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/2021 - Sep/2021
Departures from Warsaw
Ends in Warsaw
Group Size Max 25
Average rating 4.8/5
Show prices in: PLN USD EUR GBP CAD AUD
*Some of the tours can be accommodated in Mragowo SPA & Resort hotel instead of St.Bruno; please ask your tour advisor for more details!
The order of the visited places may change.
The tour is not recommended for disabled people.
Triple bed room - upon request.
Tour Date Double occupancy Single occupancy
7/May/2021 - 22/May/2021 2163 EUR / per person 2796 EUR / per person
4/Jun/2021 - 19/Jun/2021 2163 EUR / per person 2796 EUR / per person
23/Jul/2021 - 7/Aug/2021 2163 EUR / per person 2796 EUR / per person
3/Sep/2021 - 18/Sep/2021 2163 EUR / per person 2796 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
  • other services not included in the programme

 

Optional tour:

  • cruise in Gdansk – 45 PLN per person

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Day 1

Welcome day

Independent arrivals to Warsaw hotel.
Evening:
Meeting with your tour leader, personal travel expert and other travelers. After short introduction, enjoy a hearty welcome dinner.
Overnight in Warsaw.

Day 2

Visit the capital of Poland

Warsaw 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 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

Mazury - Land of a thousand lakes

Masurian 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 & Swieta Lipka

Wolf's Lair

Morning:
Morning we will spend in the heart of Masurian forests where the brooding ruins of Hitler’s wartime headquarters are located. This was the place 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. You cannot miss the pipe organ concert which is organized there!
Evening:
Free time. Second overnight stay in Gizycko.

Day 5

Teutonic Castle and Lavender Fields

Malbork Castle

Morning:
After breakfast, we will board our coach and travel towards the Baltic Sea in the west. On the way, we will visit first 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, 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

Old City, 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

Leisure day in Gdansk

Morning:
You can either enjoy some free time in Gdansk or choose another recommended activity:

  1. travel from Gdansk to Sopot and spend the day in the beautiful seaside resort,
  2. visit the modernist port of Gdynia further to the north,
  3. 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

 Gothic tower of Town Hall in Torun, Poland

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 gingerbread, the most famous culinary product 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.

Day 9

Gniezno & Poznan

Poznan Old Town

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. After visiting the cathedral, quick view of the city center before further route.
Afternoon:
Nice stop in Poznan for a short city walk with a guide. Don’t forget to taste local sweet baking, St Martin Croissant! Afterwards transfer to Wroclaw.
Evening:
Dinner in a superb local restaurant. Overnight stay.

Day 10

Wroclaw & The Church of Peace

Wroclaw Old Town

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. 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 – what’s more – it 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

Auschwitz

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 it’s a museum, Holocaust Memorial and the National Museum of Martyrdom. It’s 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

Zakopane & Polish mountains

Gubalowka view

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

Dunajec Raft Trip & Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka interior

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 Mine – 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.
Evening:
Dinner and overnight in Krakow.

Day 14

Krakow – The royal capital

Wawel Castle

Morning & afternoon:
Krakow had one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in Poland until the Second World War. During the sightseeing, 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 this 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 for private explorations or can take a walk with your tour leader to the local store with renowned Polish pottery to buy some souvenirs.
Evening:
Free time. Overnight in Krakow.

Day 15

Wine & leisure

Srebrna Gora winery

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

Jasna Gora monastery

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 6 pm 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 (or similar), 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 (or similar), 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

Radisson BLU (or similar), Wroclaw

50-156 Wroclaw, Purkyniego 10
The 5-star Radisson Blu Wrocław hotel is situated in a quiet area over the Oder River, just opposite a rotunda, where the famous Racławice Panorama can be admired. The beautiful Old Market Square is just 10 minutes’ walk away from the hotel. Wrocław Główny railway station is about 2 km from the property. The hotel offers guests free access to its fitness centre and has an excellent Polish restaurant. Hotel rooms are air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi access.
Day 11, Day 12

Belvedere (or similar), Zakopane

34-500 Zakopane, Droga do Białego 3
The luxurious Belvedere hotel is located just off Białego Valley in Zakopane and features a spacious spa centre and sports facilities. There are several restaurants and bars at guests’ disposal. The hotel offers comfortable, elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Every room is equipped with satellite TV, a minibar and an electronic safe. The bathroom includes floor heating, a shower cabin, a heated towel rack and a hairdryer. The Belvedere features a spacious spa and wellness centre with a jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and indoor swimming pool with hydromassage. Thalassotherapy treatments and massages are also available.  The on-site sports centre features a bowling alley, a billiards table and a virtual golf course. Guests can also visit the hotel gym and play squash.
Day 13, Day 14, Day 15

Amber Design (or similar), 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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