13 days THE ROYAL CASTLES TOUR


1st day Warsaw
Meeting the tour guide at the airport. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
2nd day Warsaw – Żelazowa Wola – Pultusk
Breakfast. City tour of Warsaw. Visit to Old Town, Ghetto, Palace of Culture and Science, Lazienki Park, Royal Castle. Dinner. Departure for Pultusk via Żelazowa Wola , dinner, overnight.Warszawa Warsaw Old Town was established in the XIII th. century. It impresses tourists with its quaint, cobbled streets and unique old architecture. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Square with its unique traditional Polish restaurants, cafes and shops. When the weather is warm the square becomes filled with cafe tables, various traders and street artists.

The Royal Castle is a maginificent example of baroque style – it was built in the XIVth century. In 1569 King Zygmunt III Waza moved his residence to the Royal Castle as Warsaw became the capital of Poland. Between 1598 and 1619 the king had the Royal Castle restyled into a polygon by Italian architects. In XVIIIth. century King Augustus III turned the East Wing into Baroque style while King Stanislaw Poniatowski added the Royal Library. The Royal castle served as both a residence for the kings as well as hosted Sejm session.

Palace of Culture and Science competing with Warsaw Mermaid, it is ‘the tallest’ symbol of the capital – 234,5 metres high, also the biggest building of Poland. Both loved and hated)

Żelazowa Wola Afternoon visit to Zelazowa Wola (Żelazowa Wola is located about 54 km away from Warsaw. It has a beautiful park and mansion house, where the great polish composer Fryderyk Chopin was born. The complex is visited by crowds of guests from Poland and abroad.

The Warsaw Ghetto originally contained almost 450,000 people. By January of 1943,it was down to roughly 37,000 people. The rest had already been taken away to slave labor or death camps. Word got out that the Germans were going to finish off the ghetto, clean it out. Those half-starved, disease-weakened ghetto inhabitants decided to fight).

Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw – one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. This romantic, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.

Pułtusk Pultusk is a town situated in the north of Mazovia, on the route to Mazurian Lakes, along the natural waterway formed by the Narew river. Before the river reaches the town, it’s bed forks encompassing the Old Town and the Marketplace with the large and beautiful castle and the adjacent tenement houses. Pułtusk performs the functions of center with educational activities, and more recently, is a venue of meetings of the world’s Polonia.

3rd day Pultusk – Lidzbark Warmiński – Frombork – Malbork
Breakfast. Departure for city tour of Lidzbark Warminski, visit to Frombork. Dinner and overnight at Malbork CastleMalbork

Lidzbark Warmiński is a beautifull town with a very large, old castle.

Frombork, called „the jewel of Warmia”, was the place of work, life and death of Nicolaus Copernicus.

Malbork Castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress; it is the world’s largest brick castle and one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe. The castle and its museum are listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It is sometimes referred to as ‘the largest heap of bricks north of the Alps’. Under continuous construction for nearly 230 years, Malbork is actually three castles nested in one another. The High, Middle and Low Castles are separated by additional dry moats and towers.

4th Day Malbork – Torun
In the morning visit to Malbork Castle. Drive via Peplin where visit the Basilica. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Spichrz.Toruń

Toruń is one of the most beautiful cities of Poland. Picturesquely located on the both banks of the Vistula River, at a site of intersection of ancient trade routes, it has been propagating its traditional economy and openness to the world for nearly 800 years. The gothic buildings of Toruń’s Old Town, which won the designation of World Heritage Site from UNESCO in 1997, present proof of Toruń’s centuries-old economic, cultural and intellectual ties with the leading cities of Europe associated in the Hanseatic League

5th day Torun – Biskupin – TucznoBreakfast. Morning city tour of Torun. Drive to Tuczno via Biskupin (well-known archaeological museum and reservation in Middle Europe. Overnight and dinner at Tuczno Castle.
Biskupin
Biskupin is an archaeological site and a life-size model of an Iron Age fortified settlement (gród) in Poland, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship. It belongs to the Biskupin group of the Lusatian culture. The excavation and the reconstruction of the prehistoric settlement have played an important part in Polish historical consciousness. Excavations on Lake Biskupin peninsula were initiated in 1934. It was the first prehistoric site in Poland with a vast scale organized research using modern techniques, methodologies and interdisciplinary activity.

Tuczno

Tuczno offer a superior environment for holiday-making. We boast our clean lakes and forests, magnificent countryside, peace and quiet. One of the architectonic buildings is the Gothic-Renaissance castle of the Wedel Tuczyński family (ul. Zamkowa).

