GRAND TOUR OF POLAND. POLAND IN 9 DAYS.
A fascinating journey to the heart of Poland, from its medieval roots, through the splendour of the renaissance and stormy times of the baroque era, to its modern history: atrocities of the Second World War and the heroic struggle for freedom.
The route of this tour allows to get acquainted with the history of Poland from its origins. We will see the most beautiful and most important Polish cities and get to know the country with all the senses, including taste: in Cracow we will try the bagles, in Wadowice – the papal cream cake, in Wrocław – a traditionally brewed beer, in Toruń the famous gingerbread cake and in Warsaw – the pączkis. We will also see historically significant places: Poznań, where Poland assumed christianity, and Gdańsk, where the “Solidarity” movement was born.
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Arrival to Cracow, transfer to the hotel 3*/4*, check-in, in the afternoon transfer to Wieliczka salt mine from 1978 on UNESCO list, one of the most important tourist attractions of the region. Return to the hotel, 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 to Auschwitz – Birkenau for a guided visit of the camp with its barracks and crematoria. Return transfer to Cracow, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, check-out, transfer to Wadowice, birthplace of pope John Paul II. 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 Czestochowa, visit of the shrine where the holy icon of the Black Madonna has been kept by Pauline fathers since 1382. Transfer to Wroclaw, check-in in hotel 3*/4*, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and guided half-day sightseeing of the city of Wroclaw. We will see the Old Town with its impressive gothic town hall and tenement houses of great artistic value, University buildings, Wroclaw is picturesquely located on the Oder river and boasts the third largest in size Market Place. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Poznan, a city where the history of Poland started, where the first catholic church in Poland was built, and where in 966 Duke Mieszko I assumed christianity. Sightseeing of the city, check-in at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, check-out, continuation of the sightseeing of Poznań. Next, transfer to Torun, famous hanseatic town 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 Gdańsk, hotel check-in, 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, 18th 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 and transfer to Malbork and a visit of the majestic Malbork Castle, the medieval capital of the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights. Transfer to Warsaw, at arrival short panoramic orientation tour, check-in in 3*/4* hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and start of the sightseeing of Warsaw. We will see the modern city centre with modern skyscrapers and the famous Palace of Culture and Science.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.
Breakfast, check-out, transfer to the airport, departure.