Did you think of Poland as a place of international and local festivals, colorful folklore, opera traditions and impressive music events? Poland, a homeland of Frederic Chopin whose music, famous world wide, is interpreted in many ways and marvelously performed by Arthur Rubinstein, Kristian Zimmerman or by controversial Ivo Pogorevic; Krzysztof Penderecki – a difficult and elitist talent of Polish contemporary music, without a question the most famous of the new generation of Polish composers. Penderecki’s genius is a reflection of an unparalleled period of productivity in Polish culture of which he is an independent part with such famous works as: “Stabat Mater”, “Threnordy to the Victims of Hiroshima”, “When Jacob Awoke” or “Black Mask”. But Poland is also a country opened to other world-famous music compositions that can be admired in the Warsaw Chamber Opera House, Philharmonic Hall or National Opera.
WARSAW, Welcome dinner Arrival in Warsaw. Walk along the Warsaw’s Old Town which history goes back to the late 13th century. The Old Town was completely reconstructed after WW II destructions and entered on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage. Pass through the beautiful Market Square surrounded by town houses where you can find the best restaurants, souvenir shops, museums and galleries of art. Welcome dinner at one of the local restaurant beautifully located in the Old Town with big windows overlooking the Market Square with the small statue of Mermaid in the middle. Evening at the by Warsaw Chamber Opera or National Philharmonic Hall.
WARSAW, Breakfast & Dinner Half day tour of Warsaw starting with the Castle Square where you can see the first non ecclesiastic statue in Warsaw King Sigismund’s Column and the originally Gothic castle dated to the 15th century expanded throughout the centuries which was the seat of kings of Poland. It was where the Third Of May Constitution was promulgated in 1791, the one in the world after American. Continue your sightseeing IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FREDERIC CHOPIN: Holy Cross Church, Chopin Drawing Room, Ostrogski Castle – the seat of Frederic Chopin Society, Protestant Church of the Holy Trinity, Church of Nuns of the Visitation, Lazienki Royal Park.
Early dinner at a local restaurant located in the wing of the Opera House.
Transfer to the National Opera House for opera performance – title to be advise later
WARSAW-OZAROW-WROCLAW, Breakfast & Lunch Morning departure for Wroclaw. En route stop in Ozarow to visit the Museum of Manor Interiors where you will see interesting exhibition of manor furniture from the 18th and 19th century. All the rooms are designed as it was two centuries ago, and you have a feeling like you just came to visit the owner, who left for few minutes to the surrounding park. It has a unique atmosphere and will be an unforgettable visit. Continue your drive to Wroclaw for overnight and dinner.
WROCLAW, Breakfast & Dinner Morning tour of the city including visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments, with rich collection of instruments, from whistles to concert pianos, dating between 15th-20th century. See the beautiful Aula Leopoldinum at the Baroque University building, walk through the Market Square with the Gothic Town Hall and its characteristic 66-meter-hight tower, ceramics gable, lovely portal and sculptures. In the afternoon we will take you for a boat trip on Odra river to see the panorama of the city and listen to a musicians that will accompany you during your trip. Wroclaw is also a city where the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans takes place with an interesting program of music events: oratorios, cantatas, chamber and symphonic concerts, exhibitions, orthodox church and synagogal music, films and lectures. All these events are held in the most beautiful, historical venues of Wroclaw.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
In the evening enjoy you opera performance at the Wroclaw Opera House.
WROCLAW-ANTONIN-CRACOW, Breakfast & Lunch Morning departure for Cracow. En route stop in Antonin to visit the former summer residence of the Polish magnate Antoni Radziwill. Today, the palace houses a hotel, but also a place of Chopin piano recitals. We will organize for your a short piano concert with glass of champagne and short tour of the Chopin’s room were you will see some memorabilia of our great composer.
Lunch to be served in the palace interiors.
Continue your drive to Krakow. Accommodation at your hotel.
KRAKOW, Breakfast & Dinner A visit the Wawel Hill with its Castle - the residence of Polish kings and the Cathedral - the coronation church. Admire the tapestry collection of Sigismund Augustus - 138 tapestries of various size and character. A visit to the Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanisław and of St. Jadwiga, the Queen of Poland. It is also a true national Pantheon of Polish kings. Drive to the Old Town with the Main Market Square with magnificent houses and palaces. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall, built before 1349 but altered in the 16th century. Inside there are many shopping stalls where you can buy amber, wooden works and souvenirs typical for this region. Also at the square stands the magnificent Gothic Church of Our Lady with the famous wooden altar created by Wit Stwosz.
Afternoon at leisure and time to explore the city on your own.
Krakow is known as the city of several music events taking place each year in the historical parts of the city. You can choose from such events as: Festival – Music in Old Krakow, Jewish Culture Festival and summer Krakow Festival of Opera and Operetta.
KRAKOW, Breakfast & Dinner While in Cracow you cannot omit the visit the Czartoryski Museum, established as the first historic museum in Poland. Now, you can see there ancient art., Oriental armours and European paintings. But above all there are two famous paintings that must not be missed: The Lady with the Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt’s Landscape with the Good Samaritan. Afternoon drive to see the underground world of salt. Visit the oldest salt mine in Europe, dating back to the 16th century. During your tour you will admire the salt lakes, beautiful salt chambers, monuments and galleries including the most magnificent St. Kinga Chapel, all carved in salt by many generations of Polish miners. All that can be seen on 3 levels that are opened to the visitors. You can also visit the Salt Works Museum. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Dinner at a local restaurant beautifully located in the Wieliczka Castle. During your dinner a folk ensemble will present typical songs and dances of the region.
Transfer back to Kracow for overnight.
KRAKOW-TYNIEC-ZAKOPANE, Breakfast & Dinner Morning departure for Zakopane. En route short stop in Tyniec for organ concert in the Benedictin’s Abbey, famous for its organs and Baroque/ Rococco interiors. Each summer you can attend the Organ concerts here.
After arrival in Zakopane visit to the Atma Villa, once home of Karol Szymanowski now a
museum, presentation of the piano recital. Glass of sparkling wine to be served. Karol Szymanowski was the last great romanticist of European music. His best known composition, the ballet "Harnasie”, was influenced by the folk music from the Tatra Mountains, which he transformed into an original achievement in the contemporary musical idiom.
Afternoon tour of Zakopane and dinner at the typical Highlanders’ inn with folklore show.
Overnight in Zakopane.
ZAKOPANE-LOWICZ-WARSAW, Breakfast & Farewell Dinner Departure for Warsaw. On your way to your hotel stop in Lowicz, for a home hosted dinner. It will give you an opportunity to gather with the local family. Experience the atmosphere of traditional old polish house where patriotism and love for music come together. The house is decorated with pictures presenting Polish history. A cat is sleeping next to a fireplace, women are sitting by the spinning wheel and listening to Moniuszko’s songs. Among them there is the most beautiful one - “Prząśniczka”. Dinner will be served at the Łowicz Castle ruins, and will let you taste traditional dishes of Polish national cuisine, served in stylish old-polish table service. Presentations of making cut-outs from colored paper. The owners of this place – young married couple are unusual as much as their property. Their extraordinary hobby combined with skills and passion resulted in establishing an amazing collection of regional landscape paintings and jewelry that was made of materials dug out from the ruins. Farewell cannon shot. After arrival in Warsaw accommodation at your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Notes: 1. This is the suggested based itinerary customized for each client. It can be combined with our award winning Jewish Heritage tours in Poland. 2. No reservation has been made, this is a proposal only 3. Once the tour is customized, the itinerary will be adjusted and meals /food additional experiences can be added.