Trip to mark S.F.-Krakow anniversary

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The Taube Philanthropies’ Poland Jewish heritage tour program is offering a special trip to Krakow in honor of the one-year anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Krakow and San Francisco.

Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom have issued a joint invitation to travelers to sign up for the sister city tour, which is set for June 28 to July 5.

The tour will include several visits to Krakow’s 20th annual Jewish Culture Festival, an eight-day event that brings together some of the top performers in Jewish music from around the globe. It is said to be the world’s largest Jewish cultural festival.

The tour also will include explorations of Krakow’s history and cultural landmarks, including renovated market squares, churches and synagogues. There will also be visits to museums, galleries, a castle, a university and theaters. In addition, the mayor of Krakow will be hosting a dinner in City Hall at which tour participants will be able to meet politicians and diplomats from both Poland and the United States.

“The business and cultural opportunities generated by both sister cities are too many to count,” said Tad Taube, one of Poland’s honorary consuls in San Francisco and chairman and founder of Taube Philanthropies and president of the S.F.-based Koret Foundation. “The economic and cultural revival that has taken place in Poland over the last 20 years is incredible, and San Francisco will now be well positioned to take full advantage of it.”

The tour costs $2,049 per person based on double occupancy, with a single supplement of $400 for a private room. Airfare can be arranged for an extra cost.

For more information about the sister city tour of Krakow, call (800) 354-8320 or visit The Web site also includes information about other upcoming trips and packages offered by Poland Heritage Tours, including a couple of others that coincide with Krakow’s Jewish Culture Festival.