Hosted 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 Dinner)  

Check 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)

After 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)

Get 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 our hotel.

 

MON / July 3          Linderhof - Neuschwanstien - Erding (Breakfast, Dinner)

After 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 restaurants.               

 

TUE/ July 4             Erding - Česky Krumlov - PRAGUE  (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After 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)

After 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)

This 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) 

Take 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)

We 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) 

Today 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) 

We 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 leading restaurants.

 

TUES  JULY 11       KRAKÓW  (Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)  

For 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 Farewell Dinner.

 

WED  JULY 12       KRAKOW - END OF TOUR / OR EXTEND YOUR STAY    (Breakfast)

 

Please Note: We reserve the right to make appropriate substitutions on the tour itinerary if circumstances require.

 

HOTELS:

Erding, Germany                                  4 nights                Hotel und Gaststätte zum Erdinger Weissbräu

Prague, Czech Republic                       2 nights                Hiton Inn Old Town

Świeradów Zdrój, Poland                    2 nights                Malinowy Dwór Spa

Wrocław, Poland                                  2 nights                The Granary Boutique Hotel

Kraków, Poland                                   2 nights                Andel's Hotel

 

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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