Sample programme

Kraków & environs

    Day 1 - Kraków 
    Arrival in Kraków airport, transfer to the Old Town. Then walk to the Main Market Square.
    On the way: your first discovery in the Old town: Florian’s gate, the Barbican, and the Royal Route. The Main Market Square – the largest medieval square in the whole world. The most impressive building in the Square is the Cloth Hall – a magnificent Renaissance building with commercial traditions, and also St. Mary’s Church, which has the world’s largest Gothic altar inside, and the Gothic Town Hall Tower. A welcome drink will be served in Jama Michalika, a legendary café and the finest example of a cracovian secession interior, including all elements: furniture, architecture, design, drawings, stained glass, etc.
    Followed by: The “Kraków Mosaic” walking rally.
    In the coffee shop: briefing for the rally, and distribution of road books and city plans. This rally will enable you to discover the Old Town, the traditions of Kraków, its legends, and famous personalities such as Copernicus and John Paul II, and also to have fun and learn about life in Kraków and something more about Poland. The rally includes vodka tasting, workshops in traditional cracovian dance, tasting of the John Paul II’s favourite cream cake, bike and scooter competition etc.
    Check-in at the hotel.
    Evening: walk from the hotel to the Wentzl restaurant. Dinner in one of the most prestigious restaurants in Kraków, located in the Main Market Square in a house built in the 14th century.
    After dinner: “pub crawl” – discovering some of Kraków’s finest pubs and tasting Polish vodkas and beers.

    Day 2: Royal Kraków & Royal Salt Mine in Wieliczka
    After breakfast, a visit to the Wawel complex, which was the site of Polish Royalty until the beginning of the 17th century. This Romanesque and Gothic complex was turned into a rich and magnificent Renaissance residence at the beginning of the 16th century, following the designs of Italian masters.
    The group will be welcomed and accompanied to the Royal Chambers by Stańczyk – the most famous court jester in Polish history, who advised and amused three Polish kings.
    Visit to the Royal Chambers and the Gothic Cathedral – the sanctuary of the nation.
    After this visit, passage through the famous dragon’s cave situated under the castle to the bank of the Vistula, and a meeting with the Wawel Dragon, which will breathe fire especially for our guests.
    After this, a “sail on Kraków’s vaporetto” across the Vistula to the “Ogniem i Mieczem” restaurant in an old tenement house converted into a knights’ fort with cannons, a wooden tower, and a crane in front of the entrance. The interiors are decorated in the style typical of the manor houses of the Polish aristocracy of the 17th century.
    After lunch, departure to Wieliczka – a town situated close by whose salt mines are considered one of the wonders of the world. It was registered by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage list in 1978. The tourist route, through three levels of the mine, covers around half a mile of corridors, and 20 chambers carved in salt, all at a depth of between 200 and 400 feet. St. Kinga’s Chapel is a breathtaking place – a church where everything is made of salt – crystal chandeliers, altars, sculptures and floor paving carved in the layer of salt. This unusual excursion will provide participants with the chance to look for salt treasures, to try their hand at work the miners used to do in olden times, and to admire the Light & Sound performance.
    The best participants will be awarded salt lamps and sculptures in salt, or will be ennobled as salt miners.
    During the visit: a private concert by the miner’s orchestra in the “carpenter’s room”, and Polish vodka tasting.
    Transfer to the hotel.
    Evening in the Jewish district of Kraków: dinner in the “Klezmer Hois” restaurant with the concert of Klezmer music. Located opposite the Remu’h synagogue, in a building of a former mikvah, traditional Jewish bath, from the 19th century with authentic furniture and decoration from this period.

    Day 3: Kraków – Rafting down the Dunajec river – Zakopane
    After breakfast, departure to Zakopane – situated in the South of Poland at the foot of the Tatras. Its main attractions are the mountains and the landscape, which is protected by Tatra National Park. This is one of the few areas that still preserves old customs, where people still wear folk costumes, play original folk music, and carve in wood.
    City tour: the authentic old cottages, wooden churches and chapels and wooden fin de siecle villas. Followed by an excursion to Gubałówka summit by funicular, with magnificent views of the Tatras. Local drink served at the peak. Then, shopping at the famous local market, with many souvenir shops and local specialities.
    Lunch at the “Bąkowo Zohylina” restaurant. This restaurant is situated at the border of Tatra National Park; the shed is surrounded by the mountain nature with a beautiful view of Tatra Mountains. During lunch, there will be tasting of local specialities and highland folk music.
    After lunch, a drive to Sromowce, and a raft trip down Dunajec River on wooden rafts navigated by highlanders in their regional costumes. Return to Kraków.
    Evening at the Collegium Maius – the historic heart of the Jagiellonian University, a magnificent example of late Gothic architecture, in which Nicolas Copernicus attended lectures. It now houses the Museum of the Jagiellonian University, with historic interiors, scientific instruments and works of art.
    Aperitif in the courtyard or in the impressive library, followed by a short visit to the exhibition and a concert of medieval chamber music in the Assembly Hall, with its Renaissance ceiling adorned with portraits of Polish royalty and professors. Dinner in the Stuba Communis – the professors’ dining hall with its baroque spiral staircase.

    Day 4: Kraków – Pieskowa Skała – Ojcowski National Park 
    Departure to Ojcowski National Park, and a visit to Pieskowa Skała – a fortified Renaissance castle, part of the Eagles’ Nests fortification system. It is situated on the summit of a limestone hill overlooking a picturesque river valley in the middle of the Ojcowski National Park. In the castle, there is an exhibition which is part of the Wawel collection. After the visit, a bike ride to the “source of love” in the Ojcowski National Park.
    Then lunch in Tomaszowice – a 19th-century country manor complex. The farewell lunch will be served in an authentic granary with rustic atmosphere, wooden decoration, and walls of Jurassic limestone, and will be accompanied by a performance of Polish folk traditions; the audience participates in the performance and the games learning Polish dances and songs.
    Transfer to Balice airport, departure.

     

     

 

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31-123 Kraków

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