Sample programme

Warsaw – Kraków

    Day 1: Warsaw
    Arrival in Warsaw airport, welcome and transfer to downtown Warsaw.
    First sights of Warsaw in a Polish vintaqe car called the “Warszawa”, which was produced in Warsaw’s first car factory in the fifties. The avenues of Ujazdów – broad avenues bordered by aristocratic residences surrounded by gardens which shelter ministries and embassies, the Belvedere Palace – a neo-classical palace currently the official residence of the President of the Republic of Poland, the Square of the Three Crosses. New City Centre: Marsza?kowska Street and the Jerusalem Avenue, the Bank Square with its town hall. The Constitution Square, the Old Jewish district, and the Royal Route. Finally: the Palace of Science and Culture – the symbol of the city. It is the highest and largest construction in Poland. It was presented by Stalin, the “Big Brother” who controlled Poland, as a “gift from the Soviet people”. It is here that on the 30th floor, an aperitif will be served on a panoramic terrace with the best view of the city. Transfer to the hotel, check in.
    Evening: transfer to Łazienki Park, one of the most beautiful parts of Warsaw. The highlight of Łazienki Park is the Palace on the Water. It is one of the finest examples of Neo-Classical architecture in Poland. In this unique setting a private concert of music by Chopin will take place, with a glass of sparkling wine served during intermission. This event will be followed by cocktails in the Salomon room.
    Then a walk through the park for dinner at the Belvedere restaurant, also located in the ?azienki royal park. The Belvedere restaurant, situated in the historical interiors of the New Orangery, is one of the most elegant in Warsaw.
    Transfer to the hotel for a night in Warsaw.

    Day 2: Warsaw
    Walk to the Market Square and the Warsaw Historical Museum: viewing of the “Warsaw Remembers” documentary, which provides a good introduction to the trip round the city. Next – a pedestrian tour of the new and old parts of town – a charming labyrinth of alleys bordered by churches, Gothic polychrome frontage residences, and St. John’s Cathedral.
    Coffee break at the Wedel – this legendary Warsaw chocolate and coffee shop, renovated on the site of the old chocolate factory, has one of the best pastries to be found in the city. Then discover the Great Theatre. This neoclassical building, constructed in 1833 according to Antonio Corazzi’s designs, was supposed to be Europe’s biggest theatre. It contains an opera with more than 1,900 seats, and two smaller stages. There is a chance to go backstage to see a rehearsal.
    Transfer to the very modern building of the Library of the Warsaw University for lunch in the “Biblioteka” restaurant and a performance of Polish folk tradition staged on the roof of this building, from which there is a magnificent panorama of the capital, the Vistula, and the gardens surrounding the library.
    Trip to the “Koneser” vodka factory situated in Warsaw, in 19th-century buildings – monuments of industrial architecture. This distillery, famous in the past, produces vodka since 1897. At the end of the visit: vodka tasting – a presentation of 10 to 20 kinds of vodka accompanied by information about various methods of production and traditional habits of consumption. Free time.
    Evening at the “Fabryka Trzciny”. Art centre “Fabryka Trzciny” is located in a renovated old factory in the Praga district. The factory building is one of the oldest industrial venues in Warsaw. Today, its interiors are used for movie screenings, fashion shows, events etc. Dinner accompanied by the “The Art Colour Ballet” which represents a new approach to a modern style, its choreography featuring diverse components from classical ballet and modern jazz to ethnic influences.

    Day 3: Warsaw – Kraków
    After breakfast transfer to the railway station. Special train to Kraków. On the way: music and drinks.
    Arrival in Kraków, transfer to the Old Town. 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.
    Aperitif on the Main Market Square and lunch in the “Pod Krzyżykiem” restaurant, located in a medieval townhouse on the Main Square with interior décor of fable and cracovian surrealism: many of Kraków’s architectural and cultural symbols. The chef offers a creative take on traditional Polish cuisine.
    Then continue the visit of Kraków to Grodzka and Kanonicza Streets, where carriages await the group. Drive to the hotel, check-in.
    Dinner at the “Pod Różą” restaurant. Perfect location on the Royal Way, very smart, high-quality restaurant, and clearly one of Kraków’s top culinary experiences.
    After dinner: concert of jazz music at the Piano Rouge music club.

    Day 4: Kraków – Wieliczka
    Latin and Jewish quarters in Kraków on an Old Tram.
    Visit the University district of the Old Town: the Collegium Maius – the historic heart of the Jagiellonian University complex. An arcaded courtyard, and the University museum located on the first floor of the Gothic building.
    A visit round the displays – the impressive library, the professors’ dining hall with its baroque spiral staircase, the Treasury rooms, including the “Copernicus room” and the Aula – the grand principal assembly hall with its Renaissance ceiling and adorned with portraits of Polish royalty and professors.
    Walk to the tram stop and ride on a vintage tram around the Old Town. Wooden seats, tram driver dressed in a historical uniform and a glass of vodka at the beginning of the ride. Then a sightseeing tour of Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter, including: the Remu’h Synagogue and the Remu’h Cemetery, Szeroka street where the Popper Synagogue and the Old Synagogue are located; the Isaac Synagogue, the Tempel Synagogue, the New Square etc.
    Lunch and private concert of klezmer music in the restaurant Klezmer Hois – a former mikvah: Its decor, menu and artistic events reference the pre-World War II traditions of Jewish Kazimierz.
    In the afternoon, an excursion to the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, picturesquely situated on a limestone hill on the bank of the Vistula. The monastery was founded in the second half of the eleventh century. It very quickly became a centre of spiritual and cultural life. The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul was rebuilt in Baroque style in the early seventeenth century.
    A welcome drink in the courtyard, a tour round the abbey with an English-speaking monk, and tasting of Benedictine specialities. Finally: private concert of the Gregorian choir in the church.
    Followed by a bike ride along the Vistula to a small forest to pass through the “High Ropes Course” which is situated close to Tyniec. The course is 200 m long, including 21 platforms. Return to Kraków.
    Gala dinner in the Engineering Museum – this very special evening will start by a transfer on board an old bus which was in operation in Kraków during the sixties. After a short tour of the displays, the dinner will take place among old trams, vehicles and public transport buses, in one of the oldest tram garages, built in 1882. Entertainment/music: Waldemar Malicki: one of the most versatile Polish pianists, a soloist and an improviser. He has recorded 34 albums and runs music seminars and courses in Scandinavia, both Americas and Japan. He analyses musical phenomena, frequently using improvisation as a means of expression. Great performance and great fun for the audience.

    Day 5: Kraków – Wieliczka
    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.
    At the end, a farewell lunch with Polish specialities in the magnificent Haluszka chamber in the mine. The Initiation Ceremony for becoming a member of the miners’ fraternity ends the event. During the lunch: concert of miner’s band dressed in traditional miner’s gala costumes.
    Transfer to the airport, departure.

     

 

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