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The Grand Tour of Poland

12 days
11 nights

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PER PERSON:
$ 2,370.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,840.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 17, 2019 - May 28, 2019 sold
Jul 12, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019 
Aug 23, 2019 - Sep 03, 2019 4 seats left
Sep 27, 2019 - Oct 08, 2019 

Hotels:

Warsaw 2 nights : Sofitel Victoria*****
Gdansk 2 nights: HANZA****
Torun 1 night: 1231****
Wroclaw 2 nights : Best Western Prima****
Zakopane 2 night : Aquarion****
Krakow 2 nights: Amber Design****

Included:

  • hotel accommodation as described above or similar
  • transport (air-conditioned high-class motorcoach)
  • experienced driver
  • parking fees
  • professional English-speaking escort guide while on tour
  • 17 diversified meals, including breakfasts and 6 three-course dinner
  • city tours of Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, Zakopane and Wroclaw (licenced guides),
  • sightseeing of Gniezno, Malbork Castle, the Jasna Gora Monastery, Wawel Castle, Our Lady’s Church, Auschwitz, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Swidnica Peace Church
  • entrance to private Chopin piano concert
  • cruise on the Ostroda-Elblag Canal
  • organ concert in Gdansk-Oliwa
  • cable car to Mt. Gubalowka
  • horse carriage ride and highlander show in Zakopane
  • city taxes in Krakow, Sopot and Zakopane
  • information booklet
  • tour organization and travel documents

NOT INCLUDED:
airfare
airport transfer
lunches and 6 dinners
optional gratuity

Highlights & Experience:

STAYPOLAND SPECIALS:
Visit to the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising
Private Chopin piano concert

Wonderful cruise on the Elblag canal
Organ concert in Oliwa Cathedral
Former Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk (the place where the Solidarity movement started)
Gingerbread tasting & the Polish leaning tower of Pisa in Torun (Copernicus' birthplace)
Fascinating Church of Peace in Swidnica
Less frequently visited Auschwitz II (Birkenau) Holocaust Memorial
Highlander show in Zakopane
Cable car ride to Mt. Gubalowka
Opening of the world's largest wooden Gothic altar
Horse-drawn cart ride across the Old Town in Krakow
Tour of the Czestochowa monastery led by a Pauline monk

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE MONUMENTS:
Historic Centre of Warsaw
Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
Medieval Town of Torun
Krakow's Historic Centre
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Church of Peace in Swidnica

NATIONAL & LANDSCAPE PARKS:
The Tatra National Park

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival

Check in to your hotel and meet with your tour leader and a representative from our office in the evening, followed by a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.  Overnight in Warsaw (D)

Day 2  : Warsaw

A full day of sightseeing in Warsaw.  We will visit Old Town, rebuilt after World War II, site of the historic Jewish Ghetto area. We continue to the heart of vibrant downtown before driving along the elegant Royal Route to the Palace on the Water, one of Europe's finest 18th-century royal residences, in the Lazienki Gardens. Lunch on your own.  In the afternoon, we visit the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, one of the best museums in Poland, dedicated to the 1944 uprising. You can omit the Museum visit if you like, and take some free time to explore Old Town and the details of the building restoration on your own.

In the evening, we'll have a traditional Polish dinner in a local restaurant, followed by a private piano concert of works by Chopin, Poland's renowned composer-pianist, the greatest master of Romantic music. Overnight in Warsaw (B, D)

Day 3  : Teutonic Knights Heritage: Malbork Castle & Gdansk

After breakfast, we depart for the Baltic Sea, heading north through the Warmia region to the Ostroda-Elblag Canal in the Ilawa Lake District. We will board a canal boat and cruises north on a system of canals combined with the narrow-gauge railway, built by Germans in the 19th century.  In the afternoon, we will tour Malbork Castle, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe, and the seat of the mighty Order of Teutonic Knights between 1309 and 1459.  The great halls and the magnificent high tower have been meticulously restored, it even has a central heating system, and the building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This evening we continue north to Gdańsk, check into our comfortable hotel and have dinner. Overnight in Gdansk (B, D)

Day 4  : Gdansk

We start in th Old Town of Gdansk, Gdańsk’s past as the richest Polish port city has made it one of the top tourist destinations in Poland. Its Old Town is full of maritime atmosphere and packed with unique Hanseatic-style architecture. Think Amsterdam; tall and slim red-brick waterfront houses. During sightseeing you will see the Old Town, St. Mary’s (the largest Gothic church in Poland), the Neptune Fountain and the Artus Court. After, we take you to Oliwa with a beautiful 13th-century cathedral famous for its set of incredibly complex pipe-organs. After an organ recital, you will have free time in Gdańsk.
Afternoon. On the way to the Old Town, we stop at the famous Gdansk (formerly Lenin) Shipyards, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement led by Lech Walesa.
Evening. Free time.  Overnight in Gdansk (B)

