ATTENTION: DUE TO VERY LOW INTEREST OF THE CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS IN POST-CONFERENCE TOUR PACKAGES AND DAYTRIPS, THE MITTELWEST EUROPA HAD TO CANCEL ALL TOURS.
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The Partner recommended to us for reliability and experience is the International Tour Operator MittelWest-Europa. Below, please find the offer the company has tailored especially for the Conference Participants. Should you wish to make a booking, please contact the info-desk of MittleWest-Europa by e-mail, fax - or by phone +48(91) 4320307.
MWE offer a variety of tours, some of which require a defined minimum number of participants, others are designed for less numerous groups, still others - for families and individuals. The gamut of packages presented below will certainly allow everyone to select an option that will fully live up to their expectations. Should new offers emerge, MWE will inform Conference Participants of their availability in the "Current news" section of this service. Please, download the booking form for fax or booking form for e-mail here.
SPECIAL ALL-INCLUSIVE TOUR PACKAGESfor Conference Participants
Tour Package One: "Poland in a Nutshell"
Tour Package Two: "From Szczecin to Gda┼äsk and Malbork"
Day-trip One: Kamie┼ä Pomorski and Mi─Ödzyzdroje (Aug. 8th 2007)
Day-trip Two: Ko┼éobrzeg and Vicinities (Aug. 8th 2007)
"Poland in a Nutshell"
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Date: 8th August 2007 - 12nd August 2007Minimum Group Size: 20All-Inclusive
Today, at the onset of the 21st century, the distances are no longer calculated in miles. Ask anyone how far it is from Poland to America – and the answer you will most probably hear will be: "Eight hours. Ish." Time has conquered space.
This is why MittelWest-Europa has tailored the package of “Poland in a Nutshell” especially for the Participants of the “Hearts of Darkness” Conference from all over the world. Having traveled enormous distances to contribute to the intellectual debate dedicated to the two giants of nautical literature, the Scholars should also be offered a chance to use the few days they will have left till the beginning of their academic years in order to get a fair glimpse of the country they honor with their arrival. Especially that Poland is uniquely graceful to visit: the sea and lake-lands; lowlands and wild mountains, mediaeval cities and modern metropolises – all of them within one’s reach, on condition that time should conquer space...
We have found a method. Here is how:
Day One: SZCZECIN-WARSZAWAAfter breakfast and check-out from your conference hotel the group will board a coach, which will transport participants to the airport in Goleniów and a brief 1.5 hour flight to Warsaw. Once the fast journey above the clouds comes to its end, the group will be welcomed by the Polish capital city - heroic Warsaw. In the airport, participants of the tour will be awaited by an English-speaking guide, who will take the participants to the hotel. After the check-in, the guide will offer the group a sighstseeing tour of the city. In the course of bus trips and walking tours, participants will visit the Historic Old Town of Warsaw – The Castle Square, The Royal Castle, King Sigismundus’ Column, The Old Town Square, The Barbican, The Walls of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Umschlagplace, the Bunker at Mi┼éa Street, The Church of the Holy Rood, Royal Baths, The Palace on the Water and many other well-known monuments of historical and modern architecture of Warsaw. In the break of the of the visit, the organizers will invite the group to a traditional Polish meal (a substantial late lunch served in Poland as the main meal of the day). Afterward, the participants will have an opportunity to enjoy free time in the famous Old Town of Warsaw. In the evening, we will direct ourselves to the hotel for a delicious dinner. Day Two: WARSZAWA-KRAKÓWAfter breakfast, we will board the coach and will take a shuttle ride to the F. Chopin Airport in Warsaw, from where we will depart for the historical capital of Poland, the world-famous mediaeval city of Krakow (Cracow). On arrival, the group will be transferred to the hotel, where, after check-in, we will have late lunch. After the meal, we will all embark upon a journey in time: we will visit one of the oldest quarters of Kraków, the well-known quarter of Kazimierz, which, a few centuries ago, was designated as a dwelling quarter for the Jewish diaspora. In the course of our visit we will have an opportunity to see magnificent synagogues, characteristic monuments of Jewish architecture, placed of religious worship and centers of lay culture, as well as excellent restaurants and cafes, well-known throughout Poland and abroad. We will end the evening in Kazimierz with a dinner in a Jewish restaurant, followed by a coach transfer to the hotel.
