnight: Radisson Blu, Krakow

Day Seven: Friday, April 4, 2014
RETURN TO THE USA

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 3:45 a.m. Group transfer to Krakow International Airport for participants departing on flights between 6:25 and 6:35 a.m.
  • Departure flight to the USA, arriving the same day.

 

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  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

 

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.



Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

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