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2018 Grand Tour of Poland, 14 Days, Escorted

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Guaranteed Departure Tours, Poland 2018

 

 

 

Grand Tour of Poland, 14 days, Escorted

Warsaw – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow – Wieliczka – Zakopane - Wadowice – Wroclaw - Rydzyna - Poznan – Torun - Gdansk - Malbork – Olsztyn – Warsaw      

 

 

 

 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


 Enjoy Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia, a graceful city of Gothic spires and stone bridges, islands and gardens


 Experience Poznan's cosmopolitan flare and try music, art and theatre that thrive here just below Poznan's all-professional surface


 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 1300s   

 

 

 

 



Day-By-Day Program:




DAY 1   SAT    ●           WARSAW

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. Afternoon is free.
6 pm: meet your guide and the rest of the group in hotel lobby. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through Old Town, and then join the group for a Welcome dinner. Your meal includes typical Polish dishes and the famous Polish Zubrowka vodka (D)

 

DAY 2    SUN   ●           WARSAW

This morning you will be introduced to the highlights of Warsaw. A half-day sightseeing tour includes Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, the seat of the Polish kings.
Walk through some of its 300 rooms and view the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and most impressive of all the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom. After lunch in Old Town, continue sightseeing and drive to the former Warsaw Ghetto. En route, you will see the building of the National Opera House and Town Hall (B,L)

Today you will be invited  to visit the famous Wedel Chocolate factory to taste the delicious hot chocolate.

This evening you will take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous works of the Polish great composer, Frederic Chopin, in a piano recital. A glass of sparkling wine

DAY 3   MON    ●          WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ – KRAKOW

The road to Krakow, Poland's most beloved city, leads us past Czestochowa, site of Jasna Gora and the Black Madonna, venerated as Poland’s holiest icon. Lunch at a local restaurant in Czestochowa. En route to Krakow, we also stop at Auschwitz, the site of the concentration camp, where millions lost their lives in the crematoria during the Holocaust (B, L)


DAY 4   TUE    ●           KRAKOW

In the morning you will be offered a panoramic city tour featuring Wawel Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries here is matchless.

Also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. A short break for coffee and cake at the famous caféteria.

Drive to Old Town with its renewed Main Square of magnificent houses and palaces. There, you will stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square is Cloth Hall built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century with many shopping stalls inside. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Old Town (B,D)

DAY 5   WED   ●           KRAKOW – WIELICZKA – ZAKOPANE

After breakfast, we drive to Zakopane, a resort high in the Tatra Mountains, a great area for walking and hiking and shopping for local folk art. On the way, we stop at the Wieliczka Salt Mine for a tour of its chapels, grottoes, lakes and magnificent cathedral, all carved from rock salt. After lunch in Wieliczka, drive to Zakopane beautifully located in the valley at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. It is Poland’s most popular and prestigious resort known for its scenic beauties and culture (B, L)


DAY 6   THU               ZAKOPANE

In the morning, you will have a sightseeing tour of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture blends with the natural landscapes. Copied in other parts of Poland, it is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life. Admire the breathtaking view from the top of Gubalowka, shop for souvenirs and crafts of the Highlanders (Gorale). Lunch on your own and free time. Dinner in a typical Highlanders’ Inn with a Folklore show (B, D)

 

DAY 7   FRI               ZAKOPANE – WADOWICE – WROCLAW

Today we depart for western Poland and the historic city of Wroclaw. It is a capital of Lower Silesia and is one of the oldest cities in Poland located along the Odra River. En route, stop in Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II. After lunch, visit the house where He was born and grew up. From the window of His bedroom He used to see a clock with the sign "Time flies, eternity awaits".

In the Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was baptized you can still see a special plaque that commemorates this fact as well as a stone font where the Pope prayed during His first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. Lunch in Wadowice. Continue your journey to Wroclaw, the Cultural Capital of Europe 2016. This city is widely recognized as a gem of urban Gothic Renaissance architecture (B, L)

DAY 8   SAT   ●           WROCLAW – RYDZYNA

After breakfast visit Panorama Raclawicka, a single painting arranged along the interior walls of a rotunda as one unbroken circle and viewed from an elevated central balcony. The picture represents the battle of Raclawice, fought on April 4th, 1794 between the Polish insurrectionist army led by Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Russian troops. From here, we drive to Rydzyna and stay overnight in a local Castle. Dinner in castle’s restaurant (B, D)

