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 MuseumCracowKazimierzWieliczka 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  SlovakiaCzech 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.

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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.

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Private, individually guided tour of Cracow, Kazimierz, Cracow Ghetto and Schindler's Factory.

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.

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Private, individually guided tour of Polish Shtetls.

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.

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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.

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You can find more travel itineraries at TOURSSITESPAST PROJECTS or HOLOCAUST EDUCATION and JEWISH HERITAGE AND HOLOCAUST TRAVEL MAP OF POLAND.

NEWS FROM POLAND CRACOW AND GALICIA

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    Mar 29, 2020 | 18:11 pm

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  • WOLBROM JEWISH COMMUNITY

    Mar 29, 2020 | 13:03 pm

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  • GUIDING AND TOURISM IN THE TIMES OF PANDEMICS OF CORONAVIRUS AND COVID-19

    Mar 29, 2020 | 12:25 pm

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  • Jan Karski monument in Kraków at the Remuh synagogue

    Feb 12, 2016 | 09:29 am

    Jan Karski monument in Kraków at the Remuh synagogue A new visitor on a bench at the entrance to Remuh Synagogue in Cracow. Monument unveiled on January 26th , 2016.

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  • Beit Midrash Hevra Tehilim in Kraków

    Feb 11, 2016 | 14:54 pm

    Beit Midrash Hevra Tehilim in Kraków 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[…]

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  • SCHINDLER'S FACTORY - Cracow under the German Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945

    Nov 30, 2015 | 19:33 pm

    In summer 2010 the Krakow's Historical Museum opened its new branch at the premises of the former Schindler’s Factory. This modern museum is to present the history of Krakow under the German Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945. Large part of the exhibition is devoted to show life and annihilation of the Krakow’s ghetto. The museum is arranged chronologically, giving the visitor a unique opportunity to follow the war time narration and experience of occupation reality. The numerous artistic means[…]

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  • MIZRAHI SYNAGOGUE IN BĘDZIN was re-opened after five years of renovation works

    Nov 30, 2015 | 19:32 pm

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  • MARKET SQUARE/RYNEK UNDERGROUND - Following the traces of the European identity of Kraków

    Nov 30, 2015 | 19:32 pm

    In autumn 2010 the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow opened its brand new exhibition in the excavated undergrounds of the Market Square and Cloth Hall building. This museum is the result of many years of archeological works undertaken in the very core of 1000 years history of Krakow and close to 800 years since its location. The archeologists reached the base level, indicating the first human activities in this area around 8 meters below the present surface of[…]

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  • Kazmierz Smoleń the former prisoner of Auschwitz-Birkenau number 1327, and long time director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum passed away on January 27th,2012.

    Nov 30, 2015 | 19:30 pm

    Kazimierz Smoleń the former prisoner of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and long time director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum passed away on January 27th,2012. Kazimierz Smoleń was arrested in April 1940, deported to Auschwitz on July 6th, 1940 he was given a KL Auschwitz number 1327. He survived the camp for the next almost five years. On January 18th, 1945 with Auschwitz evacuation he was deported to Mauthausen. Finally Kazimierz Smoleń was liberated on May 6th,1945 in Ebensee, a sub camp of Mauthausen, over[…]

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