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Poland's Highlights

10 days / 9 nights


DAY 1  Warsaw

Warsaw - Palace of Culture and Science

Arrival to Warsaw. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in and time to relax. Short orientation city tour. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY 2  Warsaw

Warszawa - Royal Castle

Highlights of your half-day tour include short documentary film explaining Warsaw history, the Royal Castle, former residence of Polish Kings , Old Town quarter, Old Market Square, the Barbican and medieval defence walls. The "Old Town," dating from the 14th Century, was rebuilt with much of the old stone; its atmosphere recalling the city's ancient history. After lunch visit to Lazienki Palace, private residence of Polish King and its evocative sculpture of Chopin surrounded by rose bushes. The Palace is surrounded by Lazienki Park with bridges, summer-houses and statues. Option: visit to the Wilanow Park and Palace, former residence of King Sobieski.

DAY 3  Warszawa - Zelazowa Wola - Czestochowa - Cracow

Żelazowa Wola - Chopin's House

Departure for Czestochowa via Zelazowa Wola, Frederic Chopin's Birthplace . This Manor House stands in a lovely park and houses a museum dedicated to the composer. Czestochowa is the most important pilgrimage centre in Poland and it receives thousands of visitors every year. Guided sightseeing of the majestic complex of the Basilica, Treasure House and the Chapel of the Black Madonna with the famous Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary Arrival to Cracow at late afternoon.

DAY 4  Cracow

Krakow - Main Market Square (Rynek)

Morning sightseeing ( walking tour) of Cracow including : Wawel Royal Castle with its Royal and State Apartments displaying marvellous collection of original Flemish tapestries; Wawel Royal Cathedral - for centuries a burial place of Polish kings, Market Square with Renaissance Cloth Hall with numerous souvenir, Gothic St.Mary’s Basilica, Collegium Maius, the oldest college of Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 year. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner in local restaurant / folklore entertainment at dinner/.

DAY 5  Cracow - Lagiewniki - Kazimierz - Cracow

Kraków - Divine Mercy Sanctuary

Morning visit to the Congregation of Sisters of the Divine Mother of Mercy in Lagiewniki, where there is the tomb of Sister Faustina, she also worked and died there. Then Kazimierz short drive to Kazimierz– Cracovian Jewish District. A walk through the cosy lanes of Kazimierz allows us to move backwards to another époque and with some imagination you can see the town as described in the Isaac B. Singer's books. On the way we will pass two synagogues - Tempel and Isaac, which are, without doubt, the prettiest on Kazimierz. Visit the famous Remuh Synagogue, named after the great Cracowian rabbi and scholar Moses Isserles; Remuh Cemetery, which was in use from 1551 till 1800. The atmosphere of the old times can be re-found in the local restaurants and cafes which offer delicious dishes and drinks of the traditional Jewish cuisine, accompanied by charming music which only here sounds so special. Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 6  Cracow - Oswiecim - Cracow

Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum

After breakfast departure for Oswiecim ( Auschwitz). The death camp known as Konzentrations Lager Auschwitz-Birkenau was in fact the biggest Nazi death factory and it is the largest cemetery in the world. Arrival to Krakow at late afternoon.

DAY 7  Cracow – Wieliczka - Zakopane (Option 1)

Wieliczka - Salt Mine

After breakfast visit the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable three miles of underground chambers, caves, chapels and statues all sculptured from salt. Then drive to Zakopane

DAY 7  Cracow - Wadowice & Kalwaria Zebrz. - Zakopane (Option 2)

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - Franciscan Monastery

Zakopane is known as a capital of winter sports and mountain tourism. It is, as well, the centre of the Highlanders culture. They cultivate their tradition, which reflects in their folk costume, traditional wooden architecture, glass paintings, etc. We will visit most interesting examples of highlanders wooden architecture, after walk through central Krupowki promenade you will board the funicular to the top of Gubalowka Mountain – an excellent view over the Tatra Mountains awaits you ... En route Wadowice - the birthplace of the Pope John Paul II, visit to the Pope’s house, which is now a museum and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska where is a Bernadine Monastery with a number of chapels, shrines and bridges, altogether over 40 structures built along the paths.

DAY 8  Zakopane

Zakopane - Górale (Highlanders)

Time at leisure

DAY 9  Zakopane – Pieniny Mountains (rafting) - Cracow

Dunajec River Gorge - Raft Ride

En route beautiful Carpathian landscapes, hills, forests and small villages. Then you are invited on the highlanders' rafts. Shooting down the Dunajec River through the Pieniny Gorge on the highlanders' rafts, is believed to be one of the greatest attractions of Poland. While on a raft navigated by two highlander rafters, you admire one of the most beautiful river gorges in Europe The trip takes two or three hours, depending on the water level of the river. After lunch break in the regional inn and then we continue our drive to Krakow Airport

DAY 10  Cracow

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

  • Sehr geehrter Herr Smoter,

    wir sind alle wieder zu Hause und gerne möchte ich mich auf diesem Wege auch im Namen der Gruppe noch einmal bedanken für die schönen Tage in Krakau. Es hat alles sehr gut funktioniert. Insbesondere aber waren alle Gäste voller Lob für unser Führerin in Krakau (Frau B.Z.).

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

    G.W. - Germany

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