MARCH OF THE LIVING FOR ADULTS

2022 PROGRAM DATES

  • April 25-May 1 | Poland Only
  • April 25-May 7 | Poland + Israel (7-Days)
  • April 25-May 10 | Poland + Israel (10-Days)
  • May 1-May 7 or 10 | Israel Only

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REGISTRATION UPDATE | Although the 2021 March of the Living for Adults is impossible due to public health considerations, we are planning ahead with confidence for 2022 and registration is now available on a commitment-free basis.

“Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By.” – Elie Wiesel

Travel with us on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of remembrance and renewal as part of the Adult Delegation to the International March of the Living.

REMEMBERANCE IN POLAND
Together, we’ll celebrate the historical achievements of the Jewish People in Europe and bear witness to all that was lost. Our program in Poland will take us to the cities of Krakow, Tarnow, Lublin, and Warsaw, and it coincides with Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), when we will march in unity with thousands of young people from Auschwitz to Birkenau and take part in a special ceremony attended by dignitaries from around the world.

RENEWAL IN ISRAEL (optional)
Participants have the option to continue to Israel for a tour designed for travelers returning to the Jewish Homeland anew. Together, we’ll make new discoveries in the Carmel Mountains, Ramon Crater, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Our itinerary coincides with the national holidays of Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day). Together we’ll observe the national siren where the entire country stands in honor of those lost, and we’ll experience the authentic joy of celebrating Israeli independence, dancing in the streets of Jerusalem.

Whether you travel to Poland only or Poland and Israel, you will find the March of the Living for Adults to be a highly emotional experience. More than a tour, this is an opportunity to bear witness to one of history’s darkest hours, recommit yourself to the Never Again imperative, and reinforce Jewish values of compassion, tolerance, and action.

March of the Living for Adults is an official delegation to the International March of the Living. Our delegation is jointly organized by BBYO Passport and Authentic Israel and is led by our acclaimed Jewish educators and professional guides.


PROGRAM ITINERARY

The following is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on local considerations:

[PART I | BEARING WITNESS IN POLAND]

SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022 | Depart for Poland

  • Our optional group flight departs from NYC in the evening
    Travelers have the option to arrange their own flights and can check-in to our Warsaw hotel 1-2 nights in advance of the group

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2022 | Glimpses of a Glorious Past

  • Arrive in Warsaw and meet our local staff team as our journey begins
  • Discover the former grandeur of Jewish life in Poland at the Nozyk Shul and the historic Jewish Cemetery in central Warsaw
  • Evening: Get oriented to the March of the Living experience over a welcome dinner in Warsaw

OVERNIGHT: TBA – Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Dinner

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2022 | Uprising & Defiance

  • Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at the Rappaport Memorial
  • Umschlagplatz – The gathering place for Warsaw’s Jewish community before their transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Ascent the “Warsaw Uprising Mound”, an artificial hill built from the rubble of the Ghetto, to gain a different perspective on what was lost
  • Travel north to explore the remains of the infamous Treblinka Death Camp
  • Return to Warsaw for a free evening in Old Town with dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: TBA – Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022 | The Tale of Tarnow

  • This morning we visit the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) where we will learn about the colorful history of Poland’s Jewish community
  • Depart Warsaw and travel through Poland’s Galicia countryside towards Krakow
  • Stop along the way to enter the forest of Zbylitowska Gora where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered and buried in mass graves
    a packed lunch is provided en-route
  • Arrive in Krakow and check-in to our accommodations
  • Evening: Participate in a ceremony marking the beginning of Erev Yom HaShoah

OVERNIGHT: TBA – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022 | The March of the Living

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 

  • Morning reflections at the restored Oświęcim Synagogue, home of a once-thriving Jewish community in the shadows of Auschwitz
  • Arrive to the grounds of Auschwitz where we will join thousands of travelers from around the world for the International March of the Living
    a delivered lunch is provided en-route
  • Take part in the official Yom HaShoah ceremony at Birkenau, attended by world political, religious, and academic leaders
  • Evening: Return to Krakow – group night out of at Market Square with dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: TBA – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 | Confronting Reality

  • Morning: Trace the Holocaust’s early impact on Jewish life at the Plaszow Labor Camp
  • Return to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
    a delivered lunch is provided en-route
  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau – where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable, including the Children’s Barrack
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for a shared Kabbalat Shabbat in Kazmierz, Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter, followed by a festive Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: TBA – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022 | A Kazmierz Shabbat

  • Shabbat service options at a traditional or egalitarian synagogue
  • Morning walking tour: Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century – including stops at the Remu SynagogueTempel Synagogue, the old Jewish cemetery, and Jozefa Street
  • Visit the Krakow JCC, now the center of local Jewish life, where we’ll meet with a community leader and celebrate our journey over Shabbat lunch
  • Afternoon walking tour: Explore the remains of the Krakow Ghetto and view the Oscar Schindler Factory
  • Evening: Mark the start of a new week with Havdallah followed by a group night out with dinner on own in Krakow’s Market Square

