Marching to Life:
Am Shalom Journey
to Amsterdam and Poland

Led by Rabbi Steven Lowenstein

Apr 21, 2025 - Apr 30, 2025

  • DESTINATION Amsterdam & Poland
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 25+
  • Price From $6,990
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YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Expert Scholar
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Food Tasting Tour
  •   Heritage

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Mon. Apr 21, 2025
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Tue. Apr 22, 2025
  • Arrive at Schiphol International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel (the official check-in time is at 3:00 p.m.).
  • Optional morning tour to discover Amsterdam's exquisite collections of art and culture.
    • OPTION 1:
      The Rijksmuseum - the national museum of the Netherlands which tells the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from 1200 to now.
    • OPTION 2:
      Van Gogh Museum - an opportunity to immerse in the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby to begin the program.
  • Enjoy an introductory walking tour through Amsterdam’s alleys and canals and pass by the Royal Palace, situated on the west side of Dam Square, and the famous World War II Monument, a 72-ft concrete conical pillar covered by white travertine stone.
  • Glide along the historic canals on a boat cruise while viewing the stunning architecture of the city and learning interesting facts about Amsterdam's history.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with your J² Expert Educator.
Overnight: Amsterdam Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
DEN HAAG (THE HAGUE)
Wed. Apr 23, 2025
  • Depart for a day trip to Den Haag (The Hague), the seat of the Dutch government, Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Council of State, most foreign embassies and 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
  • Tour the 13th-century Binnenhof that houses until today the parliament and Prime minister’s office.
  • Proceed to the International Court of Justice based in the famous Peace Palace building.
  • Meet with Hanna Luden the director of CIDI (Dutch Centre for Documentation and Information Israel), a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Dutch parliament and battles anti-Semitism in Dutch society.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the famous Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful gardens. We will be visiting at an ideal time, spring, when over 7 million bulbs will be in bloom including an astonishing 800 varieties of tulips.
  • Return to Amsterdam.
  • Should Amsterdam Turn off the Red Light? A tour of Amsterdam’s famous (and to some infamous) Red Light District. We will discuss why Holland has such liberal laws and attitudes as we pass the street-side brothels of the Red Light area, which is also the location of scenic canals, bustling restaurants, and bars.
  • Dinner on own account and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Amsterdam Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
LEGACY OF LIVING JEWS - YOM HASHOAH
Thu. Apr 24, 2025
  • Walk to the Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt), which back in the 16th century was home to the biggest Western-Europe Jewish community, including the Jewish Historical Museum. Explore the creativity and strength of Amsterdam’s Jewish community during its heyday and witness the devastation caused by the Nazi occupation.
  • Tour the still-active Portuguese Synagogue, once one of the largest synagogues in Europe and a symbol of the glory of the Sephardi Jewish community in Holland.
  • Visit the newly-opened National Holocaust Museum, inaugurated in March 2024 by the Dutch King and the Israeli President.
  • Proceed to Hollandsche Schouwburg (Dutch Theater); in 1941 the Nazi occupiers condemned this as a “Jewish” theater and used it as a deportation center during the Holocaust. Today it is a museum and memorial to the victims of the Nazi era.
  • Yom HaShoah remembrance ceremony with your Expert educator at the Dutch Theater.
  • Visit the Anne Frank House, where you will learn about the girl behind the legend while exploring the offices and "secret annex" where Anne Frank, her family, and others spent 23 months hiding from the Nazis.
  • Conversation with a scholar from the Anne Frank House.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner in the Jewish Quarter with special guests from the community.
Overnight: Amsterdam Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
FROM AMSTERDAM TO KRAKOW
Fri. Apr 25, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Amsterdam International Airport.
  • 9:20 a.m. Depart Amsterdam on KLM flight 1323 (pending confirmation of April 2025 flight schedule)
  • 11:10 a.m. Land in Krakow and transfer to the city center.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter. Once the heart of Jewish life in Krakow for 500 years, the quarter is now one of the city’s most attractive and Bohemian areas. Our tour will include:
    • The Altshul. Built in the 15th century, this is the oldest synagogue still standing in Poland.
    • The Rema Synagogue, named after Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), a great Talmudic scholar and codifier of Jewish law. It is one of the few synagogues in Krakow that is still active today.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many renowned rabbis, including the Rema himself, are buried.
