Visit Poland with Lira!
Dear Friend of the Lira Ensemble, for many years, Lira has offered cultural tours of Poland to provide our fans a fun and convenient way to get to know Poland better, and to connect with their family heritage. We are happy to announce that 2017 will feature two tours of Poland, the first to Southern and Central Poland, and the second to Northern Poland. Both tours feature first-class accomodations, superb food and comfortable travel on the finest motorcoaches. Lira tours minimize the headaches of international travel by flying non-stop from Chicago on LOT airlines – the only carrier offering direct flights to Warsaw. We make travelling as comfortable as possible.
As you may know, Lira is a not-for-profit organization and is the only professional performing arts company in the US specializing in Polish music, song, and dance. We are a symphony orchestra, singers and dancers and are artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago. We have organized tours of Poland since 1993. I am a second generation tour director, trained by my parents who were very successful travel agents specializing in Poland. Lira has become famous for its tours because we stress personal service, as well as spotlight the arts, folk and high culture, and history. We are experts on Poland, so we show you all the attractions, but also go to places and do things unavailable to most tourists.
Our trips are like a group of friends visiting Poland, because they attract interesting, like-minded people whose company I am certain you will enjoy. Ours is an exclusive tour; you will not be “bundled” with other groups. Our performers do not go along; these excursions are only for Lira supporters, audience members, their family and friends, but you do not need to be Polish to join us.
My role is to explain why you should see what our unique tour has to offer: I lead discussions about Poland. I teach you to sing in Polish on the bus, and I teach a bit of the Polish language. We sample all kinds of delicious Polish cuisine and attend concerts and shows. And we have lots and lots of fun. This is a first class tour, organized by the best travel company in Poland, with a state-of-the-art tour bus and the finest hotels – many of them new. Our price includes airfare, hotels, transportation in Poland and three meals a day, except a few meals on your own, so you can choose your menu, or have a chance not to eat, because the Poles give us lots of food – too good not to eat.
2017 is the year to see Poland, because both the euro and the Polish zloty are weak, so you will get more for your dollars. Also, you risk nothing; if a tour is cancelled, you get all your money back. Lira tours are a great value because we do not print fancy, full-color brochures and our advertising is mostly word-of-mouth. We use all your money showing you a great time. Whatever is left, we use for our mission of bringing the best of Polish culture into American life. Since we are a charity, any excess income to us is considered a donation by you. After the tour, when all bills are paid, we will provide a tax receipt showing what amount you can deduct, which is usually about 8% of the tour price.
I hope to see you in Poland this summer!
Sincerely, Lucyna Migala