September 10 - 18, 2019


Package Price:
$1,997.00 | Air from New York City

Early booking discount, price goes up $500 after December 15, 2018!

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip international airfare from New York City to Poland.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • Professional Craftours tour escort the entire time.
  • First-class hotel accommodations. (Suite upgrades available)
  • Delicious buffet breakfast served daily.
  • Special welcome dinner.
  • Arts & Crafts workshops with master instructors. (supplies provided)
  • A leisurely walking tour of old town Warsaw with a professional guide.
  • An optional Pierogi Cooking Lesson, including a Folk Polish Dance workshop.
  • Panoramic tour of Krakow.
  • A trip to the town of Lowicz, a picturesque city famous for its traditional Polish art.
  • A visit to the open air museum with an opportunity to participate in a special folk art workshop.
  • Shopping opportunities in local markets.
  • A tour of Zalipie the painted village.
  • A drive to a Istebna a small village to see the largest piece of lace in the world.
  • A visit to the stained glass museum with an opportunity to participate in a glass stain workshop.
  • An optional trip to the incredible Wieliczka Salt Mines.
  • All taxes are included in this package and insurance highly recommended.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and commemorative gift.

POLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Warsaw Warsaw
Once believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it was left in ruins after World War II. Now Warsaw has become one of Europe's most dynamic metropolitan cities, ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Europe. It has also become a major international tourist destination, along with an important hub for culture, politics and economy. There are many things to enjoy in this beautiful city from it's parks, Old Town, the iconic Market Square, the sounds of Frédéric Chopin, palaces and the amazing history of the Jewish culture and history that resonates through time.
Krakow Krakow
Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and also one of the oldest, the city dates back to the 7th century. Traditionally Krakow is one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life, also an important economic hub. This once capital of Poland was named the European Capital of Culture in 2000, and as such is a major attraction for tourists. The Old Town district alone is home to about six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art. The most popular landmarks include the Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, Wawel Castle, and the National Art Museum which is just one of the over 25 museums and public art galleries throughout the city. Luckily Krakow escaped from most of the destruction that many other parts of Poland suffed in the 20th century wars. Because of this, the rich history of Krakow can be seen today and provides a showcase for it' historic styles of architecture which are easily recognizable throughout the city as you travel outward from the center.
Lowicz Lowicz
Lowicz is one of the oldest towns in Poland, first mentioned as early as 1136 in historical texts. Lowicz boasts the only market square in Poland, and only one of three in Europe to be in the shape of a triangle. One thing not to be missed while visiting is the Cathedral Basilica with it's splendid organs along with treasury and library. Throughout this small town there are nearly one hundred objects included in the national register of monuments. The folk costumes of Lowicz are considered the most beautiful in Poland, for women it is decorated with colorful embroidery, usually of roses and other small flowers surrounded by leaves and a scarf as a headdress. Lowicz is also popular for it's paper cutting craft, Wycinanki. This art form can take on various shapes of stars, circles, trees, rosettes, lilies, and more.
Zalipie Zalipie, The Painted Village
A small ancient village in South-Eastern Poland, Zalipie, is one of the country's most beautiful attractions. This is due to its small wooden cottages, which are painted in the most vibrant colors. This lovely tradition started with more than a century ago, when every single female resident in Zalipie begun to paint her home with floral motives, as she wanted to cover up some particular faults. Zalipie can be seen as a massive painting, full of color, life and history. The whole village is painted. Even the dog's cages or old fountains, not to mention fences, windows and interior walls.
Istebna Istebna
Istebna is a village in southern Poland, near the borders of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This quaint town boasts the largest piece of world made by five women over the course of 5 months, consisting of over 50km of thread, eight throusand motifs, and weighing over 5kg. This impressive piece of art is over five meters in diameter.


TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST ARTS & CRAFTS TRIPS:

