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Kingdom of Poland Tour

Move back in time to the heart of Poland.


September 8-18, 2017

10 – day tour through the historical Kingdom of Poland and other parts of 19th Poland occupied by Russia (today’s central and eastern Poland and Lithuania).

Cost: 8400 Polish zlotys per person in double occupancy

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PO Kingdom of Poland Tour is our new proposal (organized since 2015), dedicated for all who are deeply interested in the history, culture, and traditions of Poland, especially for those of you who have their family roots in the former Russian partition of Poland, including today’s Lithuania.

It is a ten days journey in Central, North – East Poland, and Lithuania.

The “Kingdom of Poland” was the name of Poland since early medieval times. It was also the “Crown of the Kingdom of Poland”, ruled by our king Władysław Jagiełło, during the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was the time of Poland’s greatest power, and influence. After the Napoleonic Wars, this name was used for the Polish land dependent on Russia.

The Kingdom of Poland Tour will enlighten you as to what is really hiding behind all those complicated historical names.

You will visit the romantic borderlands of Henryk Sienkiewicz novels, Adam Mickiewicz’s Lithuania, described in his “Sir Thaddeus”, and on to Chopin’s beloved Polish landscapes. We will help you to understand the twists and turns of history, such as the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian partition of Poland and the dramatic fate of the Polish people during World War II.

We will show you two capitals: Warsaw and Vilnius, along with the region where the cultures of Jewish Polish, Lithuanian and Tatars intermingled and clashed. We will also see where the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, western and eastern Europe cultures, meet.

You will see remote villages where time has stopped, old noble manor houses and palaces, and the renaissance architecture of Zamość, Kazimierz Dolny, and Lublin, along with the wild forest reserve, with Bison and other Central European mammals. Together, we will experience the delicious local, regional cuisine, and fully experience real Slavic hospitality.

Itinerary

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Day 1. Arrival in Warsaw.

We will meet you at the airport or at the hotel. In the afternoon you will have a guided tour in the capital of Poland with its “Old Town” and Royal Castle.

In the evening we will together enjoy a “Welcome Dinner ”.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the center of Warsaw.

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Day 2. Warsaw, the capital of the multicultural kingdom.

Today we will visit the newly opened Museum of The History of Polish Jews and see Wilanów Palace and Park.  In the evening we will have dinner in the modern area of Warsaw.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the center of Warsaw

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Day 3. Chopin, a charm of a little town and a countryside.

Today we invite you to the open-air piano concert with music by Frederic Chopin in Royal Łazienki Park.

In the afternoon we will leave Warszawa. Our first stop will be Tykocin, one of the oldest towns in the region, and an important residence of Polish and Lithuanian kings since medieval times.
In the evening, we will arrive in Kiermusy, in the Podlasie region.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kiermusy estate.

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Day 4.  Lithuania.

Today we will leave Poland for a while and go to the capital of Lithuania: Vilnius where you will spend the next 2 days.
Vilnius, UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the biggest “Old Towns” in Europe (it is three times bigger than Kraków’s Old Town). Vilnius has always been an important cultural center and melting pot. Because of its large Jewish community, Napoleon named it “Jerusalem of the North”. We will also follow the Polish paths of Vilnius history. During our guided tour you will visit the famous “Gate of Dawn” (Ostra Brama), and the Giedymin Castle, with its picturesque views of the town and Wilejka river.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the center of Vilnius.

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Day 5. Vilnius and Trakai.

The history of Poland and Lithuania was intertwined for centuries. Maybe some of your relatives have their roots in Lithuania as well?

Today we will continue our day in Vilnius and in the afternoon we will visit and hear the story about more than 600 years old castle in Trakai located on an island.

In the evening you will enjoy the hospitality of the Vilnius people, during a dinner at one of the Old Town’s restaurants.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the center of Vilnius.

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Day 6. Białowieża forest and Podlasie region.

We will leave Vilnius and return to Poland with short breaks in Białystok or Augustów.

After we cross the border we will visit the Orthodox Monastery in Supraśl, founded in 16th century and with the passing of the years, the Supraśl Lavra became an important site of Orthodox culture as a result of its large library and lively contacts with other important Orthodox sites, such as the Kiev Lavra and Mount Athos Monastery.

