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March of the Living for Adults

2021 PROGRAM DATES
  • April 6–April 12 | Poland Only
  • April 6–April 17 | Poland + Israel (6-Days)
  • April 6–April 22 | Poland + Israel (11-Days)
  • April 12–April 17 or 22 | Israel Only
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REGISTRATION UPDATE | Early registration for the 2021 March of the Living for Adults is now open based on the 2020 program price for a limited time.

“Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By.” – Elie Wiesel

Travel with us on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of remembrance and renewal as part of the Adult Delegation to the International March of the Living.

REMEMBERANCE IN POLAND Together, we’ll celebrate the historical achievements of the Jewish People in Europe and bear witness to all that was lost. Our program in Poland will take us to the cities of Krakow, Tarnow, Lublin and Warsaw, and it coincides with Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), when we will march in unity with thousands of young people from Auschwitz to Birkenau and take part in a special ceremony attended by dignitaries from around the world.

RENEWAL IN ISRAEL (optional)
Participants have the option to continue to Israel for a tour designed for travelers returning to the Jewish Homeland anew. Together, we'll make new discoveries in the Carmel Mountains, Ramon Crater, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Our itinerary coincides with the national holidays of Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day). Together we’ll observe the national siren where the entire country stands in honor of those lost, and we’ll experience the authentic joy of celebrating Israeli independence, dancing in the streets of Jerusalem.

Whether you travel to Poland only or Poland and Israel, you will find the March of the Living for Adults to be a highly emotional experience. More than a tour, this is an opportunity to bear witness to one of history’s darkest hours, recommit yourself to the Never Again imperative, and reinforce Jewish values of compassion, tolerance, and action.

March of the Living for Adults is jointly organized by BBYO Passport and Authentic Israel and is led by our acclaimed Jewish educators and professional guides.


PROGRAM ITINERARY

The following is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on local considerations:

[PART I | BEARING WITNESS IN POLAND]

MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 | Depart for Poland

  • Our optional group flight departs from NYC in the evening Travelers have the option to arrange their own flights and can check-in to our Krakow hotel 1-2 nights in advance of the group

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021 | Glimpses of a Glorious Past

  • Arrive to Krakow and meet our local staff team
  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century – including stops at the Remu SynagogueTempel Synagogue, old Jewish cemetery and Jozefa Street
  • Check-in to our Krakow accommodations and get oriented to the journey over dinner
OVERNIGHT: TBA – Kraków, Poland Meals Included: Dinner

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021 | Confronting Reality

  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto, the Plaszow Labor Camp and view the Oscar Schindler Factory 
  • Continue to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate a delivered lunch is provided en route
  • 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
  • Evening: Visit the Krakow JCC, now the center of modern Jewish life in Krakow, where we’ll meet with a community leader over dinner
OVERNIGHT: TBA– Kraków, Poland Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021 | The March of the Living

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 
  • Reflections and ceremony at the restored Oświęcim Synagogue, home of a once-thriving Jewish community in the shadows of Auschwitz
  • Return to Auschwitz where we’ll join thousands of teens from around the world for the March of the Living a delivered lunch is provided en route
  • Take part in the official Yom HaShoah ceremony at Birkenau, attended by world political, religious and academic leaders
  • Evening: Return to Krakow – group night out of at Market Square
OVERNIGHT: TBA – Kraków, Poland Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021 | The Tale of Tarnow

  • Depart Krakow and travel through Poland’s Galicia countryside towards Lublin
  • Stop along the way to enter the forest of Zbylitowska Gora where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered and buried in mass graves a packed lunch is provided en route
  • Make a solemn visit to the Majdanek Extermination Camp on the outskirts of Lublin
  • Check-in to our accommodations where we will share in a Kabbalat Shabbat experience and dinner together in this historic center of Jewish life and learning in Poland
OVERNIGHT: TBA – Lublin, Poland Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021 | Shabbat in Lublin

  • Shabbat programming options and lunch in Lublin
  • Afternoon walking tour in Lublin, including the historic Old City, Jewish Ghetto, Maharshal, and Grodzka Gate
  • Explore the historic Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva – one of the largest yeshivas in the world at its founding and the site of a massive Nazi book burning
  • Celebrate Havdalah and the start of a new week – free evening and dinner on own
OVERNIGHT: TBA – Lublin, Poland Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021 | Defiance in Warsaw

  • Depart Lublin and continue onto Warsaw, Poland’s largest city and capital
  • Uprising! – Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghettoand learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon touring the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw
  • Evening: Closing session and group dinner in Warsaw
  • Check-in to our hotel in Warsaw or continue to Israel*
OVERNIGHT: TBA – Warsaw, Poland Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner *NOTE: Travelers continuing to Israel will board an overnight flight following dinner.

