The Polish Dream Tour

Let us take you for a unique, fully guided 16-day tour full of exploring the outstanding heritage, charm and lifestyle of Poland. You’ll see the top attractions in Poland: picturesque old towns of Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and other historic cities, majestic peaks of Tatra Mountains and natural treasures of Mazury Lakeland. Attractions include also sightseeing the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, visit to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, underground walking tour in the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mine and unforgettable raft trip on the Dunajec river.

During the tour you will be accommodated only in luxury 4*/5* hotels.

Duration 16 days
* extensions available
Availability May/2020 - Sep/2020
Departures from Warsaw
Ends in Warsaw
Group Size Max 25
Average rating 4.8/5
Show prices in: PLN USD EUR GBP CAD AUD
The order of the visited places may change.
The tour is not recommended for disabled people.
Tour Date Double occupancy Single occupancy
8/May/2020 - 23/May/2020 2310 EUR / per person 2987 EUR / per person
5/Jun/2020 - 20/Jun/2020 2310 EUR / per person 2987 EUR / per person
24/Jul/2020 - 8/Aug/2020 2310 EUR / per person 2987 EUR / per person
4/Sep/2020 - 19/Sep/2020 2310 EUR / per person 2987 EUR / per person
Included in price

  • hotel accommodation as described or similar
  • transport (air-conditioned high-class motorcoach)
  • experienced driver
  • professional English-speaking escort guide while on tour
  • 24 diversified meals, including breakfasts and nine three-course dinners
  • city tours of Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Poznan, Wroclaw, Zakopane with licensed guides
  • sightseeing of open-air museum in Olsztynek, Wolf’s Lair, Swieta Lipka, Malbork Castle, Gniezno, Swidnica Peace Church, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Wawel Castle, Our Lady’s Church and the Jasna Gora Monastery
  • entrance to private Chopin piano concert
  • organ concert in Gdansk-Oliwa
  • lavender workshop in Warmia region
  • funicular to Mt. Gubalowka
  • horse carriage ride and highlander show in Zakopane
  • raft trip on Dunajec River
  • tasting in Polish winery on the outskirts of Krakow
  • information booklet
  • tour organization and travel documents

Not included in price

  • airfare
  • airport transfer
  • optional gratuity
  • travel insurance

 

Optional tour:

  • cruise in Gdansk – 45 PLN per person

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Day 1

WELCOME DAY

Individual arrivals to hotel.
Evening
Meet with your tour leader, personal travel expert and other travelers. Enjoy a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.
Overnight in Warsaw.

Day 2

WARSAW – THE PHOENIX CITY

Morning
We start the day with a tour covering the best of Warsaw. First, the colorful 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. We will also take you to the Royal Lazienki 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. Alternatively, you can choose to have free time to explore the city further.
Evening
A classic Polish dinner in Warsaw Old Town. 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.
Overnight in Warsaw

Day 3

LAND OF A THOUSAND LAKES

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 Warmia region and visit Etnographic Park in Olsztynek, one of the eldest open-air museums in Poland.
Afternoon
Arrival to Gizycko, important holiday centre in the lakeland. 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 Gizycko 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 German 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 Swieta 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 Gizycko.

Day 5

TEUTONIC CASTLE AND LAVENDER FIELDS

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
Arrive to 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 Gdansk. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6

GDANSK

Morning
Gdansk 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 cathedral (the largest Gothic church in Poland) dominating the town, the Neptune Fountain and the Artus Court. 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 & evening
Free time. Overnight stay in Gdansk.

Day 7

GDANSK - LEISURE

Morning
You can either enjoy some free time in Gdansk, where there is a lot to do (it’s the amber capital of Poland) or choose another recommended activity:

  1. travel from Gdansk to Sopot and spend the day in the beautiful seaside resort or visit the modernist port of Gdynia further to the north,
  2. take a cruise in a replica of a galleon Gdansk – Westerplatte (site of the opening shots of the Second World War) – Gdansk.

Evening
Free time. Overnight in Gdansk.

Day 8

TORUN – A GOTHIC HEAVEN

Morning
After breakfast we will depart from Gdansk and travel south to Torun.
Torun 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 see the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the great astronomer who stopped the Sun and moved the Earth.
Evening
Dinner and overnight stay in Torun 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 Wroclaw we will make a stop in Gniezno, the first capital of Poland. Its 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 Poznan, the capital of Greater Poland for a short city walk with a guide. Don’t forget to taste local delicacy, St Martin Croissant! Afterwards transfer to Wroclaw.
Evening
Dinner in a superb local restaurant. Overnight stay.

Day 10

THE CHURCH OF PEACE & WROCŁAW

Morning
Wroclaw is yet another dream destination – the centre is a sheer pleasure to walk around and there is a lot to see and to do. Shortly after breakfast we will take a short walk in 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.
Afternoon
You are welcome on a complimentary trip to Swidnica, a small town located one hour from Wrocław itself. Swidnica is home to the enormous wooden Church of Peace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built to commemorate 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.
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 German concentration camp complex, with two areas covering in total 40 sq km. Now a museum, Holocaust Memorial and the National Museum of Martyrdom. It is a place of reflection on European history and conflict.
Afternoon
After lunch, we continue south to 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 Gubalowka 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 Krupowki Street.
Evening
We take a horse carriage ride to one of the best local restaurants. 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 Krakow we will visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines – a labyrinth of corridors, splendid halls and a chapel hewn in rock salt more than 100 meters 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

KRAKOW – THE ROYAL CAPITAL

Morning & afternoon
Krakow had one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in Poland until the Second World War. We will visit Old Synagogue and explore the narrow streets of the old Jewish neighborhood. After listening to the famous Hejnal trumpet-signal we will enter St. Mary’s church to see the largest Gothic altar in Europe.
During the day we also take a relaxing walking tour of the legendary Wawel Castle, covering the Cathedral and the Belfry. 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 Krakow.

