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Skiing, sightseeing and thermal pools in Poland - Winter Adventure

  • Jan 17, 2014 · 8:30 AM

This is a winter adventure packed trip to the heart of Polish culture and tradition. We will be visiting two UNESCO heritage sites, a castle, and the most amazing city in Poland: Krakow.

The itinerary was created to challenge you and at the same time allow you some time for relaxing and socialising. After the tough day of skiing/taking skiing classes we will unwind in the thermal pools. We will also have a chance to let our hair down and enjoy famously cheap polish drinks at the hotel's disco.

Accommodation is a friendly and comfortable B&B with its own and separate party space and a dance floor. We will be staying in twin and tripple rooms with a couple of single rooms available at a premium of £30 (please let me know that you are interested in one when you book). Most rooms have en suite showers. To see the details:http://www.gaweda.pl/

We will be visiting the former capital of Poland - Krakow. It is one of the oldest cities and the most beautiful one. The Old Town, together with the Wawel Hill and the Kazimierz district, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Medieval urban layout of the Old Town has not changed for centuries. We will enjoy a guided tour of the old town as well as an evening expedition to the old Jewish quarter where we will soak its magical atmosphere over a traditional glass of beer.

We will also see The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, which is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.

We will be skiing in Bialka Tatrzanska, a ski resort that boasts a thermal complex comprising net floor area of 8,580.33 m².

Terma Białka in Białka Tatrzańska is an extraordinary place – it combines fun of an aqua park, comfort of a SPA and the therapeutic effects of thermal baths. It offers entertainment and relaxation with an interior design which combines highland style with modern architecture. Their pro-ecological mind set demonstrates Terma’s concern for the natural environment and well-being of future generations.

Geothermal water is extracted from a depth of 2500 m with a temperature of 72°C.

The flights are not included and at the moment cost about £70 return.

In terms of spending money you should be ok with £50. £100 will buy you plenty! Just remember you have to have polish Zloty - Euro is not accepted.

Please see the detailed trip plan of the trip at the end of the description to see what is included.

Price: early Bird Price of £240 applies if you pay in full by the end of November. If you pay in December you can still get the discounted price of £260. In January you will have to pay the full price of £290.

What's included: all transfers (but not the flights), 2 nights accommodation, most meals, skiing instructors for beginners, ski rental, ski passes, thermal baths tickets, guided tour of the City, tickets to the salt mine, tour guide at the salt mine. For more details see plan of the trip.

Deposit: of £100 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place.

The reminder of the money needs to be paid into my bank account two weeks before the trip the latest. For isntructions on how to make the payment and for the bank details please follow this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please note that if the payment is not received in time your name will be removed from the RSVP list to make space for others and your deposit will not be refunded.

More info about the sights

Krakow:

One of Poland’s oldest cities, it was already extant at the nation’s birth in 966. It was the capital from 1038 until 1596, when that honour was wrested away by the upstart Warsaw (although Krakow’s Royal Castle remained the burial place of kings, military heroes, poets and even presidents). Nowadays, erudite, softly-spoken Cracovian intellectuals rather look down their elegant noses at the fast-paced, noisy, money-fixated Varsovians.

Every visitor should see Europe’s largest medieval market square with its Cloth Hall, St Mary's Church with its Gothic pentaptych altarpiece carved from limewood, Wawel Hill and its royal castle and the Wawel cathedral with its outstanding Renaissance chapel.

The medieval buildings of the Collegium Maius university with its unique collection of astronomical instruments, the Barbican, and St Florian's Gate is another gem worth visiting.

The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz features a wealth of Jewish heritage sites, including a 16th century cemetery and seven synagogues of which one is now the Jewish museum. Each summer the Jewish Culture Festival is held there, attracting followers of the Jewish culture from the whole world.

Wieliczka:

The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world.


It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.

Today, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of several hundred years and an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure.

The mine is a product of work of tens of generations of miners, a monument to the history of Poland and to the Polish nation – a brand, present in Polish consciousness for centuries.

Bialka Tatrzanska:

Bathing in thermal water mineralized like this, influences  organism in a very beneficial manner. It improves especially mental comfort, decreases stress, stabilizes nervous system thanks to which it restores peace of mind and improves overall psychophysical condition as well as protects against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases among others. Also, it eliminates heart diseases, stabilizes pulse, cures the cardiovascular system diseases, reduces obesity and even eliminates sleeplessness.

IMPORTANT: By signing up for this trip you acknowledge that you will be getting your own travel insurance (at an appropriate level) as the organiser only facilitates the group, but doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip. Skiing can be a dangerous activity and you will have to make sure that you take any necessary precautions.

