Poland, Ukraine & Czech Republic
Apr 21-May 5, 2020
I'd like to announce that we are going to Poland, Ukraine, & the Czech Republic Apr 21-May 5, 2020. I’m calling our fantastic vacation our "P-U-CR Up Heritage Tour" because you will fall in love with all you see. So much to see, so much to do, so many of us have the same questions. Those questions can be answered by our multilingual Tour guides, Additionally we will have the time for adventure and to explore historic parts of the Old Town areas of the fascinating towns we’ll be visiting and many places in between as many only dream about.
I’m bringing along my friend Ron Dombrowski, host of the “Polka Buzz” TV Show on WBBZ in Buffalo, NY and DJ on several Polka Radio Shows including "Drive Time Polkas" on Mon - Sat 5-7pm on WXRL 1300 AM & 95.5 FM, and Sun 8-11 am on WECK 1230 AM & 100.5 FM & 102.9 FM, and online at www.weckbuffalo.com. Whenever visiting Europe with my groups, we are always astonished at the culture, sights and history dating back to our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and all those who have come before us.
Our Tour has limited availability so don't wait to add your name to the "I'm going" list. I ask you to consider joining Ron and me for what we consider the Poland, Ukraine & Czech Republic vacation of a lifetime. Get your P-U-CR Up factor going and join us, as together we visit Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Zalipe, Rzeszow, Zakopane & Wroclaw in Poland; Lviv in Ukraine; and Prague in the Czech Republic, and many places in-between. Don't be left out. Travel together with like minded people to Poland, Ukraine & the Czech Republic Apr 21-May 5, 2020. Make it a multi-generational trip and bring the family. It’s a great chance to do some genealogy or just enjoy the wonderful culture. Whatever you are looking to do, I’m sure we can find a way to fit it in – Just ask me.
You’ll receive accommodations in top notch hotels, 2 meals a day, and all excursions are included unless noted or you want to do something not listed, which I would be happy to arrange for you. I can also arrange other things you would like to do before or after our trip including a river or ocean cruise, or visiting other areas of Europe.
Please don't wait. Call me at either of the following phone #'s. Call (724)234-2033 or (724) 816-7888 (cell).
A Dream Trip 4 U
Let me create A Dream Trip 4 U to match the trip of YOUR dreams
- Accommodations in first class hotels*
- Breakfast daily with lunch or dinner
- All entrance fees except optional tours
- Sightseeing Tours, free time for optional tours and visits
- Transfers between Airport and Hotels
- Services of Professional English-Speaking Tour Guides
- Transportation on Deluxe Air-Conditioned Motor Coaches
- And so much more!!!
*All hotels are either in the Old Town part of the city or within a 10 minute walk of the Old Town area.
Airfare, porterage at airports, insurance, optional tours, gratuities, and items not specifically included. A Dream Trip 4 U will happily arrange any of the travel type of items for you. Airfare not available til mid to late Nov 2019.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 0 - Tue - Apr 21, 2020 - Board your flight from the US to Warsaw, Poland
Please Note: Group needs to arrive around the same time for use of the group transfer. Those arriving at different times will need to purchase individual transfers at an additional cost.