    • The Tempel Synagogue. No longer used as a synagogue, it instead hosts artistic events and is a key venue in the revival of Jewish culture in the city.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the hotel.
  • Shabbat dinner at one of Krakow's top foodie restaurants.
Overnight: Krakow Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
SHABBAT IN KRAKOW
Sat. Apr 26, 2025
  • Visit the Galicia Jewish Museum.
  • Tzedakah: Participate in a relief program with JCC Krakow to support Ukrainian refugees.
  • Experience the authentic local cuisine and culture on a fun tasting tour.
  • Explore the Main Market Square, Krakow’s city center and one of the best public spaces in Europe today. It combines modern street life with medieval architecture. One of the largest medieval squares still in existence, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the Wawel Royal Castle. This palace was the magnificent home of Poland’s kings and rulers from 1038-1536 and is a key symbol of the nation’s culture and independence. Highlights of the visit will include the stunning grounds and cathedral.
  • Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Krakow Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY
Sun. Apr 27, 2025
  • Depart the hotel and drive to the Auschwitz–Birkenau complex, the largest of the Nazi concentration and extermination centers and in all its inhumanity. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives in the Auschwitz camps.
  • Visit the first camp built at Auschwitz, a mass concentration camp. Here, we’ll visit the Auschwitz museum which contains powerful artifacts and haunting footage of the lives and deaths of prisoners.
  • Group lunch at the museum cafeteria.
  • We will then make the short drive to the Auschwitz II death camp, also known as Birkenau. Largely untouched since the war, it provides intimate insights into the tragedy of the Holocaust. We’ll reflect here on the personal stories of some of the Jews held and killed here and read accounts from survivors.
  • Continue to the Oswiecim Synagogue which stood as a silent witness to the Holocaust.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • At the Krakow Jewish Community Center, we’ll talk with JCC director Jonathan Ornstein as well as a Holocaust survivor and members of the local community over dinner.
Overnight: Krakow Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW
Mon. Apr 28, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Krakow on a train to Warsaw.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw. Meet with Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland.
  • Visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, located in the center of what once was the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner and panel discussion with leaders of the local Jewish community, including Monika Elliot, Program Director of JDC, and Magda Dorosz, Executive Director of Warsaw.
Overnight: Warsaw Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
THE WORLD THAT WAS AND THE WORLD THAT IS
Tue. Apr 29, 2025
  • Visit the Gensha Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. Revive the names on the unique tombstones of famous Jewish leaders, artists, rabbis, and intellectuals.
  • Take a guided visit to the Warsaw Ghetto. At Mila 18, we will commemorate the doomed uprising and at Umschlagplatz, the holding area before transportation to the Treblinka death camp.
  • Explore the Ringelblum Archives, an eye-witness record of life and death in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Meet with Forum for Dialogue leaders and activists, the oldest Polish non-profit dedicated to fostering Polish/Jewish dialogue.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.
Overnight: Warsaw Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Wed. Apr 30, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport.
  • Return flight to the US.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
25+
Cost p/p in double room
$6,990
Cost p/p in single room
$8,700

Amsterdam: Hyatt Regency

Krakow: Bachleda Luxury Hotel

Warsaw: Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 8 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and local guides, in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • All arrival transfers in Amsterdam.
  • All departure transfers in Warsaw.
  • One-way group flight from Amsterdam to Krakow.
  • First class train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw.
  • Separate luggage transfer from Krakow to Warsaw.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 6 dinners.
  • The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Europe.
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 20 and more participants traveling to Europe: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): J² Expert Educator: $12 | Local Guide: $10 | Driver: $5. Amounts are per day per person.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
  • How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required in order to complete the registration process.
  • For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 130 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
    • Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
    • Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
  • J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
  • Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 130 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 129 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
  • Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits.

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