Trip plan

Day one (Friday 17 January):

8:20 – 11:45 EasyJet Flight from London Gatwick to Krakow. Not included, currently at £36.99

However, if you would rather fly from Stansted, you can take 8:40 flight that will get you there for 12:05. However please let me know if you decide to take this option - we will wait for you at the airport.

11:45 – 13:30 Immigration, luggage pick up and transport from the airport to the hotel (included)

13:30 –15:00 Unpacking, refreshing and late lunch (included)

15:00 – 15:30m Transfer to Wieliczka (included)

15:30 – 17:30 Visiting Wieliczka (included)

17:30 - 18:30 Transfer from Wieliczka to Krakow (included)

18:30 – 19:00 A walk around Krakow – lead, but not guided (included)

19:00 – 20:00 Krakow, Kazimierz – hanging out in one of the bars (drinks not included)

20:00– 21:00 Transfer from Krakow to the hotel (included)

21:00 - 22:00 late Dinner (included)

22:00 - late drinks and party

Day 2 (Saturday, 18 January)

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (included)

9:00 – 11:00 Transfer to Bialka Tatrzanska (included)

11:00 – 11:30 Ski rental  (included)

11:30 – 15:00 skiing (included)

3 hours of ski lessons included for the beginners

A ski pass included for the advanced skiers

Lunch/dinner not included

15:00 - 18:00  Thermal Baths (entry ticket included) - please remember to bring your own towels or you will have to pay for the hire.

18:00 - 20:00  transfer from Bialka Tatrzanska to the hotel (included)

20:00 - 21:00 dinner

21:00 late those who still have energy can join a party at the hotel restaurant. Dance floor and a DJ provided.

Day 3 (Sunday, 19 January)

9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast (included)

10:30 – 11:30 Packing and check out

11:30 - 12:30 Transfer from hotel to Krakow (included)

12:30 - 14:30 Krakow – Wawel and guided city tour , (included)

14:30 – 16:30 free time in Krakow

16:30 – 18:30 Dinner (not included)

18:30 – 19:00 transfer to the airport (included)

20:55 – 22:25 Ryanair flight from Krakow to London Stansted, not included, currently £37.74.

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure; http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.

If you would like to see last year's photos and ratings please follow this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/81689142/

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  • Jennifer

    Great trip guys! Hope everyone got home ok. Thanks for organising Kat. Had a great time & spent time with great people! Brilliants pics! :-) Hopefully see you guys again soon x

    January 21, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Hey Ladies!! Sorry, been away for a bit - will definitely upload some pics within the next few days. Also, need to figure out how to get the videos I took at the waterspa uploaded. Was great partying with you too, Catherine - brilliant times, brilliant times! x

      January 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the pics they're awesome Jen xx

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a wonderful trip party people! Sorry took me so long to put my pics up you're welcome to take what you like of them. Until next time xx

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Monica

    Hey Kat, thanks for organising the trip, had an amazing time. Hope we can all catch up for a drink some time soon.

    January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey fellow Oz :). Let's catch up some time [masked] xx

      January 22, 2014

  • Ayo

    Thanks for a fab trip Kat!!

    January 21, 2014

  • Haiyan

    Hi Kat, it was a great trip and thank you for organising it.

    January 21, 2014

  • Claudia

    Kat, great trip. Thanks all you guys for the company. Hope to see you anywhere else in this world

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Ian C

    Thanks for a great trip Kat - really well organised and lots of fun !

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, so is it who was it that didn't want to be tagged on the trip? Was it Srujan?

    January 20, 2014

    • Srujan R.

      Yup..its me :)

      January 20, 2014

    • Srujan R.

      Saw the pictures you uploaded and really felt good. Wish to do it again. Thank you for organising such a wonderful trip. :D

      January 20, 2014

  • Winnie L.

    Thank you, Kat! It was a great trip, and everything is so well planned!

    2 · January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful trip :)))) thanks Kat!!

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Kat

    Room allocations:

    1. Claudia
    2. Srujan (shower in Bartek's room)
    3. Bartek (sharing shower with Srujan)
    4. Sean and Roy
    5. Adi
    6. Winnie
    7. Monica and Florinella
    8. Ian
    9. Anne and Ayo
    10. Rhianna and Katherine
    11. Haiyan
    12. Jennifer

    January 16, 2014

  • Srujan R.