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021 | The Journey Continues

  • Enjoy a free morning to explore Warsaw on your own
  • Pick-up from the hotel for a transfer to Warsaw Airport for those on the group flight arriving back to Warsaw the same day
Meals Included: Breakfast

[PART II | ISRAEL REVISITED]

Monday, April 12, 2021 | The Land of Renewal

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport in the early morning
  • Stop for a welcome ceremony at Ramat HaNadiv Park in the Carmel Mountains, the resting place of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, a prime supporter of the 19th century Aliyah Movement
  • Check-in to our hotel in Zichron Yaakov, an early Aliyah Movement town in the Carmel Mountains (breakfast included) – The rest of the day is free to relax, enjoy the hotel facility and explore the Zichron Yaakov community
  • Evening: Tasting, tour and Israel welcome dinner at the Binyamina Winery
OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | A Young Nation of Immigrants

  • Short walking tour of Zichron Yaakov – celebrate the pioneers who risked it all for a new beginning in the Land of Israel
  • Atlit Detention Camp – Learn about the challenges faced by Jewish refugees arriving on the shores of Israel following the Holocaust
  • Experience how Israel absorbs its immigrants of today at Yemin Orde Youth Village – including a shared lunch with the student community
  • Ein Hod Artists’ Colony – Explore this picturesque village of artists and craftspeople in the Carmel Mountains
  • Evening: Attend a local ceremony marking the start of Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day
  • Dinner is included at the hotel this evening
OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | Remembering the Sacrifice

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day 
  • Depart from the Carmel Mountains and travel Jerusalem
  • Stop en route to visit Latrun Fortress, the site of a key battle for Jerusalem in the 1948 War for Independence (the national siren will be observed here)
  • Ascend to Jerusalem – welcome ceremony at the Haas Promenade overlook
  • Mahane Yehuda – Experience this colorful open-air marketplace and sample your way through the market with the "Shuk Bites" lunch card
  • Check-in to our central Jerusalem accommodations
  • Evening: Join Jerusalem’s local Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations!
OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | Celebrating Independence

Today isYom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day
  • Option #1 – Day tour to Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea
  • Option #2 – Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut marching from City Hall the Western Wall
  • Evening: Attend a special Yom HaAtzmaut concert and event sponsored by March of the Living International with dinner included
OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday, April 16, 2021 | Returning to the Old City

  • Option #1 – Old City tour including the Southern Wall and City of David Excavations
  • Option #2 – Geo-political tour of Jerusalem and a tour of Bethlehem
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for the start of Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat dinner is at our accommodations, joined by Lone Soldiers in the IDF
OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday, April 17, 2021 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

All touring today is on foot
  • Shabbat programming options are available in the morning
  • Guided tour of the graffiti art at Mahane Yehuda, only visible when the market is closed
  • Lunch is included at our accommodations
  • Afternoon – Life Beyond the Old City Walls: Montefiore's Windmill, Yemin Moshe and the Jerusalem First Station Market
  • Celebrate Havdalah and the start of a new week – free evening and dinner on own
OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch NOTE: Travelers have the option to end their program on Saturday night, and a transfer will be provided to Ben Gurion Airport this evening at no additional cost. This package option does not include the hotel in Jerusalem on Saturday night unless otherwise arranged through our office in advance.

Sunday, April 18, 2021 | To the Negev Desert

  • Depart from Jerusalem, and head south towards the Negev Desert
  • Explore the Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Take part in a traditional Ethiopian cooking workshop and lunch at Atachlit
  • Encounter Israel’s Bedouin community at the Lakiya women’s weaving initiative
  • Arrive to the Negev Desert and check-in to our accommodations above the Nahal Tzin Canyon – dinner is included at the hotel
  • Evening: Explore the deep desert night sky on a guided tour with Astronomy Israel
OVERNIGHT: Kedma Hotel, Negev Desert Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monday, April 19, 2021 | The Desert Blooms

  • Discover how Israel is fulfilling their vision for a desert in bloom at the Ramat HaNegev desert agriculture research facility
  • Honor Paula & David Ben Gurion’s legacy at their modest desert home in Sde Boker
  • Learn about the geological phenomenon of the crater at the Ramon Crater Visitor Center, and explore the Crater’s stark features on a nature walk of the Crater’s floor
  • Discover the hidden beauty of the desert on an off-road jeep tour with a professional geologist in Nahal Tzin
  • Experience a traditional Poike Pot dinner and bonfire in the desert wilderness
OVERNIGHT: Kedma Hotel, Negev Desert Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Innovation & Adaptation

  • Continue to Sderot near the Gaza frontier – Learn how this community adapted to its reality visiting a fortified playground
  • Learn about how Israel has addressed its persistent water challenges on a tour of its world-leading desalination plant in Ashkelon (lunch on own in Ashkelon)
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv and spend the rest of the afternoon browsing the Nahalat Binyamin Street Festival and Carmel Market
  • Evening: Experience a gourmet meal in the dark with new senses at Blackout in Jaffa's Nalagaat Center – a performing arts center for deaf and blind artists
OVERNIGHT: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | The Spirit of Tel Aviv