6th day Tuczno – Marcinowice
After breakfast drive to Poznan for short city tour. Visit Kornik. Palace in Krasków on the way to Marcinowice. Overnight and dinner at the Krakow Palace.Poznań is one of the richest cities in historical monuments in Poland, both in terms of their value and number. The most valuable ones are concentrated in three areas: the island of Ostrów Tumski, the Old Town and the Centre. In addition, Poznań belongs to the select group of cities that boast examples of all architectural periods – from the Romanesque, to the eclectic, to the modernist.
Kornik is a romantic residence styled as a Gothic castle. It is surrounded by a moat and a park with exotic trees and embodied in the legend of the White Lady who wanders about the halls of the castle at night…
Krasków
A small settlement called Krasków was set up around 1250 as a landed estate with a fortified castle.
7th day Marcinowice – Moszna
Breakfast. Morning drive for tour of the Castle in Brzeg. Dinner. Overnight in Moszna Castle.
Moszna Moszna Castle.
8th day Moszna – Paszkówka
Breakfast. Departure for Paszkówka Palace near Krakow. Visit Pieskowa Skala. Dinner, overnight in Paszkowka.PaszkówkaPalace in Paszkówka is an enchanted hotel promising patrons elegance, culture, relaxation and excellent cuisine. The architectural detail and antiques add to the charm of the historic hotel which was previously the residence of many Polish noble families. The estate features suites, standard rooms, conference rooms, leisure and recreation facilities as well as a world-class staff eager to offer superior service.
9th day Paszkówka – Cracow
After breakfast sightseeing of Krakow including Wawel Castle. Free time. Afternoon visit at Wieliczka Salt Mine. Dinner at Salmaster’s Castle in Wieliczka including concert of olden music. Dinner and overnight at Paszkowka.The old city of Cracow (Stare Miasto) has a rich architecture, mostly Renaissance with some examples of Baroque and Gothic. Cracow’s palaces, churches and mansions display a richness of color, architectural details, stained glass, paintings, sculptures, and furnishings. Wawel
Among the most notable of the city’s hundreds of historic buildings are: the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, where King John III Sobieski is buried; the medieval Old Town with its beautiful square; Market Square (200 meters on a side); dozens of old churches and museums; the 14th century buildings of the Jagiellonian University; as well as Kazimierz, the historical centre of Cracow’s Jewish religious and social life.
The Gothic St. Mary’s Church (Kościół Mariacki, actually a basilica) stands by the market place. It was built in the 14th century and boasts a famous wooden altar carved by Wit Stwosz. Every hour, a trumpet call, the hejnał mariacki, is sounded from the church’s main tower.

 

10th day Paszkówka – Wiśnicz – Baranów Sandomierski
Breakfast. Festive dinner and overnight at the Castle. Visit to Wiśnicz Castle is picturesquely located at the top of a hill. Built in the Gothic style in the 15th century, it has been restyled many times by its subsequent owners. In the 17th century, the architect Maciej Trapoli surrounded it with the modern system of fortifications. Burned by the Swedish army during the ‘deluge’, Wiśnicz was only restored after World War II. The only original elements which have survived throughout the ages are its massive towers) and Lancut Palace (The history of Łańcut stretches back to the early Middle Ages, founded as a town in 1349 under King Casmir the Great. The major landowning families in Łańcut were, successively, the Pilecki’s, Stadnicki’s, Lubomirki’s and the Potocki’s).

Baranów Sandomierski In the middle part of the River Vistula, in the heart of Poland, lies a gem of Polish architecture – the castle in Baranów Sandomierski. The former seat of the Leszczyński family, it is one of few so well preserved magnate residences).

11th day Baranów Sandomierski – Krzyztopor – Warsaw
Breakfast. Morning sightseeing of Baranow Castle and drive to Warszawa. Visit ruins of Krzyztopor Catle on the way. Dinner. Overnight in Warszawa.
12th day Warsaw
Breakfast. Morning visit to Wilanow Palace. Time at leisure. Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Old Town. Overnight.
Wilanów
The palace, surrounding park and other premises have survived bad fortunes of wars and foreign occupation of Poland. They remained intact and retained their genuine historical and artistic merits to become one of the most cherished parts of the Polish cultural heritage.
13th day Warsaw
Breakfast and transfet to the airport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
b. accommodation: palaces/castles and 3-star hotels based on twin-sharing.
c. halfboard/fullboard
d. all transfers, sightseeings and visits according to the programme
e. coach transport
f. English-speaking guide’s assistance throughout the tours
g. any other services are offered on request