In the afternoon we will arrive in Hajnówka, to visit the Show Reserve of the European bison, in the Białowieża National Park.

Accommodation: Hotel in Białowieża area.

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Day 7. Tatars world.

Today you will have the opportunity to feel the real, wildlife in Białowieża forest. We will try to show you the real Bison which can be at fingertips.

In the afternoon we will travel to Kruszyniany to show you the oldest wooden, Tatar mosque in Poland.Kruszyniany is often called a cultural melting pot because here is the cross point of three religions: Catholicism, Moslemism, and the Orthodox Church.

After the visit, we will take you to Tatar household which is located in the heart of Kruszyniany Primeval Forest.  In the evening be prepared for the Tatars party and to try its traditional cuisine!

Accommodation: Hotel in Białowieża area.

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Day 8. “The gate to the east”: Lublin.

After breakfast, we will drive to the multicultural city of Lublin.

On the way, we will stop in Kozłówka to visit the Zamoyski family residence.

In the afternoon during your guided tour in Lublin, we will show you the “Old Town”, along with the Lublin Castle and its famous Holy Trinity chapel with Byzantine paintings. We will have lunch in one of the charming restaurants in the main square.

Accommodation: Hotel in the Old Town Market Square in Lublin.

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Day 9. The charming Roztocze region.

We will invite you to discover the Roztocze National Park: featuring Polish Pony breeding and the natural, wild forest in Florianka. We will then visit the town of Zwierzyniec, with its picturesque chapel on the water, and then the renaissance town of Zamość.

Accommodation: Hotel in the Old Town Market Square in Lublin.

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Day 10. Rejuvenation of your body and soul – the town of artists.

This will be the last day of traveling. You will come back to Warsaw, where we will spend the last day of the tour.

On the way, we will show you Kazimierz Dolny, one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland. Since the 19th century, it has been attracting artists, actors and summer residents.

In the evening we will have the farewell dinner in the Old Town of Warsaw.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the center of Warsaw.

Day 11. The departure day.

After breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and we will accompany you to the airport.

 

Cost

The total cost of PO Kingdom of Poland Tour is 8400 Polish zlotys (SGL room supplement: 2200 PLN).(Around US$1985, SGL room supplement: US$520, according to currency exchange rate from December 21, 2016).

First Minute price till January 31, 2017, is discounted by 500 Polish zlotys.

Please be aware that we accept payments in Polish zlotys and this amount expressed in US$ is only for information purposes, valid on the date mentioned above. The current Polish zlotys (PLN) / US Dollars (USD) exchange rate you will find here: 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). We operate in Poland as a licensed tour operator and Polish business entity and we accept payments in Polish zlotys (PLN)).

If you are returning PolishOrigins Tours client or want to combine PO Kingdom of Poland tour with Genealogy Tour or Tailor-Made Tour then you are entitled to 500 PLN discount. Discounts do not combine.

Tour cost includes: accommodations in TWN/DBL rooms (or SGL room with the supplement given above) with private bath or shower, two meals daily: breakfast and 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 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, air transportation to and from Poland.

The only planned date for the PO Kingdom of Poland tour for 2017 is September 8-18.

Reservation

For reservations, make a deposit of 800 (eight hundred) Polish zlotys and provide your chosen dates by filling the payment form:


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Important: The deposit is refundable until the 90-day before the date of starting your Tour. If a tour has less than 5 persons who have made reservations 2 months 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.

The Kingdom of Poland Tour is carefully designed and prepared, with attention to all the details, from the leaders of the tour, the transportation, accommodations and the attractions chosen in our itinerary. To keep a private character and atmosphere, our group size will not exceed 15 guests.

Throughout the whole tour and associated itinerary, you will be accompanied by one of our experienced English speaking tour guides. You can be sure that he will do everything possible, to create a comfortable atmosphere and reply to all the questions guests may have about the organization of the trip as well as Polish history. In addition, in all tourist attractions, we hire specialized, local guides and we invite knowledgeable people to share with our guests, the history and traditions of the area. They add the local colors to your tour!

To see other our tour proposals like Genealogy Tour, Galicia Tour, Wooden Treasurers of Southern Poland, Bobbin Lace Making Workshops, and tailor-made Family & Friends Tours visit: http://tours.polishorigins.com

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