Arcadia Park. Aqueduct. Designer of garden in the English style and complex of buildings in the style of the Greek-Roman-Gothic was in the eighteenth century Helena Radziwiłł. The lady of the Russian Tsarina Catherine II and her close friend. Helena spoke fluent in French, Italian, English, German and Italian - but she could not speak Polish. She was one of the most beautiful and richest women of that time. She had numerous romances - including first with the Russian Ambassador in Poland and then for a change with the English ambassador. And, during those periods, with the Polish king Stanisław August. All love affairs were tolerated by her husband because it brought him tangible material and political benefits. She had 9 children (one was not accepted by her husband) with different types of beauty, but at that time - because of the free customs - was tactless to ask about the actual origin of the offspring.
Arcadia Park. Temple of Diana. One of the most recognizable buildings in the park was a cabinet with a collection of antique sculptures from Greece and Rome and the Princess' bedroom. Above the entrance placed Italian quotation from Petrarch: "Here I have found peace after all of my fights," and inside the works of art that through her friendship with the Empress Catherine brought from the excavations on the Black Sea. Went down in history a simple country breakfast which the princess prepared for her guests. Living room turned into a spruce forest and the village were set outside the four straw huts in which was served meals from 4 trendiest restaurant then. As claimed today party was unsuccessful "...because how many times someone picked up the radish or herring have to touch by his nose a bush of rose or hook a tree branch, and then the Princess sounded inhuman screams."
Arcadia Park. Shrine of High Priest. The two-storey building with fragments transferred from the castle in nearby Łowicza and with tombs built into the walls from the church in Łowicz (200 details). Over the roof towering turret with a dovecote, and on the east wall is a relief with the French inscription: "Hope feeds Chimera, and life goes on." The owner of the property could spend huge sums on the development of the park despite the morbid avarice of husband. The only money they both spent - went to collections of works of art. They have forgetting about the rest of mundane things. They did not pay for household. They sued suppliers for every penny. Even for own children they bequeathed in a dowry villages and other goods - long time belonging to someone else.
Sierpc. Country cottage. In the area of 60 hectares accumulated over 80 peasant and court buildings. From a country cottage from the nineteenth century, through a manor house and church - to a windmill. All the buildings are surrounded by vegetable and floral gardens with walking among live animals. In the interiors of the cottages are shown daily rural activities. That is how looked drying of herbs, laundry and mangle of underwear and preparing sauerkraut, a primary source of vitamins in the winter. After steaming in boiling water a wooden barrel, was cutting cabbage into strips, added salt, bay leaves, cumin and apples. And then - after a decent cleaning of legs - the housekeeper entered into a barrel and kneading the cabbage with bare feet. Now remained only to wait 2 weeks at the end of fermentation. In the winter - the greatest delicacy for the villagers were taken from the cabbage mashed apples.
Sierpc. Complex of country cottages. The museum exhibits has more than 13,000 exhibits, including items imaging formerly used equipment and devices. And so you can see how in the old time centrifuged sour cream, whipped butter or squeezed tomato juice with a wooden press. And also how barrels were made, or how forged metal products in the forge. One of the strangest Polish cuisine is a soup called czernina. Its main ingredient is the blood of ducks or chickens, to which is added vinegar, sugar and fruit. Czernina was served in the old days to cavalier, who was refused the hand of woman for marriage. Today, if you happen to meet in a restaurant menu blood soup - if you are not from the Adams family - we recommend to before eating drink a large vodka for courage.
Visiting the open air museum in Sierpc with guide and horse-drawn carriage ride.
Visiting Park Arkadia with our guide.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arrival to Arkadia Park, for 30 minutes you sightsee buildings in the park with our guide (2 languages : english, polish). Then we visit open air museum in Sierpc, where local guide (3 languages: english, german, polish) guides us in the museum and takes us for a ride on a horse-drawn carriage (time 2 hours).
After completion of Park Arkadia & Open-Air Museum in Sierpc Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Arkadia.
2. Park Arkadia. Sightseeing of Arkadia park with guide. Temple of Diana with Etruscan office, tabernacle of the High Priest, Sybil's Cave, Burgrave House, Gothic House, Roman circus and amphitheater, aqueduct, wall with hermas, Greek Arch.
3. Transit Arkadia - Sierpc.
4. Open-Air Museum in Sierpc. Sightseeing of open air museum in Sierpc with guide. Village with inn, forge and cottages. Rural mansion from the seventeenth century chapel. Village church with bell tower. Horse-drawn carriage ride around the museum.
5. Transit Sierpc - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 7 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Arkadia is 80 km / 50 miles.
Distance between Arkadia and Sierpc is 105 km / 65 miles.
Distance between Sierpc and Warsaw is 125 km / 78 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Time of Park Arkadia-Sierpc Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.