TWO CAPITALS. WARSAW AND CRACOW IN 4 DAYS
It is a great offer for a short study trip. We shall visit two royal cities, two capitals: the past and present one. In Cracow you will find narrow streets, an inviting atmosphere of the Market Square always filled with tourists, the oldest Polish university founded in 1364 and a medieval masterpiece of Veit Stoss in St. Mary’s church, numerous bars, cafes and open air restaurants. Warsaw pulses with energy and attracts with its modernity with a touch of style and elegance. Only here can you find an ultramodern city centre with high skyscrapers, out of which the highest is still the one built over 60 years ago, donated by Stalin. But Warsaw means also charming places like the Old and New Town, the Royal Route, splendid parks and royal residencies. The itinerary, including a visit in Czestochowa shrine, Auschwitz camp and Wieliczka salt mine, is an optimal solution for those who do not have much time, but desire to experience the best and most important in Poland.
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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 Warsaw, transfer to a 3*/ 4* hotel, check-in. After a short break we start with the city tour. We will see the 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, wherewe 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. Return to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and early departure for Czestochowa, visit of the shrine where the holy icon of the Black Madonna has been kept by Pauline fathers since 1382. 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. Transfer to Cracow, check-in in a 3*/4* hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and a guided city tour 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 famous altar – a wooden masterpiece of Veit Stoss. In the afternoon visit of the 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, check-out, depending on the time available, visit of the Kazimierz district, 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, free time. Transfer to the airport, return flight.