Face of the Black Madonna – the Sanctuary of Jasna Gora
Price: from 15 € (per person)
Discover the Swiętokrzyskie region - one of the most mysterious and little known regions in Poland. During the 2 day trip we will go through almost 400 million years of history. The Swiętokrzyskie region still hasn’t been discovered. Be one of the first!
Morning: Older than dinosaurs.
We begin with the passage through the gate of time. Walking in a former quarry we can admire Tetrapod’s tracks. Sensational discovery of the tracks became world famous. Tetrapods were the first vertebrate that emerged from the sea. They were a link between fish and the four-footed animals. The tracks found here became the basis for changes in the dating of the evolution of these animals on land to about 18 million years before i.e. over one hundred million years before dinosaurs. These are the oldest tracks of vertebrate found so far. You can touch the tracks.
The place of power.
Next we will visit one of the places of power – the Holy Cross, a church where the relics of the Holy Cross are worshiped. This is an unusual and mysterious place where legends mix with 1000 year history. In the Middle Ages it was one of the most well known sanctuaries in Poland visited also by the members of the royal family. The relics of the Holy Cross where probably brought from Hungary about 700 years ago. Archaeological artifacts depict that the peak of the mountain where the sanctuary is now could have been the center of a religious cult also during pagan times – holy grove, a place only for gods, not accessible for people. You can find also other curiosities on Holy Cross like mountain rock rubble or a center of iron melting from about 2000 years ago.
Afternoon: Unusual trail of striped flint.
During this unforgettable tour you will travel on an unusual trail of flint and get to know unique Neolithic mines. You can find here perfectly preserved caves, mine tips and mine shafts which together have created the unique industrial landscape of 5000 years ago.
Nowhere else in the world you can have a chance to see such mines. There are about four thousand mines at the exploitation field. Roaming around the tourist route you will go through the interiors of historic underground mines, the reconstruction of mining camps, flint workshops as well as a village from the Stone Age. You will also find out what the flint was used for in prehistoric times. We can only reveal that flint for the people of the Stone Age had the same meaning as have steel and gold for us nowadays.
Evening: Secrets of the stone of optimism.
In the afternoon we will reach Sandomierz, the pearl of the Swietokrzyskie region. After check in we will take you to the flint grindery. Probably you are already interested in the fact that the striped flint is called a Polish diamond and a stone of optimism. It is regaining its important place among precious stones. Jewellery with striped flint is worn all over the world, and it’s popular among such personalities as Robbie Williams, Boy George or Victoria Beckham.
Additionally, we can organize culinary workshops during which you can find out how to make pierogi – one of the most traditional Polish dishes – and make them yourself. And at the end of the day you can experience a delicious dinner connected with a tasting of local mead and wines.
Morning: Sandomierz sightseeing.
After breakfast and check out we will visit Sandomierz - one of the most beautiful towns in Poland where you can admire over 120 monuments of architecture from different epochs. You will see among others the center of the town with the town hall, medieval cathedral with Byzantine and Russian polychrome and last but not least the 13th century church of St. Jacob. You will also sit in retro cars from the communist times to see the panorama of Sandomierz and a unique in Europe nature reserve in the Pepper Mountains.
In the world of china.
Next we will take you to nearby Cmielow to see the factory of porcelain. This manufactory is the only one of its kind in Poland. For the last 200 years every piece of porcelain has been carefully processed and then again manually decorated. These little works of art are of great interest among collectors and connoisseurs of porcelain around the world. We will show you Porcelain Live Museum, where you can see the entire process of porcelain production. Additionally you can participate in workshops during which you can make your own porcelain piece and take it home.
Afternoon: In the footsteps of magnates.
At the end of this trip we will pop in a hospitable palace in the fortress – the Krzyztopor castle. Nowadays these are stunning ruins but once it had been the biggest palace in Europe before the Palace of Versailles was built. The castle’s design was based on the idea of a calendar. The number of windows corresponded to the number of days in a year (365), the number of chambers to the number of weeks (52), the number of ballrooms to the number of months (12), and the number of towers to the number of seasons (4). The horses in the stables had marble mangers for their food and could see themselves in crystal mirrors. The ceiling in one of the ballrooms was an aquarium with exotic fish. Although the glory of the palace has passed the innovativeness of the construction is still impressive. We can end the tour with a delicious meal in the castle ruins.
