Magical Poland. The most famous and interesting places in our country.
An absolute must if you want a proper introduction to Poland.
| TS |
| 8 days |
| 1180 km/ 730 miles |
Day 2 WARSAW
Day 1 WARSAW
Evening: In the evening, you will meet your tour leader and a representative from our office. It will be an occasion to savour a hearty and delicious welcome dinner. Should it be more convenient for you to arrive earlier, we will customise the programme for you. Overnight stay in Warsaw.
Day 3 BLACK MADONNA
Morning: After breakfast, you can enjoy a full-day tour of the city. Our sightseeing tour will include the very best of Warsaw: the cosy Old Town painstakingly rebuilt from scratch after WW II, the area of the former Jewish Ghetto, the busy downtown, and the elegant Royal Route including the Palace on the Water.
Afternoon: The next stop is newest historical museums in Poland, the Museum of Warsaw Uprising. Yet another option is some free time in the Old Town, where you can have lunch or do some shopping.
Evening: A delicious traditional Polish dinner in a stylish restaurant. We conclude the day with a private piano concert of works by Chopin, a Polish composer-pianist who is revered worldwide as a great master of Romantic music.
Morning: We set out on a journey to the south of Poland and visit Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland famous for the miraculous painting of Black Madonna. The tour of the Jasna Gora Monastery is guided by a Pauline monk.
Afternoon: We drive on to Krakow, check into a comfortable Old Town hotel.
Evening: Free time to discover Krakow on your own.
Day 4 LITTLE POLAND HIGHLIGHTS (AUSCHWITZ & WIELICZKA)
Krakow will be our base for a full-day trip to the countryside of the Little Poland province. The excursion comprises four significant places, each of them distinct and special.
Morning: We will explore Auschwitz which has become a grim symbol of our civilization. Our tour will include the Holocaust Museum in Auschwitz I, as well as the less frequently visited Auschwitz II - Birkenau, the extermination camp itself.
Afternoon: A visit to Wadowice - the hometown of John Paul II. Lunch break and tasting of Pope's favourite cake.
Evening: The Wieliczka Salt Mines, a fascinating monument of engineering which dates back to the 13th century. The subterranean universe is comprised of over 300 km of galleries hewn in rock and salt deposits. We will see the most interesting sights and enjoy dinner in restaurant located next to the salt mine . Overnight stay in Krakow.
Day 5 KRAKOW – ROYAL CAPITAL
Morning: Following breakfast, we will explore the medieval city, in particular the picturesque Barbican Gate, Main Market Square – the largest square in Europe – with the 16th-century Cloth Hall in its centre, the cobblestone streets of the Old Town up the ceremonial route to Wawel Hill with the castle of the Polish monarchs, where we will visit the Cathedral and the Royal Apartments.
Midday: The world’s biggest wooden altar (carved by Wit Stwosz in 1477-1489) opens its wings in the Church of the Virgin Mary and we will not miss this magical moment. Free time for shopping or sightseeing on one’s own.
Evening: In the evening, we take a short walk around the Jewish District in the Old Town, followed by a good dinner and pierogi making workshop. A horse-drawn cart ride around the historical city centre will enhance all the experiences of the passing day. Overnight stay in Krakow.
Day 6 POLISH MOUNTAINS
Morning: After breakfast, we will head south to the impressive Tatra Mountains. We will stay in Zakopane, the main Polish mountain resort at the foot of this majestic Carpathian mountain range (over 2,000 metres above sea level).
Afternoon: A coach tour around Zakopane, admiring local wooden architecture and making a funicular railway trip up to one of the most beautiful places in the Tatras: Mt. Gubalowka, facing the painful beauty of Zakopane. During the day, you will also have enough time to walk down Krupowki Street for souvenir-hunting.
Evening: A cheerful highlander show with live music and dance. You will have an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Zakopane.
Day 7 POLISH CASTLES
Morning: We depart for Nowy Wisnicz to see the largest preserved Baroque fortified residence in Poland.
Afternoon: The next stop is Baranow Sandomierski, a town most famous for its Renaissance castle nicknamed “Little Wawel”, beautifully surrounded by gardens. You will have the opportunity to have lunch at the Castle.
Evening: We head to Sandomierz, a small medieval town considered to be one of the most beautiful in Poland. Sandomierz boasts a picturesque market square with a lovely town hall, plus the oldest brick church in Poland. The cathedral contains a bizarre collection of paintings that portray gruesome martyrdoms that some say can be used to predict your own eventual death! We can climb the one remaining city gate for a spectacular view of the old town and Vistula river.
Day 8 AN IDYLLIC AFTERNOON AND RETURN
Morning: We depart from Samdomierz and head towards Warsaw, but on our way we will stop at one of the most beautiful small towns in Poland.
Afternoon: Kazimierz Dolny. This former merchants' town amazes visitors with its picturesque location along the Vistula’s riverside and breathtaking landscapes. Before WWII the town was predominantly Jewish, and we will stop to see the remains of the local Jewish cemetery. During lunch break it is also possible to climb the Three Crosses hill to get a panoramic view of the town and river valley.
Evening: Return to Warsaw scheduled at about 5pm.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you like this tour. We will be happy to provide you with all details. This tour has three guaranteed dates in 2014 - you can book it immediately. If the dates do not suit you, write to us anyway - we will organize a private tour, put you on a new standby list or inform you about additional dates. More info here.
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