Day 1 ARRIVAL, WARSAW
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel in Warsow.
In the evening meeting with the pilot of the group.
Day 2 WARSAW
Whole day destined to explore the most important places in Warsaw.
- the vibrant downtown and the elegant Royal Route with the Palace on the Water in the Łazienki Gardens, one of Europe’s finest 18th century royal residences.
- the charming Old Town
- the historical Jewish Ghetto area
- a delicious traditional Polish dinner in a stylish restaurant
In the afternoon visiting the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. This museum traces the history of the city's heroic but doomed uprising against the German occupation in 1944 via three levels of interactive displays, photographs, film archives and personal accounts. The volume of material is overwhelming, but the museum does an excellent job of instilling in visitors a sense of the desperation residents felt in deciding to oppose the occupation by force, and of illustrating the dark consequences, including the Nazis' destruction of the city in the aftermath.
In the evening delicious traditional Polish dinner in a stylish restaurant, private piano concert of works by Chopin, a Polish composer-pianist revered worldwide as the greatest master of Romantic music.
Day 3 WARMIA AND MASURIA, MALBORK
Drive to the north of Poland – to the Baltic SeaWhile passing visiting a gothic castle in Olsztyn – the oldest and the most imposing monument of the capital of Warmia and Masuria. Through centuries it has been the heart of the city, which has been exploring in its shadow. The castle once used to be the house of great Nicolaus Copernicus, and currently it houses the headquarters of Museum of Warmia and Masuria, and chambers and courtyard stays open to all the visitors.
In the afternoon heading towards Malbork - sightseeing gothic castle built by Teutonic Knights in 1274-1457. The castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and an example of medieval defensive architecture. From 1309 to 1457 it used to be a headquarter od the masters of the Teutonic Order and the capitol of the State of the Teutonic Kinghts. In years 1457 – 1772 it was the place from which the provincial governors of Małopolska ruled. The Malbork Castle Museum was created in 1961 and in December 1997 the castle has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the evening arriving to hotel in Gdansk.
Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 GDANSK & SOPOT
Heading to Sopot, the most popular Polish seaside resort , quaint yet sophisticated, known for being the ‘Monte Carlo’ of the Baltic.
Transfer Oliwa with a beautiful 13th-century cathedral famous for its set of incredibly complex pipe-organs. Drive towards the famous Gdansk Shipyard - the birthplace of Solidarity ( Polish trade union ) and next to the old town where we will have a tour around it and after sightseeing we will have a dinner.
Old town in Gdansk has many relicts and it’s one of the most beautiful old town in Europe. We can find here many gorgeus churches , for example St. Katarzyna’s or St. Jacob church. The other interesting historical building is Old Town Town Hall. It was built over 100 years – from 1379 to 1492. Town hall has a 80 meter tower on which stands a metal, gold-plated statue of King Sigimund Agustus ( Zygmunt August ). Today it houses a Historical Museum of City of Gdansk. We will also see Mały Młyn ans Wielki Młyn, which were built by Teutonic Knights in the mid-fourteenth century on Radunia and Granary ( Radunia i Spichlerz ) canals. At the Old Town of Gdansk are located also monuments of the Defenders of the Polish Post and King John III Sobieski.
Free time and shopping.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 5 TORUN – COPERNICUS
Transfer to Torun.
Torun is a city which belongs to the elite group of places awarded UNESCO World Hesritage Site. It’s unique character city owes to well-preserved monuments – gothics churches, baroque granaries, charming tenement houses. Many of them have the appearance unchanged for centuries.
In Torun You can try the traditional gingerbread from Torun with delicious coffee or tea in Torun Old Town. Later, we shall visit the House of Nicolaus Copernicus, Toruń’s most famous son and see where the astronomer was born. After a long day You will have free time and then we will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 KRAKOW - ROYAL CAPITAL
Drive to the south of Poland to Krakow.
Old Town in Krakow is remarkable city card. Crowds of tourists are gathering around market square to see the most precious relicts of the ancient capital of Poland. This area, with Wawel, is on UNESCO Herritage World Site since 1978. The most important antique buildings which are situated on the market square or nearby are Mariacki Church, Krakow Cloth Hall and Town Hall Tower, St. Florain’s Gate and Barbakan – which are the ruins of defensive walls of Krakow. We will see the Castle and Wawel Cathedral.
Free time and accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU & WADOWICE
Drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau, network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich. The largest extermination camp in the history of mankind was created by the Germans in 1940. At first, it supposed to be one of many labor camps that the Nazis created since early 30’s. However in 1942, after a significant enlargement, it has also become a center of Endlösung der Judenfrage ( the „final solution of the Jewish” ), a Nazi plan to murder the Jews living in areas occupied by the Third Reich. The exact number of victims of Auschwitz can not be determined – SS destroyed almost all of the documentation and most of what survived , the Soviets deported. It is assumed that 1.5 million people, 28 nationalities, of which about 90% were Jews, were killed there. After the World War II camp grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau were converted into a museum and place of memory and considered as a Monument of Martyrdom of the Polish Nation and Other Nations. In 1979 Auschwitz-Birkenau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – to warn against fanaticism, extreme nationalism and racism and for the memory of the criminal actions of Nazi Germany never be forgotten.
In afternoon drive towards Wadowice, Pope’s John Paul II family town.
Transfer to Zakopane, the principal Polish mountain resort located at the foot of the majestic Carpathian mountain range (more than 2,000 meters above sea level). Participation in lively highlander show with live music and dance where you will see the folk customs that are still thriving in this region, and get a taste of the local cuisine and the strong “highlander tea”.
Check in and overnight stay.
Day 8 TATRY MOUNTAINS AND KRUPÓWKI
Sightseeing the exquisite local wooden architecture in Zakopane before hopping onto the funicular railway to Mt. Gubałówka, one of the most beautiful peaks in the Tatry Mountains, to view the dramatic scenery. Next heading to Krupówki, where You have a free time for shopping and rest.
Transfer to the hotel in Krakow - nearby Krakow Old Town.
Check in and overnight stay.
Day 9 WIELICZKA SALT MINE
Drive to Wieliczka – historic salt mine. Is the oldest salt mine in the world. You can trace all of the stages mining technology development through different historical epochs. Mine extends to 9 levels , it has 2040 chambers and 360 km of galleries that makes up the mysterious labyrinth. Uniqueness of carved in salt altars, statues and entire underground chapels with reliefs and chandeliers carry Visitors into a fantasy and unusual world. St Kinga’s Chapel, called underground hydrochloric church, due to its dimensions of 54 meters long, 18 meters wide and 12 meters high is considered the most beautiful.
Return to Krakow, comfortable walking tour of the legendary Wawel Castle, covering the Cathedral, the Belfry and the possibility to visit the historical State Rooms.
In the evening horse and carriage ride through the Old Town.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 JASNA GÓRA MONASTERY, RETURN TO WARSAW
In the morning, after breakfasta nd chek out we head towards Częstochowa and Jasna Góra Monastery. Jasna Góra is the largest religious sanctuary in Poland and one of the largest in th eworld. Every year hundreds of thousands of faithful from all around the world are visiting Jasna Góra Monastery.
The objects of worship of Jasna Góra pilgrims is the miraculous icon – the image of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus in her arms. Mary’s face on the icon has a very dark complexion, so that’s why the picture is often called The image of the Black Madonna.
Return to Warsaw. The end of the tour program.
*the tour schedule is a framework and may vary depending on the time and place of arrival.