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.
Afternoon
Free time or the chance to visit a Polish winery! On the outskirts of Krakow, 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
We invite 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).
Last overnight in Krakow.

Day 16

BLACK MADONNA, RETURN TO WARSAW

Morning
The last highlight of our tour – Czestochowa. 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 Okecie and Hotel SOFITEL Warsaw. To meet your needs fully, we can arrange an extended stay in Warsaw or other Polish or Central European destinations.

Day 1, Day 2

Sofitel Victoria, Warsaw

00-065 Warsaw, Królewska 11
Sofitel Victoria Warsaw hotel is located in the centre of Warsaw, just off the Saxon Garden park, a few steps from Krakowskie Przedmiescie street (the Royal Route) and the Old Town with the magnificent Royal Castle. A walk to the elegant shopping street of Nowy Świat takes about 15 minutes. Guests of this Sofitel hotel are offered 343 luxurious, air-conditioned rooms with free Internet access. All are equipped with an LCD TV with satellite channels, a telephone, a comfortable work desk and a safe. There is a tea/coffee set and a minibar in each room. The hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool and a gym, available free of charge to hotel guests. A Turkish sauna and a massage parlour are available at an additional fee.
Day 3, Day 4

St. Bruno, Gizycko

11-500 Giżycko, 1 St. Brunon Street
Luxurious Hotel St. Bruno **** is a stylish hotel located in the heart of Great Lakes in Gizycko. The harmonious combination of history and the boutique arrangement ensures guests with a feeling of timelessness of hotel interiors. Hotel St. Bruno combines a unique historic site with precision of modern design. Hotel St. Bruno is a perfect choice for all who appreciate the luxury and convenience.
Day 5, Day 6, Day 7

Hanza, Gdansk

80-888 Gdańsk, Tokarska 6
The Hanza Hotel is situated on a historic bank of the Motlawa river, near the famous Gdansk Crane. Thanks to this our Guests are provided with peace and seclusion on the one hand, but close proximity to the Old City on the other, with its museums, galleries, cinemas, pubs, sights and marina. As the Hanza is well situated, the rooms have a view either over the Motława river or the Old City. In addition, the hotel is equipped with WIFI wireless Internet.
Day 8

Hotel 1231, Torun

87-100 Toruń, Przedzamcze 6
Hotel 1231 is a boutique hotel, in whose interiors modernity is combined with the history of the restored 13th-century Old Mill. Hotel 1231 is located in the center of Torun Old Town in the immediate vicinity of the ruins of the Teutonic Castle, over the Torun Struga. It is just a few steps from the Philadelphia Boulevard.
Day 9, Day 10

Sofitel Wroclaw, Wroclaw

50-127 Wroclaw, Św. Mikołaja 67
The Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town is the premium class hotel in Wroclaw and the closest one to the medieval square, right at the heart of the city centre. With its contemporary interior style, glass roof atrium and bright spacious public areas this hotel offers the comfort synonymous with Sofitel Luxury Hotels. All rooms are equipped with Sofitel My Bed, bathroom with bath and shower, safe, WiFi, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea &coffee facilities, luxury bathroom amenities like Hermes or Lanvin and two bottles of mineral water. The hotel 6th Sense Wellness center comprises of fitness equipment, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and Balinese massage available on request.
Day 11, Day 12

Logos, Zakopane

34-500 Zakopane, Grunwaldzka 10
Hotel is a unique combination of regional architectural style with a modern interior design with elements of highlander folklore. This place has a high standard and a unique atmosphere, where you can get to know the Old Polish and highlander cuisine in a new edition.
Day 13, Day 14, Day 15

Amber Design, Krakow

31-131 Krakow, Garbarska 8-10
Amber Design occupies a historical tenement house, located in a quiet street just 5 minutes away from the Main Square. As part of the Amber Boutique Hotels complex, it will enchant you with its art deco and Art Nouveau ornaments. Rooms are equipped with one double bed or two single beds, a free safe, satellite TV, telephone, wireless Internet access and tea coffee/tea replenished daily.

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STAYPOLAND SPECIALS:

Everything included in the Grand Tour of Poland & much more:

  • Even more precious time in Gdansk/Sopot and Zakopane
  • Entrance to Hitler’s HQ, the Wolf’s Lair
  • Castle hotel in the Masurian Lake district
  • Baroque frescos in Sanctuary of Saint Mary in Swieta Lipka
  • Lifestyle farming in Warmia region
  • Delicious croissants in Poznan
  • Spectacular Dunajec river raft trip
  • Polish wine tasting in Krakow
  • Folk architecture in Masuria

Unesco world heritage monuments

  • Historic Centre of Warsaw
  • Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
  • Medieval Town of Torun
  • Krakow Historic Centre
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Church of Peace in Swidnica

National & landscape parks

  • The Tatra National Park
  • Masurian Landscape Park

 

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