YK Expedition: Jewish Lithuania

A Journey to the Heart of Jewish Culture

Voyage to the Heart of Jewish Culture

Explore the terrain of Ashkenazic culture and discover traces of the lost world described so vividly between the covers of Yiddish books. Join us for a Yiddishkayt Expedition, our curated exploration of the historical heartlands of Jewish life.

Records show the presence of Jews in Central Europe under the reign of Emperor Constantine in 321 and in the centuries that followed, Ashkenazic Jewry spread over much of Europe. Jews are often imagined as historically “a people without a land.” Although until very recently Jews had limited political freedoms in the places in which they lived, they called the landscapes of Central and Eastern Europe home for centuries

While Europe was many times a difficult and hostile place for Jews, for a millennium it was more often their beloved home: the birthplace of their language, traditions, and customs and the source of Jewish creativity and culture.

For interested travelers in 2015, join us as we will travel to the Heartland of Jewish Culture through the homeland of the Litvaks — the historical Grand Duchy of Lithuania — including Poland, Belarus (White Russia) and Lithuania. The Heartland of Culture Expedition will be traveling to Europe late April 2015.

Beautiful Landscapes, Incredible Stories


a colorful world you only imagined in black and white


lasting traces of a once-thriving civilization


glimpses of a world that is no more


landscapes filled with sweet surprises


Living memories of a vibrant community


Expedition FAQ


Our itinerary is partly customized on the individual interests of our tour participants. We will be lodging in each of the cities below.
Day 1  Arrive in Warsaw Day 6  Minsk
Day 2  Białystok Day 7  Minsk
Day 3 ➠ Białystok Day 8  Vilnius
Day 4  Grodno Day 9 Vilnius
Day 5 Grodno Day 10  Depart Vilnius


Our expedition departs from the United States on Monday, April 20, 2015, arriving in Europe the following day.


In Bialystok 2012Expedition: Yiddishkayt is led by Rob Adler Peckerar. The executive director of Yiddishkayt, he is a pioneer of Jewish cultural travel throughout Europe. He is the author of several articles about Yiddish literature and cultural memory and began leading tours to the sites of vibrant Jewish life at the Yiddish Book Center. As professor of Jewish literature and culture at the University of Colorado, he lectured on Jewish cultural history and world Jewish literature and created a residential study program on Jewish arts and literature in Venice, Italy.

How Much?

10-day Expedition | $4,550
Prices are per person, double occupancy.
For a single room, add $795. International round trip airfare from originating city is not included in the expedition pricing. Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Warsaw and return from Vilnius is from $1,180 (subject to change).
Optional, personally-guided excursions to requested towns, cities, and villages can be arranged, in advance, at extra cost.

More Options?

The Expedition is fully customizable! If you wish to visit a town in historical Lithuania not on the itinerary, a personalized, guided tour can be arranged.
MORE BALTICS? Add on a two-day, post-trip extension to Riga, Lativia. Extension includes a full-day tour of this beautiful Baltic city plus an additional free day to explore the city.

As we travel through the towns and villages that once held thriving Jewish populations, the traces of Yiddishkayt are palpable, just waiting to be explored. Along the expedition, you will hear the echoes of cities and shtetlekh once full of Jewish life, and take in the sights and sounds of the alter heym (our “old country”), a land of often surprising natural beauty, with winding rivers, golden plains, and lush mountain pathways. You can always opt to hop off the tour for a personally-guided exploration of the shtetl, city, or village your ancestors lived in for centuries, customized and arranged through our tour operation staff.

Our trip is carefully crafted and works with award-winning travel providers, specializing exclusively in the region.

Our trip is carefully crafted by the award-winning Mir Corporation, which specializes exclusively in the region. Mir has repeatedly been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and was the winner of this year’s National Geographic “Tour of a Lifetime” award.

We cannot appreciate a thousand years of Jewish life with our eyes fixed only on its end. In the places we explore along our way, a vibrant history of Jewish presence is always tangible.

These towns and villages bear witness to a simple fact: Jews lived here for centuries, creating the rich culture we know today as Jewish Culture, and they worked, sang, produced, and performed side by side with their neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you this spring in der alter heym.

For more information or for a detailed itinerary of our 2015 Expedition. call us at (213) 389-8880 or email us.

Interested in Joining Us?

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