THE BEST OF POLAND. POLAND IN 7 DAYS
This is one of the most popular and best-selling itineraries, which allows you to visit the most important and most beautiful, according to many, sites in Poland. It is also an option most frequently chosen for study tours and field trips for students. It is a passage through history and modernity, culture, traditions, customs and religion. The route covers the sightseeing of Cracow, Wieliczka salt mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, both on UNESCO Heritage list. We will also travel in the footsteps of pope John Paul II and visit the present capital city – Warsaw.
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Arrival to Cracow, meeting with tour director, transfer to the hotel 3*, check-in. Orientation walk to the centre of the city (optional: visit of the amber museum). 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, Collegium Maius – medieval buildings of the Jagiellonian University. Free time, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast 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. 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 Wadowicewe 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*, 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 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, free time, overnight.
Optional: visit at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN or at the Science Centre KOPERNIK
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. 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.