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TECHNICAL TOURS

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TOURISTIC TOURS

Possible organization of touristic tours for conference participants and accompanying persons
(individual, small groups, big groups).

Tentative program of pre-, post- and during-conference tours (TBD):



Tour 1

The pearl of Wawel Hill




Today you will be met by your driver and local English-speaking guide for a half day sightseeing tour of Wawel Hill. The tour will include the visit of Royal Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. Wawel Cathedral is the national temple, having witnessed most of the royal coronations, funerals, and celebrations. There are many little chapels and shrines throughout the cathedral, as well as towers and crypts. The highlight of Wawel Castle is the tour of temporary exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci Lady with an Ermine. At the end of the tour we can drop to the Royal Cripts and Sigismund’s tower.

Duration: 3 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour 2

The traces of Jews in Kraków




Today you will be met by your driver and local English-speaking guide for a half day sightseeing tour of Kazimierz with a visit of Tempel synagogue in Szeroka street and Jewish Ghetto area in Podgórze. During the tour you will see and visit many of the locations that were used for the filming of Schindler's List including Otto Schindler's factory.

Duration: 5 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour 3

The traces of Krakow Saints


Today your English speaking guide and a driver will pick you up from the hotel to follow places of Krakow Saints.

The tour will include the visit of the Royal Wawel Cathedral where the former Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was the Archbishop of Krakow, known as the Pope John Paul II. You will visit also the St. Mary's Church with its famous 15th century altar made by Wit Stwosz and Skałka Church where the first polish martire, bishop St. Stanisław Szczepanowski was murdered. Next you will drop to the St. Anna’s Church where the famous polish professor was buried there.

At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in quarter of Krakow- Łagiewniki.

After the sightseeing tour you are returned to your hotel.

Duration: 4 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour 4

Jagiellonian University quarter




Today you will visit one of the oldest University in Central Europe established in 1364 by King Kazimierz the Great. Among its students were Nicolaus Copernicus, king John III Sobieski and John Paul II. The tour includes: visit of Collegium Maius – the oldest University’s building, Church of St. Anne whose history has been inextricably linked to that of the University, Collegium Novum and Nowodworski College.The tour ends with a tour of the Mariacki Church as a witness to the culture of the city’s inhabitants.

Duration: 3 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour 5

Kraków (city tour) - Hightlights of Krakow




This morning you will be met by your driver and local English-speaking guide for a half day sightseeing tour of Krakow, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities of Eastern Europe. The tour will include the visit of Royal Castle and the Cathedral which is located on Wawel Hill. The highlight of Krakow is the magnificent Market Square which is the largest such medieval example of its kind in Europe. You can not leave Kraków without a visit of St. Mary’s Church famous of its stunning alter made by Vit Stosz and a bugle call played in hour on hour.

The tour ends with a visit of the Jagiellonian University Complex including Collegium Maius.

Duration: 3,5 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: No


Tour 6

Auschwitz - Birkenau State Museum




Today you will visit the infamous Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camp by private vehicle with sightseeing and short movie (15 min.). In no place all over the world were people so closely united in suffering as here, in Auschwitz – Birkenau. The site of the Nazi concentration camp marked the tragic death of four million people from 28 nationalities. After the visit you will be returned to Krakow.

Duration: 6 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour 7

Zakopane – Rafting River-Chochołów




Enjoy a full day of sightseeing (up to 10 hours) with your English speaking guide and private vehicle to the Tatra Mountains National Park and the town of Zakopane-the highest town in Poland. If weather permits you may wish to take a traditional cruise on the wooden rafts along the Dunajec river admiring peaks of the Pieniny mountains and mountain scenery.

On the way back to Kraków you may drop to the local woodcarver in his workshop.

Duration: 9 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour 8

Wieliczka Salt Mine




This morning you will embark on a sightseeing tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wieliczka Salt Mine only ten miles southeast of Krakow. Salt was discovered here in the 11th century and thereafter mining rights and hence incomes were strictly controlled by the crown.

You will descend 150 feet into the network of chambers and lakes that have been carved out over the centuries. The highlight of the mine is the underground Chapel of the Saint Kinga. Your guide shares a tremendous amount of history and legend with you.

After sightseeing you will be transferred back to your hotel in Krakow.

Duration: 3 hours
Entrance fee: included
Transport: Yes


Tour of Poland


Day 1
Kraków – Auschwitz - Wrocław

Krakow – the capital of Poland is one of the important centers for Polish culture. The city was relatively unharmed during World War II. Therefore, much remains of the history, art and civilization of Poland.

Starting 8:30 am you will drive with your driver and English speaking guide to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Auschwitz, the site of the German Nazi concentration camp, has been preserved as a memorial for the 4 million people of 28 nationalities who perished here.

