Jewish Heritage Tour

Jewish Heritage Tour

 

Day 1:

Arriving to Cracow. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2:

Oświęcim: visiting the former extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, a visit to the Jewish Centre and the synagogue. Transfer back to Cracow. A walking tour in the Old Town: the Main Market Square (the largest in Poland) with the Cloth Hall and the tower of the former Town Hall, St. Mary Church.

 

Day 3:

Wieliczka: visiting the oldest active salt mine in Poland – a very unique example of this kind (the UNESCO World Heritage site). Continuation of the sightseeing in Cracow: the Kings’ Castle Wawel with its chambers and the Cathedral, where the Polish kings were crowned and buried, a walking tour through the Jewish district Kazimierz – among others the Remuh Synagogue and the old cemetery, the Tempel Synagogue, former Jewish merchants’ houses. Dinner in Kazimierz.

 

Day 4:

Bobowa: a visit to the private house of prayer. Łańcut: the Palace famous as one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland – visiting the interior, a walk through the palace’s park and a visit to the exhibition of horse carriages (one of the biggest collection in Poland). Leżajsk: a visit to the grave of Zaddik Elimelech.

 

Day 5:

Bełżec: the monument of victims and the exhibition commemorating existence of a concentration and extermination camp in this place. Zamość – the town located by J. Zamoyski in the 16-th century, so-called the Perfect Renaissance Town: the Market Square with the Town Hall and beautiful Armenian merchants’ houses, the Cathedral with the graves of Zamoyski and his family, the synagogue and the building of former Jewish bath Mykwa, remains of former fortifications of the town-fortress, the place of martyrdom of the World War II. Transfer to Lublin. On the way a short stop in Szczebrzeszyn: the synagogue, former Jewish houses, the Monument of a Beetle (the symbol of the town, known from a fairytale of J. Brzechwa).

 

Day 6:

Lublin: visiting the Museum in the area of former extermination camp in Majdanek, the Old Town, a walk along the Route of the Memory of Lublin’s Jews – the former Jeshiwa and the Talmudic school (one of the biggest in Europe), the Chewra Nosim and Jeszywas Chachmej Synagogues, the Jewish cemetery. Transfer to Kazimierz Dolny.

 

Day 7:

A walking tour in Kazimierz Dolny – a very picturesque small town on the Vistula River: the Market Square with old merchants’ houses, the Small Market with the former synagogue and the wooden building of the former kosher butchery, the Jewish cemetery, admiring the view from the Hill of Three Crosses. Sobibór: the place of a former extermination camp. Włodawa – the town of three confessions (catholic, orthodox and Jewish): the former synagogue – now the Museum of Łęczyńsko-Włodawski Lake District with the special exhibition about the history of local Jews.

 

Day 8:

Białystok – an important textile industry centre where many factories belonged to rich Jewish citizens: a short walk through the city centre, among others a visit to the place where the Old Synagogue stood (burned down by Germans together with the people, who were hidden inside). Tykocin – a picturesque small town that since the 17-th century remained almost completely unchanged, before the World War II was in 50% inhabited by Jews: a visit to the former synagogue (now Podlaskie Museum). Jedwabne: the monument of 340 Jews murdered here in 1941.

 

Day 9:

Treblinka: a former extermination camp – the Museum of Fight and Martyrdom. Warsaw – the city where in the 19-th century existed the biggest Jewish community in the world – a walk through the city centre: the Castle Square and the Kings’ Castle, the Old Town Market Square, the Cathedral of St. John, the Barbican, Krakowskie Przedmieście street, the Palace of Science and Culture.

 

Day 10:

Continuation of sightseeing in Warsaw: the Nożyk Synagogue, the Jewish cemetery, the place where the Jewish Ghetto existed, the Monument of Ghetto’s Heroes. Łódź – once the biggest industrial centre in Poland and the place where one of the biggest Jewish communities used to live: a walking tour through the city centre (among others Piotrkowska street), unique examples of historic industrial architecture – many factories were owned by  rich Jewish businessmen, the Reicher Synagogue, the Jewish cemetery.

 

Day 11:

Chełmno upon Ner: a former extermination camp. Poznań – a walking tour through the Old Town: the Old Market Square with the Renaissance Town Hall and the famous mechanical sculptures of fighting male goats, the former synagogue, the city cemetery with the collection of grave plaques preserved from the not existing Jewish cemetery.

 

Day 12:

Wrocław – a walking tour around the city centre: Cathedral Island with the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the University, the Market Square with the Gothic Town Hall, Świdnicka street with many department stores owned in the past by rich Jewish merchants (for example the Wartheim House), the plaque commemorating the not existing New Synagogue – burned down by Germans during the Crystal Night, the District of 4 Confessions with the former Jewish quarter and the Synagogue under the White Stork.

 

Day 13:

Continuation of sightseeing in Wrocław: St. Edith Stein’s house, the Jewish cemetery in Ślężna street. Transfer to Wrocław Airport.