Ultimate Arts & Crafts of China Expedition - March 2017

Roxanne Jueckstock, Peoria, AZ - "Enjoyed learning "native" art forms from a local artisan."
Kathy Paye, Tucson, AZ - "I enjoyed myself immensely both doing the classes and learning about the history of the art."
Yael Hellman, Beverly Hills, CA - "The trip to China was amazing. The arts and crafts workshops were informative and fun. The sightseeing fabulous. I have been on many international trips and this was organized, professional, and well thought out. The accommodations were top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend CraftTours to friends and family."
Roberta Allen, Ocean Side, CA - "From the moment I received my "welcome package" in the mail, I knew this was going to be an outstanding experience. I am a seasoned traveler and know if this much thought was put into a welcome package, then the trip is going to be very memorable... and it was!"
Sharon Margiotta, Pheonix, AZ - "Jim does an excellent job of providing a great trip at a great value! Overall, my experience was excellent .... a good balance of scheduled time and free time. Really enjoyed it!"
Deborah Parrish, Tucson, AZ - "This was my first Craftour and I loved it!!"
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "I really enjoy the small group tours. You get an opportunity to meet people from all over & share your experiences!"
Bernadette Phelan, Ocala, FL - "This tour was so much more than I expected!"
Susie Rikard, Ashland, VA - "This trip was handled very professionally. There was always a tour representative available if we had questions or needed assistance."
Steve Morris, Chillicothe, IL - "China trip was well organized, staffed, and executed. Craftours guides as well as Chinese support/interpreters did an excellent job of assisting guests and helping us understand Chinese culture and history. Originally thought I didn't want to do any crafts. But did do the clay figurines and enjoyed the class. Trip was a good value."
Sally Robinson, College Station, TX - "I enjoyed the trip very much. I would definitely travel with this company again."
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - "Like many Craft Tours Ultimate Expeditions, our journey to China removed the trepidation of exotic foreign travel, opening parts of the world I'd have difficulty visiting on my own."
Carol McDowell, Elkin, NC - "Great trip, knowledgeable guides, excellent group leaders willing to do anything to support travelers and always cheerful."
Arthur Maley, Rochester, MN - "Thanks for a wonderfully organized & enjoyable trip."
Ann Vix, Nashville, TN - "I just finished my third tour with Craftours - I've done Japan, India, and China, and they've all been fabulous. I've been doing handwork and crafts since I was a small child. I don't really specialize in anything - I quilt, sew and bead as the inclination takes me. I love art and history. China was a great tour of a great and very BIG country. It wiped me out physically but it was worth it. I really trust your company to take care of me and you did not let me down. The hotels are great and guides were with us every step of the way, including airports and customs. I really appreciate that."
Pat Christenson, Kirkland, WA - "The Arts and Crafts Expedition to China was an unforgettable experience."
Lois Adams, Trinity, FL - "The excursions were amazing."
Barbara Larson, Chaska, MN - "The crafts we learned were pretty cool. I have never heard of the bottle painting. It was fun to try out new crafts. The trip to the Great Wall and Tiananmen square was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing the Terra Cotta warriors. That was a great trip. The Yangtze river cruise was relaxing with some interesting side excursions. Then seeing pandas at the zoo was a highlight as well! We were fed well on this trip. Sometimes too well, I think. The food selections and choices were sometimes too much, but it was all good!"
Sara Borr, Norristown, PA - "A trip of a life time. We visited so many wonderful places of importance to China. Took are of several items on my "Bucket List". A very physical trip, lots of walking and hundreds of steps. Not for those who are physically challenged."
Deborah Torri, Morris, IL - "This tour was a phenomenal trip through the most important and exciting parts of China! It was extremely well organized and creative in all the venues we experienced from The Great Wall to a tea sampling experience! We could not have asked for more!"
Therese Whitt, Rotonda West, FL - "The trip was truly memorable. The arts and crafts were enjoyable."
Suzanne Doonan, Malvern, PA - "I enjoyed the craft experience, both the instruction and the many examples available in the markets. The interpreters shared their life experiences and answered questions that helped me appreciate Chinese culture. The trip to Central China provided exposure to the agrarian vs urban experience."
Ultimate Arts & Crafts of India Expedition - September 2017

Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, CA - "This India trip was full of wonderful surprises, from the vibrant colors in clothing and markets to the welcoming smiles of native people. I was particularly impressed by the beauty and intricate texture of its historical buildings and with the range of interesting and colorful crafts we experienced. Craftours does a great job of organizing these trips and they don't skimp on accommodations, food, or transportation -- all first class!"
Louise Chiosso, Hemet, CA - "Tour was great!"
Susan Haftel, Gainesville, VA - "A well-planned and exceptional trip that included much exposure to the art of India."
Gwen Lafleur, South Jordan, UT - "The tour was well put together, as always, with great accommodations, and a nice selection of local crafts and tourist activities."
Suzanne Neilson, Toronto, ON - "I enjoyed learning about the wonderful arts and crafts of India, the accommodations were excellent. Our local guides, Govind Agrawal and Harshul Kothari were excellent, always helpful and knowledgeable about local customs and history."
Zoe Morning, Wausau, WI - "Very informative!"
Debbie McInnes, Niagra Falls, ON - "A great trip with lots of craft workshops and great excursions!"
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - "This tour exceeded my expectations. Everything was handled with perfection."
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - "The overall trip was amazing!"
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - "I enjoyed the opportunity to go to India for a very reasonable price."
Maura Hibbitts, Broadalbin, NY - "This was a trip of a lifetime for myself and my husband! I loved every moment. Crafttours did an amazing job organizing and finding such unique places for us to experience. I really liked learning from the local crafts people, and having the opportunity to try many of these crafts myself. What a beautiful country, a land of contrasts and culture, and generous and friendly people, and our tour really focused on that."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "Great trip! Mary Ellen was very helpful and assertive when getting to where we needed to be. And especially in helping me during my first experience with heat exhaustion! She made sure I was safe & got me water & sugar while the rest of the tour was able to continue with Govind! And Govind answered all our questions and gave us the opportunity to experience local customs we otherwise would not have experienced! Thank you so much!"
Albert Cote, Niagra Falls, ON - "You will never be disappointed travelling with Craftours! Every detail is looked after. The best hotels and day trips are always on the schedule. Excellent tour guides and craft classes are second to none."
Karen Gregory, Toronto, Ontario - "Wonderful places. Delightful people. So many beautiful things to see."
Ultimate Arts & Crafts of Bali Expedition - November 2017

