Historic Wroclaw & The Berlin Philharmonic; 17 February 2019

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Discover the medieval fairy tale city of Wroclaw on this enthralling journey and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people.  With its cobbled streets, Gothic spires and rich cultural history, the stunning city of Wroclaw is perfect for a winter getaway.  Must-see sights in this grand city include the historic Old Town with stunning architecture and the large market square. See this charming city Attend the performance by the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the Wroclaw’s National Forum of Music.

 

Inclusions

Price includes:

  • Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes
  • Four nights in the 4* Qubus Hotel with breakfast
  • Three evening meals
  • ‘Highlights of Wroclaw’ sightseeing tour by coach; visit the Cathedral, Aula Leopoldina and Centennial Hall
  • Excursion to Swidnica - visit the Church of Peace, KsiazCastle and take a walking tour in Walbrzych
  • Category 1 ticket for the performance by the Berlin Philharmonics in the National Forum of Music
  • Free time for independent sightseeing
  • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a flight to Wroclaw. Flight departs Dublin at 19:10 and arrives into Wroclaw airport at 22:45.  (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

On arrival in Wroclaw, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* Qubus Hotel where you are booked for four nights on a bed & breakfast basis.  

Your hotel: The 4* Qubus Hotel, Wroclaw

The 4* Qubus Hotel, Wroclaw is well located just 150 m from the Main Market Square in Wrocła, one kilometre from the beautiful Wrocław Cathedral and just 700 m from the famous Racławice Panorama. All rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite TV and minibar. Breakfast in included daily.  The hotel restaurant specialises in both Polish and European dishes, as well as excellent coffees and wines to help you relax after a day sightseeing.

 

Day 2

After breakfast, depart on your guided city tour to explore the picturesque town of Wroclaw hearing about Wroclaw's history and architecture dating back to the medieval ages.

Wroclaw is a true Pearl of Lower Silesia, a city where the Germanic and Slavonic cultures interchange and a city with a plethora of historical buildings, cobble-stoned lanes and vibrantly coloured buildings.

Marvel at the Gothic Town Hall, one of the most beautiful old town halls in Poland, with elements of early renaissance style. Visit the Cathedral of St.John The Baptist, Leopoldin’s, Auditorium and the Centennial Hall. See the heart of Wrocław's medieval market square (Rynek), which many say is the most beautiful in Europe. Next stop is the Ostrów Tumski island, where the first Wroclaw church was built and which has retained its role as the seat of the church authorities.  Ostrów Tumski is the oldest part of the city of Wrocław.  It’s 13th century main market square features the Old Town Hall. In the north-west corner of the market square stands St. Elisabeth's Church.

Discover Aula Leopoldinum, Wroclaw’s famous university.  It’s name derives from its founder - the emperor Leopold I.  Designed by the famous Italian architect - Christophorus Tausch, the interior is divided into three parts: podium, auditorium and musical matroneum.

Afternoon at leisure for independent exploration.

Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3

Free day at leisure to explore Wroclaw.

Dinner will be served in a local restaurant and afterward transfer to the National Forum of Music for the evening performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (with category 1 tickets).

Performance start time 19:00

National Forum of Music

Berliner Philharmoniker

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - conductor

Claude Debussy

La Mer

Sergei Prokofiev

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, op. 100

Coach transfer back to the hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 4

Full day excursion to Swidnica; visit the Church of Peace, Ksiaz Castle and take a walking tour in Walbrzych.

Visit Swidnica, the birthplace of World War I air force legend Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the “Red Baron. Marvel at the stunning Church of Peace in Swidnica, taking a rightful place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The church was built in the form of a Greek cross, and when completed it was the largest wooden church in Europe.  It can accommodate 7500 worshippers and is well known for its excellent acoustics.  The interior of this church is simply stunning, with a number of private boxes for the wealthy. The church’s altar, added in 1752 to mark the centenary of the emperor granting permission for the church’s construction, is one of the finest in Poland and perhaps the most impressive of all protestant altars anywhere in Europe. It is the work of August Gottfried Hoffmann, a Dresden sculptor who had settled in Świdnica, and its central scene depicts the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan with the Holy Spirit watching from above. Statues of Moses and Aaron flank the scene. The church’s working Baroque organ, installed in 1666, is original.

Ad part of today’s excursion, we visit the magnificent Ksiaz Castle and learn about its history.  It is the third largest castle in Poland, and often referred to as “The Pearl of Lower Silesia”. The castle boasts many different architectural styles. Its chambers once hosted distinguished guests, such as John Quincy Adams, Winston Churchill, and the emperors of both Germany and Russia. The original castle was built on a rock cliff surrounded by the forest in the 13th century, and it was reconstructed in the 18th century. Follow the tracks of the Hochberg's through the Baroque salons, along the rock of fortune, onto the terraces, and into a tunnel. Nazi Germans built the tunnel 15 m (49 ft) under the castle during World War II. The castle also houses an art gallery, two restaurants, and three hotels. Additional attractions include the entrance to the castle tower, castle stables, coach house, tomb chapel, and indoor arena built entirely of larchwood without any nails.

On our return to Wroclaw, dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 5

Today, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight.  Flight departs Wroclaw at 16:55 and arrives Dublin 18:45 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

Extra Information

Booking Information

Booking Deposit

Booking deposit is €350pp.  Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date.  No credit card charge on deposit payments 

Luggage

One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel.

Passport

It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact IFC should you have any queries regarding your passport.

Travel Insurance

IFC strongly recommends travel insurance and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check.

Performance information

Please note that this tour offer is based on The Berlin Philharmonics. This tour is based on the venue performance and not the conductor. Please note that artists/conductor can change at the venues discretion. The Philharmonic reserves the right to change the advertised arrangements of any performance in the event of illness or any cause beyond their control. This includes non-appearance of any named artist/orchestra. IFC have no control over performing artists and will substitute the performance should any changes out of our control be advised by the local venue.

Flight and tour timings are subject to change

  Cost per person: €979pp
  Number of nights: 4
  Dates available: Departure: 17 February 2019

Single Supplement €199

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