• Discover the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights at Malbork
• Visit the site of the battle of Tannenberg
• Spend time in the beautiful seaside town of Gdańsk, one of the key centres of the Hanseatic League
Tom Abbott is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
Depart London Heathrow 1400 on British Airways, arriving Warsaw 1725. Transfer to Czosnów for overnight stay at Hotel u Witaszka.
Modlin Fortress (founded by Napoleon in 1806 on River Vistula – exterior) and Sierpc Museum of the Mazovian Countryside. Continue to Torun (Teutonic headquarters) for two nights at Hotel Heban. Evening lecture: The ‘Who, What, Where & Why’ of the Teutonic Knights.
Visits in Torun (well preserved Hanseatic town): old town square, Church of St Mary, Church of St John (Baptismal Font of Copernicus), medieval town hall (now an art museum), Copernicus Museum, Golden Lion (Gothic building now housing the pharmacy), Church of St James and Church of St Katherine (exterior).
Morning visits to Grudziadz (Benedictine nunnery and old granaries) and Kwidzyn (14th century castle and cathedral). Afternoon at Malbork Castle (14th century headquarters of Teutonic Knights): Palace of the Grand Master, great refectory, chapels, armoury, museum (amber collection), then continue to Gdańsk (Danzig) for three nights at Hotel Qubus.
Gdańsk (great Hansa port): 16th century Church of St Mary, town hall, Maritime Museum, Old Granaries.
Gdańsk: Trinity Church, National Museum, European Solidarity Centre and Solidarity Monument followed by excursion to Oliwa Cathedral with organ recital.
Paslek (town founded by the Knights): Church of St Bartholomew. Continue to Paslek Gmina, the beginning of the Elblag (Oberland) Canal. Transfer by boat to Elblag (major Hanseatic port) for walking tour and Church of St Nicholas. Two nights at Hotel Elblag.
Morning: Orneta (14th century church) and Krosno (Baroque pilgrimage church). Afternoon: Frombork (cathedral with organ recital and Copernicus Museum). Evening lecture: The Art & Architecture of Prussian Land.
Morning: Górowo Ilaweckie (Greco-Catholic church), Lidzbark Warmiński (castle museum). Afternoon: continue to Olsztyn (founded by knights) for visits to former Bishops Palace Castle (where Copernicus lived) and Gothic Cathedral of St James. Two nights at Hotel Wileński, Olsztyn.
Morning: Nidzica (fortress museum). Afternoon: Olsztynek (open-air Museum of Folk Architecture) and site of Battle of Grunwald/Tannenberg.
Barczewo for churches of St Anne and St Andrew with mannerist sculpture (subject to confirmation), Mirbach Palace (exterior), Sorkwity Church and boat trip on the Masurian Lakes (subject to confirmation). Continue to Hotel St Bruno, Gizycko for two nights.
Wolf’s Lair (Hitler’s bunker complex), Ketrzyn (Church of St George – exterior, fortress museum), Swieta Lipka (pilgrimage church with organ recital). Evening lecture: From the Teutonic Knights’ Nation to Today’s Poland.
Pultusk (impressive basilica with Renaissance vault). Depart Warsaw 1815, arriving Heathrow 1945.
6 Aug — 18 Aug 2019
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Cost of £2445 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, eight lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £290.