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KRAKOW, OŚWIĘCIM, SALT MINE IN WIELICZKA

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Day 1 ARRIVAL, KRACOW OR WARSAW

Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel in Krakow or Warsow.

In the evening meeting with the pilot of the group.

Welcome dinner.

Day 2 KRAKOW

Breakfast.

Sightseeing the market. Square and network forming the Old Town street were delineated in 1257. To this day survived located centrally on Market Cloth tiny church of St. Adalbert, a lonely tower demolished in the XIXth century Town Hall and one of the symbols of Krakow – St. Mary’s Church. Passing through Old Town where almost every building is a historical monument – there is a dozen of museums and galleries, a number of churches and theaters.

Walking the Royal Route – the oldest and probably the most well-known tourist trail. It leads from the St. Florian Church on the square of Jan Matejko through the Florian Gate. Here, in the only well-preserved fragment of the powerful ramparts, is Arsenal – now part of the Czartoryski Museum. The trail leads along the Florianska street to the Market, and then Grodzka and Kanoniczna street to the Wawel Royal Castle.

Sightseeing Kazimierz which after the tragedy of Worls War II and the extermination of Jews by Nazi invaders was abandoned for decades and fell into disrepair in that time. In the nineties of the twentieth century Kazimierz district began to recover thanks to the Festival of Jewish Culture and the Steven Spielberg film “ Schindler’s List “ which was filmed right here, in Kazimierz district in Krakow.

Traditional dinner in one of the Old Town restaurants.

Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 3 AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

Breakfast.

Drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau, network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich. The largest extermination camp in the history of mankind was created by the Germans in 1940. At first, it supposed to be one of many labor camps that the Nazis created since early 30’s. However in 1942, after a significant enlargement, it has also become a center of  Endlösung der Judenfrage ( the „final solution of the Jewish” ), a Nazi plan to murder the Jews living in areas occupied by the Third Reich. The exact number of victims of Auschwitz can not be determined – SS destroyed almost all of the documentation and most of what survived , the Soviets deported. It is assumed that 1.5 million people, 28 nationalities, of which about 90% were Jews, were killed there. After the World War II camp grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau were converted into a museum and place of memory and considered as a Monument of Martyrdom of the Polish Nation and Other Nations. In 1979 Auschwitz-Birkenau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – to warn against fanaticism, extreme nationalism and racism and for the memory of the criminal actions of Nazi Germany never be forgotten.

Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 WIELICZKA SALT MINE

Breakfast.

Drive to Wieliczka – historic salt mine; it is the oldest salt mine in the world. You can trace all of the stages mining technology development through different historical epochs. Mine extends to 9 levels , it has 2040 chambers and 360 km of galleries that makes up the mysterious labyrinth. Uniqueness of carved in salt altars, statues and entire underground chapels with reliefs and chandeliers carry Visitors into a fantasy and unusual world. St Kinga’s Chapel, called underground hydrochloric church, due to its dimensions of 54 meters long, 18 meters wide and 12 meters high is considered the most beautiful.

In afternoon hours we will return to Krakow and we have a horse and carriage ride through the Old Town. After spending the evening out we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

The end of the tour program.

 

 

 

 

*the tour schedule is a framework and may vary depending on the time and place of arrival.