New Year in Kraków
One of Europe’s most beguiling and beautiful cities, Kraków is the perfect choice for travellers in search of a New Year break with a difference. Join us to appreciate the elegant Gothic and Renaissance buildings of the perfectly-preserved old town, visit the Jewish Quarter which bore witness to both horror and heroism in the 1940s, explore the sobering, poignant site of Auschwitz, which marks the 75th anniversary of its liberation in 2020, and marvel at the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine. Also awaiting discovery are churches and cathedrals, castles and monasteries – 1,000 years of history written in stone. Fine dining and fine art (including Leonardo Da Vinci’s celebrated Lady with and Ermine, now returned to the Czartoryski Museum) complete a memorable stay at a magical time of year associated with live music and colourful confetti – the Krakowian alternative to fireworks.
Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £350
Day 1 - London - Kraków
After the arrival to Kraków we will check-in to our hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy an introduction talk given by our Guide Lecturer about history and art of Kraków.
|Hotel||Grand Ascot Hotel, Kraków|
|Meals included||Lunch, Dinner|
Day 2 - Kraków
The day starts with a visit to the Wawel Hill, historically the most important area in Poland, where we discover the fascinating history the Kingdom of Poland and the Jagiellonian Dynasty. We visit Wawel Castle, the fortified monumental castle first built in the 14th century and for centuries the residence of Polish kings, and the Cathedral, the burial place of the Polish Kings. In the afternoon we stroll through Kazimierz, the historic Jewish district of the city before the population was forcibly relocated to the ghetto during the German occupation, to discover the multicultural history of the city.
Day 3 - Wieliczka - Tyniec
We drive to Wieliczka to visit the historical Salt Mines. One of the world’s oldest salt mines flourished in Wieliczka already during the 13th century when the first shafts were dug to extract the rock salt. During our visit to the mine we will admire the magnificent Chapel of Saint Kinga of Poland, completely excavated underground in the rock salt. On the way back to Kraków we will stop to visit the Benedictine abbey in Tyniec dating back to 1044 and subsequently rebuilt in the Gothic style after the Tartar raids in the 14th century.
Day 4 - Auschwitz
During the day we visit the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. Site of the extermination of more than one million Jews, Poles, Russians and Roma and poignantly commemorating the 75th anniversary of its liberation, it remains the most potent symbol of the Holocaust of the Second World War. As we are shown around the camp by local guides, we will pay our respects to those who lost their lives in this inferno. After our return to Kraków we will prepare ourselves for a traditional Polish New Year’s Eve dinner complete with festive fireworks.
Day 5 - Kraków
Starting late in the morning we will discover the historical centre of Kraków, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour includes St Mary’s Basilica, the 14th century church which is one of the most important examples of Polish Gothic architecture, the Main Square which dates back to the 13th century and is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe, as well as artistic treasures hidden along the narrow streets. During our stroll we will talk about the history of the city and its commercial contacts with the rest of Europe, which enriched the local culture and made Kraków a multicultural melting pot.
Day 6 - Kraków - London
In the morning we will visit the two most important art collections in Kraków. We start with the Czartoryski Museum, which houses the priceless Dame with the Ermine, one of the few completed paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Crivelli’s Saints Anthony and Lucy and Bouts’ Annunciation. We continue to the Sukiennice Museum, part of the Krakow Cloth Hall, once a bustling trading centre and today the home of the most important collection of Polish painting from the 18th and the 19th centuries. Afterwards, we will drive to the airport to travel back to London.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|28 December 2020||AKNY201228||28 December 2020 (Monday)||2 January 2021 (Saturday)||Dr Agata Chrzanowska||£2,395
|£500||£350||Call for availability|