Poland cultural short break
Description of Poland cultural short break
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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PlanetPoland is famous for its great castles and palaces, such as Malbork or Royal Palace in Warsaw or Krakow. There is always mass of tourists visiting those places, almost every season. We offer trips to castles which are less known to the worldwide visitors, yet even more interesting.
The Silesia Region is famous of its medieval history. There are many places which are barely visited by tourists from abroad. We want to present to you their outstanding glory and beauty. Located in lovely mountain landscapes, revived from ruins, they remained medieval almost in every inch. You will not find a better place to feel as if you were back in the medieval times.
Out of the way of the more beaten path of mainstream tourism they are utterly dependent on the local communities and visitors. In our itinerary we contribute to the upkeep of four of them, the most impressive in our opinion: Czocha, Ksiaz, Grodziec and Chojnik castles. Each of them unique, and outstanding. Each of them renewed and revived.
As there are not that many visitors to these castles, the tickets sales is a very important financial support for almost every one of them. Two of the castles raised from ruins are nowadays economically struggling to survive. As these buildings are over 800 years old, require ongoing conservation and maintenance works which are costly. Our aim is to help them. The better condition they are in the better economical impact they have on the local community.
Tourists are transferred to the castles by mini van/ small bus - depending on the group size. Chojnik Castle requires taking a short hiking route. There is also some alking in Grodziec.
During the trip we encourage tourists to bring refillable water containers with them. The drinks are served to meals at the guest house (we order locally brewed juices - if available) so that the plastic use is reduced. The gust house provides meals made from seasonal and local food, which cuts transportation impact.
As we pursue to minimize the cost of running the business (energy, water usage, communication spendings), we decided to operate remotely from our homes. We meet in our small office to discuss strategic matters.
PeopleThe small number of people on the trip also allows us to stay in unique, family-run guest houses that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes. It has also better impact on a particular group members - people get along with each other much quicker and enjoy the trip in marvelous friendly atmosphere.
Our base camp for the trips is a family run guest house with wonderful garden, providing peace and quiet. The owner offers home made meals and drinks, and above all a family atmosphere. Meals are served in guesthouse bar. As there is adjacent huge garden area near the guesthouse, the owner hires keeping stuff from the local community.
We collect small groups, maximum of 8 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
We use local guides in each castle, as well as use castles' restaurants and bars for lunch. Exception is the Chojnik castle which is not supported by any guide. We just admire it by our own.
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