Polin Travel is a firm and research center created out of a passion for guiding, history and genealogy. This is the first project in Central Europe combining those three fields in order to provide high quality, individual travel and research services for visitors with different backgrounds and expectations. The firm was created in 2000 in Cracow and has been directed since then by Tomasz Cebulski, Ph.D.
We specialize in Jewish guiding and genealogy services in Poland but we also work in other fields like Christian genealogy in Poland and regular private, expert-guided tours to most popular travel destinations around Cracow and Central Europe. We have special academically designed travel itineraries to Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Cracow, Kazimierz, Wieliczka Salt Mine and the majority of Jewish heritage and Holocaust-related sites in Poland. We guide our tours and lead genealogical research mainly in Poland and former Galicia territory (nowadays partly in Ukraine). Our guiding and genealogy research services also cover the territories of Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine and other countries of Central Europe. We have a broad range of experts in tourism, research and education in Central Europe to be able to customize your tour and provide an unforgettable and enlightening travel opportunity.
Last years brought us a lot of experience with different projects starting with Jewish genealogical researches for individual families, through projects for families of Holocaust survivors, finishing on large, student field tours focusing on Holocaust and minorities heritage in Europe. Among our clients and partners, we have universities, museums, high schools or Jewish communities from the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Israel. All our tours and research projects are tailor-made and are privately guided because we believe in quality, not quantity. Quality, which was valued by many of our former guests who had decided to use our services: Oprah Winfrey, Elie Wiesel, Steven Pinker among the others.
RECOMMENDED PRIVATE TOURS AND STUDY TRIPS
Private, individually guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Cracow Ghetto, Schindler's Factory and Plaszow Camp.
Years of experience have thought us about different motivations of visitors coming to see Auschwitz-Birkenau. Noticing the serious drawbacks of growing mass touristic visits we decided to offer one-day private tours of Auschwitz, according to our academically developed and experience-based itinerary.
There is much about Cracow and Kazimierz which is conceived from the eyes of visitors in the city's history, legends and atmosphere. A good guide on a well-conducted tour can easily unveil this invisible dimension.
One day tour itinerary based on the splendid history of Jewish communities in Poland and Galicia. Villages and cities which before WW II were the very essence of Jewish life in Poland are now waiting to be re-discovered.
Private, individually guided tour of Lublin / Majdanek and Action Reinhard Death Camps of Treblinka, Bełzec and Sobibor.
The three death camps of Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor represent the ultimate evil of the German Nazis and the ultimate destruction of Polish Jewry. Those places are often scarcely known about because the Nazis did their best so that we would not remember them.
You can find more travel itineraries at TOURS, SITES, PAST PROJECTS or HOLOCAUST EDUCATION and JEWISH HERITAGE AND HOLOCAUST TRAVEL MAP OF POLAND.
NEWS FROM POLAND CRACOW AND GALICIA
May 21, 2020 | 21:31 pm
Poland is slowly returning to normality. Assuming there has ever been any normality in the world we live in. Restrictions are lifted, people return to work, services are resumed. At the same time testing is finally starting to reach some secure and steady levels to reflect what we are going through. The State Museum Auschwitz Birkenau has worked out the new system of visiting the site which will be tested on May 30th and 31st. Let's hope that the situation[…]Read more...
Apr 21, 2020 | 18:32 pm
Yom HaShoah 2020 brings back all those encounters, teachings and experiences gained on the paths of studying and learning about Auschwitz – Birkenau. All those genealogical and historical discoveries which finished in tears of joy or pain. Marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau is my duty. The first International March of the Living for me was in 2000 and then every few years I was marching again and again in various capacities. I can't imagine that after 32 years of the[…]Read more...
Apr 19, 2020 | 10:00 am
Yitzhak Zuckerman - "I don't think there's any need to analyze the uprising in military terms. This was a war of less than a thousand people against a mighty army, and no one doubted how it would turn out. This isn't a subject for study in military school. Not the weapons , not the operations, not the tactics. If there's a school to study the human spirit, then it should be a major subject. The really important things were inherent[…]Read more...
Apr 7, 2020 | 21:45 pm
Coronavirus time of isolation proves to be a good time for all those things that we have always been putting off into the undefined future. After tidying up your basement and garage, and just before cleaning your roof tiles one by one on both sides, how about tidying up your family history? In this time of uncertainty and the gradual collapse of the old world’s structures, our families and circles of friends come once more to the forefront. They are[…]Read more...
Mar 29, 2020 | 18:11 pm
FILM AT THE MASS GRAVE OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS IN WOLBROM WITH COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUES TRANSLATED. At the cemetery there are three rectangular, framed and covered with concrete slabs mass graves, with plaques: The first plaque on the first grave reads: "GLORY TO THE MEMORY / OF JEWISH POPULATION / WHO FELL FROM THE HANDS / OF HITLERITE MURDERERS.” The second plaque on the first grave reads: “PLACE OF ETERNAL REST OF 800 VICTIMS / POLISH CITIZENS OF JEWISH NATIONALITY / MURDERED BY[…]Read more...
Mar 29, 2020 | 13:03 pm
FILM IN THE FOREST OF WOLBROM - WOLBROM JEWISH COMMUNITY. The close to 5000 Jewish residents of Wolbrom in 1939 were making close to 60 % of the city population. On September 6th, 1939 the city was taken by the German Wermacht. In the spring of 1942 the fenced-off ghetto was established. In late August 1942 the German Nazis organized the looting of the Wolbrom Jewish community by demanding 20 kg of gold to halt the deportations. In spite of[…]Read more...
Mar 29, 2020 | 12:25 pm
GUIDING AND TOURISM IN THE TIMES OF PANDEMICS OF CORONAVIRUS AND COVID-19. One of the things I am addicted to is talking and interpreting the historical sites, specifically Jewish Heritage sites. The coronavirus is not going to stop me. The Coronavirus made me go on-line and start the YouTube channel on history, genealogy and guiding. You are more than welcome to:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyDt1uffx9B9TwUZDuu-R2Q/The first film connects the Jewish sites in Poland with global pandemics and gives hope for fast recuperation.As for now -[…]Read more...
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Feb 11, 2016 | 14:54 pm
Three years ago Cracow as shaken with news about the MEZCAL Music Club opened in the Beit Midrash Hevra Tehilim in Kraków. The building dates to 1896 and was housing a large synagogue in the ground flor. The walls are still covered with frescoes, floral ornaments, Jerusalem panorama and mythical creatures as well as Hebrew inscriptions. Three years ago against the religious frescoes and quotations glass shelves were installed proudly showing colorful alcohols and liqueurs. The past religious greatness of Cracow[…]Read more...