Highlights of Poland

7 nights from £884

Gnome statue, Wroclaw
Wroclaw reflections
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Gothic architecture in Wroclaw
Polish dumplings
Start:Warsaw
Finish:Krakow
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:4 - 18
Suitable for: Adult
Accommodation:Standard
Physical rating:Low, Moderate
Meals:Breakfast: 7 Dinner: 1
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English

Overview

Explore the historical highlights of Poland in the country's greatest cities - Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow. Visit the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mines with its elaborate salt carved chambers and there's the opportunity to learn more about Poland's troubled past at Auschwitz. Warsaw - Discover the colourful Old Town and the attractive Lazienki Palace and Royal Castle Wroclaw - Explore one of the oldest and most beautiful cities that is known as the 'Venice of Poland' Krakow - See Europe's best-preserved medieval market square and have the chance to visit Schindler's Factory .......read more
Highlights
  • Warsaw - Discover the colourful Old Town and the attractive Lazienki Palace and Royal Castle
  • Wroclaw - Explore one of the oldest and most beautiful cities that is known as the 'Venice of Poland'
  • Krakow - See Europe's best-preserved medieval market square and have the chance to visit Schindler's Factory

Itinerary

Location: Warsaw

Arrive in Warsaw. Poland's capital is a wonderfully dynamic and modern city, but reminders of its turbulent history are easy to uncover. After World War ll around 85% of its buildings were left in ruins; however, the city has been impressively rebuilt and restored to its former glory with the Old Town 'Stare Miasto' as its centrepiece. Buskers, street artists and open-air cafes give the area a unique energy and atmosphere, making a visit that little bit more special. For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Warsaw at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), which is 30 minutes' drive. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up. If you are arriving into Modlin Mazovia Airport (WMI) then please speak to our Sales team, as we can arrange a private transfer for you at an additional cost. The drive from this airport to our hotel takes around an hour. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to visit Lazienki Park including the botanical gardens, which are about 15 minutes' walk from our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Warsaw

This morning we head out on foot to explore the Old Town district. With cobblestone streets, historic squares and Gothic churches, it's easy to understand why the Old Town is top of every visitor's 'must see' list. We take in all the main sites including the 17th century rust red Royal Castle and the Lazienki Palace or 'palace on the water' with its attractive architecture and lush gardens. There are several options for your free afternoon; Warsaw has plenty to keep you occupied if you wish to continue exploring the city centre independently. Alternatively, you can visit the splendid 17th century Wilanow Palace, often referred to as the 'Polish Versailles', or the fascinating Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which was voted as the European Museum of the Year in 2016. Another popular choice is the Warsaw 1944 Rising Museum, which is a tribute to the local residents who fought for their independence against German occupation. One of the exhibits here features a replica of a Liberator B-24J bomber aircraft.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Wroclaw

The morning train takes us to the 'Venice of Poland', Wroclaw, a charming old city built on 12 islands surrounded by canals and rivers. More than 120 bridges link the islands which are adorned with delightful buildings reflecting the city's past. You'll see Bohemian, Hungarian, Austrian, Prussian and German influences as the city has been coveted by all of these empires throughout its long history. Keep your eyes peeled and after a while you'll start to notice something popping up in doorways, alleyways and on street corners; perhaps Wroclaw's most famous inhabitants, Gnomes! An important part of Polish folk law they also became associated with the protest movements of the 1980's and a symbol of resistance to communist control.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Wrocław

Today you'll have free time in Wroclaw or you may choose to visit the Panorama of Raclawice, an enormous circular painting (more than 100 metre long) depicting the battle of Raclawice. Wroclaw is home to many small and quirky bars and micro-breweries so there are plenty of options available to quench your thirst after a day spent exploring. Further afield you might like to join an excursion to the historic city of Zagan, which was formerly the German city of Sagan and home to the prisoner of war camp for captured allied airmen, which is famous as the location of 'The Great Escape'. It will take either 2 hours by minibus or 2.5 hours by train per way to get there. Whilst here you might like to visit the 13th century Augustine monastery and library which houses many old books and globes and is known for its whispering gallery and unusual acoustics. Alternatively you could visit the castle which was previously owned by the wealth Bohemian Lobkowitz family or spend time discovering the charming Old Town and climb to the top of the Post-Evangelical Church Tower to get the best views over the streets below. Instead you might like to visit Ksiaz Castle and Landscape Park, which is best known for its stunning Rococo architecture. It will take either 1 hour by minibus or by train per way to reach here. If we travel by train then we will pass near to the location of the reputed 'gold train' site where many people believe a train packed with Nazi gold from World War II was hidden in a secret tunnel that has yet to be found. At the castle you can either visit just the main fort or also the World War II tunnels which formed part of the Nazi 'Riese' complex. This 13th century castle was home to the powerful Hochbergs family, but in 1941 it was confiscated by the Nazi's and received significant damage during this time, but they also created a network of mysterious tunnel under the castle. The castle was fully restored in the 1950's to its former grandeur and today you can explore many of the rooms, terraces and gardens.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Krakow