OVERNIGHT: TBA – Krakow, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022 | The Journey Continues

  • Pick-up from the hotel for a transfer to Krakow Airport for those on the group flight back to NYC or onwards to Israel

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


[PART II | ISRAEL REVISITED]

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022 | The Land of Renewal

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport in the early morning
  • Stop for a welcome ceremony at Ramat HaNadiv Park in the Carmel Mountains, the resting place of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, a prime supporter of the 19th century Aliyah Movement
  • Check-in to our hotel in Zichron Yaakov, an early Aliyah Movement town in the Carmel Mountains (breakfast included) – The rest of the day is free to relax, enjoy the hotel facility and explore the Zichron Yaakov community
  • Evening: Tasting, tour, and Israel welcome dinner at the Binyamina Winery

OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner 

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022 | A Young Nation of Immigrants

  • Short walking tour of Zichron Yaakov – celebrate the pioneers who risked it all for a new beginning in the Land of Israel
  • Atlit Detention Camp – Learn about the challenges faced by Jewish refugees arriving on the shores of Israel following the Holocaust
  • Experience how Israel absorbs its immigrants of today at Yemin Orde Youth Village – including a shared lunch with the student community
  • Ein Hod Artists’ Colony – Explore this picturesque village of artists and craftspeople in the Carmel Mountains
  • Evening: Attend a local ceremony marking the start of Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day
  • Dinner is included at the hotel this evening

OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2022 | Remembering the Sacrifice

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day 

  • Depart from the Carmel Mountains and travel to Jerusalem
  • Stop en route to visit Latrun Fortress, the site of a key battle for Jerusalem in the 1948 War for Independence (the national siren will be observed here)
  • Ascend to Jerusalem – welcome ceremony at the Haas Promenade overlook
  • Mahane Yehuda – Experience this colorful open-air marketplace and sample your way through the market with the “Shuk Bites” lunch card
  • Check-in to our central Jerusalem accommodations
  • Evening: Join Jerusalem’s local Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations!

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2022 | Celebrating Independence

  • Morning – Walking tour of Jerusalem’s historic Rechavia and Nachlaot neighborhoods
  • Today is Yom HaAtzmaut – Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marching from City Hall to the Western Wall with the people of Jerusalem
  • Evening: Attend a special Yom HaAtzmaut concert and event sponsored by March of the Living International with dinner included

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022 | Returning to the Old City

  • Option #1 – Old City tour including the Southern Wall and City of David Excavations
  • Option #2 – Day tour to Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022 | The Spirit of Tel Aviv

  • Travel to Tel Aviv for a daylong visit to Israel’s cultural and commercial capital
  • Discover the secrets to Israel’s success at the Peres Center for Innovation in Jaffa
  • Tap into the spirit of Tel Aviv at the Nahalat Binyamin Street Festival and the Carmel Market
  • Afternoon free time to soak in Tel Aviv’s beach culture and shopping
  • Return to Jerusalem and prepare for the start of Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel (optional) followed by Shabbat dinner at our accommodations, joined by Lone Soldiers in the IDF

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

All touring today is on foot

  • Shabbat programming options are available in the morning
  • Guided tour of the graffiti art at Mahane Yehuda, only visible when the market is closed
  • Lunch is included at our accommodations
  • Afternoon – Life Beyond the Old City Walls: Montefiore’s Windmill, Yemin Moshe and the Jerusalem First Station Market
  • Celebrate Havdalah and the start of a new week – free evening and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

NOTE: Travelers have the option to end their program on Saturday night, and a transfer will be provided to Ben Gurion Airport this evening at no additional cost. This package option does not include the hotel in Jerusalem on Saturday night unless otherwise arranged through our office in advance.


SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022 | To the Negev Desert

  • Depart from Jerusalem, and head south towards the Negev Desert
  • Explore the Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Take part in a traditional Ethiopian cooking workshop and lunch at Atachlit
  • Encounter Israel’s Bedouin community at the Lakiya women’s weaving initiative
  • Arrive in the Negev Desert and check-in to our accommodations above the Nahal Tzin Canyon – dinner is included at the hotel
  • Evening: Explore the deep desert night sky on a guided tour with Astronomy Israel

OVERNIGHT: Kedma Hotel, Negev Desert
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022 | The Desert Blooms

  • Discover how Israel is fulfilling their vision for a desert in bloom at the Ramat HaNegev desert agriculture research facility
  • Honor Paula & David Ben Gurion’s legacy at their modest desert home in Sde Boker
  • Learn about the geological phenomenon of the crater at the Ramon Crater Visitor Center, and explore the Crater’s stark features on a nature walk of the Crater’s floor
  • Discover the hidden beauty of the desert on an off-road jeep tour with a professional geologist in Nahal Tzin
  • Experience a traditional Poike Pot dinner and bonfire in the desert wilderness

