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Art Pursuits Abroad specialises in Art History and Architectural Cultural Study Tour Holidays in Europe and beyond.


Royal Krakow

Polandís Cultural Capital

 

31 Jul - 4 Aug 2017 (5 Days)

£1,510.00

Limited Availability

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Study Tour Lecturer:

Thomas Abbott

Thomas Abbott

Study Tour Overview

With the exception of Prague, Krakow is the only metropolis in eastern Middle Europe to have survived wars and regime changes unscathed. Despite the rise of Warsaw from the 17th century, Krakow has remained Poland’s secret capital, the cradle of Polish statehood. Political significance, cultural riches and intellectual charisma manifest themselves in the cathedral and castle on the Wawel hill, residence of Poland’s kings from the 11th century to 1609. They are also reflected in the university, founded in 1364, and in the main market square, dominated by the brick Gothic church of St Mary and the enormous Renaissance Cloth Hall, both testimony to the kudos of Krakow’s merchant burghers.

Inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1978, long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Krakow boasts over 5,000 listed buildings and is home to a staggering two and a half million works of art. In recent years this abundance has been distributed to various branches of the National Museum throughout town: from Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Lady with an Ermine to ‘Młoda Polska’ — modernist art of ‘Young Poland’. Krakow’s churches are equally plentiful, with treasures such as Veit Stoss’ carved tour de force Altar of the Virgin or the luminous Art Nouveau stained glass designed by the playwright, poet and painter Stanisław Wyspiański.

 

Royal Krakow Art History Cultural Study Tour Holiday

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The programme details for this Art History Cultural Study Tour are as follows:

Day 1

Morning flight at c. 9.30am with BA from London Heathrow to Krakow. Coach transfer to the centre and your five-star hotel. Walk through the 14th-century Floriańska city gate to the main market square dominated by the 16th-century Sukiennice, the Cloth Hall, hub of the city’s commerce. The abruptly ending hourly bugle call from the belfry of St Mary’s commemorates a trumpeter who was shot by a Tatar archer during the Mongol siege in 1241. Inside the church Veit Stoss’s Altar of the Virgin is the greatest of all late mediaeval wooden polyptychs, comprising nearly 200 figures, carved over a period of twelve years.

Day 2

Morning walk up the Wawel Hill. The tombs and chapels of the cathedral, site of the coronation of Polish kings until 1734, is a wondrous ensemble of styles from Byzantine to Danish Neoclassism, while the royal palace combines German Gothic and Florentine Renaissance architecture. Highlights of its eclectic collections are precious tapestries from Brussels and — for the time being — Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine. One of the many handsome palaces flanking Kanonicza Street will be our lunch venue, while the early 16th-century residence of Bishop Erazm Ciołek, houses icons and religious art from the 12th to the 18th centuries.

Day 3

Morning coach excursion to Wieliczka, known in the 11th century as ‘Magnum Sal’. For centuries its mines’ salt provided a third of the Polish state’s revenue. Explore this World Heritage Site’s vast subterranean halls and chapels, embellished with salt sculptures and illuminated by salt crystal chandeliers. Return to Krakow for lunch in Kazimierz just south of the Wawel. From its beginnings in the 14th century to the early 19th, Kazimierz was an independent royal city, but from c. 1500 it became a thriving ‘Oppidum Judaeorum’. A walk through its streets will take us back to our hotel.

Day 4

Morning walk to the Franciscan church whose eight Art Nouveau stained glass windows by Stanisław Wyspiański are among the most beautiful anywhere. Krakow’s university headquarters, the Collegium Maius, are nearby: its collections include a globe of 1510 — the first to delineate America. Return to the Cloth Hall whose upper floor halls house Polish art of the 19th century — the period of Polish Partitions between Habsburg Austria, the Russian Empire and Prussia. Free afternoon for independent visits.

