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Poland Seminar for Adults
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PROGRAM DATES: JULY 7-15, 2014
TRIP OPTIONS and FEES
As of October 7, 2013
IMPORTANT: Following are the available travel options with their corresponding prices. Please read this entire document carefully. Refer to the Tentative Trip Itinerary for flight and program details. Prices assume a minimum of 25 participants. Prices will increase if there are fewer participants.
OPTION 1: Poland Package with Round Trip Flights (from JFK): $3,495
Price is per person based on double occupancy (for single room, add $295). Includes complete land package in Poland (see below), as well as all flights on LOT Polish Airlines, departing from and returning to JFK Airport in New York City (see itinerary for details). Kosher food will automatically be requested on flights where food service is available. Ground transportation provided from Warsaw airport at the beginning of the trip, and to Warsaw airport at the end.
OPTION 2: Poland Land Package without Flights: $2,545
Price is per person based on double occupancy (for single room, add $295). Includes complete land package (see below). If arriving into or departing Poland at times other than those listed on the itinerary for the group flights you will be responsible for your own ground transfer from/to the airports. USY will not be responsible for sites or programming missed due to individual flight schedules.
LAND PACKAGE in POLAND includes: accommodations for 7 nights at comfortable (3-4 star) hotels: 3 nights in Warsaw, 1 night in Lublin, 3 nights in Krakow; full board kosher meals; mineral water on the bus at all times; entrance fees to museums and sites; local Polish guide; tips for services by Polish staff; experienced USY Tour Educator (guide); administrator from travel agency to arrange kosher food; deluxe tour-bus; and more.
EXCLUSIONS: Not included in either of the options above: ground transportation in North America; increase in airfare, fuel or airport taxes imposed by the airlines; trip insurance (to cover baggage loss or trip cancellation); donations to synagogues visited; medical insurance; spending money; meals or snacks when waiting for flights in the airports. We also note that our costs in Poland are quoted in Euros. Should there be a significant drop in the value of the dollar versus the Euro, USY reserves the right to increase the prices accordingly.
ELIGIBILITY: The trip is open to adults 24 years and over who wish to participate in a program reflecting USY’s approach to religious practice and education. Participants must declare that they are in good physical and mental health, and able to walk unassisted for considerable distances in weather that can be very hot or rainy. The minimum number of participants for running the trip is 25. USY reserves the right to limit the number of participants, and will accept people who send in deposits (see Payment Schedule below) on a first-come, first served basis.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: To secure your reservation, please submit your Application Form – one form per applicant – and a check for $300 (USD) per person (you can send one check to cover all forms being submitted at the same time), payable to “USY”. The deposit should be submitted by March 3, 2014. A bill for the remainder of your fees, based on the information on the registration form, will be sent to you. The balance of payment will be due by April 18, 2014.
CANCELLATION: Until March 3, all fees, including the deposit, will be refunded. From March 4 until April 1, all fees but $100 per person administrative charge will be refunded. April 2-18 – 75% refund. April 19 – May 14 – 50% refund, from May 15, no refund. We encourage participants to purchase travel insurance through local insurance agents that would adequately cover these cancellation penalties. This insurance can be purchased via the Internet; see for example www.insuremytrip.com .
LIABILITY: The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, their agents and/or their representatives in the USA or abroad (hereinafter, collectively, “Tour Providers”), act only as agents for those passengers traveling on the tour described herein (hereinafter, collectively, “Tour Members”) in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, touring, restaurants, and/or any other services in connection with the itinerary stated herein. Tour Providers will exercise reasonable care in making such arrangements. However, Tour Providers do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity to any person (including, but not limited to, Tour Members) or property because of any act of failure to act or default of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company, entity or person rendering any services. Tour Providers do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity sustained by a Tour Member due to the actions or inaction of any person or entity who is not the Tour Provider whether during tour activities or not. Tour Providers reserve the right to reasonably vary itineraries and substitute components of tour programs at any time between the Tour Member’s signing of the contract for tour services and the actual operation of the tour program without any liability of Tour Providers for any such variations and/or substitutions. Tour Providers reserve the right to accept or deny acceptance of any person as a member of any tour.
Monday, July 7
Depart on LOT Polish Airlines flight #027 at 10:55 p.m. from JFK International in New York.
Tuesday, July 8
Arrival in Warsaw at 1:15 p.m. Those not on the group flight will meet us in the arrivals area at Chopin Airport, Warsaw.
Our week in Poland begins with a tour of Warsaw’s Jewish Cemetery which is one of the largest in Europe. It provides an excellent introduction to the rich and varied history of Polish Jewry. This will be followed by a visit to the Nozyc Synagogue, the only one left standing in Warsaw after WWII.
After checking in to our hotel we will have a brief orientation, followed by dinner and time at leisure.
Wednesday, July 9
Our day begins with a visit to various sites connected to the Warsaw Ghetto, including a remnant of the ghetto wall, the site of the ghetto fighters command bunker, the GhettoFightersMonument, and the Umshlagplatz, where the Jews of the ghetto were deported to Treblinka. This will be followed by a visit to the new Museum of the history of Polish Jews.
Next, we head for Lublin which was once a major center of Jewish life. Our first stop in Lublin will be the site of the Majdanek Concentration Camp. We will visit what remains of the camp and hold a memorial service. This will be followed by a visit to Yeshivat Hochmei Lublin, an important center of Jewish learning prior to WWII.
We will check into our hotel, and have time after dinner to discuss the day’s experiences.
Thursday, July 10
Today we head to Crakow with a brief stop in Kraznik to see the synagogue. We will tour Crakow’s Jewish quarter in the afternoon, including several synagogues, some of which were built in the 15th and 16th centuries. After some leisure time in Crakow’s Market Square we will check into our hotel and have dinner, followed by a brief group session.
Friday, July 11
Most of our day will be spent at the massive Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camp complex. We will return to Crakow with time to prepare for Shabbat. We will join with USY’s Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage group for Shabbat evening services followed by a festive Shabbat dinner.
Shabbat, July 12
We will join the Crakow Jewish community and the USYers and other guests for Shabbat morning services. After services we will visit the museum at the Alte Shul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, followed by Shabbat lunch, followed by a discussion with the USYers. After lunch we will have some leisure time. We will gather together again for the final Shabbat meal, and the conclusion of Shabbat.
Sunday, July 13
We head back to Warsaw, stopping in Lodz which was the second largest city in Poland, and a major center of Jewish life before WWII. We will tour the cemetery and other Jewish sites, arriving in Warsaw in time for dinner and time at leisure.
Monday, July 14
On our last full day in Poland, we head up north to visit Tykochin a small town with a beautifully restored synagogue. We will also stop in Lupochova Forest where the Nazis murdered the Jews of Tykochin during the shoah. From there we head back down to the site of the Treblinka death camp where over 800,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis. Afterwards we return to Warsaw for summary discussions and dinner, with the rest of the evening at leisure.
Tuesday, July 15
We leave for the airport at around 9:30 a.m. for LOT Polish Airlines flight #006, departing Warsaw at 12:55 p.m., arriving at JFK International Airport in New York at 4:05 p.m.
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