Auschwitz concentration camp, where at least 1.1 million prisoners were killed.
We are going to join a 3 1/2 hour tour of the labor camp Auschwitz I and the extermination camp Auschwitz II - Birkenau. You will see the prison blocks, storage rooms for human hair and spectacles, the gas chambers and the crematorium.
Besides Auschwitz we will also spend a lot of time in Krakow itself, which is beautiful and very lively city. A perfect destination for a weekend break in July.
For many centuries Krakow was the seat of the Polish kings. It miraculously escaped destruction by war. Krakow's historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle, was included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. Some of the amazing sights that we can visit include
• The gothic market square and the renaissance cloth hall in the middle of the square
• St. Mary's church, a 14th century gothic basilica with beautiful decorations and its main attraction, the altar created by Veit Stoß, the master in the art of wood carving. The altar is a 11x13m miracle in wood carving, which took the artist 12 years to complete.
• Wavel castle and cathedral, the seat of the Polish kings for many centuries. All rooms, both the private and royal chambers are open to the public.
• The Czartoryski museum, a museum of fine arts, where you can see paintings like Leonardo da Vinci's "The Lady with the ermine" and pictures from Rembrandt.
• The factory of Oskar Schindler, of Schindler's list fame. The factory now houses a war time museum
• The suburb Kazimierz, the centre of Krakow's Jewish heritage.
Krakow is known for its lively nightlife, with many restaurants, pubs and clubs in the old town and especially in Kazimierz. We will also be able to enjoy ourselves in numerous outdoor cafes and beer gardens.
Around the time when we will be in Krakow, there will also be the festival of Jewish culture. I will try to find a Klezmer concert for us.
Finally we will visit the Wieliczka salt mines, another UNESCO world heritage site. Miners have created incredible pieces of art out of salt 150m below the ground. You will also find a cathedral carved out of salt, a salt lake, chapels and even a restaurant 135m underground.
I would recommend to start your diet way before the trip, since Polish cuisine is very yummy, but not necessarily diet food :-)
You have to be a regular member of the London European Club to join this trip. Please contact Henning before you buy your flights.
04/07/2014 at 08:40 with RyanAir from London Stansted to Krakow
07/07/2014 at 18:40 with RyanAir from Krakow to London Stansted
Flights currently cost £120 return. RyanAir charges £25 per flight (!) for 15kg or £35 per flight (!) for 20kg of check in luggage. 10kg of cabin luggage is free. If you travel with a friend, sharing one 20kg suitcase plus hand luggage might be an option.
We will be staying at the Best Western Krakow Old Town hotel, conveniently located close to the Krakow old town and Kazimierz, the historical Jewish quarter. Accommodation will be in shared double rooms. Single occupation is possible for an additional £120. Breakfast will be included.
Friday: exploration of the city, Polish dinner, Krakow nightlife
Saturday: Wieliczka Salt Mine + city
Sunday: guided tour Auschwitz concentration camp
Monday: War time museum in Oskar Schindler’s Factory + city
I will try to organize a visit to a Klezmer concert on one of the days.
A deposit of £160 is required to secure a place on this trip. The deposit covers the costs for accommodation, airport transfer and Auschwitz tour. The price does not include the flights.
Single accommodation is available for an additional £120.
Additional costs to be covered by you: entrance fees for the salt mine and the Schindler factory and any attraction in Krakow (only a few pounds each). Lunch and dinner. And not to forget coffee and ice cream and cakes and desserts, etc, etc :-)
Please contact Henning before booking flights.
If you are an EEA national, you don't need a visa for entering Poland. Please check here if you need a visa for entering Poland: http://londyn.msz.gov.pl/en/consular_information/visas/who/
Exchange rate: 1 GBP = 5 Polish Zloty
Money can be easily withdrawn at ATMs