All the best journeys have a purpose, a crowning theme on top of the variety of pleasures and activities one experiences as a traveler. Musical tour to Frederick Chopin festival in Poland is composed for every cultured traveler and every lover of great classical music.
This tour is based on two major cities of Poland – Warsaw and Krakow and has some peculiar detours out of the main road. Time spend in each city is filled in with city tours, museums, lectures and, of course, with music performances in the evenings.
We believe that a good guided tour in Warsaw city in combination with a biography of Frederic Chopin and places he spent time in is a perfect background for the festival.
Our guides for such tours are music funs and one can notice a special splendor when they talk about it. All guides in Warsaw or Poland speak about Frederic Chopin, but our guides unveil the whole world of the great composer.
The following program describes the hallmarks of Musical tour to Frederick Chopin festival in Poland. We did our best to write it as detailed as possible and also to keep some cards in a sleeve to surprise you on a tour.
Arrival to Frederick Chopin airport in Warsaw. Sightseeing tour around the capital of Poland. Drive along the elegant streets Marschalkowska, Allee Jerozolimske, Nowy Swiat and others. Enjoy the Old town from the other side of the river Vistula, the Royal Castle, Saxonian garden, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising, the huge Palace of Culture and Science, the gift of the Soviet Union to the people of Poland. Time to refresh after the flight and rest. In the evening an inaugural concert of the festival “Chopin and his Europe” in Warsaw Philharmonics.
This morning we will explore the city, its history, culture and architecture. Start with “Stare Miasto” – (Old Town) that was destroyed almost completely and restored after the WWII by the heroic efforts and participation of the whole nation. Walking in the narrow streets, stop at the Old market square, see the statue of “Sirenka” the symbol of Warsaw, which is depicted on the coat of arms of the city. Next stop at the panoramic platform with the view of Vistula River and the new city. Continue to so called “Nowe Miasto” (New Town) outside the Old city wall, Barbacan, house of Maria Sklodowska-Curie, twice Nobel prize-winner. Finish our walking in the old part by the impressive memorial of Warsaw Uprising. After the coffee break walking along the most beautiful Warsaw street “Krakowske Pszedmeisce” with numerous stops and stories at the monument of the greatest Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz, Herbert Hoover square, statue of Nicolaus Copernicus in front of the Academy of Sciences, Warsaw University and Presidential Palace, prince Radziwill palace, where young Frederic Chopin played his first public concert. After the rest at the hotel piano music concert of the festival.
This day we will devote to the Jewish History of Warsaw. Visit the only functioning Nozhyk Synagogue in Warsaw. Continue to the Orphan house of the world famous dr. Janusz Korczak. See remnants of the Ghetto wall in the city center. New Jewish Cemetery – an open book of Polish Jewish history, ghetto territory and Anlilewitz street, Umschlagplatz – former train station from which terrible deportations were realized, Ghetto Heroes road – walk along two streets marked by memorial stones with the names of Jewish resistance leaders, Bunker of Jewish insurgents on former Mila 18 str. Rapaport memorial of Ghetto heroes and the new modern museum of the history of the Polish Jews. In the evening tour of night Warsaw and ‘Multimedia Fountain Park’, a visual delight combining music, light and fountains.
Today we will go outside Warsaw for visit a small town Zelazowa Wola, where Frederick Chopin has born in 1810. Visit the estate and the house of Chopin family, see the authentic furniture, walk in a lovely park around the estate, see both old 1920 and new Chopin monuments and finally enjoy a piano recital of Chopin music on the terrace of the house. Back to Warsaw to visit the Church of the Holy Cross, where an urn containing the heart of Frédéric Chopin was immured in a pillar after his death in Paris in 1849. After the rest at the hotel a concert of the festival.
Morning drive south to the Royal Capital City of Crakow in Lesser Poland region. On the way visit Czestochowa city and its world famous pilgrimage site – Jasna Gora, a monastery complex with the miraculous icon of Black Madonna. Upon arrival to Cracow a sightseeing tour of the city and visit to the renaissance Royal Castle at Wawel Hill, the residence of the Polish Kings for hundreds of years. Enjoy the fascinating Wawel Cathedral and the museum of the Palace. After the dinner a walking tour of night Cracow.
After the breakfast start a tour of Old Krakow from the statue of Grunwald Battle and continue through Barbacan and the St. Florian gate to Florianska street – this is the way used by Polish Kings to cross the city on special events. Shortly we will approach “Rynek Glowny” – the Central Market with a beatiful St. Mary Basilica and Sukenicy – trading rows of the market. Next we will turn to one of the side narrow streets to see one of the oldest universities in Europe, among its famous students were Nicolaus Copernicus and Karol Woityla (Pope John Paul II). In the afternoon visit Kazimierz, the former Jewish suburb of Cracow.
Today we start our tour at one of the most notable highlights of Poland – the famous Wieliczka Salt mines. We will have a guided tour into the depths of the Salt mines and will explore the world of once very expensive and essential mineral – salt. Will see the real mines, the statues of famous Polish people, the underground chapel , the picture of the Last Supper, underground lake, souvenir shop and many other things, all made of salt. Return to Cracow and visit Oscar Schindler factory museum, well known after Steven Spielberg’s movie “Schindler’s list” appeared.
Morning drive back to Warsaw. En route some short stops in Polish villages to get an idea of the rural life. Upon arrival to Warsaw visit beautiful Baroque Wilanow Palace and park, the summer residence of the Polish Kings. In the evening a concert of the festival “Chopin and his Europe”.
In the morning visit to the National Fine Arts Museum, containing the works of Polish artists, including the masterpieces of the great Jan Matejko. Finish our visit to Poland by visit the terrace of the Palace of Culture and Science on the 33 floor to admire the panorama of the Polish capital. Drive to the airport for the flight back home.
Destination Management Company JeruLita operates individual private tours as well as small and medium size groups in cooperation with our partners. We will be glad to accommodate you in a private tour or will direct you to travel expert in your country who will register you to the groups we operate.