KRAKOW Jewish music Festival Climax
& AUSCHWITZ TRIP
3 nights and 4 full days from Thursday 28th June 2018
Think Edinburgh Fringe atmosphere, with a totally Jewish programme then you will have next year’s 28th Jewish Culture festival climax week-end, the ruach oozes out of Kazimierz’s cobbled streets amongst the beautiful city of Krakow, once a third Jewish and currently rediscovering its Jewishness
This trip will be led by Marcel Manson 2nd generation survivor, mother a survivor of Krakow’s Jewish Kazimierz district, ghetto, Plashov and Auschwitz – Birkenau and father hidden on a farm East of Krakow. The experience of paying tribute to the tragedy of a world that was and the joy of Jewish music and culture will stay with you forever and should not be missed…
Chazan Ben Zion Miller singing at a moving ceremony in Krakow for victims of the wartime Ghetto
We usually recommend the RYANAIR flights first out of Stansted and last back, but if it suits you then BA now fly from Heathrow are available and EasyJet from Gatwick but you will need to arrive a day earlier as they are later flights and organized programme starts at 2.30pm on the Thursday and participate in the festivals busy Jewish lectures & musical concerts on offer see the Jewish heritage festival http://www.jewishfestival.pl/ for 28th annual festival programme of events which are not usually confirmed till April but on checking last years you can get a feel as to what’s on offer. Once we confirm trip on 10 bookings we will advise on flights for you to book
Thursday 28th July – We aim to start at 14.30 Jewish walking tour from the Dada Hotel reception if the plane arrives on time. Visiting 7 synagogues and cemetery. The tour incorporates the newly rebuilt Kupa, Remuh, Temple, High, Old, Popper, Isaac Synagogues and Galicia museum contemporary museum on the area of Europe most populated by Jews pre-war.
We aim to have a short coffee break before we aim for a quick stroll across Wisla river to the wartime ghetto for 16.30pm for the very moving annual musical ceremony in the Heroes of the Ghetto Square and visit to Chemist under Eagle ghetto museum if it will still be open.
We will also be visiting the festival ticket office to purchase tickets for evening concerts
Friday 29th June 10.00 – We will make a reservation for Shindlers Factory Museum and walk back through former ghetto across Wisla river over pedestrian bridge and stopping off at Mlynek vegetarian restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon free to visit main town square, participate in festival events and lectures or even visit Salt Mine
Candle lighting & Kabbalat Shabbat prayers 7.30 at Isaak Shul followed by Shabbat dinner for all next door at Kosher Delight
Saturday 30th June 9.00 am Shabbos service at the Remuh Shule or Issak Synagogue and from Midday you will hear sound checks preparation within square for finale SHALOM Concert climax Starting at 18.00pm in pletzl Szeroka Square 7 hours of mainly Klezmer music a treat to behold ending at 1.00am in morning consisting of the worlds best KLEZMER bands and a mix of Jewish / Yiddish / Chazanuth & Israeli music often fusion of all with a star attraction after Havdala on stage by the chief Rabbi of Poland approx 10pm when Shabbat exits.
14.00 Suggested pm afternoon walk from outside Alef bar/restaurant in Szeroka Kazimierz square to Main Town centre square via Wawel Castle walk returning to Szeroka Square for 6pm with 15,000 people packing into the Jewish quarter so very difficult to move around all restaurants in area full and long queues for food and drink. A table will be booked at a restaurant pre-paid for and reserved at Ester Hotel which is next to stage reservation only opposite stage on the square during the entire 7 hour Jewish music extravaganza.
Sunday 1st July 2018, We will need to check out with luggage leave Hotel Astoria at 10.30 am by Coach for Auschwitz-Birkenau which arrives approx 12.00 am and will spend approximately 5 hours there with guide. We will end tour at 16.30 pm with Mincha, and a Kinnah [religious service] for the victims of the shoah & a memorial prayer for the Martyrs concluded by shofar at the end of the railway track in Birkenau. Following Auschwitz-Birkenau we will visit museum and Holocaust Centre in the nearby town of Oswiecim [see their interesting website] with reconstructed Synagogue and in their conference room we will watch a shoah holocaust related film and drinks provided. We will taken to direct to Krakow airport for our 21.55 flight home following which anyone staying on will be taken back to hotel.
Total cost is £495 pp sharing a double/twin room single supplement £145 [not including flights] covers, B & B at Unique Boutique Hotel Dada in Kazimierz Jewish quarter, guided tour Thursday Friday, Saturday afternoon walk plus Sunday’s Auschwitz trip all guides and museum fees plus Saturday nights reserved seat in restaurant with included Friday night Shabbos meal all transport guide and museum fees in Poland.
Extra nights available on request, suggestion to arrive on any earlier days to participate in more of the festival activities lectures and concerts.
If you wish to arrive Friday for 2 nights only then I will do Jewish quarter walk Friday pm the cost reduces for 2 nights and 3 day trip is £385 with single supplement £100
These costs exclude flights and travel insurance
Staying at DADA Boutique 4* Hotel d situated at Ul. Krakowska 30 Kazimierz www.dadahotel.pl delightful position just off Kazimierz Jewish quarter.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me