Workmen’s Circle Trip to Lithuania and Poland

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Itinerary Highlights 
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We have developed a rich and ambitious itinerary for this trip to Lithuania and Poland. In order for us to cover so much history and cultural heritage in eleven days, this will be a strenuous trip for the participants, requiring extensive walking (much of what we are doing is walking tours) at an energetic pace, including on uneven, unpaved, hilly, and rugged terrain. Participants should be active and prepared to keep pace with, and positively engage within, our traveling community.

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.
Estimated 4 miles of walking.

Day 3: Monday, May 27
Vilnius – Paneriai – Kaunas
Visit to the Ponary Memorial, a guided walking tour of Kaunas Old Town followed by a driving tour of the city including visits to the Great Choral Synagogue, the Sugihara house, the former ghetto area, and the infamous 9th Fort.
Estimated 3-4 miles of walking.

Day 4: Tuesday, May 28
Vilnius – Sejny – Bialystok
Departure for Poland. Visit the Synagogue in Sejny, visit the “Pogranicze” (“The Borderlands”) cultural center. Drive to Bialystok
Estimated 2-3 miles of walking.

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.
Estimated 3-4 miles of walking.

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. 
Estimated 5-6 miles of walking.

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. 
Estimated 5-6 miles of walking.

Day 8: Saturday, June 1
Warsaw – Krakow
Travel to Krakow via train, followed by introductory walking tour of Krakow Old Town.
Estimated 3 miles of walking.

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.
Estimated 5-6 miles of walking.

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.
Estimated 3 miles of walking.

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.