Social programme of ICQ12



The detailed info about the EXCURSIONS 1-4 can be found below.

The fee for accompanying persons includes all options 1-8. The fee for regular participants (Full delegates and Students) does not include options 2 and 6 (two excursions).

Regular participants have an additional possibility to choose option 2 and 6 what will be extra charged. The number of places is limited.

All events can be chosen for not registered participants with an extra charge. However the full package (options 1-8) is more favourable and costs only 600 PLN. The participants who want to submit extra persons to any of the options of social program are asked to contact the Conference Secretariat.

For the prices and details, please contact the Conference Secretariat. The extra events and excursions are available only until 15 August 2013. The payment is to be done at registration desk in polish zloty (PLN) or euro (EUR) by cash only.

Kosciuszko Mound - Tyniec Abbey - Krakow's John Paul II Sanctuary - Museum of Oscar Schindler's Factory



Date: Monday, 02 September 2013
DURATION: approx. 8 hrs (tour starts at 9.00 and ends around 4:00 p.m.)
Price includes: English speaking guide, admission fees, transportation by minibus, lunch.

Kosciuszko Mound
The most famous mound in Poland, Kościuszko Mound is situated on the Blessed Bronisława in Krakow. A symbolic tomb is a tribute to the great national hero, Tadeusz Kościuszko. The Kościuszko Mound is a highlight of the Krakow landscape. The place that used to be pictured by painters, now enraptures the tourists with its diversified panorama. There is a view from the mound over the green Błonia Commons, historic Wawel castle, industrial district Nowa Huta, forests, rocks of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland and the Tatra summits.

Tyniec Abbey
Tyniec is situated on the right bank of the Vistula river, 12 km off the city center, among limestone Jurassic hills, called the Tyniec Hills. The picturesque region, hills, forests and the river attracts number of visitors who wish to relax and get in some fresh air. The Monastery was founded in 1044 and at one time was heavily fortified; defending the approach to Polish’s capital by river, but besides that for years it was a learning center for medieval royalty. Today it is not only an active monastery but also a center of culture, providing a venue for classical music concerts and recitals. The locally-made products such as honey, preserves, beer and wine are of an excellent quality. Visitors can follow the monastery’s paths during a short but very interesting and mysterious tour – guided by famous Father Leon.

Krakow's John Paul II Sanctuary
John Paul II Center in Krakow is destined to be the main shrine to the saintly Pope who led the Catholic Church into its third millenium and made an indelible mark on the world. The vast complex has been designed to accommodate a number of Catholic institutions, such as a Volunteerism Center and the Institute of John Paul II, as well as churches and chapels. The center is conveniently situated in close proximity to the famous Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.

Museum of Oscar Schindler’s Factory
Subject of the permanent exhibition in the Oscar Schindler Factory is about Krakow Under Nazi Occupation from 1939 till 1945. History of Krakow city and it's inhabitants are the main topics of the exhibition presented in the Schindler Factory. You can find a story about NAZI Germans that arrived into Krakow on the 6th September 1939 as well. The new bigger exhibition consists of much more than you can usually find in a typical Museum all around the world. The exhibition space is so well distributed that when you walk around the tourist route. You can feel like almost in a theater that is because of elements of stage design and multimedia solutions. Krakow's past has been recreated here in an evocative way in order for you to experience it in almost tangible way. The exhibition precisely presents the tragedy of the II world war as well as every day life of the whole city of Krakow in a personal and collective dimensions.

Krakow Old Town Walk



Date: Tuesday, 03 September 2013
DURATION: approx. 3 hrs (tour starts at 2 p.m. and ends around 5 p.m.)
Price includes: English speaking guide, admission fees, ride by hansom cab

Krakow is one of the oldest Polish cities. It is also the most popular tourist destination among both foreigners and Poles. This historical city has amazing architecture and unique atmosphere created by great amount of restaurants and colorful nightlife where amazing parties last till dawn. Krakow Old Market Square is in on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the oldest and best preserved medieval market squares in Europe. The tour includes all the highlights of the Old Town that made Krakow famous. It follows the Royal Route which the Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius, the spectacular Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica and the magnificent Royal Castle on Wawel Hill.

Pszczyna Castle - Auschwitz Birkenau



Date: Wednesday, 04 September 2013
DURATION: approx. 9 hrs (tour starts at 9.00 and ends around 5:00 p.m.)
Price includes: English speaking guide, admission fees, transportation by minibus, lunch.

Pszczyna Castle
The Museum of the castle in Pszczyna is one of the most valuable museums-residences in Poland, distinguished by authenticity of former appearance of interiors and surroundings. The Museum is located in the former Castle of the Dukes of Pszczyński family, a building was completed in the 15th century, and then repeatedly rebuilded. The present appearance of the residence was finished in years 1870-1876 according to the design of French architect-Hippolyte Destailleura. The Museum was founded at May 9th 1946, and since that time has been attracting numerous visitors by unique historical and cultural atmosphere.

Auschwitz - Birkenau
Visit the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. This sobering half-day trip will have a lasting impact, commemorating the lives of those who died in the extermination camps during the Holocaust of World War II. Auschwitz –Birkenau is the site of the most notorious mass murder in the history of humanity. Its remains have been memorialized and continue to serve as a mirror of the human soul and a tool for self- reflection. All over the world, Auschwitz is seen as a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. Established in 1940 by the Nazis during WWII. Auschwitz was an enormous labor camp and death factory. The complex consists of two main camps: Auschwitz I – the administrative centre; and Auschwitz II /Birkenau/ - an extermination camp. Auschwitz –Birkenau tour gives you the opportunity to hear about the Holocaust and to see one of the most terrifying, yet also touching places in the World.

Wieliczka Salt Mine



Date: Thursday, 05 September 2013
DURATION: approx. 3 hrs (tour starts at 5.30 p.m. and ends around 8:30 p.m.)
Price includes: English speaking guide, admission fees, transportation.

Please bring warm clothing. Temperature underground ranges between 14° and 16°C. Please pay for your permit to take photos and make films at the ticket desk.

Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt. Amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt. Almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground. Thus it is no surprise that till now, the Tourist Route, the main visiting route of the mine has been visited by 36,000,000 tourists from around the whole world in search of adventures.

The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. Here, visitors meet their guide, who during their excursion will tell them everything they want to know about the mine history and its secrets. About the forces of nature ruling within the depths of the mine, about the ethos of hard work performed by the generations of miners. Travelling further and further into the mine chasm tourists discover unusual places and see with their own eyes the power of human hands that once excavated rock salt, as well as magnificent mining tools and machines.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a completely different image of the mine hearing the legend about Princess Kinga and how she brought the salt treasure to Polish land. Half way along the route they will see the wondrous chapel dedicated to her and the saline works of art decorating the chapel. Visitors will have a moment for reflection hearing the music of Chopin accompanying a light and sound spectacle on the shores of one of the saline lakes. And finally, at the end of the journey, after tasting the culinary delicacies served in the underground tavern, an elevator will take them up to the surface.

Begin your journey into the interior of the Earth. Learn the secrets of Mine.