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Three interesting tours are foreseen just after the Symposium, 5, 3, or 2 days depending on the place. The detailed programme, cost and the way of registration are just available. For more information click here: www.eco-tours.pl. Please send any questions refering to tours organization to the Tourist Office directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now you are encouraged to see the overview about our proposals and the preliminary schedules.
Tour co-ordinators: Idalia Kasprzyk and Wojciech Dyga.
We would like to encourage you to visit the Bieszczady Mountains (eastern part of the Carpathians) where Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine meet. The place is called the Polish Wild East. We cannot promise you will find a bear, lynx or wolf here but the chances are it will succeed, because this region is one of the valuable refuges of the forest fauna. We will guide you to see beaver lodges, aurochs refuges, deer rutting grounds, old beech forest, vast open space and unforgettable scenery. The highest summit of the Bieszczady Mountains is Tarnica (1346 m a.s.l.). However, the most beautiful scenery you will find at lower altitudes covered by the characteristic for the Bieszczady Mountains community of grasses and thickets. Touristic tracks are of different range of difficulty. You can hike for the whole day and spend the night in the montane shelter home or to choose a shorter track and come back to the hotel.
In this region history and the present time are mixed. We can see deserted villages, demolished cottages, cemeteries, gorgeous Orthodox Churches, wild orchards and also modern hotels and health resorts.
A great attraction for tourists is a narrow-gauge railway which came into being before the World War I and also the Museum of Natural Sciences placed in the National Park of the Bieszczady Mountains.
Autumn is the best time to visit the Bieszczady Mountains. Few tourists, sunny warm days and colourful leaves make this place enchanting.
8 - 12 Sept 2012
Excursion recommended for people, who like hiking and prefer contact with the wild nature instead of crowded famous touristic places. Touristic tracks are of different difficulty, but for Symposium participants the less advanced paths are planned.
Tourist clothes with hiking boots, jackets, sweaters and raincoat are obligatory.
1) 8th of Sept - Saturday
Departure from Krakow early morning, visit in the Iwonicz Spa with walking around the town centre and park, lunch, arrival at Ustrzyki Górne in the heart of Bieszczady's National Park, regional dinner.
2) 9th of Sept - Sunday
Breakfast, a ride by a narrow-gauge railway through the National Park, the guided walk along the touristic trail from Przełęcz Wyżna to Wetlina (1230 m a.s.l), return to the hotel, dinner.
3) 10th of Sept - Monday
Breakfast, the guided walk along the touristic path to Szeroki Wierch and Tarnica (1346 m a.s.l.), the highest peak in the Bieszczady Mountains, return to the hotel, dinner.
4) 11th of Sept - Tuesday
Breakfast, visit at the Museum of the Bieszczady's National Park, meeting with workers and scientists, visit in some nature reserves, lunch after the return, departure to Rzeszów, dinner.
5) 12th of Sept - Wednesday
Breakfast, visit in the Łańcut Castle Museum and the Orchid House (the biggest in Europe), regional lunch, (possibility of departure from the Rzeszow Airport, about 2 p.m.), arrival at the Balice Airport (Krakow) about 5 p.m., departure to the Krakow centre.
ZAKOPANE AND PIENINY
Tour co-ordinators: Agnieszka Grinn-Gofroń and Agnieszka Strzelczak.
The city of Zakopane is 400 years old. It was founded at the end of 16th and the beginning of 17th centuries as the farmer and shepherd' settlement. Situated in the south of Poland at the foot of the Tatra mountains, which are the most beautiful and the only Alpine-like mountain range in the country, Zakopane is the highest located city in Poland and only a two hour drive from Cracow. The city has long been regarded as the winter capital of Poland, and also as the tourist capital of the country. The Tatra mountains, hills of the Podhale area, and the city itself are ideal places for strolls and hikes. Walking around the city one can find numerous monuments and other places of historical importance. Zakopane offers what visitors will not find anywhere else: gorgeous nature, rich folklore, original culture. Perfect conditions for relaxation and, above all a full range of sports in summer and winter.
8 - 10 Sept 2012
Excursion recommended for people preferring not to much tiring mountain walks, and who like to spend time in the Polish highest mountains of Alpine scenery. The free time for walking around the Zakopane city, buying regional souvenirs and immersing into the atmosphere of the most famous Polish mountains Spa is provided.
Tourist clothes with hiking boots, jackets, sweaters and raincoat should be taken.
1) 8th of Sept - Saturday
Departure from Krakow early morning, excursion to Lake Morskie Oko, in the most scenic part of the High Tatra Mountains, dinner in the montane shelter, hiking to Lake Czarny Staw, arrival at Zakopane, 'posiad goralski', an opportunity to experience ethnic food and liqueurs.
2) 9th of Sept - Sunday
Breakfast, transport by cableway from Zakopane to the peak of Kasprowy Wierch (1955 m), walk along an exhilarating ridge path, Czerwone Wierchy, before descending through Koscieliska Valley, perhaps the finest of the many spectacular Western Tatra valleys, dinner in pension.
3) 10th of Sept - Monday
Breakfast, transfer from Zakopane to the Pieniny Mountains, a raft trip on the River Dunajec, which flows through Pieniny via a spectacular gorge, dinner and free time in Szczawnica, a health resort in Pieniny, transfer to Kraków via Balice airport (about 5 p. m.)
Tour co-ordinators: Anna Bogdali and Kamil Kulpiński.
The Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (also known as the Polish Jura or the Jurassic Country) is a region of diverse natural and cultural landscapes. The area is hilly, with many limestone cliffs, valleys and caves. The most famous naturally formed free rock is Maczuga Herkulesa – Herculo’s Club. Forests on hills are dominated by beech trees, while the lower parts are mostly sandy with pine forests. Diversity of landscape contributes to rich and unique flora.
At the hill tops one can see many castles, originating from the Middle Ages and abandoned later, nowadays preserved mostly as scenic ruins. The renaissance Castle in Pieskowa Skała and the ruins of the medieval fortress in Ojców are especially worth visiting. There are also other monuments, including ones connected to the Jewish People who used to live in this area for centuries. Traditional occupations, i.e. shepherding, are also being revitalized in the area.
The only desert, Błędowska, in Poland is called Polish Sahara. The Błędowska Sands are the largest (in Central Europe) accumulation of loose sand away from any sea, deposited thousands of years ago by a melting glacier. Although it has become partially overgrown, it is still worth seeing.
8 - 9 Sept 2012
The short weekend trip around the Polish Jura is recommended for people who would like to spend a little more time in the vicinity of Krakow, to find out more about our history, see scenic landscapes and to rest after the Symposium.
Tourist clothes with comfortable shoes are suggested.
1) 8th Sept - Saturday
Transport from Krakow to Ojców, stop at the Church on the Water, guided tour of the renaissance Castle in Pieskowa Skała, lunch, arrival at the Błędowska Sands and short walking through Polish Sahara, departure to the hotel, possible exploration of one of the famous caves, dinner.
2) 9th Sept - Sunday
Breakfast, visit in two castles in Bobolice and Mirów, short visit in Żarki, connected to the Jewish People history living in this region, coffee break, departure to Podzamcze, lunch, visit in the Ogrodzieniec Castle and participation in knight's performance, transfer to Kraków via Balice airport (about 7 p. m.)
The photos by: Grinn-Gofroń Agnieszka, Grinn Grzegorz, Kulpiński Paweł, Magierski Marcin.