SUMMER EXPERIENCES

POLAND JOURNEY

Travel throughout Poland on this deeply moving and inspiring experience. Discover the richness of Jewish history in Central Europe, bear witness to what was lost, and recommit to be part of a better future.

  • At a Glance

    9 Days | Current Grades: 10-12

    Community Service: N/A

    Location: Poland

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $3,080

    Supervised Flight:  ~$1,200

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Security escort
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Travel to the heart of Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving journey of remembrance and renewal.

Our travels begin with an exploration of the Jewish People’s proud history in Poland, exploring surviving vestiges of Jewish life in the cities of Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw. With a deeper appreciation of the past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust – bearing witness at the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek, and Auschwitz-Birkenau and the mass grave at Zbylitowska Gora. Along the way, we’ll be inspired by the courage of youth leaders who led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and by the righteous gentiles at Oscar Schindler’s factory in Krakow.

Our emotional journey in Poland concludes with a shift to the modern-day revival of Jewish communal life in Europe, including the unique opportunity to meet with local Jewish teens who call Poland home today. More than a travel experience, our Journey in Poland is an opportunity to reinforce Jewish and universal values of compassion, tolerance, and action.

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CONNECT EUROPE + ISRAEL! | Extend in Israel for a complete summer of discovery and adventure. Connections qualify for $3,000 RootOne Vouchers, available on a limited basis – claim yours!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry in Kaźmierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, and Majdanek
Explore Poland’s world heritage sites, including Wawel Castle, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Krakow’s Market Square
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors
Meet with Jewish teens in Poland involved in shaping the future of Jewish life in Europe

Celebrate Jewish revival at the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21 and 28 departures only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Monday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Tuesday | Getting Oriented in Poland

  • Arrive in Warsaw – Meet our local staff team and the journey begins
  • Discover the former grandeur of Jewish life in Poland at the Nozyk Shul and the historic Jewish Cemetery in central Warsaw
  • This afternoon we visit the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw where we will learn about the colorful history of Poland’s Jewish community
  • Evening: Welcome dinner in Warsaw – and get oriented to the experience ahead

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #3 | Wednesday | Defiance in Warsaw

  • Umschlagplatz – The infamous place where Warsaw’s Jews were rounded up and transferred to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Travel outside of Warsaw through the Polish countryside to the somber Treblinka Memorial where the death camp once stood
  • Uprising! – Return to Warsaw to explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Ascend the “Warsaw Uprising Mound”, an artificial hill built from the wreckage of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Evening: Group night out together in Warsaw’s Old Town

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #4 | Thursday | Majdanek and Lublin

  • This morning we’ll have the opportunity to meet with non-Jewish Polish students to learn about their own local perspectives on the Holocaust and modern anti-Semitism
  • From Warsaw we travel south to confront the depths of Nazi horror at the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • This afternoon we arrive to Lublin and tour the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva – of the world’s largest yeshivas in its day and the site of a massive Nazi book burning
  • Evening: Walking tour and group night out in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Maharshal, and Grodzka Gate

OVERNIGHT: Lublin – Poland


DAY #5 | Friday | The Tale of Tarnow

  • After breakfast, we depart Lublin and travel through the Galicia countryside to Krakow
  • Along the way we visit the town of Tarnow where we’ll learn about its lost Jewish community and enter the forest of Zbylitowska Gora where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered and buried in mass graves
  • Arrive to Krakow and prepare for Shabbat in Kazmierz – Krakow’s lively Jewish quarter

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #6 | Saturday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Krakow
  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century – including visits to the Remu Synagogue and Tempel Synagogue
  • This afternoon we’ll explore the world heritage of Krakow, touring Wawel Castle and the art of Cloth Hall
  • Havdalah ceremony – Celebrate the start of a new week and enjoy a group night out at Market Square

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #7 | Sunday | Exploring Krakow

  • Trace the early story of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto, the Plaszow Labor Camp, and view the Oscar Schindler Factory along the way
  • For a change of pace this afternoon, we will travel outside of the city to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine and its fascinating underground world
  • Evening: Connect with the future of Poland’s Jewish community – meeting with Jewish teens from Krakow [organized by BBYO] over dinner at the Krakow JCC, the hub of modern Jewish life in Poland today

