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2019 Treasures of Poland | 11 Days | Escorted

Category: Group Tours

 

 


Guaranteed Departure Tours, Poland 2019

 

 



Treasures of Poland  11 days, Escorted

Warsaw - Czestochowa - Zakopane - Krakow - Auschwitz | Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow - Torun - Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot - Malbork - Warsaw
   

 

Itinerary Overview: 

Day 01

SAT

Arrive Warsaw

Welcome Dinner

Day 02

SUN

In Warsaw

Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 03

MON

Warsaw–Czestochowa–Zakopane

Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 04

TUE

Zakopane–Krakow

Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 05

WED

Krakow–Auschwitz–Krakow

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06

THU

Krakow-Wieliczka-Krakow

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07

FRI

Krakow - Lowicz - Torun 

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08

SAT

Torun-Gdansk 

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09

SUN

Gdansk-Malbork-Gdansk

Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 10

MON

Gdansk-Gdyna - Sopot-Oliwa-Warsaw

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 11

TUE

Warsaw 

Breakfast 

 

 

 

Tour Highlights: 

 

In Warsaw, visit the magnificent Royal Castle and other key landmarks of the capital, a proud survivor and an unabashed striver, a city on the rise

 

In Krakow, Poland's most beloved city, explore Wawel Castle, - country's richest museum and the best sight in Poland, - visit inside St. Mary's Church with its famous Vit Stwosz wooden altar; walk through Krakow Old Town, the largest in Europe

 

View the magnificent carvings of the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt mine, declared by UNESCO as one of the 12 most priceless monuments in the world

 

Poignant visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and get a up-close look at the horrifying realities of the Holocaust

 

Visit Czestochowa to catch a glimpse of the Black Madonna, the most sacred of Polish icons

 

Visit Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and the "beautiful red mercantile medieval city" famous for its impressive brick and stone structures

 

Explore Gdansk, Gdyna and Sopot, a Tri-City area, Poland's summer playground of choice. Try the Baltic world-class beaches, a flurry of cultural life, and stunning Hanseatic architecture of these three cities on the Baltic

 

● Visit Malbork, the largest brick castle in the world, the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights in the 1300's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates & Prices, 2019
 

Tour dates, 2019: 

Tour dates, 2019:

   

May 11-May 21 

 Aug 10-Aug 20

June 01-June 11 

Aug 24-Sept 03  

June 15-June 25

Sept 07-Sept 17 

 July 06-July 16

Sept 21-Oct 01   

July 20-July 30 

Oct 05-Oct 15 

 

 

 







 

  

 

Tour Price: $ 2,535 per person, in twin share

Single Supplement: $725

 

The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, twin share 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Included:  
 


• Accommodations at central 3 & 4 star hotels, with private facilities
• Services of an English-speaking Escort guide
• English-speaking guides in each city for sightseeing
• Private air-conditioned motor coach/minivan

Meals as per itinerary:
     = breakfast daily
     = 7 lunches & 4 dinners served at local restaurants including one dinner in Wieliczka with the Folklore show

• Two cake & coffee breaks in a popular café, one in Warsaw and one in Krakow
• Sightseeing tours as per itinerary

• Entrance fees:
   In Warsaw: Royal Castle
   In Czestochowa: Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine
   Auschwitz-Birkenau
   In Zakopane: cable and rafting
   In Krakow: Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church
   In Wieliczka: Salt Mine site
   In Torun: Copernicus Museum
   In Gdansk: organ concert in the Oliwa Cathedral
   In Malbork: Malbork Castle

• Chopin concert with a glass of sparkling wine
• Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
• Hotel charges and taxes

 

Not Included: 

international airfare; transfers upon arrival on Day 1 & departure on Day 11; insurance, optional tours, expenses of personal nature, gratuities

Any other services not listed as Included are direct responsibility of tour participants

 

 

 

 


Day 1   SAT                Warsaw     Welcome Dinner (WD)
Upon arrival, transfer individually to your city centre hotel. Afternoon is free.
6 pm: meet your guide and the rest of the group at hotel lobby. Drive along the historic Royal Route, stop at Castle Square for a short walk through the Old Town, and join us for a Welcome dinner. Your meal includes typical Polish dishes and the famous Polish Zubrowka vodka (WD)



Day 2   SUN             Warsaw, Sightseeing    B,L
Today get introduced to Warszawa, Poland’s capital and largest city, seat of the president, government and parliament. Your City tour features the views of a beautifully rebuilt Old Town and its colorful Market Square, the New Town, the Barbican, the King Sigismund III Column, St. John’s Cathedral, Warsaw Ghetto, the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier and much more.

