Jim Gold International Folk Tours
and Richard Schmidt present:
          Poland           Festival Tour!
July 21-August 5,  2017                            http://bit.ly/2lGOLgALed  by  Richard Schmidt

                    Folk Festivals, Folk Dancing,  Folk Music,
Folk Art, History, Culture, Folk Shopping, Adventure !Kraków,  Rzeszów, Zakopane,                         Częstochowa, Gdańsk,
Olsztyn, Żelazowa Wola,                Warszawa

★ Castles, palaces, historic sites, and museums !
★ Meet with local folk dance groups !
★ Breathtaking scenery from mountains to sea !
★ Price includes city tours, hotels, breakfasts, four dinners, and a private deluxe motorcoach !
★ See video from our last tour:
Day 1: July 21, Friday: Fly to Kraków on airline of your choice.

Day 2: July 22, Saturday:
Check-in to our hotel in Kraków Dinner & folk dancing at our    hotel. Overnight in Krakow.Day 3: July 23, Sunday: Walking tour with local English-speaking guide – Schindler’s Factory, Jewish neighborhood, Wawel Castle, Old Market, Town Square, St. Mary’s Church.  Overnight in Krakow.

 Day 4: July 24, Monday: Tour of Wieliczka Salt Mines in the morning and then free time for your own exploring along the Wisła River,
for souvenir shopping,  sitting in  café or lounging by pool. Overnight in Krakow.
 Day 5: July 25, Tuesday: 17th International Festival of Polish Folk Ensembles in Rzeszów! More than 1,200 Polish Folk Dancers from around the world, including Richard’s own groups from Montréal and Toronto. Exclusive backstage access and concert tickets. Overnight in Rzeszów
Day 6: July 26, Wednesday: Rzeszow
Soak in the atmosphere of a festival city sitting in the town square and then attend the Closing Gala Concert before a night of Folk Dancing. Overnight in Rzeszów.
Day 7: July 27, Thursday:
On our way to Zakopane, we stop to shop at the Costume Factory (buy on the spot or get made to measure with shipment home). Once we arrive in the mountains we partake in an evening of folklore with the mountaineers in a traditional “Góral” Restaurant with live entertainment. Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 8: July 28, Friday:
Rafting down the Dunajec River on the border with Slovakia with our Mountain guides followed by a tour of this beautiful region in the Tatra Mountains with stunning views, wildlife and abundance of storks. Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 9: July 29, Saturday:
We visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim in the morning and then continue north to the Jasna Góra Monastery where we will see Poland’s holiest of shrines “The Black Madonna” in Częstochowa. We will have an evening of folk dancing after such a day of reflection. Overnight in Częstochowa.
Day 10: July 30. Sunday:
Sandy Beaches, Swimming, Water sports, A movie under the stars on the longest boardwalk on the Baltic Sea, Tea in the Grand Hotel in Sopot – Overnight in Gdańsk.
Day 11: July  31, Monday:
Tour of Gdańsk, Westerplatte, the shipyards and the Solidarity movement. An evening of pierogi making and eating, followed by Folk Dancing. Overnight in Gdańsk
Day 12: August 1, Tuesday:
Home of the Teutonic Knights – Malbork Castle plus a wonderful evening of Folk entertainment, horses and dancing around the campfire in the woods near Olsztyn. Overnight in Olsztyn.
Day 13: August 2, Wednesday:
After a quick look around Olsztyn, we visit the home and gardens of Fryderyk Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, before heading into the center of Poland’s capital city – Warszawa.  Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 14: August 3, Thursday:
City tour with a local English-speaking guide including stops in Łazienki Park, The Sejm (Poland’s Parliament), the Royal Castle, Old Town, The Jewish Ghetto and so much more. We will then visit the University Performing Group for some dancing and costume wearing. Overnight in Warsaw.Day 15: August 4, Friday:
A final day for some shopping with your złotys (no Euros needed), Sight-seeing and Museum hopping. After our Farewell Dinner you’ll have the chance recap all the folk dances we did on our tour and swap emails. Overnight in Warsaw.

Day 16: August 5, Saturday: Transfer to Airport   Fly out of Warsaw on airline of your choice.

About Richard Schmidt: About Richard Schmidt: In the year 2001, Richard Schmidt received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Polish government for his dedication in promoting Polish culture abroad. To this day he is still going strong as the Artistic Director and founder of the White Eagle Folk Dance Academy in his hometown of Montréal, Canada and Artistic Director for The Lechowia Polish Folk Dance Company of Toronto, the largest Polish ensemble in Canada. His instructional workshops and choreography have been complimented by decades of studies under several of Poland’s masters. He has work with folk ensembles in Europe, Asia and North America since the age of seventeen and is also well-known on the International Folk Scene as the Master of Polish Dance with standing invitations in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and China. Ten years ago Richard led the first folk tour of Poland presented by Jim Gold and has successfully led several others since. His experience, easy going temperament, knowledge of English, Polish and French, as well as, his understanding of Poland’s culture and his excitement and joie-de-vivre always add to the comfort and complete satisfaction of all the guests on his tours!

Land Only: $3495

REGISTRATION FORM:   I can’t wait to go!  Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person, refundable until March 9th.  Single supplement: $795.  Additional charges are: $85 hotel taxes and service. Gratuities are not included. Program subject to change without notice. Group rate:  Minimum of 15 people required or additional fees may apply. Cancellations 45 days prior to departure: Refund 50%  of total price. Cancellations less than 30 days: No refund.  Travel insurance recommended.  Total balance due April 1, 2017.
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