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Tour of Poland Treasures

11 days
10 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 1,745.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,215.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 12, 2018 - May 22, 2018 
Jun 02, 2018 - Jun 12, 2018 
Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 26, 2018 
Jul 07, 2018 - Jul 17, 2018 
Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018 
Aug 11, 2018 - Aug 21, 2018 
Aug 25, 2018 - Sep 04, 2018 
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 18, 2018 
Sep 22, 2018 - Oct 02, 2018 
Oct 06, 2018 - Oct 16, 2018 
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Hotels:

3 nights at 4-star hotel in Warsaw Novotel Warszawa Centrum or similar
1 night at 3-star hotel in Zakopane Mercure Kasprowy or similar
3 nights at 4-star hotel in Krakow Novotel Krakow City West or similar
1 night at 3-star hotel in Torun Mercure Torun Centrum or similar
2 nights at 4-star hotel in Gdansk Mercure Gdansk Old Town or similar

Included:

Airport transfers
Selected class hotels, rooms with private facilities
English-speaking tour escort assistance
Local guides
Private air-conditioned motor coach/minibus/car 
Meals as per itinerary:
Breakfast daily,
7 x lunch served at the local restaurants
4 x dinner (including one dinner with folkloric show in Wieliczka)
Cake & coffee/tea at Warsaw caféteria
Cake & coffee/tea at Krakow caféteria
Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
Entrance fees:
Warsaw – Royal Castle
Czestochowa – Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine
Auschwitz-Birkenau
Zakopane – cable car to Gubalowka Hill and a rafting trip on the Dunajec River
Krakow – Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Torun – Copernicus Museum
Gdansk – organ concert in the Oliwa Cathedral
Malbork – Malbork Castle
Chopin concert with a glass of sparkling wine
Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
Hotel charges and taxes

Itinerary:

Everything worth seeing is included in this tour of Poland Treasures that takes you through most of the country and introduces to Poland's rich history and culture.

Day 1  : Warsaw

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. Meet your guide and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby this evening 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)

Day 2  : Warsaw

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.
Later, 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. Sparkling wine will be served during intermission. Overnight in Warsaw. (B, L)

Day 3  : Warsaw – Czestochowa – Zakopane

Our tour of Poland Treasures continues as we leave Warsaw. 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)

Day 4  : Zakopane - Krakow

After breakfast, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of 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 before we leave for Krakow. We suggest a rafting trip on the Dunajec River in the Pieniny National Park. Dinner tonight will be served at a local restaurant in Krakow’s Old Town Market Square. After breakfast, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of 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 before we leave for Krakow. We suggest a rafting trip on the Dunajec River in the Pieniny National Park. Dinner tonight will be served at a local restaurant in Krakow’s Old Town Market Square. Overnight in Krakow. (B, D)

Day 5  : Krakow - Auschwitz - Krakow

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 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. We’ll have lunch before we drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the infamous Nazi concentration camp. Overnight in Krakow. (B, L)

Day 6  : Krakow - Wieliczka - Krakow

Free morning to explore Krakow on your own. We will visit the famous Krakow Cafeteria for coffee and cake in the afternoon, before driving to Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable underground tourist attraction with grottos, chambers, and chapels carved from salt. We will have dinner and a folkloric show at a local restaurant in Wieliczka before returning to Krakow. Overnight in Krakow. (B, D)

Day 7  : Krakow - Lowicz - Torun

Today we leave for Torun, stopping in Lowicz on the way, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art such as colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. A local family serves lunch 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. We depart for Torun and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Torun. (B, L)

Day 8  : Torun - Gdansk

After breakfast, we go sightseeing in Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the most magnificent historic cities of Poland. Torun’s Old Town is on Unesco’s Heritage List for its magnificent 13th century Town Hall, beautiful churches and historic streets preserving the city’s past glory. We will visit the Copernicus Museum before we have lunch at a local restaurant. Later we drive to Gdansk and take a stroll through Old Town before checking in to our hotel. Overnight in Gdansk. (B, L)

Day 9  : Gdansk - Malbork - Gdansk

Today we have an in-depth city sightseeing tour of Gdansk. Starting at the Upland Gate, part of the city’s former fortifications and one of its main gates, we pass by a brick building which housed the Prison Tower and the Torture House, relics of the 15th-century Gothic defense walls. Next to the Prison Tower we see the Golden Gate which opens on to Long Market, a beautiful street with grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades, a feast for the eyes, where the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. We’ll see a building used for Hanseatic League meetings at Artus Court in Main Town, known as the most beautiful Court, among all of Europe’s Hanseatic cities. Behind Artus Court, we find the Tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, part of the largest red-brick Gothic church in Gdansk. We will drive by the elegant boutiques and gabled terraced houses of Mariacka Street on our way to Malbork, where we will have lunch before visiting the Teutonic Knights Castle, one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions and the largest brick building in Europe. We return to Gdansk where you will have some free time for shopping for Baltic arts and crafts and unique amber jewelry. Overnight in Gdansk. (B, L)

Day 10  : Gdansk - Gdynia - Sopot - Oliwa - Warsaw

Today we drive to the port city of Gdynia and the nearby famous and fashionable seaside resort of Sopot, home of the oldest and longest wooden pier in Europe. We have time for a concert in the Oliwa Cathedral, famous for its unique pipe organ. Lunch is served at a local restaurant before driving south to Warsaw. Our farewell dinner tonight is at another local Warsaw restaurant as we spend our last night on the Tour of Poland Treasures. Overnight in Warsaw. (B,L,D)

Day 11  : Departure from Warsaw

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for the return flight home. (B)

Notes:

Group size: up to 45
Tour code: MZRTRV