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MUSIC TOUR OF POLAND

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DAY 1 (Dinner)
WARSAW

Welcome to Warsaw. You will be met by our professional tour escort waiting outside the restricted customs area to greet you and assist you to your private-deluxe motor coach. Transfer to hotel for check-in.
After some rest, introduction of the program. Then panoramic orientation tour of Warsaw. Take pleasure in a drive along the Royal Route with its beautiful palaces, aristocratic residences, famous statues and historic churches. Touring of the Old Town with the Castle Square and the first neoclassicist statue in Warsaw King Sigismund's Column. Visit to St. John's Cathedral, Warsaw's oldest and most distinguished church, connected to celebrations of the proclamation of Poland's Constitution of May 3, the first constitution in Europe and only the second in the world. See documentary film of Warsaw destruction titled „Warsaw Remains" presented in the Warsaw Historical Museum. Welcome dinner in a restaurant situated in the Old Town area. Hotel overnight

DAY 2 (Breakfast, Dinner)
WARSAW - LOWICZ - WARSAW

Stanislaw Moniuszko - creator of Polish national opera and another eminent composer inspired by folk dances. Two of his best known operas „Halka" and „Straszny Dwór" are staples of the national opera houses. Moniuszko was also the father of Polish solo song; he composed 300 songs to texts by many national poets, among them Mickiewicz. They are well known and sung at every Polish home.

Time free.
OPTIONAL Excursion to Wilanow Palace, one of the most interesting Baroque structures in Warsaw. What makes it valuable is that it was not destroyed during World War II. There is a lot to see in the palace. Dozens of rooms open for visits are fitted out with period furniture and decoration in various styles. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful landscaped park. We continue to the Old Town, an excellent example of a compromise between the historic values and modern need.

In the afternoon, transfer to Lowicz, a small town known for cultivating folk traditions in music, dress, embroidery and paper cut - outs.. Grand welcome by music band.

Evening with Moniuszko's solo songs.
At every home evenings create an opportunity to gather together and are full of family atmosphere. In a room stylized for traditional polish house where patriotism and love of music go together, decorated with pictures presenting Polish history, with a cat warming himself close to the fire place, women sitting by spinning - wheel, listen to songs by Moniuszko. Among them there is the most beautiful one - "Przasniczka".

Dinner will be served at the Lowicz Castle ruins, and will let you taste traditional dishes of Polish national cuisine, served in stylish old-polish table service. Presentations of making cutouts from colored paper. Completion to atmosphere of this site are the owners of the castle ruins, young married couple, uncommon passionate types. Their extraordinary hobby combined with skills results in amazing collection of regional landscape paintings and jewelry made of materials that had been dug out from the ruins. Farewell cannon shot.

Kindly please note that visit at the Lowicz castle ruins, is very unique and its attractiveness goes beyond having a meal at a local commercial restaurant anywhere. It is rather a hosted dinner, as the wooden building, is not a restaurant but just the home of the couple. The group would have an opportunity to get acquainted with Polish local community which would make the stay, a good introduction to starting a tour of Poland later on.


DAY 3 (Breakfast, Dinner)
WARSAW - CZESTOCHOWA - CRACOW

Enjoy nostalgic Klezmer music

Transfer to Cracow. En route stop in Czestochowa to see the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna picture. One of the most important places of religious worship in the Christian world, with tradition of pilgrimages that goes back to the 14th century. The enormous role of Jasna Góra in the religious and cultural life of the nation, can be seen from the names commonly used for this place: Capital of the Kingdom of Poland, the Confessional of the Nation.

Continue to Cracow. Check in and time to rest. In the evening we invite you to dinner at the Ariel Restaurant, located in former Jewish quarter in Cracow - Kazimierz . The highlight will be Klezmer music concert. Following a meeting with the band musicians. Return to hotel and overnight.

