Portrait of Poland

Rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, and beautiful landscapes make Poland an interesting place to discover. This brilliant getaway begins in the Polish capital of Warsaw. Explore the port city of Gdansk, capital of Amber, and visit nearby Torun, where Copernicus was born and which boasts an impressive Teutonic Knights’ castle. Spend a night in romantic Poznan, then stop at the historic Jasna Góra monastery with its Black Madonna. Spend two nights in Kraków, with guided sightseeing featuring the Market Square, Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, and more. Visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust, then return to Warsaw for two overnights and the end of this fascinating holiday.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Warsaw, Poland

Check into your hotel. Explore the Polish capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. in the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Regent Warsaw Hotel

Day 2: Warsaw – Gdansk

Today’s included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide is an excellent introduction to Warsaw. Magnificently reconstructed after WWii, Warsaw is a rich tapestry of nearly every European architectural style, from gothic to neoclassical, with wide, modern avenues in striking contrast to the narrow lanes of the old section. Continue to Gdansk on the Baltic Sea, which was one of the most important Hanseatic cities in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Hotel: Mercure Old Town, 2 nights

Day 3: Gdansk

Among the most important shipping ports in Northern Europe, Gdansk (formerly known by its German name, Danzig) is the birthplace of “Solidarity,” the Polish trade union that revolutionized Polish modern politics. Sightseeing this morning with your Local Guide introduces you to the city’s past and present. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, or join the optional excursion to the town of Malbork, founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights. Visit its gothic Marienburg Castle, one of the most striking fortified castles in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4: Gdansk – Torun – Poznan

First stop today is medieval Torun on the Vistula River, birthplace of renaissance astronomer Copernicus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Local Guide will introduce you to the many captivating highlights, including the starowka (Old Town) with the ruins of a 13th-century Teutonic Knights’ castle, as well as many samples of gothic architecture. Head west to Poznan, one of the country’s oldest cities and a part of Polish history for the past 1,000 years. This afternoon, discover the main attractions on your included city sightseeing with a Local Guide.

Hotel: Novotel Centrum

Day 5: Poznan – Jasna Góra – Kraków

First, to Jasna Gora near Czestochowa for a guided visit of the Monastery that withstood the repeated onslaughts of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna has been venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Later, head to Krakow.

Hotel: Conrad, 3 nights

Day 6: Kraków

Dating back to the 7th century, Krakow is revered by many as Poland’s most beautiful city. it was the country’s capital for over 500 years. On your included guided tour, see the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, Wawel Hill, and visit the Cathedral. Continue exploring on your own or book an optional visit to the spectacular Wieliczka Salt Mines, a subterranean maze of tunnels and chambers-some of them richly decorated. This evening, consider joining an optional traditional dinner.

Day 7: Kraków – Excursion to Zakopane

Get a breath of fresh mountain air today on the included excursion to Zakopane. Located in a picturesque valley at the base of the Tatra mountain range, Zakopane has developed into a beautiful, pristine resort. Typical of this area are the highlander wooden houses, cafes, restaurants, and shops on Krupowski Street. Enjoy a little hiking or browse around the small market for authentic souvenirs. Return to Krakow.

Day 8: Krakow – Auschwitz – Warsaw

Encounter sobering history this morning on your visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. in the afternoon, continue to Warsaw. Tonight’s optional dinner is a great way to round out your fascinating adventure in Poland.

