Jewish Heritage tour to Poland is a deep dive into Poland. North, South, Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz. Museums, Salt Mines, cities, lakes, restaurants – entertaining and enlightening kaleidoscope of events, sights, history, culture, and folklore.
Our tour to Poland we will commence from sightseeing walk along the Royal Route in the old part of Warsaw -“Stare Miasto” (Old Town), restored after the almost total destruction during WWII. Stroll along the central street where one can see the statue of General Charles de Gaulle and Nicolaus Copernicus. Old churches and Nobility Palaces, Warsaw University and Presidential Palace. At the zenith of our walk, we will see the Statue of King Sigismund the Third and the Royal Castle.
Next is Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and the oldest part of the Old town – the Market Square, with a statue of “Sirenka” – the symbol of Warsaw. After a short walk, we will find ourselves on the panoramic platform with the beautiful view of Vistula River and the New City. At the other side of the old city, we will pass through Warsaw Barbican to the New town, see the house of Maria Sklodowska-Curie, a Polish physicist, the only woman to win twice Nobel Price. Stop at the impressive memorial of Warsaw Uprising 1944.
The bus will pick us up and will drive to see the Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki) located in the new center of Warsaw. Will stop to see Warsaw Nozhik Synagogue and the Ghetto Wall remnant. Our driven sightseeing will continue to Lazienki Park with Belvedere Palace and romantic Chopin Statue.
New Jewish Cemetery – an open book of Polish Jewish history, ghetto area and M.Anilewicz street, Umschlagplatz – former train station from which the terrible deportations were executed, Ghetto Heroes road – walk along two streets marked by stones with the names of Jewish Resistance leaders, Bunker of the Jewish insurgents on former Mila 18 str. Nathan Rapoport’s memorial of Ghetto heroes and the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Depart from Warsaw to one of the most beautiful National parks of Mazovia, Poland. Mikolajki lakes give an opportunity to sail from lake to lake for a whole week. After a two hours morning drive, we will get on the boat to make part of the route. The bus will pick us up on the other side of the lakes’ chain. An evening will be spent in a cozy resort of Mikolajki.
Morning drive to the northwest to the former Prussian territories to visit the place of one of the most important medieval battles in Eastern Europe – the Grunwald field. After that visit Malbork castle the biggest in Eastern Europe, which served as the headquarters of the Teutonic order.
After an impressive tour of the castle, we will reach Gdansk, the main port of Poland and the cradle of National Movement “Solidarnosc“. Here you will feel the strong German influence both in architecture and the local people, as it was part of Prussia for centuries.
In the morning we will walk through the Old City, which is a business card of Gdansk. Pictures of Neptun’s fountain symbolize the city almost in every pamphlet. Numerous gates are still standing and remind about the glorious past of the walled part of the city. Numerous churches in Gothic and Baroque styles don’t let to forget you are still in the country of Pope John Paul II. The Westerplate monument will bring us back to the beginning of the WWII and the memorial in honor of deported children will tell us the story of the Holocaust in this area. The port and the legendary shipyards remind the 1980’ and the strong will of Poles to get rid of the communist chains. A huge monument in honor of 45 people who paid their lives to make a great push.
Of the beaten path would be the visit to the street where Daniel Fahrenheit was born.
Finish the touring day by driving around Sopot and Gdynia – the parts of the Tripolis, a lovely area on the Baltic Sea.
From Gdansk, we move southward back to the center of the country. The first stop in Torun – the birthplace of Copernicus, the great Polish astronomer. Visit Copernicus museum. And of course, we will find the real Torun’s Gingerbread. Poles call Torun the capital of these small candies. Walk in the Old town to see the former market square and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Next stop will be in Lodz. The zenith of this city was during the period of industrial revolution. It became the seat of the most powerful textile magnates. One of the city’s modern sculptures reveals the meeting of three of them who created a professional union. One of the biggest textile factories belonged to Israel Poznanski. Today his textile factory turned into a huge complex of a mall and a museum in his former palace. When you walk through the main street of the city you will face the bronze piano and Arthur Rubinstein, a native of Lodz, playing on it. On the opposite side of the road, in a park you will see an impressive statue of Moses holding Ten Commandments; this monument commemorates the sight of the Central Lodz Synagogue, destroyed during the WWII. Here we will spend some time talking about Lodz Ghetto and its leader Haim Rumkowski.
Drive south to the Royal Capital City of Krakow in Lesser Poland region. On the way visit Czestochowa and its world-famous pilgrimage sight – Jasna Gora. Visit Pauline monastery complex with the famous icon of Black Madonna. Visit Auschwitz concentration camp museum. Walk through the barracks towards crematorium. Continue to Birkenau extermination camp to pay tribute to more than a million Jews and other people killed there. Late afternoon arrival to Krakow.
Tour of Old Krakow will begin from the statue of Grunwald Battle and continue through the Barbican and the St. Florian gate to Florianska street, the way used by Polish Kings to cross the city on special events. Shortly we will approach “Rynek Glowny” – the Central Market square with a beautiful St. Mary Basilica and Sukenicy – trading rows. Next, we will turn to one of the side narrow streets to see one of the oldest universities in Europe, among its famous students were M. Copernicus and K. Woityla, the Pope in future. Visit the Residence of the Kings of Poland – the renaissance Royal Castle at Wawel Hill.
Visit Kazimierz – former Jewish district, starting from Sheroka street and square and the famous ReMA Synagogue and the old Jewish cemetery containing graves from 15th hundreds. Continue to the Ghetto Heroes Square and to the museum of Oscar Schindler, who saved over 1,100 Jews by putting them to work in his factory.
Today we start our tour at one of the most notable highlights of Polish land – the famous Wieliczka salt mines and Zakopane – Mountains resort town. We will have a guided tour into the depths of the Salt mine and will explore the world of once the very expensive and essential mineral. Will see the underground chapel, the statues of famous Poles, all made of salt, the underground lake, the souvenir shop and many other things. Salt is everywhere in this place.
After this uplifting experience drive to Tatra mountains to Zakopane – famous Polish ski resort in winter and a beloved hiking place in summer. Use the cable car to go to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains.
Continue our voyage eastward. From Zakopane, we drive back towards Krakow and take an east-west road to Tarnow and Rzeszow. These are little towns with their cozy market and town hall squares, interesting stories and tasty food. Late afternoon arrival to Lublin.
In the morning visit the castle of Lublin Castle – the former residence of the Polish Kings where the famous union between Lithuania and Poland was signed in 1569. Continue to the old city through the Grodska Gate also known as the Jewish Gate. The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” – cultural center and museum of local history and culture. It is also a unique theatre, run by young people. We continue walking in the Old city, full of narrow streets and old houses and their history marked by the little plaques.
Transfer to Warsaw for departure or an extensional overnight.
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