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #8 | Monday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • This morning we travel to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau – where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable, including the Children’s Barrack
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim nearby to Auschwitz to honor what was lost and to process the experience
  • Evening: Closing dinner and group wrap-up session in Krakow [restaurant]

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #9 | Tuesday | Looking to the Future

  • Say our group farewells and transfer to the airport for continuing flights back home or on to Israel

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Poland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

NOTE: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, a large majority of teens participating in Poland Journey typically continue on to Israel as a connected experience with Israel Journey or ILSI

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals, and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All meals on the program are kosher. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Poland.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

POLAND + ISRAEL JOURNEY

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021
June 28 – July 26, 2021
July 5 – August 2, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

SIGN UP

POLAND + ILSI

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

SIGN UP

FUNDING FOR ISRAEL TRAVEL! Generous scholarships are available for all BBYO Passport programs that include travel to Israel on a limited basis. Learn more and act now!

 

  • At a Glance

    9 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 10-12

    Community Service: N/A


    Location: Poland

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available


    Land Cost: $3,080


    Supervised Flight:  ~$1,200

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Security escort
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Travel to the heart of Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving journey of remembrance and renewal.

Our travels begin with an exploration of the Jewish People’s proud history in Poland, exploring surviving vestiges of Jewish life in the cities of Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw. With a deeper appreciation of the past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust – bearing witness at the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek, and Auschwitz-Birkenau and the mass grave at Zbylitowska Gora. Along the way, we’ll be inspired by the courage of youth leaders who led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and by the righteous gentiles at Oscar Schindler’s factory in Krakow.

Our emotional journey in Poland concludes with a shift to the modern-day revival of Jewish communal life in Europe, including the unique opportunity to meet with local Jewish teens who call Poland home today. More than a travel experience, our Journey in Poland is an opportunity to reinforce Jewish and universal values of compassion, tolerance, and action.

Flag of Israel
CONNECT EUROPE + ISRAEL! | Extend in Israel for a complete summer of discovery and adventure. Connections qualify for $3,000 RootOne Vouchers, available on a limited basis – claim yours!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry in Kaźmierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, and Majdanek
Explore Poland’s world heritage sites, including Wawel Castle, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Krakow’s Market Square
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors
Meet with Jewish teens in Poland involved in shaping the future of Jewish life in Europe

Celebrate Jewish revival at the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21 and 28 departures only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Monday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Tuesday | Getting Oriented in Poland

  • Arrive in Warsaw – Meet our local staff team and the journey begins
  • Discover the former grandeur of Jewish life in Poland at the Nozyk Shul and the historic Jewish Cemetery in central Warsaw
  • This afternoon we visit the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw where we will learn about the colorful history of Poland’s Jewish community
  • Evening: Welcome dinner in Warsaw – and get oriented to the experience ahead

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #3 | Wednesday | Defiance in Warsaw

  • Umschlagplatz – The infamous place where Warsaw’s Jews were rounded up and transferred to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Travel outside of Warsaw through the Polish countryside to the somber Treblinka Memorial where the death camp once stood
  • Uprising! – Return to Warsaw to explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Ascend the “Warsaw Uprising Mound”, an artificial hill built from the wreckage of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Evening: Group night out together in Warsaw’s Old Town

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #4 | Thursday | Majdanek and Lublin

  • This morning we’ll have the opportunity to meet with non-Jewish Polish students to learn about their own local perspectives on the Holocaust and modern anti-Semitism
  • From Warsaw we travel south to confront the depths of Nazi horror at the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • This afternoon we arrive to Lublin and tour the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva – of the world’s largest yeshivas in its day and the site of a massive Nazi book burning
  • Evening: Walking tour and group night out in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Maharshal, and Grodzka Gate

OVERNIGHT: Lublin – Poland


DAY #5 | Friday | The Tale of Tarnow

  • After breakfast, we depart Lublin and travel through the Galicia countryside to Krakow
  • Along the way we visit the town of Tarnow where we’ll learn about its lost Jewish community and enter the forest of Zbylitowska Gora where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered and buried in mass graves
  • Arrive to Krakow and prepare for Shabbat in Kazmierz – Krakow’s lively Jewish quarter

