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Finally, after two long years we can meet old and new friends alike to celebrate Xmas together in two of Poland and Europe's most beautiful and relatively unknown cities.
The unpronounceable Bydgoszcz, Poland's 8th largest city, is a buzzing and upcoming destination with a beautifully restored Old Town. Once a thriving trading and religious centre, recent renovations have a created one of Europe's most intimate and beautiful Old Towns. Full of amazing old mills, Gothic churches and a buzzing restaurant scene, it's a great chance to experience this gem before everyone else does.
Torun is a small but very well known (amongst Polish people) city located near Bydgoszcz. This UNESCO listed city was a mediaeval powerhouse in the Hanseatic League and we will enjoy the array of incredible architecture from that period and beyond. Untouched during WW2, wandering the traffic-free streets and sampling the famous gingerbread whilst enjoying a mulled wine or two will be a real highlight.
If the Xmas markets are in full flow (yet to be confirmed) then it will only add to the magic ambience of these two cities. See the pictures section.
The Itinerary (Not yet fully finalized)
Friday 03 December
Fly to Bydgoszcz where a taxi or minibus will be waiting at the airport to take you to the hotel to check in.
For the earlier flight we will have a casual tour of the main sights as darkness falls. Some great photo opportunities as we stroll along the river to the spectacular Mill Island, past the brick Gothic cathedral and into the large Old Town Square flanked by colourful house and masses of cafes and restaurants.
In the evening you can choose one of the restaurants on the superb Jatki street, dedicated solely to great and well-priced food or try the Pierogi in a more traditional setting. The ravioli-like treats filled with veggies/meat and either boiled or baked are truly amazing here.
Late night flights can join the party as we explore some of the great bars around this student city.
Saturday 04 December
After breakfast we will take the train 45 minutes to Torun. Our guide will show us the highlights of this amazing city, birthplace of astronomer Copernicus and choc-full of architecture that will set your cameras on fire. Lunch options will include the local brewery with regional treats such as pulled goose sandwiches.
We then hope to visit Europe's only gingerbread museum and learn to make our own, followed by a tasting and a chance to buy some of these treats from the many stores in town.
Evening will be as Friday with loads of great options for food and drinks together.
Sunday 05 December
For those leaving later in the day, we will have a small hike and head up to the 19th century water tower with it's great views over the city, followed by some more pierogi and sightseeing for those who arrived late on Friday. The late afternoon will be free to enjoy the cities museums and attractions or simply wander the town with a hot wine in hand.
The total cost of the trip is £250. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via PayPal when you RSVP to reserve your place. After this the balance of £240 is payable on 1st November.
NOTE: A small number of single rooms are available for an extra £50
Please pay the balance to the following bank account, not to PayPal:
Name: Ian Moran
The price includes:
• 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel (sharing a same-sex twin bedroom) with breakfast included. The hotel is located in the city centre, a 5 minute walk from the main sites in the Old Town.
• Airport transfers to and from Bydgoszcz airport (If arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday).
• Professionally led guided tour of Torun and casual tour of Bydgoszcz.
• Tour of gingerbread museum/alternative attraction.
• Return train ticket to Torun.
• Entrance to water tower and/or any other attractions.
The price doesn’t include:
• Flights to Bydgoszcz – you’ll need to book these yourself! Currently you can get a return flight for £39 (Recommended flights in comments section).
NOTE: Things can change quickly these days. Covid updates, tips and legal stuff are listed in the comments section.