Harvard & Yale
Journey to Hungary & Poland

May 22, 2024 - May 31, 2024

  • DESTINATION Poland & Hungary
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Social Journey
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 48
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

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
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Food Tasting Tour
  •   Heritage
  •   UNESCO Heritage Sites

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Wed. May 22, 2024
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO BUDAPEST
Thu. May 23, 2024
  • Arrive at Budapest International Airport (8:45 a.m. LH1334) and transfer to your hotel.
  • Meet for an orientation with your J² Expert Educator where you will review your itinerary and group themes as well as share group and personal goals.
  • Check into the hotel. (Rooms will be available from 3:00 p.m.)
  • Welcome and orientation with leadership of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ) and the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives.
  • Visit the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives and the Dohany Street Synagogue, located in the heart of Budapest in the historical Jewish quarter. Packaged lunch available at the museum.
  • Welcome dinner at Kőleves, a popular restaurant in the heart of Budapest's Old Jewish Quarter.
  • Experience the joy of a Danube river cruise after sunset.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Packaged lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
HISTORY AND MEMORY
Fri. May 24, 2024
  • 9:30 a.m. Experience a guided tour of Újlipótváros.
  • Visit the Salgótarján Jewish Cemetery.
  • Packaged lunch.
  • Explore the Castle District and its long wartime history.
  • Guided tour of the Hungarian National Gallery.
  • Visit the National Archives of Hungary, the nation's record keeper (time-permitting).
  • Back to the hotel to freshen up before Shabbat.
  • Services and Shabbat dinner at the Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast, Packaged lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
BUDAPEST
Sat. May 25, 2024
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • Meet with a Holocaust survivor at the Goldmark Hall.
  • Spend time with the Jewish NGOs in Hungary: Bálint ház, Haver, Adománytaxi, Zachor.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter and the former ghetto.
  • See The Shoes on the Danube, a moving, sparse memorial to honor the Jews who were massacred by Fascist Hungarian militia belonging to the Arrow Cross Party in Budapest during the Second World War.
  • Walk by the Hungarian Parliament.
  • Enjoy the lawns, walkways, and architecture of Liberty Square. We’ll also see that the square provides important insights into the transformations and turmoil of recent Hungarian history and politics.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
UP NEXT: POLAND
Sun. May 26, 2024
  • 6:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel and depart Budapest. During our journey from Budapest to Krakow via Slovakia, we’ll see and discuss Central Europe, its features and diversity.
  • The drive will take us through the Tatra Mountains, the natural border between Poland and Slovakia. On our way we will have the time to talk to our Expert Educator about the history of Poland and the Jews who were living there for about 1000 years.
  • Stop in the Polish town of Zakopane.
  • Group lunch followed by a short hike in nature. Reflection with your Expert Educator.
  • Continue your drive to Krakow.
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner with Klezmer live music at the quaint Klezmer-Hois restaurant in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter.
  • Check into the hotel.
Overnight: Krakow Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
RECREATING MEMORY
Mon. May 27, 2024
  • 9:00 a.m. 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.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Tzedakah: Participate in a relief program with JCC Krakow to support Ukrainian refugees. We’ll talk with JCC director Jonathan Ornstein.
  • 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.
  • Discover Krakow and experience authentic local cuisines and culture on a fun tasting tour.
Overnight: Krakow Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY
Tue. May 28, 2024
  • 7:45 a.m. Head 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 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. At the Krakow Jewish Community Center, meet with the current generations of Jews who are rebuilding Jewish life in Poland to create a profound connection to our people’s past, present, and future. We’ll talk with JCC Krakow COO Sebastian Rudol over dinner along with members of the local community, local Hillel students, and displaced Ukrainians.
Overnight: Krakow Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW
Wed. May 29, 2024
  • 8:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart Krakow and travel to Warsaw by train.
  • Arrive in Warsaw.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-WWII synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Free time for lunch on own in the Norblin Factory, a hip new location for culture and food in Warsaw.
  • Explore the Museum of the History of Polish Jews located in the center of what once was the Jewish Ghetto. Explore the 1,000 years of rich history of the Polish Jews; beginning from their arrival as merchants, through the medieval ages until today.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet with Forum for Dialogue leadership and activists.
  • Early evening walk through Warsaw’s Old Town. Established in the 13th century and destroyed by the German army during WWII, it was meticulously rebuilt using the original stones.
  • Remainder of the evening at leisure and dinner on own.
Overnight: Warsaw Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
LIFE IN A SHTETL AND ITS TRAGIC END
Thu. May 30, 2024
  • 8:30 a.m. Take a guided journey through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall and the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial. Follow the footsteps of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes along the Path of Remembrance, commemorating the heroic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at Mila 18, and reflecting on the last moments of the Warsaw Jewish community at the Umschlagplatz - the gathering area of the Jews before they were sent to the death camp of Treblinka.
  • Drive north of Warsaw to Treblinka.
  • Early lunch at Kosher Delight.
  • For many years, the world knew little about Treblinka. This extermination camp was leveled completely by the Nazis and very few inmates survived to give witness. However, it is now understood that this was one of largest killing centers of the Holocaust. Our focus will be on Treblinka as a place of Jewish heroism and not just of death.
  • Return to the hotel for a group reflection, and share personal thoughts and feelings.
  • 7:30 p.m. Farewell dinner at a local MOMU.
Overnight: Warsaw Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Fri. May 31, 2024
  • 4:00 a.m. Check out and Deaprt the hotel.
  • Transfer to Warsaw Airport for your return flight to the US (LH1353 at 6:30 a.m.).
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

Four Points by Sheraton Budapest Danube

Krakow: Best Western Plus Krakow Old Town

Warsaw: Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 8 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and local guides.
  • Air-conditioned bus from May 26 until May 30.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer at the Budapest airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer at the Warsaw airport.
  • 1 Group train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 7 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Whisper system throughout.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Central Europe.
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 40 and more participants traveling to Central Europe: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): J² Expert Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $6 | Driver: $3. 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 by February 22, 2024 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 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 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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