This morning's train journey sees us arriving in Krakow, Poland's capital until 1596 and still its most charming city. Dating from the 13th century, Krakow is a picture-postcard city of narrow streets, grand buildings and al-fresco cafes just begging to be explored. In the afternoon we begin to uncover the city's delights with a visit to the fabulous Rynek Glowny, Europe's largest medieval square. The square is still now very much at the heart of Krakow local life. Quirky town houses and historic buildings adorn the square with the most famous being the Sukiennice, a vast cloth hall where goods would have been sold in Medieval times, which is still in use now as a covered market. Inside you'll find vendors peddling a multitude of local wares from wooden toys to beautiful amber jewellery.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Krakow

We start today by visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by local train (the journey takes us around 20 minutes each way). At up to 300 metres underground we'll see a 400 year old chapel, a subterranean salt lake and chambers large enough to take the Eiffel Tower! The Chapel of Saint Kinga is the mines most spectacular feature and we will no doubt be amazed by what can be sculpted from salt. Please note that there are 350 steps down into the mine at the beginning of the tour and then a further 450 on the route through the various corridors and 20 chambers visited. The temperature underground can be much cooler than on the surface, so be sure to bring a jumper. Back in Krakow later this afternoon we head out on foot with a local guide to explore the delightful Old Town; another UNESCO World Heritage Site! and the only major Polish city to escape the war unscathed. Many of the streets are still very much as they were hundreds of years ago with historic buildings and elegant frontages. Overlooking all this is the fairy-tale Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral, where past kings and queens rest in peace. We will go inside the castle which houses exquisite treasures collected by the monarchy of Poland over the years. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a cooking class at a local restaurant where the chef will show you how to create a tantilising polish speciality.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Kraków

This morning is free for you to discover more of Krakow or you may choose to join an optional excursion to Oswiecim, the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp; an eerie and haunting place that drives home the terrible atrocities which took place here during World War II. This afternoon we visit the UNESCO listed Jewish Podgorze District, the location of the Jewish Ghetto in World War II and the setting for the film 'Schindler's List'. Along the way we will grab a 'zapiekanka', an open faced toasted baguette sandwich, which is a popular local fast food option. Whilst in this area you'll have the opportunity to visit the Old Synagogue, Schindler's Factory and the Museum of Jewish Life, which provide fascinating insights into the life of Krakow Jews and the war years. In the evening we commiserate the end of a great tour with a traditional Jewish dinner accompanied by Klezmer music with its expressive melodies, said to be reminiscent of the human voice. Following dinner, if you wish to join them, your Leader will take you to a few local bars and pubs to give you the chance to try the typical Polish beers and the extensive local vodka varieties.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Krakow

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Krakow. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Krakow at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport (KRK), which is about 30 minutes' drive.

What's Included

Included
  • Fully Guided
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)
  • Meals – Breakfast Only
  • Accommodation
  • Train Tickets

Not Included
  • Country Entry Visas
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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Reviews

5* Highlights of Poland
Well done to our tour guide Justyna and well done to Explore for putting this on in difficult times.
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Date: 10-Jun-2020

5* Highlights of Poland
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would definitely book another with Explore.
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Date: 23-Jul-2019

4* Highlights of Poland
This is a fairly fast paced trip with a balance of organised sightseeing and free time. It is full of interest and aod insight into Polish history and the hardships that the Polish people have endured through the centuries of being occupied by other countries. Two of the highlights of the trip was the visit to the Wieliczka salt mine which is absolutely amazing and the trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau which is a very sad and thought provoking place. The transport was well organised even with the change of hotel in Krakow. The hotels used are adequate and comfortable. Group meals were well organized, and the restaurants used were of aod standard. Overall this trip was very enjoyable and full of interest.
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Date: 10-Feb-2018

5* Highlights of Poland
This was our first group tour. everything went according to plan, we were picked up and brought to our hotel without problem, accommodations were comfortable andod. We enjoyed ourselves and the company.
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Date: 06-Mar-2019

4* Highlights of Poland
This was my first Explore holiday and first with any sort of group. It was a positive experience in a very interesting country. I think Justyna's character, approach and knowledge made the trip particularly positive. I will certainly be checking out a trip for next year.
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Date: 25-Oct-2019

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Start:Warsaw
Finish:Krakow
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:4 - 18
Suitable for: Adult
Accommodation:Standard
Physical rating:Low, Moderate
Meals:Breakfast: 7 Dinner: 1
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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