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CHOPIN'S POLAND bdr

CHOPIN'S POLAND
Warsaw, Krakow
As requested by several H.A.T. Tours family members to hear operas and concerts in Poland, we are returning to Warsaw, birthplace of the legendary Polish composer Frederik Chopin, and Krakow. We will also visit Lodz, birthplace of the renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein. 
Our hotels are two centrally located deluxe, BRISTOL in Warsaw and RADISSON BLU Blu in Krakow. Near Krakow, we will visit the amazing 700 years old Wieliczka Salt Mine, still working. 
Opera Performances
In Warsaw:
Concert
April 04 - Mazurkas by Chopin at Ostrogoki Castle 
Opera 
April 05 – Turandot by Puccini at National Opera 
April 10 – To be announced 

In Krakow:
April 07 – To be announced
Itinerary
  • Monday, April 02. (D)* HOME – WARSAW
    Depart this evening on any airline of your choice to Warsaw, Poland, arriving the next morning. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Tuesday, April 03. (B,D). WARSAW
    Upon arrival at the Warsaw International Airport, take a taxi to the deluxe, centrally located HOTEL BRISTOL, where we stay three nights. We will reimburse the taxi fare. Briefing and Gala Welcome Dinner at the hotel. 

    WARSAW: The beginnings of the city go back to the turn of the 13th century when the Dukes of Mazovia built wooden buildings that were gradually replaced by the Royal Castle. In 1569 Warsaw became the site of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Two Nations, Poland and Lithuania. The city was severely damaged in the mid-17th century during the Swedish invasion. During the glorious reign of the last King of Poland, Stanislas Augustus from 1764 to 1772, Warsaw once again reached to glory. After that year, Russia, Prussia and Austria partitioned the country. Poland regained independence in 1918, only to be partitioned again by Germany and Russia in 1939, which started the Second World War. At the end of November 1944, the Nazis blew up 85% of the city. It took 43 years after the war ended to completely restore the exteriors and interiors of the Old Town.
  • Wednesday, April 04. (B). WARSAW
    Panoramic sightseeing this morning will include the Monument of the Warsaw uprising, the Ghetto Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Chopin Monument and the St. Cross Church where Chopin’s heart brought from Paris is placed. This evening, listen to the world-famous works of Mazurkas by Chopin at Ostrogoki Castle.
  • Thursday, April 05. (B). WARSAW
    Today we visit the Royal Castle lovingly restored to its original condition after it was totally destroyed by the Nazis in 1944, the St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Old Town. Afternoon free. This evening we will see the opera Turandot by Puccini at the National Opera.
  • Friday, April 06. (B,L). KRAKOW
    This morning we drive south from Warsaw to Krakow. Lunch en route. Arrive in Krakow where we stay three nights at the centrally located RADISSON BLU HOTEL. This evening or the next you will see an opera at the Slowacki Theater.

    KRAKOW: The one-time capital of Poland, going back to 1040, with its medieval town-planning arrangement, and priceless monuments of the past, was included on the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1978. Among its 30 museums is the National Gallery where one can see Leonardo da Vinci's beautiful painting of "Lady with the Ermine," and Rembrandt's "Landscape with a Merciful Samaritan." The Main Market Square, 200 yds. by 200 yds., is one of the greatest of this type in Europe. The Wawel Hill on the Vistula River constituted a suitable point for defense. Through the centuries, the Royal Castle and the Cathedral Church were erected here, along with many social and administrative buildings.
  • Saturday, April 07. (B,D). KRAKOW
    This morning we visit the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral where Poland’s Kings were once crowned. Afternoon free to stroll in the Market Square considered to be one of the largest town squares in Europe, with surroundings that have remained unchanged for almost 700 years. Enjoy a private Klezmer music concert while having dinner at one of the charming Kazimierz restaurants.
  • Sunday, April 08. (B). WIELICZKA – KRAKOW
    This afternoon we drive to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, still in production after more than 700 years. You will see the amazing sculptures, chapels and galleries hewn out of rock salt, more than a mile-deep underground. This evening you will see an opera or hear a concert at the Slowacki Theater.
  • Monday, April 9. (B,L). LODZ – WARSAW
    Today we drive north to visit Lodz, the city of three cultures – Polish, Jewish and German, to see the birthplace of the world-famous pianist of Jewish origin, Arthur Rubenstein. Lunch en route. Afternoon arrival in Warsaw, where we stay two more nights at the deluxe HOTEL BRISTOL. 
  • Tuesday, April 10. (B,D). ZELAZOWA WOLA – LOWICZ – WARSAW
    Today we first drive to Zelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Chopin, to see his home, now a museum set in a beautiful park. Then we drive to Lowicz, where the “Polish Schubert” Stanislaw Moniuszko was born. You will enjoy a private recital of Moniuszko’s solo songs while in a wooden cottage at the Lowicz’ Castle ruins.
    Drive back to Warsaw. Gala Farewell Dinner at the elegant dining room of the Bristol Hotel 
  • Wednesday, April 11. (B). WARSAW – BACK HOME
    We transfer you to the airport for your flight back home arriving the same afternoon. See you on another European Opera Tour.
    *B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (including wine)
LAND COST
Double: $5,390 per person
Single Supplement:  $1,150
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: February 02, 2018
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 1st Category orchestra level seats in theatres 
  • Centrally located deluxe hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily, 3 dinners with wine in gourmet restaurants and one lunch
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • Private sightseeing in each city
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Intercity luxury coach services
  • Transportation to and from theatres
  • Guide, driver and bellboys gratuities
  • Complete package with details of operas listed 
  • Transfers from and to airports on published arrival and departure days only 

AIRFARE
Airfare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Warsaw and from Warsaw back home. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. 
We can assist you at no cost to find the most convenient flights from home to Warsaw, Poland and return home.
INSURANCE
Trip cancellation is highly recommended. We can arrange it for you. Some policies wave pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of receiving the deposit.
VISA
American, Canadian, and Australian passport holders travelling to Schengen Area countries must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days beyond the duration of the stay in those countries, with at least two blank pages. The Schengen area includes 26 European countries, who abolished passport and other border control between their common borders. Most, but not all, are members of the European Union. Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are Schengen Area countries although they are not EU members. 
In general, it is recommended that your passport should be valid for six months beyond the dates of travel.
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Clients Comments:

Big thanks to you both for another wonderful tour. Just when I think a tour was as good as it can be, you come up with something better. Your opera and city selections were simply delightful, and your attention to detail can't be beat! I don't think the hotels could be topped. Hope we'll have an opportunity to travel with one of your congenial groups again. (Southern Italy 2013)

Dr. Joseph Benedict, CT
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