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ATOL No. 11029

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KRAKOW - POLAND - 4 nights

7 - 11 April 2019

4* central hotel  -  £735pp

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Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The city dates back to the 7th century and was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Kraków is one of the most unique destinations in the world and its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Acetours are delighted to be offering a trip, departing 07th April 2019 for four nights. We believe we have found exactly the right venue, staying at the lovely 4* Senacki Hotel, located right in the heart of the old city. This is a boutique hotel, with only 20 rooms and we have half of them! Read the reviews! Everybody loves it. Accommodation is on a bed & breakfast basis but we have included three evening meals at local restaurants, leaving you one night to choose where you wish to go to. You can join us, if you wish, on that free evening but you just have to pay for your own meal that night.

 

Of course, we have a bunch of things lined up for you, included in the cost. We offer two guided walking tours of the city; on the afternoon of our arrival, after you have had time to settle in and have some lunch, we will do a tour of “Old Town Krakow”, finishing around 6.30pm / 6.45pm. Next morning, we offer a tour to Auschwietz extermination camp for those who wish to go. (You can choose the alternative on 10th April to the Saltmines, if you prefer. Or you can do both for a supplementary cost of £25pp). We also offer an optional walking tour of Jewish Krakow, during your stay and, for those really keen to explore, we can arrange visits to Schindlers Factory, Communist Krakow or you can join a tour of the “Beers of Krakow”. See below for details.

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What’s included:

•Return flights from Belfast to Krakow with Easyjet

•Cabin luggage included – please see below

•Private transfers by mini-coach airport-hotel

•4 nights in 4* Hotel Senacki, central Krakow

•Bed and breakfast

•3 evening meals in local restaurants

•1 x 2½ hour walking tours with local guides

•1 tour to either Auschwietz or Salt Mines (See below)

•Escorted by Acetours throughout

•Full financial protection under ATL 11029

 

What’s not included:

Travel insurance (compulsory), drinks or any other meals not included above, optional extra excursions, gratuities or any items of personal expenditure.

Flights:    Easyjet

Sun   07Apr19    Dep. Belfast Int’l   07.50am   Arr. Krakow   11.40am

Thu   11Apr19    Dep. Krakow    2.45pm    Arr. Belfast Int’l     4.45pm

 

 

Baggage Allowance – Hand luggage only

Easyjet do not put a restriction on weight, just size. Max 56 x 45 x 25cm. Any handbags or laptops, etc., must fit into this single piece as you are boarding the flight.

Note: We have found in recent years that few of our customers bring much luggage for short city-breaks, so there is no point in paying for it. If we do not include it, we are not charged, so we do not charge you. Please feel free to make your own mind up. We are quite happy to book extra luggage allowance, if you wish. If you wish to book some checked luggage, we can offer this at £45 for one 15kg bag, or £54 for one 23kg bag.

Excursions

Krakow Old Town (Included in fare)

Kraków’s old town luckily survived the Second World War, and so you can feel the ambiance of the days when it used to be the capital of Europe’s largest country. Stunning, magnificent, romantic, charming, fun, friendly and most of all cute there are countless words to describe Kraków, but none of them entirely show its spirit. Come and join us for a tour around a city that hasn’t changed much from the Middle Ages to find out why it was included on the first ever UNESCO Heritage List!

 

We will journey through the city’s legendary beginnings and its development in the Middle Ages. We will show you where to look to find the city at the height of its power and glory in the 15th and 16th centuries where its streets were walked by Copernicus himself and the city was the capital of the biggest country in Europe, sometimes called United States of Europe.

Duration: about 2,5 hours

 

Auschwiecz (Included in fare)

Should one visit Auschwitz (Auschwiecz)? It is a difficult question, and a deeply personal one. For many people, be they pilgrims on a private journey, backpackers exploring eastern Europe, historians, travellers or native Poles, it is a must. The proximity to Krakow makes a visit to the museums a very real option – the town of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) is an hour and a half journey by car from Krakow. And certainly, having seen the camps (regardless of how many other groups are also filing through) few will regret the experience. The camps and their legacy are an indelible part of today’s world and visiting them is both sobering and edifying.

