$ 2,985.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,830.00 (single occupancy)
Warsaw 2 nights : Sofitel Victoria 5*
Gizycko 2 nights: St. Bruno 4*
Gdansk 3 night: Hanza 4*
Torun 1 nights : 1231 4*
Wroclaw 2 night : Sofitel Wroclaw 4*
Zakopane 2 nights: Logos 3*
Krakow 3 nights: Amber Design 4*
Everything included in the Polish Dream Tour & much more:
Even more precious time in Gdańsk/Sopot and Zakopane
Entrance to Hitler’s HQ, the Wolf’s Lair
Castle hotel in the Masurian Lake district
Baroque frescos in Sanctuary of Saint Mary in Święta Lipka
Lifestyle farming in Masuria
Delicious croissants in Poznan
Spectacular Dunajec river raft trip
Polish winetasting in KrakówFolk architecture in Masuria
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE MONUMENTS:
Historic Centre of Warsaw
Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
Medieval Town of Toruń
Kraków's Historic Centre
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Church of Peace in Świdnica
NATIONAL & LANDSCAPE PARKS:
The Tatra National Park
Masurian Landscape Park
Cruise in Gdansk - $15 pp
This tour is inspired by many tourists who liked our ‘Grand Tour of Poland’, and wished it had lasted even longer. This is one of a kind program for those lucky to have more than two weeks to explore the outstanding heritage, charm and lifestyle of Poland. The Polish Dream comes with more quality time in Gdańsk and Zakopane; it unlocks the marvellous landscape of the Masurian Lakes and explores the dark and grim atmosphere of Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair. Make a voyage on the most beautiful Polish river and become convinced that in Poland everything is possible, even great wine.
Meet with your tour leader, your guide, and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby this evening for an informational meeting and a delicious welcome dinner. Overnight in Warsaw. (D)
This morning, our sightseeing tour will cover the very best of Warsaw. The reconstruction of Old Town after the war has put this colorful and charming part of the city on UNESCO's World Heritage List. We will tour the old Jewish Ghetto area where we can still see parts of the wall that separated the Jews and the Poles during the occupation. We will travel the Royal Route that links the Royal Castle to Wilanow Palace, including a visit to Warsaw's most beautiful park, the Royal Lazienki Palace Park.
You will have some free time for lunch on your own before visiting the very modern Warsaw Uprising Museum, commemorating the uprising of 1944, the most important event defining today's Warsaw. You can also omit this visit and have some free time if you wish.
Enjoy a typical Polish dinner in one of Warsaw's best restaurants this evening. You are invited to a private Chopin piano concert after dinner. Listen to Chopin's masterpieces such as etudes, mazurkas, polonaises, impromptus, scherzos, nocturnes and preludes while sipping a glass of sparkling wine. Overnight in Warsaw. (B, D)
We depart for the Masurian Lake district right after breakfast. This area is known for its natural beauty and almost 3,000 beautiful lakes. We will visit the Skansen Kurpiowski, a small folk architecture museum located in Nowogrod, an area of the Kurpie region. We arrive in Gizycko, a resort town in the lake region, in the afternoon. Here we have some free time to explore the many sights; such as the Teutonic castle, the Boyen Fortress, the neo-classical Evangelical church as well as other churches. Dinner and overnight stay in an elegant hotel that used to be a castle. Overnight in Gizycko. (B, D)
This morning we travel to the middle of the Masurian forest where Hitler's wartime headquarters, the Wolf's Lair, was located. We can see the ruins and the bunker where Hitler spent almost three years in charge of his army operations. The bunker was the site of the well-known assassination attempt in 1944, made famous in the movie "Valkyrie." After lunch, we visit the important pilgrimage shrine, Swieta Lipka, on Lake Dejnowa, near Mragowo. Listed as possibly the most magnificent object of the late Baroque period in Poland today, this monument is of exceptional value. Overnight in Gizycko. (B)
Today's sightseeing takes us west towards the Baltic Sea and the town of Malbork. We will stop at the Lavender Fields Farm on the way for a fragrant experience and to better understand everyday life in this area. The Malbork Castle, built in the 13th century, 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. The castle is built from red bricks and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We continue to Gdansk in the late afternoon. Dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Gdansk. (B, D)
Gdansk is a historic and cultural centre with outstanding examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. During sightseeing you will see the Old Town, St. Mary’s cathedral (the largest Gothic church in Poland) dominating the town, the Neptune Fountain and the Artus Court. After we drive to Oliwa, one of Gdansk’s most attractive districts, with a large Cistercian monastery complex including the Oliwa Cathedral. The cathedral is home to a rare 18th-century pipe organ, one of the largest of its kind in the world. After an organ concert your will have free time for lunch.