DAY 9   SUN      ●            RYDZYNA – POZNAN – TORUN

Today depart for Torun.  A brief stop for sightseeing in the historic city of Poznan. The first settlement here goes back to early 9th century. The most interesting part of the city is Old Town with its famous Renaissance Town Hall, now housing the Historic Museum. In the middle of the attic, above the clock, you can see two metal goats butting their horns 12 times every day at noon. After lunch continue on to Torun (B, L)

DAY 10   MON    ●           TORUN – GDANSK
Morning tour of Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the most magnificent historic cities of Poland. Its Old Town has been included in the UNESCO’s list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and streets that remind of Torun's past glory. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Torun. In the afternoon, we drive to Gdansk for a brief walk through its Old Town (B, L)


DAY 11   TUE    ●           GDANSK – GDYNIA – SOPOT
Today we tour Gdansk in-depth. 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 a Long Market - a magnificent street, with grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades. A real feast for the eyes! It is here that 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. From here we drive to the town of Gdynia, the youngest of the tri-city complex, which also includes Sopot. Here visit Oliwa Cathedral famous for its one-of-a-kind pipe organ, to enjoy a concert.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here you see Europe's oldest and longest wooden pier. The balance of the day is free for independent activities or shopping for Baltic crafts, amber jewelry and trinkets (B, L)

 

DAY 12   WED   ●           GDANSK – MALBORK – OLSZTYN
After breakfast, we drive to Olsztyn. We stop at the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork. It is the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is the Old Town encircled by a set of fortified walls. In the evening, take part in an open-air picnic with folklore entertainment in Gietrzwlad (B, L, D)

DAY 13   THU   ●           OLSZTYN – OLSZTYNEK – LOWICZ – WARSAW

After breakfast return to Warsaw. En route we visit the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, site of the Museum of Folk Architecture, one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. The Museum contains many unique samples of folk architecture, including houses, barns, windmills and other traditional buildings. A particular attraction of the Ethnographical Park are the interiors of old houses, the evangelical church, a smithy, a pottery stand, a Dutch windmill as well as various temporary displays representing items of traditional craftsmanship and modern folk art and handicraft from the region.
In the afternoon, as we continue our drive to Warsaw, we stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: noteworthy are the colorful costumes.

You will be invited for a home-hosted dinner by a local family, whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed with bread & salt. Enjoy your meal served by a young married couple in their lovely house. You will have time to chat about their day to day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden. After dinner depart to Warsaw (B,D)

DAY 14   FRI   ●           WARSAW

After breakfast transfer to airport for your return flight home (B)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dates & Prices, 2018:

  July 14-27 July, 2018
  Sept 01-14 Sept, 2018
   

 

Tour Price: $ 2,895 per person, twin share

Single Supplement: $825

The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, in twin share
Not included: international airfare, insurance, transfers upon arrival & departure, optional tours, expenses of personal nature    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


INCLUDED: 


• Airport transfers

• Selected class hotels, rooms with private facilities

• English-speaking tour escort assistance

local guides

Private air-conditioned motor coach/minibus/car (depending on group size)

• Meals as per itinerary
Breakfast daily

8 x lunch served at the local restaurants

6 x dinner (including one dinner with folkloric show in Zakopane, one picnic with folklore entertainment in Gietrzwald, and one home-hosted dinner in Lowicz) served at the local restaurants

Cake & coffee/tea at famous Warsaw cafeteria

Cake & coffee/tea at famous Krakow cafeteria

• Sightseeing tours as per itinerary

Entrance fees:

In Warsaw: Royal Castle

In Czestochowa: Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine

Auschwitz-Birkenau

In Krakow: Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church

Wieliczka Salt Mine

In Zakopane: cable car to Gubalowka Hill

In Wroclaw: Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice

In Gdansk: organ concert in the Oliwa Cathedral

In Malbork: Malbork Castle

In Olsztynek: Museum of Folk Architecture

Chopin concert with a glass of sparkling wine

Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)

Hotel charges and taxes

 


Hotels:

 

Warsaw 

Novotel Warszawa Centrum *****  

3 nights       

Krakow

Novotel Krakow City West ****

2 nights 

Zakopane

Mercure Kasprowy ****

2 nights

Wroclaw

Mercure Wroclaw Centrum ****

1 night

Rydzyna

Rydzyna Castle 

1 night

Torun

Mercure Torun Centrum ***

1 night

Gdansk

Novotel Gdansk Centrum ****

2 nights 

Olsztyn

Omega Hotel ****

1 night 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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