Your sightseeing tour will also take you inside the impressive 16th c. Royal Castle to see the ornate staterooms of the imperial residence and today’s seat of the Polish Parliament. Lunch is served in the Old Town. You will be invited to one of pretty local cafés to taste a typical Warsaw paczek pastry. Tonight enjoy a piano recital of works by Poland’s great composer Frederic Chopin. A glass of sparkling wine is served (B,L)



Day 3   MON             Warsaw - Czestochowa - Zakopane     B,L
After breakfast, depart for Zakopane, one of the most popular vacation resorts in the Tatra Mountains. En route, stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its miraculous icon. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Czestochowa. In the evening arrive in Zakopane, beautifully located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. It is the most popular resort in Poland and one of the most beautiful places in all of Poland (B,L)



Day 4    TUE              Zakopane - Krakow     B,D
Morning sightseeing tour of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture - known as Zakopianski Style - blends well with the natural landscapes. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, built by the people of Zakopane as a token of appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life.
Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Mountain and shop for souvenirs of the Highlanders (Gorale).
After lunch on your own you will have some free time. Before leaving for Krakow, take an exciting rafting trip on the Dunajec River in the Pieniny National Park. Tonight dinner is served at a local restaurant in Krakow’s Old Town Market Square (B,D)



Day 5    WED             Krakow - Auschwitz - Krakow    B,L
One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Krakow is proudly on the UNESCO list of the 12 great historic cities of the world. For nearly 6 centuries Krakow was the capital of Poland, and it continues to display its deep and varied roots.

Start off your love affair with Krakow with an orientation tour.
   City’s Highlights include the magnificent Market Square, one of the biggest in Europe; the Cloth Hall that houses a collection of Polish paintings and handicrafts; Saint Mary’s Church with its magnificent 15th c. wooden altar by Wit Stwosz; the Collegium Maius with Gothic arcades. You will also visit the Royal Castle and the Cathedral on the Wawel Hill. Share city’s buzzing cafe culture during your coffee & cake break. After lunch, drive outside of Krakow to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the
infamous factory of death (B,L)



DAY 6    THU            Krakow – Wieliczka– Krakow   B,D 
After breakfast, time to explore more of Krakow on your own. Afternoon we will invite you for coffee and cake at the famous Krakow cafeteria. We then will drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes, and chapels carved from salt. Dinner with a folklore show is served at a local restaurant in Wieliczka (B,D)



DAY 7    FRI               Krakow – Lowicz – Torun     B,L
After breakfast, we leave for Torun. On the way, we will stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for colorful folk costumes and beautifully designed paper cut outs. You will be invited for a home-hosted lunch by a local family, whose cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed by a young married couple in a typical Polish style, with bread & salt. Time to talk about their day-to-day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden. After lunch with a hospitable family we continue our journey to Torun. Balance of the day is at leisure (B,L)



DAY 8    SAT               Torun – Gdansk     B,L
In the morning you will be introduced to the highlights of Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the most magnificent historic cities of Poland. Its Old Town is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun’s past glory. A visit to the Copernicus Museum is included. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon drive to Gdansk, a true find on the Baltic Coast of Poland. And an anchor of the three-part metropolitan region known as the Tri-City. Upon arrival, we take a brief walk through the town’s Old Town (B, L)



DAY 9     SUN            Gdansk – Malbork – Gdansk    B,L 
Today we tour Gdansk in-depth. In the 16-17th centuries, Gdansk was Poland's wealthiest city, with gorgeous architecture rivaling that in the two historic capitals, Krakow and Warsaw. During this Golden Age, Poland's kings would regularly visit this city of well-to-do Hanseatic League merchants and gawk along the same route trod by tourists today.  

We start from the Upland Gate - a fragment of the city’s former fortifications and one of its main gates. Just behind it, we pass by a baked-brick construction consisting of the Prison Tower and the Torture House - relics of the 15th century Gothic defense walls.
The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto Long
Market, a magnificent street of grand mansions with impressive Renaissance and Baroque-style facades. A real feast for travelers' eyes. This is where the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived.
The unquestionable landmark of Gdansk is the Artus Court, the single best-known house in town built in the middle of the 14th century. The court has been an essential stop for passing luminaries over the centuries. A list of famous visitors also includes many contemporary presidents and world celebrities.

We continue to Malbork for lunch. This is where we visit the world famous Teutonic Knights Castle. The Malbork Castle
is the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. Return to Gdansk. Balance of the day is free for independent activities and shopping (B,L)



DAY 10   MON           Gdansk–Gdynia–Sopot–Oliwa–Warsaw    B,L,D
After breakfast we drive to Gdynia, the youngest of the tri-city complex, which also includes Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here you can still see the oldest and the longest wooden pier in Europe. We also visit the Oliwa Cathedral famous for its one-of-a-kind pipe organ, to enjoy a concert. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to Warsaw. In the evening, Farewell dinner at a local restaurant (B,L,D)



DAY 11    TUE             Warsaw   B
After breakfast, transfer to airport for return flight home (B) 

  

 

 

 

In Warsaw: 3 nights at the Novotel Warszawa Centrum **** or similar
In Zakopane: 1 night at the Mercure Kasprowy *** or similar
In Krakow: 3 nights at the Novotel Krakow City West **** or similar

In Torun:  1 night at the Mercure Torun Centrum *** or similar
In Gdansk: 2 nights at the Mercure Gdansk Old Town **** or similar

 

 

 

 



                     
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
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