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The Essence of Poland

10 days
9 nights

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PER PERSON :

$ 1,590.00 ( double occupancy)
$ 1,940.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 23, 2020 - Jun 01, 2020 
Aug 29, 2020 - Sep 07, 2020 

Hotels:

Warsaw  -  Metropol
Krakow - Wyspianski
Wroclaw - Tumski
Poznan - Altus
Gdansk - Wolne Miasto

Included:

  • 3* hotel accommodation as described or similar
  • transport with air-conditioned high-class coach
  • experienced driver
  • parking fees
  • professional English-speaking escort guide while on tour
  • breakfasts and 3 three-course dinners
  • city tours of Warsaw, Krakow, Zakopane,Wroclaw, Poznan, Torun and Gdansk with licenced guides
  • sightseeing of Malbork Castle, Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • organ concert in Gdansk-Oliwa
  • cable car to Mt. Gubalowka
  • foklore show in the outskirts of Krakow
  • city taxes in Gdansk
  • information booklet
  • tour organization and travel documents

Itinerary:

Day 1  : WARSAW

Individual arrivals to the hotel.

Evening:  
Meet your tour leader and other travelers. Then enjoy a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.

Overnight in Warsaw (D)

Day 2  : WARSAW

Warsaw sightseeing tour and Royal Lazenki Palace Park

Morning:
The first day begins with the very best of the nation’s capital, Warsaw. Beginning in the historical centre of the city that was rebuilt brick by brick after near-total destruction during WW2. Next, you’ll travel through the historical Jewish Ghetto and see what remains of the wall that once kept Warsaw’s Jewish population separate during Nazi occupation. Next we travel to the Royal Lazenki Palace Park to see the most stunning gardens in the city – you may even spot a few peacocks!
Afternoon and evening:
Free time for exploring the city on your own. We recommend a visit to:

  • Warsaw Uprising Museum
  • The Museum of Polish Jews
  • Praga district
  • Wilanow Palace
  • Vistulan boulevards

Overnight in Warsaw (B)

Day 3  : WARSAW – KRAKOW

Krakow sightseeing tour - the largest Medieval square in Europe and St Mary’s Basilica, Wawel Castle

Morning:
Depart to Krakow. After arrival, check-in the hotel.
Afternoon:
You’ll start by meeting one of the best local guides who will take you through the heart of Poland’s cultural capital. Beginning in the largest Medieval square in Europe, you’ll explore Krakow’s 16th-century cloth hall and take in the Gothic altar in St Mary’s Basilica – the largest in the world. Next, stroll along Krakow’s famous cobblestones and make your way to Wawel Hill and the Castle of the Polish Monarchs – the heart of  Poland until the 16th century.
Evening:
Feel the unique atmosphere and flavour of old Polish inns. Enjoy a folklore show and traditional Polish cuisine in the outskirts of Krakow.
Return to Krakow for overnight.

Overnight in Krakow (B, D)

Day 4  : WIELICZKA SALT MINE

Stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine

Morning:
Descend underground, into the eerie chambers of Wieliczka Salt Mine, where you’ll discover medieval chapels, halls and galleries on three levels, carved entirely from the salt and bedrock. The visit includes impressive Chapel of St. Kinga with unique reliefs and altars.
A city underneath a city, Wieliczka Salt Mine is truly a breathtaking feat of human engineering.
Afternoon and evening:
Free time.

Overnight in Krakow (B)

Day 5  : ZAKOPANE

Tatra mountains, Zakopane, the top of Gubalowka Hill

Day will be dedicated to the awe-inspiring Tatra mountains, the most revered mountain range in Poland. In Zakopane, the home of the Polish Tatras, you’ll jump on the railcar and take a trip to the top of Gubalowka Hill to admire a 360 view of the city and the surrounding mountain range. Then, while strolling along Krupowki Street, one of Poland’s most popular shopping promenades, you can enjoy the very best of the local culture, from fashion and souvenirs to restaurants and local produce. An absolute must, however, is a taste of the pride of the region, Oscypek, a smoked cheese made from a mix of sheep and cow milk. The surrounding wooden chapels, houses and eateries are overflowing with charm and will no doubt capture your heart.
Return to Krakow in the early evening.