DAY 4 (Breakfast, Dinner)
CRACOW

Evening with opera performance

Tour of Cracow which retains the largest concentration of historical monuments and cultural treasures. Enjoy a stroll through the Market Square considered to be one of the largest town squares in Europe. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contain buildings of historic value such as St. Mary's Church with the famous wooden altar, the Town hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burgher's houses. Every hour, you can hear the bugle call to the four corners of the tower of St. Mary's Church.
Our touring continues to the Jagiellonian University Museum - Collegium Maius where you can see the oldest existing globe with the American continent marked on it for the first time .
Break for coffee and cake at the famous Jama Michalika cafe shop. This place lives on in many stories about its history and biographies of its most famous patrons - the artists. The artists have decorated the walls of the coffee shop with paintings, drawings, caricatures as well as its stained-glass windows.
Balance of the day free to explore as you please. Dinner at a local restaurant.

In the evening enjoy opera performance to be advised

The Slowacki Theater - where the Cracow Summer Opera and Operetta Festival is held was built in 1893 and reflects the high cultural ambitions of Krakow at the end of 19th century. The building was modeled on the Paris Opera and was designed by Jan Zawiejski. During the intermission the curtain which in fact is a huge Romantic painting by Henryk Siemiradzki is lowered. The people depicted in the curtain painting are individuals who contributed to the venue.

DAY 5 (Breakfast, Dinner)
CRACOW - WIELICZKA - CRACOW

Our touring of Cracow continues to the Wawel Hill with its Castle and Cathedral where Poland's kings were once crowned. See the Royal Chambers, the largest and most impressive exhibition, restored in their original Renaissance and Baroque style and the most valuable items - the magnificent 16th century Flemish tapestries, probably the largest collection of its kind in Europe.

Excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine, a world-class tourist attraction. Over 700 years, many generations of Polish miners created the underground world, exceptional in its beauty, with the rich interior decoration of the chapels, the original linings of the galleries and workings, and the underground salt lakes. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Polish entries on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.

Dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel overnight.

DAY 6 (Breakfast, Lunch)
CRACOW - ZAKOPANE - CRACOW

Karol Szymanowski - the last great romanticist of European music. His best known composition, the ballet „Harnasie", was influenced by folk music from the Tatra Mountains , which he transformed to produce an original achievement in the contemporary musical idiom.

Morning transfer to Zakopane, beautifully situated at the base of the Tatra Mountains in the valley between Gubalówka and Giewont. Zakopane and its vicinity is something of a mountain folklore reserve, with many pearls of typical wooden architecture. Enroute to Zakopane stop in Debno which boasts a lovely wooden church put together without using nails. Inside the full length of walls and ceiling is covered with exuberant brilliantly preserved 15th century polychromes and wood carving.
Lunch in a typical inn in Zakopane, dishes of regional cuisine will be served: regional highlanders' tea and shepherd cheese. Enjoy regional highlander's music and dances. Learn one of highlanders' songs.

Visit to Atma Villa once home of Karol Szymanowski now a Museum, short presentation of the composer, piano recital and glass of sparkling wine.

Time on your own in Zakopane. We suggest a walk along colorful Krupówki Street and shopping on a local bazaar. Return to Cracow for overnight.

DAY 7 (Breakfast, Lunch)
CRACOW-PSZCZYNA-WROCLAW

Transfer to Wroclaw. En route stop in the town of Pszczyna to see a majestic, ducal residence with exquisite architectural forms, splendid interior decorations and luxurious furnishings inside. A vast park was established around the palace, one of the most beautiful parklands in Silesia.

Continue to Wroclaw, a fascinating, medieval city which celebrated its Millennium in the year 2000. After six centuries in foreign hands – Bohemian, Austrian, and Prussian – Wroclaw only returned to Poland in the aftermath of WW II. Its history has left these different cultural layers overlapping each other, forming an interesting architectural mosaic. Wroclaw overnight.

DAY 8 (Breakfast, Dinner)
WROCLAW

A tour of Wroclaw including the charming Market Square with the Gothic Town Hall and its characteristic 66 –meter-high tower, ceramic gable, lovely portal and sculptures.

