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
Jul 9, 2020 | 13:21 pm
First time at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum as guide after 141 days of absence in guiding directly at the Museum, due to COVID-19 shutdown. Within those 141 days I performed many on-line lectures and even virtual guided tours about the history and virtual space of Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka. In the time of shutdown I was at those sites few times on my own to mark important anniversaries and pay tribute to victims. I have produced multiple movies and educational materials commenting on history but also the[…]Read more...
80th Anniversary of the first transport of Polish inmates to KL Auschwitz. On June 14th, 1940 Auschwitz begins to function.Jun 15, 2020 | 09:50 am
POLITICAL ROCK BOTTOM - ROCK BOTTOM OF AUSCHWITZ Tomasz Cebulski, PhD Film: https://youtu.be/zLqmMkAzulo Is there such a thing as rock bottom in politics? A level below which you cannot possibly go in the fight for power? History has demonstrated many times over just how low you can fall, while dragging into the ideological snares your supporters, themselves addicted to the very vision of power. Unfortunately, there exists a dangerous line in every single instance of testing such rock bottom. The line of[…]Read more...
Jun 12, 2020 | 13:23 pm
Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz opened for two days after corona virus / COVID-19 shutdown. There are new entry procedures protecting the visitors and staff. The exhibit is made more spacious to avoid exposure. There is a new outdoor exhibit providing historical context. Film from the first day of the museum functioning after lock down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UqoYrB8q0sRead more...
May 31, 2020 | 11:13 am
The Auschwitz -Birkenau State Museum is gradually opening, putting the security of visitors and staff as a priority. It is not the first time when they have to walk the uncharted territory in order to make their work better. I was among the first visitors to enter and I was impressed with how professionally they manage the new reality. As for now keeping all those restrictions will be easy as the numbers of people entering are low. Latter some changes[…]Read more...
May 29, 2020 | 13:38 pm
I go to Auschwitz-Birkenau tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th, 2020 as a visitor. Probably the first time since I was 16. I have a ticket with my name and can’t wait to see the site after it was closed to visitors for two months due to COVID-19. My first ticket to enter Auschwitz-Birkenau, ever. This was the longest closure and human crowd abandonment of Auschwitz since 1917. In 1917 some of the buildings were constructed[…]Read more...
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...