***This program visits a site of genocide (concentration camp). Voyagers should thoughtfully and respectfully prepare for this experience.***
Take the fastest train, almost 600 km, south to experience the stunning city of Krakow. Here over the next few days, voyagers will explore the colorful streets and paths of the Jewish district, Wawel Hill with its Royal Castle and Cathedral – the coronation church of the kings of Poland, and Krakow Old Town with its market square and St. Mary Church. Voyagers will also enjoy a dinner in the Kazimierz district with accompanying Jewish Klezmer music and get a change to visit the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Chapel of St. Kinga – known as the Underground Cathedral of Poland and one of the oldest salt mines in Europe.
On the second day of this program, voyagers will visit the Auschwitz – Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp, the largest of the German Nazi camps where over 1.1 million people lost their lives to learn more about tragedy of the Holocaust. It is a heart-breaking memorial, but an opportunity for both somber reflection and education. Through various exhibits, learn about most important history of the camp, and the genesis of the Nazi movement as well as the specific nature of German occupation on Polish lands. The main emphases are on the reasons for founding the camp and the political background of its operation; the process of extermination of the Jews; various forms of extermination, the conditions of living and employment of prisoners; and the forms of resistance and aid provided to the prisoners from outside. Separate display-boards present detailed groups of victims such as women, the Roma, children, or Soviet prisoners of war. There are several in depth exhibits including one entitled “Forbidden Art” which presents camp art created by the prisoners. The presented works include various forms of art: painting, drawing, sculpture, metalwork, and literature.
- Train to Krakow (~5.5hrs) (early departure)
- Krakow sightseeing (Jewish district)
- Dinner and overnight at the hotel
- Travel to Auschwitz (~1.5hrs)
- Visit Auschwitz and its exhibits
- More Krakow sightseeing (Wawel Hill & Old Town)
- Dinner and Jewish Klezmer music performance
- Overnight at hotel
- Travel to Wieliczka (~30min)
- Visit Salt Mine and the Chapel of St. Kinga
- Train back to Gdansk (~5.5hrs)
***Times and activities are tentative and subject to change. Please be flexible.***
Day 1: lunch, dinner
Day 2: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: breakfast, lunch
- This program involves a visit to a site of genocide (concentration camp). Voyagers should thoughtfully and respectfully prepare for this experience. Given the nature of the visit, this program is preferred for participants 16 years and older.
- There are a lot of stairs to navigate during the mine visit. Participants should evaluate their own physical needs and abilities.