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Visit the model of Soviet social planning
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Explore the artists’ hangout of Zakopane
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Dialogue with local scholars
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Browse the oldest bookshop in Europe
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Experience Krakow’s Jewish traditions

Kraków: Face to Face with Poland's Creatives

Come with us to explore in-depth one of Eastern Europe's loveliest cities where an almost mythical atmosphere permeates its attractive streets and squares.  We'll be getting to know the city through the eyes of its poets and writers, guided by our expert study leader's witty and insightful commentary.

Our primary base will be Kraków, home to one of the oldest universities in the world and the cradle of Polish modernism. We will take part in the Miłosz Festival of Literature and, in addition to discussing the works of some of Poland’s extraordinary poets, we will discover other cultural contributors to Polish modernism – painting, philosophy, theatre, literary cabarets, opera, and the revival of a vibrant Jewish culture.

We will visit Nowa (“Nova”) Huta, one of only two pre- planned socialist realist cities ever built, a Soviet attempt to create an in-your-face proletarian opponent to intellectual, artsy-fartsy, fairytale Kraków, and arguably one of the finest examples of deliberate social engineering in the world. We will spend several days in Zakopane, Poland’s leading mountain resort. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, members of Poland’s intellectual elite decamped here. Writers, poets, painters, and architects have gathered here for a hundred years.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Poland | 9 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Jun 07-15, 2017
Cost:
US$3495
Group Size:
Limited to 14 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers at destination if travelling on group flights, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, meals as specified in the itinerary, transportation by private coach, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all entrance fees, books and readings, fully escorted. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$225.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Kraków, take it in
Day 2: Wawel Royal Castle, Gothic Cathedral, Matras bookshop
Day 3: The Miłosz Festival
Day 4: Speaker from the Jagiellonian University Sociology department, Podgorze
Day 5: The socialist reality city of Nowa Huta
Day 6: Drive to Zakopane, haven for artists
Day 7: Enjoying the countryside
Day 8: Drive back to Kraków, scenic Dunajec River cruise
Day 9: Depart Kraków
Optional extension: Warsaw and Vienna
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Your Tour Leaders

Born and raised in Poland, Dr. Łukasz Wodzyński received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. He currently teaches courses in Polish and Russian languages at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. His research interests include the culture of European modernism, particularly in Poland and Russia, as well as studies on popular literature.

Ann is the founder of Toronto’s famed ‘summer camp for intellectuals’, Toronto Pursuits. She also leads literary adventures around the world breathing life into literature and art, taking readers beyond the surface to understand both the people and the culture.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Poland | 9 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Jun 07-15, 2017
Cost:
US$3495
Group Size:
Limited to 14 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers at destination if travelling on group flights, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, meals as specified in the itinerary, transportation by private coach, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all entrance fees, books and readings, fully escorted. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$225.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Kraków reveals a harmonious blend of past and present."

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