PolishOrigins Galicia Tour
Experience the world your ancestors had to leave.
Based on our many years of experience in providing you genealogy tours, learning about your fascinations and witnessing your spontaneous reactions, we have developed the PolishOrigins Galicia Tour.
We want to show you traces of the old life which have survived the centuries and tell you stories about the life of your ancestors. We will also show you the present-day life in Poland in which you can still notice many signs of the older times, in authentic architecture and traditional customs, cherished by warm and open people in their everyday life.
Our goal is to enrich your understanding of your forefathers’ life. So many of these brave people had to leave their small villages in hope of ensuring a better life for themselves and their offspring. You probably know already a lot about them. You may have managed to collect copies of church records of your grandparents. Perhaps you have read history book about your grandfather?s village. Or maybe you even remember family stories told by your grandma when you were a child.
But visiting their Old Country gives you something more meaningful and moving.
This is experiencing it deeply by being here, seeing, touching, tasting, breathing and talking about all of it.
Itinerary of PolishOrigins Galicia Tour
Day 1. Arrival at the Rzeszów Airport. We will meet you there and provide airport pickup between 12.00 PM (noon) and 6.00 PM and take to the hotel in the countryside. After a little rest you willl be invited to a horse carriage ride with beautiful nature and mountains views. In the evening you will be invited to a dinner with real, natural Polish country food (which will accompany your throuought the whole tour). Read more about how you can fly directly to Rzeszow and about the place where we will be staying ‘Janczar’.
Day 2. The 2nd day is dedicated to the very old, historic town of Sanok. We will visit a famous ethnographic open-air museum where you will see the rural architecture of the region and the representation of a 19th century Galicia town. We will have everything explained by a guide. After museum we will go to the old town in Sanok. In the late afternoon on our way back we will have dinner in an old manor house. Read and see more…
Day 3. This is the Polish nobility day. First, we will visit Łańcut Castle constructed in the style of a grand aristocratic palace-residence. Next, we will go to a museum of nobility culture located in an old manor house. In the afternoon we will come back for the last night in this hotel and have dinner with attractions. Read and see more…
Day 4. After breakfast we will leave the hotel and head for the Tatra mountains. En route we will visit Carpathian Troy or Magura National Park Museum (depending on the group preferences). Our route to Podhale region will lead through places with many traces of Galicia history: Biecz – Łużna (cemetery from the WWI) – Bobowa (Jewish culture traces, bobbin lace handicraft) – lunch in spa in Krynica – ride through Slovakia and we will reach our hotel in the evening. Read and see more about:
Magura National Park
Day 5. Tatra Mountains and Zakopane day. We will travel up to Gubalowka mountain by trail carriages, visit Tatra Museum, visit the old cemetery in which almost all tombs are unique works of art, made ??of wood, metal or stone. You will have free time and a great opportunity to do shopping in the outdoor market. In the late afternoon we will have dinner in one of the Zakopane restaurants with live Gorals band music. Read and see more…
Day 6. Niedzica and Czorsztyn. We will visit Dunajec Castle, an important centre of Polish-Hungarian relations since the 14th century. Next, we will take you to a boat or a raft on Czorsztyn lake. We will have dinner in the hotel. Read and see more…
Day 7. Krakow. After breakfast we will leave for Krakow. We will stay in a hotel in a walking distance to the old town. As you know, there are plenty of places to see in Krakow. For all the most important and interesting places we will hire licensed Krakow guides. Read and see more…
Day 8. Wieliczka Salt Mines. This day you will see wonderful underground world of salt chambers and sculptures. Dinner in one of the charming old town restaurants in Krakow. Read and see more…
Day 9. Krakow. Continuation of visiting Krakow attractions. For those of you who are willing to see Concentration Camp Museum in Auschwitz we will organize tour there. Free time in Krakow. In the evening we will have farewell dinner.
Day 10. After last common breakfast in the hotel we will transfer you to the Krakow Airport. For people interested in flying back from Rzeszow we can organize travel to the Rzeszow Airport. More…
Our Tour here.
Unlike traditional tours, we are not going to visit too many places in a short amount of time. We will also not spend too much time on the road. Instead, we will give you time to immerse yourself deeper in the atmosphere of the country and give you the chance to better understand the stories behind the places we will be visiting. We will invite knowleadgable people who will share with you the history and traditions of the area. Also, because you will be spending time with people who have similar genealogy interests, you will have the opportunity of sharing your family research adventures with others on the Tour.
Throughout the whole Tour you will be accompanied by, at least one, of our licensed tour guides who will do everything to create a comfortable atmosphere and reply to all the questions you may have about organization of the trip as well as Polish history. In all the places with attractions we will have hired specialized guides.
Bonus: At any time during the Tour you will have the opportunity of consulting with our experienced experts ask their advice about direction your genealogy research should take to overcome “brick walls” you might run into.
We will stay in high standard hotels in twin bed rooms in the countryside with picteresque views and many attractions and activities like horse carriage rides, campfires or spa treatments, and we will also stay in a hotel in historic Krakow, in the Old Town.
To learn even more formal and practical details open this pdf document: Galicia Tour Booklet.
Total cost of PO Galicia Tour is 5900 Polish zlotys. (We operate in Poland as a licensed Polish business entity and we accept payments in Polish zlotys (PLN). For you to have an orientation about value of your payment in US$ click here to check current average currency exchange rate between US Dollar and Polish zloty USD/PLN. This is an average currency exchange rate and it is usually distorted by commissions charged by all the financial intermediary institutions (so-called spread between currency buy and sell rates)).
If you are a returning Forefathers Traces Tours client, you are entitled to a 10% discount (600 PLN).
Tour cost includes: accommodations in first class hotels with private bath or shower, two meals daily: breakfast, lunch or dinner, transportation between cities by air-conditioned, comfortable mini bus, sightseeing tours as specified in the tour itinerary, baggage handling of one suitcase per person, services of an English speaking guide throughout the whole Tour, hotel taxes and service charges, transfers on arrival and departure from and to the airports.
Not included in the tour cost are: items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, gratuity to guides and drivers, air transportation to and from Poland.
Here are planned dates for PO Galicia Tours for 2013:
- May 6 – 15, 2013 (reservations closed)
- June 2 -11, 2013
- July 15 – 24, 2013
- September 1-10, 2013
- October 6-15, 2013
For reservation make a deposit of 500 Polish zlotys and provide your chosen dates by filling the reservation form:
The remaining amount of payment is due 32 days before planned date of starting the Tour.
IMPORTANT: If a tour has less than 6 persons who have made reservations 35 days before planned date of starting the Tour, we reserve the right to cancel the whole Tour. In that case all deposits for that Tour date will be refunded.
We invite you to contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +48 602 842 168 (6.00 AM – 4.00 PM EST).
Check also http://galicia.polishorigins.com for future updates in the PO Galicia Tour offer.
Zenon & PolishOrigins Team