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City Sightseeing and the Royal Wawel Castle

Krakow, the former capital of Poland, and a European centre of culture, art and science, is a city which offers a wide range of tourist attractions. Krakow's Old Town, with its unique architecture, was labeled World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. The heart of the city is located in the Main Square, the biggest market square of medieval Europe, with its remarkable 16th-century Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), the example of Gothic-Renaissance architectural style. Our visit to Old Town will include a walk across the Main Square, the Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki), which boasts one of the greatest Gothic altars in Europe, carved by the great Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz). Afterwards, we will continue along the Royal Way from the Barbican (city gates) and the St. Florian's Gate to the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and Cathedral.
Walking tour (transfer to the Wawel Hill will be provided), English-speaking guide. Time: 3 hours Price: EUR 21 Date: Daily: Meeting points: Hotel Cracovia 9:30; Hotel Ibis 9:20; Hotel Wyspianski 9:00; Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00; Hotel Andels 8:50. Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 17:00


The Jagiellonian University grounds

Krakow is the city of one of the oldest European universities, the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364. Among the most prominent students of this university were Nicolaus Copernicus, whose heliocentric theory of the universe revolutionized our vision of the world, and Karol Wojtyla, later elected to become Pope John Paul II. The oldest preserved building of the university is Collegium Maius, dating back to the 15th century. Now welcoming visitors as a university museum, it offers numerous Copernicus memorabilia, old Arabian astronomical instruments and a famous globe with the map of America from the beginning of the 16th century. Our visit will include the university quarter and Collegium Maius.
Time: 2 hours. Date: 08.07.2009 and 09.07.2009 Meeting point: Reception Desk at the Conference Venue: 10;00 Minimum 10 persons Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 2 p.m. Price: EUR 16

Walking tour, English speaking guide. Time: 2,5 hours

Collegium Novum, author: Jan MehlichCollegium Maius, author: Jan Mehlich

Wieliczka

The historic chambers of the Salt Mine considered one of the wonders of the world, put by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage list in 1978. Tourist route on three levels of the mine covers ca half a mile of corridors, 20 chambers carved in salt, all on the depth from 200 to 400 feet. St. Kinga's Chapel is a breathtaking place - a church where everything is made of salt - crystal chandeliers, altars, sculptures and floor paving carved in the layer of salt. We offer you here a tour with local guides and special effects "light and sound". Time: 4 hours Transport to Wieliczka (about 10 km) and back will be provided, comfortable footwear is recommended, as well as warmer clothes, since the temperatures never reach beyond 14oC in the twilight of the mine. Daily For morning tour: Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 For afternoon tour: Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia; 3:15 p.m Hotel Ibis; 3:05 p.m. Hotel Wyspianski; 2:55 p.m. Hotel Holidayy Inn 2:55 p.m. Hotel Andels; 2:40 p.m. Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 5 p.m. Price: EUR 27


Auschwitz-Birkenau

Site of World War II genocide, Auschwitz-Birkenau was founded by the Nazis in 1940 as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners, and later became the place where approximately 1,5 million Jews, Poles, Roma, Russians and people of other nationalities were exterminated. Today it hosts the Museum of Martyrology. Our visit will start with a 15-minute documentary about the liberation of the camp, and will include exhibitions in some of the surviving prison blocks, as well as the gas chamber and the crematorium. Tour by coach, English speaking guide. Time: 6 hours. Daily For morning tour: Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 For afternoon tour: Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia; 3:15 p.m Hotel Ibis; 3:05 p.m. Hotel Wyspianski; 2:55 p.m. Hotel Holidayy Inn 2:55 p.m. Hotel Andels; 2:40 p.m. Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 5 p.m. Price: EUR 27

The Krakow Jews Trail

Jews lived in the Krakow district of Kazimierz since the Middle Ages. There are seven remaining synagogues, including the oldest one located in the Szeroka Street, which today is home to the Museum of Judaism. On the same street, there is a Jewish cemetery, a pilgrimage site for Jews from all over the world. Nearby, on the other bank of the Vistula River, where the Jewish ghetto was located during World War II, there is a commemorative museum, "Apteka pod Orlem," and not far away, in Plaszow, there are the grounds of the war-time concentration camp, whose site has been turned into a commemoration park with an impressive monument. It is worth mentioning that Kazimierz provided the scenery for Steven Spilberg's film, "The Schindler's List." Since then, this district of Krakow has gained even larger interest, and increasing numbers of guests have arrived to the annual Jewish Culture Festival, held at the end of June. However, it could be said that festival never ends in Kazimierz, thanks to its myriad charming restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Our sightseeing trip will include visiting the Museum of Judaism and "Apteka pod Orlem" Museum. Tour by coach, English speaking guide. Time: 3 hours. Date: 07.07.2009 and 08.07.2009 Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 5 p.m. Minimum 10 persons Price: EUR 24


