by David Motak and John Samuels
We are a small group of friends and fellow travelers who have enjoyed
traveling together since 2004. Like our other travel experiences, this
specially designed tour features many extras not found on other excursions.
Your travel experience will include plenty of legendary Polish Hospitality and
Bavarian "Gemütlichkeit". We will attend the re-enactment of the
Medieval Royal Wedding of Polish Princess Jadwiga (Hedwig) to Duke George the
Rich in Landshut, Bavaria. Your tour experience will include special seating
to view the impressive Wedding Parade in which thousands of costumed
participants greet the Royal Couple. We have also organized specially prepared
lunches and dinners, a stay at a luxury spa in the Sudeten Mountains, folklore
entertainment and tours of numerous historic sites, plus many extras.
THU JUNE 29 TRANSATLANTIC OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO MUNICH
FRI / June 30 ERDING (Welcome
in to our hotel Zum Erdinger Weißbräu located in lovely Erding, Bavaria.
Combining modern elegance with traditional design, our charming hotel is part
of a complex that includes a traditional Bavarian hofbräu restaurant and
landmark brewery dating back to 1537. Relax and enjoy the quaint Bavarian atmosphere
of this pleasant provincial town. We officially begin our tour by inviting you
to our Welcome Dinner full of the warmth, friendliness, and good cheer that is
characteristic of genuine Bavarian Gemütlichkeit.
SAT/ July 1 Erding - MUNICH (Breakfast, Dinner)
breakfast you may wish to stroll Erding and enjoy a lite lunch before we travel
to the capital of Bavaria, nearby Munich, to enjoy some of the city's top
attractions including the Frauenkirche: The Cathedral Church of Our Lady; Marienplatz
and Munich's Central Square, with the world-famous musical Glockenspiel at the
Old Town Hall. This is one of the largest and most ornate mechanical clocks in
the world with 43 bells and 32 life-sized moving figures. This evening we
will be guests of the Sperger Family in their Hofbräuhaus München, one of
Bavaria's most popular historic beer halls dating back to 1589.
SUN / July 2 Landshut - Erding (Breakfast, Lunch)
out your best "Medieval Bib and Tucker" (or at least your sun screen!)
- today is the Royal Wedding Day! After breakfast in our hotel, our bus will
escort us to Landshut where you may wish to attend mass at the impressive
Gothic St. Martin's Catholic Church, one of the most important historic
landmarks in Landshut and the church were Polish Princess Jadwwiga Jagiellonka,
daughter of King Casimir IV, was wed to Duke George the Rich in 1475. After
mass, lunch reservations have been made for our group at a nearby restaurant.
We then proceed to our reserved seats in the bleachers for the Royal Bridal
Pageant in which thousands of elaborately costumed participants will reenact
the grand procession by which Princess Jadwiga was welcomed in 1475 by the
townspeople of Landshut. At the conclusion of the Royal Procession, we will
have time to stroll Landshut before returning to our hotel in Erding. This
evening you may wish to relax or enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants near
MON / July 3 Linderhof - Neuschwanstien - Erding (Breakfast, Dinner)
breakfast, we travel to the Bavarian Alps to visit the spectacular Linderhof
Palace, built by King Ludwig II and modeled after Versailles. We then proceed
to picturesque Hohenschwangau where you can stroll, enjoy the sights, and have
an individual lunch. We then take the shuttle bus or horse drawn carriage to
the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle and our guided tour. (Please be aware that
Neuschwanstein Castle is situated on top of a steep hill and there is some
walking and steps from the transport stop and on stairs within the Castle.) We
will return to Erding for a group dinner in one of the city's traditional
TUE/ July 4 Erding - Česky Krumlov - PRAGUE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
breakfast, we depart for sightseeing in Česky Krumlov, one of Europe’s
most beautiful late Medieval and Renaissance towns where we will have time for
shopping and a group lunch at the Medieval tavern "Krčma v Šatlavské
" which dates from the 16th century. We continue to Prague, the Czech capital,
for overnight. You are invited to join us as we celebration the Fourth of July
at a traditional Czech meal in one of Prague's popular restaurants.
WED / July 5 PRAGUE (Breakfast / Dinner)
breakfast in our hotel, we will meet our English-speaking tour guide for our
introduction to beautiful Prague beginning with a tour of Prague's historic
center and Old Town by bus and on foot. We will enjoy a taste of lively Czech
traditions continues this evening with a folklore dinner and entertainment in a
restored old country inn on the city’s outskirts. Here we will be treated to
lively Czech folk music and dance and traditional food and drink.