Hotel: Regent Warsaw Hotel

Day 9: Warsaw

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$1,799.00$2,317.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 30$1,979.00$2,497.00
June: 06, 20, 27$1,979.00$2,497.00
July: 11$1,879.00$2,397.00
August: 01, 08$1,879.00$2,397.00
August: 22, 29$1,979.00$2,497.00
September: 05$1,979.00$2,497.00
September: 12$1,799.00$2,317.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Treasures of Poland

For centuries, Poland has been playing a pivotal role in the growth of European culture. Its contribution is evident in individuals like Frederic Chopin, Nicolaus Copernicus, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Matejko, Pope John Paul II etc. Poland is host to over 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – and in this tour, The Treasures Of Poland, we visit several of the most important sites.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Warsaw

Arrive in Warsaw with an optional transfer to your hotel. In the evening, meet your fellow tour members for a drive along the Royal Route, a short walk through the Old Town and dinner at a local restaurant including typical Polish dishes and famous Polish vodka ‘Zubrowka’.

Hotel: Novotel Centrum, 2 nights

Day 2: Warsaw

A half-day sightseeing tour includes highlights such as the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after WWII, the impressive Royal Castle, seat of Polish kings, and the former Warsaw Ghetto. In the late afternoon, enjoy a Chopin concert, performed by a pianist in a two-part recital.

Day 3: Warsaw – Czestochowa – Zakopane

Your journey continues south to Zakopane. En-route, you will visit Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, home to the famous Black Madonna. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and start your discovery of Zakopane, nestled at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, a popular winter and summer resort.

Hotel: Hotel Mercure Kasprowy

Day 4: Zakopane – Krakow

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this picturesque town, renowned for its many beautiful wooden churches and chapels, and take a cable car up Gubalowka Mountain for spectacular views of the High Tatra Mountains. There are also many shops with local arts and crafts made by the Highlanders (Gorale). Enroute to Krakow, enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the scenic Dunajec River.

Hotel: Novotel Krakow City West, 3 nights

Day 5 Krakow – Auschwitz – Krakow

Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, is a royal city located on the Vistula River. Visit the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill and the Old Town with its Market Square. In the afternoon, drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the infamous factory of death.

Day 6: Krakow – Wieliczka – Krakow

The morning is at leisure. This afternoon drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes, and chapels carved from salt. Dinner with a folklore show will be served at a local restaurant in Wieliczka before returning to Krakow.

Day 7: Krakow – Lowicz – Torun

Depart this morning for Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for its folk art and colourful costumes. After a home-hosted lunch with a local family, continue to Torun and the rest of your day is at leisure.

Hotel: Mercure Torun Centrum

Day 8: Torun – Gdansk

This morning take a guided tour of Torun, considered as one of the most significant historic cities of Poland. Its Old Town has been included in UNESCO’s list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun’s past glory. After lunch in a local restaurant depart to the northern city of Gdansk, located on the coast of the Baltic Sea. On arrival there is time for a brief orientation walk through the Old Town.

Hotel: Mercure Gdansk Old Town, 2 nights

Day 9: Gdansk – Malbork – Gdansk

Today you will enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Gdansk and it surrounds. Visit the Upland Gate – a fragment of the city’s former fortifications and one of its main gates, Long Market – a magnificent street, with grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades. Also visit Mariacka Street, with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques before driving to Malbork for lunch. This afternoon visit the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork, the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. Return to Gdansk for overnight.

Day 10: Gdansk – Gdynia – Sopot – Warsaw

After breakfast, drive to Gdynia, youngest of the tri-city complex, which also includes Sopot. Visit Oliwa Cathedral famous for one-of-a-kind pipe organ, to enjoy a concert. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort with the oldest and longest wooden pier in Europe. Arrive in Warsaw, check-in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Novotel Centrum

Day 11: Depart Warsaw

Your Magic of Poland tour concludes after breakfast with an optional departure transfer.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 09, 30$2,810.00$3,560.00
June: 13$2,810.00$3,560.00
July: 04, 18$2,810.00$3,560.00
August: 08, 22$2,810.00$3,560.00
September: 05, 19$2,810.00$3,560.00
October: 03$2,810.00$3,560.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Transport by air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Services of an English speaking Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Poland

Poland today is probably Europe’s best-kept secret. Appreciate the wealth of medieval fairy tale cities and scenic wonders on this enthralling journey and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people themselves.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Kraków

Transfers to your hotel depart Kraków airport at 12:30 and 15:00. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 for a walk around the Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest and most beautiful town square. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches. Be sure to listen for the trumpeter’s call! Later, enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków

In the morning, why not join an optional experience to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? Alternatively, relax until your ascent of Wawel Hill to see the Renaissance castle with a Local Expert. Visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland and the former seat of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, later known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and then to Podgórze to see Ghetto Square. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps spend time browsing the shops for traditional folklore products? By night, don’t miss the chance of enjoying a Polka Party with dinner and wine.

