September 5 - 13, 2020

Celebrity Instructor:
Bonnie Hunter
Bonnie Hunter

Package Price:
$3,674.00 | Air from the USA

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip International airfare from the United States to Poland.
  • All taxes and roundtrip transfers to and from hotel.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First class hotel accommodations.
  • Breakfast daily, some dinners and lunches.
  • Panoramic city tours in Warsaw and Krakow.
  • A professional guide throughout the tour.
  • Participating in craft workshops with Bonnie Hunter.
  • Visit to the salt mines of Zakopane.
  • Traveling by coach through the beautiful Polish countryside.
  • Sightseeing to unique and fascinating destinations in Poland.
  • Optional tour to see Auchwitz Concentration Camp.
  • A visit to the "painted village" of Zalipie.
  • An opportunity to participate in an authentic Polish cooking lesson.
  • Great shopping in local markets and specialty shops.
  • A visit to the open-air museum with an opportunity to participate in a folk art workshop.
  • Professional Craftours tour escort the entire time.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and commemorative gift.

POLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Warsaw Warsaw
Once believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it was left in ruins after World War II. Now Warsaw has become one of Europe's most dynamic metropolitan cities, ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Europe. It has also become a major international tourist destination, along with an important hub for culture, politics and economy. There are many things to enjoy in this beautiful city from it's parks, Old Town, the iconic Market Square, the sounds of Frédéric Chopin, palaces and the amazing history of the Jewish culture and history that resonates through time.
Krakow Krakow
Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and also one of the oldest, the city dates back to the 7th century. Traditionally Krakow is one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life, also an important economic hub. This once capital of Poland was named the European Capital of Culture in 2000, and as such is a major attraction for tourists. The Old Town district alone is home to about six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art. The most popular landmarks include the Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, Wawel Castle, and the National Art Museum which is just one of the over 25 museums and public art galleries throughout the city. Luckily Krakow escaped from most of the destruction that many other parts of Poland suffed in the 20th century wars. Because of this, the rich history of Krakow can be seen today and provides a showcase for it' historic styles of architecture which are easily recognizable throughout the city as you travel outward from the center.
Lowicz Lowicz
Lowicz is one of the oldest towns in Poland, first mentioned as early as 1136 in historical texts. Lowicz boasts the only market square in Poland, and only one of three in Europe to be in the shape of a triangle. One thing not to be missed while visiting is the Cathedral Basilica with it's splendid organs along with treasury and library. Throughout this small town there are nearly one hundred objects included in the national register of monuments. The folk costumes of Lowicz are considered the most beautiful in Poland, for women it is decorated with colorful embroidery, usually of roses and other small flowers surrounded by leaves and a scarf as a headdress. Lowicz is also popular for it's paper cutting craft, Wycinanki. This art form can take on various shapes of stars, circles, trees, rosettes, lilies, and more.
Zalipie Zalipie, The Painted Village
A small ancient village in South-Eastern Poland, Zalipie, is one of the country's most beautiful attractions. This is due to its small wooden cottages, which are painted in the most vibrant colors. This lovely tradition started with more than a century ago, when every single female resident in Zalipie begun to paint her home with floral motives, as she wanted to cover up some particular faults. Zalipie can be seen as a massive painting, full of color, life and history. The whole village is painted. Even the dog's cages or old fountains, not to mention fences, windows and interior walls.
Istebna Istebna
Istebna is a village in southern Poland, near the borders of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This quaint town boasts the largest piece of world made by five women over the course of 5 months, consisting of over 50km of thread, eight throusand motifs, and weighing over 5kg. This impressive piece of art is over five meters in diameter.

WEATHER
September signals the official start of the beautiful autumn season in Krakow, with pleasant temperatures and falling rainfall amounts. The area sees an average daily temperature of 14°C (about 57°F), a fantastic temperature for getting out and exploring this area in the south of Poland. The lows start dropping, reaching an average of 9°C (around 48°F) and the highs get up to 19°C (about 66°F), still very pleasant for Eastern Europe this time of year. It's a good idea to check the local forecast each morning before you head out for the day, as the weather in early autumn can be somewhat unpredictable and change quickly. This assures you'll be prepared no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. For current weather click here.

