Poland 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of trip is this?

Our Journey is a deep and meaningful dive into the 1,000-year history of Jews in the former Kingdom of Poland. The itinerary has been carefully programmed to give participants a comprehensive experience, literally touching our history. We accomplish a lot by planning a very rigorous and active program.

Who is coming on this trip?

This trip is designed exclusively for Workmen’s Circle members, if you are not already a member, you can easily join us here. In addition to couples, many people travel alone or with friends.

What’s the group size?

The trip will be limited to a maximum of 30 guests, not including staff, to provide everyone with a thoughtful, intimate and engaging community experience.

How will we travel to Lithuania and Poland?

Participants will be expected to arrange their own air travel to Vilnius, Lithuania and at the end of the tour, from Krakow, Poland. However, once you have landed, our tour staff takes over. If you arrive within a day of the tour, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.  At the end of the trip, we will provide transportation to the Krakow airport. After you have reserved your spot on our tour, a Workmen’s Circle staff member will be in touch to share more information on airfare, transportation, travel dates and times, and other logistics.

Who staffs the program?

Our trip will include daily guides and many special guests and scholars (including Professor Dovid Katz, special guest scholar in Lithuania) and a full-time scholar-in-residence. Joining the tour is Workmen’s Circle Executive Director, Ann Toback, whose own family traces back to 18th century Warsaw and Krakow. The Workmen’s Circle has partnered with Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, who will be providing tour guides, educators, scholars, and special guests throughout the trip.

Who is our scholar-in-residence?

Dr. Tomasz CelbulskiDr. Tomasz Cebulski, will join us as scholar-in-residence on our 2020 Jewish Journey! Tomasz was born in Krakow and received two Master’s in International Relations and in Middle and Far East Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Relations, all from Jagiellonian University in Krakow He is an official guide for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the city of Krakow, the Galicia region, and the Schindler’s Factory Museum. In 2016 he published his book titled “Auschwitz after Auschwitz.”

What’s the group size?

We are planning on a maximum of 30 guests, not including staff.

Is there a lot of walking?

Yes. In order for us to cover so much history and culture, this will be an active trip with daily walking tours to visit sites. Walking tours at times will include uneven and unpaved terrain. On most days we walk between 3 and 5 miles. 

What is the cost of the trip?
The total program fee for A Jewish Journey to Lithuania and Poland is $5,200 for the early bird rate until December 31 and $5,350 after that. There is an additional total program fee for single supplement travelers of $985.

> A $1,000 deposit per person is required to process your application (Deposits are non-refundable)
> The balance is due in full on April 1, 2020

What’s included and what’s not?

Our all-inclusive approach provides the comfort of knowing your full costs upfront. The cost covers 5-star hotel accommodations (double-occupancy), all ground transportation via deluxe-air-conditioned coach, most meals, a full-time scholar-in-residence, private tours and guides, program consultations, ticket admissions, sessions with scholars and educators, tour materials and resources. Not included: airfare, international health and travel insurance, single room supplement, personal expenses, and limited gratuities.

Where will I be sleeping?

We will stay in three 5-star hotels, and each guest will have their own sleeping accommodations either in a double occupancy room or in a single room (with a single supplement).

What about meals? What about dietary restrictions?

Almost all meals are included in the trip. One of the wonderful connections to our Eastern European roots is through food. As part of our journey, we plan many opportunities to taste local, farm-to-table cuisine, much of which will remind us of Jewish delicacies. Vegetarian options are available at every meal. We can accommodate many dietary restrictions, including gluten allergies. Please contact us to discuss any specific requirements. 

What should I pack?

All participants will receive a recommended packing list well ahead of the trip.

Will I need a visa?

If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport, you do not need a visa to enter Lithuania or Poland, but your passport will need to be valid for at least six months from your date of entry to Lithuania and Poland. 

Will there be free/down time?

While the itinerary is quite intensive, we do set aside time for relaxation, shopping, and personal exploration. This year we have added some lighter tour options in each major city designed to give our guests curated downtime experiences, including connecting with local artists and food purveyors.

Where can I get additional questions answered?

Email us at info@circle.org or call 212.889.6800 with any questions.