Throughout the years of the holocaust, the camp was expanded to include 3 main camps; Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz. Another 40 lesser camps have been scattered throughout the general area.

Many of the original buildings still stand in this most infamous of Nazi death camps with about a dozen of the surviving prison blocks still remaining. Some house a museum; several others provide general exhibitions; and some of the blocks are dedicated to victims from particular countries, which perished at this location.

After lunch you will continue the journey to the city of Wrocław, the capital of Lower Silesia.

From the many open-air cafes and popular beer taverns you may admire the beautifully restored Old Town. Some of the bars have functioned in the Main Square since the 13th c.

The dominant accent of the city skyline is the architectural complex of Ostrów Tumski including the Gothic Cathedral Romanesque elements from 1149.

Another impressive site is the University‘s main assembly hall – “The Aula Leopoldina” decorated with sculptures, stuccoes and trompe oil paintings by J.A.Siegwitz, F.J.Mangoldt and J.K.Handke

This evening you will enjoy dinner in the local restaurant to get the feeling of the authentic Polish cuisine.

Day 2
Wrocław – Częstochowa - Warsaw

Before leaving Wrocław let’s drop to the National Museum to be impressed by the largest collection of polish paintings “The Panorama Racławicka Battlefield” an immense work done by J.Styka and W.Kossak.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant on- route.

Stop in Czestochowa, located 74miles from Warsaw, to visit the famous Pauline Monastery as Jasna Gora which houses the Black Madonna, the holiest icon in Poland. This 15th century painting brings pilgrims from all over Poland, some on foot. After your tour you will continue to your hotel in Warsaw.

Day 3
Warsaw

Today, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour (eight hours) in Warsaw with your local guide and private vehicle. The beginning of Warsaw's story can be found throughout the Old Town, with its Gothic churches, defensive walls, and fairy tale facades of the Renaissance and Baroque tenement houses. It is a tragedy that the Nazis destroyed Warsaw's city charter, a magnificent historical document, but the Old Town complex was painstakingly reconstructed after the war.

Visit the Royal Castle, a symbol of Polish Statehood; and the 14th century Cathedral of Saint John. Afterwards follow the Royal Route from Castle Square to the 18-acre Lazienki Park. See the Chopin Monument and visit the magnificent neoclassical Lzienki Palace, the summer residence of the last Polish king, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. The palace was faithfully reconstructed after the war and now houses fine 18th century furnishings. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Day 4
Warsaw – Puławy – Kazimierz Dolny – Lublin

Touring today includes the visits In eastern part of Poland.

Puławy Palace was the estate of Adam K Czartoryski and his wife Izabela Czartoryska nee Fleming which was turned to the first public museum in Poland and a forum of political debate. There Izabela, a passionate art collector exhibited masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci Lady with an Ermine.

Kazimierz Dolny has been a merchant town for ages founded by King Kasimir the Great in the 14th century. During the time became also well-known holiday resort and favourite plase of polish artists.

Lublin located at the borderland of Poland and Ruthenia, from the end of 14th century. It was a scene of one of the most important events in polish history- the Polish-Lithuanian Union signed in July 1569. The historic part of the town has been preserved, together with the market square, Old Town Hall and burgher houses. The highlight of the tour is a visit of the castle with the Gothic Chapel of the HolyTrinity .

Let’s enjoy the visit of Łańcut – the estate of Potocki family and his Distillery Museum of Liquers, Rosoglios and Rum with a tasting many kinds of local liquors.

On a way back to Kraków we will stop for a lunch in a country house in Albigowa and Zalipie painted village.

Day 5
Lublin – Łańcut – Albigowa – Zalipie - Kraków

Lublin located at the borderland of Poland and Ruthenia, from the end of 14th century. It was a scene of one of the most important events in polish history- the Polish-Lithuanian Union signed in July 1569. The historic part of the town has been preserved, together with the market square, Old Town Hall and burgher houses. The highlight of the tour is a visit of the castle with the Gothic Chapel of the HolyTrinity .

Important, but gruesome part of the tour is the visit of the State Museum of Majdanek the former Nazi concentration camp.

Let’s enjoy the visit of Łańcut – the estate of Potocki family and his Distillery Museum of Liquers, Rosoglios and Rum with a tasting many kinds of local liquors.

On a way back to Kraków we will stop for a lunch in a country house in Albigowa and Zalipie

Your journey concludes today as you are transferred back to Kraków.

Transport: Yes
Accomodation: 4 overnights in **** hotels
Entrance fee: Yes
Assistance of an English speaking guide
Meals: FB



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17th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference - 17th IB2MaC 2020
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Author of photographs: Jan Zych
Visitors number: 1215

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