Start the tour in Warsaw and head south to discover Polish marvels! You will experience the culture of Polish Highlanders, pay your respects in Auschwitz-Birkenau, visit the hometown of John Paul II, join the rafting adventure on Dunajec river and much more!
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You will see:
Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw Old Town was almost completely destroyed during World War 2 and later rebuilt with great attention to details. Colourful tenements an... [ read more ]
Royal Castle in Warsaw
Royal Castle – the pride of Warsaw completely rebuilt after its destruction during World War 2. As a part of the Warsaw Old ... [ read more ]
Walking down Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street (Royal Route) you can pass many important sites. In St. Anne’s Church, you can climb up it... [ read more ]
Former Warsaw Ghetto
The Warsaw ghetto existed from November 1940 to May 1943 (when the Ghetto Uprising was put down) in the area of today's Northern Srodmiesc... [ read more ]
Jasna Gora monastery
The famous Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora is the main Catholic centre in Poland. Every August, thousands of people join... [ read more ]
Tatra mountains – the highest mountain range of Carpathians. Tatra National Park is the most frequently visited national park in ... [ read more ]
In Zakopane you must take a ride by the funicular railway to the top of Gubalowka Hill(1,126 m). From the high altitude,... [ read more ]
On Krupowki, Zakopane’s most famous street, you will find local shops and stalls with products from the mountainous Podhale regio... [ read more ]
Wooden Church at Jaszczurówka
Picturesquely situated, the wooden chapel is a pearl of the Polish highland architecture.... [ read more ]
Dunajec River Gorge
The Dunajec River Gorge is undeniably one of the most scenic river rafting routes in Europe. You will find yourself in the middle the P... [ read more ]
Krakow Old Town
Krakow Old Town offers a unique atmosphere with thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, many historic buildings, and horse-dr... [ read more ]
Wawel Hill, with the Cathedral and the Royal Castle, is the most picturesque and recognizable landmark in Krakow. S... [ read more ]
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum
You will see: Auschwitz I (about 2h): The Arbeit Macht Frei gate, the main gate seen by the prisoners barracks (storage, workshops) t... [ read more ]
Family House of John Paul II
John Paul II's family home has been converted into a museum. Inside the house 'where it all began' you may see a rich collection of his fami... [ read more ]
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine, also known as the Krakow Salt Mine is a 'must' when you visit Poland! The salt mine in Krakow is a world-class, Unesco-... [ read more ]
This small town is known for its triangular Market Square – the only one in Poland and one of only three in Europe. Just next to the M... [ read more ]
|Starting date in Warsaw||Ending date in Warsaw|
|September 10||September 18|
Day 1 Saturday – Warsaw
Arrival at Warsaw Chopin Airport. Taxi transfer to your hotel.
At 6 pm you will meet your guide and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby. The Royal Route and its buildings with historical value will be the first thing to explore. You will pass the Copernicus Monument, the University of Warsaw, and the Presidential Palace until you reach Castle Square. You will have a short walk around the Old Town. Afterward, a welcome dinner consisting of traditional Polish meals and the Polish vodka “Zubrowka” will be served for you at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 2 Sunday – Warsaw
In the morning you will discover more Warsaw sights. During a half-day Warsaw city tour you will see more of the Old Town which, completely destroyed in the World War II, was wonderfully reconstructed. The magnificent Royal Castle, Polish kings’ seat and the place of proclamation of the second constitution in the world – the Constitution of May 3rd will undoubtedly impress you. Inside you will visit some of its 300 rooms, including the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the King’s Hall, the Marble room and the splendid Ballroom. After the visit at the Castle, you will have lunch in a restaurant in the Old Town. Afterwards, you will pass by The National Opera House and the Town Hall. You will finish the tour in the area where the Warsaw Ghetto was located.
Next, you will visit the famous Warsaw chocolate factory ‘Wedel’ to taste the delicious hot chocolate at the ‘Wedel Old Fashioned Shop’.
In the evening, we will invite you for a piano recital. You will listen to Frederic Chopin’s masterpieces performed by of one the most talented Polish musicians. During the concert you will taste a delicious sparkling wine.
Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 3 Monday – Warsaw – Czestochowa – Zakopane
After breakfast, you will head to Czestochowa where you will visit Jasna Gora Monastery. It is the main Catholic center in Poland and its greatest pilgrimage destination, visited by more than 5 million pilgrims yearly. Every August, people join walking pilgrimages to Jasna Gora to pray in front of the famous Black Madonna painting – one of the most recognizable sacred images in Poland. You will have lunch at a regional restaurant in the city of Czestochowa.
You will spend the afternoon in Zakopane – a beautifully located holiday resort at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, known as ‘the winter capital of Poland’ and a center of Goral (Polish highlanders) culture. Its picturesque location between Gubalowka and Giewont is a guarantee for breathtaking mountainous views.
Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 4 Tuesday – Zakopane
After breakfast, you will partcipate in Zakopane tour. You will admire the characteristic wooden architecture built in the so-called Zakopianski Style. One of its best examples is the Jaszczurowka Chapel. Another wooden church in Zakopane is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptówki – constructed by the Gorals after the attempt on Pope John Paul II’s life. Then, you will admire the amazing views from the Gubalowka Hill*. You will also discover local shops with souvenirs and regional products hand-made by Gorals. Afterwards, you will have time to arrange lunch by yourself and also some free time at your disposal. Make sure to taste traditional local specialties, especially the famous Oscypek sheep cheese.
