22 January 2012

Lemko Homeland Tour

Lemko Region—July 20–August 2, 2012
Optional Western Poland—August 2–6

Seize the cultural experience of a lifetime! Discover the richness and fullness of the Lemko Rusyn heritage in the scenic and haunting beauty of the Lemko homeland, Lemkovyna, nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Carpathian Mountains of southeastern Poland.

Learn about the Lemko people, their history, culture, and the events that helped shape their lives. Enjoy their songs and dances, their delicious foods and wonderful traditions, and the camaraderie of the local Lemko people. Visit the village of your ancestors and walk in their footsteps.

C-RS tour director, Nancy Revak teams up with native Lemko cultural leaders to give you a true taste of Lemko culture and history. It's an experience you will never forget—one from which you will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of your own Lemko ancestry

Don't miss out. Register NOW! Deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2012.

This year's Lemko Tour is twelve days full of interesting experiences. Add four more days on the optional extension to Western Poland, where Lemkos were forcibly resettled in the 1947 Akcja Wisla, and where many Lemkos still live today. Attend the annual Vatra Lemkos in Exile, a traditional bonfire festival, where Lemko Rusyns from many lands reunite to celebrate their survival and revival.

This year, tour members will have the choice of departing the U.S. from two locations: 
  • Chicago—for the convenience of those traveling from the West and Midwest
  • NY/NJ—for those traveling from the East

Everyone will meet up in Warsaw and continue together from there.

The Lemko Homeland Tour is sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society (C-RS) in cooperation with the Rusin Association of Minnesota. Polish American Tours (PAT Tours) will book your air travel roundtrip from your local airport and back.

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in taking the tour, IMMEDIATELY contact Nancy Revak at lemkotour@c-rs.org or 310-473-8522. EARLY SIGN-UP IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to take advantage of current airline rates, taxes and fees, which are expected to increase significantly after the first of the year and skyrocket the closer we get to the summer peak travel season

For the full details and registration form, view the announcement here. 

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