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #6 | Saturday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Krakow
  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century – including visits to the Remu Synagogue and Tempel Synagogue
  • This afternoon we’ll explore the world heritage of Krakow, touring Wawel Castle and the art of Cloth Hall
  • Havdalah ceremony – Celebrate the start of a new week and enjoy a group night out at Market Square

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #7 | Sunday | Exploring Krakow

  • Trace the early story of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto, the Plaszow Labor Camp, and view the Oscar Schindler Factory along the way
  • For a change of pace this afternoon, we will travel outside of the city to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine and its fascinating underground world
  • Evening: Connect with the future of Poland’s Jewish community – meeting with Jewish teens from Krakow [organized by BBYO] over dinner at the Krakow JCC, the hub of modern Jewish life in Poland today

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #8 | Monday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • This morning we travel to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau – where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable, including the Children’s Barrack
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim nearby to Auschwitz to honor what was lost and to process the experience
  • Evening: Closing dinner and group wrap-up session in Krakow [restaurant]

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #9 | Tuesday | Looking to the Future

  • Say our group farewells and transfer to the airport for continuing flights back home or on to Israel

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Poland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

NOTE: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, a large majority of teens participating in Poland Journey typically continue on to Israel as a connected experience with Israel Journey or ILSI

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals, and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All meals on the program are kosher. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Poland.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

POLAND + ISRAEL JOURNEY

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021
June 28 – July 26, 2021
July 5 – August 2, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

SIGN UP

POLAND + ILSI

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

SIGN UP

FUNDING FOR ISRAEL TRAVEL! Generous scholarships are available for all BBYO Passport programs that include travel to Israel on a limited basis. Learn more and act now!
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

POLAND JOURNEY

Travel throughout Poland on this deeply moving and inspiring experience. Discover the richness of Jewish history in Central Europe, bear witness to what was lost, and recommit to be part of a better future.

POLAND JOURNEY

Travel throughout Poland on this deeply moving and inspiring experience. Discover the richness of Jewish history in Central Europe, bear witness to what was lost, and recommit to be part of a better future.

  • At a Glance

    9 Days | Current Grades: 10-12

    Community Service: N/A

    Location: Poland

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $3,080

    Supervised Flight:  ~$1,200

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Security escort
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Travel to the heart of Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving journey of remembrance and renewal.

Our travels begin with an exploration of the Jewish People’s proud history in Poland, exploring surviving vestiges of Jewish life in the cities of Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw. With a deeper appreciation of the past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust – bearing witness at the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek, and Auschwitz-Birkenau and the mass grave at Zbylitowska Gora. Along the way, we’ll be inspired by the courage of youth leaders who led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and by the righteous gentiles at Oscar Schindler’s factory in Krakow.

Our emotional journey in Poland concludes with a shift to the modern-day revival of Jewish communal life in Europe, including the unique opportunity to meet with local Jewish teens who call Poland home today. More than a travel experience, our Journey in Poland is an opportunity to reinforce Jewish and universal values of compassion, tolerance, and action.

Flag of Israel
CONNECT EUROPE + ISRAEL! | Extend in Israel for a complete summer of discovery and adventure. Connections qualify for $3,000 RootOne Vouchers, available on a limited basis – claim yours!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry in Kaźmierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, and Majdanek
Explore Poland’s world heritage sites, including Wawel Castle, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Krakow’s Market Square
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors
Meet with Jewish teens in Poland involved in shaping the future of Jewish life in Europe

Celebrate Jewish revival at the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21 and 28 departures only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Monday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Tuesday | Getting Oriented in Poland

  • Arrive in Warsaw – Meet our local staff team and the journey begins
  • Discover the former grandeur of Jewish life in Poland at the Nozyk Shul and the historic Jewish Cemetery in central Warsaw
  • This afternoon we visit the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw where we will learn about the colorful history of Poland’s Jewish community
  • Evening: Welcome dinner in Warsaw – and get oriented to the experience ahead

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #3 | Wednesday | Defiance in Warsaw

