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
Jan 30, 2021 | 10:06 am
January 27, 1945, the date of liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau is remembered today as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ironically this date didn’t mean freedom for most of the Auschwitz inmates, two weeks earlier they were forced into the death marches direction west. For those who will survive march, transportation, chaos, new camp registration freedom will come only in April , May 1945.January 27, 1945 for the German-Nazis was yet another day for covering up the evidence of Auschwitz existence.[…]Read more...
Jan 23, 2021 | 12:40 pm
January 17th , 1945 was the day of the last roll call in Auschwitz system . Over 67.000 prisoners of which close to 19.000 of women and over 48.000 of man were counted still alive. The next few days till January 21st were marked with a hectic evacuation of Auschwitz inmates direction west. In over 40 subcamps of Auschwitz scattered in southern Poland the SS guards formed a human chain of 56.000 of inmates and forced them to march for[…]Read more...
Sep 21, 2020 | 09:52 am
Sky Heritage Pictures is the new initiative of Polin Travel to show historical and Holocaust sites in form of innovative documentary films. or at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjr8CpauwwMTourism in the age of Coronavirus resembled the seven stages of grief.March was about shock and denial. Observing the next and next countries closing their borders and air traffic coming to an almost complete standstill is not something that a person working in the travel industry expects in spring. Especially those working in incoming tourism had it hard[…]Read more...
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...