MARCH OF THE LIVING FOR ADULTS

2023 PROGRAM DATES

  • April 16 – April 23 | Poland Only
  • April 16 – April 29 | Poland + 7-Day Israel [FULL]
  • April 16 – May 2 | Poland + 10-Day Israel [FULL]
  • April 23 – April 29 or May 2 | Israel Only [FULL]

2024 PROGRAM DATES

  • May 3 – May 10 | Poland Only
  • May 3 – May 15 | Poland + 6-Day Israel
  • May 3 – May 18 | Poland + 9-Day Israel
  • May 9 – May 15 or May 18 | Israel Only

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AVAILABILITY UPDATE
There are currently 4 spots remaining on the 2023 program in Poland, and we expect to close registration at the end of January. The Israel part of the program is available on a waitlist basis only.

"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.

REMEMBRANCE 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 the 75th anniversary of 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

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023 | Depart for Poland

Travelers make their own flight arrangements to Poland and can arrive 1-2 days in advance at our Krakow hotel. A recommended flight has been designated for travelers wishing to arrive together with connecting options across North America.  

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2023 | The Kazmierz Legacy

  • Our recommended flight arrives to Krakow at 11:50am
    Travelers arriving on the designated flight and other flights arriving in the same timeframe will be accommodated with a complimentary airport transfer
  • Check-in to our hotel in Krakow - get to know our staff team and get oriented to the experience
  • Introductory walking tour to Kazmierz - Krakow's historic Jewish Quarter
  • Evening: Visit the Krakow JCC, now the center of modern Jewish life in Krakow, where we'll meet with a community leader over dinner

OVERNIGHT: Qbus Hotel - Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Dinner

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2023 | Confronting Auschwitz & Birkenau

  • Honor the achievements of Polish Jewry dating back to the 14th Century - including stops at the Remu Synagogue, Tempel Synagogue, old Jewish cemetery, and Jozefa Street
  • 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
  • Evening: Group processing and sharing opportunities followed by a free evening and dinner on own in Krakow

OVERNIGHT: Qbus Hotel - Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2023 | 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 (lunch is provided en-route)
  • Take part in the official Yom HaShoah ceremony at Birkenau attended by political leaders and dignitaries from Poland, Israel, and beyond
  • Return to Krakow for a free evening and dinner on your own in Old Town Market Square

OVERNIGHT: Qbus Hotel - Kraków, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2023 | The Galicia Countryside

  • 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
  • Break along the way to explore the Castle of Lancut and learn about the local Jewish community with lunch included
  • Arrive to Lublin and enter the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, a famed center of Jewish learning and the site of a massive Nazi book burning
  • Check-in to our hotel in central Lublin, followed by a free evening and dinner on own in Lublin's Old Town district

OVERNIGHT: Hampton by Hilton - Lublin, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2023 | Lublin & Majdanek

  • Morning walking tour in Lublin: The historic Old City, Jewish Ghetto, Maharshal, and Grodzka Gate
  • Arrive to the Majdanek concentration camp, originally set up in July 1941 for prisoners of war but soon turned into an infamous death camp for Jews and Poles
  • Continue on to Warsaw and check-in to our accommodations
  • Free evening and dinner on own in Old Town Warsaw

OVERNIGHT: The Westin Hotel - Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023 | 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
  • Travel north from Warsaw for a solemn visit to the stark Treblinka Memorial
  • Return to Warsaw and prepare for our Shabbat together in Poland
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the historic Nozyk Shul followed by Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: The Westin Hotel - Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 | Shabbat in Warsaw

All touring today is on foot

  • Shabbat programming options followed by a closing group lunch in Warsaw
  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN)
  • 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: The Westin Hotel - Warsaw, Poland
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023 | The Journey Continues

Transfer to Warsaw Airport for onward flights:

  • Flights to USA | Our designated flight departs Warsaw at 6:10am
    Travelers flying on the designated flight and other flights departing in the same timeframe will be accommodated with a complimentary airport transfer
  • Flights to Tel Aviv |  An option group flight will be offered for purchase
    We expect the group flight will take off for Israel either on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday morning (TBD)

PART II | ISRAEL REVISITED

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023 | The Land of Renewal

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and head north to the Carmel Mountains region of Israel
  • Check-in to our hotel in Zichron Yaakov, the historic pioneering town founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild 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
  • 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
  • Evening: Tasting, tour, and welcome dinner at the Binyamina Winery

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

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2023 | 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 - Israel's Memorial Day
  • Dinner is included at the hotel this evening

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2023 | Remembering the Sacrifice

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day 

  • Depart from the Carmel Mountains and travel toward Jerusalem
  • Stop en route at Kastel Fortress, the site of a key battle for Jerusalem in the 1948 War for Independence - observe a minute of silence as the national Yom HaZikaron siren sounds
  • Arrive to Jerusalem, and sample your way through Jerusalem's iconic Mahane Yehuda open-air market using the"Shuk Bites" tasting card
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the newly dedicated Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, a project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Evening: Dinner on your own and join Jerusalem's Erev Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations!

