1 Day. Arrival to Krakow. Accommodation at the Hotel. Visiting Krakow with a guide, a walk around Krakow to see the most beautiful architectural monuments of Krakow.
Krakow is one of the most culturally and politically significant cities in Poland. It was the central site of the Nazi General Government during WWII, and there’s still a residual feeling of solemnity here that’s especially apparent during visits to the Plaszow Concentration Camp and the Oskar Schindler Factory. Both the Historic City Centre and the Jewish District are brimming with cafés, shops, and pubs, and the 10-acre Main Market Square is a medieval feast for the senses.
Day 2. Travel by fast train to Lublin. Accommodation at home at Aunt Lidzia. Visiting Lublin with a guide. Visiting the Museum of the Lublin Countryside, the Castle, and Majdanek Concentration Camp.
The greatest empire in Renaissance Europe was born in Lublin in Lesser Poland in 1569. The Union of Lublin created the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and Lublin, on the old road from Kraków to Vilnius, was the place where the document was signed.
Lublin’s Old Town is guarded by two gates and has a Renaissance castle in its former citadel outside the former walls. On the historic streets are elegant burgher houses, and just below the surface is a system of interconnected cellars with exhibits about the city. On a sadder note, the story of Lublin’s Jewish population is both harrowing and interesting, not least because the city has one of the only complete Nazi death camps.
Day 3. A full day trip to Zwierzyniec. Renting a bike and a short ride around the Roztoczański National Park. A trip to Zamość, guided city tours and return to Lublin in the evening.
The Zwierzyniec settlement was established in the 16th century by the Zamoyski family. One of the features here is an artificial lake with a number of small islands – one of them contains monuments of the hounds belonging to the Polish Queen Marysieńka Sobieska.
Zamość is a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe, consistently designed and built in accordance with the Italian theories of the “ideal town,” on the basis of a plan which was the result of perfect cooperation between the open-minded founder, Jan Zamoyski, and the outstanding architect, Bernardo Morando. Zamość is an outstanding example of an innovative approach to town planning, combining the functions of an urban ensemble, a residence, and a fortress in accordance with a consistently implemented Renaissance concept. The result of this is a stylistically homogeneous urban composition with a high level of architectural and landscape values. A real asset of this great construction was its creative enhancement with local artistic architectural achievements.
Day 4. A trip to Kazimierz Dolny, sightseeing of the city, ferry crossing the other side of the river and visiting the castle in Janowiec. Return to Lublin in the evening.
Kazimierz Dolny is one of the most picturesque towns in all of Poland. It is also a genuine architectural gem and one of the most precious and enchanting places in Poland. It is also one of the most famous tourist and leisure sites in Poland and abroad. Its tradition as a summer resort and an artists’ colony date back to the early 1900s. Kazimierz is also famous for its connection with the art and for being a mecca of the art world. Many artists run their art galleries and workshops here, while others come to the town to paint outdoors. The uniqueness of the town derives from its rich cultural heritage and the legacy of the painting, writing and artistic bohemia.
Day 5. A trip to Kozłówka, where the fully authentic Polish aristocratic residence is located
Erected around 1742 for the Bieliński family, after the design by Józef Fontana, the palace has been owned by the Zamoyski family since 1799. Redeveloped 1897-1914 by Konstanty Zamoyski, it has preserved its original Second-Empire-style dcor from the late 19th and early years of 20th century.
Day 6. A trip to Soliborski Landscape Park. Accommodation in tree houses. A day spent on physical activities in contact with nature. The next day, return to Lublin.
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