Galicia Poland Tour 2021

Experience the world your ancestors had to leave

Based on our many years of experience in providing Polish Genealogy Tours and other historical and cultural tailor-made tours of Poland we present to the PolishOrigins Galaica Tour.  A 10 Day Tour of Historical Western Galicia, 19th Century Poland occupied by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire located in today’s southern and south-eastern Poland

We want to show you traces of the old life which have survived the centuries and tell you stories about the life of your Polish ancestors. We will also show you the present-day life in Poland in which you can still notice many signs of the older times, in authentic architecture and traditional customs, cherished by warm and open people in their everyday life. We were born and grew up in Galicia and we will be proud to tell you all we know about life, now and in the past, in our land.

Our goal is to enrich your understanding of your Polish forefathers’ life. So many of these brave people had to leave their small villages in hope of ensuring a better life for themselves and their offspring. You probably know already a lot about them. You may have managed to collect copies of the church records of your grandparents. Perhaps you have read a history book about your grandfather’s village. Or maybe you even remember family stories told by your grandma when you were a child.

But visiting their Old Country gives you something more meaningful and moving. This is experiencing it deeply by being here, seeing, touching, tasting, breathing and talking about all of it.

Itinerary of PO Galicia Tour 2020

Day 1 – Meeting Day

  • Arrive at Krakow Airport before noon or a day before. We will meet you and provide airport or hotel pickup. We can organize pickup from the Rzeszow Airport (or other), it will require an additional fee. Read more about how you can fly directly to Krakow or to Rzeszow.
  • Check-in at the hotel and some time to rest after the journey. We will be accommodated in a comfort-class hotel in Krosno, Poland. This is about a 3-hour drive from Kraków and a 1-hour drive from Rzeszów.
  • After meeting our guide and your travel companions we will travel to the Glass Heritage Center in Krosno.
  • Later in the evening, we invite you for a welcome dinner.
  • Accommodation: 4* Hotel in Krosno

Day 2 – Your Ancestors Life Day

  • We will visit the famous ethnographic open-air museum in Sanok Poland where you will see the rural architecture of the region and the representation of a 19th century Galicia town.
  • In the evening be prepared for the country party in the old Galicia style!
  • Accommodation: 4* Hotel in Krosno

Day 3 – The Polish Nobility Day

  • First, we will visit Lancut Castle Museum constructed in the style of a grand aristocratic palace-residence.
  • Then we will go to a museum of nobility culture located in an old manor house.
  • Accommodation: 4* Hotel in Krosno

Day 4 – Journey in time and space through Carpathian Mountains

  • On this day we visit Carpathian Troy, an Archaeological Open-Air Museum exhibition. Our route to the Podhale region will lead through picturesque landscapes of Beskid Niski which is today is one of the wildest areas in the Carpathians, but its history is very rich and its traces can be seen at every turn.
  • If the weather permits, we will see the picturesque landscapes of the Beskidy Mountains with the views of the Tatra Mountains. 
  • In the evening we will arrive in Podhale and check-in at the hotel near Zakopane.
  • Accommodation: Comfort class hotel near Zakopane

Day 5 – Tatra Mountains and Zakopane

  • Today we will sightsee the oldest part of Zakopane, We visit the old cemetery in which almost all tombs are unique works of art, made ​​of wood, metal or stone, and the oldest wooden church Matki Boskiej Czestochowskiej. You will see some notable examples of Zakopane architecture, such as the Koliba Willa and Jaszczurówka chapel.
  • You will have some free time and a great opportunity to do shopping in the outdoor market.
  • In the afternoon we will take you to Chocholow village which is comprised almost exclusively of the original Polish Góral highlanders’ wooden houses. Visiting there a folk sculptor and his private folk art museum.
  • We will have dinner in one of the Zakopane restaurants with live Gorals band music.
  • Accommodation: Comfort class hotel near Zakopane

Day 6 – Niedzica Castle, Czorsztyn Lake, and Pieniny Mountains

  • Are you ready to go Dunajec River Gorge Rafting? You will see the beautiful views of Czorsztyn Lake, and the Pieniny Mountains.
  • After our river rafting, we will visit Dunajec Castle, an important center of Polish-Hungarian relations since the 14th century. We will have dinner at the hotel.
  • Accommodation: Comfort class hotel near Zakopane

