March of the Living for Adults

2020 Program Dates
April 19–April 26 | Poland Only
April 19–May 3 | Poland + Israel (7-Days)
April 19–May 6 | Poland + Israel (10-Days)
April 26–May 5 | Israel Only

REGISTER

“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 coincides with Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, where 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 jointly organized by BBYO Passport and Authentic Israel. The program is led by Dima Gohshtet, an acclaimed Jewish educator and a professional guide.


PROGRAM ITINERARY

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

[POLAND PROGRAM]

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | Depart for Poland

  • Depart from JFK Airport in NYC
    Travelers have the option to arrange their own flights as well

Monday, April 20, 2020 | Introduction to Jewish Europe

  • Arrive to Krakow in the morning and meet our local staff team
  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry in Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century – including stops at the Remu Synagogue, Tempel Synagogue, old Jewish cemetery and Jozefa Street
  • Check-in to our centrally located hotel and get refreshed
  • Visit the Krakow JCC, now the center of modern Jewish life in Krakow, where we’ll meet with a community leader over dinner at the JCC

OVERNIGHT: Holiday Inn – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Dinner

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day

  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto, the Plaszow Labor Camp and view the Oscar Schindler Factory
  • Continue on to Auschwitz and join thousands of travelers from around the world for the March of the Living
  • Take part in the official Yom HaShoah ceremony at Birkenau attended by political leaders and dignitaries from Poland, Israel and beyond (lunch is provided en route)
  • Return to Krakow for a free evening and dinner on own in Old Town Market Square

OVERNIGHT: Holiday Inn – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | Auschwitz & Birkenau

  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable (packed lunch provided)
  • Continue to Auschwitz I, where we will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria, and Arbeit Macht Frei Gate (lunch is provided en route)
  • Reflections and ceremony at the restored Oświęcim Synagogue near Auschwitz and visit to Jan Skarbek Square to honor the memory of this Catholic priest who was a Righteous Among the Nations
  • Evening: Group processing and sharing opportunities
  • Free evening and dinner on own in Krakow

OVERNIGHT: Holiday Inn – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Thursday, April 23, 2020 | Majdanek and Lublin

  • Depart Krakow and travel north through Poland’s Galicia countryside (lunch is provided en route)
  • Stop for a solemn visit to the Zbylitowska Góra forest mass grave memorial
  • Arrive to the Majdanek concentration camp originally set up in July 1941 for prisoners of war but soon turned into a death camp for Jews and Poles
  • Continue on to Warsaw and check-in to our accommodations
  • Evening: Free evening and dinner on own in Warsaw’s Old Town district

OVERNIGHT: Holiday Inn – Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Friday, April 24, 2020 | Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

  • Uprising! – Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Umschlagplatz – Gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Make an optional afternoon visit to the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, one of Europe’s largest Jewish cemeteries
  • Return to our hotel and prepare for Shabbat
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat services at the historic Nozyk Shul followed by Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw Marriott Hotel – Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Saturday, April 25, 2020 | Shabbat in Warsaw

  • Shabbat programming options and closing lunch in Warsaw
  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN)
  • Afternoon: Learn about contemporary Jewish life in Poland meeting with artists from the “Mi Polin” collective
  • Havdallah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week
  • Evening: Group night out and dinner on own in Warsaw’s historic Old Town

OVERNIGHT: Warsaw Marriott Hotel – Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sunday, April 26, 2020 | Returning Home

  • Transfer to Warsaw Airport for the group flight back to NYC (arriving back that same day) or the group flight continuing on to Tel Aviv

[ISRAEL PROGRAM]

Sunday, April 26, 2020 | Continue to Israel

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport in the afternoon
  • Stop for a welcome ceremony at the Hannah Szenes Memorial at her historic home kibbutz of Sdot Yam on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Check-in to our hotel in Zichron Yaakov, the historic pioneering town founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild in the Carmel Mountains
  • Dinner and wine tasting at the Tishbi Winery

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

Monday, April 27, 2020 | A Young Nation of Immigrants

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

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | Remembering the Sacrifice

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day 

  • Depart from the Carmel Mountains and travel to Tel Aviv
  • The Rabin Center – Recount the story of the State of Israel through the lens of Israel’s most famous soldier-statesman – and stop at the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial
  • Break for lunch at Café Jaffa Restaurant
  • Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa, and then travel up the coastline on a bicycle tour from Jaffa to the stylish Tel Aviv Port (Segways and e-bikes are available)
  • The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Tel Aviv on your
  • Evening: Join in Tel Aviv’s local Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) celebrations!

