KRAKOW SIGHTSEEING AND CITY TOURS
Shtetl in area of Krakow. Jewish Heritage Day Tour.
Poland has been the center of Jewish life for centuries. Prior to 1939, it was inhabited by about 3.5 million Jews. The Second World War put an end to this integral rich culture and tradition. All that remains are the unique examples of the destroyed culture found in Shtetls - little Jewish villages prior to World War II.
There are many shtetls left around Krakow. Very few contain traces of an ongoing Jewish presence. For our excursion, we have chosen shtetls with original synagogues, cemeteries, and architecture. During the tour, besides visiting the usual tourist sites, we suggest reading the Jewish writings of Isaac Beshwis Singer, Martin Buber, Alfred Doeblin, Mordechai Gebirtig and listening to the klezmer music.
The trip starts in Dzialoszyce where you can see the ruins of the old synagogue and the preserved village center. Next, it’s on to Pinczow to visit the synagogue and an exhibition of photographs showing the life of Poles and Jews before World War II. In Chmielnik we visit Shtetl Museum in the old synagogue and goes through the market square. The tour continues to Szydlow, which is surrounded by medieval brick walls and boasts a beautifully preserved synagogue.
Route: Krakow - Dzialoszyce - Pinczow - Chmielnik - Szydlow - Krakow.
Duration: 10 hours.
Services included: transfers, English-speaking guide, entrances to sites visited, packed lunch.
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