Per Person in USD:
$ 2,100.00 ( double occupancy)
$ 2,550.00 ( single occupancy)
$ 450.00 (Extension)
At the beginning of your Poland vacations our driver will pick you up outside the Warsaw airport arrival hall and bring you to your hotel. Meet our tour leader and the rest of the group members in the hotel lobby in the early afternoon, and depart for your city sightseeing tour of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. The city was destroyed during World War II and later rebuilt. Sights include Old Town, the Royal Castle, the Warsaw Uprising monument and Lazienki Park with the Frederic Chopin monument. Dinner tonight is at a restaurant in Old Town. Overnight in Warsaw. (D)
After breakfast, we drive north for a few hours, to Gdansk, known as the seaside capital of Poland. We will visit the old port of Gdansk, the birthplace and home of the Solidarity Movement, the Basilica, the Neptun Monument, Zuraw Gdanski (the National Maritime Museum), the harbor and the Westerplatte, a historical place in the city. Later we will stop in Oliwa and listen to a concert on a baroque pipe organ at the Gothic Cathedral. Dinner at our hotel in Gdansk. Overnight in Gdansk. (B, D)
This morning we continue to Malbork to see the Malbork Castle, built in the 13th century, it is probably the largest medieval castle in Europe. The castle was first called Marienburg and served as the residence for the Grand Masters of the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Malbork Castle is built from red bricks and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We will also visit the resort town of Sopot, where we have some time to relax and walk the longest wooden pier in Europe. We'll have dinner at our hotel in Gdansk. Overnight in Gdansk. (B, D)
Today we will visit the picturesque city of Torun, located on the banks of the Vistula River. Our tour includes Old Town and the Museum dedicated to the famous Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus. Dinner in Torun. Overnight in Torun. (B, D)
We depart for Gniezno after breakfast, with a stop in Biskupin on our way, to see one of the oldest archaeological sites in Poland. The site is an open-air museum where you can see a reconstructed settlement dated from 750 B.C. We continue to Gniezno where we visit the Cathedral before arriving in Poznan for dinner. Overnight in Poznan. (B, D)
We start our city sightseeing tour of Poznan after breakfast. We'll visit the country's oldest cathedral with tombs of the first Polish rulers and the impressive Town Hall. We continue to Czestochowa where we will celebrate an evening Mass at the Black Madonna Monastery. Dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Czestochowa. (B, D)
We leave after breakfast for the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, where we visit the Black Lady - Queen of Poland Sanctuary. A Pauline monk will tell us about the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna.
Next, we depart for Oswiecim for a guided tour to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Martyrdom Museum and Nazi Concentration camp. Dinner and overnight at our nearby hotel.
Overnight near Oswiecim (B, D)
After breakfast we depart for the Pieniny Mountains, stopping in Wadowice, John Paul II's hometown on the way. Our visit also includes the Basilica where he was baptized and have a taste of the famous "Pope's cream cakes" before arriving at the Pieniny National Park where we take a rafting trip on the Dunajec River. We will see the beautiful Niedzica and the Czorszyn castles before we enter a deep gorge surrounded by limestone peaks. Dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Zakopane. (B, D)
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Poland's most beautiful resort town today. We will also go up to Mt. Gubalowka by cable car for a panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains. This afternoon you will have some free time to relax, go shopping for hand-made arts and crafts or join our guide for a 2-hour walk in one of the nearby valleys. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant accompanied by live music. Overnight in Zakopane. (B, D)
The tour today takes us to the 800-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine, the oldest in Europe. We will visit the many underground chambers, including the St. Kinga's Chapel, complete with sculptures and relics, and underground salt lakes and corridors housing the original constructions and post-excavation chambers. We leave the Salt Mine and drive towards Krakow, stopping on the way at the former Schindler's Factory to see the exhibition "Krakow under Nazi occupation." Dinner in Krakow. Overnight in Krakow. (B, D)
We begin our tour of Krakow today. The city is a treasure house of architecture and art, collected since the 10th century. We start at Wawel Hill, where we visit the Royal Castle and the Coronation Cathedral where kings and famous poles were buried. The Royal Chambers houses a priceless collection of Flemish tapestries. We'll take a walk through the walled Old Town, see the Barbican, St. Mary's Church in the Market Square, with the famous 15th-Century Linden wood altar, and last but not least, the Cloth Hall housing a multitude of souvenir shops. This afternoon you can relax in Old Town if you like, or pay a visit to the former Jewish district, Kazimierz. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. Overnight in Krakow. (B, D)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to Krakow airport for your departure flight.
Those who choose to extend their Poland vacations will depart with our guide on the bus after breakfast, driving to Sandomierz in Central Poland. We will stop in the famous "painted village" of Zalipe on the way, where we visit a small museum, painted both inside and outside in decorative, colorful patterns. Our local guide will tell us about traditions and describe life in a Polish village hundreds of years ago.
Next, we drive along the Vistula river valley to Sandomierz, where we check in to our hotel before enjoying a sightseeing tour of the city. We will see fine examples of Renaissance architecture as we walk through the streets of Old Town and visit the castle. The Underground Tourist Route, possibly built in the 14th century as warehouses and merchant's shops is an interesting area. Dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Sandomierz. (B, D)
We leave Sandomierz after breakfast and drive along the Vistula River to the charming old town of Kazimierz Dolny, also known as the "city of artists." A local guide will join us for a panoramic tour of Old Town, the Goldsmith Museum, and the Franciscan Monastery, with a superb view of the city. After the city sightseeing, we'll take a one-hour cruise on the river before continuing by coach to Warsaw, where we have a farewell dinner at one of Warsaw's best restaurants. Overnight in Warsaw. (B, D)
After breakfast, check out of hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Tour code: EXPLND