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The whole trip was excellently managed from beginning to end-from pick-up point to drop off. On this trip there were only three of us in the party, and our guide on the tour, Karolina, was excellent. She spoke perfect English, was a very patient guide, and whats more, had an absolutely thorough command of her subject matter. My deepest thanks to Karolina for a completely absorbing material, and congratulations to whoever designed the tour for allowing it to be so interesting.
Great trip throughout the Jewish area in Krakow. We stopped at all the important stops. Our guide was terrific. The museum at the end, Oscar Schindler's museum, was incredible.
DJ & SJ
We sat to the side of the altar in this picture, on the 17th April. Our tour guide told us the meaning of the curtain, the inscriptions and all the details in this, one of the few remaining Jewish Synagogues in Krakow still in full use. Men in their little skullcaps came in, bowed to the Altar, and left quietly, whilst our Tour was in progress - leaving me at least feeling like we were intruding. The "cage" is where the Tora is read, a most sacred part of the building. Tora of course being the Jewish bible, from the first 5 parts of the Old Testament known to Christians, only. We found it fascinating to learn about putting stones on the graves in Jewish burials/cemetries and when we were taken to one, I put some small stones on a large grave stone, to mark my "Respect" - stones and rocks prevent animals and birds digging up the body, and in the desert where there are no flowers available anyway, a stone was used to signify "Respect". In Schindler's List at the end, the survivors and the actors are seen placing little stones around the name of Oskar Schindler. Now we understand.
This tour was almost a private tour because there were only three guests. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, she also adapted the itinerary according to our wishes.
I was the only person taking the tour that day - such a shame, because it was truly excellent. I saw Helena Rubenstein's birthplace, Schindler's factory, the former ghetto including the Kracow Ghetto Pharmacy, the Jewish cemetery and many important buildings and landmarks. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, and even gave me a "suggested reading" list of Polish authors available in English editions. This is highly recommended.
Really enjoyed the tour through remu synagogue and the cemetery which dates back to 1551 and was the only Jewish cemetery not destroyed in krakow during WWII. Also, they retrieved some of the tombstones that were stolen and used to make sidewalks and roads. It was nice to see they had been returned in some manner.
Disappointing, a significant portion ofhte tour was visitng sites from the film Shindler's List. Too much focus on the movie, too litle n the Traces of Jewsih culture. Tour guide was very good.
Good, informative tour guide, but the Jewish district itself is rather disappointing. It is quite dilapidated, not really looked after very well overall and did not see signs of a thriving artistic culture as mentioned in various descriptions of the area. The visit to the Jewish district can really be done independently as well, to explore the area for yourself.
Despite saying there is hotel pick up there IS NOT! Also, this tour is offered a lot cheaper in the city and there are two agencies that offer it for free. WAY too expensive as we didnt even go into the Old Synagogue despite it being on the agenda.....tour guide was nice and knowledgeable but WAY too much money for not much of a tour