Sightseeing and cultural program:
Tuesday afternoon (available free of charge for all the participants): 3-hour tour of the historic centre of Krakow and the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz.
Kraków old town has not changed much from the Middle Ages and was on the first ever UNESCO Heritage List! The tour includes the Royal Tract, a picturesque route leading through some of the best-known streets of the historic centre of Krakow. The route begins at the Barbican and St. Florian’s Gate and continues across the Main Square to St. Mary’s Basilica with its distinctive two towers, the small Church of St. Adalbert whose history dates back to the pre-Romanesque period, and the Cloth Hall. Then you will see Wawel Castle – the home of the kings of Poland in the days of greatest glory until the 17th century. On this walking tour you will also explore the streets of Kazimierz, where Polish Jews and Polish Catholics lived together side by side for generations and where you can experience many contradictory emotions at the same time: joy at discovering the rich history, culture and traditions of Polish Jews; sadness and nostalgia for the pre-war, lost world, and excitement at witnessing the revival of Jewish life.
On Thursday there are 3 options (additional payment of around 25 Euros and reservation in advance are necessary):
– Wieliczka salt mine, the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland from 1978 on the original UNESCO World Heritage list; Mogiła Abbey with Cistercian monastery
– Ojców National Park with cultural and natural sites with picturesque limestone formations
– Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec on the Vistula River; Monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and unique town of Lanckorona
Thursday evening – cultural event and party (available for free to all the registered participants). It will include an amazing folk show (great music, dance and songs) as well as traditional food and drinks.