This touching journey will take you through 1000 years of Polish Jewish history and let you explore the reawakening of Jewish life today. For one thousand years, Poland was the cradle of Jewish civilization and the majority of world Jewry can claim their ancestral roots in this magnificent country which used to be home to the largest and most vibrant Jewish life. Your journey will take you from the vivid and colorful capital, Warsaw to the beauty of Krakow and the touching experience of Auschwitz. More than sixty years after the Holocaust, Poland is once again home to a Jewish community proud of its heritage and culture. Join this journey to explore the past while you encounter the present of Jewish life in Poland today.
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer with assistance.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Warsaw with local guide including visit to the Old Town as well as places related with Jewish Heritage: The Jewish Cemetery, Monument of the Ghetto Heroes and the The Nozyk Synagogue.
This morning your personal guide will pick you up from the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Lublin. The city was for centuries known as a centre of Jewish intelligence. After the tour you will be transferred to Majdanek and visit the Concentration Camp. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to Krakow via Lezajsk and Lancut.
Half day tour of the Wawel Hill. This Gothic Royal Castle was built on the remains of a 10th century settlement. The magnificent Renaissance interiors contain numerous paintings, furniture and national memorabilia. Collection of famous "Wawel Tapestries" designed and made in Flandre, especially for the castle’s interiors, is truly unique. The renowned Sigismund Chapel with gold-plated dome is one of them. The Cathedral is also a necropolis of Polish Kings, Dukes and noble citizens, buried in numerous crypts, sarcophaguses, tombs and chapels. A walk down the river concludes the tour, and leads to a limestone cave, which is said to be the shelter of a legendary dragon. Entrance fees to wawel Castle and Cathedral are included.
Jewish community of Kraków gathered in the Kazimierz district in the 15th century, forming a unique, commercial, religious and cultural center. During the Holocaust, this small Jewish world was destroyed. Recent restorations have allowed for this community to regain some of its original, traditional Jewish appearance. During your tour, visit old and new synagogues. Take time to enjoy coffee, kosher wine and Paschal dish in the local restaurants. The area is also well know as the place that the film "Schindler's List" was shot. The tour also includes a drive by former Nazi labour camp in Plaszów, Schindler's glazery and house.
All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. Auschwitz was designed as the venue of the "final solution of the Jewish question in Europe". From spring 1942 until the fall of 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over Nazi-occupied Europe. It was the largest Nazi extermination camp, and site of the biggest genocide. The area is well preserved and nowadays it houses the Holocaust Museum, listed as being UNESCO Heritage site. The tour will include a 15-minute documentary movie serving as an introduction, then a visit to the brick-mortar barracks in Auschwitz I, and the extensive area of the large wooden extermination camp at Auschwitz II – Birkenau. Entrance fee is included. ((Your private guide will take you to Auschwitz and provide explanations, the actual tour of the site is a shared experience led by an Auschwitz guide.)
Enjoy dinner in a Jewish restaurant Ester located in the very heart of Krakow's Kazimierz district by the Old Synagogue. Surrounded by historic architecture, its kitchen serves traditional Polish, European, and Jewish dishes. Ester's chef assures a good atmosphere and the best food, whether at breakfast in the morning with freshly baked rolls, or lunch or dinner featuring exceptional original dishes.
Enjoy a private transfer from Krakow to Warsaw. During this transfer you will have a sightseeing tour of Lodz including the Ghetto area and Cemetery. After the tour you will continue on to Warsaw.
Polonia Palace (4*) is a stylish and elegant luxury hotel, located in downtown Warsaw. As the leading and most prestigious Grand Hotel in Warsaw since 1913, it is superbly located facing the Palace of Culture and Science, business districts and shopping areas. After its recent renovation, the hotel blends a revitalized sense of charming history with state-of-the-art facilities. Enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the splendid guest rooms and dine at the elegant Strauss Restaurant before sipping on a delectable cocktail at the trendy Bojangles Bar & Lounge. Check out the state-of-the-art fitness room, including two saunas, and relax both your mind and body as you truly get the most out of your stay at the beautiful Polonia Palace Hotel.
Metropolitan Boutique Hotel (4*) invites you to the heart of Krakow, Polish cultural capital and a city full of life. The hotel is established in a newly renovated 19th century building, perfectly placed between the Old Town Square and the trendy area of Kazimierz. It is ideally located away from the noise, yet only minutes walk from the city’s main attractions. The fusion of traditional architecture with modern and elegant interiors, combined with a great location and perfect service will make for a memorable stay in Krakow.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
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We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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