As a prelude, get a fascinating introduction to Krakow’s rich Jewish history and heritage. Jews played a key role in the development and culture of ‘Kroke’, as Krakow is known in Yiddish, and before WWII, comprised around a quarter of its population.
Travel to Kazimierz, the former Jewish district and home to synagogues, monuments and kosher restaurants. Walk through the elegant, lively streets of this resurgent area and gain insight into Jewish culture and customs.
Hear how the revered 16th-century rabbi Moses Isseries, known as Remuh, taught here, and how Steven Spielberg used the area in his movie Schindler’s List to depict the Jewish ghetto in nearby Podgorze. See sites recognizable from the movie and hear how the Nazis herded thousands of Kazimierz Jews into the ghetto prior to transporting them to death camps.
Enter the Old Synagogue, one of Europe’s oldest Jewish places of worship and Poland’s oldest surviving synagogue, and admire its splendid Gothic interior. Visit the active Remuh Synagogue and spend time in the Remuh cemetery, seeing the ornate headstones and of tomb of Moses Isseries.
View other sights and visit Oscar Schindler’s Factory, the museum housed in the original enamelware factory where Schindler employed Jewish workers, so protecting them from the Nazis.
Explore the exhibits chronicling pre-war and wartime Krakow, and view the displays and documents that tell Schindler’s and his workers’ stories during Krakow’s darkest hours.
Finish at the site of the inner city WWII Plaszow concentration camp. View the sombre granite memorial that honors the thousands of Jews and Poles imprisoned here and hear why the camp was situated here.
After around four hours, your tour concludes.
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Traces of Jewish Culture from Krakow
- Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Licensed guide
- Entrance ticket to Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery, and Oscar Schindler's Factory museum
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Some walking is involved
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Rajan B, January 2017
Reviewed by: Renee B, January 2016
Fantastic! There were only two of us so it was like a private tour. Lidia was an amazing guide, very engaging and knowledgeable about the Jewish history of Kraków. She guided us through the Schindler Museum explaining the key elements and made sure we could go through again at our own pace afterward