THU / JULY 6 Prague - Bolesławiec - MALINOWY DWÓR (Breakfast / Dinner)
morning we depart Bohemia for Bolesławiec, where we will visit the ceramic
workshops that produce the famous Bolesławiec Polish Pottery. You will
have plenty of free time to shop at your leisure and enjoy lunch on your own
before we continue on to our spa retreat in the Sudeten Mountains of
southwestern Poland. Here we can relax, enjoy dinner and a late evening summer
stroll on the spa grounds.
FRI JULY 7 MALINOWY DWÓR (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
advantage of the facilities at Malinowy Dwór in the beautiful Sudety Mountains
to pamper yourself today by scheduling special spa treatments or enjoying the
spa pool. For those who wish, we are offering an additional excursion to enjoy
the region’s scenic beauty including Szklarska Poręba which is famous for
its handcut glass and crystal. All three of today’s specially prepared meals
will be prepared for us by the spa's culinary staff.
SAT JULY 8 Malinowy Dwór - Książ - Świdnica -
WROCŁAW (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
leave Malinowy Dwor refreshed and drive to the magnificent Książ
Castle, perched atop the lofty Owl Mountains. The vast tunnels beneath the
Castle are reputed to be the hiding place of the Nazi "Gold Train"
which attracted significant international media attention in recent years.
After touring the Castle we continue to Świdnica and the Cathedral of St.
Stanislaus and St. Vaclav as well as the stunning Church of Peace which was
built in 1648 to commemorate the Treaty of Westphalia which ended the 30 Years
War. This evening we will enjoy an early dinner at Piwnica Ratuszowa
Restaurant located in the Medieval underground vaults of Świdnica's
historic old town hall. We drive to Wroclaw for overnight at the Granary, a
uniquely restored 16th century building that has been converted into a luxury
contemporary boutique hotel located near the city's Old Town Square.
SUN JULY 9 WROCŁAW
(Breakfast / Dinner)
we familiarize ourselves with the dynamic city of Wrocław, one of Poland's
major cultural and economic hubs. After breakfast and optional mass, our day
will include a sightseeing tour aboard a specially chartered vintage
Wrocław street car. We will experience some of the most architecturally
picturesque parts of the city, including the famous Old Town Square and the
magnificent Old Town Hall, the symbol of the city for the last seven
centuries. While enjoying the Old Town, you will have free time for lunch,
strolling and shopping. You may also wish to enjoy the scores of whimsical miniature
dwarf statues that are cleverly located throughout the Old Town. We will also
visit Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island) with its impressive collection of
historic buildings, including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Our
itinerary will also include a visit to the famous Ossoliński Library, one
of Wrocław's most distinguished buildings, as well as the gigantic diorama
painting Panorama of the Battle of Racławice - both of which were brought
to Wrocław by refugees from the city of Lwów after that city was forcibly
taken from Poland by the Soviets after World War II. Our evening dinner will
be at the charming Pod Fredrą Restaurant, located near our hotel on the
Old Town Square.
MON JULY 10 Wrocław - KRAKÓW (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
depart Silesia today for Małopolska and the historic Polish capital of
Kraków. En route, we will stop at the impressive Moszna Palace one of southern
Poland's most ornate works of architecture originally built in the 1600s in the
Baroque style, with elaborate neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance additions. Upon
arriving in Kraków, you are free to relax, shop at some of the many folklore
shops or stroll around the Old Town and the Planty, the ribbon-like park
surrounding the Old City. Our group dinner tonight will be in one of Kraków's
TUES JULY 11 KRAKÓW (Breakfast
/ Farewell Dinner)
those who wish, we will organize a half-day walking tour of Kraków with our
local guide including: the Medieval Barbican, Floriańska Gate, the Old
Town Square, the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica with its impressive high
altar and Royal Route including Wawel Castle and Coronation Cathedral as well
as the Medieval buildings of the Jagiellonian University, alma mater of
Nicholas Copernicus. Our tour will finish at the Market Square where you can
spend the rest of your afternoon shopping in the Cloth Hall, visiting one of
many museums in the area or relaxing at an outdoor café. We can also arrange
for you to visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage
site. Tonight we will be treated to traditional Polish Folklore at our
WED JULY 12 KRAKOW - END OF TOUR / OR EXTEND YOUR STAY (Breakfast)
Note: We reserve the right to make appropriate substitutions on the tour
itinerary if circumstances require.
Germany 4 nights Hotel und
Gaststätte zum Erdinger Weissbräu
Czech Republic 2 nights Hiton Inn Old Town
Zdrój, Poland 2 nights Malinowy Dwór Spa
Poland 2 nights The Granary
Poland 2 nights Andel's
Hotel accommodations for 12 nights include hotel
service charges, taxes and luggage handling.
If necessary, hotels of a
comparable quality may be substituted.
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