Day Three: THE ROYAL CRACOW
After breakfast, we will invite everyone to join in the tour of the royal Cracow. We will begin our tour with the visit to the Wawel Hill and the magnificent Royal Castle towering over the old town, where the participants will have a rare opportunity of experiencing the wonders of the Royal Collections and the unmatched beauty of the Royal Cathedral. Leaving Wawel Hill, we will direct our steps to the world-famous old town of Cracow with its awe-inspiring historical buildings, such as the Cloth Hall, the St. Florian Gate by the City Walls, the Barbican, St. Mary's Church, and one of the most popular meeting places in Poland, the monument of the national poet of Poland, Adam Mickiewicz. We will complete this part of our journey into the past with a scrumptious late lunch in one of many restaurants of the Old Town. After lunch, another unrepeatable attraction awaits the participants: a visit to the historical salt mines in Wieliczka. The enormous mines are a complex world-class monument included in the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage: beyond doubt, Wieliczka is a must-see. Thrilled by the intensity of spiritual and esthetic experience of the mines, we will proceed to dinner served 150m below the ground level. After dinner, we will take a coach and return to the hotel to get some well-earned rest. Day Four: FAREWELL TO CRACOW
After breakfast, the whole group will have an opportunity of enjoying a few hours of free time. We will all reconverge for lunch, following which we will check out of the hotel and board our coach to continue our travel to Wroc┼éaw, the next charming city of Southern Poland on our itinerary. We will arrive in our hotel in the evening. After check-in and dinner, participants will be able to enjoy a free evening in the beautiful old town of Wroc┼éaw.Day Five: WROC┼üAW
After breakfast, we will take a fascinating tour of the numer ous historical monuments of Wroc┼éaw. Among others, we will visit The Ostrów Tumski Island (The Cathedral of John the Baptist, The Holy Rood Church, the watch tower), The Ostrów Piasek Island (The Church of the Holiest Virgin Mary with a historical Christ’s Crib), The Old Market and its vicinities, The Historical Town Hall, The University of Wroc┼éaw (the Main Building, Aula Leopoldina, The Mathematical Tower), and the famous painting of "Panorama of Rac┼éawice." After a late lunch in the Old Market Square, we will continue our journey to the Spreebogen Hotel in Berlin, where we will arrive ca. 20:00. PLEASE, NOTE: Participants, who plan to depart home from the Szczecin Aiport of Goleniów will be driven to Szczecin by out coach. The estimated time of arrival in Szczecin is midnight (24:00
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"From Szczecin to Gda┼äsk and Malbork: A journey through Time and Space"
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Anyone interested in the nautical literature will certainly enjoy the short, but multidimensional exploratory visit along the Polish coastline. We will take you for a trip in time and in space: the beauty of places will gain historical and cultural context that opens up the eyes of those attempting to understand the complex, dramatic fates of Poland, and multinational and multiethnic character. We have not invented a time machine yet, but, as you will see, we have come as close to it as is only possible.
After breakfast in Szczecin, we will board our coach to depart for S┼éupsk: the City of Four Gates. In the first “port of call” of our journey of modernity and history, the present, the past and the future begin to coalesce, contributing to the visitor-friendly atmosphere. The route of the tour includes, among others, the Castle of the Dukes of Pomerania, The Castle Mill and the charming Burgher Houses at the Old Town. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Chmielno and its magnificent museum of the Cashubian ceramics, priding itself with collections of artifacts by the last three generations of craftsmen and women. Eventually, in the evening, we arrive in the beautiful Le┼║no Palace, which will be the group’s base for the next four nights.Day Two: GDA┼âSK Having had our breakfast and the morning coffee, we will resume our journey through time and space. We will go by coach to Kartuzy with its unique Cashubian Museum, where the artifacts of the Cashubian culture – beginning with marvelous embroidery and ceramics and finishing with poetry and music – have been collected to illustrate the dramatic fates of the Polish seaboard. The visit will also demonstrate why the Cashubians, next to the Masurians and Silesians, are considered one of the three Polish ethnic minority groups whose impact upon the shape of the Polish national has been the most significant. No doubt, while visiting the region of Cashubia it is an absolute must to visit Gda┼äsk, the capital of the Polish Pomerania. The impressive, cosmopolitan City of breathtaking beauty and unique location has been shaped by a millennium of history, within which time creative minds and timeless talent of its eminent inhabitants of Polish and German back-ground alike have left an irremovable mark upon its architecture, its art, its literature, economy and customs. We will have a rare opportunity to be guided through all of the most famous historical and cultural attractions of the City, among which the best known are