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Cistercian Route

Welcome Tourist study-tour, illustrating the religious expansion of medieval Cistercian order and bishops of Leubus Land in Eastern Europe, through the presentation of the oldest surviving monuments of Romanesque architecture in the central and southern Poland. In addition, many places associated with the newer Polish history and culture. Original program of the Association of Historians of the Mark Brandenburg from Berlin. It starts in Konin, but it may well begin in any other city.



Day 1

Arrival in Konin. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 2

Departure by coach to Sulejow. Visiting the former Cistercian abbey. Church of the Holy Thomas of 1177 and the monastery with its Gothic cloister and chapter house. Lunch in a converted for tourism, "Podklasztorze". Drive to Opatow , who from 1237 years belonged to the Leubus bishops. Walking the collegiate church. St. Martin of the twelfth century and continued traveling to Sandomierz. Visiting the Old Town with the market and town hall, the Dlugosz House and Birth of the Virgin cathedral basilica. Walk underground tourist route and entrance to the Opatowska Tower. Drive to visit Leszczynski family castle in Baranow Sandomierski, called "Little Wawel". Drive to Rzeszow for overnight. Dinner on the way.


Day 3

Departure for Lancut and visit the palace, park and coach museum. Lunch in Lancut. Drive to and tour of the bunker in Stepiny village, which during the World War II was the point of command of the German army attacking the Soviet Union. Walking tour from Stepiny to Frysztak by Czarnorzecko-Strzyzowski Nature Park. Transfer to Krosno for dinner and overnight.


Day 4

Explore the city and the Regional Museum with its beautiful collection of the oil lamps. Transfer to Tarnow and visit the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the historic Town Hall, the Cathedral Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with tombstone sculptures of Ostrogski and Tarnowski family and the remnants of ancient Jewish mikvah in the Moorish style. Lunch at the Roma Restaurant, one of the few of its kind in Europe. Transfer to Debno and visiting the castle of the fifteenth century. Continuing to travel and sightseeing The Tourist Route in famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, unique attractions since 1978 appearing on the list of World Cultural Heritage UNESCO. Dinner in the underground restaurant and ride to Krakow for overnight.


Day 5

Visiting Krakow. Barbican, Royal Road, Market Square, Cloth Hall, the oldest part of the Jagiellonian University Collegium Maius, St. Mary's Church with an altar by Veit Stoss, Wawel Hill with the royal castle and cathedral. After lunch cruise on the Vistula River and visit the former Jewish district Kazimierz and the area on which during World War II was Krakow’s ghetto. Visiting museum at the former factory of Oskar Schindler. Dinner in Kazimierz, the live concert of klezmer music.


Day 6

Departure from Krakow to Miechow. Visiting the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, the world's second temple, which received this title. Here, in 1136 after the Second Crusade knight Griffin Jaksa brought the monks of the Order of Canons Guardian Sepulchre of Christ. The next step is to travel and explore Jedrzejow Poland's first Cistercian abbey in the twelfth century, which is a branch of the Burgundian monastery with a church Marimond of Holy Trinity and the tomb of the famous Polish chronicler Kadlubek. After visiting the famous Clock Museum drive for lunch in Zloty Potok. Continue ride to Konin. Here end of the tour in train station.