Travel to Poland with Bill this August to attend the
“Chopin and his Europe” Music Festival in Warsaw.

This incredible journey will highlight top attractions of this diverse country starting in the north at the Baltic sea and ending with Krakow in the south. Wanda Grzesik of Chopin Tours will be personally escorting the tour to ensure that every detail is taken care of.

For more information please contact Wanda at
1-844-9CHOPIN or wanda@chopintours.com

Aug 20 – Sep 01, 2017

12 days – 11 nights
Gdansk – Sopot – Malbork – Torun – Lodz – Warsaw – Auschwitz – Krakow

ITINERARY

Aug 20, Sunday

Evening departure from Toronto on LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner non-stop service to Warsaw and then connect to a domestic flight to Gdansk.

Aug 21, Monday (Welcome Dinner)

Arrive Gdansk and transfer to the Sofitel Grand Hotel which sits on its own private beach majestically overlooking the Baltic Sea in the fashionable seaside resort town of Sopot.

After settling in to your room why not take a stroll close to the hotel and enjoy the sea air and perhaps a walk onto the famous pier, which is the oldest and longest wooden pier in Europe. In the evening we invite you to our welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant “Art Deco” where you have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

Aug 22, Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today, we tour the city of Gdansk including the city’s former fortifications and relics of the 15th century Gothic defense walls, the Long Market – a magnificent street, with grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades and Mariacka Street, with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques.

We will also visit an amber shop where you will learn a bit about the production and characteristics of this  “baltic gold”. Lunch at a lovely riverside restaurant and then we board a “pirate ship” and sail to historic Westerplatte where the German invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 officially marked the beginning of World War II. Return to Sopot to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Aug 23, Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Visit Oliwa Cathedral with its one-of-a-kind pipe organ that was originally designed and constructed by a Cistercian Monk between 1763 and 1783. After a short organ recital we continue to Malbork Castle built in 1406 by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders.

Malbork is the largest castle in the world as well as the largest brick building in Europe.  Lunch in the castle at the Gothic Restaurant prepared by Chef Bogdan Galazka, a graduate of the Kurt Scheller Cooking Academy as well as the Culinary Academy of New York.  Return to Sopot in the late afternoon. Dinner tonight at a casual seaside restaurant.

Aug 24, Thursday (Breakfast, Dinner)

We leave Sopot and start our journey south.  Our first stop will be Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and long famous as a center of gingerbread making since the Medieval times. In 1825, at the age of fifteen, Frederic Chopin spent time in Torun and wrote in a letter to his friend that he was impressed by the architecture of Torun, but even more so by the gingerbread!

Continue to Lodz which is the heart of the film industry in Poland and where great masters of cinema such as Polanski, Wajda, Kieslowski and Holland studied and worked. On a musical note, it is in Lodz that the famous classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born and spent his early years.

Aug 25, Friday (Breakfast, Dinner)

Free time in the morning to explore the shops and museums of the Manufaktura on your own. At noon we leave the hotel for a short panoramic tour of Lodz before our drive to Warsaw. Afternoon arrival at the Bristol Hotel in Warsaw which is ideally located for our stay in Warsaw. Just a short stroll from the Castle Square, the hotel was opened in 1901 by a group of partners including Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the famous Polish pianist who also became Prime Minister in 1919 after Poland regained its independence. In the evening attend a performance at the Chopin and his Europe Festival.

Aug 26, Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. Our sightseeing this morning will include: the Royal Route, Lazienki Park with its famous Chopin monument, the Ghetto Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Old Town Square, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland.

We will visit the Holy Cross Church where Chopin’s heart is interred.  We will end our tour with lunch served at a restaurant in Old Town. In the afternoon you can choose to spend the rest of the day at your leisure or you can join us for a visit to the Chopin Museum, one of Europe’s most high tech, interactive museums featuring everything you could possibly want to know about the composer and his life.

This evening we take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous compositions of our greatest composer, Frederic Chopin.  

Aug 27, Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today we drive to Zelazowa Wola, the small village where Frederic Chopin was born on Feb 22,1810.  We visit the museum devoted to the great composer and his family and at noon we enjoy an outdoor piano recital on the beautiful grounds of the Museum.

After our visit in Zelazowa Wola we are invited to a home-hosted lunch by a family whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle.  Return to Warsaw and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Aug 28, Monday (Breakfast, Dinner)

Today we visit Wilanow Palace. One of the most beautiful examples of Polish baroque architecture. Built in the late 17th century as the royal residence for king John III Sobieski, it is often referred to as the „Polish Versailles”.  The palace boasts a rich collection of fine arts as well as beautiful gardens outside. The afternoon is free to relax  or explore further on your own.  Suggestions:  The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews or the 1944 Warsaw Rising Museum.

Aug 29, Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

From Warsaw we drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a former Nazi concentration and extermination camp (1940-1945) on the UNESCO heritage list. The fortified walls, barbed wire, platforms, barracks, gallows, gas chambers and cremation ovens show the conditions within which the Nazi genocide took place in the former concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest in the Third Reich. Now a Museum, it is a symbol of humanity’s cruelty to its fellow human beings in the 20th century. Continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

Aug 30, Wednesday (Breakfast, Dinner with Klezmer Concert)

Our morning sightseeing will feature Wawel, the Royal Castle. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art including a collection of monumental 16th century tapestries.  There is an interesting Canadian connection to these tapestries as many of the them were transported to Canada when WWII broke out for safekeeping and returned to Wawel Castle in 1961.  We visit the Cathedral where Polish kings were crowned and buried and then make our way to one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful medieval market squares. In the evening we drive to Kazimierz – the historical Jewish district of Krakow to enjoy a Jewish-style dinner and a Klezmer Music Concert.

