In the Footsteps of Fryderyk Chopin and his Music


( 8 days/7 nights )

WARSAW (3) with Zelazowa Wola, Brochow, Sanniki – Antonin – WROCLAW ( 2 ) – Duszniki Zdroj – TORUN (1) – Szafarnia – WARSAW (1)


Day 1 – WARSAW

  • Arrival Warsaw at F.Chopin airport, transfer to the hotel with the panoramic drive thru Warsaw
  • In the afternoon Chopin Piano recital at one of the palaces in Royal Lazienki Park ( Palace on the Water, Myslewicki Palace, New Orangery ) or Szustra Mansion with sparkling wine during the intermission
  • Overnight in Warsaw


Day 2 – WARSAW

  • After breakfast half day sightseeing of Warsaw with places connected to Chopin including Old Town with Barbican Walls, Castle Square with Royal Castle, drive along Royal Route from Old Town to Belvedere Palace and Lazienki Palace and Park with Chopin monument where open-air concerts are held every Sunday from May to September. Entrance to Holy Cross Church where Chopin’s heart is buried and Chopin’s family salon where he lived for a couple of years ( now a part of Academy of Fine Arts ). See Kazimierzowski Palace at Warsaw University – with a Chopin’s memorable plaque on the building he lived during his stay in Warsaw. Visit National Philharmonic Hall where famous International Chopin Piano Competitions are held every 5 years. Entrance to Ostrogski Palace – the site of Chopin’s museum and institute presenting approx. 7000 objects : Chopin’s manuscripts, correspondence, personal mementos , paintings and portraits. In 2010 the museum opened a new multimedia exhibition, based on the concept of ‘open museum’ – visitors are free to choose the order of sightseeing.
  • Coffee break at Honoratka cafe where Chopin used to meet his friends
  • Afternoon visit to Powazki Cemetery to see tombstones of Chopin’s family members (parents and sister) and Chopin’s teachers: Wojciech Zywny and Jozef Elsner.
  • Overnight in Warsaw


Day 3 – WARSAW – Zelazowa Wola – Brochow – Sanniki – WARSAW ( 240 km )

  • After breakfast drive thru Kampinos forest and Mazovia landscape to Zelazowa Wola . Entrance to Chopin Museum – manor house – the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin and walk in a beautiful park on Utrata River. Then visit to a near-by Brochow to see Gothic parish Roch Church where F. Chopin was baptized in April 1810 and his parents were married. On Sundays from May till September the possibility to listen to an open-air Chopin live piano concerts in Zelazowa Wola’s park or arrange a private concert in the manor house.
  • Continue to Sanniki where in 1828 Chopin used to stay for holidays with his schoolmates at Pruszak family palace ( now European Artistic Centre and Chopin museum ), making music, playing and strolling in the surrounding park. Konstanty Pruszak was Chopin’s schoolmate.
  • Optional visit in Lowicz known from the folk costumes , colorful religious processions and characteristic paper cutting. Visit local museum – heritage park.
  • Overnight in Warsaw


Day 4 – WARSAW – Antonin – WROCLAW ( 360 km )

  • After breakfast departure for Wroclaw.
  • En route stop in Antonin to visit Antonin hunting palace from 19th , where Chopin stayed twice on duke Radziwill invitation; now a museum dedicated to the composer. Chopin composed there his Polonaise in C major op. 3.
  • Sightseeing of Wroclaw ( which young composer visited probably four times during his journeys to spas of Lower Silesia ) including Old Town
  • Overnight in Wrocław.


Day 5 – WROCLAW – Duszniki Zdroj – WROCLAW ( 220 km )

  • full day excursion to Duszniki Zdroj in Sudety Mountains, the famous spa and a place where the International Chopin Festival takes place annually. Chopin spent his summer holidays in Duszniki in 1826 and gave a charity concert . Entrance to the local mansion – museum, stroll in the spa-park with Chopin’s monument, drinking a curative mineral water ‘Pieniawa Chopina’
  • Optional – visit to a Papermaking museum in Duszniki Zdroj
  • Return to Wrocław, overnight


Day 6 – WROCLAW – TORUN ( 360 km )

  • After breakfast departure for Torun
  • After arrival sightseeing of Torun – the hometown of Nicolaus Copernicus : visiting the old town with market square, Town Hall, burgher buildings, granaries, gates and towers , visit Gothic St. Mary’s Church, St. Johns church and a stroll through the picturesque streets to the ruins of medieval city walls and Vistula River banks. Fryderyk Chopin discovered the beauty of the Old Town and its splendid churches in 1925 during his stay in the near –by Szafarnia.Torun is also well-known from the gingerbread – opportunity to taste and buy gingerbread at the local shop and visit a Gingerbread Museum to participate in a lesson of own-making gingerbread
  • Overnight in Torun


Day 7 – TORUN – Szafarnia – WARSAW ( 220 km )

  • After breakfast departure from Torun to Szafarnia – the site of composer holidays
  • Visit the palace where Chopin spent his long-awaited summer holidays in 1824 at his schoolmate family estate – Dominik Dziewanowski . Now the palace houses the Chopin Centre with a concert hall and a small museum. The building is surrounded by three hectares park, with six monuments of nature (including linden tree “ Chopin” and old “Dziewanowski oak” )
  • Continue to Warsaw
  • Dinner with folklore show at one of Warsaw’s restaurants ( Polish folklore inspired Chopin in his music works )
  • Overnight in Warsaw


Day 8 – WARSAW ( B )

  • After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home

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