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    Cloth Hall - Sukiennice
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    The Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec
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    Wrocław - Old town
Pearls of architecture-Castles and Palaces in Poland
Sightseeing "pearls of architecture" in Poland such as: Kraków, Caste in Pieskowa Skała, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Kazimierz Dolny, Warszawa with its Wilanów Palace, Nieborów, Gniezno, Czerniejewo, Rogalin, Kórnik, Rydzyna, Wrocław and Castle in Książ.


1st DAY
Arrival in Krakow, installation in the hotel.
Dinner in the hotel.

2nd DAY
After breakfast full day guided tour in Kraków. Walk via the beautiful streets of Old Town in Kraków and the largest market square – Rynek Główny (in medieval Europe it was the meeting place of Kraków burghers and merchants from all over the Europe), you can meet inhabitants sitting in the gardens of pubs and restaurants of Kraków and hear the Bugle Call, played from the taller tower of St. Mary’s Church every hour to four sides of the world. Entrance to the St. Mary’s Church with one of the largest Gothic altars in Europe which was carved in linden wood by Master Veit Stoss. Entrance to Wawel Castle (The Polish Acropolis. Originally Romanesque, later Gothic, the castle is mostly a Renaissance construction in its present form), Wawel Royal Cathedral, Cloth Hall and Pope’s window in See Metropolitan.
In the afternoon entrance to Czartoryski Museum. You can observe how crowds always gather at one place. They all come to admire the portrait of Lady with an Ermine of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrant “Landscape with a good Samaritan” and Raphael.
Dinner in restaurant in the Old Town. 

 

3rd DAY
After breakfast excursion to the Ojców National Park where you will see Ruins of the Castle. A fortes situated on a limestone hill. The first castle was built here in the 12th century, and replaced a prehistoric citadel. Rebuilt under King Casimir the Great, it fell in ruin early in the 19th c. Preserved to this days is the Gothic entrance gate and tower. Than guided tour to the Castle in Pieskowa Skała – one of the most beautifully situated knightly castles in Poland which is the part of the Eagles’ Nests Trail in Kraków – Częstochowa Jurassic Plateau. In present form castle is a Renaissance construction. It houses the museum of interiors a branch of Wawel Royal Castle.
In the afternoon trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine – one of the most ancient mines in the world. It has been operating since the 13th century with no intermissions. In 1978, it was listed as UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. The tourist route open for visitors connects three levels, and reaches 135 meters under the surface. Besides the Tourist Route, the underground passages and chambers house the Kraków Salt-Works Museum, one of the largest mining-related museums in Europe.
Concert of a violin quartet in Haluszka Chamber in Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Dinner in the hotel. 


     
4th DAY
After breakfast departure to Kazimierz Dolny - a pearl of Polish Renaissance on the way to Warszawa. The town of Kazimierz on the Vistula attracts throngs of painters, sculptors, photographers and fine art students who appreciate the alluring atmosphere of this place. The Town Square often turns into a huge gallery. As you enter the Rynek (Market Square) you notice immediately the church up the hill. It contains what is claimed to be the oldest working organ in Poland. It was built in 1612 and is still played today. The square is lined with richly decorated Baroque houses.
Drive to Warszawa.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Warszawa.

   

5th DAY
After breakfast full day sightseeing Warszawa – the capital of Poland which is the meeting place for politicians, economists and artists of all nationalities. The scenic Old Town and its Market Square, Royal Castle, Column of King Sigismund III Vaza, St. John’s Cathedral and St. Anna’s church attracts artists and tourists.
In the afternoon excursion to Wilanów Palace - built for King John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century and extended (the wings) by Wilanów's subsequent owners, it is
a characteristic suburban Baroque residence entre cour et jardin (between the front yard and the garden). Its unique value consists in its original architecture - a combination of European art with Polish vernacular architectural traditions, as well as in the well-preserved ornaments and sculptures on the elevation and the interior furnishings (paintings and sculptures), which use the symbolism of the Greco-Roman antiquity to present an apotheosis of the Sobieski family and extol the military victories of the king.
Dinner in the restaurant in the Old Town.

   

6th DAY
After breakfast departure to Nieborów – where stands one of the most famous Polish palaces. The very well preserved two storied construction was raised in 1690-96. Today, the palace is home to the Warszawa branch of the National Museum, presenting a valuable collection of masterpieces once belonging to the Radziwiłł family. The palace is famous for its exquisitely decorated interior and a unique collection of fine arts, furniture, sculptures and old prints.
Further trip to Gniezno – the first capital of Poland situated on seven hills surrounded by lakes. From the Hill of Lech a lofty Gothic cathedral overlooks the city. Silver reliquary of St. Adalbert, sepulchre of the saint covered with a Gothic tombstone and Gniezno Cathedral with famous bronze doors – masterpiece of Roman art are popular with tourists as well as with pilgrims.
Drive to Czerniejewo - this time we invite you to the marvellous, located in a vast English park palace of Czerniejewo in the very heart of Poland, close to Poznań. Its history dating back to the 16th century will build the memorable atmosphere while we believe that our guests can enjoy the most desirable comfort there.
Dinner and overnight in the Hotel in Poznań. 

   


7th DAY
After breakfast trip to palace in Rogalin surrounded by an English and French styles park Palace was erected in the late 18thc. in rococo and neo-classical styles. The palace museum displays its historical furnishings and the palace itself exhibits a collection of European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Further trip to Kórnik, to the south of Poznań where we invite you to the castle which was altered in 1830 in the English Gothic style. The interiors contain a precious collection of antique furniture, weapons and paintings as well as
a library. Next visit to the Baroque castle in Rydzyna surrounded by 12-hectare park.
Dinner and overnight in Wrocław.

   


8th DAY
After breakfast short guided tour of Wrocław - the capital of Lower Silesia, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Situated at the foot of the Sudety Mountains on the Odra river, crossed with numerous tributaries and canals, Wrocław is a unique city of 12 island and 112 bridges. More then one thousand years history and penetrating through the ages of three cultures: Polish, Czech and German has exerted influence on the atmosphere of this city, also nowadays. Wrocław is an important center of higher learning and culture, a city teeming with youthful power of life and the home of many foreign visitors. For sure we recommend The Old Town Square which is lined with many excellent restaurants, with its imposing Town Hall which was set up in the 13th c. and is surrounded by burgher houses.
In the afternoon visit to Książ – the biggest castle in Silesia Region. This huge building with an adjoining stud farm serves partly a museum and partly as a hotel. This is the biggest magnate’s residence in Poland. The Książ Castle which is a castle-palace complex with surrounding park third in the size in Poland. The castle was visited by lots of visitors, for example, John Quincy Adams, King of Prussia Fredrick Wilhelm III, Nikolaj I, Franciszek Józef, Winston Churchill and princess Daisy Hochberg von Pless.
Dinner and overnight in the Książ Castle.

 

9th DAY
After breakfast – departure.








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