$ 1,640.00 (double/twin occupancy)
$ 2,120.00 (single occupancy)
* 3 nights at 5-star hotel in Warsaw - Sofitel Victoria or similar
* 2 nights at 4-star hotel in Zakopane - Grand Nosalowy or similar
* 3 nights at 4-star hotel in Krakow - Golden Tulip Kazimierz or similar
* Selected class hotels, rooms with private facilities
* English-speaking tour escort assistance
* Obligatory local guides
* Private air-conditioned motor coach/minibus (depending on the group size)
* Meals as per itinerary:
- breakfast daily,
- 4 x lunch
- 4 x dinner (including one dinner with folkloric show in Zakopane, and one home-hosted dinner in Lowicz)
* Cake & coffee/tea at famous Warsaw cafeteria
* Cake & coffee/tea at famous Krakow caféteria
* Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
* Entrance fees:
- Warsaw – Royal Castle
- Czestochowa – Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine
- Krakow – Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church
- Wieliczka Salt Mine
- Zakopane – cable car to Gubalowka Hill and a rafting trip on the Dunajec River
* Chopin concert with a glass of sparkling wine
* Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
* Hotel charges and taxes
Meet your guide and the rest of the group in the lobby at 6:00 PM for a drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route, passing historic monuments and residences before stopping at Castle Square for a walk through Old Town. We will stop at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner of typical Polish dishes served with the famous Polish vodka, “Zubrowka." Overnight in Warsaw. (D)
Today you will be introduced to the highlights of Warsaw. Our morning sightseeing includes a visit to Old Town and its impressive Royal Castle, the seat of the kings of Poland. Old Town was beautifully restored after World War II. On May 3rd In 1791, the Constitution was proclaimed at this castle, making it the 2nd oldest constitution in the world, after the US Constitution. We will visit the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Magnificent Knight’s Hall housing six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Throne Room and the Marble Room which has 22 portraits of Polish kings, and the most impressive of all the chambers in the castle, the Ballroom. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Old Town before we continue our drive past the National Opera House and Town Hall to the former Warsaw Ghetto. We will visit the famous Wedel chocolate factory for a taste of their delicious hot chocolate at the “Wedel Old Fashioned Shop." This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical journey through Frederic Chopin’s world famous compositions at a piano recital. Overnight in Warsaw. (B, L)
Today we depart for Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, one of the most popular vacation resorts in Poland. We will stop in Czestochowa for lunch and to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its miraculous icon. We arrive in Zakopane in the evening. This beautiful resort town is located in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont, at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Zakopane used to be a small mountain village but became a favorite artist’s retreat at the beginning of the 20th century. Overnight in Zakopane. (B, L)
After breakfast, we will explore Zakopane. The town is known for its beautiful wooden architecture style, called Zakopianski Style, copied in other parts of Poland. The Jaszczurowka Chapel is another good example of the wooden architecture style. We will also visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation of the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an assassination attempt. From the top of the Gubalowka Mountain, you will get a great view of the Tatra Mountains. Here you can also find souvenirs of local arts and crafts of the Highlanders (Gorale) in the local shops. Lunch on your own and some free time to explore the town. Dinner tonight is served at a typical Highlanders’ Inn with a folkloric music and dance show. Overnight in Zakopane. (B, D)
This day is free to explore Zakopane as you wish. We can suggest a leisurely rafting trip on the Dunajec River in the Pieniny National Park. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. We leave for the medieval city of Krakow in the afternoon. Overnight in Krakow. (B, L)
KRAKOW'S HISTORIC CENTRE – on the UNESCO HERITAGE LIST since 1978.
In the morning we will visit Wawel, the Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. These stately halls and chambers have priceless art, ancient objects and valuable period furniture as well as a unique collection of 16th-century tapestries. We will visit the 18 chapels of the Wawel Cathedral, real architectural masterpieces, and the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. The Polish kings were crowned and buried in the Cathedral. It is also the home of the Zygmunt bell, dating back to 1520 and ranked as the world’s largest. After visiting Wawel, we will stop for coffee and cake at the famous Krakow Cafeteria before we continue to Old Town and its restored Main Square with magnificent homes and palaces. We will stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to view the beautiful wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. Cloth Hall, in the middle of the square, was built before 1349 and renovated in the 16th century and has many interior shopping stalls. Your afternoon is free to explore the city further. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in Old Town. Overnight in Krakow. (B, D)
AUSCHWITZ - BIRKENAU German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) – on the UNESCO HERITAGE LIST since 1979.
This morning we leave for Auschwitz, the former Nazi Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is a museum today and a silent witness to the human tragedy. On our way back to Krakow we stop in Wadowice, John Paul II' birthplace. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit his childhood home. From the window of his bedroom, he could see a clock with the sign “Time flies, eternity awaits."
In the Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was baptized there is a special plaque commemorating this fact as well as a stone font where the Pope prayed during His first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. You will have some free time after we return to Krakow in the afternoon. Overnight in Krakow. (B, L)
WIELICZKA SALT MINE – on the UNESCO HERITAGE LIST since 1978
Today we visit the oldest salt mine in Europe, in Wieliczka. See the underground world that many generations of Polish miners carved from salt; the fabulous St. Kinga Chapel with beautiful chandeliers, a masterpiece, as well as salt chambers and monuments. After lunch on you own, we stop in Lowicz on our way to Warsaw. The Mazovian town of Lowicz is known for folk art such as colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. A local family serves dinner in their home at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. Enjoy a typical Polish welcome of bread and salt before being served by the young married couple in their lovely house. Chat with them about their daily life and have your dessert outside in a beautiful garden. After dinner, we drive back to Warsaw. Overnight in Warsaw. (B, D)
After breakfast, optional transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Group size max. 40 people.
English speaking guide.