See the Panorama Raclawicka, a unique three-dimensional painting on canvas 15 meters high and 114 meters long, of Poland’s victory over Russia in 18th century. It is wrapped around the internal walls of the rotunda in the form of an unbroken circle and is viewed from an elevated central balcony

Visit the Baroque University buildings with a real showpiece - magnificent interiors of the Aula Leopoldinum. Embellished with elaborate stucco work, sculptures, paintings and a splendid trompe l’oeil ceiling fresco, it is the best Baroque interior in the city, used for special university ceremonies and occasionally for classical music concerts. Time free to explore as you please.

In the evening music performance in Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall.

DAY 9 (Breakfast, Dinner)
POZNAN - ANTONIN - LODZ

Frederic Chopin

Excursion to the village of Antonin, where International Chopin competition are held in September. Visit to the unique, wooden, hunting lodge built for Prince Antoni Radziwill. in 19th century. The mansion is surrounded by a large park with monumental oak trees. Young Frederic Chopin stayed here as the guest and gave concerts in 1827 and 1829. His monument stands in front of the building, and there is a mausoleum room of the composer inside. Lunch at the palace restaurant, dishes of the Radziwill family cuisine will be served. Continue to Lodz. Check in. Orientation tour .

In the evening enjoy opera performance at the Grand Theatre.

DAY 10(Breakfast, Dinner)
LODZ - ZELAZOWA WOLA - WARSAW

Frederic Chopin

Today get acquainted with Lodz, the city of three cultures - Polish, Jewish and German- and the birthplace of Artur Rubinstein, the world famous pianist of Jewish origin. Visit to the Historical Museum of Lodz with an exhibition dedicated to the artist and rich assemblage of his photos, records, documents. Continue to Zelazowa Wola, the birthplace of the great Polish composer.

Passing through the Mazovian countryside you will discover the scenery where Chopin took inspiration from to compose polonez, mazurek, oberek, kujawiak and which let his Polish national style crystallized. Warsaw arrival. Check in and some time to refresh at the hotel.In the afternoon private

Farewell dinner at Belvedere Restaurant, set in a beautiful orangery with exotic plants, birds singing, perfect food, and a wonderful view of the Lazienki Garden.

DAY 11(Breakfast)
WARSAW

Transfer to the airport for departure flight.


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Budapest on the Danube

Day 1: Arrive Budapest where the Spring Music Festival is on-going. Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's enchanting, captivating capital on the Danube River. Transfer to the Budapest Hilton where Danube view rooms have been reserved. The Hilton is perched above the river on Historic Castle Hill. From the hotel you have a sweeping view of the Danube, Margaret Island and the city of Pest. Capture the gypsy spirit and warm hospitality of intriguing Budapest and spend the next six days getting to know Hungarian art treasures and culture, history and modern vibrance, memorable cuisine and some of the friendliest people you will find anywhere! The afternoon is free for your own explorations. Have lunch at atypical Hungarian restaurant. You will want to take a break for coffee and a pastry at Gerbeaud, everyone does! Welcome dinner at the hotel, Dominican Restaurant.

Day 2: Budapest. Full day sightseeing tour of Budapest. Morning sightseeing introduces you to the ancient city of Buda. Your hotel incorporates the tower and other remains of the 13th century Dominican Monastery and Church. See the old Fort, Turreted Fisherman's Bastion, the former Royal Palace and the 700 year old Matthias Church, where the former kings of Hungary were crowned. Gellert Hill affords impressive panoramic views of the city. Cross over the Danube to sightsee the more modern section of the city, Pest. Experience views of Roosevelt Square and the Corso, a favorite promenade affording a delightful Panorama of the historic Palace and churches back across the Danube. To the east is the Pedestrian Street, Vaci Utca, where you will find the loveliest and most appealing shop windows. March 15 Square marks the entrance to what was the old walled city of medieval times. Here are some of the oldest and finest churches in the city. Franz Liszt lived for a time just a few yards away and often played the organ in the Inner City Church. See the impressive Parliament House and St. Stephens Cathedral. Wine-tasting and dinner at the Hungarian House of Wines. This evening, Il Travatore.

