PO Galicia Tour
Experience the world your ancestors had to leave.
Based on our many years of experience in providing Genealogy Tours and the first year of offering regular incoming tourism services in Poland we perfected and enriched the offer of PolishOrigins Galicia Tour for 2014. One of the main changes is that we added one more day - The Communist Day - to give you better picture of the more recent history of Poland.
We want to show you traces of the old life which have survived the centuries and tell you stories about the life of your ancestors. We will also show you the present-day life in Poland in which you can still notice many signs of the older times, in authentic architecture and traditional customs, cherished by warm and open people in their everyday life. We were born and grew up in Galicia and we will be proud to tell you all we know about life, now and in the past, in our land.
Our goal is to enrich your understanding of your forefathers’ life. So many of these brave people had to leave their small villages in hope of ensuring a better life for themselves and their offspring. You probably know already a lot about them. You may have managed to collect copies of church records of your grandparents. Perhaps you have read history book about your grandfather’s village. Or maybe you even remember family stories told by your grandma when you were a child.
But visiting their Old Country gives you something more meaningful and moving.
This is experiencing it deeply by being here, seeing, touching, tasting, breathing and talking about all of it.
Day 1. Arrival at the Rzeszow Airport or at the Krakow Airport a day before). We will meet you and provide airport or hotel pickup. Read more about how you can fly directly to Rzeszow, Krakow, and about the place where we will be staying 'Janczar'.
Day 2. Your Ancestors Life Day. We will visit a famous ethnographic open-air museum where you will see the rural architecture of the region and the representation of a 19th century Galicia town. In the evening be prepared for the country party in the old Galicia style! Read and see more...
Day 3. This is the Polish Nobility Day. First, we will visit Łańcut Castle constructed in the style of a grand aristocratic palace-residence. Next, we will go to a museum of nobility culture located in an old manor house. Read and see more...
Day 4. Ancient History, Nature and Slovakia. This day will visit Carpathian Troy and Magura National Park Museum. Our route to Podhale region will lead through Slovakia with its beautiful old town of Bardejov which is exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a fortified medieval town and included as whole on the World Heritage Unesco list. Read and see more about:
Magura National Park
Day 5. Tatra Mountains and Zakopane day. We will travel up to Gubalowka mountain by trail carriages, visit Tatra Museum, visit the old cemetery in which almost all tombs are unique works of art, made of wood, metal or stone. You will have free time and a great opportunity to do shopping in the outdoor market. In the late afternoon we will have dinner in one of the Zakopane restaurants with live Gorals band music. Read and listen to more...
Day 6. We will visit Dunajec Castle, an important center of Polish-Hungarian relations since the 14th century. Next, we will take you to Dunajec river rafting. We will have dinner in the hotel. Read and see more...
Day 7. Krakow. After breakfast we will leave for Krakow. As you know, there are plenty of magnificent, historic places to see in Krakow. You will have guided tour through the Old Town, Wawel Castle and many other places. Read and see more...
Day 8. Wieliczka Salt Mines. This day you will see wonderful underground world of salt chambers and sculptures. Dinner in one of the charming old town restaurants in Krakow. Read and see more...
Day 9. Auschwitz. Trip to the Concentration Camp Museum in Auschwitz and Birkenau. On the way a short stop in Oświęcim, important town in the history of the Galician emigration.
Day 10. The Communist Day. We will take you for a tram ride through the industrial part of Krakow - Nowa Huta. You will have opportunity to hear stories and to feel atmosphere of the communism years in Poland. Read and see more...
Day 11. After last common breakfast in the hotel we will transfer you to the Krakow Airport. For people interested in flying back from Rzeszow we can organize travel to the Rzeszow Airport. More...
Total cost of PO Galicia Tour is 6900 Polish zlotys. (We operate in Poland as a licensed Polish business entity and we accept payments in Polish zlotys (PLN)). For you to have an orientation about value of your payment in the US$ click here to check current average currency exchange rate between US Dollar and Polish zloty USD/PLN. This is an average currency exchange rate and it is usually distorted by commissions charged by all the financial intermediary institutions (so-called spread between currency buy and sell rates)).
If you are returning PolishOrigins Tours client or want to combine Galicia Tour with tailor-made Genealogy Tour or Family & Friends Tour then you are entitled to a 7% discount (500 PLN).
Tour cost includes: accommodations in first class hotels in TWN/DBL rooms with private bath or shower, two meals daily: breakfast, lunch or dinner, transportation between cities by air-conditioned, comfortable mini bus, sightseeing tours as specified in the tour itinerary, baggage handling of one suitcase per person, services of an English speaking guide throughout the whole Tour, hotel taxes, transfers on arrival and departure from and to the airports or hotels.
Not included in the tour cost are: items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, gratuity to guides and drivers, air transportation to and from Poland.
Here are planned dates for PO Galicia Tours for 2014:
To keep private character and atmosphere each group size will not exceed 15 participants.
For reservation make a deposit of 1000 (one thousand) Polish zlotys and provide your chosen dates by filling the reservation form:
The remaining amount of payment is due 32 days before planned date of starting the Tour. You can pay it here.
Although there are still openings for September and October 2014 Tours and you can still make your reservation, there are already set dates with first minute fee for 2015! Click here for details.
Important: If a tour has less than 6 persons who have made reservations 35 days before planned date of starting the Tour, we reserve the right to cancel the whole Tour. In that case all deposits for that Tour date will be refunded.
If you would like to have Private Galicia Tour organized especially for you and your family & friends in any term, please contact us. Also, visit our Genealogy Tours and Family & Friends Tours offer here: http://tours.polishorigins.com
We invite you to contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 0048 664 407 089(6.00 AM - 4.00 PM EST).