FROM SOUTH TO NORTH OF POLAND. POLAND IN 8 DAYS.
An itinerary that enables you to get to know Poland inside-out, learn about its culture, history and see the place where “Solidarity” was born.
If you want to breathe the big-city atmosphere, but also a clean, iodium-filled baltic sea breeze, this is a route for you. It is also a good idea for a field trip or a study tour for school youth and students. During this tour you can discover the history hidden in monuments and modernity of the urban architecture, learn about culture, traditions and religion. The itinerary covers the sightseeing of Cracow with the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, Wieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, a trip to pope John Paul’s birthplace, Black Madonna shrine, visit of Warsaw and Gdansk, where Lech Walesa created “Solidarity” movement and a walk along the longest wooden pier in Europe in Sopot.
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IMPORTANT: You can adjust this itinerary to your needs, interests, financial possibilities and time available. Would you like to change something, add something, upgrade or lower the standard of the hotel? Do you need full board treatment, or want to stay a little longer? Contact us!
Arrival to Cracow, meeting with tour director, transfer to the hotel 3*/4*, check-in. Orientation walk and 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 in a local restaurant with klezmer music and Jewish cuisine, 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, Collegium Maius – medieval buildings of the Jagiellonian University. Free time, in the afternoon we proceed to 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, transfer to Wadowice, birthplace of pope John Paul II. En route the sightseeing of Calvaria, a unique architectonic and landscape complex, listed as a heritage site by UNESCO, created to be the Polish Jerusalem. In Wadowice we will see the house where Karol Wojtyła was born and we shall visit the church where the future pope was baptized. We will have an opportunity to taste the famous “Kremówka” or cream cake, the favourite sweet of young Karol. Next, transfer to Auschwitz and 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. Return transfer to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, check-out, 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 Warsaw, check-in hotel 3*/4*, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and guided city tour of Warsaw. During the 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 restaurant in the Old Town. In the afternoon we drive for a visit of the Royal Łazienki Park with magnificent residences founded by the last Polish king in the late 18th century. Return to the hotel, overnight.
Optional: visit at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. 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, transfer to the airport, departure.