Day 3: This morning at leisure to explore Budapest on your own. Budapest is full of treasures to delight every interest. Time is needed to absorb the splendors of this city. This evening, La Boheme.

Day 4: Today enjoy a full day excursion into the Heartland of Hungary's history, an area known as the Danube Bend. Once on the frontier fringes of the Roman Empire, it was home to kings and ambassadors as well as harbor of both internal and external conflicts. Now its scenic old world charms unfold during a visit to the baroque city of Szentendre. With its beautifully decorated churches, cobble-stoned streets and one of Hungary's most thriving artists colonies. Admire the panoramic views from the Citadel at Visegrad. Lunch and wine tasting are pleasant intermissions in the day activities. Dinner at Matyas Pinces with gypsy music. Liszt concert at Matthias Church.

Day 5: This morning a visit to Fine Arts Museum. The largest part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts came from the art collection of the Hungarian National Museum (est. 1802) and from the Private Esterhazy Collection, which was returned from Vienna in 1870. The most valuable collection in the museum can be seen on the 2nd floor. Works by Italian, Dutch and Flemish painters from the 13th to 18th centuries. Also works of Spanish, German, Austrian, French and English painters. The most outstanding works of Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Raphael, including several exquisite works by Rembrandt. Also the world-famous collection of Spanish paintings, renowned not only for its size but for its high artistic standard: El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Goya and Valazguez. The French collection is somewhat larger with important works by Delacroix, Corot, and Courbet, plus works of Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Free afternoon. Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's Leading Restaurants.

Day 6: Morning at leisure. This afternoon a visit to the National Museum to see the Crown Jewels and a fine art collection. Dinner at Fortuna Restaurant featuring a traditional Hungarian menu and gypsy music.

Vienna, City of Music

Day 7: Budapest to Vienna. Departure this morning by private coach to Vienna. En route a stop in Gyoer, a medieval City, for luncheon at Nagycenk Castle. Afternoon arrival in Vienna with accommodations at the deluxe Bristol Hotel. This evening, Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci.

Day 8: This morning an introductory tour of Vienna, city of music, where the past is uniquely documented. For fi centuries a great part of Europe was governed by Vienna and this history has left its mark in beauty and grandeur. The highlight will be a visit to the Schatzkammer, the treasury at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit to Schoenbrunn Palace. Originally planned by Emperor Leopold I for his son Joseph I as a summer residence that would rival Versailles, and later modified by Maria Theresa, Schoenbrunn is a triumph of Rococo style in the setting of its famous park. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9: The morning and afternoon are free to explore Vienna on your own. The Bristol is well located at the beginning of the Ring, the main artery of this fashionable part of town. You may want to include in your wanderings a coffee and pastry or light lunch, at Darnel's, Old-World Coffee House, typical of the Viennese character.

Day 10: Morning performance at the Spanish Riding School (optional). Afternoon at leisure. Vienna Boy's Chior (optional). This evening a gala farewell at the Korso, now ranked among the best restaurants in Vienna.

Day 11: Home Sweet Home - All goods things come to an end. Departure for USA.

Wardrobes should consist of good walking shoes and seasonal clothing. Regarding performances, most ladies will be in dressy, short dresses and the gentlemen in dark suits.

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Towne & Country Tours, Inc.
Box 256
Dendron, Virginia 23839
USA
Telephone: 1-800-487-0479 or (757) 267-2507
Fax: (757) 267-2521
e-mail: dl@tandctours.com

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Towne & Country Tours, Inc.
Box 256
Dendron, Virginia 23839
USA

Telephone:
1-800-487-0479 or (757) 267-2507
Fax: (757) 267-2521

e-mail: dl@tandctours.com