Day 5  : Torun – Copernicus

After breakfast, we leave Gdansk and drive south to Torun, where we will tour Old Town, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The town of Torun has survived many wars and invasions, and many of the original Gothic structures are still standing, such as town hall, the Polish "leaning tower of Pisa," the medieval fortification walls and the beautiful St. James church.   We'll tour the house where Torun's most famous son was born, the House of Nicolaus Copernicus, the astronomer. Be sure to taste the gingerbread you'll find all over town. You will have some free time in the evening to explore Torun on your own.  Based on comments from our previous clients, this stop is a surprise hit, leaving lasting impressions.  Overnight in Torun (B)

Day 6  : The First Polish Capital - Gniezno, and Wroclaw

In the morning, we will stop in Gniezno, the first Polish capital, on the way to Wroclaw (Breslau).  Gniezno is a must-see to understand the early history of Poland.  The cathedral was the coronation site of five Polish kings. It is well known for its bronze Romanesque gate. The tomb of Saint Wojciech (Adalbert) is the centerpiece of the cathedral.

We arrive in the medieval city of Wroclaw in the Lower Silesia region in the afternoon. Tonight, we will have dinner in an excellent restaurant. Overnight in Wroclaw (B, D)

Day 7  : Silezia

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. It was built without using a single nail and was one of the few places where Protestantism was permitted after the Thirty Years' War. Lunch on your own, then a short walk through Old Town with a knowledgeable local guide. You have the evening free.  Overnight in Wroclaw. (B)

Day 8  : Auschwitz - Birkenau

The tour today will be a very different kind of experience. We will visit two former Nazi death camps outside the town of Oswiecim in eastern Silesia that make up the Holocaust Memorial, the older camp Auschwitz I (the museum) and Birkenau II, the vast area of the former work and extermination camp. The memorial is there to remind all of us of one of the worst periods in our history.

After lunch we continue south to Zakopane, the principal Polish mountain resort located at the foot of the majestic Carpathian mountain range.
In the evening, we take a horse carriage ride to one of the best local restaurants. Enjoy a lively highlander show with live music and dance where you will see the folk customs that are still thriving in this region, and get a taste of the local cuisine and the strong “highlander tea”.

Overnight in Zakopane (B, D)

Day 9  : Zakopane: Polish Mountains

In the morning, we'll enjoy a tour of the exquisite wooden architecture of Zakopane before taking the funicular railway up to Mount Gubalowka, one of the most stunning peaks in the Tatras, for a great view of the scenery.  The afternoon is free for shopping along Krupowki Street in Zakopane. We depart for Krakow and arrive in the early evening. Overnight in Krakow's Old Town (B)

Day 10  : Wieliczka Salt Mines

This morning we pay a visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, descending into the unforgettable underground tourist attraction with grottos, chambers, and chapels carved from rock and salt deposits. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world.  

Morning & evening.
Free time. Overnight in Krakow  (B, D)

Day 11  : Krakow - The Royal Capital

We will explore the Main Town Square, the largest town square in Europe, with churches of different architectural styles, and beautiful streets brimming with old world charm.  We will visit the Church of the Virgin Mary and witness the magical moment when the world's largest wooden altar (carved by Wit Stwosz between 1477 and 1489) opens its wings, a daily event. We will also be able to hear the haunting alarm-call, the Hejnal, played by a trumpeter from one of its twin towers on the hour, every hour. 

Afterwards, we shall treat you to a sumptuous dinner in one of Krakow’s finest restaurants. You will have a chance to learn how to prepare delicious pierogi (our national dish, a type of dumpling filled with meat, vegetables or fruit).  Overnight in Krakow  (B)

 

Day 12  : Częstochowa and Return to Warsaw

After breakfast, we will visit Częstochowa, the last highlight of our tour.  The Jasna Góra (Bright Hill) Monastery of Częstochowa belongs to the most important and inspiring pilgrimage points in Christendom, along with Rome, Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal.  Led by a resident Pauline Monk, we will see the famous Black Madonna and the monastery premises.  We will arrive in Warsaw in the early evening and can drop you off at the Chopin Airport, the Hotel Novotel Airport, the Hotel Airport Okecie or the Hotel Sheraton Warsaw Center.  

If you want to extend your stay or want a continuation of the tour, we can provide the best rates for you. (Favorite extension could include Lublin, known a Poland's Jerusalem; Poznan, one of Poland's most historic cities; Kazimierz Dolny, a renaissance trading town; the Bialowieza forest where you can find bison and spa hotels.

Notes:

Distances: 1950 km/ 1209 miles.

Max group size - 25 people.