Ulica D┼éuga (The Long Street), D┼éugi Targ (The Long Market), The Royal Tract, The Town Hall, The Artus’s Court, the Neptune Fountain, the Golden House, and the largest mediaeval harbor crane in Europe, the Gda┼äsk Crane. To the contemporary world, however, Gda┼äsk is a foremost symbol of civil liberty and national freedom. The famous Solidarity strikes of 1980 in the Gda┼äsk Shipyard eventually led to the downfall of the communist regime, questioned the post-war divisions of the world and, eventually, resulted in the reshaping of contemporary Europe. In the course of our visit to the Gda┼äsk Shipyard, we will see the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers, who were murdered by the forces of the regime in December 1970, as well as the exhibition of “The Freedom Path,” which includes, among others, a fragment of the Berlin Wall, a fragment of the Lech Wa┼é─Ösa Wall – the wall which the legendary leader of the so-called Polish August’ 80 and then the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Poland jumped to lead the strike – as well as the famous table of the “21 Postulates.” In the course of the visit we will take a brake for lunch, in which dishes of the traditional Polish cuisine will be served. Throughout the rest of the day, all of us will enjoy free time in Gda┼äsk. The return to Lezno, our base, is planned for the evening.Day Three: THE TRI-CITY After breakfast, we all return to Gda┼äsk. We will begin the day with the visit of Gda┼äsk-Oliwa, one of the most interesting quarters of the City. We will pay a visit to one of the most impressive monuments of sacral art, the magnificent 13th century Oliwa Cathedral, priding itself with the famous rococo organ, the Cathedral’s most beautiful ornament. We will have an opportunity of participation in a musical feast as well. Knowing that a number of Melvilleans and Conradians enjoy classical music almost as much as they do literature, our visit to Gda┼äsk would not be complete without a concert performed on one of the most famous instruments in the world. Bearing in mind that world-famous virtuosos regularly perform concerts playing the Oliwa organ and that for the past half a century the Oliwa Cathedral has been home to the prestigious International Festival for Organ Music, a visit in the Oliwa Cathedral will undoubtedly encourage many of the time-space travelers to return to Poland often. After the concert, the group will return to the coach to departs for Sopot, a famous spa of the Baltic coast. The program of the visit includes the tour of the longest wooden jetty in Europe, the Tilted House, and the most famous Polish promenade with its numerous pubs and galleries. After lunch, we will enjoy free time: individual walks in the charming Sopot will do everyone good. The next stop on our way is Gdynia. The Mecca of the Polish yachtsmen and yachtswomen, beloved by the Polish youth, and important sail-training center, and object of numerous sea-songs, Gdynia and an important seaport, which together with Gda┼äsk and Sopot makes up the Tri-City. In Gdynia, we will visit the Ko┼Ťciuszko Square with the Joseph Conrad monument, the beautiful Polish full rigger “Dar Pomorza” and the famous Polish man-of-war ORP “B┼éyskawica,” a veteran of the World War II. For those partial to sailing, a peak at the leisure boat marina across the square and the numerous pubs and taverns on the beach will be an interesting option as well.
Day Four: MALBORK - WIE┼╗YCA Breakfast over, the group will travel to Malbork, the picturesque old capiltal of the Knights of the Teutonic Older and the largest Gothic keep in Europe. The castle of Malbork is the most extensive castle in the worldand the largest brick building ever erected in history. To anyone interested in the complex history of Poland, this will be a most memorable visit: the picturesque and the sublime in one. After late lunch, we will continue our journey to Wie┼╝yca, the highest promontory in the European Lowland. The promontory offers a breathtaking panorama of the Cashubian region; in nice weather one can clearly see the cityscape of Gda┼äsk overlooking the charming semidisc of the Gulf of Gda┼äsk. In the evening, we will return to Le┼║no, where a unique Cashubian feast has been planned especially for the Conference Participants: traditional food accompanied with the performance of the Cashubian folk band and a competition of snuff sneezing will provide ample opportunities for communal merrymaking. Day Five: RETURN TO SZCZECIN AND BERLINAfter breakfast in the hospitable Le┼║no Palace the coach will take everyone back to Goleniów Airport (ca. 16:00), Szczecin (ca. 17:00) and then we will bid Poland farewell and go to Spreebogen Hotel in Berlin (ca. 20). We will stop and take a lunchbreak on our way.ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
Special price per person in a double room: 469.00 EuroSpecial price per person in a single room: 561.00 EuroExtra bed in a double room 399.00 Eurocurrency converterE-MAIL, PHONE or FAX us to BOOKWe will be delighted to serve you!MittelWest-Europa, Sp. z o.o. ul. Mieczys┼éawa Niedzia┼ékowskiego 26a, 71-410 Szczecin, Poland Tel: +48-91 485 11 98, +48-91 432 03 07; Fax +48-91-433 00 33http://www.mwe.com.pl e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgEU VAT number: PL 8521090139
Date: August 8th 2007Minimum Group Size: 20Day Trip
Special price per person: 45.00 Euro