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Walking in Chopin’s footsteps


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Introduction

Was Chopin Polish or was he French? Both nations claim he is their hero. However, if you wish to hear the yearning for the Poland where he was born and grew up, the sound of old trees in Żelazowa Wola, the raindrops in the preludes, the rumble of carriage wheels in the mazurkas, the serenity of the sunset over the plains of Mazovia in concerts… to experience them all, you have to come to Poland.

Day 1: Warszawa

Arrival in Warszawa. In the afternoon we will take you for a tour of the city, focusing particularly on places closely connected with the life and work of the great composer Frederic Chopin. We will show you some of the Old Town’s more enchanting spots, such as St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Castle, Krakowskie Przedmieście with the places where young Chopin gave concerts - Namiestnikowski Palace and the Church of the Visitation, Czapski Palace, where the Chopins had an apartment, known as the Chopins’ Salon, the Holy Cross Church, which features an urn containing the heart of F. Chopin, and Krasiński Palace, where the Chopins also lived. You will then move onto Ostrogski Palace, a 17th century building housing the Chopin Museum, which includes some priceless mementoes – manuscripts, musical scores and letters. In the evening there will be a welcoming dinner in a local restaurant accompanied by a brief talk on the life and work of Chopin.

Overnight stay in Warszawa.

Day 2: Warszawa – Żelazowa Wola – Brochów – Sanniki – Warszawa (approx. 200 km)

Today we will take you to Żelazowa Wola - this is where Chopin was born and lived. The museum includes some original furniture and other personal items, but also serves as a concert hall in the summer. Lying 11 km from Żelazowa Wola there is Brochów with its imposing brick parish church where Chopin’s parents were married and his birth certificate is also on display. You will also visit Sanniki and its palace and parklands, concert hall and small museum devoted to Chopin – he spent his holidays here as a child. In the evening you can enjoy a concert of Chopin’s music in Warszawa’s Łazienki Gardens.

Overnight stay in Warszawa.

Day 3: Warszawa – Antonin – Wrocław (approx. 390 km)

Departure for Wrocław. On the way you will stop off at the Hunting Lodge of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin, which every year plays hosts to a Chopin festival to commemorate the composer’s stay at the Radziwiłł residence. Arrival in Wrocław. In the evening we suggest a visit to the Opera or Philharmonic.

Overnight stay in Wrocław.

Day 4: Wrocław – Duszniki Zdrój (approx. 108 km)

After breakfast we will take you on a tour of Wrocław, including its oldest district, Ostrów Tumski island, and the Old Town with its delightful Market Square. In the afternoon, you will move onto Duszniki Zdrój, an attractive health resort in Kotlina Kłodzka valley, whose popularity owes much to the figure of Chopin. It was here that the often sickly 16-year old composer came to recuperate. During his stay he took part in a charity concert, thereby giving his first ever foreign recital abroad. Every year an International Chopin Festival is organized here. In the evening you can attend a concert.

Overnight stay in Duszniki. 

Day 5: Duszniki Zdrój – Kłodzko – Kraków (approx. 310 km)

In the morning you will take a stroll around Duszniki and later visit Kłodzko – a town of three cultures and a history stretching back more than 1,000 years. Its St. John’s Bridge is regarded as a miniature of the famous Charles Bridge in Prague. Travel to Kraków. In the evening we suggest a visit either to the Opera or the Philharmonic.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 6: Kraków

Today we will take you for a tour of Kraków. You will find yourself travelling back into the past, since the city is one of very few in Poland that have preserved its historic shape. You will visit lovely Wawel Hill with its Cathedral and Royal Castle, and then take the Royal Way which leads to the Old Town’s Market Square – the largest in Europe – where the heart of the city beats.  Inthe middle of the square there is the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice, 14th century). Opposite the Cloth Hall there is St. Mary’s Church, world-famous for its altar carved by Veit Stoss. Kraków is also a centre of higher education. The city’s Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is one of the oldest in Europe and includes the ancient Collegium Maius – today the University Museum. We will also take you to the Czartoryski Museum, which boasts an interesting collection of Western European art. Farewell dinner in the Amadeus restaurant.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 7: Kraków

Departure.