Kraków, Zakopane, Łodź, Toruń,
Gdańsk, Olsztyn, Warsaw
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Culture, History, Art, and Adventure!
When: June 10-24, 2019
Led by: Richard Schmidt
★Castles, palaces, historic sites, and museums!
★Meet with local folk dance groups!
★ For dancers, non-dancers, and anyone with a love of travel and culture.
★Breathtaking scenery from mountains to sea!
★Price includes: city tours, hotels, breakfasts, four dinners, and a private deluxe motorcoach!
Price: Land only: $2995
I can’t wait to go! Reserve my place with my $200 deposit per person.
See registration form and information below.
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Sunday June 9: Fly to Kraków on airline of your choice.
On Monday, June 10, our group will meet in hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for orientation and welcome dinner. Walking tour of Kraków. Visit Ethnographic Museum. Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a 3-mile underground walk through chambers, caves, and chapels adorned with statues sculptured from salt. Evening folk dancing! Overnights at The Galaxy Hotel.
Day 4-5: Thursday-Friday, June 13:
Drive to Zakopane with its special architecture and storks. Many fine shops. Raft ride along a winding river with a local mountaineer raftsman dressed in full regalia! Meet and dance with the locals. Overnights: Belvedere Hotel.
Depart Zakopane and head for £odŸ. Stop at Auschwitz. Then visit the pilgrimage site of Czestochowa to see the Black Madonna, Poland’s holiest icon. Overnights: Grand LodŸ.
Day 7: Saturday, June 15:
£odŸ: Great place for folk shopping, festivals, folklore, and folk groups. Join the festival, see a show, and have our own folk dance session.
Day 8: Sunday, June 16:
Depart £odŸ for Toruñ, the charming medieval town, home of the great astronomer Copernicus. City sightseeing of Toruñ. Overnight: Mercure Hellos.
Day 9-10: Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18:
Depart Toruñ for Gdañsk, Gdynia, and Sopot. Ports, Ships, Beaches, Boardwalk. Relax at the seaside. The seaport of Gdynia; Sopot with Old World grand hotels, and beaches; Gdañsk, a former Hanseatic port city with Gothic churches, romantic cobblestone alleys and harbor promenades. Hear the world-famous organ in Oliwa Cathedral. Folk dancing. Overnights: Hotel Posejdon.
Day 11: Wednesday, June 19:
Day trip to famous Malbork Castle, former seat of Teutonic Knights. Drive to Olsztyn (Warmia and Mazury), Lake District of Poland. A vacation spot for Poles with lakes and campgrounds. Meet with local folklore group. Overnight: Hotel Warminski in Olsztyn.
Day 12-14: Thursday-Sunday, June 20-23:
Drive from Olsztyn to Warsaw: City tour includes Old Town, the Ghetto memorial site, Lazienki Park, Monument of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and the Chopin monument. Visit Želazowa Wola, home of Fryderyk Chopin. Free afternoon to stroll Warsaw boulevards and parks, visit shops and boutiques. Farewell dinner. Evening folk dancing. Overnights: Novotel Centrum.
Day 15: Monday, June 24: 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:
I can’t wait to go! Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person, refundable until March 9th. Single supplement: $795. Additional charges are: $145 hotel taxes and service. Gratuities are not included. Program subject to change without notice. Group rate: Minimum of 15 people required or additional fees may apply. Cancellations 60 days prior to departure: Total refund: Less than 60 days: No refund. Travel insurance always recommended. Total balance due March 5, 2019
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