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Introduction

How about performing in Poland? To sing in old Kraków, where the  churches were visited by kings and saints? To play in Warsaw – Poland’s lively capital city; or maybe Wrocław the city of one hundred bridges. And there are still the small towns away from the busy centres, where the arrival of a foreign band always arouses a warm response and widespread interest.

Welcome to the stage!

Day 1: Warsaw

Arrival in Warsaw. In the evening we will take you to a local restaurant where you can enjoy trying Polish specialties at a dinner with folk music.

Day 2: Warsaw – tour of city + concert

Today we offer you a full-day sightseeing tour of Poland’s biggest city. Walking along the Royal Way you will see the most beautiful sites in the Old Town, including St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Castle.  Once home to the Polish royal family and seat of the Polish parliament it now houses the Castle Museum. The castle was completely destroyed by German troops in the aftermath of the Warsaw Uprising, and its reconstruction was completed in 1974. The castle was at one time the official residence of Polish kings and also housed the Polish parliament from the early 17th until the late 18th century. Although the building is a replica, many of its furnishings are originals worth seeing. We will also visit the History Museum where you can see a documentary film showing scenes from both  pre-war Warsaw and the years of its destruction in 1939 – 1945. In the afternoon we invite you to visit Łazienki (“Royal Baths Park”) – one of the most beautiful parks in Warsaw city centre. Formerly a hunting ground, in the 18th century it was turned into an English-style park with formal gardens, and the neoclassical Łazienki Palace was built on the park’s lake. Other sites include the Orangery, Myślewicki Palace,  the Observatory, Belvedere Palaceand a Greek-style amphitheatre. One of its most important attractions is the Frederic Chopin Statue and Chopin concerts are held there every summer.

In the afternoon you will have time forrehearsal at the concert venue followed by your splendid performance. After the concert you will enjoy dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in the Old Town.

Day 3: Warsaw – Wieliczka – Kraków (330 km)

After breakfast you will be taken to the railway station for your rail transfer to Wieliczka

After lunch enjoy a half day excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine.

This unique phenomenon was once described as being ‘as remarkable as the Pyramids and more useful’! Today it is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument and one of the most renowned attractions in the Kraków area.  The guided tour commences 65m underground and leads through rooms, passages and great chambers to a depth of 135m. Highlights include the stunning colors of the underground lake and the beautiful Kinga’s Chapel, a remarkable underground ‘cathedral’ where every feature is carved from the solid salt!  There’s even an underground post office made of salt too!

In case of choirs, we are able to arrange a short recital straight after the tour in the beautiful Kinga’s Chapel.

After the tour return to Kraków.

Additionally we would like to offer a meal tonight in a splendid cottage restaurant serving delicious Polish cuisineaccompanied by a folklore show.

Day 4: Kraków – tour of city + concert

The morning is set aside for a half day walking tour of Kraków.

Having escaped destruction during World War II, the city uniquely retains its charming medieval shape.  The central Market Square – the largest in Europe – is where several of the city’s architectural and cultural landmarks can be found, and also where the life of the city focuses. In the middle of the square there is the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice, 14th c.), today hosting a gallery of Polish paintings on the first floor, and there is also a market selling local artefacts and souvenirs on the ground floor.  Opposite the Cloth Hallthere is St. Mary’s Church, world-famous for its altar carved by Wit Stwosz. Kraków is also a university centre with the Jagiellonian University founded in 1364 which makes it one of the oldest universities in Europe.  Collegium Maius – the oldest university building, today the University Museum, is located near the Market Square. The Royal Route leads along Grodzka Street up to Wawel Hill from where the Royal Residence and the Cathedral overlook the Vistula River.  Wawel Castle, which houses one of the largest collections of tapestries in Europe, is an interesting example of Renaissance architecture.  The Cathedral was the coronation place of many Polish kings, and their last resting place.  Other must-see monuments include Barbican, Florianska Gate, and numerous churches, each rich in history of its own.

After the tour finishes, you will have free time for lunch and exploring the city on your own.

In the afternoon you will meet the tour leader again to transfer you to the church or alternative venue where the concert will take place.

After your evening concert recital at one of the most beautiful churches in Kraków, you will enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants in the Market Square.

Day 5: Departure

 
After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.