    Hi guys, let me know if any body travelling from Gatwick 8:20 Easy jet tomorrow. I can be reached over 07510166249. See you all soon :)

    January 16, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, there are still 2 single rooms available. Please let me know if you would like to upgrade.
    Also, don't forget your swimming suits for the thermal baths! :)

    January 16, 2014

  • susi

    Wow! This looks like a fantastic trip...too bad I am here in Canada. Have a great time!

    January 16, 2014

  • Kat

    I am still waiting for quite a few of you to send me your details for ski rental. Please send your wieght, height and shoe size (all in centimetres and kilograms as Europe operates metric system). So far I only have the details from: Adi, Claudia, Sean, Ayodele, Ian, Jennifer and Catherine. If I don;t have all the details I can not book it in advance and it will cause delays.

    January 15, 2014

  • Kat

    In terms of dietary requirements I have only got these 3 so far:
    Ian - Vegetarian, but eats seafood
    Ayo - no pork
    Claudia - pescatarian
    The food will be ordered today, so no further alterations will be possible. If you want to add anything to the list above please call me on [masked] urgently.

    January 15, 2014

  • Kat

    Also, I'm sure you know it, but just to reiterate, the currency here is Polish Zloty and not Euro, In many places where we will be (for example in the hotel we are staying at) cards are not accepted, so you will need cash. It would be a good idea to exchange some before leaving UK.

    January 15, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi guys, I am available on [masked]

    January 15, 2014

  • Kat

    and menu for the restaurant booked for the last day dinner: http://www.farina.com.pl/pdf/restaurant-menu.pdf

    January 9, 2014

    • Kat

      The prices are in Polish Zloty, so to translate to pounds divide by 5 (please remember that the exchange rate depends on your bank)

      January 9, 2014

  • Kat

    And this is a virtual tour of the thermal baths: http://www.termabialka.pl/En/strefa-gastro.html

    January 9, 2014

  • Kat

    and this is the virtual tour: http://zwiedzaj360.pl/bialkatatrzanska/

    January 9, 2014

  • Kat

    link to the map of the ski slopes:
    http://www.hotelbania.pl/Image/2012_08_13_10_57_04_mapka_wyciagow_duza.jpg
    the red ones are difficult, the blue ones intermediate, the green ones easy.

    January 9, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I have sent friends requests on FB to those of you who I could find as I thought it would be a good idea for you to join the event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476970172528318/ - that way you will better see who else is going!
    Please also like the facebook page - you will be able to see the photos posted after the trip. :)

    January 8, 2014

  • Srujan R.

    Hi Kat, hope you are well. I have made the full payment to you. Could you please check and confirm? I am a new-bee to Skiing, do I need to buy any special clothes?
    - Thanks, Srujan

    December 31, 2013

    • Kat

      Raid Your Closet Before You Buy New Clothes
      There's no need for expensive, fancy ski clothes for your first time skiing. As long as you have a turtleneck, a sweater or a fleece jacket, and some kind of insulating pants (no denim, though) to wear under a winter jacket and waterproof snow pants, you should be warm enough. A pair of winter gloves is a good idea, too. When you know you like skiing, you can upgrade your wardrobe.

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I am really looking forward to the trip! Not much time left now. You will be happy to know that even though there isn't much snow around and the temperatures are still above zero, there is an artificial snow in Bialka (where we will be skiing). You can see the slope on the live camera here: http://bialkatatrzanska.webcamera.pl/
    The forecast also says that the temperatures will drop by next week. :)

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi All, If you have any questions, could you please contact me directly on [masked] rather than post comments here? The latter results in spamming everyone's in boxes with lots of messages they don't need and I have had complaints about it previously.

    January 4, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi guys, if you would like to contact me, please email me on [masked], rather than post here as this sends an email to everyone.

    January 2, 2014

  • Monica

    Hi Kat, I also just paid the remaining. Could you please confirm.
    Thanks.

    January 2, 2014

  • Sean

    Kat, Paid in full, please Confirm.

    December 31, 2013

  • Roy C.

    Sorry I haven't joined in lately. just been a very strange Xmas lot going on ...i'm on the 08.40 from Stansted and the20.55 return. Looking forward to meeting you all....Roy

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Sean

    When is the last day to put get put on the list

    December 21, 2013

    • Kat

      Happy Birthday! :)

      December 23, 2013

    • Sean

      Thank you! but now I feel old.....

      December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hmmm looks fantastic but cant ski in a thermal pool as yet! Another time ...

    December 20, 2013

    • Kat

      Hahaha, we definitely will not be skiing in the pools. :) but it will be an awesome treat afterwards. :)

      December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey you cant take the Canadian out of a canuck! You go girl!