  • Umschlagplatz – The infamous place where Warsaw’s Jews were rounded up and transferred to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Travel outside of Warsaw through the Polish countryside to the somber Treblinka Memorial where the death camp once stood
  • Uprising! – Return to Warsaw to explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Ascend the “Warsaw Uprising Mound”, an artificial hill built from the wreckage of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Evening: Group night out together in Warsaw’s Old Town

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #4 | Thursday | Majdanek and Lublin

  • This morning we’ll have the opportunity to meet with non-Jewish Polish students to learn about their own local perspectives on the Holocaust and modern anti-Semitism
  • From Warsaw we travel south to confront the depths of Nazi horror at the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • This afternoon we arrive to Lublin and tour the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva – of the world’s largest yeshivas in its day and the site of a massive Nazi book burning
  • Evening: Walking tour and group night out in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Maharshal, and Grodzka Gate

OVERNIGHT: Lublin – Poland


DAY #5 | Friday | The Tale of Tarnow

  • After breakfast, we depart Lublin and travel through the Galicia countryside to Krakow
  • Along the way we visit the town of Tarnow where we’ll learn about its lost Jewish community and enter the forest of Zbylitowska Gora where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered and buried in mass graves
  • Arrive to Krakow and prepare for Shabbat in Kazmierz – Krakow’s lively Jewish quarter

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #6 | Saturday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Krakow
  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century – including visits to the Remu Synagogue and Tempel Synagogue
  • This afternoon we’ll explore the world heritage of Krakow, touring Wawel Castle and the art of Cloth Hall
  • Havdalah ceremony – Celebrate the start of a new week and enjoy a group night out at Market Square

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #7 | Sunday | Exploring Krakow

  • Trace the early story of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto, the Plaszow Labor Camp, and view the Oscar Schindler Factory along the way
  • For a change of pace this afternoon, we will travel outside of the city to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine and its fascinating underground world
  • Evening: Connect with the future of Poland’s Jewish community – meeting with Jewish teens from Krakow [organized by BBYO] over dinner at the Krakow JCC, the hub of modern Jewish life in Poland today

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #8 | Monday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • This morning we travel to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau – where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable, including the Children’s Barrack
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim nearby to Auschwitz to honor what was lost and to process the experience
  • Evening: Closing dinner and group wrap-up session in Krakow [restaurant]

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #9 | Tuesday | Looking to the Future

  • Say our group farewells and transfer to the airport for continuing flights back home or on to Israel

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Poland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

NOTE: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, a large majority of teens participating in Poland Journey typically continue on to Israel as a connected experience with Israel Journey or ILSI

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals, and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All meals on the program are kosher. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Poland.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

POLAND + ISRAEL JOURNEY

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021
June 28 – July 26, 2021
July 5 – August 2, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

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POLAND + ILSI

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

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  • At a Glance

    9 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 10-12

    Community Service: N/A


    Location: Poland

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available


    Land Cost: $3,080


    Supervised Flight:  ~$1,200

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Security escort
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
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Travel to the heart of Jewish history in Central Europe on this deeply moving journey of remembrance and renewal.

Our travels begin with an exploration of the Jewish People’s proud history in Poland, exploring surviving vestiges of Jewish life in the cities of Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw. With a deeper appreciation of the past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust – bearing witness at the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek, and Auschwitz-Birkenau and the mass grave at Zbylitowska Gora. Along the way, we’ll be inspired by the courage of youth leaders who led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and by the righteous gentiles at Oscar Schindler’s factory in Krakow.

Our emotional journey in Poland concludes with a shift to the modern-day revival of Jewish communal life in Europe, including the unique opportunity to meet with local Jewish teens who call Poland home today. More than a travel experience, our Journey in Poland is an opportunity to reinforce Jewish and universal values of compassion, tolerance, and action.

