POLAND 2019

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNCG'S EMERITUS SOCIETY PROGRAM

WITH GUEST LECTURER DR. JEFF JONES

Accommodations: Hotel Bristol (Warsaw); Topolowa Residence (Krakow) and Podewils Hotel (Gdansk)

May 19 to 29, 2019

$3850 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Single Supplement $1025

Tour includes 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, all trip-related admissions and guides, transportation and gratuities. Cost does not include airfare, airport transfer or alcoholic beverages.

TRIP BEGINS AND ENDS IN WARSAW

 SUNDAY, MAY 19TH

TOUR BEGINS AT 3:00 P.M.

Begin our trip with a welcome and introductions before Professor Jones gives his first talk, Early Polish History-late 18th Century: Christianization & the Partition of Poland

PALACE OF ART AND CULTURE

Stalin’s gift to the Polish people is the monument that Poles love to hate—and at 42 stories it’s also one they can’t ignore.  From the Palace’s viewing deck, we get oriented to our surroundings with this view of Warsaw and beyond before strolling on to our welcome dinner.

DINNER :: KUZNIA SMAKU

A charmingly traditional restaurant just steps from our hotel

 MONDAY, MAY 20TH

POLIN MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF POLISH JEWS

Opened in 2014 on the former site of the Warsaw ghetto, this spectacular museum--as noted for its architecture as for its programing--has quickly become one of Warsaw’s greatest cultural assets

LUNCH :: JAS & MALGOSIA

Soups, salads along with a bit of hipster vibe for our light bite lunch.

WARSAW UPRISING MUSEUM

Opened in 2004 on the 60th anniversary of the Uprising, the museum is renowned for the vivid and moving witness it provides of the Poles valiant if doomed 1944 revolt.

DEPART BY DIRECT TRAIN FOR KRAKOW 

We are in luck. Polish trains are new, fast and luxurious!

 TUESDAY, MAY 21ST

THE SEWERYN UDZIELA MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY

We receive a guided tour of Poland’s rich and variety folk traditions in this museum known for its prized collections of costumes, crafts and artifacts.

LUNCH :: OLD TOWN RESTAURANT & BAR

Another light and delicious lunch in the heart of Krakow

WAWEL CASTLE and WAWEL CATHEDRAL

This afternoon we tour Wawel Hill, not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but culturally and historically perhaps the most significant site in all of Poland. This vast complex includes former staterooms, a renowned art museum and its famous cathedral.

Professor Jones gives his next talk: Poland as an Avenue of Invasion: the Napoleonic Period, World War I & World War II

DINNER :: DOBRA KASRA NASZA

A charming and charmingly situated restaurant that serves traditional regional dishes

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd

OSKAR SCHINDLER’S ENAMEL FACTORY MUSEUM

This is indeed the site of Oskar Schindler’s former factory now converted into a museum dedicated to bearing witness not only to Schindler’s heroism but to all aspects of life in WWII Krakow

POMORSKA STREET

This former Gestapo Headquarters, now museum, tells the story of oppression as experienced not only in the Nazi era but also in Cold War Poland

LUNCH :: GALICIA PO KOLEI

Another great lunch spot with a special focus on the cuisine of Galicia

WIELICZKA SALT MINE

Opened in the 13th century and continuously operated until the late 1990’s, we tour these salt mines and take a trip into 700 years of Polish history.

DINNER :: RESTAURANT STARKA

Our 'vodka dinner', Restaurant Starska specializes in excellent food served with an equally excellent variety of vodkas—and Poland specializes in vodka. We’ll spend some time sipping our way into greater vodka knowledge as we dine at this small and delicious spot

THURSDAY, MAY 23rd

We begin our day with our next talk by Professor Jones, World War II (cont'd) & the Holocaust in Poland

AUSCHWITZ BIRKENAU

It seems best to let this experience speak for itself as we go to bear witness to one of history’s great crimes. Please note that this is an optional trip for participants some of whom may prefer to have a day of self guided exploration in and around Krakow

OPEN DINNER

 FRIDAY, MAY 24th

DEPART BY DIRECT TRAIN TO GDANSK

WALKING TOUR

We arrive in time to stretch our legs and get acquainted with one of Poland’s other great cities, Gdansk.  For over a thousand years and through ever changing allegiances, Gdansk has been a mighty maritime trading center. This history has given it a unique flavor in both spirit and its architecture.

OPEN DINNER

SATURDAY, MAY 25th

Professor Jones’s gives his final talk, Cold War & Post-Communist Poland

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

A fitting introduction to Gdansk rich maritime history

MUSEUM OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR II

Opened in early 2017, the museum has quickly become one of the ‘must see ‘cultural institutions in Gdansk and is considered by many to now be the best World War II museums in the world

DINNER :: RESTAURACJA BAZAR

Steps from our hotel and a top choice for locals, we dine well tonight!

 SUNDAY, MAY 26th

EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CENTER

This highly regarded center is dedicated not only to telling Solidarity’s story but to those of other Cold War labor and resistance movements in Eastern Bloc

CASTLE OF THE TEUTONIC ORDER, MALBORK

Another must see--and another UNESCO World Heritage Site--this 13th century building is thought to be the largest castle  in the world and tells the fascinating story of the Teutonic Knights and their critical role in Polish history.

DINNER OPEN

MONDAY, MAY 27th

WESTERPLATTE MEMORIAL

We travel out to this seaside memorial which marks the spot where World War II began

LUNCH :: GRAND SOPOT HOTEL

We end our scheduled time in the region with a bit of elegant fun—lunch at this classic seaside grand hotel in the spa town of Sopot

OPEN AFTERNOON & DINNER

 TUESDAY, MAY 28th 

DEPART BY DIRECT TRAIN TO WARSAW

OPEN AFTERNOON

FAREWELL DINNER :: DELICJA POLSKA

This is where Warsaw citizens celebrate special occasions as do we tonight!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th

Tour ends with breakfast