Marcia Richardson , Jacksonville, FL - "I had a wonderful time on the Ultimate Arts and Crafts Expedition to Bali... The resorts where we stayed during the trip were top notch and the staff of each were extremely accommodating to all of us as they seemed to go over and above to please us. The guides and tour escorts were truly awesome - they looked after all of us, even those of us that were not in their group... I know want to participate in another trip."
Patricia Wilson , Willits, CA - "The entire trip was far above anything I had imagined! The Balinese people are so gracious and the countryside enchanting! We loved participating in the crafts offered. It was wonderful to be able to bring home our own attempts from the various workshops! Our efforts at the crafts gave us a greater appreciation of what the local people have created! What fun to shop in the open-aired markets and be in contact with the charming people! Our daily hearty breakfasts started us out with the energizing foods that we needed to experience the wonders of the day! Thank you so much for the exquisite welcoming and farewell dinners - the celebrations couldn't have been more apropos. We LOVED our tour guide who was from the city of Ubud. He lovingly and humorously spoke of his native land - giving insights only someone from Bali could impart! The hotel accommodations were excellent - one a more intimate setting, the other amazingly lovely with the gorgeous landscaping and closeness to the Indian Ocean. We all delighted in the pretty Balinese dancers and rindik bamboo music that greeted us as we entered the hotel for the first time. I cannot stop thinking about our wonderful adventures...and speak highly of our experiences to all who have asked! Many thanks! Our time in Bali will give us happy thoughts for our lifetime!"
Sally Mack , Guernsey, WY - "What an incredible way to visit a country, to meet the people and learn about the culture. While many tours visit museums and historical sites (and I enjoy that too), Crafttours allowed us to literally meet "real" people, in their homes and businesses. And to have the opportunity to see, and experience to a small degree, the handiwork of Bali! Just wonderful. I will be looking at future possibilities."
Karen Fournier , Drumheller, Alberta - "I absolutely loved this trip! I have never traveled with a tour group before, and I was impressed with the service, the top-notch hotels and the excursions provided. Already put a deposit down for the Ireland trip in 2019!!"
Cindy Frederick , Guernsey, WY - "This trip was really well planned and so educational and fun."
Betsy Martinson , Denver, CO - "Traveling with Craft Tours makes visits to exotic locations effortless, educational and entertaining."
Ann Moroz , The Villages, FL - "Absolutely wonderful! We will travel with Craftours again."
Carol Christy , Bixby, OK - "This was my second trip to Bali and my third trip with Craftours. Everything was top grade! I saw things I hadn't seen before, met new friends and thoroughly enjoyed "island" life. I'm already thinking of when I can go again.... but there are so many places in the world yet to discover."
Kag Buckley , Topping, VA - "This was a truely exotic destination. the people and the crafts were awesome and unique."
Marsha McElroy , Tulsa, OK - "Wonderful trip, I appreciated staying in the city and then going to the beach resort. Our local guide Matada was well informed and interesting. Everyone we met made us feel welcome."
Peggy Carter , Jenkinsburg, GA - "It was an experience I'll never forget. The hotels were great, and so were the crafts. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. Our tour escort, Holly, did a fabulous job on keeping us informed, hydrated, and happy."
Theodora Carter , Scottsdale, AZ - "I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and the wonderful people I met on the tour. I honestly loved being in Bali so much I did not want to return to the States. Leaving Bali was very depressing for me."
Nikki Barker , Onalaska, WI - "This trip was so much fun and more than I expected! To be able to travel with my mom and grandma and experience all of the fun crafts and experiences we had- it will be something I will never forget! On a side note- the price for this trip was a steal! You get to do so much and stay at beautiful resorts for a fraction of the cost! I will definitely take another trip through Craftours!!"
Pamela Blatzheim , Henderson, NV - "This was a trip of a lifetime."
Kathie Vaughn , Carmichael, CA - "Spending a week in Bali was a dream come true. You can't beat the price and diversity of activities offered by Craftours!"
Joanne Bouchard , Henderson, NV - "What a wonderful adventure--once in a lifetime!! We experienced beautiful Bali, learned about the people and their culture, learned new crafts and met wonderful fellow travelers. Thank you Craftours."
Susan Richards , Saint Louis Park, MN - "The staff and guides were great. The hotels were wonderful. I would say that the arts and crafts part was lacking in substance and was more about shopping then learning a new craft. In fact, even the expo was more about shopping than seeing different types of batiks. The batik school and going to the batik factory and making the batiks with the stamps was very educational."
Jean Cassell , Cashton, WI - "This was one of the places I always wanted to go to. This tour was so much more then I could have thought it would be. Everything was first class so planned out. I think we really liked it, as our conversations on the way home was, where do we go next."
Cynthia Hanson , Durham, CA - "Great, eye opening experience! The hands-on projects at various workshops gave me a deeper appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship involved. Going behind the scenes and storefronts makes a more lasting impression and gives depth to my memories of Bali. So nice not to spend time and energy on the logistics of the travel. Time and energy spent absorbing the experiences."
Susan Simmons , Durham, CA - "I enjoyed participating in all the crafts activities. I would have liked more time to complete the processes but realize when group participation is involved, everyone works at a different pace or a different interest level."
Sandra (Sandy) Millett , Corvallis, OR - "Once in Bali and broken up into smaller groups, the daily tours worked well and were very enjoyable."
Mary Penko , Pacifica, CA - "Wonderful trip, excellent guide (Alice)! Our Bali guide was also great!"
Kay Taylor , Belleville, WA - "All the planned activities were excellent. Our local guide was full of information and the locals at all the activities were very friendly and attentive to our needs."
Ed Olson , Grand Forks, ND - "Very educational. Excellent accommodations."
Suzanne Bedke , Brookings, OR - "My first Craftour and I went because I had never been to Bali. Craft experiences were quite enjoyable."
Dianne Caron , Red Deer, Alberta - "This tour was an incredible experience. The people were awesome, the interaction with the locals was very good. Our tour guide was very dedicated to keeping us happy and healthy. She was just great. Being able to actually get in and "get my hands dirty" so to speak; beyond words amazing..."
Faye Oszli , Grand Prairie, Alberta - "An awesome experience, great to learn about and try our hand at some new crafts."
Karen Uridel , Mentor, OH - "I loved this trip. The hotels were beautiful and more than I expected. The people were kind and thoughtful and generous. The events were well planned and very interesting."
Barba Drebenstedt , Davenport, IA - "This trip far exceeded my expectations in every way. The Craftours staff went beyond the extra mile to make this a friendly, knowledgeable and fun experience. I would highly recommend Craftours to anyone looking for a fun and unique experience in the world of crafts. I'd like to take another trip in the near future."
Kathy Blakey , San Diego, CA - "What an incredible trip to Bali. I never thought that I would be so moved as I was by the precious souls of Bali! Their kindness, generosity, humility are the things we need more of throughout the world. I had a great time learning so much about Batiks. I no longer look at them the same. The elephants, monkeys, mask making, batiking, shopping (oh the shopping), massages, food, painting, our local guides, bus drivers, the food, did I mention the food? A trip of a lifetime. The trip is for anyone who really wants to learn from the people of Bali and find inner peace. Highly recommended. I will go again!!"
Doris Hulse , The Villages, FL - "The tour was amazing. We stayed at two excellent hotels, one in Ubud and one at the beach in Nusa Dua. They were both beautiful but very different from each other. The first was smaller and more of a boutique hotel, the beach hotel was huge, and very well appointed. The tours were great, I don't know how you could get around to everything we did without a tour group like Craft Tours."
Patty DeSaye , Whitehall, MT - "This trip was an experience of a lifetime."
Karen Draper , Tigard, OR - "It was an incredible trip. The people on our bus (#5) were great. Sherrill was a fantastic tour director."
Lisa Stark , Huntington Beach, CA - "The tour had a very nice assortment of arts and crafts opportunities. There was something for everyone. The amenities were very good. The tour was a very good value. I learned some new crafts on this tour, and had fun trying new things."
Sharon Sato , Freemont, CA - "This tour was fantastic. The people were truly gracious, the different craft projects were great, especially learning how to make Batiks."
Jes Ballas , Walnutport, PA - "This was a very unique way to experience Bali. I don't think the average tourist got to see & do the things we did. We got to see Bali in a unique way by having hands-on experiences with local people which was fascinating."
Carol Thompson, Phoenix, AZ - "This tour took me to places that the average tourist would not see. I enjoyed the variety of items we made and the gentle push outside my comfort zone. Our tour leader was great, and I met many wonderful people."
Karen Eiler , Moline, IL - "Beyond my expectations."
Donna Koser , Westminster, SC - "Enjoyed the tour."
Faith Clover , St. Paul, MN - "This was my first trip and, you might say, a trial run. I was very impressed with the overall organization, the quality of accommodations, the crafts we were introduced to and in which we participated. In general, these far exceeded my expectations. First, a short series of talks on the history and cultural background of Bali, especially on the role of crafts in the culture. The batik day was great! Excellent teachers, plenty of time to finish our projects."
Roberta Allen, Oceanside, CA - "This trip was AMAZING! Bali is a wonderful destination, and Craftours really pulled out all the stops with our hotels in Ubud and Nusa Dua. The hotels selected were top-notch and made the experience so much better."
Shelly Wickham , Sturgeon Bay, WI - "This arts and crafts expedition to Bali was amazing. I was happy with the hands-on crafts that we got to participate in, however, I am not a quilter, but more of a card maker/scrapbooker, so the 'hands on' portion is not why I took this trip. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and I would highly recommend staying there again."
Pamela Gray , Fullerton, CA - "The trip was better than we could have imagined. There were unexpected gifts, the hotels were fabulous. The craft experiences were eye opening as to how much work goes into batiks, masks ect."
Leslie Harvill , Macon, GA - "It was a great trip. Things ran smoothly given the size of the group, 160 people!!! The Komenaka at Bisma was AMAZING! I would definitely travel with this company again."
Judy Read , Vars, Ontario - "This was a once in a lifetime experience. Exceptional guides, luxury accommodation, positive attitudes... this was a wonderful bucket-list adventure."
Ultimate Arts & Crafts of China Expedition - March 2018