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2023 | 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 Jerusalem on your own
  • Option #3 - Celebrate Independence Day in Jerusalem taking part in March of the Living's parade from City Hall to the Western Wall
  • 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, APRIL 27, 2023 | Arts & Culture in Tel Aviv

  • Depart Jerusalem for a day trip to Tel Aviv, Israel's cultural and commercial capital
  • Volunteer at the Jaffa Institute - An innovative charity dedicated to combating poverty
  • Discover the secrets to Israel's success at the Peres Center for Innovation in Jaffa
  • Break for lunch on own in Jaffa with time to explore the Jaffa Flea Market
  • Tour Independence Hall - Explore the story of modern Israel's creation and its founding values
  • Dinner at Balinjera - Enjoy traditional Ethiopian food while being inspired by the restaurant owner's story
  • Return to Jerusalem in the evening

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023 | Returning to the Old City

  • Explore new discoveries at the City of David complex, including the recently excavated Herodian Road, once used by pilgrims on their way to the Temple
  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the ancient Jewish Quarter, including a visit to the restored Hurva Shul
  • Break for personal exploration and shopping time in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter
  • View of the Temple Mount from the Aish HaTorah rooftop and proceed to the Western Wall
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for our Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Kabbalat Shabbat options followed by a Shabbat dinner is at our accommodations, joined by Lone Soldiers in the IDF

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

All touring today is on foot

  • Morning Options:
    • Relaxed morning to enjoy Jerusalem on your own or attend Shabbat services
    • Return to the Old City to tour the world heritage sites of the Christian Quarter and Arab Shuk (bazaar), including a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our accommodations
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of Jerusalem's historic Nachlaot neighborhood and explore the graffiti art of Mahane Yehuda that is only visible after market hours
  • Evening Options:
    • An optional transfer is included to Ben Gurion Airport for those departing on overnight flights
    • Group night out at the First Station - a vibrant cultural center on the site of Jerusalem's original train station

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, APRIL 30, 2023 | To the Negev Desert

  • Depart from Jerusalem, and head south towards the Negev Desert
  • Tel Azeqa - learn about the battle of David Vs Goliath overlooking the battleground
  • Explore the Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Continue on to the desert city of Be'er Sheva for lunch on own and a visit to the traditional site of Abraham's Well
  • Arrive to our accommodations in the heart of the Negev Desert overlooking Nahal Tzin Canyon - dinner is included at the hotel
  • Evening: Explore the bright night sky of the desert on a guided tour with Astronomy Israel

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

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2023 | The Desert Blooms

  • Honor Paula & David Ben Gurion's legacy at their modest desert home in Sde Boker
  • Taste the fruits of Israel's desert agricultural revolution at the Sde Boker Winery
  • 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
  • Evening: Enjoy our resort hotel facilities with dinner included at our accommodations

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

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023 | Shalom U'Lhitraot

  • Continue to Sderot near the Gaza frontier - Learn how this community adapted to its reality by visiting an underground playground
  • 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 Sarona Market, the historic German Templar Colony transformed into a cultural center
  • Evening - An optional transfer to Ben Gurion Airport is included for self-booked overnight flights onwards

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers for those traveling on the recommended flight and other similarly timed-flights
  • 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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel Insurance
    Protect your investment, and plan ahead for the unexpected with a travel protection plan
  • Medical insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Hotel incidentals

2023 PROGRAM FLOW

Map of Israel Travel Itinerary

 

Map of Israel Travel Itinerary

ARRANGING YOUR TRAVEL
Travelers arrange their own trans-Atlantic incoming and outgoing flights. An optional group flight between Warsaw and Tel Aviv is offered for travelers connected from Poland to Israel. Recommended flights are designated for travelers wishing to travel to and from Poland together. These flights are recommended based on the availability of connecting flights from many North American airports. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for travelers flying on the recommended flights or similarly timed flights.

Arriving in Krakow
Flights connecting with Lufthansa #1384 departing from Frankfurt at 10:20am and arriving to Krakow at 11:50am

Departing from Warsaw
Flights connecting with Lufthansa #1353 departing from Warsaw at 6:10am and arriving to Frankfurt at 7:55am

Departing from Tel Aviv
No flights are recommended, travelers on overnight flights departing anytime between 11pm on April 29th and 1am on April 30th will be accommodated with an airport transfer (at the end of the 7-day tour option). Similarly, travelers on overnight flights departing anytime between 11pm on May 2nd and 1am on May 3rd will be accommodated with an airport transfer (at the end of the 10-day tour option).

NOTE: Travelers wishing to arrive early can be accommodated at the group hotels based on the group hotel rate and according to availability.

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PROGRAM COSTS

Double Room Occupancy Single Room Supplement
Poland Program
Land costs only
$3,300/p $650/p
Poland + 7-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$5,950/p $1,650/p
Poland + 10-Day Israel Program
Land costs only
$6,650/p $2,075/p
Warsaw to Tel Aviv flight
Details to be accounted in late 2022
$TBD/p $TBD/p


ENROLLMENT TERMS

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

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person fully refundable deposit is due at the time of your registration (all program costs are listed in US Dollars)
  • The deposit becomes non-refundable as of December 15, 2022
  • The balance is due by February 15, 2023, after which all payments are non-refundable and exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis at Authentic Israel's discretion
  • Separate payment and cancellation terms may apply to the group flight (TBD)
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain a 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
  • Authentic Israel reserves 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.

How many people travel in a group?

For 2023, we plan to host no more than 30-35 adult travelers per group, and we intend to host two or three groups in Poland and one group in Israel.

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 on 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.

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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