Day 1 - Wed - Apr 22 - Arrive Warsaw, Poland
Welcome to Warsaw! A group transfer is provided from the airport to your hotel (normal check-in times apply.) This evening, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at one of Warsaw’s excellent restaurants. (Dinner)
Day 2 - Thu - Apr 23 - Warsaw
Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. Then, explore the beautiful ROYAL CASTLE. The history of this palace goes back to the 14th century when the Great Tower was erected. In the 16th and 17th century during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, the Castle underwent large-scale expansion and was transformed into a 5-winged edifice with an inner country yard. In September 1939 the Castle was bombed by the Germans; however musicologists under the leadership of Prof. Stanislav Lorentz, managed to salvage some elements of the interiors and also some of the works of arts. In September 1944 the Castle was blown up by the Germany army and in 1984 the reconstructed interiors were opened to the general publics. The evening is yours to enjoy and explore your favorite areas of Warsaw. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 - Fri - Apr 24 - Warsaw - Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow
A fascinating morning: visit JASNA GÓRA, the monastery near Czestochowa, and admire its BLACK MADONNA, which is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. In Auschwitz, visit what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Krakow. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 - Sat - Apr 25 - Krakow
This morning visit the WIELICZKA SALT MINES, which are a UNESCO World cultural heritage. Wieliczka is an old mining town with a 14th century bastion remaining from the town walls and 16th/18th century churches. The visit of the mines will be with a local guide, and you will be taken down to the mines by a short elevator ride. The salt mines have been in operation continuously since the 13th century and are one of the oldest working mines in the world. The route leads through various chambers, passing small salt lakes and richly decorated with salt sculptures and leads into the. Then enjoy a guided sightseeing of ancient Krakow features a walking tour of the KAZIMIERZ QUARTER, with its cozy art cafes, antique shops, and galleries. Also stop and visit the impressive WAWEL CASTLE, and visit the 14th-century ST. MARY’S CHURCH with its uneven towers. Tonight enjoy the unique atmosphere of an 18th century wooden restaurant just outside Krakow. After a glass of vodka or wine or soft drink as an aperitif sit back and relax and enjoy a 4 course TRADITIONAL POLISH DINNER. At the start of the meal there will be relaxing background music and singing followed by the first half of the FOLKLORE PROGRAM. After a short break for you to enjoy the main course, the show will continue and people will be invited to dance with the members of the folk group if they wish. To round off the evening the band will play some well-known international hits. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 - Sun - Apr 26 - Krakow. Excursion to Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Journey to the Pope's hometown of Wadowice and visit his BIRTHPLACE and BOYHOOD HOME. Also visit KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA, one of Poland's most famous shrines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which played a pivotal role in the Pope's spiritual life. The Calvary Sanctuary was established in the 1600s for pilgrims as a substitute Jerusalem. It has grown to be the biggest shrine grounds of its type in Europe with 42 churches and chapels of all shapes and sizes scattered on the slopes of the Zar Mountain. The central basilica and Franciscan monastery still welcome pilgrims from all over the world today. Later, visit TYSKIE BREWERY & MUSEUM for guided tour followed by a TASTING of freshly brewed 14-day Tyskie Gronie. Enjoy your evening of exploring on your own around Krakow (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6 - Mon - Apr 27 - Krakow - Zalipie - Lviv, Ukraine
Today visit the painted village of Zalipie, with its vibrant cottages painted with elaborate floral designs. We continue our journey east and cross the border into the Ukraine. Arrive Lviv in the early evening and enjoy dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 - Tue - Apr 28 - Lviv
Today enjoy a city sightseeing tour of this historic town, known as “little Paris of Ukraine.” Included is a visit to ST. GEORGES CATHEDRAL, the Opera House, Fountain of Neptuen and the Monument to Ivan Pidkova, and the cemetery for Polish Army of WW I & II. Then visit the PHARMACY MUSEUM "Under the Black Eagle." Later, enjoy free time to explore the markets and bazaar on your own. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 - Wed - Apr 29 - Lviv - Zakopane, Poland
Today we cross the border back into Poland and continue to Zakopane. Located in a picturesque valley at the base of the Tatra mountain range, Zakopane has developed into a beautiful, pristine resort. Typical of this area are the highlander wooden houses, cafes, restaurants, and shops on Krupowski Street. This evening enjoy dinner at local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 - Thu - Apr 30 - Zakopane
Enjoy a wonderful day full of Polish folk, artistic images, photogenic scenes and unique wooden home architecture. See the mountaineers’ old cottages, take a walk through Krupówki Street, one of the best-known promenades in Poland with shops, restaurants, cafés and stalls offering souvenirs and delicious ewe’s-milk cheese “oscypki”. Enjoy superb views from mountain summits by taking a ride with the CABLE CAR to Gubalowka Summit. A viewing terrace on the top offers a panorama of Zakopane and surrounding villages set against the spectacular backdrop of the Tatras. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10 - Fri - May 01 - Zakopane. Dunajec River Excursion
A highlight today is a CRUISE down the Dunajec River. Board your traditional wooden raft for a relaxing cruise down the Dunajec River. Later, visit CHOCHOLOW VILLAGE, the most picturesque village in the Tatra region. Today, enjoy LUNCH in the Tatra region. An absolutely unique living open air museum comprising a large collection of wooden farm houses built in 18th and 19th century, in the traditional way and Zakopiański style. Return back to Zakopane, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. One roundtrip transfer will be provided to Oravice, Slovakia for those that want to visit the Aquapark Oravice. Or enjoy the afternoon in Zakopane to explore and shop on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Please Note: Visit to Aquapark Oravice will be independently arranged, Tickets can be purchases either when you get there or I can arrange them in advance. Our tour bus will provide the roundtrip transfers to and from the Aquapark in Oravice at pre-determined times.
