Shtetl Routes Tour- Lublin Region (Poland)

August 4th - August 8th, 2019

Rootka Tours and “Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre” Centre invite you for a study tour to Lublin and the former shtetls of Lublin Region.

In order to fully understand pre-war Jewish life in Poland it is important to go off the beaten track and travel to its provincial areas. It was there in Lublin Region, where Jewish culture once flourished in dozens of small, multicultural towns - the shtetls. This is the place where tradition meets modernity and the past merges into the present. On this tour we will take you to an amazing journey through the little towns and cities located in the landscape of Lublin Region. You will follow the traces of heritage, enjoy the beauty of nature, taste the traditional cuisine and relax in the peaceful surroundings.

The programme includes day trips to different shtetls, meetings with local experts, lectures, cultural events and many more.

Itinerary Highlights

August 4th, Lublin, Arrival in Lublin

  • Arrival in Lublin before 5 p.m.*, check-in, Grodzka 20 Hotel

  • An introduction to the programme

  • A welcome dinner

*An optional tour to the State Museum at Majdanek at 12.00 p.m.

August 5th, Lublin

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • A visit to the “Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre” Centre

  • A walking tour around Lublin

- The area of the former Jewish District, teh Old Town, Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and Chevra Nosim Synagogue

  • Dinner. Night in Lublin

August 6th, Zamosc - Szczebrzeszyn - Belzec

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • A full day program:

- Zamosc: the renaissance main square (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Jewish quarter in the old town and the renaissance synagogue (today cultural centre), the building of the mikvah

​​         - Szczebrzeszyn: the synagogue building (today a cultural centre), Jewish cemetery and the memorial for the victims of mass executions on the site ​​

- Belzec: the memorial on the area of the death camp and the museum 

  • Dinner. Night in Lublin

August 7th, Wlodawa - Kock

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • A full day program:

- Wlodawa: the synagogue complex: the Great Synagogue, Small Synagogue and Beth Ha-Midrash

- Kock: the Jewish cemetery and the reconstructed Ohel of the Kocker Tzadik, the grave of the famous colonel Berek Joselewicz, the Museum of the History of Kock and the parish museum of religions of the town​​

  • Evening in Lublin– Theatre Performance at “Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre” Centre

  • Dinner. Night in Lublin

August 8th, Kazimierz Dolny

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • A half day program:

- Kazimierz Dolny: the synagogue (nowadays museum), the Jewish cemetery and the lapidarium, the main square and its historical buildings and the Three Crosses Hill (viewpoint to the town and the Vistula river)

  • Tour ends around 2 p.m. Travel back to Lublin*

* Optional transfer from Kazimierz Dolny to Warsaw

The tour expert is Emil Majuk, a political scientist and culture expert, since 2005 professionally related to the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre in Lublin; coordinator of the project “Shtetl Routes. Vestiges of Jewish cultural heritage in cross-border tourism. Poland, Belarus, Ukraine”. Chairman of the Panorama of Cultures Association. Editor of publications: “Scraps of Memory. Multicultural Past of Wojsławice Community” (2005), “Working with difficult memory in local communities. Polish-Ukrainian exchange of experience” (2010), “Jewish Traces in the Lublin Region” (2012). Curator of the topic “Cultural heritage” at the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress (2014-2016).


The tour leader is Joanna Krauze, a co-founder of Rootka Tours and an experienced guide, specializing in the Jewish history of Lublin and the region. She is a graduate in political science, Jewish studies and psychology of social communication, passionate about education, commemoration and collective memory of the Holocaust in Poland and Israel. 

Please reload

Please note

If you wish to have an individual roots tour in the region of Lublin and visit a site that is not included in our tour programme, please contact us in advance. We will be happy to prepare a special itinerary for you. You can check the list of towns and shtetls in Lublin Region here.

Kazimierz Dolny


PRICE: 2500 PLN (approx 660 $)

when you sign up before May 15th

2800 PLN (approx 740 $) when you sign up after May 15th



The programme is conducted in English, therefore participants are required to have good English skills.


The programme includes

 - 4 nights in Lublin with breakfasts at the Grodzka 20 Hotel***

(August 4 - August 8, 2019) in a twin room* 

  - Transportation within the programme,

 - 4 Dinners (all dinners will include 2 dishes, water, and a coffee/tea)

 - Snacks and water on a bus,

 - A full-time tour leader and expert,

 - Guided tours and meetings with local experts,

 - Educational materials,

 - Entrance tickets- Entrance tickets

 - All taxes and fees,

 - Travel insurance within the programme.

* Single supplement is 400 PLN.


Services not included

 - Travel to and back from Lublin, transfer to Warsaw from Kazimierz Dolny,

 - Flights,

 - Transfers outside the announced arrival and departure dates,

 - Pre or post-tour hotels or other accommodation,

 - Meals and services not mentioned above,

 - Personal expenses,

 - Tips for guides and drivers.


Please note

You can reach Lublin from Warsaw by train or bus. If you require assistance in arranging transportation, we would be happy to do so for you. Please also note that the tour will end, August 8th, after our visit to Kazimierz Dolny, from which Rootka will organize a coach only for the minimum of 10 participants for an additional 150 PLN.



A deposit of 1000 PLN per traveler is required to sign up for the tour. 



To sign up for the tour, each traveler must fill in a reservation form and make a deposit of 1000 PLN. Upon payment of the deposit, ROOTKA Tours will issue an invoice. Reservation is only completed upon completing both these stages.

Your deposit is fully refundable until April 15st, 2019. The second payment has to be paid no later than June 1st, 2019.


Cancellation and refunds

The Participant shall bear the following costs in case of cancellation:

a) 10% charge – for 60 or more days before the arrival,

b) 30% of the value of the canceled reservation – for 46-59 days before the arrival,

c) 50% of the value of the canceled reservation – for 31-45 days before the  arrival,

d) 80% of the value of the canceled reservation – for 14-30 days before the arrival,

e) 100% of the value of the canceled reservation – for less than 14 days before the arrival


By signing up for the tour, you accept the ROOTKA Tours Participation Conditions.




Shtetl Routes – Lublin Region is one of three study tours prepared for 2019 season together with Shtetl Routes project experts, organized in cooperation with the "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre.


The "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre is a municipal culture institution based in Lublin, which for the last 27 years has been working in the area of Jewish historical and cultural heritage and commemoration of the Shoah.


Shtetl Routes is one of the centre’s projects, aimed to support the development of cultural tourism based on the Jewish heritage in Central and Eastern Europe.


ROOTKA Tours is a travel agency specializing in tailor-made tours and bookings related to Jewish heritage sites in Poland, Ukraine and Belarus.

Download the programme


  • TripAdvisor
  • Facebook - Black Circle

© 2017 by ROOTKA