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Trace Your Genealogy in Krakow, Poland

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On this journey, you will get to visit the palaces from where your ancestors came.

Political and economic strife in 19th and 20th century Poland forced many Polish locals to flee their native country, many of whom set their destination for the U.S.

There still exists in Poland of the present day, the traces of the families who had once existed there: from homes and other standing architecture to the names printed on graves and documents in local archives.

We will assist you on your journey back to trace the family history and walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.


Trace Your Genealogy in Krakow, Poland


October 30, 2022 days and November 5, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Krakow Arrival

Welcome to Poland!

DAY 2: Krakow - Old Town

After breakfast at the hotel, you will spend the morning exploring the sights of the city of Krakow with a professional private guide!

DAY 3: Krakow-Tracing Your Roots

This morning, your day will start with a visit to villages/towns near Krakow that are connected with your family history!

DAY 4: Krakow-Family Remembrance

In the morning, you will be taken to a place of remembrance for your family history to connect with your family tree.

DAY 5: Krakow - Auschwitz – Birkenau - Krakow

After breakfast, you will depart towards Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum with your private car and guide.

DAY 6: Krakow

Today, you will follow the traces of your ancestors in Poland!

DAY 7: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, art and culture programs throughout Europe!


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Departure

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p> This program brings families together across time and geographical divides. </p>
<p> During our visit, we will try to uncover some of the old stories and feel the atmosphere of the past among people who love to share stories that harken back to a different time. </p>

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> A portion of your program goes to global restoration programs. </p>

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Program

DAY 1: Krakow Arrival

Upon arrival to Krakow, your guide will be waiting for you at the Krakow airport for your transfer to your hotel for check in.

Afterwards, take some time to settle in the city and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

The orientation tour of the city will be held in the late afternoon.

Your evening will entail a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where the plan for the next day will be discussed!

Overnight in Krakow


DAY 2: Krakow - Old Town

The tour will include Wawel Castle with the cathedral, as well as the main market square with the Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Church. You will also have the chance to unwind and taste some traditional liqueurs in a famous historic café.

Kraków is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities in Europe . Ensconced in the very heart of the city is the Market Square.

The biggest medieval square in Europe has served for centuries as the center of Kraków’s cultural, social and trading life. Standing in the middle of the Market Square is the yellow Sukiennice cloth hall, where you will find stalls much as you would have in the 13th century. Nowadays they sell souvenirs, including works of folk art and amber jewelry.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before having the rest of the day free.

Learning Experience: Krakow Journey
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Krakow


DAY 3: Krakow-Tracing Your Roots

Your local guide/researcher will meet you in the hotel lobby and guide the journey of this day. You will visit the local archives, where your guide will help you search for birth and death certificates, marriage records, property deeds and other documents.

After your exciting morning learning about your family history, it’s time to visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines on a private journey! Take part in an evening immersion of the medieval galleries and halls hewn in rock and salt deposits.

The world famous Wieliczka salt mine, whose beginnings date back to the Middle Ages, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The mine is an astonishing labyrinth of underground galleries and chambers close to 300 km in length.

The public can visit a section lying at a depth between 64m and 135m, and which winds through numerous chambers and lakes, chapels featuring salt-sculpted figurines, bas reliefs and chandeliers. The Chapel of St. Kinga is especially beautiful, and with its dimensions is perhaps more deserving of being called an underground salt church.

Learning Experience: Local Archives, Salt Mines
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Krakow


DAY 4: Krakow-Family Remembrance

After finding out more about your family history from the archives, you will visit the region from where your family came. Perhaps some of the locals will know of your ancestors!

After, you will have the opportunity to meet with local wives to discuss and learn about Polish tradition, food, and local craft. You will also sample some of the popular local dishes such as pierogi, Bigos and zurek and many more!

Learning Experience: Family Remembrance Journey, Visit with a local
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Krakow


DAY 5: Krakow - Auschwitz – Birkenau - Krakow

During the journey, you can speak with the staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Centre to further your knowledge during your visit.

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is a UNESCO listed museum of martyrdom where the Nazis murdered Jews, Poles, Gypsies and Russians during WW II. Oswiecim, a small Silesian town, is the site of Auschwitz concentration camp.

At the town border are the three gruesome areas of the former Nazi death camps which now make up a Holocaust Memorial. You will visit Auschwitz I as well as Birkenau, the second and less frequently visited camp.

Learning Experience: Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Krakow


DAY 6: Krakow

We will help you to build your family tree and place your own story within it. You will learn of the contributions of your ancestors and share your own family story, with personal help with your family story and family tree.

After this experience, you will have time to explore different parts of your family village.

Learning Experience: Ancestry Research
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Krakow


DAY 7: See You Again!

Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose to journey back to Poland or consider one of our journeys abroad in Greece, France, Germany, South Africa, Costa Rica, and more!

