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SPA & Wine Vacation in Southern Poland & Krakow
Discover the Relaxation of a Luxurious Polish SPA, Great Tasting Polish Wines and the Magic of Krakow with Poland Culinary Vacations!
7-day/6-night custom-designed, intimate SPA & wine vacation in Poland's Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions, with sightseeing of beautiful Krakow.
Elegant and comfortable accommodations at a luxurious: 5-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica-Zdroj and boutique Hotel Maltanski within walking distance to Krakow's Market Square.
Personalized face and body SPA treatments including a full body massage.
Private tours and Polish wine tastings at family owned wineries in Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions throughout the week.
Hands-on and/or demonstration-style cooking lesson with a professional Polish chef.
Delicious regional cuisine: freshly made meals and breads, plus wine, beer and vodka tastings.
Visits to agrotourist farms, famous for exceptional artisan foods, warm hospitality and Polish countryside experiences.
Motor excursions into famous cities and towns to see renowned art and architecture, including buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The option to extend your time in Krakow and further explore this spectacular southern Polish city.
Day By Day Itinerary
Our Exciting Itinerary for "SPA & Wine Vacation in Southern Poland & Krakow"
Day One - Sunday
We meet in Krakow for a group pick-up at a designated hotel near the Market Square at 10:00am. Our local guide will then take us on a tour of Kazimierz district of Krakow which for many centuries was widely known as the home of the largest Jewish commune in Europe. One can easily spend an entire week just enjoying Krakow, a trove of history, and we’ll resume this magnificent city’s discovery upon our return on Thursday. After touring Kazimierz we’ll head out to Krynica-Zdroj to five-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel and SPA, our home for the next four nights. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the Galician Inn in Nowy Sacz for a delectable lunch with local wine and touring of the Galician Town. After lunch, we continue our drive through gorgeous countryside to Krynica-Zdroj. After settling at the hotel we meet for a festive Welcome Dinner of local cuisine at our hotel’s elegant “Szosty Zmysl” restaurant and enjoy chef Janusz Myjak’s gourmet culinary specialties.
Day Two - Monday
After delicious breakfast at the hotel we’ll enjoy our first SPA treatments. Today we first meet with a Dr. Irena Eris SPA cosmetologist for individual face and body treatments consultation at the Cosmetic Institute. After morning SPA session, we’ll enjoy light lunch at the hotel restaurant. In the afternoon we’ll tour Krynica-Zdroj, biggest SPA town in Poland, often called the Pearl of Polish Spas with vibrant concert niche which includes the Jan Kiepura Festival of Arias and Songs held here every August. We begin with visiting the historic downtown with a central pedestrian promenade, pump rooms with water from over twenty local mineral springs where we’ll sample some of the mineral waters, take Poland’s longest cable-car ski lift to Mt. Jaworzyna Krynicka for scenic area view and visit Roman Kluska's shop in Krynica, a local artisan sheep cheese maker, for cheese tasting. Before dinner some of us may like to go hiking in Jaworzyna Krynicka or return to hotel for relaxation. We meet for dinner with regional fare at “Domek w Doline” restaurant in Krynica.
Day Three - Tuesday
Breakfast will be followed by a day trip to Kambornia Manor near Krosno featuring Carpathian Wine Salon and Polish cooking class followed by lunch at the Manor based on our culinary efforts. After lunch, we head to Krosno, a small town and the glass industry center of Poland. “KROSNO” S.A., founded back in 1923, is the largest glass manufacturer in Poland and a major glass exporter to over 60 countries around the world. We begin our visit with touring of the Krosno Glass City and Glass Heritage Center. The tour begins with a live show of the art of glass-blowing. Wine connoisseurs will be able to purchase a new set of six meticulously crafted and high quality wine glasses after touring Krosno glass factory to take back home from their VINOTECA KROSNO line. Tonight, more spa treatments await us at our hotel SPA. The rest of the night is yours to enjoy at the hotel or perhaps have dinner at one of the recommended restaurants on the town.