The basic structures of both camps have survived, and the experience of these is amplified by a number of exhibitions about the major victims of the atrocities, chiefly the Jews, but also Poles, Gypsies and Russians. There are many different exhibits, and the apparatus of the camps, as well as the personal belongings left behind by the victims will speak for themselves.

We will drive to the museum at Auschwitz from Krakow and have a tour with a museum guide – all are experts on the camps and their legacy. The tour will also include nearby Birkenau (the expansive satellite of the Auschwitz camp), which for many visitors makes a more powerful impression than the first. This is a unique tour, free of overcrowded buses and full of worthwhile information – on site and on the way there! The guides are knowledgeable and spirited locals and will make sure you get the most out of your tour.

 

Jewish Krakow (£10 extra cost)

A Jewish world without Kazimierz would be as empty as a body without a soul. Poland is a place where Polish Jews and Polish Catholics lived together side by side for generations. The Jews had been present in Poland and Kraków since the very beginning. Their population grew rapidly over time, thanks to the religious tolerance and social autonomy they were granted here. The Jews, who had been expelled from countries all around Europe, found their home in Poland.

Here, in Kazimierz, Jewish history quickened, both in terms of culture and learning. Up until the mid-16th century, there was no other place in the Jewish world more significant than Kazimierz. Even today, Jews from all over the world travel to Kazimierz and Poland to find roots of their spirituality.

By the end of the 1930s, the Jewish community of Kraków constituted about 25% of the city’s population. This vibrant and diverse community was almost totally destroyed during the Second World War.

Discover the rich history, culture and traditions of Polish Jews; sadness and nostalgia for the pre-war, lost world, and excitement while becoming a witness to the rebirth of Jewish life. It is here in Kazimierz where the biggest Jewish Festival in the world takes place being the best proof that life and culture is always stronger than death and destruction!

Duration: about 2,5hours

 

Schindlers Factory Tour (Extra cost £20)

Schindlers Factory is a museum established in the actual Enamel Factory owned by Oskar Schindler during World War II. Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who devoted his life for a greater cause. Using his personal fortune and connections, he saved his Jewish employees from the Holocaust. His actions became widely known by Steven Spielberg's film "Schindler's List". The exhibition is divided into several sections dedicated to specific themes and issues. They all concern the subject of life in Krakow during World War and the history of the factory itself, its employees and Oskar Schindler.

 

Krakow Beers Tour ( Extra cost £25)

There’s no doubt – beer is the foundation of human civilization. Doesn’t sound right? Archaeologists have proved that people were already brewing beer long before they invented bread. BEERS OF KRAKÓW tour shows you the place of this city, and of Poland, in the world of beer.

The tour combines stories about how the favourite drink changed the world’s history and how it builds the Polish national identity, with professional tastings of a huge variety of Polish traditional and craft beer styles and, last but not least, with a basic sensory course, thanks to which beer will never taste the same again. During this tour, we visit iconic places for bar lovers and home brewers and take you off the beaten track to explore new tastes and real local atmosphere of the Kraków’s ‘after hours’ life. We also give you the chance to try at least 8 samples of craft beers, presenting  Polish impact on the complex evolution of drinking. Expect a professional approach, not another Pub Crawl. in a pretty fun way, though!

 

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour ( Extra cost £30)

Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most precious and fascinating Polish monuments. The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established as early as the beginning of the19th century. A couple of centuries later the salt mine was designated as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites (1978). The underground path leads through numerous drifts, galleries and chambers, where traces of mining activity have been preserved, as well as examples of art, theme compositions relating to the history of the mine and its legends. Wieliczka is the world's largest mining heritage museum with a collection encompassing unique pieces of mining equipment reflecting the development of mining techniques from the Middle Ages until today. Moreover, the microclimate of the mine has a beneficial impact on visitors who suffer from asthma and allergies. The tour starts with a descent of 64 meters by stairs. You are then led through a number of chambers and shown underground lakes, shrines and salt monuments. The trip finishes at the level of 135 meters below the surface and the return to the surface is by lift.

 

 

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