Day 5

Our final visit will take us to the National Museum’s main building, now dedicated to applied arts from mediaeval silverware to Art Nouveau pewter and glass objects, and to Polish art of the 20th century. Our study of the latter will focus on Polish modernist art of ‘Młoda Polska’, c. 1890-1918, including trends of Neo-Romanticism, Symbolism, Impressionism and Art Nouveau. At midday coach transfer to Krakow airport for an early afternoon flight back to London Heathrow, scheduled to land at 3.45pm.

Please note that at this stage the programme is still provisional. Although we aim at the greatest degree of accuracy from the outset, some details, especially the order of visits, may be subject to change.


 

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This Art History Cultural Study Tour includes:

  • Scheduled return flights (Economy class) with British Airways between London Heathrow and Krakow
  • Transfers and excursions in Poland by private coach 
  • Four nights B&B in the centrally located four-star Hotel Amadeus (hotel-amadeus.pl/) — rooms are traditionally furnished in a ‘Rococo revival’ style— hotel restaurant, café and bar
  • Two dinners and two lunches
  • Guided visits to monuments and museums listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturer and a tour manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
  • Small group between 12 and 22 participants

Not Included:

  • Two dinners and three lunches
  • Transport between home and London Heathrow
  • Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to be covered by adequate travel insurance.

 

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The price of this tour is £1,510.00 per person, based on two people sharing.

Options available are: Double room for sole use supplement £230.00. The price of this tour without flights £1,360.00.

Deposit payable at the time of booking £200.00 per person.

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Stamina

Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:

This tour has a focus on museums and involves a lot of standing in exhibition spaces for prolonged periods, often without the possibility of a rest. A fair amount of walking on well-paved streets uphill and downstairs into the salt mines will also be involved. Coach journeys do not generally exceed one hour.

Please note that all our Study Tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps and inclines. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participents' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and / or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking.


 

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You can book on-line by going to the tour web page and clicking the "Book this tour" button, or download a tour booking form** or ring us on 01280 820521 or write to us - see our address details below. More information about the booking procedure can be found in the "Booking Procedure, Terms and Conditions" section below.

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

PROVISIONAL BOOKING

A provisional booking should be made by telephone or through our website. Once we have confirmed availability, we will hold your reservation for one week.

DEFINITE BOOKING

To make your booking definite, fill in our booking form. This must be signed by the person authorised by all persons named on the form to make the booking based on our terms and conditions. If you make a booking on behalf of others as well as yourself, we shall take it that you have the authority of each of those other people to enter into that contract and that you and they have agreed to be jointly and severally liable to us. You then need to send your completed and signed booking form to us together with the deposit specified in the tour description. This deposit is non-refundable unless we have to cancel the holiday in which case all money you have paid us for that tour will be refunded.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION

Once we have received these, a contract exists between you and Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd. We will then issue you a booking confirmation invoice. Please check this invoice carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies in any document within fifteen days of sending it out. If you are booking within eight weeks of the date of departure, full payment is required with your booking. The final balance is payable at the latest eight weeks before the tour. It is your responsibility to ensure that the full amount reaches us on time. If it doesn't, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all deposits paid or due at that date.

PAYMENT

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card (Maestro or Visa Debit cards - free of charge). We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard only), but these incur a 2% handling fee to contribute to the charges levied upon us by card companies. Please note that this handling fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.

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BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PRICE

A list of what is included in the price of a tour is given in each tour's description. The basic tour price is per person sharing a double room and includes VAT.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate holiday insurance, covering medical treatment, repatriation, loss of property and cancellation charges. We also recommend that you carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which can be obtained from the Department of Health.

AGE AND FITNESS

All our tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participants' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking. If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your study tour or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of your chosen study tour and/or making the booking.

In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your participation in our study tour develops after your booking has been confirmed. If we reasonably feel unable to accommodate properly the particular needs of the person concerned, we must reserve the right to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition/disability develops after booking, cancel when we become aware of these details. You further agree to accept the authority and decisions of Art Pursuits Abroad and our tour lecturer or manager whilst on your study tour. If in the opinion of any such person(s) your health endangers the safety or smooth running of the study tour we reserve the right to cancel your study tour or your participation in any part of it and shall have no further liability to you..

