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2018 Treasures of Poland, Escorted 11 Days

Category: Group Tours

 

 


Guaranteed Departure Tours, Poland 2018

 

 



Treasures of Poland  11 days, Escorted

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

 

Itinerary Overview: 


Day 1   Arrive in Warsaw (B) 
Day 2   Warsaw (B,L)
Day 3   Warsaw – Czestochowa – Zakopane (B,L)  
Day 4   Zakopane – Krakow (B,D)

Day 5   Krakow – Auschwitz – Krakow (B,L) 
Day 6   Krakow - Wieliczka - Krakow (B,D)
Day 7   Krakow - Torun (B,L)

Day 8   Torun - Gdansk (B,L)
Day 9   Gdansk – Malbork - Gdansk (B,L) 
Day 10  Gdansk – Gdynia - Sopot - Oliwa - Warsaw (B,L,D) 
Day 11  Warsaw (B)

  

 

 

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, 2018: 
 

 

 

Dates, 2018: 

Dates, 2018:

     

 

May 12-May 22 

 Aug 11-Aug 21

 

June 02-June 12 

Aug 25-Sept 04 

 

June 16-June 26

Sept 08-Sept 18 

 

 July 07-July 17

Sept 22-Oct 02  

 

July 21-July 31 

Oct 06-Oct 16 

   

 

 







 

 

 

Tour Price: $ 2,375 per person, in twin share

Single Supplement: $675

 

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

 

 

 

 


Day 1   SAT                Warsaw     Welcome Dinner (WD)

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred 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 than 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 folk art: colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. You will be invited for a home-hosted lunch by a local family, whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed in a typical Polish style, with bread & salt, and enjoy your meal served by the young married couple in their lovely house. You will have time to talk about their day to day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden. We continue to Torun, where the 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 in your itinerary. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Gdansk. 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. 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, with grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades. A real feast for travelers' eyes! This is where the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. Next, we come upon the Main Town and the Artus Court - a building used for Hanseatic League meetings. It is renowned as the most beautiful court among all of Europe’s Hanseatic cities. Just behind it stands the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, a part of the most precious and largest red-brick Gothic church in Gdansk. On our way back we pass by Mariacka Street, with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques. We continue to Malbork for lunch and visiting the Teutonic Knights Castle. It 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 or 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) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



                     
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
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