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Group Tourism - Itineraries

Following Polish Renaissance

(8 days & 7 nights)

Krakow - Sandomierz - Zamosc - Tarnow

Group Tourism to PolandDAY 1:
Arrival in Krakow, transfer to a hotel; welcoming drink; "Krakow by night"; formal dinner in the Old City.

DAY 2:
Breakfast followed by a lecture on the Polish Renaissance delivered by a university professor; tour of Wawel Hill: Renaissance Sigismundian Chapel in Cathedral, l6th-century arcaded courtyard in Castle; royal apartments with magnificent collection of arras tapestries; Kanonicza Street with Renaissance town houses; walk along Royal Way to the Market Square; Cloth Hall; lunch in a famous restaurant; free afternoon. Evening: dinner in the hotel or in town followed by a concert of Renaissance music.

DAY 3:
Excursion to Pieskowa Skala (30 km): a hunting lodge castle developed in Renaissance style, with arcaded courtyard, in picturesque Jurassic landscape of Pradnik Valley. Lunch in the Castle restaurant. Return to Krakow and visit to Renaissance Old Synagogue in Kazimierz district. Dinner in a Jewish restaurant with Jewish and Gypsy music.

DAY 4:
Leave Krakow for Baranow Sandomierski: tour of a Renaissance stately home with arcaded courtyard and park; lunch; departure for Sandomierz: fascinating architectural and landscape composition; market place and Renaissance Town Hall, town houses and Cathedral, Bishop's Palace, churches and monasteries. Departure for Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel.

DAY 5:
Depart for Kazimierz Dolny: Renaissance town, historic granaries, Reformed Franciscan Priory; lunch en route for Lublin; historic city centre, with l6th-century Town Hall and town houses, churches and monasteries. Depart for Zamosc: dinner and accommodation in a hotel in Zamosc.

DAY 6:
Tour of Renaissance city of Zamosc (founded 1580): pentagonal architectural design of town surrounded by fortifications. Collegiate Church, Mansion, Arsenal, College, main market place with Town Hall and Renaissance town houses. Leave for Jaroslaw, 15-17th century town situated on picturesque hills overlooking River San, famous for its fairs; Renaissance Orsetti House; arcaded houses. 14-16th-century multi-level cellars and dungeons under Old Town houses. Leave for Krasiczyn: Renaissance castle (quadrilateral plan with cylindrical corner bastions) partially arcaded inner courtyard. Depart for dinner and overnight stay in a stately home in Sieniawa.

DAY 7:
Leave for Lancut: beautiful 17th-century fortified country mansion on five-point star plan. Rare art collection (painting and sculpture, antique furniture and china). Famous Coach Museum (over 50 antique horse-drawn vehicles); return journey through Tarnow (Diocesan Museum). Dinner and overnight accommodation in Krakow.

DAY 8:
Breakfast, followed by the guide-escort's farewell to the group and end of the tour.

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