Welcome to Wroclaw, which lends its name to the 53rd edition of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival. From 7–16 September, classical music lovers are in for a treat, with pieces by Haydn, Verdi or Szymanowski, from the celebrated conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner and star soloists such as baritone Mariusz Kwiecień and soprano Sandrine Piau. We are glad to introduce our 7-day Musical Tour to Wroclaw and its vicinity.
We suggest arriving at Copernicus Airport of Wroclaw. You will be transferred to the hotel in the center of the city. Today we do not plan any organized activities. So you have time to relax after the flight and to get ready for the next day.
Our group will come together for a welcome dinner and familiarization talk in the evening. The presentation will be led by Yulik Gurvitch, founder of Jerulita and designer of all of our Musical Tours.
After breakfast, we will acquaint you with Wroclaw via an introductory tour. We start, of course, from the City Hall Square, typical in the medieval European cities by its form and design. Will visit the City Hall established in the 13th century which now houses the Museum of the “Bourgeois Art”. This year, we are lucky to enjoy here an exhibition of the works of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.
While walking in the old city, we’ll explore the great variety of different architectural styles in the city. Will visit huge St. Elizabeth church, built in the 12th century in the Gothic style. On the way, one could see many statues of dwarfs scattered throughout the old town – symbols of Wroclaw.
Today we will have a one-day visit to Lodz, another Polish city about 200 km east of Wroclaw. In the 19th century, Lodz was a city of the largest Polish and Jewish industry and business. The biggest business was textile. We will start our tour on the main Piotrkowska street to enjoy the numerous buildings designed in Art Nouveau style. Will see the wonderful sculpture of Arthur Rubinstein, the great pianist, a native of Lodz.
Afterward visit the Jewish cemetery in Lodz, where we will see an overwhelming Poznanski family tomb. Then will continue to the former ghetto area and see the Ten Commandments monument. We will finish our visit in Lodz at “Manufaktura”. It is the former huge textile factory and palace owned by Israel Poznanski. Today it is housing an Arts Center, shopping mall and Lodz City Museum.
Late afternoon will return to Wroclaw.
After breakfast, we will continue to explore the sites of Wroclaw. We will visit the museum of one exhibit, “Raclawice Panorama”. The huge panorama image of 114 m long and 15 m height describes the famous battle in the history of Poland. The Polish rebels under the command of general Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the Russian army on the other side. For the first time, the Poles defeated the Russian army near the village of Raclawice. This place became a symbol of victory and national pride.
To go out of the beaten path we will visit Hydropolis – an ultra-modern knowledge center about water. It is unique in Poland, and one of the few in the whole world. The exhibition area consists of more than 4000 square meters; there are 64 interactive facilities on the various water issues.
We will return to the hotel for a rest before our first musical event at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival – opera “Madame Curie” by Polish composer Elzbieta Sikora.
Start the day with Wroclaw’s Jewish history. Visit the “White Stork” Synagogue, built in 1829. This reconstructed and restored synagogue is the only one in Wroclaw that survived the Holocaust. Today it also houses a Jewish community center, where we will learn about the history of the Jews of Wroclaw and the entire region of Lower Silesia. Then we will visit the impressive Jewish cemetery that was not destroyed during the Nazi occupation and during the Communist period.
In the afternoon tour visit Tumski Island, the oldest part of the city, that serves today as a wonderful landscape site, full of trees and flowers, and together with the impressive cathedral makes it a favorite place for relaxing both by the city’s residents and the visitors. In the evening a musical event of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival – Missa in Tempore Belli (Paukenmesse) by Joseph Haydn.
After the breakfast, we will take a trip outside Wroclaw. Visit Ksiaz, the largest castle of Silesia, the third largest in Poland, after the castle of Malbork near Gdansk and Wawel in Krakow. The castle once was a seat of the local Dukes of Piast, who later became kings of Poland. The Baroque castle together with the fascinating scenery and a French park depicts the way of life of the Polish higher nobility.
Upon our return to Wroclaw we will visit at the Palace of the King of Prussia, Frederick the Great; in its museum, we will learn a bit about the history of Prussia. After the dinner walking in Wroclaw by night including the famous Wroclaw fountains and a multimedia show. You will enjoy the water play illuminated by 800 colored lights accompanied by a computer programmed music.
In the morning, we will visit the University of Wroclaw. The biggest attraction is undoubtedly the “Aula Leopoldina” the Fascinating ceremonial hall designed in extremely rich baroque style. The portraits on the walls depict the founders of the university as well as figures of the great philosophers. Climb to the terrace of the University’s “Mathematical Tower”, which offers great photo opportunities and panoramic views of the Old Town and the Odra River.
Continue to the Four Palaces built in 1912 by the famous architect Hans Pulzig where the world exhibition took place in 1913. Today the complex houses Polish Art collection of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Return back to the hotel for a rest before the musical event at Wratislavia Cantans Festival – Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Sir John Elliot Gardiner.
In the morning time for independent activities. Transfer to the airport for a flight home.
The Pride for Every Pole
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.