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Introduction

Agriculture in Poland has undergone massive changes, but we have managed to preserve rare breeds of cattle (Polish red cows) and disappearing species of poultry, traditional methods of sheep breeding and products from sheep milk including tasty cheeses. Natural methods for cereal crops and vast orchards, where rare types of apples are grown, are a characteristic feature of the Polish landscape. Will Poland become a leading area of organic farming?

Day 1: Kraków – Wieliczka Salt Mine (13 km)

Arrive in Kraków.

You will start the tour with a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which has been in operation for 900 years. It used to be one of the world's largest and most profitable industrial establishments at a time when ordinary salt was medieval commercial equivalent of oil today. Though always a magnet, since the mid-18th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine has gradually become a tourist attraction. On your visit you will walk nearly 2,000 metres underground in the oldest part of the salt mine and discover its subterranean museum.

Overnight at your hotel in Kraków.

Day 2: Kraków

Breakfast at the hotel.

A guided sightseeing tour of the old city of Kraków, including the Wawel Castle, which was home to Polish kings and was the seat of Polish Royals until the 17th century. The nearby Cathedral, which was the coronation place of Polish kings, is also a crypt, the final resting place of many of these same monarchs.

Later today, you will visit a farm with a total area of 24 hectares where barley, corn, wheat, canola and alfalfa are grown.

Most of the crops are devoted to feed and the main purpose of production is for dairy cows. Currently, the farm has 25 dairy cows and approx. 28 other species of cattle. The farm obtains a rather high yield of milk from 8,000 kg to 10,000 kg (4.02-4.72% fat, 3.20- 3.37% protein). These results have earned many awards. Overnight at your hotel in Kraków.

Day 3: Kraków – Oskar Schindler’s factory

After breakfast you will visit the famous  Oskar Schindler’s factory. He was a businessman who turned his factory into a refuge for Jews, saving many from the notorious Auschwitz Camp. He is remembered worldwide thank to the Stephen Spielberg film ‘Schindler’s List’.

The afternoon is free for buying souvenirs in the oldest market in the city –  the Sukiennice, located on the  Main Square!

Overnight at your hotel in Kraków.

Day 4: Kraków – Wrocław (271 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel from Kraków to Wrocław.

You will visit a  farm famous for its breeding of Charolaise cows. Currently, the farm has 160 hectares of land, over half of which is grassland. The farm has excellent physiographic conditions for raising and breeding of cattle. At the moment the farm has 210 Charolaise cattle, which is the largest collection of that breed in Lower Silesia. Breeding and control of meat is under the jurisdiction of the Beef Cattle Breeders Association in Warsaw. Painting sessions as well as trainings and seminars on beef cattle breeding are organised every year on the farm. Thank to the location of the farm along with its facilities, agro-touristic activities are also carried out here.

Overnight at your hotel in Wrocław

Day 5: Wrocław

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we will take you for a half-day tour of Wrocław –  the main city of Lower Silesia in the south-west of Poland. Across the river stands the Baroque University building whose Aula Leopolidina Auditorium is a masterpiece of decorative art. The Old Town is an essential part of any tour of Wrocław. The Old Market Square and its Gothic City Hall   form the wondrous heart of the city and the splendid facades of former burgher houses make the entire area an interesting architectural attraction and the focal point of artistic life. One of the city’s distinctive gems is the Japanese Garden which mimics the gardening arts of  Japan down to the smallest detail.

This afternoon you will visit a local farm (meat farm with Limousine cows, approx. 98 cattle, a large 127 hectare farm, ranking 3rd as one of the best in Poland) for an educational farm visit. Limousine cows, in our opinion, are the best for the meat industry and are valued by farmers for their ease of birthing and average dietary requirements.

Overnight at your hotel in Wrocław.

Day 6: Wrocław

Departure.