Aug 31, Thursday (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)

Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine – on the UNESCO heritage list since 1978.  The mine was opened in the 13th century and has operated continually until 2007. Now it is Poland’s most visited attraction, with unforgettable underground chambers, grottoes, and chapels all carved from salt. Return to Krakow to enjoy the last afternoon in Krakow. Tonight we invite you to our farewell dinner, a chance to reminisce and share your memories of the trip with your new friends.

Sep 01, Friday (Breakfast)

Transfer to the airport – end of tour.

Itinerary is subject to minor changes and adjustments that may be required.

INCLUSIONS


Land only option:

• 12 days / 11 nights land tour starting in Gdansk August 21st and ending in Krakow September 1st, 2017
• Airport transfer in Gdansk & Krakow
• All transportation in Poland by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
• Tour escort assistance throughout
• English speaking local guides where required
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
• Meals: Full buffet breakfast daily at hotel, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
• Gratuities included to driver, local guides, and the restaurant staff at included meals.


Air + Land option:

• All land only features (as above) plus
• Airfare in economy class on Aug 20 from Toronto to Gdansk via Warsaw and on September 1 from Krakow to Toronto via Warsaw with LOT Polish Airlines.
Premium Economy and Business class pricing also available.

Terms and Conditions
  • Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking.
  • Balance: Final payment due on or before May 20, 2017.
  • Documentation: All passengers require a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the return travel date. Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter Poland. For other nationalities please check requirements.
  • Travel Insurance: We stronly suggest the purchase of emergency out of country hospital/medical coverage, as well as Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance protection. Please check with your insurance provider or ask us for a quote.
  • In the unlikely event that Bill Anderson is unable to join the trip, Chopin Tours reserves the right to provide a replacement escort.
  • We reserve the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary

HOTELS

The following superior hotels have been selected for this tour.

Sofitel Grand 

Sopot, Poland

The Sofitel Grand sits on its own private beach majestically overlooking the Baltic Sea in the fashionable seaside resort town of Sopot. The hotel is a magnificent art nouveau landmark that was originally opened in 1927 as the Kasino Hotel. The interiors have been totally redesigned in a sleek and modern style and there are spa and fitness facilities available to guests. The hotel overlooks the famous wooden pier, which is the oldest and longest wooden pier in Europe. A lively pedestrian zone with many shops and cafes to explore is steps away from the hotel.

Andel’s by Vienna House

Lodz, Poland

The Andel’s by Vienna House Lodz is impressive in all regards: historic red brick facade, remarkable location, housed in a former weaving mill on the grounds of Manufaktura, the city’s premiere shopping, arts and cultural centre. The unique architecture is a skillful combination of colours and forms, design and material, warmth and hospitality.

Bristol Hotel 

Warsaw, Poland

The Bristol has been a cultural landmark in Warsaw since 1901 when the hotel was opened by a group of partners including Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the famous Polish pianist who also became Prime Minister in 1919 after Poland regained its independenceThe majestic neo-renaissance facade and romantic interiors offer a blend of history and contemporary luxury.  Situated in the heart of Warsaw, the location of this hotel is unmatched.

Radisson Blu

Krakow, Poland

The Radisson Blu is centrally located by one of Krakow’s largest parks know as “Planty” which encircles the entire old city of Krakow where the medieval walls once stood.  From the hotel it is a leisurely seven minute walk to the Market Square or in the other direction to Wawel Castle.

ABOUT US

A little bit about us…

Wanda Grzesik & Jan Muranty - Poland Tour Guides

Wanda & Jan will be escorting the group throughout Poland. Jan Muranty lives in Poland and is a musician and composer by profession. As a tour guide he loves to share his passion for music, history, sports and nature.

Chopin Express Tours is a division of Polimex Travel Inc., which was founded in 1982 and now operates six retail locations in Ontario.  It is a Canadian owned company with strong ties to the Polish-Canadian community.

Wanda Grzesik & Jan Muranty - Poland Tour Guides

Wanda & Jan will be escorting the group throughout Poland. Jan Muranty lives in Poland and is a musician and composer by profession. As a tour guide he loves to share his passion for music, history, sports and nature.

and now a little bit about me…

I have been in the travel industry since 1978 after graduating from Travel & Tourism at Humber College. I joined Chopin Tours in 2002 and for the past 15 years have focused on promoting tours and arranging custom travel to Poland and the surrounding Central European countries. I was born and raised in Toronto’s west end but have recently moved up north to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. Working mostly from home now, I have additional time to spend talking to my clients from across North America as well as communicating with clients that contact me from overseas.

I look forward to answering any questions you may have about this tour.
Hope you can join us in Poland this August,

Wanda Grzesik
Direct hotline for this tour:
1-844-9CHOPIN (1-844-924-6746)
416-302-7990
wanda@chopintours.com

BOOKING

Frederic Chopin's Poland - Hosed by Bill Anderson of Bill's Classical Jukebox

For reservations or more information please contact:

Wanda Grzesik, Chopin Express Tours

Direct lines:  1-844-924-6746 or 416-302-7990
wanda@chopintours.com

CHOPIN EXPRESS TOURS Division of Polimex Travel Inc.
141 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6R 2L2 Tel: 416-537-9202, 1-800-533-0369 Fax: 416-537-3679

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