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Poland: Krakow and the Tatra Mountains - Itinerary

July 15 - 23, 2020
9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Krakow

$3,380 per person/double occupancy
$980 optional single supplement
Additional nights: $294 single or double
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with: 
The New and Old Warsaw (July 11 - 15, 2020)
Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp (July 23 - 24, 2020)

This tour starts at 4:00PM on WednesdayJuly 15, 2020 in Krakow.
Please assure that your flight arrives no later than 2:00PM.

Day 1: Krakow's Old Town 

At your arrival in Krakow, you will be met by a private chauffeur and transferred to our beautiful hotel in Krakow's Old Town. In the afternoon, we'll meet for an introductory walk through the Old Town, including St. Mary's Church with its medieval sculptures and the famous Veit Stoss High Gothic altar and St. Francis' Basilica with the Art Nouveau stained glass. The walk will culminate at the Main Market Square, where we'll enjoy our welcome dinner in one of the most romantic spots in Krakow. During dinner, we'll get to know each other and enjoy an informal discussion about Krakow's history and present. After dinner, we'll take a short walk around the night-time Krakow and visit an all-chocolate cafe for our dessert.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blue, Krakow

Day 2: Jewish Krakow 

Our first full day in Krakow will be devoted to the rich Jewish heritage which defined the city's culture and history over the millennia. We'll start with a morning visit to the Schindler's Factory Museum which will provide us with the insights and further understanding of the events of World War II in Krakow. Afterwards, we'll join our guide to explore the historic Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz, with its synagogues, quaint squares and rich cultural history. The experience will be highlighted with an authentic Klezmer music concert held at one of Kazimierz's synagogues, and we'll end the day at the elegant Rubenstein Restaurant featuring traditional Jewish specialties.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blue, Krakow

Day 3: Wawel Castle - Rynek Underground - Chopin concert 

Today, we'll gain new insights into Polish history. In the morning, our guide will take us for an in-depth visit to the Royal Wawel Castle. We'll see the Royal Chambers and Cathedral, as well as the Dragon's Cave, followed by a stop at the Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University to view the astronomical clock show. Afterwards, we'll relax over lunch in the atmospheric surroundings of a restaurant with the traditional Polish Wedding cuisine. In the afternoon, we'll visit the multi-media Krakow Historical Museum (Rynek Underground) inside the medieval Cloth Hall, and in the evening, we'll attend the Chopin's piano recital in of of the Old Town's restored nobelmen's palaces.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Radisson Blue, Krakow

Day 4: Wieliczka Salt Mine - Nowa Huta - Kosciuszko Mound 

After breakfast, we'll travel to Wieliczka Salt Mine and visit the underground chambers, labyrinths, and chapels carved in salt, and decorated with salt crystals chandeliers and salt sculptures. Afterwards, we'll take a drive-through tour of the communist-era built neighborhood of Nowa Huta, with insightful commentary on the communism's historical implications. The discussion is sure to continue over lunch at the 1950s-style diner, turned a trendy restaurant. After lunch, we'll continue to the Kosciuszko Mound, the newest (dating from the 19th century) of Krakow burial mounds which have been built in the city since prehistoric times. We'll learn about the ancient tradition of building burial mounds and its modern continuation. On the way back, we'll take a trolley ride back to the center of the city, and the evening will be free to enjoy the beauty and romance of Krakow's Old Town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Radisson Blue, Krakow

Day 5: Krakow - Dunajec River Rafting - Zakopane  
This morning, we'll leave Krakow and travel to the tranquil and serene mountain resort and the spa town of Zakopane.Before reaching the hotel though, we'll stop at the Pieniny National Park, where we'll take a relaxing river rafting cruise in the Dunajec River Gorge, amid the dramatic scenery and towering limestone cliffs. Afterwards, we'll tour the Renaissance Castle in Niedzica, one of the borderland castles ruled by powerful overlords. In the afternoon, we'll check into our hotel, then we'll relax over dinner at Highlander style Angels' Restaurant, overlooking the spectacular Tatra Mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Belvedere Resort and Spa, Zakopane

Day 6: Zakopane, Spa Day 
Today, we'll enjoy a free day to relax with a complimentary spa treatment, hike one of the easy trails in the Tatra Mountains National Park next to the hotel, or just read on the terrace overlooking the spectacular mountains and the Sleeping Giant Range. Half way through the day, we'll meet with local artisans, who will share with us the insights into the local craft of glass painting, and in the evening, we will dine at Czarci Jar Restaurant, featuring Highlanders' dancing and traditional Highlanders' dinner cooked over a bonfire. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Belvedere Resort and Spa, Zakopane

Day 7: Mt. Kasprowy - Cooking Class 

In the morning, we'll take a cable car up the Mt. Kasprowy Wierch (weather permitting), and enjoy a scenic walk among the spectacular mountain scenery leading to the border with Slovakia, along the ridge of the mountain and past alpine meadows covered in wildflowers. Afterwards, we'll take a leisurely walk through the town of Zakopane, spend some time browsing its colorful Highlanders' Market, and in the evening, we'll join local women for a cooking class featuring Polish culinary specialties such as hunters' stew and of course, pierogi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Belvedere Resort and Spa, Zakopane

Day 8: Zakopane to Krakow 

Today, we'll check out of our mountain resort hotel and travel back to Krakow. The afternoon will be free for some last minute shopping, and in the evening, we'll attend the farewell banquet at the one of the city's most renowned restaurants, followed by a romantic, night-time carriage ride around the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blue, Krakow

Day 9: Departures or the Optional Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial 

After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport according to your flight departure time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 with optional excursion: Optional excursion to Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Krakow - Departures 

If you stayed the additional day to visit the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial yesterday, you will be departing from Krakow today. After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport according to your flight departure time.
Meals: B

This tour ends after breakfast on Day 9 (July 23, 2020) or Day 10 (July 24, 2020) (with optional excursion) in Krakow.
Since you will have a private airport transfer, you can schedule your returning flight at the time that's most convenient for you.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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