      December 20, 2013

  • Monica

    Very excited, just joined and I can't wait until the 17th of January

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Haiyan

    Hi Kat, paid the remaining today. Can you give me a confirmation later when you receive the money. Thanks

    November 25, 2013

  • carmenloofah

    The price stated is £103.30 or is that just the deposit?

    November 16, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Carmen, yes, as per description above.

      November 18, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi Kat, not sure if anyone has booked their ryanair flights for this yet (I booked mine back in Sept) but looks like ryanair have changed the flight times! So my new flight details are:
    GOING OUT
    From London Stansted(STN) to Krakow(KRK)
    Fri, 17/01/2014 Flight 2432 Depart STN at 0840 and arrive KRK at 1205

    COMING BACK
    From Krakow(KRK) to London Stansted(STN)
    Sun, 19/01/2014 Flight 2435 Depart KRK at 1515 and arrive STN at 1635

    I don't mind the going out time change (as it means I'll now arrive closer to your recommended time - well 20mins later, hopefully you can wait? - but the return flight is eating up 4 hours of my time in Krakow & means I'll miss the city tour. :-(

    Is anyone else affected by this new flight schedule from Ryanair?

    Jennifer

    November 12, 2013

    • Kat

      Hey guys, thank you for letting me know, yes, the flight I originally posted does not exist any more... So I have updated the flights and the programme:

      November 13, 2013

    • Kat

      14:30 – 16:30 free time in Krakow

      16:30 – 18:30 Dinner (not included)

      18:30 – 19:00 transfer to the airport (included)

      20:55 – 22:25 Ryanair flight from Krakow to London Stansted, not included, currently £37.74.

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • Pete

    Hi Kat,
    Looks amazing. Such a shame i can't make it in January but am actually going i december.
    Can you recommend places to stay in Zakopane ?
    Thanks
    Pete

    November 1, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Pete, that's a pity you can not make it with us, but I hope you have a fabulous time in December. I'm afraid I don't know any hotels in Zakopane though...

      November 1, 2013

  • Kat

    And the taxi numbers for you:
    [masked], [masked],  [masked]
    The middle one is the cheapest.

    October 22, 2013

  • Kat

    The taxi during the day is 130 zł on Sundays and after 22:00 -it's 180 zł.

    October 22, 2013

  • Haiyan

    Hi Kat, if I am only able to arrive on Friday evening and have to miss the Friday afternoon adventure, is it ok or not recommended?

    October 20, 2013

    • Kat

      yes, that's still ok, you would just have i get from the airport by yourself. I can find out for you how much more or less are taxis. You can just join us for the party. :)

      October 20, 2013

    • Haiyan

      Just paid. Next is again the visa. Hope Polish embassy will be more generous.

      October 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Just booked my flight for this - Stansted easier for me too. Not sure if anyone else is thinking about flying from Stansted but there were only 4 seats left on the 19:15 return flight (I've bought 1 so only 3 left now). Price also a bit cheaper - £28.99 each way.

    From London-Stansted (STN) to Krakow (KRK) No Taxes
    Flight Number FR[masked] January 2014
    Departs London-Stansted (STN) 06:25
    Arrives Krakow (KRK) 09:50

    From Krakow (KRK) to London-Stansted (STN) No Taxes
    Flight Number FR[masked] January 2014
    Departs Krakow (KRK) 19:15
    Arrives London-Stansted (STN) 20:35


    dziękuję Kat!! :-)

    September 25, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Jennifer, excellent, I am glad you have booked. Of course you are welcome to take the earlier Ryanair flight, but it will mean a long-ish wait for the rest at the airport... Plus a very early start - that's the main reason I suggested the more reasonably timed Gatwick option...

      September 25, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Hi Kat, that's no problem. I'd still have had to get up early to get to Gatwick anyway, so I'm fine with that & waiting the other end... jestem podekscytowany, już.!! (I'm hoping that says what I expect it to, if not, I blame google!!) :-)

      September 25, 2013

  • Ian C

    Just booked - looks like a fun weekend. Flights back seem to leave at 18:40 or 20:55. The 18:40 flight is the cheapest one - is that the one you recommend. The link to the accommodation doesn't go anywhere but all looks good from the photos !

    September 24, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Ian, I have checked and it is definitely there. Are you looking at the correct date?

      September 25, 2013

    • Ian C

      Ok thanks Kat. I can see it now and have booked. The flights are cheaper today too. £28.99 each way ! :)

      September 25, 2013

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