Barbara Salazar, Tucson, AZ - "What a wonderful experience. This trip was beyond my wildest expectations."
Julie Campbell, Farmers Branch, TX - "Great trip. China was not what I expected. Much more modern."
Melanie Kesler, Dauphin, PA - "I’ve always wanted to travel to China, but was nervous about the language barrier. When my mom told me about Craftours, it combined my love of arts and history, so we signed up! I can’t say enough about how wonderful our Chinese tour guides were... we had one the whole time who was knowledgeable and very patient... he was always with us. Then, in each city we went to, there was an additional Chinese guide! I was very impressed with their professionalism and dedication to making our experience as wonderful as possible! I’m so glad I went on this trip!!!"
Betty Ritari, Colorado Springs, CO - "Good, but very fast paced."
Patty Latourell, Ventura, CA - "Wonderful trip, lots of stairs and walking. Some days too much. Loved the terracotta warriors."
Carl & Ellen Jensen, Raleigh, NC - "Great Trip, would do it again in a heartbeat."
Judy Kamman, Laguna Hills, CA - "This trip was an amazing trip check two things off my bucket list walking the great wall and seeing the terracotta warriors not to mention the four wonderful crafts that were taught enjoyed every minute of this wonderful experience off to another adventure can’t wait to travel again soon with Craftours."
Gail Wilson, San Jose, CA - "It was a good experience. They kept us moving; we saw and did a lot."
Joyce Outten, North Pole, AK - "Non-stop exciting, educational and FUN tour with a wonderful guide, tour escort and many new friends."