Kraków, Zakopane, Łodź, Toruń,
Gdańsk, Olsztyn, Warsaw
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Culture, History, Art, and Adventure!
When: June 11-25, 2018
Led by: Richard Schmidt
★Castles, palaces, historic sites, and museums!
★Meet with local folk dance groups!
★Breathtaking scenery from mountains to sea!
★Price includes: city tours, hotels, breakfasts, four dinners, and a private deluxe motorcoach!
Price: Land only: $3795
I can’t wait to go! Reserve my place with my $200 deposit per person.
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Sunday June 10: Fly to Kraków on airline of your choice.
Day 1: Monday June 11
Day 2: Tuesday June 12
Walking tour with local English-speaking guide – Schindler’s Factory, Jewish neighborhood, Wawel Castle, Old Market,
Town Square, St.Mary’s Church. Overnight in Krakow.
Tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mines in the morning and then we drive up into the beautiful mountains
to visit the Górale (Mountain folk) and their unique traditions and folklore. Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 4: Thursday, June 14
A fun-filled day outdoors rafting on the Dunajec River which meanders along the border with Slovakia, followed by a traditional meal with live musicians and folk dancing. Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 5: Friday, June 15
We visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim in the morning and then continue north to the Jasna Góra Monastery where we will see Poland’s holiest of shrines “The Black Madonna” in Częstochowa before staying overnight in Ƚódż.
Day 6: Saturday, June 16
A free day in Ƚódż is in order where you can visit the historic sites, movie studios or go to the mall to get some great bargains on everyday items. The bars close at 4AM so you can party all night if you desire. Overnight in Ƚódż.
Day 7: Sunday, June 17
We’re off to the home of Copernicus in the medieval walled city of Toruń. A tour of the city and his home are in order along with a stroll along the walls and the riverside. Overnight in Toruń.
Day 8: Monday, June 18
To the seaside to the tri-city area of Sopot, Gdynia and Gdańsk. We will take a tour of the area’s sites such as the Oliwa Cathedral, Lech Wałesa’s house, the shipyards (and museum) where the Solidarity movement began and Westerplatte where Germany first attacked Poland and began WWII. Overnight in Gdańsk.
Day 9: Tuesday, June 19
Enjoy the day on the sandy beach, a walk along the molo (longest boardwalk out into the Baltic Sea), tea in the Grand Hotel or souvenir shopping in the many shops. There are also an abundance of great restaurants serving fresh fish. We will end our day learning many of the local dances. Overnight in Gdańsk.
Day 10: Wednesday, June 20
Home of the Teutonic Knights – Malbork Castle is on the agenda after breakfast plus a wonderful evening of Folk entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides with musicians and folk dancing around the campfire in the woods under the stars. Overnight in Olsztyn.
Day 11: Thursday, June 21
A tour of the city of Olsztyn and the surrounding region with its many lakes, canals and locks.
Overnight in Olsztyn.
Day 12: Friday, June 22
In the morning we head to the home and gardens of Fryderyk Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, before heading into the center of Poland’s capital city – Warszawa. Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 13: Saturday, June 23
City tour including stops in Łazienki Park, The Sejm (Poland’s Parliament), the Royal Castle, Old Town, The Jewish Ghetto and so much more. Then a special treat when a local University group perform for us. Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 14: Sunday June 24
A visit to the costume wardrobe of a local group to see and try on Polish costumes and free time for some shopping with your złotys (no Euros needed), Sight-seeing and Museum hopping. After our Farewell Dinner we’ll recap all the new Polish dances you learned. Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 15: Monday, June 25
Return to airport. Fly out of Warsaw on airline of your choice. .
About Richard Schmidt:
Richard Schmidt received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Polish government for his dedication in promoting Polish culture abroad. He is the Artistic Director and founder of the White Eagle Folk Dance Academy in his hometown of Montreal Canada, the Artistic Director of the Tatry Folk Dance Esemble of Oshawa, Canada, as well as principle choreographer for The Lechowia Polish Folk Dance Company of Toronto. His instructional workshops and choreography have been complimented by decades of studies under several of Poland’s top dance specialists. He has choreographed and taught for folk ensembles in Europe and North America since the age of seventeen and he is also well-known on the International Folk Camp circuit as the Master of Polish Dance. In 2006, Richard led the first folk tour of Poland presented by Jim Gold. His easy going temperament, his fluent English, knowledge of Polish and French, understanding of Poland’s culture and his excitement and joie-de-vivre added to the comfort and experience of all the guests!
On Polish Dancing
Richard answers Shirley’s questions about Polish dancing:
“We’re interested in the Poland trip in June 2018.
What can you tell us about Polish folk dancing?
Is it mainly polka? Is it line dancing? Or couples dances.
Looks like a very comprehensive tour through Poland.”
“I could speak to you for hours about Polish folklore but I’ll do that when you come on the tour. Fryderyk Chopin would not be pleased if he heard you thought that Polish folklore was all about polkas. Poland has FIVE national dances (Polonaise, Mazur, Oberek, Kujawiak and Krakowiak) No POLKA! And yet Poland has thousands of polkas found in its regional dances. Do you want to dance in a couple – we have it! Do you want to dance alone we have it! A Line – got it! A circle – that too! Very slow or super fast – covered! I have taught Polish folklore for 39 years and there is so much it amazes me. There is so much variety that I have a wardrobe for the dance group that is valued at over a million dollars – different region different costume and dances. You picked the right tour if you want to feel true emotion! I am more than happy to answer any questions you have so please feel free. “
POLISH TOUR REGISTRATION FORM:
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