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This tour is inspired by many of our guests who experienced the Grand Tour, adored it and wished it had lasted even longer. Therefore, we created a one of a kind program for everyone fortunate to have more than two weeks to explore the outstanding heritage, charm and lifestyle of Poland.
||Length: 16 days
||Distances: 2250 km/ 1400 miles
2017 will be the third season of operating this tour. Last year the tour was sold out and in customer surveys it has received only “excellent” ratings.
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN WARSAW
Evening: Meet with your tour leader, your personal Poland travel expert and other travellers. Enjoy a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.
Day 2 WARSAW – THE PHOENIX CITY
Day 3 LAND OF A THOUSAND LAKES
Morning: We start the day with a tour covering the best of Warsaw. First, the colourful and charming Old Town, listed high on the UNESCO World Heritage List after reconstruction from the rubble of the war; the historical Jewish Ghetto area, where you can see some original fragments of the wall that separated Jews and Poles during the occupation. Then the Via Regia or or Royal Route linking the Royal Castle to Wilanów Palace. We will also take you to the Royal Łazienki Palace Park, a magnificent palace and park complex, Warsaw’s most attractive green area.
Afternoon: After free time for lunch you will visit the ultra-modern, poignant Warsaw Uprising Museum, which commemorates the uprising of 1944, the single most important event that has defined today’s Warsaw. how Warsaw is today Alternatively, you can choose to have free time to explore the city further
Evening: A classic Polish dinner in a top Warsaw restaurant. We will end the day with a private Chopin piano concert. With a glass of sparkling wine in your hand you will hear a selection of six to eight of Chopin’s masterpieces, such as études, mazurkas, polonaises, nocturnes, impromptus, préludes, and scherzos.
Morning: After an early breakfast, we will like to take you to the Masurian Lake district, an area of outstanding natural beauty with almost 3,000 lovely lakes. At the mid-point of the trip, we will stop in the traditional Kurpie region and visit Skansen Kurpiowski, a small but rewarding folk architecture museum in Nowogród.
Afternoon: Arrival at the resort of Giżycko, the most important holiday centre in the lakeland. You will then have free time to discover this natural paradise and the fantastic little town. Places definitely worth seeing include the Boyen Fortress, the unusual swing bridge,a neo-classical Evangelical church, the Teutonic castle, several other churches and a number of places to sit back, relax and admire the charming views.
Evening: Dinner and overnight stay in a castle converted into an elegant hotel.
Day 4 WOLF’S LAIR & ŚWIĘTA LIPKA
Morning: In the heart of Masurian forests we can find the brooding ruins of Hitler's wartime headquarters. This was where Hitler spent almost 3 years (1941-44) commanding all the Nazi army operations. The bunker was also the site of the famous assassination attempt in 1944, known from the film, ‘Valkyrie .’
Afternoon: Near Mrągowo, on the edge of Lake Dejnowa, is Święta Lipka, a beautiful and important pilgrimage shrine. This is a monument of exceptional value, listed as possibly the most magnificent object of the late Baroque in Poland today.
Evening: Free time. Second overnight stay in Giżycko.
Day 5 TEUTONIC CASTLE AND LAVENDER FIELDS
Day 6 SOPOT & GDAŃSK
Morning: After breakfast, we will board our coach and travel towards the Baltic Sea in the west. On the way, we will first visit a farm called the Lavender Fields which as the name suggests promises an unusual and fragrant experience as well as an insight into the everyday life of the region.
Afternoon: Malbork, probably the largest medieval castle in Europe. Built in the late 13th century,as Marienburg, to serve as the residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights of the Teutonic Order, this imposing red-brick fortress consists in fact of three castles and is rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Evening: Check in to one of the best hotels in Gdańsk. Dinner and overnight.
Morning: We start with Sopot, a popular beach resort and high-society playground, full of greenery, open perspectives along tree-lined streets, boulevards and parks. 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: Gdańsk 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 (the largest Gothic church in Poland) dominating the town, the Neptune Fountain and the Artus Court.
Evening: Free time. Overnight stay in Gdańsk.
Day 7 GDAŃSK - LEISURE
Day 8 TORUN – A GOTHIC HEAVEN
Morning/Afternoon: You can either enjoy some free time in Gdańsk, where there is a lot to do (it's the amber capital of Poland) or choose another recommended activity:
- travel from Gdańsk to Sopot and spend the day in the beautiful seaside resort or visit the modernist port of Gdynia further to the north,
- take a cruise in a replica of a galleon Gdańsk – Westerplatte (site of the opening shots of the Second World War) – Gdańsk.
Free time. Overnight in Gdansk.
Morning: After breakfast, we will depart from Gdańsk and travel south to Toruń.
Afternoon: Toruń is one of Poland’s most interesting and best preserved historic cities. It’s easily covered on foot, full of delightful architectural surprises: a decorative frieze here, a stained-glass window there. We will get a taste of its second most famous product, gingerbread and visit the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the great astronomer who stopped the Sun and moved the Earth.
Evening: Overnight stay in Toruń to get a feel why our guests call it one of the most pleasant and captivating destinations in Poland. A true surprise!
