Individual arrivals to the hotel.
Meet with your tour leader and a representative from our office. This is followed by a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.
Overnight in Warsaw.
Your full-day tour of the city covers the very best of fascinating Warsaw: the charming Old Town (painstakingly rebuilt from scratch after WW II); the historical Jewish Ghetto area; the vibrant downtown and the elegant Royal Route with the Palace on the Water in the Lazienki Gardens, one of Europe’s finest 18th century royal residences.
The next stop is the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, widely regarded as the best new museum in Poland, and dedicated to the uprising of 1944, the consequences of which scar and define the city to this day. Alternatively, you can choose to have free time to explore the cobbled lanes of the Old Town and spot the details of restoration on the facades of the historical houses.
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 revered worldwide as the greatest master of Romantic music.
Overnight in Warsaw.
The Day of Teutonic Knights
Shortly after an early breakfast, we board our bus and head northwards to the Baltic Sea. We will travel through the Warmia (Ermland) region, stopping in the Ilawa Lake District to visit a marvel of 19th-century German engineering: the Ostroda-Elblag Canal, a system of canals combined with a narrow-gauge railway. Your boat cruise will let you take in the natural and technical wonders of this top Poland attraction.
A tour of Malbork (Marienburg) Castle, a triumph of architecture and one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe. Between 1309-1459, it was the seat of the mighty Order of Teutonic Knights. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with meticulously restored interiors such as the great halls, magnificent high towers and even a central heating system.
Drive to Gdansk. Check in to a comfortable hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
We start in the Old Town of Gdansk. Gdansk’s past as the richest Polish port city has made it one of the top tourist destinations in Poland. Its Old Town is full of maritime atmosphere and packed with unique Hanseatic-style architecture. Think Amsterdam; tall and slim red-brick waterfront houses. During sightseeing you will see the Old Town, St. Mary’s (the largest Gothic church in Poland), the Neptune Fountain and the Artus Court. After, we take you to Oliwa with a beautiful 13th-century cathedral famous for its set of incredibly complex pipe-organs. After an organ recital, you will have free time in Gdańsk.
On the way to the Old Town, we stop at the famous Gdansk (formerly Lenin) Shipyards, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement led by Lech Walesa.
Free time. Overnight stay in Gdansk.