Jewish Heritage in Eastern Poland and Western Ukraine

7 days tour

The area of eastern Poland and western Ukraine, Polish borderline district until the war, was once a flourishing centre of Jewish life. Many small shtetls were located on this trade route, leading from Lviv to Lublin and further west to Krakow, making it an important area for the development of Jewish Poland. On this tour we will take you to a few of the most important cities of this area - Lublin, Zamosc and Lviv. By visiting them you could learn about different streams in judaism and communities like haskalah (Zamosc), hasidism (Lublin), and the sephardic community (Lviv).

Warsaw

Warsaw

Warsaw_Polin_Museum

Warsaw_Polin_Museum

Lublin

Lublin

Lublin

Lublin

Majdanek

Majdanek

Zamosc

Zamosc

Belzec

Belzec

Lviv

Lviv

Lviv

Lviv

Lviv

Lviv

Day 1 - WARSAW

Half-day guided tour of Warsaw (depending on the time of arrival)

 

Warsaw. The capital of Poland, Warsaw is nowadays a modern metropolis. The city suffered a great deal of destruction during World War II, following the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943) and the Warsaw Uprising (1944). Reconstruction of the city, especially of the Old Town and the Royal Castle, took a huge national effort, rebuilding both the buildings and Polish national self-belief.

Visit: the area of the Old Town and Sigismund’s Column, the Royal Castle and the Saxon Garden.

 

Night in Warsaw

Day 2 - WARSAW

Guided tour of the former Jewish District and the area of Warsaw Ghetto

 

Jewish Warsaw. The oldest mention of the Jewish settlement in Warsaw dates back to the 15th c., and it grew to be the biggest Jewish centre of pre-war Europe. Before World War II the Jewish community of Warsaw accounted for over 30% of its population. During the war the Nazis established the biggest ghetto in occupied Europe there. Following the uprising of its inhabitants the Jewish quarter was almost completely destroyed by the Germans.  

Visit: the area of the former Jewish quarter and the ghetto, Nozyk synagogue, Mila bunker, Umschlagplatz, the Ghetto Heroes Monument and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

 

Travel to Lublin

Night in Lublin

Day 3 - LUBLIN, MAJDANEK

Guided tour of the former Jewish District in Lublin and the State Museum at Majdanek

 

Jewish District of Lublin. The oldest mention of the Jewish settlement in Lublin dates back to the 14th c. The Jewish city flourished for centuries around the royal castle and the Old Town, the center of today's Lublin. During WWII Nazis deported most of Lublin’s Jewish inhabitants to Bełżec death camp and later on destroyed the majority of the district.

Visit: the area of the former Jewish district, Grodzka Gate,  and the Holocaust Memorial.

 

Majdanek. Concentration camp Lublin, commonly known as Majdanek, was the second biggest Nazi camp in occupied Europe. It was established in 1941, and functioned until the day of liberation of Lublin, in July 1944.

Visit: the area of the former camp, prisoners barracks and gas chambers bunker, the exhibition "The Prisoners of Majdanek", the crematorium building and the Monument to Struggle and Martyrdom.

 

Night in Lublin

Day 4 - ZAMOSC, BELZEC, LVIV

Travel to Zamosc

 

Guided tour of Zamosc

 

Zamość. A UNESCO World Heritage site. Zamosc was established in the 16th c. as an ideal renaissance town. Jews settled in Zamosc shortly after its establishment and within a few decades they became an important and influential community in the town. Among the many famous names that originate from its Jewish community, you can find the important Yiddish author I. L. Peretz.

Visit: renaissance main square, the Jewish quarter in the Old Town and the renaissance synagogue (today culture centre), the building of the mikvah and the lapidarium at the new cemetery site.

 

Guided tour of Museum-Memorial Site in Belzec

 

Belzec. The death camp in Belzec, established in March 1942, was the first place where stationary gas chambers were used for the mass killing of Jewish people. Within only a few months of its functioning, until December 1942, around 400 thousand people were murdered in this camp.

Visit: the memorial on the area of the camp, museum and the commandant’s building.

 

Travel to Lviv

Night in Lviv

Day 5 - LVIV

Guided tour of Lviv

 

Lviv. The history of the Jewish settlement in Lviv dates back to the times of its establishment,  around the middle of the 13th century. Soon after settling there, the community had divided into two separate "Kehillah"s – one inside the city walls, and the other outside the ramparts, on the so-called Krakowskie Przedmieście. Although the majority of the Jewish material heritage was destroyed during the war, there are still many tracks that may be witnessed while walking through the narrow streets of Lviv.

Visit: the main square, remains of the former “Golden Rose” Synagogue, Suburban Jewish District and area of the ghetto with former Hasidic Synagogue, the area of the former Old Jewish cemetery (nowadays Krahivsky market), the building of the former Jewish hospital and the monument for the victims of the Jewish Ghetto.

 

Night in Lviv

Day 6 - ZHOVKVA, WARSAW

Travel to Zhovkva

 

Guided tour of Zhovkva

 

Zhovkva. Established as a private town at the end of the 16th century, it was founded by Stanislaw Zolkiewski to look like an ideal renaissance town. Jews lived in Zhovkva from the very beginning and the community became independent at 1620. For some time king Jan III Sobieski owned the town, and granted its Jews the right to establish a Hebrew printing house, which later became famous all over the Polish Kingdom. Over the interwar period, around half of its 10,000 population was Jewish. At 1942 most of Zhovkva Jews were deported to Belzec death camp, and some of them were executed in the woods on Zovkva suburbs in 1943.

Visit: the main square, castle and the synagogue.

 

Travel to Warsaw

Night in Warsaw*


*Optional: direct flight from Lviv to Tel Aviv by Ukrainian Airlines (only on Wednesdays, 17.40). In that case we may extend your stay in Lviv for another day.

Day 7 - Departure

Leisure time

Transfer to the airport

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We wish to adjust the offer of the tour to meet your individual expectations and suit your budget. Please contact us for more details concerning: program, duration, sites to visit, language of guiding (Polish, English, Hebrew, Ukrainian), means of transportation or standard of accommodation.

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