CURRENCY
The zloty, which literally means "golden", is the currency of Poland. Click here for a currency converter.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST ARTS & CRAFTS TRIPS:

Roxanne Jueckstock, Peoria, AZ - "Enjoyed learning "native" art forms from a local artisan."
Kathy Paye, Tucson, AZ - "I enjoyed myself immensely both doing the classes and learning about the history of the art."
Yael Hellman, Beverly Hills, CA - "The trip to China was amazing. The arts and crafts workshops were informative and fun. The sightseeing fabulous. I have been on many international trips and this was organized, professional, and well thought out. The accommodations were top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend CraftTours to friends and family."
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Sharon Margiotta, Pheonix, AZ - "Jim does an excellent job of providing a great trip at a great value! Overall, my experience was excellent .... a good balance of scheduled time and free time. Really enjoyed it!"
Deborah Parrish, Tucson, AZ - "This was my first Craftour and I loved it!!"
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Bernadette Phelan, Ocala, FL - "This tour was so much more than I expected!"
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Steve Morris, Chillicothe, IL - "China trip was well organized, staffed, and executed. Craftours guides as well as Chinese support/interpreters did an excellent job of assisting guests and helping us understand Chinese culture and history. Originally thought I didn't want to do any crafts. But did do the clay figurines and enjoyed the class. Trip was a good value."
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Arthur Maley, Rochester, MN - "Thanks for a wonderfully organized & enjoyable trip."
Ann Vix, Nashville, TN - "I just finished my third tour with Craftours - I've done Japan, India, and China, and they've all been fabulous. I've been doing handwork and crafts since I was a small child. I don't really specialize in anything - I quilt, sew and bead as the inclination takes me. I love art and history. China was a great tour of a great and very BIG country. It wiped me out physically but it was worth it. I really trust your company to take care of me and you did not let me down. The hotels are great and guides were with us every step of the way, including airports and customs. I really appreciate that."
Pat Christenson, Kirkland, WA - "The Arts and Crafts Expedition to China was an unforgettable experience."
Lois Adams, Trinity, FL - "The excursions were amazing."
Barbara Larson, Chaska, MN - "The crafts we learned were pretty cool. I have never heard of the bottle painting. It was fun to try out new crafts. The trip to the Great Wall and Tiananmen square was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing the Terra Cotta warriors. That was a great trip. The Yangtze river cruise was relaxing with some interesting side excursions. Then seeing pandas at the zoo was a highlight as well! We were fed well on this trip. Sometimes too well, I think. The food selections and choices were sometimes too much, but it was all good!"
Sara Borr, Norristown, PA - "A trip of a life time. We visited so many wonderful places of importance to China. Took are of several items on my "Bucket List". A very physical trip, lots of walking and hundreds of steps. Not for those who are physically challenged."
Deborah Torri, Morris, IL - "This tour was a phenomenal trip through the most important and exciting parts of China! It was extremely well organized and creative in all the venues we experienced from The Great Wall to a tea sampling experience! We could not have asked for more!"
Therese Whitt, Rotonda West, FL - "The trip was truly memorable. The arts and crafts were enjoyable."
Suzanne Doonan, Malvern, PA - "I enjoyed the craft experience, both the instruction and the many examples available in the markets. The interpreters shared their life experiences and answered questions that helped me appreciate Chinese culture. The trip to Central China provided exposure to the agrarian vs urban experience."
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Louise Chiosso, Hemet, CA - "Tour was great!"
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Gwen Lafleur, South Jordan, UT - "The tour was well put together, as always, with great accommodations, and a nice selection of local crafts and tourist activities."
Suzanne Neilson, Toronto, ON - "I enjoyed learning about the wonderful arts and crafts of India, the accommodations were excellent. Our local guides, Govind Agrawal and Harshul Kothari were excellent, always helpful and knowledgeable about local customs and history."
Zoe Morning, Wausau, WI - "Very informative!"
Debbie McInnes, Niagra Falls, ON - "A great trip with lots of craft workshops and great excursions!"
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Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - "The overall trip was amazing!"
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - "I enjoyed the opportunity to go to India for a very reasonable price."
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Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "Great trip! Mary Ellen was very helpful and assertive when getting to where we needed to be. And especially in helping me during my first experience with heat exhaustion! She made sure I was safe & got me water & sugar while the rest of the tour was able to continue with Govind! And Govind answered all our questions and gave us the opportunity to experience local customs we otherwise would not have experienced! Thank you so much!"
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