Day 7 – Zakopane – Kraków

  • We leave Zakopane after breakfast and head to Krakow, Poland. Krakow Poland is full of many magnificent, historic places to see. You will have a guided tour through Krakow Old Town, Wawel Castle, and many other places.
  • Accommodation: 3* Hotel in the center of Kraków​

Day 8 – Kraków and Wieliczka Salt Mines

  • In the morning we will take you for a walk in the Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Kraków.  Immerse in its artistic ambiance with cafes, galleries and antique shops. We will enter The Remuh synagogue and cemetery on Szeroka street.
  • In the heart of Kazimierz, there is also the Ethnographic Museum. Its exhibition will be a great summary of what you have seen before, and the collection extends the area beyond Galicia.
  • In the afternoon we will travel to Wieliczka Salt Mines. You will see the wonderful underground world of salt chambers and sculptures.
  • We will have dinner in one of the charming old town restaurants in Krakow.
  • Accommodation: 3* Hotel in the center of Kraków
  • Check out our information on the Wieliczka Salt Mines 

Day 9 – Kraków and Auschwitz Museum

  • In the morning we will visit the Rynek Underground museum with its archeological exhibition.
  • After some free time for lunch, we will travel to Oswięcim and the entrance to the Concentration Camp Museum in Auschwitz and Birkenau.
  • Accommodation: 3* Hotel in the center of Kraków

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Day 10 – The Communist Day

  • Today we would like to explain you the newest history of Kraków and show you the industrial part – Nowa Huta. You will have the opportunity to hear stories and to feel the atmosphere of the communism years in Poland. Read and see more… 
  • Accommodation: 3* Hotel in the center of Kraków

In the evening we invite you to celebrate with us during our final evening meal.

Day 11 – Kraków – Departure

After breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer you to Krakow Airport. For people interested in flying back from Rzeszow we can organize travel to the Rzeszow Airport.

More Information 

Galicia Tour Cost

The total cost of PO Galicia Tour is 9300 Polish zlotys (SGL room supplement: 2200 PLN) (Around US$2367, (SGL room supplement: US$559) according to the currency exchange rate from September 18, 2019).

First Minute price till December 31, 2019: 8700 Polish zlotys (in DBL or TWN room occupancy).

Please be aware that we accept payments in Polish zlotys and this amount expressed in US$ is only for information purposes, valid on the date mentioned above. The current Polish zlotys (PLN) / US Dollars (USD) exchange rate you will find here: current average currency exchange rate between US Dollar and Polish zloty USD/PLN. This is an average currency exchange rate and it is usually distorted by commissions charged by all the financial intermediary institutions (so-called spread between currency buy and sell rates). We operate in Poland as a licensed tour operator and Polish business entity and we accept payments in Polish zlotys (PLN)).

If you are returning PolishOrigins Tours client or want to combine Galicia Tour with a tailor-made Genealogy Tour or Family & Friends Tour then you are entitled to a 500 PLN discount. Discounts do not combine.

Tour Cost Includes
accommodations in first-class hotels in TWN/DBL rooms with private bath or shower, two meals daily: breakfast, lunch or dinner, transportation between cities by air-conditioned, comfortable minibus, sightseeing tours as specified in the tour itinerary, the baggage allowance of one large suitcase per person, services of an English-speaking guide throughout the whole Tour, hotel taxes, transfers on arrival and departure from and to the airports or hotels.

Not included in the tour cost
Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, gratuity to guides and drivers, air transportation to and from Poland.

The tours in 2020 are canceled due to the global situation with coronavirus. We invite you to join us next year.

Reservation
To make a reservation please  fill out the reservation form and pay the deposit:

PO Galicia Tour – Deposit
Date

Important: The deposit is refundable until the 90-day before the date of starting your Tour. If a tour has less than 5 persons who have made reservations 2 months before the planned date of starting the Tour, we reserve the right to cancel the whole Tour. In that case, all deposits for that Tour date will be refunded.

If you would like to have Private Galicia Tour organized especially for you and your family & friends in any term, please contact us. Also, visit our Genealogy Tours and Family & Friends Tours offer here: http://tours.polishorigins.com

We invite you to contact us by email: tours@polishorigins.com or by phone: 0048 664 407 089 (6.00 AM – 4.00 PM EST).

If you are interested in the area of former Galicia and you are planning to travel there (in the nearest future or just someday), we invite you to join our Facebook Group, where you can meet our former guests, exchange experiences, and ask questions to our team members. From time to time, we will publish there some articles about Galicia and photos from south-eastern Poland.