Welcome day in Warsaw
Individual arrivals to the hotel.
Meet your tour leader and other travellers on hotel’s lobby. After that, taste the local cuisine during a welcome dinner.
Overnight stay in Warsaw.
Explore Warsaw city
The first day begins with the very best of Polish capital, Warsaw, beginning in the historical centre of the city that was rebuilt brick by brick after near-total destruction during WW2. Next, you’ll travel through the historical Jewish Ghetto to see what remains of the wall that once kept Jewish population separate during Nazi occupation. In the end we travel to the Royal Lazenki Park to see the most stunning gardens in the city – you may even spot a few peacocks!
Afternoon & evening:
Free time. We recommend a visit to: Warsaw Uprising Museum, The Museum of Polish Jews, Praga district, Wilanow Palace or Vistulan boulevards.
Overnight in Warsaw.
On the way to Krakow, the city of Polish kings
Depart to Krakow. After arrival, check-in the hotel.
You’ll start by meeting one of the best local guides who will take you through the heart of Poland’s cultural capital. Beginning in the largest medieval square in Europe, you’ll explore 16th-century cloth hall and take in the Gothic altar in St Mary’s Basilica – the largest in the world. Next, stroll along Krakow’s infamous cobblestones and make your way to Wawel Hill and the Castle of the Polish Monarchs, the heart of Poland until the 16th century.
Free time. Overnight in Krakow.
Wieliczka Salt Mine & Folklore Show
Descend underground, into the eerie chambers of Wieliczka Salt Mine, where you’ll discover medieval chapels, halls and galleries on three levels, carved entirely from the salt and bedrock. The visit includes impressive Chapel of St. Kinga with unique reliefs and altars. A city underneath a city, Wieliczka Salt Mine is truly a breathtaking feat of human engineering.
Free time for private expeditions.
Feel the unique atmosphere and flavour of old Polish inns. Enjoy a folklore show and traditional Polish cuisine in the outskirts of Krakow.
Return to Krakow for overnight.
Zakopane & Tatra Mountains
Day will be dedicated to the awe-inspiring Tatra mountains, the most revered mountain range in Poland. In Zakopane, the home of the Polish Tatras, you’ll jump on the railcar and take a trip to the top of Gubalowka Hill to admire a 360° view of the city and the surrounding mountain range. Then, while strolling along Krupowki Street – one of Poland’s most popular shopping promenades – you can enjoy the very best of the local culture, from fashion and souvenirs to restaurants and local production. An absolute must is a taste of the pride of the region, Oscypek, a smoked cheese made from a mix of sheep and cow milk. The surrounding wooden chapels, houses and eateries are overflowing with charm and will no doubt capture your heart.
Return to Krakow in the early evening.
Auschwitz & Wroclaw
On the way to Wroclaw, we will make a stop in the former Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here, an experienced museum guide will take you through the exhibitions in the remaining prison blocks and show you the ruins of gas chambers and crematoriums. After a short break, you’ll arrive at Birkenau/Auschwitz II with prisoners’ barracks, unloading ramp and ruins of gas chambers and crematoria no. II & III.
Afternoon & evening:
Arrive in Wroclaw in the late afternoon. Free evening.
Wroclaw & Poznan
Wroclaw (pronounced vrots-wav) is a gem of Poland that’s often overlooked. The thriving city is small enough to be explored but big enough to feel bustling. After breakfast, a local guide will take you through the Old Town’s narrow lanes, gas lamps and the infamous Cathedral Island. Next, you’ll stop to take in the University district and explore its historical academic headquarters, and other buildings left untouched for hundreds of years. You’ll then explore the town and the quaint shopping district en route to the magnificent main square, the city’s heart and soul.
After a lunch break, head to Poznan.
After a short break, you’ll explore the charming Poznan old town and it’s Renaissance town hall. Stroll through the charming streets on your way to St Stanislav’s Church, locally known as ‘fara’, and admire the rare Polish Baroque architecture, encrusted with gold, gems and other precious ornaments.
Overnight in Poznan.
Torun & Gdansk
Depart from Poznan and travel north to Gdansk with a short visits in the medieval pearl – Torun.
Torun is Poland’s best-kept secret. One of the most interesting and well-preserved cities in all of Europe, the town, it’s incredible history and bounty of surprises is easily explored on foot. No matter where you go, you’ll see some kind of decorative frieze, 200-year-old stained glass window, ruins of a medieval castle, and all of it brimming in history. You’ll get a taste of Torun’s favourite export, gingerbread, and explore the birthplace of the cities pride and joy, Nicolaus Copernicus – the astronomer who discovered that the Earth revolves around the sun.
Afternoon & evening:
After a city guided tour and short lunch break, transfer to Gdansk for the night.
Gdansk & Malbork Castle
Beginning in the Old Town of Poland’s biggest sea-side city, Gdansk, you’ll explore it’s rich maritime and trading history. The Amsterdam-esque slim red-brick houses, Hanseatic architecture and constant call of the sea make Gdansk a true sight to behold. Take in St Mary’s basilica, the largest Gothic church in Poland, the Neptune Fountain and Artus Court, the most famous symbols of the city. Afterwards, you’ll be travelling to Oliwa to visit stunning 13th-century cathedral, famous for it’s beautiful pipe organs.
We stop at the biggest brick castle in Europe. Malbork (Marienburg) Castle was the home of the Order of the Teutonic Knights between 1309 and 1459. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has been meticulously restored, with its great halls, giant towers and grand galleries restored to their former glory.
Free time. Farewell dinner and last night in Gdansk.
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Gdansk and head back to Warsaw.
Arrive in the capital in the early evening.
If you prefer to stay longer in Gdansk and visit the Polish seaside, it’s possible to leave the group and not return to Warsaw. We will be glad to assist you with further arrangements.