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Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Discover the cultural richness and accomplishments of pre-Holocaust European Jewry in Kaźmierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter
Retrace the history of the Holocaust and bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, and Majdanek
Explore Poland’s world heritage sites, including Wawel Castle, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Krakow’s Market Square
Honor the defiance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the heroism of those Poles who rescued their Jewish neighbors
Meet with Jewish teens in Poland involved in shaping the future of Jewish life in Europe

Celebrate Jewish revival at the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (June 21 and 28 departures only)

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Monday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Tuesday | Getting Oriented in Poland

  • Arrive in Warsaw – Meet our local staff team and the journey begins
  • Discover the former grandeur of Jewish life in Poland at the Nozyk Shul and the historic Jewish Cemetery in central Warsaw
  • This afternoon we visit the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw where we will learn about the colorful history of Poland’s Jewish community
  • Evening: Welcome dinner in Warsaw – and get oriented to the experience ahead

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #3 | Wednesday | Defiance in Warsaw

  • Umschlagplatz – The infamous place where Warsaw’s Jews were rounded up and transferred to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Travel outside of Warsaw through the Polish countryside to the somber Treblinka Memorial where the death camp once stood
  • Uprising! – Return to Warsaw to explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Ascend the “Warsaw Uprising Mound”, an artificial hill built from the wreckage of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Evening: Group night out together in Warsaw’s Old Town

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw – Poland


DAY #4 | Thursday | Majdanek and Lublin

  • This morning we’ll have the opportunity to meet with non-Jewish Polish students to learn about their own local perspectives on the Holocaust and modern anti-Semitism
  • From Warsaw we travel south to confront the depths of Nazi horror at the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • This afternoon we arrive to Lublin and tour the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva – of the world’s largest yeshivas in its day and the site of a massive Nazi book burning
  • Evening: Walking tour and group night out in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Maharshal, and Grodzka Gate

OVERNIGHT: Lublin – Poland


DAY #5 | Friday | The Tale of Tarnow

  • After breakfast, we depart Lublin and travel through the Galicia countryside to Krakow
  • Along the way we visit the town of Tarnow where we’ll learn about its lost Jewish community and enter the forest of Zbylitowska Gora where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered and buried in mass graves
  • Arrive to Krakow and prepare for Shabbat in Kazmierz – Krakow’s lively Jewish quarter

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #6 | Saturday | Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat programming and lunch in Krakow
  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century – including visits to the Remu Synagogue and Tempel Synagogue
  • This afternoon we’ll explore the world heritage of Krakow, touring Wawel Castle and the art of Cloth Hall
  • Havdalah ceremony – Celebrate the start of a new week and enjoy a group night out at Market Square

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #7 | Sunday | Exploring Krakow

  • Trace the early story of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto, the Plaszow Labor Camp, and view the Oscar Schindler Factory along the way
  • For a change of pace this afternoon, we will travel outside of the city to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine and its fascinating underground world
  • Evening: Connect with the future of Poland’s Jewish community – meeting with Jewish teens from Krakow [organized by BBYO] over dinner at the Krakow JCC, the hub of modern Jewish life in Poland today

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #8 | Monday | Auschwitz and Birkenau

  • This morning we travel to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau – where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable, including the Children’s Barrack
  • Visit the surviving synagogue of Oswiecim nearby to Auschwitz to honor what was lost and to process the experience
  • Evening: Closing dinner and group wrap-up session in Krakow [restaurant]

OVERNIGHT: Krakow – Poland


DAY #9 | Tuesday | Looking to the Future

  • Say our group farewells and transfer to the airport for continuing flights back home or on to Israel

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight may be offered. When a supervised flight is offered, you are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. An armed guard will also join the group in Poland. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in Poland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with an armed guard in Poland. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

NOTE: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

Do most of the participants continue on to Israel?
Yes, a large majority of teens participating in Poland Journey typically continue on to Israel as a connected experience with Israel Journey or ILSI

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals, and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All meals on the program are kosher. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Poland.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

POLAND + ISRAEL JOURNEY

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021
June 28 – July 26, 2021
July 5 – August 2, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

SIGN UP

POLAND + ILSI

supervised connection
29 Days | Current 10-12th Graders

Connection Dates
June 21 – July 19, 2021

Connected Program Cost
Land Cost: $7,520 (pre-voucher)
Flight Cost: ~$1,700 (more)

SIGN UP

FUNDING FOR ISRAEL TRAVEL! Generous scholarships are available for all BBYO Passport programs that include travel to Israel on a limited basis. Learn more and act now!
 

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