Warsaw + extension to Mazury Lake District
Further on drive to impressive Lazienki Royal Park with numerous edifices incl. Palace on the Water, Royal Theatre, Myslewicki Palace. Additionally in the Park, Chopin monument, the central point of open-air Chopin concerts arranged on Sundays from mid-May to mid-September. Visit to Praga district – its architectural legacy are 19th and 20th century buildings which survived WWII. They were rather neglected since then but they give the district its unique character. We will see Różyckiego Street Bazaar, St Florian Cathedral and St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church. In Praga district, visit to revitalised Koneser centre and entrance to the new Museum of Polish Vodka to discover how this typical Polish alcohol is produced. On spot tasting of 3 samples of vodka made of different ingredients for students over 18 years old.
In the afternoon, meeting with Polish students at one of the high schools or one of the universities (depending on the participants’ age). Several prestigious universities are located in Warsaw incl. Warsaw University, the University of Technology or the University of Economics. Depending on the field of study, the participants can attend a chosen class with local students. In the evening, time for socializing at one of the student clubs (e.g. Stodola, Harenda or Rivera Remont). Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 3 – Excursion out of Warsaw to Mazury Lake District, called the region of 1000 lakes, in the north-east of Poland. Transfer to Krutyń – a village situated at Krutynia River to take a canoeing trip Krutyń- Ukta: 15 km (3-4 hours). This part of the river is appropriate even for non-experienced kayakers. Overnight in Mikołajki.
DAY 4 – Cruise at one of the lakes to admire local picturesque landscapes, e.g. Śniadrwy Lake – the biggest in Poland. Visit to Łuknajno Reserve near Mikołajki – added to UNESCO World Biosphere List, shelter of Europe’s largest surviving community of wild swans (Cygnus olor). The 1200- to 2000-strong swan population nests in April and May but stays at the lake all summer. Visitors can bird watch from many observation towers. Transfer to Giżycko, a sailing capital of Poland, situated in the north of Mazurian Lake District. Arrival and short tour of the beautifully located city. We will see Boyen Fortress, Prussian fortification from the 19th century and the Castle Tower, the only remained part of 14th century Castle. Overnight in Giżycko.
DAY 5 – Trip in Mazury region incl. Wolf’s Liar– the site linked to the history of World War II, Hitler’s Underground Bunker. Święta Lipka Monastery –regular organ concerts available at this Baroque church famous for its legendary silver Madonna figure. In the afternoon, transfer back to Warsaw with en route stop at Nidzica Castle, built by Teutonic Knights in the 14th century. Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 6 – Day dedicated to visits at chosen local museums or other interesting sites in Warsaw. Depending on students’ field of study or interests, we recommend:
- Copernicus Science Center containing over 400 interactive exhibits that enable visitors to single-handedly carry out experiments and discover the laws of science for themselves,
- The Warsaw Uprising Museum commemorates one of the most marking points of World War II period in Warsaw: Warsaw Uprising that broke on 1st Aug 1944 and lasted 63 days. Nowadays, on every 1st Aug at 17.00 hrs (the very hour of the outbreak of the Uprising) sirens signal the hour and residents of Warsaw stop in the streets for a minute to pay homage to the fighters and victims of the Uprising. At the museum, you can see the replica of Liberator, plane used for allied airdrops.
- Polin Museum – the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Awarded 2016 Best European Museum. Its permanent exhibition covers the period from the 10th century to contemporary times and present co-existence of the Polish and Jewish nations.
- Chopin Museum modern, multimedia, interactive museum. Here you can see the last composer’s piano, his candy box, death mask, hand cast. It is possible to hear the recordings of pieces of Chopin music.
- The National Stadium – built for EURO 2012, the example of modern sport edifice. Guided visits available.
- Cosmos Museum – a museum of illusions and digital art.
Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 7 – Transfer to Warsaw Chopin airport (WAW) or Modlin airport located 40 km from Warsaw (WMI).
DAY 1 – Arrival in Warsaw at Warsaw Chopin airport (WAW) or Modlin airport located 40 km from Warsaw (WMI). Evening walk in the city centre; bustling environs of Krakowskie Przedmieście Street with the main campus of Warsaw University and other streets in the area full of pubs and restaurants. Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 2 – Morning tour of Warsaw Old Town- inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List including Castle Square, the southern gateway to Warsaw’s Old Town with the monument of Sigismund III Vasa, the King who moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw; the splendid Royal Castle; St John’s Cathedral, Warsaw oldest church; the picturesque Old Town Square combining the elements of Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical design as well as the imposing Barbican and city walls. Walk along former Royal Route including Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat Street with numerous churches (e.g. Holy Cross Church with Chopin’s heart kept in the pillar), monuments and historic buildings. Transfer to the Palace of Culture and Science – lift to the 30th floor to see a stunning panorama of the city. Further on drive to Lazienki Royal Park. Short walk to see edifices in the Park such as Palace on the Water or Royal Theatre.