Social Programme:

12 July /Sunday/ 19:00-22:00Welcome Party
14 July /Tuesday/ 9:00-12:00(optional) Excursion 1: Kraków Old Town Walk
14 July /Tuesday/ 19:30-20:30Concert
15 July /Wednesday/ 14:30-19:00(optional) Excursion 2: Wieliczka Salt Mine
16 July /Thursday/ 9:00-15:00(optional) Excursion 3: John Paul II Route
16 July /Thursday/ 18:15Gala Dinner

The meeting point for the attendants of excursions is located in front of the U-2 building in which the ICMFS-2015 conference takes place.

The optional excursions listed above are originally dedicated for accompanying (not registered) persons. Also welcome party, concert and Gala Dinner can be chosen for not registered participants with an extra charge. The participants who want to submit accompanying persons to any of the options of social program are asked to have look to "Registration fee & Accommodation".

Lunches and coffee breaks are served in the catering tent located in the immediate vicinity of U-2 building entrance at the time indicated in the conference program. A set of lunch tickets (Monday-Friday) is included with each registration. All conference attendees are required to wear conference name badges to enter the lunch and coffee break area.

If you prefer vegetarian lunches, please inform the registration desk at your registration.

Lunch tickets for accompanying persons may be purchased at the registration desk at the cost of 10 EUR per ticket.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Welcome party (on Sunday, 12 July, from 19:00 until 22:00) will be served in the catering tent located in the immediate vicinity of U-2 building entrance. At the same time you can register to the conference.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Excursion 1: Kraków Old Town Walk
Start and duration: starts at 9:00, takes approximately 3 hours
Price: 28 EUR per person
Price includes: English speaking guide, admission fees to St. Mary's Basilica and Royal Castle.

The tour includes all the highlights of the Old Town that made Kraków famous. It follows the Royal Route which the spectacular Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica and the magnificent Royal Castle on Wawel Hill.

We will start our horse-drawn carriages ride at Main Market Square and through Grodzka street - straight to the Wawel Hill (where the Cathedral and the Castle are placed). On the way there are plenty of monuments, old merchant houses, traditional cafes and restaurants.


A meeting with the Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski, in the City Hall of Kraków (located at Pl. Wszystkich Świętych in the very center of Kraków), is scheduled for Tuesday, 14 July 2015 at 18:00-19:15 (besides a glass of wine some food will be served as well).

Important info: due to limited space of the Lea and Kupiecka Halls in the City Hall of Kraków, only 120 invitations to the meeting will be distributed among the ICMFS-2015 participants.

The City Hall of Kraków is located within the walking distance from the conference place. We ask all invited guests to walk to the City Hall all together. We will meet at the entrance to the U-2 building at 17:45. In case you need our help please contact the organizers.

The meeting with the Mayor of Kraków will be followed by a concert of organ music in St. Mary`s Basilica on the Main Market Square (19:30-20:30). We plan to walk from the City Hall to the Basilica. The distance to walk is about 500 meters, in case you need our help or guidance please contact the organizers.

Concert program:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
- Sonata No. 6 in D minor Op. 65 No. 6
Chorale and Variations/Fugue: Sostenuto e legato/Finale: Andante
César Franck (1822-1890)
- Choral No. 3 in A minor
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
- Finale from Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 59

Prof. Andrzej Białko from the Academy of Music in Kraków himself will play the organ.

One complimentary ticket is included with each registration. Guest tickets may be purchased (until Tuesday, 17:30) at the registration desk.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Excursion 2: Wieliczka Salt Mine
Start and duration: starts at 14:30, takes approximately 4 hours
Price: 46 EUR per person
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.

Salt Mine in Wieliczka

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.

The meeting of the International Advisory Committee will be held at 18:00. The detail information is transferred directly to the members of the Committee.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Excursion 3: Cracow's John Paul II Sanctuary, Kosciuszko Mound - Tyniec Abbey
Start and duration: starts at 9:00, takes approximately 6 hours
Price: 58 EUR per person
Price includes: English speaking guide, admission fees, transportation by minibus.

Cracow's John Paul II Sanctuary

John Paul II Center in Kraków 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 Kosciuszko Mound
chapels. The center is conveniently situated in close proximity to the famous Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.

Kosciuszko Mound

The most famous mound in Poland, Kosciuszko Mound is situated on the Blessed Bronislawa Hill in Kraków. A symbolic tomb is a tribute to the great national hero, Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The Kosciuszko Mound is a highlight of the Kraków landscape. The place that used to be pictured by painters, Kosciuszko Mound
now enraptures the tourists with its diversified panorama. There is a view from the mound over the green Blonia Commons, historic Wawel castle, industrial district Nowa Huta, forests, rocks of the Kraków-Czestochowa 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. Tyniec Abbey
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.

The Gala Dinner with traditional Polish cuisine and a short presentation of Lesser Poland’s culture will be organized in “Folwark Zalesie”, a farm restaurant that is located in Grajewo village (about 25km from the center of Kraków). After the dinner, there will be an “international multiculture evening” with a live music, dancing and traditional local and international drinks (there is no time limit to finish the evening…, except of the next session which starts on Friday at 9:00 in the morning).

If you prefer vegetarian food, please inform the registration desk not later than on Wednesday, 15 July 2015.

Tickets are required for all attendees and guests to attend the Gala Dinner. One complimentary ticket is included with each registration. Guest tickets may be purchased (until Wednesday, 18:00) at the registration desk at the cost of 50 EUR per ticket.

The buses will depart to the restaurant at 18:15 from the parking in vicinity of U-2 building. You will be guided by the organizers to find the bus soon after the end of the Thursdays poster session (around 18:15).

The way back from the “Folwark Zalesie”:
Buses will depart from the restaurant and transport you to the city center. First bus will depart at about 21:00 and then the subsequent bus departs are scheduled depending on the needs of participants.

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