Escorted Tour-Land Only 9 Days/ 8 Nights
Enjoy your trip to the southern part of Poland, the region of art and highlanders thriving folklore culture cultivated by the highlanders. This tour gives you a glimpse of the most valuable and important places in Poland, the so-called “must be seen” while traveling across our country.
Price per Person:
In a double room $1759
Single supplement $569
8 nights superior tourist class and first class accommodation all with private facilities
Round trip airport transfers-if arriving and departing on scheduled days
Breakfast each morning
3 lunches-drinks not included
5 dinners-drinks not included
English speaking tour escort
Transport between cities by motor coach
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Entrance fees to the following: Warsaw: Royal Castle, Czestochowa: Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine, Oswiecim/Auschwitz, Zakopane: cable car to Gubalowka Hill and a rafting trip on the Dunajec River, Krakow: Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Hot chocolate at the famous Warsaw chocolate factory Wedel or similar
Cake & coffee/tea at a famous Krakow cafe
Hotel taxed and service charges
Day 1 Warsaw
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The afternoon is free. At 6:00pm, meet your guide and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through the Old Town, and then enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your meal will include typical Polish dishes and famous Polish vodka, Zubrowk. Overnight in Warsaw
Day 2 Warsaw
This morning, you will be introduced you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half-day sightseeing tour includes the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the Constitution of May 3rd was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution, after the US Constitution, in the world. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and see the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and most impressive of all the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom. After lunch served at a local restaurant in Old Town, continue your tour with a drive to the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En route, you will see the building of the National Opera House and Town Hall. During your tour of Warsaw you will be taken to the famous Warsaw chocolate factory Wedel for a taste of their famous hot chocolate. This evening you will take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous compositions of our greatest composer, Frederic Chopin, at a piano recital. Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 3 Warsaw-Czestochowa-Zakopane
After breakfast, depart for Zakopane, one of the most popular vacation resorts in the Tatra Mountains. En route, stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its miraculous icon. Lunch will be served a local restaurant in Czestochowa. In the evening arrive in Zakopane beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont. It is the most popular resort in Poland and one of the most beautiful places in all of Poland, owing to its picturesque location. Once, a small mountain village, Zakopane became a fashionable artist’s retreat at the beginning of the 20th century.
Day 4 Zakopane
In the morning, you will have a sightseeing tour of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture blends with the natural landscapes. Copied in other parts of Poland, it is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life. Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Mountain and shop for souvenirs of arts and crafts of the Highlanders (Gorale) in the local shops. After lunch on your own you will have free time. Tonight’s dinner will be served at a typical Highlanders inn with a folkloric show. Overnight in Zakopane. Important note. Funicular to the Gubalowka Mountain is subject to confirmation on spot. Service depends on the weather and funicular technical conditions.
Day 5 Zakopane-Krakow
After breakfast, spend a relaxing day on your own and take a spectacular rafting trip on the Dunajec River in the Pieniny National Park. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, leave for the medieval city of Krakow. Overnight in Krakow. Important note: The Dunajec Raft Trip is subject to confirmation on the spot. Service depends on the weather and the water level of the river.
Day 6 Krakow
The morning sightseeing tour will feature Wawel, the Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art,valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries is matchless. You will also visit the Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt from 1520 ranks with the world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried.Following a short break for coffee and cake at a famous Krakow cafe, drive to Old Town with its restored Main Square of magnificent houses and palaces. There, you stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square is Cloth Hall built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century with many shopping stalls inside. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight’s dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Old Town. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 7 Krakow-Auschwitz-Wadowice-Krakow
After breakfast, leave for Auschwitz, the site of the former Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous death factory. Today, a Museum, it is a silent witness to human tragedy. In the afternoon, return to Krakow via Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II. After lunch at a local restaurant,see the house where He was born and grew up. From the window of his bedroom he used to see a clock with the sign “Time flies, eternity awaits”. In the Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was baptized you can still see the special plaque that commemorates this fact as well as a stone font where the Pope prayed during his first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. From here, return to Krakow. Upon arrival, you will have free time. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 8 Krakow-Wieliczka-Lowicz-Warsaw
This morning drive to Wieliczka to see the underground world of the oldest salt mine in Europe. Admire the salt chambers, monuments all carved in salt by many generation of Polish miners. You will be fascinated by the fabulous St. Kinga Chapel with its beautiful chandeliers, a masterpiece of salt work art. After lunch on your own, depart for Warsaw. On the way, stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: especially noteworthy are the colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. You will be invited for a home-hosted dinner by a local family, whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed in a typical Polish way, with bread & salt, and enjoy your meal served by the young married couple in their lovely house. You will have time to talk about their day to day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden. After dinner, continue your drive to Warsaw. Overnight in Warsaw. Important note: Lift service at the Wieliczka Salt Mine is subject to confirmation on the spot. Service depends on lift technical conditions.
Day 9 Warsaw-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport. You can extend your stay in Warsaw or continue to Germany, Lithuania or Belarus.
Pre and/or post tour nights in Warsaw available.
Warsaw: Hotel Sofitel Victoria or similar
Zakopane: Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
Krakow: Hotel Golden Tulip Kazimierz or similar