Dunajec River Gorge and Niedzica castle

During this excursion we will see the exquisite area of the Pieniny Mountains, the Czorsztynskie Lake, and the Dunajec River. The raft trip down the Dunajec river through the Pieniny Gorge and along the Polish-Slovak border is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Poland. The towering cliffsand the limestone rock formations of the gorge itself plus the picturesque mountain scenery, the surrounding national forest and the colorful river guides make for a wonderful day in a pristine and wild environment. For many centuries, the Dunajec valley served as an important trade route to Hungary and so Czorsztyn Castle (13th c.) and Niedzica Castle (14th c.) were built as strategic strongholds high on the cliffs on either side. Czorsztyn Castle was destroyed in a peasant uprising, but it has been partially restored and its ruins make for an adventurous visit. Niedzica Castle, in a delightful counterpoint, is in perfect condition. In fact, today, it is actually a working hotel in addition to housing a fine museum. Our trip begins with the raft trip. Lunch will be provided in the local inn "Pieniny". Later we invite you to visit Niedzica Castle and a 15th century wooden church in Debno. Tour by coach, English speaking guide - full day tour. Date: 06.07.2009 and 09.07.2009 vMeeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 5 p.m. Minimum 10 persons Price: EUR 45


John Paul II Route including Wadowice

Poland boasts a number of places relating to John Paul II. Our route leads us first to Wadowice - Karol Wojtyła's birthplace. We'll visit the Pope's family house and parish church where he was baptized. In Krakow, where John Paul II arrived in 1938 and stayed for most of his life until 1978 when he was elected Pope, we'll see Collegium Novum, the main building of the Jagiellonian University, where after the World War II Wojtyła lectured on theology, the Archbishop's Palace which was his home for a number of years. There we'll see his monument situated in the courtyard as well as the most famous window in the world' from which he always greeted people. Another important place is the Archdiocese Museum with two apartments in which John Paul II lved as a priest and a bishop. The Sancturay of Divine Mercy, also connected with worship of St. Faustyna, one of the Pope's favourite saints, is now one of the biggest pilgrimage centres in Poland, consecrated by John Paul II during his last visit to Krakow. Tour by coach, English speaking guide - half day tour. Date: 07.07.2009 and 09.07.2009 Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 2 p.m. Minimum 10 persons Price: EUR 37


Wooden Architecture Trail

This trail, 1500 km long, comprises 260 architectural sites ranging from chapels and churches, windmills and granaries, to country inns, huts and wooden manors. The route of our trip will include a wooden church from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries in Wola Radziszowska, a summer resort village, Lanckorona, with the preserved 14th century architectural design of the market square and houses with characteristic arcaded roofs from the 19th century; a historic manor from the 17th century in Stryszowice with its beautiful interiors typical for the 19th century aristocratic residences; as well as the Nadwislanski Ethnographic Park in Wygielzowo, with nearly 30 historic wooden buildings. During the trip in the ethnographic park, you will be invited to participate in an artistic handicraft workshop. Time: 5 hours. Date: 06.07.2009 and 09.07.2009 Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 2 p.m. Minimum 10 persons Price: EUR 27


Zakopane & Tatra Mountains

Zakopane district is considered the most attractive national resort in Poland. The Tatras, the hills of Podhale as well as the town itself are ideal places for walks or longer or shorter hikes. A walk around the town can be combined with visiting its monuments and other interesting places. Here are some of them that we would like to recommend: Northern part of the town: the centre of Zakopane - Krupówki St - The Tatra Museum - market at the foot of Gubałówka - taking a tram up Gubałówka (panorama of the Tatras and Zakopane!) - walking downhill along the yellow trail - Droga na Szymoszkową - Kościeliska St - the centre. Check at www.zakopane.pl. Tour by coach or ancient steam locomotive, English speaking guide - one day tour, lunch included. Date: 07.07.2009 and 08.07.2009 Meeting point: Hotel Cracovia 9:30 Hotel Ibis; 9:20 Hotel Wyspianski; 9:00 Hotel Holidayy Inn 9:00 Hotel Andels; 8:50 Reservation required: reservation and payment one day before travel time till 5 p.m. Minimum 10 persons Price: 39 EUR


Krakow Tourist Card

The Krakow Tourist Card saves you money and time. By using the Card the tourists will enjoy the stay in our old town bustling with life. The two or three day card entitles the holder to free travel on city buses and trams and to free entry in up to 30 Krakow museums. The Card is valid on city buses and trams day and night, it is also valid on the city bus to Krakow's international airport or Wieliczka Salt Mine. Krakow has a rich and varied array of museums. Some of them have unique collections of art and are located in some of the city's most architecturally valued buildings. Cardholders can also make use of the various discounts on offer in selected restaurants and shops as well as local trips and excursions. The Krakow Tourist Card - one card, many possibillities.
Price: 2 days card - 11,50 EUR; 3 days card - 14,50 EUR