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THE SPIRIT OF POLAND

Magical Poland. The most famous and interesting places in our country.
An absolute must if you want a proper introduction to Poland.
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This tour is available on September 12-19 2014. Reserve it for only 1382 USD
Code: TS Length: 8 days Distances: 1180 km/730 miles

Day 1 arrow 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 2 arrow WARSAW

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.

Day 3 arrow BLACK MADONNA

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 arrow 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 arrow 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 arrow 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 arrow A FEAST AT THE KING’S COURT

Morning: We depart to Sandomierz, a small medieval town considered as one of the most beautiful Polish architectural gems.

Afternoon: A wander along the charming Market Square of the Sandomierz’s Old Town. It’s a perfect time for lunch and coffee in this serene setting.

Evening: We head to Baranow Sandomierski, a town most famous for its Renaissance castle nicknamed “Little Wawel”. We will spend a night at the court. The castle feast will feature knights jostling and vying for the amusement of your Royal Highnesses.

Day 8 arrow AN IDYLLIC AFTERNOON AND RETURN

Morning: After breakfast departure for Kazimierz Dolny

Afternoon: Kazimierz Dolny. This former Jewish town amazes visitors with its picturesque location along the Vistula’s riverside and breathtaking landscapes. It is generally acclaimed as the most beautiful small town in Poland.

Evening: Return to Warsaw scheduled at about 5pm.

REVIEWS

Excellent
the service was perfect: the driver was very kind and efficient; Monika was professional and very quick to respond to email during the initial organization
SERENA Italy, Lombardy

Excellent
Monika put together exactly the tour we wanted and accommodated a last minute detour to Nowe Brzesko which turned out to be a better than we anticipated. The individual tour guides, Marek, Kasia and Ursula were knowledgeable and personable. Olga at Czestochowa was a delight and a miracle worker getting us through the crowds for an up close view of the Madonna icon.
Janis USA

Excellent
Monika was excellent in getting back to us whenever we had questions and for adding my cousin and his wife to our tour when their schedule allowed them to be included.
Patric USA

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