subject to change
We have developed a rich and ambitious itinerary for this journey to Lithuania and Poland. In order for us to cover so much history and culture, this will be an active trip. Walking tours at times will be fast-paced, and include uneven, unpaved, hilly, and rugged terrain.
Day 1: Saturday, May 25
Arrival in Vilnius
Arrival in Vilnius International Airport (VNO). Welcome to Vilnius introduction and orientation, followed by a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Sunday, May 26
Walking tour of Vilnius Old Town and the former Jewish ghetto, following the traces of Bund and Fareynikte Partizaner Organizatsye, meeting at the JCC Vilnius with representatives of local community, tour of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum and Samuel Bak Exhibition. Visit the spot where YIVO was founded and Lukiškės Square, where the Bund movement gathered under occupation.
Day 3: Monday, May 27
Vilnius – Paneriai
Visit to the Ponary Memorial, followed by a short stop at Basanavicius Street, where in 1925 YIVO was founded. Then a visit to the National Martynas Mazvydas Library of Lithuania.
Day 4: Tuesday, May 28
Vilnius – Sejny – Bialystok
Departure for Poland. Visit the “Pogranicze” (“The Borderlands”) cultural center. Stop in Trakai Park, Trakai Island Castle is a 14th-century fortress in the middle of lake Galve. Meeting with Fania Brancovskaja (Brantsovsky) who is the last to have lived in the Jewish partisan fort in 1943-44.
Day 5: Wednesday, May 29
Bialystok – Treblinka – Warsaw
A walking tour of Bialystok, followed by a guided visit and memorial service at the Treblinka Extermination Camp. Drive to Warsaw.
Day 6: Thursday, May 30
Introductory guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town, followed by visits to the monuments dedicated to the ghetto uprising leaders: Mila 18; the Zygielbojm Monument; the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes Monument and the Museum Plaza. Guided tour of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Day 7: Friday, May 31
Meet with Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland at Nozyk Synagogue. Visit the Jewish Cemetery on Okopowa Street, and view the tombstones of famous Polish Jews. Tour the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, which houses the artifacts of the Oyneg Shabbes Archives. Optional pre-scheduled consultations at the Jewish Genealogy and Family Heritage Center.
Day 8: Saturday, June 1
Warsaw – Krakow
Travel to Krakow via train, followed by introductory walking tour of Krakow Old Town.
Day 9: Sunday, June 2
Guided walk through Birkenau, followed by a memorial service. Guided visit through the Museum at Auschwitz I, followed by time for reflection in the Yad VaShem Pavilion.
Day 10: Monday, June 3
Guided tour of Kazimierz, former Jewish quarter of Krakow, followed by meeting with the JCC Krakow Director, Jonathan Ornstein. Free afternoon in Krakow.
Day 11: Tuesday, June 4
Transfers from the hotel to the Krakow International Airport (KRK) will be arranged. Transfers to the airport are scheduled 3 hours before the departure. TJHT covers airport transfers only on June 4th.