  • Relaxed morning to rest and enjoy Tel Aviv’s beach culture
  • Sample your way through the Levinsky Market on a guided culinary lunch tour of this Tel Aviv landmark
  • Learn how Israel became the “Startup Nation” at the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation in Jaffa
  • Tour of the Yaakov Agam Museum of Art, and discover the life story of Israel’s pre-eminent modern artist
  • Free evening and dinner on own
OVERNIGHT: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | Shalom U’Lhitraot

  • Volunteer at the Jaffa Institute – An innovative charity dedicated to combating poverty in one of Israel's most diverse neighborhoods
  • Explore the ancient seaport of Jaffa and browse the Jaffa Flea Market
  • Port-to-port bicycle tour of Tel Aviv from the ancient Jaffa Seaport to the modern Tel Aviv Port (e-bikes available)
  • The Rabin Center– Recount the story of the State of Israel through the lens of Israel’s most famous soldier-statesman – and stop at the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial
  • Final shopping time, wrap-up session and closing dinner at Goshen Restaurant
  • Evening – Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights onwards
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday, April 23, 2021 | Arriving Home

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • An optional group flight from/to NYC Travelers may use individual segments of the group flight and/or may request the assistance of a travel agent to book independent flights
  • Airport transfers for those traveling on the group flight
  • A Jewish educational guide accompanies the group throughout
  • A local tour manager and security escort accompany the group in Poland
  • Centrally located, 4-star and 5-star hotels per the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals per the itinerary
  • Luxury private touring bus with A/C
  • All programming costs per the itinerary
  • VIP reserved seating at the Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration
  • Remote audio headsets
  • March of the Living backpack and rain jacket
  • Sources & Resources booklet
NOT INCLUDED
POLAND ROUTE March of the living - Poland Trip Route ISRAEL ROUTE (optional) Israel Revisited Map

ARRANGING YOUR TRAVEL An optional round-trip group flight is offered from JFK Airport in New York City. Travelers are also welcomed to use one-way segments of the group flight. Exact flight details will be released in January 2021, and participants are encouraged not to make connecting travel plans till the international flights are confirmed. Travelers who elect to arrange their own flights will also be responsible for their arrival and departure airport transfers unless otherwise arranged via our office. Travelers wishing to arrive early or stay later can be accommodated at the group hotels based on the group hotel rate and according to availability.

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PROGRAM COSTS

Early registration for the 2021 March of the Living for Adults is now open based on the 2020 program price for a limited time. Deposits are fully refundable up untill December 4, 2020, so your savings are commitment-free.
Double Room Occupancy Single Room Supplement
Poland Program
Land costs only
$3,150/p $850/p
Poland Program
Land + flight costs
$4,250/p $850/p
Poland + 6-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$5,525/p $1,450/p
Poland + 6-Day Israel Program
Land + flight costs
$7,625/p $1,450/p
Poland + 11-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$6,150/p $1,800/p
Poland + 11-Day Israel Program
Land + flight costs
$8,250/p $1,800/p
Warsaw to Tel Aviv flight only
Combined with Israel land program
$500/p $500/p

NOTE: Travelers are also able to use individual segments of the group flight by special request. Contact us for additional details.


ENROLLMENT TERMS

Sign up for March of the Living for Adults by completing the online Registration Form

  • To confirm your participation, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration (all program costs are listed in US Dollars)
  • The deposit is fully refundable up untill December 4, 2020, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance of program costs is due by January 15, 2021
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain our group-discounted travel insurance policy
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • The program is subject to a maximum of 40 travelers
  • BBYO and Authentic Israel reserve the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to their sole discretion
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FAQs

Who staffs the tour?

March of the Living for Adults is led by a professional Jewish educator/guide who escorts the tour on a 24/7 basis. Our program leader is joined by a local tour manager and a security escort in Poland.

Will we be traveling with teens?

March of the Living for Adults is an official part of the overall March of the Living initiative, but we travel independently of the many teen groups who comprise the majority of the program. We stay at separate hotels, have separate meals, and we travel with our own separate staff team. For those who wish, there will be opportunities for some shared moments with the BBYO National Teen Delegation.

How active is the touring?

March of the Living for adults is intended for active adult travelers. Our days are full of experiences designed to provide you with as complete and as emotionally rich an experience as possible. Although the program does not have age guidelines, the itinerary involves a good amount of walking and some long travel days in general.

Is the tour kosher and Shabbat observant?

March of the Living for Adults is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience open to all. Group meals are kosher and other meals are own at the traveler's discretion. All touring on Saturdays is on foot, and there are opportunities to participate in local Shabbat services.

How are special dietary needs accommodated?

Travelers can note any special dietary needs as part of online registration. We will coordinate with our catering partners to arrange special accommodations wherever possible.

Can I leave Poland or Israel earlier than the official dates?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements.

Can I use half of the group flight only?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements (exact details will be available in January).

Can I upgrade to business class on the group flight?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements (exact details will be available in January).

How do I get ready for the trip?

Detailed pre-trip material is distributed approximately four months prior to arrival. You'll also be invited to a trip Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch afterward.

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