Ireland Rugby Weekend

Picturesque Poland and Auschwitz

 

Monday 10th to Wednesday 19th April 2017

£760 per person

Join us on this spectacular holiday to Poland. The ancient royal capital of Krakow has become an increasingly popular attraction with its beautiful medieval square, hourly ‘golden trumpet’ tributes, stunning Renaissance castle and proximity to the subterranean salt mines. It is also an ideal base for a pilgrimage to the Memorial Site of Auschwitz, which has recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of its liberation by the Allies in 1945. This will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Day One
This morning we start our adventure heading east to Dover for our ferry to France. We then continue to the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Liege city centre for our first overnight stay.

Day Two
After Breakfast we continue east and stop for lunch in Erfurt, the city of flowers and horticulture, the city where Martin Luther lived and studied. After Lunch we continue to our second overnight stay in Dresden, Germany and the Pullman Hotel. This exclusive first class hotel rises 14 floors high above Dresden city for spectacular views.

Day Three
After breakfast we make our way towards our host city - Krakow and the Wypspianski Hotel which will be our hotel for the next 5 nights.

Day Four
Today is a day to relax and enjoy what our host city has to offer, there is so much to do. Why not visit Krakow’s old town, this picturesque part of the city boast the largest medieval market square in Europe. Or visit the Royal Castle and Krakow’s 14th-century Wawel Cathedral, located inside Wawel Castle in Krakow. This is known as the spiritual centre of the Polish state and the burial site of nearly all Polish Kings and National heroes. If history isn’t your thing, Karkow has so much more to offer, take a stroll through the numerous parks on offer, or visit some of the modern shopping centres for a bargain.

Day Five
Today, we will visit one of the most moving and poignant sites in the whole of Europe. The former concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau is listed by UNESCO World Heritage as a site of great historical importance given that it was here that 1.5 million people were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War, between 1942 and 1945. We will be provided with a guided tour through the museums and the original camp buildings.

Day Six
The Wieliczka Salt mine is one of Europe's oldest functioning underground facilities. Started in the early middle Ages, the mine attracts thousands of visitors each year. Not only is it one of Poland's greatest attractions, it's also listed on the List of World Heritage Sites. The tour starts by descending into the first chamber 65m underground. During a 2h30min guided tour you will walk through 2 kilometres of tunnels, chapels, reliefs and freestanding sculptures carved from salt rock walls, saline underground lakes and archaeological displays. If the thought of walking long distances is not for you, there will be an option to stay in a local village nearby.

Day Seven
After breakfast we head east to the beautiful town of Tarnów, its charming Galician atmosphere attracts tourists from all over the world who return again and again in order to re-experience this centre of Polish culture. A unique mixture of Gothic and Renaissance buildings and battlements, in addition to a Medieval street layout give the old town its own distinct flavour. After lunch we head back towards Krakow, stopping at Niepolomice with its 14th century castle and little cafes - it’s a perfect short afternoon stop.

Day Eight
Sadly it’s time to depart Krakow. We head back to Dresden in Germany for an overnight stop with comfort stops en-route at local villages.

Day Nine
After a leisurely breakfast we depart the Pullman Hotel and make our way to the Altia Hotel in Lille. Comfort stops en-route to Lille with be included.

Day Ten
After breakfast we depart Lille and catch the ferry back to Dover, before making the drive home to West Wales. We hope to arrive home early evening.

Hotel

Our first overnight will be at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Liege. This hotel is a beautifully converted 17th century convent, which is located in the historic city centre, on the banks of the river “La Meusse”.

Our second overnight on the way out will be at the Pullman Hotel, Dresden, Germany. We will also spend a night here on our way back to Wales.

The main part of our holiday will be at Wypspianski Hotel, Krakow, where we will be spending 5 night. This hotel is perfectly located for our stay, as it’s in the very heart of Krakow, close to the Market Square, the town’s historical and cultural centre and the major sights and attractions.

Our last overnight stay, before arriving back in Wales will be at the Altia Hotel, Lille. The hotel offers charm and elegance in a comfortable and recently renovated establishment.

What’s included?
9 Nights Half Board
Luxury Coach Travel
Return Ferry to France
Full Excursion Programme
Entrance fee to the Auchvitz camp and tour