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Grand Tour of Poland

8 days / 7 nights


DAY 1  Cracow

Krakow - Main Market Square (Rynek)

Group's arrival to Cracow.
Meeting your guide at the Balice Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in and time to relax.
Short orientation walk through the Market Square.
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

D/O Cracow

DAY 2  Cracow

Krakow - Wawel Castle (Kanonicza Street)

Morning sightseeing 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, Kazmierz – former Jewish quarter.
Lunch & time for shopping
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner in local restaurant. Folklore entertainment at dinner.

D/O Cracow

DAY 3  Cracow - Zakopane - Chocholow - Wadowice - Kalwaria Z. - Cracow

Zakopane - Krupówki
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 ...

On the return way to Cracow you will admire Chocholow - the living village, which seems like an open – air ethnographical museum with 200 years old wooden houses and cottages – examples of unique Highlanders architecture.Next continue to Wadowice - the birthplace of the Pope John Paul II, visit to the Pope’s house, which is now a museum. Last stop in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska where is a Bernadine Monastery with a number of chapels, shrines and bridges, altogether over 40 structures built along the paths.
Lunch en route.

D/O Cracow

DAY 4  Cracow - Wieliczka - Cracow

Wieliczka - Salt Mine

After breakfast visit the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable four three miles of underground chambers, caves, chapels and statues all sculptured from salt.
Lunch in Wieliczka
En route to Cracow, in the industrial suburb of Nowa Huta, visit the ark-shaped church of the Queen of Poland, closely associated with the solidarity movement.
Afternoon at leisure.

D/O Cracow

DAY 5  Cracow - Oswiecim - Czestochowa

Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum

After breakfast drive to Częstochowa via 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. Then continue to Czestochowa, which 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

D/O Czestochowa

DAY 6  Czestochowa - Zelazowa Wola - Warszawa

Żelazowa Wola - Chopin's House

Departure for Warsaw via Nieborow and Zelazowa Wola. Nieborow a baroque palace originally built for the Cardinal Archbishop of Lowicz. Subsequently it belonged to various families including the Radziwills. Especially noteworthy are the exquisite park and a fine collection of Objects D'art. Zelazowa Wola, Frederic Chopin's Birthplace.
This Manor House stands in a lovely park and houses a museum dedicated to the composer. Luncheon at a typical Polish Country Inn.
We continue drive to Warsaw. After check-in orientation city tour of Warsaw.

D/O Warszawa

DAY 7  Warszawa

Warszawa - Lazienki Palace and Park

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 Wilanów Park and Palace, former residence of King Sobieski. Farewell Dinner.

D/O Warszawa

DAY 8  Warszawa

Departure for Warsaw Airport.

End of the services.

  • Thank you and Stanislaw for all you did in making this trip so memorable. I will be sharing my photographs and stories with my father and his brother this weekend. This is their history and I am very excited to show them where they come from.

    Thank you.
    Take care, we'll talk soon. my best to Stanislaw and your family
    your friend
    G.L. - USA

Cracow Spirit 2001 - 2014