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

You must have a valid passport for all our tours. For most countries, this needs to be valid for six months beyond the dates of travel. Non-European nationals may have to obtain a visa. Visa requirements for British citizens on our tours outside Europe are stated in the individual tour description.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES BY YOU

If you have to cancel your booking, we will make a charge to offset costs incurred on your behalf. Charges vary according to the period of notice given. Up to 57 days before the tour the deposit is forfeited. Thereafter, a percentage of the total cost of the tour will be due:

  • Between 56 and 29 days: 40%
  • Between 28 and 15 days: 60%
  • Between 14 days and 3 days: 80%
  • Within 48 hours: 100%

We take as the day of cancellation that working day on which we receive written confirmation of your cancellation. Your travel insurance policy may cover you for at least some of your losses.

If you want to make a change after your initial booking, we shall endeavour to try to satisfy your requirements once we have received written confirmation from you, but we shall make a charge to reflect any cost involved in this.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES BY ART PURSUITS ABROAD LTD

We do our utmost to provide the tour programme as confirmed, but we reserve the right to modify or cancel the tour and any of its ingredients if unforeseen circumstances arise. If a programme change represents a significant loss to the tour, we will offer compensation. If you decide to cancel because the alternative offer were not acceptable, we will give a full refund. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour if there are insufficient bookings up to eight weeks before departure. If we have to cancel the tour, we will offer a full refund.

COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS

If something goes wrong, please inform a member of our staff as soon as possible. We will then endeavour to put things right quickly. If a problem cannot be resolved while on tour, you will need to send us a written report within 28 days of your return, giving full details of your complaint. We will then endeavour to agree a reasonable level of compensation, if appropriate. In the unlikely event that agreement cannot be reached, you may wish to take advantage of the independent dispute resolution scheme offered by AITO - details available on request.

YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION

In accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Limited.

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED AIR HOLIDAYS

We provide full financial protection for our package holidays, by way of our Air Travel Organiser's Licence (number 6436). When you buy an ATOL protected flight-inclusive holiday from us you receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and whom to contact if things go wrong.

We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we are unable to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED RAIL-BASED PACKAGES AND INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

In accordance with the Package Travel, Page Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited that do not include flights are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.

Consumer Aware: Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book with and pay directly to Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd. For further information see www.ipplondon.co.uk.

OUR LIABILITIES TO YOU

We accept responsibility for ensuring that all parts of the tour are supplied as described and that all services reach a reasonable standard. However, we shall not be liable for the failure or improper performance of these services where such failure or improper performance is attributable to the fault of the client, or the unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of an unconnected third party or to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our or our suppliers control. Our obligations and responsibilities shall also be limited where international conventions in respect of air carriers apply.

ENGLISH LAW

These conditions form part of your contract with Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd and are governed by English law. All proceedings shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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In accordance with The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Art Pursuits Limited.

 

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED AIR HOLIDAYS

Art Pursuits Abroad Limited air holidays are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 6436. All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

 

Art Pursuits air holidays and flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our Atol number is 6436.

FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED RAIL-BASED PACKAGES AND INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

In accordance with the Package Travel, Page Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Arts Pursuits Abroad Limited that do not include flights are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.

Consumer Aware: Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.  For further information see www.ipplondon.co.uk.

 

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OUR LIABILITIES TO YOU

We accept responsibility for ensuring that all parts of the tour are supplied as described and that all services reach a reasonable standard.  However, we shall not be liable for the failure or improper performance of these services where such failure or improper performance is attributable to the fault of the client, or the unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of an unconnected third party or to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our or our supplier’s control. Our obligations and responsibilities shall also be limited where international conventions in respect of air carriers apply.


 

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