Evening: Arrival to Krakow.
The Swiętokrzyskie region still hasn’t been discovered. Be one of the first!
The price depends on the number of people and options selected.
* accommodation in the Sarmata Hotel *** with breakfast – 1 night
* transportation – a luxurious minibus or coach with AC, TV, DVD, seat belts
* tour guide service
* qualified guide service in the region
* tickets to selected places
* a drive in retro cars to the Pepper Mountains
* mineral water
* parking fees
* lunches and dinners
* expanses of personal nature
The lobby of your hotel
The tour is available all year round. Ask first about the opening hours which change according to the season.
During the tour we cover the distance of about 500 kms (ca. 320 miles).
The Holy Cross sanctuary is located on the Lysa Gora Mount (595 meters above sea level) in the area of the Swiętokrzyski National Park. To get to the sanctuary one has to walk the distance of 3 kms and overcome 300 meters of level difference.
People in wheelchair can’t see the striped flint mine. They hasn’t been adapted yet. They can see the whole complex above the ground and the Neolithic village; in a quarry they may encounter a little inconvenience due to uneven sidewalks ; for single wheelchair travellers we provide an assistant in order to see as much as possible.
From the available options, you can choose interesting proposals, you can also suggest a starting time and then the final plan will be prepared. In case of doubt, please contact us and ask questions.
You will be under the care of licensed and experienced guides. We have worked with them for many years, and many surprising and unusual situations have proved that we can rely on them.
Opions 1 - 12 are usually selected during the trip.
1. Tetrapod’s tracks - the tracks of the first vertebrate that came up on land almost 400 million years ago; a unique on a global scale.
2. the Holy Cross sanctuary - a church where the Holy Cross relics are worshiped
3. Dymarki - about 2000 years ago the region of Swiętokrzyskie Mountains was one of the biggest mine areas in Europe. During archaeological excavations hundreds of thousands of primitive blast furnaces were found. At the foot of Lysa Gora is a complex of traces of ancient blast furnaces used for melting the iron called dymarki and „barbarians” village reconstruction from the era of the field exploitation ; you can find out how the ore was mined and melted, what was produced from the iron and what were the living conditions of miners who lived there about 1800 years ago.
4. the mines of striped flint - perfectly preserved caves, mine tips and mine shafts which together have created the unique industrial landscape of 5000 years ago; here you can see the interiors of historic underground mines, the reconstruction of mining camps, flint workshops as well as a village from the Stone Age; a unique on a global scale.
5. a visit to the flint grindery -
6. Sandomierz - a pearl of the Swiętokrzyskie region where you can admire over 120 monuments of architecture from different epochs. You will see among others the center of the town with the town hall, medieval cathedral with Byzantine and Russian polychrome and last but not least the 13th century church of St. Jacob.
7. Pieprzowe Mountains - a short trip by car from a communist era to the nearby hills with an intriguing name Pieprzowe „Pepper”; during the autumn-winter time the trip is continued in an off-road vehicles; the most beautiful time for a visit in the Pepper Mountains is May-June and September.
8. the Cmielow manufactory of china - it is the only one of its kind in Poland; for the last 200 years every piece of porcelain has been carefully processed and then again manually decorated; we will show you Porcelain Live Museum, where you can see the entire process of porcelain production; additionally you can participate in workshops during which you can make your own porcelain piece and take it home; made in Poland.
9. ruins of the Krzyztopor castle - once it had been the biggest palace in Europe before the Palace of Versailles was built. The castle’s design was based on the idea of a calendar. Although its glory has passed the innovativeness of the construction is still impressive.
10. culinary workshops - during which you can find out how to make pierogi – one of the most traditional Polish dishes – and make them yourself.
11. dinner connected with a tasting of local mead and wines - after choosing this option we will send you the menu proposals.
12. a meal in the ruins of the Krzyztopor castle - after choosing this option we will send you the menu proposals.