Trip Information

Overview of the Trip

March of the Living UK is aiming to take 300+ people to Poland for five days from Sunday 24th April to Friday  29th April 2022. The adult delegation will run from Monday 25th – Thursday 28th April 2022. The group will be split over age/background appropriate buses. Each group will have an educator and a bus leader. We will also be joined by Survivors who will accompany the buses.

Booking

Once we receive the form and the deposit we will review your application and confirm your place via email.

Before booking, please ensure that you have read through the trip details to understand that this can be a physically and emotionally challenging experience. The daily program will be intense with early starts, late finishes, long bus journeys and hours spent walking and standing outdoors.

Please register your interest in order to be added to our mailing list and alerted when registration opens.

Prices for 2022

Student & Youth Movement £449

£200 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £249 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. The total balance is due on 28 February 2022 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations made after this date. Please note the remaining cost of the Trip (£1250) is awarded to you as a generous subsidy.

Young Adult £599

£200 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £399 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. The total balance is due on 28 February 2022 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations made after this date. Please note the remaining cost of the Trip (£1100) is awarded to you as a generous subsidy.

Adult £1,499

£350 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £1,149 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. The total balance is due on 28 February 2022 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations made after this date.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

If a Participant wishes to cancel their place on March of the Living UK they must do so by email to Lucy Prevezer at lucy@marchoftheliving.org.uk.

9.1 If the Participant cancels prior to 7th January 2022 they will receive a full refund for any monies paid minus £100 admin fee.

9.2 If the Participant cancels on or after 7th January 2022 but before 28th February 2022 they will receive a refund of any monies paid minus the deposit; £200 for Students and Young Adults; £350 for Adults.

9.3 If the Participant cancels on or after 28th February 2022 or they are a no-show at the airport they will receive no refund and will be liable to pay March of the Living UK the full cost of the subsidy they were receiving.  Under extenuating circumstances, March of the Living UK will at its sole discretion waive this clause. If the participant can show proof of a positive Covid-19 PCR test then they will not be liable to pay back the subsidy.

9.4 If March of the Living UK cancels or curtails the Trip, due to government restrictions in regard to Covid-19, before the 15th February 2022 then a refund will be given of any monies paid minus £100.

9.5 If March of the Living UK cancels or curtails the Trip, due to government restrictions in regard to Covid-19, after the 15th February 2022 but before 15th March 2022 then a refund will be given of any monies paid minus £200.

9.6 If March of the Living UK cancels or curtails the Trip, due to government restrictions in regard to Covid-19, on or after the 15th March 2022, the following provisions will apply, depending on the nature of the cancellation:

a) If March of the Living UK cancels the whole or any part of any programme at any point on or after the 15th March 2022, for any reason related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, no refunds can be guaranteed. Covid-19 cancellation may be as a result of the following non-exhaustive list: national lockdown; travel restrictions; UK or Poland’s Covid-19 regulations or interventions, third party suppliers, staff, and other third parties (whether unilateral or otherwise); infection, isolation and/or quarantine (irrespective of symptoms); shielding; track and trace; medical treatment; affected Staff, Educators and Bus Leaders.

b) Any possible refund will be entirely dependent and determined by the extent to which March of the Living UK can recover costs already incurred. Irrecoverable costs may include (but are not limited to) advance payments to airlines, hotels and coach companies. March of the Living UK will take all reasonable measures to recover such costs, and therefore to maximise the amount of possible refunds. However, you should note that if March of the Living UK is not able to recover any costs related to the Trip, it will not be able to offer any refunds.

c) If March of the Living UK curtails any part of any programme after it has begun or amends the programme in any way at this point, for any reason, no refund can be guaranteed.

9.7 In the case no refund can be given, the participants will need to rely on their travel insurance to try and recover any losses.

Information about the Trip

Flights

Flights are booked by March of the Living UK and included in the trip price. The main group flights leave from London, but we also have groups flying from other UK airports. We can include flights from most airports in Europe and Israel in the price. If you are flying from outside of Europe please notify us, you may prefer to fly to London and join our group flight or fly direct to Poland.

Insurance

All participants must have their own health & travel insurance including cover for Covid – 19.

Hotels

In Poland we stay in 4* hotels, 2 nights in Warsaw and 2 nights in Krakow. We try for all groups to stay in the same hotel so if you have family members on different buses you will have some time with them early morning and late evening as meals are usually together.

