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Castles and Palaces

Day 1

Arrival in Warsaw. Guided sightseeing tour of the city to show you the most valuable landmarks. The Royal Castle which you are going to visit in the beginning will introduce you to the former royal and present administrative function of the city. Among the beautifully restored chambers you will visit: The Throne Room, Envoys' Room, Senators' Room. Many of them are decorated with exquisite paintings by Canaletto, Bacciarelli and Remrandt. In neighborhood we find the Sigismund Column commemorating the ruler who moved the capital from Krakow on the turn of the 17th century. Further exploring palaces of Warsaw. First of all we will go to "Lazienki" Palace on the Water. This was the 18th century summer residence of the last Polish king – Stanisław August Poniatowski. There is an interesting museum in the interiors and English-style park with the romantic statue of Chopin. Next stop Wilanow. The palace which is usually called "the Polish Versailles", splendid residence of king Jan III Sobieski has richly decorated chambers (such as the Mirror Room, the Library, the Great Crimson Chamber. At the end of this day accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2

Morning departure to Baranow Sandomierski, on the way stop in Ujazd to visit Krzysztopor ruins. Nowadays the most fascinating ruins in Europe, the Castle was founded in 17th century by Krzysztof Ossoliński (the governor of the Sandomierz Province). As the legend states was built according to concept: as many towers as there are seasons in the year, as many ballrooms as months, rooms to equal the number of weeks, and windows – days in the year.
Afternoon arrival to the Castle in Baranow Sandomierski, one of the most beautiful baronial seats in Poland, pearl of polish 16th century. In the corners of the building there are cylinder-shaped towers, beautiful courtyard, surrounded by cloisters, which are suspended by columns decorated with mascarons. The whole complex has also a beautiful geometrical garden with fountains and a large park. Accommodation and dinner at the Castle hotel located at the park complex.

Day 3

Transfer to the Sieniawa Palace, was built in the first half of the 18th century and later rebuilt in late-Baroque style. Next place to visit this day is Lancut. Lancut Castle is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland, famous for its excellent interiors and extraordinarily interesting collection of horse-drawn carriages. The palace has richly ornamented interiors, stylish furniture, crystal chandeliers, rich collections of paintings, porcelain and silver. The palace complex is surrounded by an old and picturesque park in the English style and orangery. Last castle to visit this day is the Castle in Krasiczyn, one of the most beautiful Renaissance residences in Poland. It was built at the turn of 16th and 17th centuries. Characteristic, four - corner towers embracing the building, called: Divine, Papal, Royal and Noble whose names were supposed to reflect, approved by founders the hierarchy of the world. The courtyard appears to be the best place to admire the rich graffiti decorations presenting Polish kings, medallions with Caesars' busts, the Bible and hunting scenes. Again accommodation and dinner in nice Castle hotel.

Day 4

Morning departure to Krakow, on the way stop to visit the Royal Castle in Niepolomice. It's a Gothic castle from the mid-14th century, rebuilt in the late Renaissance style and called the second Wawel, was built by order of King Casimir III the Great as a summer residence during the hunting expeditions to the nearby forests. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel in Krakow.

Day 5

Tour of Krakow and the Royal Castle. Visiting the Royal Seat at the Wawel Hill with the Castle and the Cathedral. The exhibition in the Royal Chambers presents uniquely woven 16th and 17th century Flemish tapestries depicting different scenes: biblical stories, animal and floral details, imaginary creatures, and coats of arms. They were commissioned in the 16th century by King Sigismund Augustus and designed exclusively to fit Wawel interiors. A great collection of renaissance paintings anrich the chambers. Next the Cathedral with its former function of a coronation and burial place. It is also the centre of worship of St. Stanislas – the bishop and patron saint of Poland together with St. Jadwiga – the honourable queen of Poland and founder of the Jagiellonian University. A chain of chapels built in different styles surround the nave. The most recognisable one is the Sigismund Chapel called "The Pearl of Renaissance north of the Alps" – as you can find any purer 16th century Italian-style chapel outside the Apennine Peninsula. Afternoon shopping time for traditional souvenirs. Dinner in historical interiors in one of the best Krakow's restaurant "Wierzynek".

Day 6

After breakfast departure to Walbrzych. Here tour of the Ksiaz Castle, the third largest one in Poland, originally gothic Castle built in 13th century, in 18th century was transformed by Hochberg Family to baroque style. Today we can see much of the Castle, Maximilian Hall, the main tower, The Games Salon and exquisite China Salon, with its delightful murals. Exept of this multi level gardens and terraces. Continue to the Kliczkow Castle, an exceptional neo-renaissance revival residence, located in the middle of the vast Lower Silesia Forest, having its roots in the 13th century. Accommodation and dinner at the Castle's hotel.

Day 7

Today touring the Castle in Kornik and Palace in Rogalin. In Kornik possibility to admire an enchanting Romantic castle as well as the oldest and the biggest Polish arboretum. 18th century Rogalin Palace houses collections of armoury, guns, national and family memorabilia, but also carriages. Evening arrival in Poznan, accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Day 8

Morning departure to the Golub Dobrzyn Castle, was built in the beginning of the 14th century as a Teutonic defensive fortress. It was many times attacked, destroyed, rebuilt and finally converted in the Renaissance style as a palace of the princess Anna Vasa. Erected on a hill overlooking the town, the castle belongs to the most interesting edifices of Europe.
In the afternoon detailed tour of the largest Teutonic lowland castle in Europe in Malbork. It is a complex of superbly preserved structures of the Upper, Middle and Lower Castles, the church and the Palace of the Great Master, gates, towers and defensive walls all built in the 13th century. Accommodation at the hotel situated in the historic building of the former Teutonic hospital for lansquenets and farewell dinner.

Day 9

Departure transfer.