OVERNIGHT: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | Celebrating Independence

Today is Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day

  • Option #1 – Day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea (extra cost)
  • Option #2 – Free day to enjoy Tel Aviv on your own
  • Option #3 – Celebrate Independence Day in Jerusalem
    After a relaxed morning in Tel Aviv, you’ll travel to Jerusalem to take part in March of the Living’s march from City Hall to the Western Wall
  • Evening: Attend a special Independence Day concert and event sponsored by March of the Living (dinner included)

OVERNIGHT: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | Arts & Culture in Tel Aviv

  • Embark on a tour of Hebrew graffiti art in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood
  • Sample your way through the Levinsky Market with a “Shuk Bites” tasting card
  • Depart from Tel Aviv, and ascend to Jerusalem, stopping en route to visit Latrun Fortress, the site of a key battle for Jerusalem in the 1948 War for Independence
  • Check-in to our hotel in Jerusalem and enjoy dinner on your own

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem Hotel (TBD)
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Friday, May 1, 2020 | Returning to the Old City

  • Enter the Old City and visit the Western Wall complex with the option to tour the Kotel Tunnels or the Southern Wall Excavations
  • Continue on to the heart of the Jewish Quarter at Zion Gate – Explore the restored Hurva Shul and view the Temple Mount from the Aish HaTorah rooftop
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat dinner is at our accommodations, joined by Lone Soldiers in the IDF

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem Hotel (TBD)
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

All touring today is on foot

  • Morning Option #1: Attend Shabbat services in Jerusalem
  • Morning Option #2: Explore the layered history of Jerusale at the Tower of David Museum, and follow the path of the Rampart Walls around the Old City from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate, including a visit to David’s Tomb on Mount Zion
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of Jerusalem’s historic Rehavia neighborhood, viewing the Prime Minister’s and President’s residences along the way
  • Free evening and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem Hotel (TBD)
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.


Sunday, May 3, 2020 | To the Negev Desert

  • Depart from Jerusalem, and head south towards the Negev Desert
  • Explore the Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Ethiopian cooking workshop and lunch at Atachlit
  • Encounter Israel’s Bedouin community at the Lakiya women’s weaving initiative
  • Arrive to the Ramon Crater and check-in to our accommodations in this thriving desert town by the edge of the crater
  • Evening: Free evening and dinner on own in Mitzpe Ramon

OVERNIGHT: Ramon Suites, Mitzpe Ramon
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, May 4, 2020 | The Desert Blooms

  • Morning Option #1: Go on a morning hike on the Ramon Crater floor
  • Morning Option #2: Learn about the geological phenomenon of the crater at the Ramon Crater Visitor Center
  • Honor Paula & David Ben Gurion’s legacy at their modest desert home in Sde Boker
  • Discover how Israel is fulfilling their vision for a desert in bloom at the Ramat HaNegev desert agriculture research facility
  • Discover the hidden beauty of the desert on an off-road jeep tour in Nahal Tzin 
  • Experience a traditional Poike Pot dinner and bonfire in the desert wilderness

OVERNIGHT: Ramon Suites, Mitzpe Ramon
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | Innovation & Adaptation in the Desert

  • The Salad Trail – Taste the wonders of Israel’s desert agriculture revolution
  • Continue to Sderot near the Gaza frontier – Learn how this community adapted to its reality visiting a fortified playground
  • Tour of the Yaakov Agam Museum of Art, and learn about one of Israel’s more pre-eminent modern artists
  • Return to Tel Aviv for final shopping time and a closing dinner at Goshen Restaurant
  • Evening – Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights onwards

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Ariving Home

Arrive back to NYC in the morning

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • An optional group flight from/to JFK Airport in NYC
    One-way segments of the group flight are also available by special request
  • 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
  • A combination of centrally located, 4-star and 5-star hotels per the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals per the itinerary
  • Luxury private air-conditioned touring bus
  • All programming ccosts per the itinerary
  • VIP reserved seating at the Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration

Not Included: Travel insurance (a group policy is optional), staff gratuities, meals not noted as included in the itinerary, and hotel incidentals

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 around January 2020, 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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WHAT IT COSTS

Sign up at least five months in advance to guarantee your participation and receive a $100/person discount off the posted program costs. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are entirely commitment-free.

Double Room Occupancy Single Room Supplement
Poland Program
Land costs only
$3,050/p $800/p
Poland Program
Land + flight costs
$3,950/p $800/p
Poland + 7-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$5,325/p $1,400/p
Poland + 7-Day Israel Program
Land + flight costs
$6,925/p $1,400/p
Poland + 10-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$5,825/p $1,600/p
Poland + 10-Day Israel Program
Land + flight costs
$7,425/p $1,650/p

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


REGISTRATION

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

ENROLLMENT TERMS

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of registration
    NOTE: A $100/person discount is available when you sign up by November 19, 2019
  • The deposit is fully refundable up till December 5, 2019, after which all payments are non-refundable
  • The balance of program costs is due by January 15, 2019
  • 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 initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • The program is subject to a maximum of 40 travelers
  • 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.

Can I upgrade to business class on the group flight?

Yes. Please contact us to make special arrangements.

How do I get ready for the trip?

Detailed pre-trip material is distributed approximately three 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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