Day Four - Wednesday
Early morning breakfast will be followed by face and body treatments as earlier recommended by Dr. Irena Eris SPA cosmetologist. In the afternoon, we’ll head out to Jaslo, a small tranquil town, the capital of modern Polish winemaking where the annual International Wine Days festival is organized. On the way to Jaslo we’ll stop at 15th century UNESCO St. Michael the Archangel wooden church in Binarowa village. Six timber churches from Malopolska and Carpathian foothills have been entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the church in Binarowa is one of those special churches. There are over 100 wineries in the Podcarpackie region offering an exciting array of varietals, styles, and tasting experiences. Today we tour two notable local family owned wineries: “Dwie Granice” and “Jasiel”, near Jaslo. We’ll enjoy dinner with special and fabulous wine at “Jasiel” vineyard with our hosts Mr & Mrs. Szpak.
Day Five - Thursday
This morning we will transfer back to Krakow where we’ll spend the next two days of our SPA and wine vacation in southern Poland. Upon arrival, we take a guided sightseeing and tasting tour of the city. Krakow is Poland’s third largest city and escaped the devastation that obliterated other Polish cities during World War II. It’s perfectly preserved medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is on the itinerary for this afternoon's tour. We visit the Market Square, the largest medieval town square in Europe and the 14th-century Wawel Castle and Cathedral. Later, we will also venture to a fresh food market, called Stary Kleparz, a centuries-old tradition. Locals and visitors shop in an unforgettable atmosphere for fresh, traditional Polish food products, which we'll have an opportunity to taste: breads, cheeses, meats, fruits and vegetables. After settling in our hotel we head out to wine social to enjoy exclusive wines and appetizers at Krako Slow Wines bar and shop which offers natural wines from Central and Eastern Europe.
Day Six - Friday
In the morning we'll tour the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, a virtual underground city, with galleries, lakes, chapels and murals – all carved from salt – and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After our Wieliczka tour we head out to lunch with wine tasting at local winery "Srebrna Gora" on the outskirts of Krakow from which we also take in spectacular views of this magnificent city and surrounding area. After lunch, you are free to enjoy the sights and shops of Krakow on your own. Krakow offers a good choice of art, crafts, and souvenirs. We recommend Cepelia store, which has a great selection of quality Polish folk handicrafts. Our Farewell Dinner will be at Wesele restaurant, serving old Polish and Krakow delicacies and specialties located in the heart of Krakow's Market Square.
Day Seven - Saturday
Breakfast at your hotel followed by departures or extended stays.
Even though our vacations are leisurely, you may want to consider staying an extra night before and after in Krakow. You may find that the extra time will make your week even more relaxing and enjoyable.
Six nights accommodations, double-occupancy, with en suite bathroom (four nights at 5-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica Zdroj and two nights at a boutique Hotel Maltanski in Krakow.)
Arrival transfer from Hotel in Krakow at 10:00 a.m. to Dr. Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica Zdroj
Dinner as outlined on itinerary
Local beer, house wine, tea, and coffee with all included meals (Please note that cocktail drinks and drinks consumed outside of mealtime are not included)
Personalized face and body SPA treatments including a full body massage
Private tours and Polish wine tastings at family owned wineries in Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions throughout the week
One hands-on and/or demonstration-style Polish cooking lesson
Excursions to cultural sites, all entrance fees and food artisan visits
Transportation where specified
All luggage transfers
Taxes and service charges
What's Not Included
Airfare or other non-specified transportation to the trip starting point, and from the trip ending point
Meals and alcoholic beverages not specified in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls
Passport or visa fees
End of vacation gratuities for guides (not required, but greatly appreciated)
Insurance of any kind
September 10 - September 16, 2017
$3,450 per person, based on double-occupancy ($500 deposit). Single supplement is $350 - program as described above.
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