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Grandeur and History of Poland

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 1,590.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,080.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Apr 18, 2021 - Apr 25, 2021 
Jul 04, 2021 - Jul 11, 2021 
Aug 01, 2021 - Aug 08, 2021 
Aug 22, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021 
Sep 26, 2021 - Oct 03, 2021 

Hotels:

 Warsaw: Mercure Centrum (F) or similar
 Krakow: Novotel Centrum (F) or similar
 Poznan: Novotel Centrum (F) or similar
 Gdansk: Holiday Inn City Centre (F) or similar

Included:

 Arrival transfer from Warsaw airport to the hotel; or alternatively, join from Kompas’ “Helsinki and the Baltic Dominions” tour.
 8-day/7-night guided tour featuring:
• Centrally located first class hotels:
▪ 2 nights in Warsaw
▪ 2 nights in Krakow
▪ 1 night in Poznan
▪ 2 nights in Gdansk
• Breakfast daily
• A welcome reception in Warsaw (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink)
• A dinner in Krakow (coffee or tea included)
• A farewell dinner in Gdansk (coffee or tea included)
 Hotel taxes and service charges
 Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
 Professional English-speaking tour director
 Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
 Admission included where indicated in bold letters
 Luggage handling at the hotels
 Whisper technology enhanced touring
 Departure transfer from Gdansk to Gdansk airport or to Berlin for your continuation with Kompas’ “Bygone and Present Day Discovery of Germany” tour

Highlights & Experience:

 Warsaw and its charming Old Town
 Yasna Gora Monastery, home to Poland's Black Madonna
 Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
 Krakow’s medieval core and Jewish quarter
 The colorful facades of Gdansk

Special Features:

 Visit of a chocolate factory with tasting in Warsaw
 Tasting of Polish Vodka in Krakow
 Beer tasting in Poznan

Itinerary:

Day 1  : ARRIVAL IN WARSAW

Upon arrival in Warsaw, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There’s time to relax. Tonight, your tour director is hosting a welcome reception and will introduce you to your fellow travelers and to the fascinating tour that awaits you. (WR)

Day 2  : WARSAW

This city is the 700-year-old political and cultural capital of Poland. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from grand Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, and past the summer residence of the last king of Poland. We see the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then we embark on a walking tour of the Old Town passing the Old Market Square, and St. John’s Cathedral. Next, we visit a chocolate factory, for a tour and for some sampling. You can taste some hot chocolate, cocoa beans and three different kinds of chocolate bars. You then have a chance to concoct your very own chocolate bar and take it home as a souvenir. The rest of the day is free. (B)

Options: Chopin concert
Day 3  : WARSAW - KRAKOW

This morning, our journey continues to Czestochowa, famous for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the "Black Madonna". In the afternoon, we solemnly visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. This former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. After our visit, we continue to Krakow where we have dinner. (B, D)

Day 4  : KRAKOW

Our sightseeing starts with a visit of Wawel Hill, where we see the Royal Castle and visit the Royal Cathedral. Then, we walk around the Old Town, visit the Main Market Square, the Renaissance Cloth Hall, and St. Mary's Church. During our tour, we stop to taste Polish vodka and learn about Polish traditions and culture. The afternoon is free to shop and do more sightseeing on your own. (B)

Options: Pierogi making class
Day 5  : KRAKOW - POZNAN

We drive to Poznan, and en-route, we stop in Wroclaw, a city built on 12 islands, for a visit to the oldest part of town. In the afternoon, when we arrive in Poznan, we visit a local brewery and participate in some beer tasting. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 6  : POZNAN - GDANSK

We peer into the heart of Poznan by walking around the Imperial Castle, which dates back over 100 years when the city was under Prussian, and later German, rule. We continue with a visit to the Gothic Cathedral on the island of Ostrow Tumski. Next, we cross the Chrobry Bridge to enter the splendid Old Town, famous for the Renaissance Town Hall which towers over Market Square. We end our tour at Freedom Square which is surrounded by famous 19th-century buildings, including the National Museum, the Kaczynski Library, the Bazar Hotel, and Arkadia. Our next stop is Torun where, in the gothic Old Town, famous astronomer Nicholas Copernicus was born. This afternoon, we travel to our last destination, Gdansk. (B)

Day 7  : GDANSK

This morning begins with a half-day tour. The Old Town of Gdansk is a delightful place. We see the Long Market with its restored townhouses. Then, we see the Fountain of Neptune, the Upland Gate, the Golden Gate, the Coal Market, the Długa Street, the rebuilt Upgahen house, and finally Solidarity Square. Our next stop is at the largest gothic church in the world made of bricks: St. Mary's church. Here, we admire the great astronomical clock from the 15th century, old sculptures and a replica of Hans Memling’s famous painting "The Last Judgement". The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, gather with your fellow travelers and your tour director for our farewell dinner. (B, D)

Options: Visit of the Malbork castle
Day 8  : DEPARTURE FROM GDANSK

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Gdansk airport for your departure flight. Alternatively, you can continue your journey and join Kompas’ “Bygone and Present Day Discovery of Germany” Tour. (B)