Overnight in Krakow (B)

Day 6  : AUSCHWITZ – WROCLAW

Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau

Morning:
On the way to Wroclaw, we will make a stop in the former Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here, an experienced museum guide will take you through the exhibitions in the remaining prison blocks and show you the gas chambers and crematoriums. After a short break, you’ll arrive at Birkenau/Auschwitz II, where you’ll climb the infamous watchtower to take in the size of the largest Nazi extermination camp.
Afternoon and evening:
Arrive in Wroclaw in the late afternoon. Free evening.

Overnight in Wroclaw (B)

Day 7  : WROCLAW – POZNAN

Wroclaw sightseeing tour, Poznan with rare Polish Baroque architecture

Morning:
City tour of Wroclaw (3h).
Wroclaw (pronounced vrots-wav) is a gem of Poland that’s often overlooked. The thriving city is small enough to be explored but big enough to feel bustling. After breakfast, a local guide will take you through the old town’s narrow lanes, gas lamps and the famous Cathedral Island. Next, you’ll stop to take in the University district and explore its historical academic headquarters, and other buildings left untouched for hundreds of years. You’ll then explore the town and the quaint shopping district en route to the magnificent main square, the city’s heart and soul.
After a lunch break, head to Poznan.

Evening:  
Short city tour of Poznan (2h).
Here in Poznan, you’ll explore the charming old town and it’s Renaissance Town Hall. Stroll through the charming streets on your way to St Stanislav’s Church, locally known as ‘fara’, and admire the rare Polish Baroque architecture, encrusted with gold, gems and other precious ornaments.

Overnight in Poznan (B)

Day 8  : TORUN – MALBORK - GDANSK

Torun and Malbork, birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, Malbork Castle

Morning:
Depart from Poznan and travel north to Gdansk with a short visits in two medieval pearls – Torun and Malbork.
Torun is Poland’s best-kept secret. One of the most interesting and well-preserved cities in all of Europe, the town, it’s incredible history and bounty of surprises is easily explored on foot. No matter where you go, you’ll see some kind of decorative frieze, 200-year-old stained glass window, ruins of a medieval castle, and all of it brimming in history. You’ll get a taste of Torun’s favourite export, gingerbread, and explore the birthplace of the cities pride and joy, Nicolaus Copernicus – the astronomer who discovered that the Earth revolves around the sun.
Before reach Gdansk, we stop for a moment at the biggest brick castle in Europe. Malbork Castle was the home of the Order of the Teutonic Knights between 1309 and 1459. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has been meticulously restored, with its great halls, giant towers and grand galleries restored to their former glory.
After an emotional day of sightseeing, transfer to Gdansk for the night.

Overnight in Gdansk (B)

Day 9  : GDANSK

Visit to St Mary’s, the largest Gothic church in Poland, 13th-century cathedral Oliwa, birthplace of the Solidarity movement

Beginning in the Old Town of Poland’s biggest sea-side city, Gdansk, you’ll explore it’s rich maritime and trading history. The Amsterdam-esque slim red-brick houses, Hanseatic architecture and constant call of the sea make Gdansk a true sight to behold. Take in St Mary’s, the largest Gothic church in Poland, the Neptune Fountain and Artus Court, the most famous symbols of the city. Afterwards, you’ll be travelling to Oliwa to visit stunning 13th-century cathedral, famous for it’s complex yet beautiful pipe organs.
Afternoon:
We stop at the famous Gdansk (formerly Lenin) Shipyards, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement led by Lech Walesa.
Evening:
Free time. Farewell dinner and last night in Gdansk.

Overnight in Gdansk (B, D)

Day 10  : DEPARTURE DAY

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Gdansk and head back to Warsaw.
Arrive in the capital in the early evening.

If you plan to continue to other destinations to extend your tour, we will be glad to assist with further arrangements. (B)