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This year's Country Dance Tour will officially start in Krakow, a beautiful and historic city in Poland.
Some of you may want to fly directly to Krakow to spend some extra time there before the trip begins. We will send you a list of places of interest in Krakow,
so you will have some ideas of where to go and what to see if you decide to come earlier on your own.
It may be cheaper to book round-trip airfare to and from Prague. In that case, you can come on October 4th to Prague
and go to Krakow with us by coach to meet the rest of the group.
Because of the high season in October you may have problems to book your own pre-tour accommodation.
To cover both possibilities, we have already booked rooms for the night on October 4th in Prague and in Krakow; you will need to let us know which fits your travel plans.
October 4, Thursday
optional arrival in Prague
06:00 meeting in the hotel lobby, registration
07:00 dinner together
You will arrive in Prague sometime during the day. After you arrive at the hotel, you will check-in and relax.
We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 pm for tour registration. Then we will walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
October 5, Friday
08:00 loading the bus, departure for Poland
12:00 arrival in Nový Jičín
lunch time on your own
05:30 arrival in Krakow, check-in, registration
dinner in the hotel
This day is primarily for travel, a long drive from Prague to Krakow. Because of the distance we don't have time for interesting stops on the way.
We will do only several stops for bathroom breaks. For the lunch time we'll be in a town with a beautiful historic square. Here you will have time to stretch your legs and eat.
Then we have less then 3 hours to Krakow. After arrival you will check-in and relax. Dinner will be in the hotel, so we will not need to walk somewhere.
For people who travel directly to Krakow on their own, we will have registration after the dinner. Please let us know your travel plans so we can make Krakow hotel registrations for you.
October 6, Saturday
09:00 departure for sightseeing
Visit to Wawel Royal Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
lunch with the group
dinner on your own
meeting with Polish Folk Dancers
Officially our first full day. In the morning we will discover the city of Krakow.
We will walk through the most important places in the center and will end up at the castle. Then will have lunch together.
After lunch you will have a free time to focus on your personal wishes.
Krakow has a well-preserved historic center that dates back to the 10th century, and there is much to see within walking distance.
Dinner will be on your own. In the evening we will meet with a Polish folk dance group. They will show us some traditional Polish dances and will teach us some simple dances as well.
October 7, Sunday
09:30 Wielitzka salt mines tour (UNESCO site)
01:00 arrival in Ostrava, lunch on your own
03:00 tour in the historical industry area
04:00 meeting with local country dancers
07:00 dinner with the group
09:30 arrival in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, check-in
Our first stop today will be in the Wielitzka salt mines.
This is a very special place, a must-see location for travelers in the region; indeed, it was included on the first-ever list
of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1978. After the tour we will cross the border into the Czech Republic and arrive in Ostrava,
the capital of North Moravia. Ostrava was famous as an industrial center during the communist period and we will visit an old blast furnace.
Then we will switch from history-industrial visit to culture and will meet local country dancers; David will lead the dancing.
After this meeting we will eat together and finally drive to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm to check-in; we will stay here for two nights.
October 8, Monday
09:00 Open Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
11:15 tour in glassworks
01:00 lunch with the group
02:30 walk in the open air gallery of wooden sculptures
03:00 meeting with local artist making traditional Easter eggs
05:15 arrival back in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, dinner on your own in the city center
08:00 meeting with local folk dance group
In the morning we will visit a unique open-air museum.
You will see how local people once lived. Our next stop will be a local glassworks.
We will not see glass blowing—it is done in different part of the country—but we will see many different ways how to decorate glass.
If you are interested, you will be able to buy some glass here for very reasonable prices. (Bring some bubble wrap in your luggage!)
After lunch we will walk through an open-air gallery of wooden sculptures and will meet with a local artist who makes traditional Easter eggs.
You will have free time for dinner in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. In the evening we will meet with Moravian folk dancers who will
come to our hotel to show us a bit of their repertoire and also teach us some simple dances.