Day 9 POLAND’S FIRST CAPITAL
Morning: On our way to Wrocław, we will make a stop in Gniezno, the first capital of Poland. The town is a must-see to understand the beginnings of Polish statehood. The 14th-century Gothic cathedral houses the tomb of Poland’s first patron saint and features a fascinating Romanesque bronze door.
Afternoon: Arrival at the medieval town of Wrocław, the capital of Lower Silesia.
Evening: Dinner in a superb local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 10 THE CHURCH OF PEACE & WROCŁAW
Morning: Wrocław (formerly Breslau) is yet another dream destination - the centre is a sheer pleasure to walk around and there is a lot to see and to do. However, if you wish, you are welcome on a complimentary trip to Świdnica, a small town located one hour from Wrocław itself. Świdnica is home to the enormous wooden Church of Peace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built to commemmorate the end of the Thirty Years’ War,it is the largest wooden church in Europe and was built in less than a year (1656-57) without the use of a single nail.
Afternoon: Shortly after lunch, we will take a short walk in Wroclaw's Old Town with a local guide. The walk includes the Cathedral Island with its narrow lanes, gas lamps, and countless bridges. From there we head to the to the University district to admire the historic academic headquarters of the city's main college. We will also stroll through the old butchers' lane with its quaint shops on our way to the magnificent main square, the heart of the city, where locals and visitors enjoy themselves in one of the many beer gardens.
Evening: Free time and overnight in Wrocław.
Day 11 AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Morning: Journey east and a change in atmosphere, towards our saddest stop at one of the most poignant places on earth. Built in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp complex, with two areas covering in total 40 sq km. Now a musem, Holocaust Memorial and the National Museum of Martyrdom. It is a place of reflection on European history and conflict.
Afternoon: Drive south to the beautiful resort of Zakopane, the main and picture-perfect resort of the Tatra Mountains.
Evening: Free time and overnight in Zakopane.
Day 12 POLISH MOUNTAINS
Morning: Zakopane is a gateway to one of Poland’s greatest natural treasures, the beautiful High Tatras alpine mountain chain. We will take a walk through this small town. You will have an opportunity to take a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Gubalówka Hill, one of the most beautiful peaks in the Tatras boasting the best view of the whole mountain range.
Afternoon: Free time for strolling and buying some souvenirs along Krupówki Street.
Evening: Experience the highlander show with musicians and dancers to get a taste of the lively folk customs, the local dishes and the strong “highlander tea”. Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 13 RAFT TRIP & SALT MINE
Morning: We start the day with a very gentle raft ride on the Dunajec River winding through the extremely beautiful Pieniny gorges. The two-hour excursion, which covers about 15 km, beginning in Sromowce and ending in Szczawnica, is an unforgettable experience.
Afternoon: On the way to Kraków we will visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines - a labyrinth of corridors, splendid halls and a chapel hewn in rock salt more than 100 metres under the ground. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage sight, this is Poland’s most unique and fun historic monument. No matter how deep you go , the temperature remains constant; a strange feeling indeed.
Evening: Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 14 KRAKÓW – THE ROYAL CAPITAL
Morning: Kraków had one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in Poland until the Second World War. We will visit the Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery and explore the narrow streets of the old Jewish neighbourhood.
Afternoon: We take a relaxing walking tour of the legendary Wawel Castle, covering the Cathedral, the Belfry and the possibility to visit the historical State Rooms. This is the seat of Polish monarchs from medieval times and every brick, unlike Warsaw, is genuine and radiates royal stature. After sightseeing you will have a free time or can take a walk with your tour leader to the local store with renowned Polish pottery and buy some souvenirs.
Evening: Free time. Overnight in Kraków.
Day 15 WINE & LEISURE
Morning: We will visit the underground museum located beneath Krakow's main square to explore the medieval history of the city. After listening to the famous hejnał trumpet-signal we will enter St. Mary's church to see the largest Gothic altar in Europe.
Afternoon: Free time or the chance to visit a Polish winery! On the outskirts of Kraków, on the grounds of a beautiful monastery is a picturesque vineyard; an opportunity to taste Polish wine in a beautiful setting overlooking the Vistula River.
Evening: A horse-drawn carriage ride around the old town will enhance this truly Cracovian experience. Afterwards, we treat you to a delicious dinner in an excellent local restaurant with a special opportunity to learn how to prepare our national dish - “pierogi” ( filled dumplings).
Day 16 BLACK MADONNA, RETURN TO WARSAW
Morning: The last highlight of our tour - Częstochowa. This is the most important Catholic shrine in Poland for the veneration of the Virgin Mary. Pilgrims arrive here throughout the year from around the world. Even for the non-religious, the monastery is an impressive display of Polish piety and patriotism. We will see not only the famous Black Madonna but also the monastery premises in a tour, led by a resident Pauline monk.
Afternoon/Evening: Arrival in Warsaw at approximately 6pm and drop-off possibility at the Chopin Airport, Hotel Novotel Airport, Hotel Airport Okęcie and Hotel Sheraton Warsaw Centre. To meet your needs fully, we can arrange an extended stay in Warsaw or other Polish or Central European destinations.
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