Day 11 - Sat - May 02 - Zakopane - Wroclaw
After breakfast continue to Wroclaw, the historical capital of Silesia. Through the ages, this impressive city belonged to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and (after 1945) to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, and admire its highlights, such as the cathedral and the MARKET SQUARE with its fine patrician houses. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 - Sun - May 03 - Wroclaw – Prague, Czech Republic
This morning head west and cross the border into the Czech Republic. Prague and beer—the two are practically synonymous since the Czech Republic is home of the first pilsner, the first Budweiser, and is first in the world in per-capita in beer consumption! Join an expert guide and visit some of the most important beerhouses in the city. With Prague’s stunning scenery as a backdrop and TRADITIONAL SNACKS and BEER TASTING along the way. Remainder of the day at leisure, your Tour Director will be on hand for suggestions. (Breakfast)
Day 13 - Mon - May 04 - Prague
Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS, which afford lovely views of St. Vitus Cathedral and the castle’s walls and bastions. Originally laid out in the 16th-century, the grounds reached the present park-like form in the early 20th-century. Also see the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. And of course, you will taste a Trdelnik, the famous rolled pastry topped with sugar and walnut mix. Tonight enjoy a relaxing farewell dinner aboard a beautiful floating restaurant for an unforgettable DINING AND CRUISING EXPERIENCE on the Vltava River. Enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner, beverages, and live music as Prague’s most beloved icons and monuments float by including; Charles Bridge, the National Theater, 9th-century Prague Castle, the Neo-Renaissance Rudolfinum, and more! (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 14 - Tue - May 05 - Prague
Your vacation ends after breakfast. A group transfer is provided to the airport for your home-bound flight. (Breakfast)
Please Note: Group needs to depart together to the airport for the group transfer. Individual transfer costs can be quoted separately.
US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates. It is each traveler's responsibility to have passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required if you are a US citizen. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. Citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave, and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.
Currency Fluctuation, Tax Increases & Fuel Price/Surcharge Increases:
All prices are based on the rates of exchange in effect at the time of price quotation. In the event that the US dollar devalues, Taxes increase, or fuel prices or fuel surcharges increase, A Dream Trip 4 U & it's vendors reserve the right to increase prices accordingly. Your final invoice(s) for tour participants will reflect increases resulting from any of these changes.
Land Only portion = $3538 per person, double occupancy (2 to a room)
Single supplement = $1532
Triples by request, if available - TBD at time of request
Minimum passengers for the trip = 30
Maximum passengers for the trip = 44
If passenger count goes below 30, a supplement of $400 per person will be charged. So please gather your friends and family and lets keep it to a full bus load.
Airfare is NOT included in the above price. Airfare will not be available til approximately mid to late June.
I will arrange flights based on where people are leaving from and that price is separate as is insurance and any other non-specified item. Please let me know your preferred airport.
This is a totally custom built itinerary and is only bookable thru "A Dream Trip 4 U".
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