Wonders of Eastern Poland (8 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Krakow
On your arrival to Krakow you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel in central Krakow. After lunch a guided tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant Krakow sights. Discover the Wawel Hill, a former seat of Polish dukes and kings, Wawel Cathedral – Gothic Basilica, where royal coronations took place and where kings and other distinguished Poles have been buried. You will also visit the largest Market Square in Europe with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica. During a stroll through Planty Park you can admire the Barbican and St. Florian Gate, precious examples of medieval defensive architecture encircling Krakow. Innumerable pubs and restaurants, often with live music create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere of Krakow.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow.

 

DAY 2 – Krakow – Czestochowa – Lublin
After breakfast depart for Lublin with a short sightseeing tour in Czestochowa where you will visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its icon that is associated with alleged miracles.. Next visit Kielce, a lively city with surprisingly elegant core, centred on the Cathedral the remarkable Palace of Krakow Bishops, and a pretty expanse of parkland surrounding them both. Before arriving in Lublin we will visit Kazimierz Dolny which is a small town in eastern Poland, on the right eastern bank of the Vistula River nestled on a forested hill overlooking the Vistula, it was home to the Jewish people for centuries. Jews lived mostly in the Small Market Place and were mostly engaged in trading and crafts, but some of them were ferrymen, guides and surgeons. Finally we arrive in Lublin where you will have a short tour.
Dinner and overnight stay in

 

DAY 3 – Lublin – Chelm – Zamosc – Rzeszow
After breakfast we start with Lublins main attractions which are located in the Srodmiescie district of the city. However there are several points of interest that are out of the city core and worth attention, Lublin Castle and the Old Town, Po Farze Square, Crown Tribunal, Jeszywas Chachmej Synagogue and New and Old Jewish cemeteries, Arch Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Dominican Basilica and Monastery of St. One. After lunch we will have a short to the Small Synagogue and Cemetery of Chelm and visit the Old Town and Synagogue of Zamosc.
Dinner and overnight stay in Rzeszow

 

DAY 4 – Rzeszow – Lancut – Lezajsk – Przemysl – Rzeszow
After breakfast we start a full day sightseeing tour. History of Rzeszow as a fortified settlement on the Wislok River started in the 14th century, but for centuries it was just a small viallge until 1944 when it became a provincial capital and began to bloom very fast. During our city tour you will see the Old City centre with its Main Market and Town Hall from the late 19th century as well as dominant building of the Gothic Church of St. Stanislaw and Wojciech and remains of the old castle of Ligez family. We will also visit Old Town Synagogue from the turn of the 17th century and New Town Synagogue, both reconstructed after Wold War II. After lunch we depart for sightseeing in the Galicia Region. We visit Lancut a charming town marked with Jewish culture. You will find there probably the most beautiful synagogue in Poland. It was built in Baroque style and richly decorated. We visit the magnificent aristocratic residence which is located just a few steps from the synagogue. We then proceed to Lezajsk once a typical Galician shtetl town and one of the centres of Hasidism. This is where the famous Zaddik Elimelech is buried. An ohel built over his grave is visited every year by thousands of Chassids and other people interestd in Jewish culture. We will continue on to Przemysl the provinces capital and an important city, it is one of the most attractive centres in the south-east of Poland in terms of tourism and economy. It is located 12km from the Polish – Ukrainian border crossing Medyka at the gateway to the Bieszczady mountains and has directed its development strategy towards the town becoming a trade and tourist centre. The Market Square, the Greek Catholic Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Royal Casimir Castle, Baroque Churches, the Museum of Bells and Pipes and visit one of the forts of Przemysl Fortress.
Dinner and overnight stay in Rzeszow

 

DAY 5 – Rzeszow – Zakopane
After breakfast we depart for Zakopane where we would like you to get acquainted with the local traditions and life of a highlander. We will show you the beautiful landscape and drink local drinks and eat local food.

Optional –
– Spa afternoon
– Polish food making
– Meeting local people
– Folklore music lessons

 

DAY 6 – Zakopane
After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. The city’s wooden architecture blends with the natural landscape. This style is copied in other parts of Poland and is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane. Later we drive to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope’s life after an assassination attempt. Admire breath taking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Hill and shop for souvenirs, arts and crafts of the Highlanders. After lunch the rest of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane.

 

DAY 7 – Zakopane – Krakow
After breakfast depart for Krakow. On our way we stop at the Salt Mine set in XIII century was one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines till 2007, when an official output was closed. Now, the museum attracts over 1 million tourists every year, and is also listed at the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tourist route is complex of about 20 chambers, narrow tunnels, galleries, chapels and lakes. Arrive in Krakow for a bit of free time.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krkow

DAY 8 – Krakow – UK
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home

 

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