CULTURE AND NATURE. FROM CRACOW, THROUGH THE BALTIC COAST TO MASURIA LAKE DISTRICT IN 8 DAYS
This is an itinerary which allows you to get acquainted with precious monuments of the Polish culture, see great cities like Warsaw or Cracow, but also appreciate the beauty of the unspoilt Polish nature, feed your eyes with the landscapes of the countryside and the charm of the sunset at the Masurian lakes.
If you want to visit the most beautiful Polish cities, but also take a short break from the urban life – this is a tour for you. We start in Cracow, the ancient Polish capital, today one of the most popular European tourist destinations, to travel north towards Gdańsk and Sopot at the Baltic sea, and from there drive to the Masurian lake district. The route includes also a visit of the Wieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, sightseeing of Torun – all three on UNESCO Heritage list, the sanctuary of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa and Warsaw.
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Arrival to Cracow, meeting with the guide, transfer to the hotel 3*/4*, check-in, in the afternoon sightseeing of the old Jewish district Kazimierz, one of the best preserved Jewish settlements in Europe. It was here where many scenes from Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” were filmed. Today Kazimierz is a vibrant district, popular among artists and students, known for its nightlife, art galleries and fashionable cafes and eateries. Dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and a guided visit of the historical centre of Cracow: Wawel hill with its renaissance castle and cathedral, the resting place of the Polish kings and national leaders, Old Town, Royal Route, the largest in Europe Market Square, the cloth hall and St. Mary’s church with its altar – a wooden masterpiece of Veit Stoss. Next we proceed Wieliczka salt mine, a World Heritage site of UNESCO, one of the greatest tourist attractions of the region. Return transfer to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and transfer to Auschwitz for a guided visit of the camp site. Transfer to Birkenau where still camp barracks and a railway platform with the entrance gate – one of the iconic symbols of the Holocaust – can be seen. Transfer to Czestochowa, visit of the shrine where the holy icon of the Black Madonna has been kept by Pauline fathers since 1382. Transfer to Torun, check-in in hotel 3*/4*, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and sightseeing of Torun, one of the oldest towns in Poland, founded in 1233 by Teutonic Knights. Torun is also the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus, one of the greatest astronomers and a home to famous “pierniki”, a gingerbread sweet made with honey and oriental spices. Visit of its well preserved gothic Old Town. Next, transfer to Malbork and a visit of the majestic Malbork Castle, the medieval capital of the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights. Transfer to Gdansk, check-in in 3*/4* hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, guided visit of Gdańsk and Sopot: walking tour of the Old Town, wooden Crane, Długa Street and the Market Square, St. Mary’s church, “amber street”, presentation of amber polishing in one of the Gdańsk amber laboratories. Free time for lunch in the Old Town. Next, we will see the famous shipyard gate, where “Solidarity” movement was born and then drive to the Oliva Cathedral and listen to the organ concert performed on the famous, one of its kind, XVIII cent. instrument. Next we drive to Sopot to visit the most well-known Polish sea resort and walk along the longest wooden pier in Europe. On the way back we will admire the modernist architecture of the youngest of the Tri-City – Gdynia. Let’s breathe deeply, the Baltic iodium is very healthy! Return to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the Masurian Lake district – known as the Land of Thousand Lakes. Sightseeing of Lidzbark Warminski, old capital of the region, transfer to Swieta Lipka, which together with the cloister and convent forms one of the most important monument of the Baroque style in Poland. We will listen to the organ concert, performed on the famous XVIII 18th century instrument. The recital is a feast for ear and eye: on the organs towers archangel Gabriel bows to the Virgin Mary, an angel plays the lute and four little puttos ring the bells. Next visit at Gierloż, one of Hitler’s headquarters, where in 1944 colonel von Stauffenberg attempted his unsuccessful attempt at Hitler’s life. Transfer to the hotel 3*/4* at Giżycko or Mrągowo on the lakes, check-in, evening promenade along the lake’s shore, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, transfer to Warsaw. Upon arrival start of the city tour. We will see the modern city centre with modern skyscrapers and the famous Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from Stalin to brotherly Poland. We will drive along the Royal Route towards the Old Town, totally destroyed during the war. We will see the Royal castle, St. Anne’s church and the Old Town Market Square, St. John’s Cathedral and the city walls with Barbican. Next, a transfer towards the former Warsaw ghetto, we will learn about the life and extermination of the Warsaw Jews and see the monuments honouring their struggle in the Ghetto Uprising. We will also visit places connected with the most famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin. Lunch in a local restaurant in the Old Town. Check-in at the hotel , overnight.
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Depending on the time available visit of the Royal Łazienki Park with magnificent residences founded by the last Polish king in the late 18th century. Transfer to the airport and return flight.