Afternoon & evening. Free time. Overnight in Gdansk. (B)
This day is free for you to do as you please. For shoppers, Gdansk is known as the Amber capital of Poland. You can travel to the beautiful seaside resort of Sopot, or visit the modernist port of Gdynia farther north or cruise from Gdansk to Westerplatte (site of the opening shots of World War II) in a replica of a galleon. Overnight in Gdansk. (B)
Today, we drive south to one of the most popular cities on all our tours; Torun. The city is small and easily covered by foot, with many architectural surprises such as stained-glass windows and decorative friezes. Torun is the birthplace of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who stopped the Sun and moved the Earth. Dinner and overnight stay in Torun to get a feel why our guests call it one of the most pleasant and captivating destinations in Poland. A true surprise! Overnight in Torun. (B)
We depart for Wroclaw, with a stop in Gniezno, the first capital of Poland, on the way. Gniezno is important to understand the beginnings of Polish Statehood. Inside the 14th-century Gothic cathedral, we find the tomb of Poland's first patron saint as well as a beautiful Romanesque bronze door.
Arrival at the medieval town of Poznan, the capital of Greater Poland for a short city walk with a guide. Don’t forget to taste local delicacy, St Martin Croissant! Afterwards transfer to Wroclaw.
Dinner in a superb local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Overnight in Wroclaw. (B, D)
This morning you have some choices: you can enjoy some free time to see Wroclaw's old town on your own or see the impressive university hall or you can join a complimentary sightseeing trip to Swidnica, about an hour's drive away. Here you will find the large wooden Church of Peace, dating to 1657 and now on UNESCO's World Heritage list, built without using a single nail, it is one of the few places where Protestantism was permitted after the Thirty Years' War.
After lunch, we will take a walk through Old Town with a local guide. We will see the many bridges, narrow lanes and gas lamps of Cathedral Island before heading over to the University District to see the academic headquarters of the city's main college. We will experience the old butchers' lane with its many quaint shops on our way to the magnificent main square in the middle of the city, where locals and tourists enjoy themselves in the many beer gardens. Overnight in Wroclaw (B)
We travel East towards the somber atmosphere of one of the most poignant places on earth, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp complex in Europe. Built in 1940, it was vast, covering 40 square kilometers. Today it is a museum, a Holocaust Memorial and the National Museum of Martyrdom, a reflection on European history and conflict. This afternoon we drive south to Zakopane, a picture-perfect resort town in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. Overnight in Zakopane. (B)
After breakfast, we'll take a walk through Zakopane, the gateway to the High Tatras Alpine mountain chain. The town is known for its many wooden houses and unique wooden architecture. In the winter it is a popular ski resort and in the summer hiking and backpacking is the main activity. Take a ride on the funicular to the top of Gubalowka Hill, one of the most beautiful peaks in the Tatras, for a fantastic view of the Tatra mountain range. In the afternoon you will have some free time for souvenir shopping on Krupowki Street. This evening we are invited to a lively Highlander folk show with musicians and dancers, local culinary dishes and strong "Highlander Tea." Overnight in Zakopane. (B, D)
In the morning we will have an unforgettable experience, rafting gently down the Dunajec River. The two-hour trip takes us through 15 km of the stunning Pieniny gorges, from Sromowce to Szczawnica. In the afternoon we will visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines on our way to Krakow. The salt mines, on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site, are labyrinths of corridors, a chapel carved out of rock salt and splendid halls more than 100 meters underground. The temperature remains the same no matter how deep you go. It is Poland's most unique and fun historic monument. Overnight in Krakow. (B)
Krakow had a vibrant Jewish community before World War II. We will explore the narrow streets of the old Jewish neighborhood and visit the Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery in the morning. After lunch, we take a walk through Wawel Castle where we see the Cathedral, the Belfry and we may also be able to see the historical State Rooms. The castle was the seat of Polish monarchs from medieval times, evident in its royal stature. Take some free time to explore the city on your own or join our tour leader for shopping at a renowned Polish pottery store. Overnight in Krakow (B)
After breakfast, we go underground to a museum located beneath Krakow's main square, to explore the medieval history of the city. Next, we will hear the famous bugle call before entering St. Mary's church where we can see the largest Gothic altar in Europe.
Enjoy some free time this afternoon, or join the group for a visit to a Polish winery on the outskirts of Krakow. The picturesque vineyard is located on the grounds of a beautiful monastery, overlooking the Vistula River. This evening, we'll go on a horse-and-carriage ride around the old town of Krakow before dinner at an excellent local restaurant where we also learn how to prepare the national dish - "pierogi" (filled dumplings) Overnight in Krakow (B, D)
This morning we see the last highlight of our tour- Czestochowa. It is the most important Catholic shrine in Poland honoring the Virgin Mary, visited by pilgrims from all over the world. This monastery is an impressive display of Polish patriotism and piety. A resident Pauline monk will show us the famous Black Madonna as well as the monastery premises.
We arrive in Warsaw at approximately 6 p.m. in the evening and drop-off is possible at the Chopin Airport, the Hotel Novotel Airport, Hotel Airport Okecie or Hotel Sheraton Warsaw Centre. We can also arrange an extension to your trip or add other Polish or Central European destinations.Overnight in Warsaw (B)