In the evening you will have dinner at a regional restaurant, accompanied by a traditional Polish folk dance show.
* Funicular to Gubalowka Mountain (subject to confirmation on the spot; service depends on the weather and technical conditions)
Overnight in Zakopane.
Day 5 Wednesday – Zakopane – Krakow
Free time in the morning.
Afterwards, you will depart from Zakopane and go to the Pieniny National Park to participate in an exciting rafting trip on the Dunajec River*. Next, you will have lunch at a local restaurant and depart to Krakow – the most popular tourist destination in Poland.
* Dunajec Rafting Trip (subject to confirmation on the spot; service depends on the weather conditions)
Overnight in Krakow.
Day 6 Thursday – Krakow
After breakfast, you will participate in a half-day Krakow city tour. The program includes the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle, the seat of three Polish monarch dynasties. There, you will have a chance to see valuable art, treasured furniture and other unique objects from the past. You will also visit the Wawel Cathedral, the former venue for coronations, royal weddings and funerals. In the Cathedral’s vaults, many Polish kings are buried. Inside, you will admire 18 chapels which are considered true architectural masterpieces. You will see the giant Sigismund’s Bell, ranked as one of the biggest in the world. The Unesco-listed Main Market Square in the Old Town is your next stop. There, you will admire the Renaissance Sukiennice (the Cloth Hall), once a major centre of international trade. You will also enter the famous St. Mary’s Basilica and see the awe-inspiring wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss.
You will have free time in the afternoon. In the evening, you will have dinner at a restaurant in the Old Town.
Overnight in Krakow.
Day 7 Friday – Krakow – Auchwitz – Wadowice – Krakow
After breakfast, you will go Auschwitz-Birkenau – a primary symbol of the Holocaust. It was built and operated by Nazi Germany during World War II. It functioned as a concentration and extermination camp. The museum exhibition contains original documents, suitcases, shoes and other belongings of the murdered prisoners. In the afternoon you will go to Wadowice – the town where Pope John Paul II was born. After lunch at a regional restaurant, you will visit the Pope’s family home, later converted into a museum. From young Karol’s bedroom window you will see the clock with a well-known sign: “Time flies, eternity awaits”. Then, you will enter the Basilica of Wadowice where Karol Wojtyla was baptised. Inside, you will see a stone font where he prayed when he visited Poland in 1979 for the first time as the Pope. You will have free time in Krakow for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Krakow.
Day 8 Saturday – Krakow – Wieliczka – Lowicz – Warsaw
In the morning you will visit Wieliczka* – Europe’s oldest salt mine. You will be charmed by salt chambers and sculptures – all carved in salt! Many generations of Polish miners created this amazing landmark. You will also see the stunning St. Kinga Chapel – the only underground church in Europe. You will have free time to arrange lunch on your own.
Next, you will stop in a Mazovian town called Lowicz known for its folk art: multi-colored clothes and exceptional cut-outs made of paper. There, a local family will host you for a traditional Polish dinner. Their cottage is located just at the foot of the Lowicz Castle. You will experience Polish hospitality by being welcomed with bread & salt. During the meal, you will have a chance to talk to the family about their everyday life. After dinner, you will arrive in Warsaw.
*Elevator service at Wieliczka Salt Mine (subject to confirmation on the spot; the service depends on the technical condition of the elevator)
Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 9 Sunday – Warsaw
Breakfast at a hotel and end of the tour.
per person in twin / double room in 2022
per single supplement
- Selected class hotels, rooms with private facilities
- English-speaking tour escort assistance
- English-speaking local guides
- Taxi transfer from Warsaw Chopin Airport to your hotel
- Private air-conditioned coach/minibus (depending on the group size) throughout the entire tour
- Meals as per itinerary: breakfast daily, 3 x lunch, 4 x dinner (including one dinner with folk show in Zakopane, and one home-hosted dinner in Lowicz)
- Cake & coffee/tea at famous Warsaw cafeteria
- Cake & coffee/tea at famous Krakow caféteria
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Entrance fees: Warsaw – Royal Castle, Czestochowa – Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Krakow – Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Zakopane – funicular to Gubalowka Hill and a rafting trip on the Dunajec River
- Chopin concert
- Hotel charges and taxes
- 20% deposit to confirm the tour (not refundable in case of cancellation)
- balance 6 weeks before arrival
- up to 5 weeks before the tour – we charge 20% cancellation fee
- 5 weeks or less – we charge 100% cancellation fee
- 3 nights at 5-star hotel in Warsaw – Sofitel Victoria or similar
- 2 nights at 4-star hotel in Zakopane – Radisson Blu or similar
- 3 nights at 4-star hotel in Krakow – Golden Tulip Kazimierz or similar
For security reasons maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Auschwitz museum cannot exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm. Please leave your bags in the car.
You need to go down 800 steps in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. In the beginning, you have to take 350 of them in order to get to the mine. Wear comfortable shoes. In case you have walking difficulties you can join a group for disabled tourists so that you avoid the steps (though you visit fewer chambers).
Please bring warm clothes for Wieliczka Salt Mine. The temperature underground ranges between 14° and 16° C.
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