Day 3: Across the High Tatras Mountains to Zakopane

Journey into the Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city. Spend free time shopping for local specialties in the markets of Krupówki Street or ascend a nearby mountain for panoramic views across the Tatras into Slovakia. In the evening, enjoy a rousing Highlight Dinner accompanied by Goral Highlander folklore entertainment at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Reflect on Auschwitz then on to Wroclaw, the Venice of Poland

Travelling past the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, your first stop will be the city of Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz. With a local historian, experience a moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau. Travel along the Oder River to the city of Wrocław, known in Polish as Miasto Spotkań or the meeting place. During its long history, Wrocław has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Germany. See the brightly coloured facades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny. Take in the Baroque splendour of the Rynek, and be introduced to Wrocław’s cheeky gnomes.

Day 5: Poznań, Cradle of the Polish nation

With a relaxed start to the day, perhaps join a Local Expert on an Optional Experience to ride a historic 1900s Breslauer tram? Drive out to Ostrów Tumski, known as Cathedral Island. It’s considered as the birthplace of Poland in the 10th century and is a fascinating place of legend, often overlooked by other visitors. Journey to the region of Wielkopolska to meet a local resident of Poznań who knows every nook and cranny of the Old Town. Learn the secrets behind the St. Martin’s croissant, a local delicacy of Poznan with a special history, and enjoy a tasting.

Day 6: Toruń, the Gothic Glory on the Vistula and Gdańsk

Stop at Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous winged bronze doors. Then continue to Toruń, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233 and birthplace of astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus. Join a Local Expert to discover this outstanding example of medieval architecture, now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time exploring at your own pace. Why not shop for traditional gingerbread? Follow the Vistula River north to the Baltic Sea and Gdańsk a beautiful seaside town, with a lovingly restored Old Town. As evening descends, a dinner of Baltic specialities is highly recommended, followed by a walk through Gdańsk’s illuminated historic district.

Day 7: The Baltic Belles of Gdańsk

Spend the morning with a Local Expert. See the Westerplatte, scene of the first fighting between Polish and German troops in 1939, and the Gdańsk Shipyards where Lech Wałęsa formed the anti-Soviet Solidarność in 1980. Continue through the medieval city, where buildings date back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Enjoy a free afternoon and perhaps choose to visit the elegant seaside town of Sopot?

Day 8: Malbork Castle and Warsaw

With a Local Expert, visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights on the banks of the Nogat River. The castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. Next, travel south across the beautiful Masuria Lake District, passing Iława on the way to the capital of Warsaw. With the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps attend an evening concert of Poland’s best-loved composer, Frédéric Chopin?

Day 9: Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw

See the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park with a Local Expert. Visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, followed by a walk through Warsaw’s Old Town, entirely rebuilt since World War II. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps visit Wilanów Palace, once the home to Poland’s most famous King Jan Sobieski III? At your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cosy Warsaw restaurant.

Day 10: Depart Warsaw

Your journey comes to an end with your departure transfer arriving at Warsaw airport at 07:30 or 10:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 17, 24$3,225.00Price on Application
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,275.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,275.00Price on Application
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,195.00Price on Application
August: 07, 14$3,195.00Price on Application
August: 21, 28$3,275.00Price on Application
September: 04, 11, 18$3,325.00Price on Application
September: 25$3,295.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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