Meals included: Breakfast




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Standard $650.00

Per person for Standard $2,450.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

•    6 nights’ accommodation, sharing a double/twin in a four star hotel, including breakfast
•    Arrival and departure transfer between Krakow Airport and Krakow Hotel
•    Entrance to Wawel Castle
•    Visit to t Auschwitz – Birkanu museum in English
•    All fees to cemetery, archives
10/30/2022 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Moderate


What You Will Learn/Do

How the locals live

The culture and history of Poland

Your Ancestral Family Documents-Krakow Area

Research at the Local Archives visit with a personal researcher

How to build your own family tree and connect generations

Visit places of remembrance and importance to your family


Why This Program Is Unique

You will experience the unique possibility to explore your family history and perhaps even discover some unknown facts about your ancestors who resided in the Krakow area.

This program brings families together across time and geographical divides.

During our visit, we will try to uncover some of the old stories and feel the atmosphere of the past among people who love to share stories that harken back to a different time.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

A portion of your program goes to global restoration programs.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Krakow Arrival

Welcome to Poland! Upon arrival to Krakow, your guide will be waiting for you at the Krakow airport for your transfer to your hotel for check in. Afterwards, take some time to settle in the city and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. The orientation tour of the city will be held in the late afternoon. Your evening will entail a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where the plan for the next day will be discussed! Overnight in Krakow

DAY 2: Krakow - Old Town

After breakfast at the hotel, you will spend the morning exploring the sights of the city of Krakow with a professional private guide! The tour will include Wawel Castle with the cathedral, as well as the main market square with the Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Church. You will also have the chance to unwind and taste some traditional liqueurs in a famous historic café. Kraków is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities in Europe . Ensconced in the very heart of the city is the Market Square. The biggest medieval square in Europe has served for centuries as the center of Kraków’s cultural, social and trading life. Standing in the middle of the Market Square is the yellow Sukiennice cloth hall, where you will find stalls much as you would have in the 13th century. Nowadays they sell souvenirs, including works of folk art and amber jewelry. In the afternoon, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before having the rest of the day free. Learning Experience: Krakow Journey Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Krakow

DAY 3: Krakow-Tracing Your Roots

This morning, your day will start with a visit to villages/towns near Krakow that are connected with your family history! Your local guide/researcher will meet you in the hotel lobby and guide the journey of this day. You will visit the local archives, where your guide will help you search for birth and death certificates, marriage records, property deeds and other documents. After your exciting morning learning about your family history, it’s time to visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines on a private journey! Take part in an evening immersion of the medieval galleries and halls hewn in rock and salt deposits. The world famous Wieliczka salt mine, whose beginnings date back to the Middle Ages, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The mine is an astonishing labyrinth of underground galleries and chambers close to 300 km in length. The public can visit a section lying at a depth between 64m and 135m, and which winds through numerous chambers and lakes, chapels featuring salt-sculpted figurines, bas reliefs and chandeliers. The Chapel of St. Kinga is especially beautiful, and with its dimensions is perhaps more deserving of being called an underground salt church. Learning Experience: Local Archives, Salt Mines Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Krakow

DAY 4: Krakow-Family Remembrance

In the morning, you will be taken to a place of remembrance for your family history to connect with your family tree. After finding out more about your family history from the archives, you will visit the region from where your family came. Perhaps some of the locals will know of your ancestors! After, you will have the opportunity to meet with local wives to discuss and learn about Polish tradition, food, and local craft. You will also sample some of the popular local dishes such as pierogi, Bigos and zurek and many more! Learning Experience: Family Remembrance Journey, Visit with a local Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Krakow

DAY 5: Krakow - Auschwitz – Birkenau - Krakow

After breakfast, you will depart towards Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum with your private car and guide. During the journey, you can speak with the staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Centre to further your knowledge during your visit. Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is a UNESCO listed museum of martyrdom where the Nazis murdered Jews, Poles, Gypsies and Russians during WW II. Oswiecim, a small Silesian town, is the site of Auschwitz concentration camp. At the town border are the three gruesome areas of the former Nazi death camps which now make up a Holocaust Memorial. You will visit Auschwitz I as well as Birkenau, the second and less frequently visited camp. Learning Experience: Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Krakow

DAY 6: Krakow

Today, you will follow the traces of your ancestors in Poland! We will help you to build your family tree and place your own story within it. You will learn of the contributions of your ancestors and share your own family story, with personal help with your family story and family tree. After this experience, you will have time to explore different parts of your family village. Learning Experience: Ancestry Research Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Krakow

DAY 7: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, art and culture programs throughout Europe! Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose to journey back to Poland or consider one of our journeys abroad in Greece, France, Germany, South Africa, Costa Rica, and more! Meals included: Breakfast


Program Registration Fees

2022 Departures & Fees 14 Departures

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March 06, 2022
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£487.50
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March 13, 2022
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March 27, 2022
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April 10, 2022
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May 01, 2022
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May 15, 2022
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June 05, 2022
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June 26, 2022
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August 14, 2022
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September 04, 2022
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September 18, 2022
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October 23, 2022
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October 30, 2022
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Services Included

• 6 nights’ accommodation, sharing a double/twin in a four star hotel, including breakfast • Arrival and departure transfer between Krakow Airport and Krakow Hotel • Entrance to Wawel Castle • Visit to t Auschwitz – Birkanu museum in English • All fees to cemetery, archives

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