General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
6 days and 5 nights
Poland (Krakow)
Ireland (Dublin)

Description

 

Opera in Poland;

Krakow and Wroclaw

With La Boheme

6-days, from only €1259pps
Departing 16 March 2018 2018

Direct flights from Ireland

 

BOOKING DEPOSIT 30%
Balance due 56 days prior to
tour departure date

Visit Poland on our 5-night tour to Poland. Discover the wealth of the medieval fairy tale cities of Wroclaw and Krakow on this enthralling journey and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people.  Attend the performance of La Boheme in the Wroclaw Opera.

Program

Day 1 – Friday 16 March 2018

Your tour will start with an early morning flight to Krakow airport. Your flight with Ryanair departs Dublin airport at 06:15 and arrives Krakow airport 10:15 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to the 4* Hotel Qubus in Wroclaw where you are booked for two-nights on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis.

On the way to Wroclaw, we visit the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, a famous Polish shrine to the Virgin Mary and one of the country's places of pilgrimage. The image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is one of Jasna Góra's most precious treasures.

Arrive at your hotel in Wroclaw and check-in.

Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland and the historical capital of Silesia. It lies on the
banks of the River Oder. The history of the city dates back a thousand years, and it’s extensive
heritage combines almost all religions and cultures of Europe. At various times, it has been part
of Poland, Bohemia, Prussia and Germany. As a result of the border changes after the Second World War, the city became part of Poland in 1945. A thriving multicultural centre, Wrocław acts as the financial, cultural and commercial hub of western Poland.

In the evening a three-course welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2 – Saturday 17 March 2018

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, depart on your guided city tour to explore the picturesque town of Wroclaw hearing about Wroclaw's history and architecture dating back to the medieval ages.

Wroclaw is a true Pearl of Lower Silesia, a city where the Germanic and Slavonic cultures interchange and a city with a plethora of historical buildings, cobblestoned lanes and vibrantly coloured buildings.

Marvel at the Gothic Town Hall, one of the most beautiful old town halls in Poland, with elements of early renaissance style. Visit the Cathedral of St.John The Baptist, Leopoldin’s, Auditorium and the Centennial Hall. See the heart of Wrocław's medieval market square (Rynek), which many say is the most beautiful in Europe. Next stop is the Ostrów Tumski island, where the first Wroclaw church was built and which has retained its role as the seat of the church authorities. Ostrów Tumski is the oldest part of the city of Wrocław. It’s13th century main market square features the Old Town Hall. In the north-west corner of the market square stands St. Elisabeth's Church.

For the last part of your tour, discover Aula Leopoldinum, Wroclaw’s famous university. . Its name derives from its founder - the emperor Leopold I. It was designed by the famous Italian architect - Christophorus Tausch. The interior is divided into three parts: podium, auditorium and musical matroneum.

Afternoon at leisure for independent exploration.

In the evening, an early dinner will be served in your hotel restaurant. After dinner, coach transfer to the Wroclaw Opera House for the evening performance of “La Boheme”. Opera start time: 19:00

Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 3 – Sunday 18 March 2018

After breakfast, we depart for Krakow. On arrival in Krakow, luggage will be left at your hotel and you will then have some free time for lunch. (please note that check-in may not be available until the late afternoon)

After lunch, begin your exploration of Krakow with a visit to admire the painting, Lady With The Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting was purchased in 2016 from the Czartoryski Foundation by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the National Museum in Kraków and has been on display in the museum's main building since 2017. One of only four paintings of women ever painted by Leonardo da Vinci, the painting, Lady With The Ermine, is thought to date from Leonardo's early years in Milan (c. 1482-1483). Like all of his portraits (with the exception of the Mona Lisa), there is some disagreement about this painting. Some historians consider that the sitter is Cecilia Gallerani, mistress of Ludovico Sforza (the Duke of Milan). Renaissance women contrived to look middle-aged before they were twenty and if it is her she would only have been about seventeen at the time. Another suggestion is that the painting is from a little later, around 1491, and that the woman is Ludovico's wife, Beatrice d'Este.

We then continue with a walking tour of the former Jewish quarter of Krakow– Kazimierz. For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place of coexistence and interpenetration of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures. A stroll along narrow streets gives the opportunity to discover the Jewish tradition and its significance to the history of Krakow. Visit the old Jewish cemetery, see the impressive medieval churches and walk through the scenic narrow streets. Several synagogues have been preserved in the area with the oldest one dating back to the 15th century. Stroll through the historical lanes that have an unforgettable vibe. Jewish inhabitants were forcibly relocated in 1941 by the German occupying forces into the Krakow ghetto. Today Kazimierz is one of the major tourist attractions of Krakow and an important centre of cultural life of the city.

Evening dinner will be served in your hotel.

Day 4- Monday 19 March 2018

Today after breakfast, depart on your sightseeing tour of Krakow and discover the charms of Krakow’s Old Town.

Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its extensive cultural heritage includes Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula River, the St. Mary's Basilica, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the largest medieval market square in Europe. Kraków is also home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world. Kraków Old Town was listed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site since 1978.

Discover the main Square of the Old Town, the biggest marketplace of medieval Europe, visit St. Mary’s Basilica and marvel at one of the largest Gothic altars in Europe.

Free time for lunch

In the afternoon, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, often referred to as "the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland" and placed on the original UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1978. Experience the underground world of the oldest salt mine in Europe with its beautifully carved chambers, chapels and an underground lake.

Evening dinner will be served in your hotel.

Day 5 – Tuesday 20 March 2018

Today, experience a poignant piece of World War II history as you drive to the medieval town of Oswiecim, where during World War II the German Nazis built a concentration camp, known as Auschwitz. With your guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex. The site and the memorial museum were set up after the war and are now a grim destination for those wishing to pay homage to those who died there.

Return to Krakow via Wadowice, internationally recognised as the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.

Evening dinner will be served in your hotel.

Day 6- Wednesday 21 March 2018

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, check-out.

Today, visit Wawel Royal Castle, the political and cultural centre of Poland until the end of the 16th century and the symbol of Poland's national identity.

For centuries the residence of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Castle is now one of the country’s premier art museums. The museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain and period furniture. The museum’s holdings in oriental art include the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe.

The original castle was built in the early 11th century by King Bolesław Chrobry. King Kazimierz Wielki turned it into a formidable Gothic castle, but when it burned down in 1499, King Zygmunt Stary commissioned a new residence. Within 30 years a splendid Renaissance palace, designed by Italian architects, was in place. Despite further extensions and alterations, the 3-store Renaissance structure, complete with a courtyard arcaded on three sides, has been preserved to this day. In 1978 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Kraków.

Flight departs Krakow at 21:25 and arrives Dublin 23:30 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion - Ryanair).

Price includes

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes and charges
• Two-nights with in the 4* hotel Qubus in Wroclaw (16-18.03.2018)
• Three-nights with breakfast in the 4* hotel Mercure Centrum in Krakow (18-21.03.2018)
• Five evening meals in hotels
• Guided tour of Wroclaw, visiting Cathedral of St. John Baptist, Town Hall, Aula Leopoldina and Centennial Hall
• Guided tour of Krakow, with visits to the National Museum, St. Mary’s Basilika and The Royal Castle and Cathedral
• Visit the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa
• Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines
• Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
• Performance of Puccini’s La Boheme in the Wroclaw Opera House
• Free time for independent sightseeing
• Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Price does not include

Travel Insurance
Checked-in luggage