October 9, Tuesday
08:45 loading the bus
09:30 Tapestry factory in Valašské Meziříčí
11:30 arrival in Olomouc (UNESCO), walk around the town
lunch on your own
03:00 Visit in Mladeč caves
04:15 Jewish cemetary in Loštice
05:15 arrival in Svitavy, Oskar Schindler museum
06:00 dinner with the group, meeting with accordeon musician
08:30 arrival in Litomyšl, check-in
Today we will move from Moravia to Bohemia - from East to West. Our first stop will be a tapestry factory where you can see the amazing machinery and handwork.
For lunch time we will stop in Olomouc, the historical capital of Moravia. This is the home of the famous plague column, another UNESCO site.
For these of you who have been here before, we will recommend additional places to visit. After lunch, our next stop will be the underground caves, richly decorated with stalactites and stalagmites;
this is also an important archeological site. An old and almost forgotten Jewish cemetery will be our next stop.
Then we will arrive in Svitavy, the birthplace of Oskar Schindler (Schindler's List); we will visit an exhibit about him.
We will have dinner here and afterwards a local accordion player will join us. We will listen and sing together.
After dinner we will have half an hour to reach our final destination - Litomyšl. Here we will check-in for our stay of two nights.
October 10, Wednesday
09:00 walk through the town
10:00 tour of the Litomyšl Chateau (UNESCO)
11:30 free time
lunch on your own
hike in Toulovcovy maštale
05:00 Nové Hrady – museum bicycles and hats
06:00 dinner with the group
07:30 departure for hotel
Today we have on the program both the beauty of Renaissance architecture and the beauty of nature.
After a short walk through the town we will tour Litomyšl Chateau, one of the largest Renaissance castles in the Czech Republic.
For lunch time you'll be on your own. In the afternoon we will go for a hike to Toulovcovy Maštale, a sandstone labyrinth.
We plan to hike for about two hours, but the hiking is not difficult and there is not much climbing. After the hike—if we find our
way out of the labyrinth!—we will visit another chateau, but this one just from outside. The reason for our visit are two special exhibits,
of historical bikes and hats, situated in the outbuildings. For dinner we will go to a local restaurant and then return to Litomyšl.
October 11, Thursday
08:45 loading the bus
09:00 departure for Prague
10:00 visit in unique church (from 1397) in Kočí
10:45 departure for Chrudim
11:30 visit in puppet museum
01:00 lunch on your own
04:00 stop in Kutná Hora (UNESCO)
visit the cathedral of St. Barbara and walk through the town
07:30 arrival in Prague , check-in
08:00 dinner with the group
We're still moving west. First we will stop in the small village of Kočí to see the church from 1397.
In nearby Chrudim we will visit a local puppet museum and will have lunch time. Continuing on our way, we cannot skip another
UNESCO location - the medieval town of Kutná Hora with its Gothic cathedral; the discovery here in the late 13th century of rich
silver veins made this an important and prosperous city. Finally we arrive in Prague, check-in to our hotel, and walk for dinner.
October 12, Friday
09:00 sightseeing in Prague
lunch with the group
04:00 free time, dinner on your own
08:00 departure from the hotel (walk)
08:30 opening of the Country Dance Festival
Welcome to Prague! Some of you have been here already, and for others this will be the very first time.
So we are offering you a sightseeing tour of Prague with lunch in the city center. Afterwards you will have time on your own
to relax and have dinner. In the evening we will lead you to the dance hall for the Country Dance Festival opening.
The dance hall is in walking distance from hotel, so you'll be able to move around by yourself.
October 13, Saturday
Festival program whole day.
After the arrival you will receive a detailed program of the festival workshops.
We offer dance programs in two halls throughout the day so you will have a choice what to do.
Saturday night at the festival is always a special time; it often includes local dance groups demonstrating
country dance and clogging routines that they have created and are eager to share.
October 14, Sunday
06:30 meeting in the hotel, departure for dinner
07:00 final dinner with folklore program
10:00 departure for the hotel or for the train staion
In the morning you can attend the festival or just have fun in Prague.
The festival program will be over at lunch time. Then you'll be on your own for the afternoon.
We will meet in the evening for our final dinner with a special folklore program.
After dinner will be the time to say goodbye. Some of you will join us for the tour extension.
Octrober 15, Monday
departure for US
Program may change without notice.