Room sharing (not relevant for Adult Groups)

Over your stay in Poland you will be grouped in rooms with one or two others in your group. If you did not specify who you wished to room share with we have paired you with another person or persons. Naturally we have tried to do this based on age and bus but sometimes this has not been possible.

Food

All food is kosher on this trip and is shipped from Israel. Breakfast & Dinner are in the hotel and lunch will be packed lunchboxes. If you have any dietary issues we recommend that you bring some of your own food especially for vegans, and those with more specific requirements. Vegetarian & Vegan options are available but often limited in variety.

Weather

Poland in April can be mild but rain is also common. We will try to send forecasts out a few days prior to departure.

Clothing

Be prepared for all weather eventualities. There is no laundry so make sure you account for wet and muddy conditions. We suggest 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes (not Uggs and not nice sneakers), Jeans, sweatshirts, fleece’s are all essential. We will be visiting cemeteries, Synagogues and sights of mass murder, if you would like to you can bring a kippa (head covering) with you.

Covid 19 Vaccination

As a result of the ongoing pandemic March of the Living UK, along with advice from international March of the Living, has made the decision to only allow fully vaccinated individuals on the Poland 2022 Programme. You must have had your second vaccine by 3rd April 2022. You must also be aware that if the requirements for entry into Poland change or the UK and/or Polish government guidelines change which may require you to have had a third dose of the Covid 19 Vaccination then you will need to have had your third dose 14 days prior to the trip commencing. We have the privilege of taking Survivors with us on the trip and in doing so must take all precautions to keep them and other participants safe.

March of the Living reserves the right to ask for proof of vaccination and update the vaccination policy in line with UK government and Polish government recommendations.

Money

The local currency is Polish Zloty and is approximately 5.4 to the pound. Everything on this trip is paid for so the only cash you will need is the equivalent of £10 for tips and “pocket money”. This may be needed to cover a drink or snack while travelling.

Your preparation for the trip

Each bus will have a preparation session which we would encourage you to join.

This is the opportunity for you to meet others in the group, learn about what to expect from your trip, more information on the trip itself and meet some of your bus leaders and educators.

Changes to the Programme & Foreign Travel Advice

As the Covid-19 global pandemic is constantly changing there may be changes to the programme. We will follow all government guidelines and will keep you update as and when is necessary.  You will need to ensure you comply with all foreign travel advice to enter Poland and on return to the UK. Advice can be found here on the government website – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland. We will update you with the travel guidance and testing requirements at the beginning of April 2022. Please note all costs associated with testing requirements will be at the expense of the participant. This includes all tests for travel and any additional tests requested by March of the Living UK. In addition, any costs associated with unforeseen quarantining due to travel is at the cost of the participant.

Family history research

In preparation for your trip we suggest you do some research in to your own family background, this will make the trip more personal for you. Please share this information with your educators so they can guide you further.

Reading list

Please find at the end of this information pack a suggested reading list to help you best prepare for your trip to Poland.

Security

Each bus has its own security guard, please do make sure you follow their instructions.

Processing

At the end of each day, each group will have the opportunity to process the day. Group processing is a useful tool to reflect on each day, learn others perspectives and feel supported on what may or may not be for you a challenging experience.

March of the Living UK Team

Scott Saunders MBE: Founder & Chairman

Cassie Matus: CEO

Lucy Prevezer: Programme Manager

Reading List

Please note Holocaust literature is vast and here is a mere sampling of suggested reading material to best prepare you for the trip.

YELLOW STAR, RED STAR – written by Agnes Kaposi MBE, one of our amazing Holocaust Survivors who accompanies March of the Living UK. Her book can be purchased here – https://www.marchoftheliving.org.uk/shop/ 

Title Author
THE HOLOCAUST MARTIN GILBERT
THE WAR AGAINST THE JEWS LUCY DAWIDOWICZ
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWS RAUL HILBERG
ORDINARY MEN CHRISTOPHER BROWNING
FIVE CHIMNEYS OLGA LENGYEL
NIGHT ELI WEISEL
INSIDE THE GAS CHAMBERS SHLOMO VENEZIA
HOPE IS THE LAST TO DIE HALINA BIRENBAUM
NEIGHBOURS JAN GROSS
THE PIANIST WLADYSLAW SZPILMAN
IF THIS IS MAN PRIMO LEVI
MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING VIKTOR FRANKL
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY SAMUEL KASSOW
THE DIARY OF MARY BERG MARY BERG
THE JEWS OF WARSAW 1939-1943 ISRAEL GUTMAN
I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS LIVIA BITTON-JACKSON
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