OVERNIGHT: Kedma Hotel, Negev Desert
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2022 | Shalom U’Lhitraot

  • Continue to Sderot near the Gaza frontier – Learn how this community adapted to its reality visiting a fortified playground
  • Learn about how Israel has addressed its persistent water challenges on a tour of its world-leading desalination plant in Ashkelon
  • Explore the Yaakov Agam Museum of Art, and discover the life story of Israel’s pre-eminent modern artist
  • Return to Tel Aviv for final shopping time, wrap-up session, and closing dinner at Goshen Restaurant
  • Evening – Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights onwards

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022 | Arriving Home

Arrive back to NYC in the morning

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • An optional group flight from/to NYC
    Travelers may use individual segments of the group flight and/or may request the assistance of a travel agent to book independent flights
  • Airport transfers for those traveling on the group flight
  • A Jewish educational guide accompanies the group throughout
  • A local tour manager and security escort accompany the group in Poland
  • Centrally located, 4-star and 5-star hotels per the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals per the itinerary
  • Luxury private touring bus with A/C
  • All programming costs per the itinerary
  • VIP reserved seating at the Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration
  • Remote audio headsets
  • March of the Living backpack and rain jacket
  • Sources & Resources booklet

NOT INCLUDED


POLAND ROUTE
March of the living - Poland Trip Route

ISRAEL ROUTE (optional)
Israel Revisited Map


ARRANGING YOUR TRAVEL
An optional round-trip group flight is offered from JFK Airport in New York City. Travelers are also welcomed to use one-way segments of the group flight. Exact flight details will be released in January 2022, and participants are encouraged not to make connecting travel plans till the international flights are confirmed. Travelers who elect to arrange their own flights will also be responsible for their arrival and departure airport transfers unless otherwise arranged via our office. Travelers wishing to arrive early or stay later can be accommodated at the group hotels based on the group hotel rate and according to availability.

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PROGRAM COSTS

Early registration for the 20212March of the Living for Adults is now open based on the 2021 program price for a limited time. Deposits are fully refundable up untill December 4, 2021, so your savings are commitment-free.

Double Room Occupancy Single Room Supplement
Poland Program
Land costs only
$3,150/p $850/p
Poland Program
Land + flight costs
$4,300/p $850/p
Poland + 7-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$5,450/p $1,800/p
Poland + 7-Day Israel Program
Land + flight costs
$7,550/p $1,800/p
Poland + 10-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$6,150/p $2,125/p
Poland + 10-Day Israel Program
Land + flight costs
$8,250/p  $2,125/p
Warsaw to Tel Aviv flight only
Combined with Israel land program
$500/p $500/p

NOTE: Travelers are also able to use individual segments of the group flight by special request. Contact us for additional details.


ENROLLMENT TERMS

Sign up for March of the Living for Adults by completing the online Registration Form

  • To confirm your participation, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration (all program costs are listed in US Dollars)
  • The deposit is fully refundable up until December 4, 2021, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance of program costs is due by January 15, 2022
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain our group-discounted travel insurance policy
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to the initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • BBYO and Authentic Israel reserve the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to their sole discretion

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FAQs

Who staffs the tour?

March of the Living for Adults is led by a professional Jewish educator/guide who escorts the tour on a 24/7 basis. Our program leader is joined by a local tour manager and a security escort in Poland.

Will we be traveling with teens?

March of the Living for Adults is an official part of the overall March of the Living initiative, but we travel independently of the many teen groups who comprise the majority of the program. We stay at separate hotels, have separate meals, and we travel with our own separate staff team. For those who wish, there will be opportunities for some shared moments with the BBYO National Teen Delegation.

How active is the touring?

March of the Living for adults is intended for active adult travelers. Our days are full of experiences designed to provide you with as complete and as emotionally rich an experience as possible. Although the program does not have age guidelines, the itinerary involves a good amount of walking and some long travel days in general.

Is the tour kosher and Shabbat observant?

March of the Living for Adults is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience open to all. Group meals are kosher and other meals are own at the traveler’s discretion. All touring on Saturdays is on foot, and there are opportunities to participate in local Shabbat services.

How are special dietary needs accommodated?

Travelers can note any special dietary needs as part of online registration. We will coordinate with our catering partners to arrange special accommodations wherever possible.

Can I leave Poland or Israel earlier than the official dates?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements.

Can I use half of the group flight only?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements (exact details will be available in January).

Can I upgrade to business class on the group flight?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements (exact details will be available in January).

How do I get ready for the trip?

Detailed pre-trip material is distributed approximately four months prior to arrival. You’ll also be invited to a trip Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch afterward.

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