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Rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, and beautiful landscapes make Poland an interesting place to discover. This brilliant getaway begins in the Polish capital of Warsaw. Explore the port city of Gdansk, capital of amber, and visit nearby Torun, where Copernicus was born and which boasts an impressive Teutonic Knights’ castle. Spend a night in romantic Poznan, then stop at the historic Jasna Góra monastery with its Black Madonna. Spend two nights in Kraków, with guided sightseeing featuring the Market Square, Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, and more. Visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust, then return to Warsaw for two overnights and the end of this fascinating vacation.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Poznan, Jasna Góra, Kraków, Auschwitz; professional Tour Director while touring
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp
- Historic Centre of Krakow
- Historic Centre of Warsaw
- Wieliczka Salt Mines
- Castle of the Teutonic Order in Marlbork
- Medieval town of Torun
Transportation:Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive in Warsaw, Poland
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Warsaw–Gdansk
Today’s included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, Poland’s vibrant capital and largest city. Magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction, Warsaw is a rich tapestry of nearly every European architectural style, from gothic to neoclassical, with wide, modern avenues in striking contrast to the narrow lanes of the old section. Continue to Gdansk on the Baltic Sea for two overnights.
Day 3 Gdansk
One of the most important shipping ports in Northern Europe, Gdansk (formerly known by its German name, Danzig) is the birthplace of “Solidarity,” the Polish trade union that revolutionized Polish modern politics. Sightseeing this morning with your Local Guide introduces you to the city’s past and present. Later today, join the optional excursion to the town of Malbork, founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights. Visit its gothic Marienburg Castle, one of the most striking fortified castles in Europe and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4 Gdansk–Torun–Poznan
First stop today is medieval Torun on the Vistula River, birthplace of renaissance astronomer Copernicus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Local Guide will introduce you to the many captivating highlights, including the STAROWKA Old Town with the ruins of a 13th-century Teutonic Knights’ castle as well as many gothic churches and houses. Head west to Poznan, one of the country’s oldest cities and a part of Polish history for the past 1,000 years. This afternoon, your included city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the main attractions.
Day 5 Poznan–Jasna Góra–Kraków
First to Jasna Góra near Czestochowa for a guided visit of the MONASTERY that withstood the repeated onslaughts of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna has been venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Later, head to Kraków for two overnights.
Day 6 Kraków
Dating back to the 7th century, Kraków is held up by many as Poland’s most beautiful city. It was the country’s capital for over 500 years; today, it is its cultural capital. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide shows off ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, Wawel Hill, and ST. MARY'S CHURCH. There is also an opportunity to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a renowned mine that produced table salt continuously from the 13th century until 2007. This evening, consider joining an optional polka party.
Day 7 Kraków–Auschwitz–Warsaw
Encounter sobering history this morning on your visit to what is left of the Auschwitz CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. In the afternoon, return to Warsaw.
Day 8 Warsaw
After breakfast, revisit Warsaw on your own or maybe join an optional excursion to Wilanów Castle. Tonight’s optional farewell dinner is a great way to round out your exciting adventure in Poland.
Day 9 Warsaw
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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“As a native Pole, raised in Warsaw, I will share insight with you about Poland and its people. It is my passion to make sure that visitors fully understand the history and culture of my beloved country. Dynamics of our tour program makes your travel experience unique. You will have time to focus on our customs, traditions, hospitality, landscapes and delicious food. As cooking is my other passion, I truly believe that I can share my love for Polish food with you.”
WARSAW Mercure Centrum (F)GDANSK Mercure Old Town (F)POZNAN Novotel Centrum (F)KRAKÓW Novotel City West (F)
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Gdansk, a royal and Hanseatic city, is regarded as the symbolic place where World War II broke out. Situated by the rivers Motlawa and Vistula, Gdansk is appreciated both for its natural environment and for its historical heritage. Board a beautiful galleon style boat and enjoy an exciting round trip cruise from Gdansk to Westerplatte and back. A local guide will be explaining the main sights of the city to you.
Approximate value: 35 EUR per person
Folklore & Dinner
On this evening excursion you will be taken to enjoy the unique atmosphere of a 18th century wooden restaurant just outside Krakow. After a glass of vodka or wine or soft drink as an aperitif sit back and relax and enjoy a 4 course traditional Polish dinner with unlimited drinks, mineral water and coffee or tea. At the start of the meal there will be relaxing background music and singing followed by the first half of the folklore program. After a short break for you to enjoy the main course, the show will continue and people will be invited to dance with the members of the folk group if they wish. To round off the evening the band will play some well-known international hits. Return back to the hotel in Krakow around 11 pm.
Approximate value: 55 EUR per person
Wieliczka Salt Mines
This excursion lasts about 4 hours and takes you to Wieliczka salt mines, which are a UNESCO World cultural heritage. Wieliczka is an old mining town with a 14th century bastion remaining from the town walls and 16th/18th century churches. The visit of the mines will be with a local guide, and you will be taken down to the mines by a short elevator ride. The salt mines have been in operation continuously since the 13th century and are one of the oldest working mines in the world. The tourist route is about 3 kms long and on 3 levels going to a depth of 136 metres. The route leads through various chambers, passing small salt lakes and richly decorated with salt sculptures and leads into the chapel of the Blessed Kinga. This excursion is not recommended for anyone with walking difficulties and those participating are advised to wear suitable shoes and to bring a sweater or coat as it is quite chilly in the mines. At the end of the tour ride back to the surface by the elevator. Anyone wishing to take photos or videos will need to buy a special pass at the ticket office before going down into the mines.
Approximate value: 44 EUR per person
Drive to the entrance of the Old Town for a walk through the narrow streets to a restaurant located in the shadow of Zygmunt's column on Warsaw's most well-known street. This traditional Polish restaurant, with its cozy atmosphere and impressive range of local and international dishes, will let you enjoy a 3 course dinner with unlimited wine or beer or soft drinks plus mineral water and coffee or tea. During the evening there will be live piano music to add to the atmosphere. After dinner you will have some time to stroll through the romantic cobbled streets before returning back to the hotel by coach or if you prefer to stay longer in the area you will be told how to you can easily make your own way back to the hotel.
Approximate value: 45 EUR per person
Early afternoon departure for a drive out to Wilanow Palace and Museum, where upon arrival a local guide from the Palace will take care of you for a guided tour lasting approx. 2 hrs. The Palace was built at the end of the 17th century as a present by King Jan III Sobieski for his French wife and to make her feel more at home in her new country, as it was modelled on Versailles. Wilanow reached its heyday in the time of Stanislaw Potocki between 1799 and 1821 as he spent a considerable amount of time and effort in bringing the residence to top condition. In 1805 he opened the vast collection to the public thus creating Poland's first museum. Since 1945 the Palace has become state property. There will probably be time to look around the famous gardens with Baroque style garden, an English garden, a Chinese summerhouse, a Roman bridge and old pump house. Later in the afternoon drive back to Warsaw.
Approximate value: 30 EUR per person
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