7 days is definately not long enough to explore Poland, but our program allows you to see the extraordinary Polish landscape from the North to the South. You will also be surprised by the variety of folklore, tasty cuisine and customs in the individual regions. This is an introduction to further visits in Poland, since we guarantee that everyone would love to come back!
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Arrival in Tri-City (Trójmiasto), an urban area consisting of three major Polish cities in Pomerania – Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot.
Guided city tour: a stroll through the Old Town of Gdansk (among other St Mary’s Church, the Golden Gate, Fountain of Neptune, Long Street, Long Market, Seashore, Historic Crane). Visit in Solidarity Museum.
Transfer to Gdynia, visiting the 16th-century Oliwa Cathedral, the longest church in Poland. This monumental basilica is a gorgeous compound of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo styles. During the summer the Baroque organ concerts are performed there.
Dinner in a restaurant with a nice view to the sea and a freshly cought Baltic fish. That will give an opportunity to try the most popular – cod or flounder, that can be fried, boiled or grilled. Overnight stay.
Breakfast. In the morning free time in Sopot resort – at the famous pavement Monciak (Monte Cassino Heroes promenade), Crooked House, popular among tourists and the longest Polish pier, which is also the longest wooden pier in Europe.
Later on travel to Warsaw. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner with Polish spirit tasting – finest Polish vodkas and liqueurs. Overnight stay.
WARSAW, CZESTOCHOWA, KRAKOW
After breakfast, tour in Warsaw, which was razed by Germans to the ground during II World War: placed on a UNESCO World Heritage List Old Town, Royal Castle, Royal Baths Park (Łazienki) and the Polish Versailles – Wilanow Palace. Palace survived the Poland’s partitions and both World Wars, and is a reminder of the culture of the Polish state as it was before the misfortunes of the 18th century. The Museum, established in 19th century, is a repository of the country’s royal and artistic heritage.
In the afternoon departure to Krakow. On the way visit to Czestochowa – the monastery of Jasna Gora, which is the most famous and saint shrine in Poland. Arrival in Krakow, check in and dinner. Overnight stay.
Optional: a folklore evening – traditional Polish dinner combined with a folk group show.
KRAKOW, WIELICZKA SALT MINE
After breakfast sightseeing in the Old Town (UNESCO List) – Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University and Wawel Hill. Coffee break at the famous and one of the oldest Krakow cafes – Jama Michalika.
In the afternoon an excursion to a notable point outside the city – the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is one of the most valuable monuments in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. It is also a world class monument, featuring on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Today, Wieliczka Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of several hundred years and an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure.
On the way back a visit to Schindler Factory museum. Schindler was a German entrepreneur who came to Krakow to run a business, and ultimately saved approx. 1000 Jews who would have been killed in the labour camp in Plaszow. The museum was opened in June 2010 and won the prestigious Sibyl Award (Museum Event 2010) and has become a place, which you have to visit when you come to Krakow.
In the evening, walk through the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and a Jewish dinner accompanied by a concert of Klezmer music.
AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENU, WADOWICE, KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA
Breakfast. Trip to the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau (UNESCO World Heritage List).
On the way stop in Wadowice – the hometown of Pope John Paul II (visiting his home, which houses a museum, Basilica and the opportunity to taste the famous papal cream cakes) and nerby Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, in order to admire a Marian shrine and the Cross Way with 42 churches and chapels, called Polish Via Dolorosa, built in the seventeenth century by Zebrzydowski family (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Return to Krakow. Overnight stay.
After breakfast – full day excursion to Zakopane – the highest situated town in Poland. Drive through the remarkable village Chocholow – the greatest example of a wooden village (where most of the wood houses were built in the 19th century), visiting a local sculptor. Excursion by funicular railway to Gubalowka (a peak from which you can admire a beautiful panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains), Krupowki – the main pedestrian street of Zakopane, historic cemetery Peksowe Brzysko, wooden Jaszczurowka Chapel.
Return to Krakow, overnight.
Breakfast. Free time, transfer to Krakow airport and departure.
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