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Sightseeing tours during the convention

Participation in the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention in Krakow is also an opportunity to explore the host city and its surroundings, as well as to get to know the culture of the country where the meeting takes place.

Business cooperation often has its beginnings in friendship, and where better to make new acquaintances than while spending time exploring new places? Technical visits and city tours are an integral part of the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention program, as well as an additional Optional Tourist Program after the Convention ends. Check out what we have prepared for the participants of the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention in Krakow.

September 20th, Friday

On September 20th, Friday, convention participants will visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Poland - Rakowicki Cemetery, founded in the years 1801-1802. The cemetery covers an area of ​​almost 42.18 hectares, with approximately 75,000 graves. This necropolis is the burial place of Krakow residents, including ordinary citizens of the city, as well as distinguished individuals such as creators of culture, scientists, representatives of famous families, independence activists, political and social figures, participants of independence movements, uprisings, and both world wars. Rakowicki Cemetery, as a monument of national culture and the resting place of many distinguished individuals, along with its valuable collection of funerary art, is a site of significant historical and artistic value. Many tombstones are the work of renowned sculptors and architects.

On this day, convention participants will also visit one of the newest Municipal Cemeteries Podgórki Tynieckie in Krakow, along with the crematorium located there. It is the first investment of this kind in Poland established through a public-private partnership. This modern necropolis stands out with its park-like spatial layout and is charmingly situated on the hills surrounded by the Tynieckie Forests, which are part of the Bielańsko-Tyniecki Landscape Park. Currently, over 2,000 resting places have been planned on the grounds of the Podgórki Tynieckie necropolis. Eventually, after the completion of the investment, it will be possible to bury up to 15,000 deceased individuals on the 9-hectare area.

After lunch at a charming restaurant located in the heart of Krakow, serving excellent Polish cuisine, we will embark on a tour of the historic part of Krakow. The tour will be conducted aboard melexes (electric vehicles) as well as on foot. We will visit the Kazimierz District, the Old Town, Wawel Hill, and the Main Market Square.

September 21st, Saturday (Optional Tourist Program)

On September 21st, Saturday, if you decide to stay in Krakow for an extra day after the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention ends, we warmly invite you to participate in the full-day Optional Tourist Program, which includes a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

This is an additional program and requires payment. Participation should be purchased at the time of registration for the 2024 International FIAT-IFTA Convention in Krakow. Please select the ticket option that includes the Optional Tour Program.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is an invaluable monument of material culture, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. The mine is so vast that only 2% of the salt labyrinth is accessible for visitors. Deep underground, you can admire extraordinary salt landscapes, impressive excavations, various types of salt rocks, saline lakes, and artworks created by miner-sculptors. During the tour, we will follow the Tourist Route and have lunch in an underground restaurant. The underground visit will last approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.

Next, we will proceed to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. In Auschwitz-Birkenau, between 1940 and 1945, over 1.1 million men, women, and children lost their lives. The relics of the former camp are preserved by the Museum established in 1947. Today, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial includes collections, archives, as well as scientific, conservation, and publishing centers. The authentic Memorial Site consists of two parts of the former camp: Auschwitz and Birkenau. A guided tour will provide a better understanding of this unique place, serving as a poignant tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. This somber yet essential experience will offer deep insights into one of the darkest chapters of human history.

Check the agenda and do not hesitate to register for participation in the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention!

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