Syracuse University Tour to Krakow, Poland (Dec. 1-8, 2014):
ArawjoTours in cooperation with the Syracuse University Philadelphia Alumni Club is proud to present a fantastic and very affordable week-long getaway to one of Central Europe's most beautiful cities, Krakow, Poland. Below is a description of Krakow followed by a list of the tour features and price. You may sign up for the tour by completing the feedback form at the end of the tour descripton. We expect the tour to sell out soon, so put in your reservation early.
Krakow is a city dating to the early Middle Ages, when the original settlement functioned as a fortified castle on the Wawel Heights. It has a complex history that includes serving as the seat of the Polish kings until 1609, being incorporated into the Austrian Hapsburg empire as part of Galicia in 1846, and, during World War II, becoming the capital of the Nazi General Government administered by the notorious Hans Frank, who used the royal palace on Wawel hill as his residence. Today an intellectual center, Krakow is home to one of the oldest universities in Central Europe, the Jagiellonian University, first established in 1384 by King Kazimierz Wielki. Krakow has many beautifully-preserved buildings, but the atmosphere is distinctly medieval, with narrow alleys, cobblestone streets and cellar restaurants and taverns greeting the excited traveler with the smells of delectable Polish cuisine. Famous for being the setting of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Schindler's List, Krakow is a city with a sometimes dark past, but whose contemporary youthfulness and energy coupled with the medieval landscape make it a natural rival to Prague--and, quite rightfully, a European jewel. Krakow is a very manageable, comfortable, tourist-friendly city that is rapidly gaining the attention it deserves. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is among the most charming cities in all of Europe. Scrumptious pierogies (the best in the world!), the purest vodka, friendly young Polish students eager to test their English, a grand Market Square that will stun you with its beauty--all of these things will greet you in Krakow. Optional excursions possibilities also abound, including half and full day trips to the Wieliczka Salt Mine (another UNESCO Site), to a Klezmer show and dinner in the Jewish Quarter, and, for those interested in World War II, to Auschwitz-Birkenau. We are also coordinating our arrival in Krakow with the opening of the city's annual Christmas Market in the Old Town Square. The Krakow Christmas Market is one of the most delightful such markets in Europe and will offer ample opportunity to shop, eat, drink and take in the holiday spirit in a magical environment. Don't pass up this chance to jump on board this affordable PRESIDENT'S CHOICE getaway.
TOUR FEATURES: Round trip air transportation to/from Krakow, Poland on Lufthansa Airlines; all private motor coach transfers for the group between the airport and hotel in Krakow; SIX nights in the beautiful, modern and centrally-located four stars Andel's Hotel with complete buffet breakfasts daily; a half day sightseeing tour of Krakow with English-speaking guide, and a pre-departure orientation. Optional tours include visits to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau (both UNESCO Sites) and the Jewish Quarter for Klezmer show and dinner.
TOUR PRICE: The price for this week-long, air-inclusive getaway is only $1399.00 per person. The price includes all air taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change until ticketing). The rate is based on double occupancy (two to a room). The single supplement is $249.00 for the week.
AVAILABILITY: Accepting reservations. Deadline March 31, 2014.