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Combine the historically rich cities with the vast countryside for a perfect picture of Poland.

Poland offers many opportunities to experience the history and culture of these charming people. Read the tours below and pick out your favourite destinations to make the itinerary you want.

A short journey through Poland enjoying the splendour and history of Kraków and the surrounding region before taking the train to visit the exciting capital city of Warsaw.

Day 1 UK to Kraków

Fly to Kraków. Stay three nights at the Legend Hotel.

Day 2 Kraków

Kraków (pronounced Krakof) is one of Poland’s oldest cities and a capital of many of Poland’s earliest forms. It was an important trading centre and it still a hub of cultural, academic, artistic and economic activity. Kraków is a particularly beautiful city, with an Old Town centred around the largest medieval square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. One of the first UNESCO protected World Heritage sites, Kraków's beauty is enhanced by architecture from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, including Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the Vistula River. The city’s fascinating history and culture is documented in 28 museums and many parks and gardens provide pleasant places to relax.

Day 3 Kraków

In the morning take an excursion to Auschwitz. Since its liberation, Auschwitz has become a powerful, historical symbol of the Holocaust. Situated in Oswiecim, 68 kms west of Kraków, a museum now exists on the site of the camp. Auschwitz concentration camp was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who arrived in May 1940. The first mass killings of prisoners took place in September 1941 and Auschwitz–Birkenau became a major site of the Nazi Final Solution to the Jewish Question. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe.

Later, visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, just 14 kms form the centre of Kraków. Opened in the 13th century, the mine produced table salt continuously until 2007. The mine reaches a depth of 327 metres and is over 287 kilometres long. The mine includes an underground lake and exhibits on the history of salt mining, as well as a 3.5-kilometre tour (less than 2% of the mine's passages). Of interest are the many statues and four chapels carved out of the salt by miners, as well as newer carvings made by artists. During World War II, the shafts were used by the occupying Germans for war work.

Day 4 Kraków

Excursion to Zakopane, situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, on the border with Slovakia. The town is a centre of Góral (Highland) culture, which has its own unique food, architecture and music. In winter, it is a popular skiing resort, whilst in summer the mountains and forests are great for hiking and mountaineering. The town developed from a small village to a mining centre and then to a health resort in the 19th century. The main street, Krupówki, is lined with shops, restaurants and markets and the town has a lively nightlife in season. Some of the main attractions are the lovely wooden villas and its history of artists and musicians.

Day 5 Kraków to Warsaw – by train

This morning transfer to Kraków Główny railway station for the TLK 38100 POBRZEŻE train to Warsaw, departing at 1023 hours, arriving Warszawa Zachodnia at 1303 hours. You will be met and transferred to the Ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto Hotel for two nights.

Day 6 Warsaw

Full day city sightseeing tour. Although much of the city was destroyed during World War Two and the Soviet era created drab apartments and functional administration buildings, in recent years many colourful Gothic and Renaissance buildings have restored and rebuilt giving the Old Town a renewed charm. There are excellent museums to unravel Warsaw’s complex history and culture, including the tragedy of the Jewish Ghetto. Backstreets often harbour genuine craftsmen’s workshops to explore. The lively capital is naturally a hub of excellent cafes and restaurants and provides wonderful entertainment options.

Day 7 Warsaw to UK

Fly to the UK

A fascinating journey to visit the most interesting cities of Poland. Arrive into historic Kraków and see the region, take a train to lively Warsaw and continue north to the industrial, yet charming port city of Gdańsk.

11 days from £2,600 per person

Day 1 London to Kraków

Fly to Kraków. Stay four nights at the Hotel Wentzl (Double Lux Room) / Grand Hotel (Queen Room).

Day 2 Kraków

Krakow (pronounced Krakof) is one of Poland’s oldest cities and a capital of many of Poland’s earliest forms. It was an important trading centre and it still a hub of cultural, academic, artistic and economic activity. Krakow is a particularly beautiful city, with an Old Town centred around the largest medieval square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. One of the first UNESCO protected World Heritage sites, Krakow’s beauty is enhanced by architecture from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, including Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the Vistula River. The city’s fascinating history and culture is documented in 28 museums and many parks and gardens provide pleasant places to relax.

Day 3 Kraków

Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, just 14 kms form the centre of Kraków. Opened in the 13th century, the mine produced table salt continuously until 2007. The mine reaches a depth of 327 metres and is over 287 kilometres long. The mine includes an underground lake and exhibits on the history of salt mining, as well as a 3.5-kilometre tour (less than 2% of the mine's passages). Of interest are the many statues and four chapels carved out of the salt by miners, as well as newer carvings made by artists. During World War II, the shafts were used by the occupying Germans for war work.

Continue to Auschwitz. Since its liberation, Auschwitz has become a powerful, historical symbol of the Holocaust. Situated in Oswiecim, 68 kms west of Kraków, a museum now exists on the site of the camp. Auschwitz concentration camp was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who arrived in May 1940. The first mass killings of prisoners took place in September 1941 and Auschwitz–Birkenau became a major site of the Nazi Final Solution to the Jewish Question. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe

Return to Kraków.

Day 4 Kraków

A full day tour to Zakopane, situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, on the border with Slovakia. The town is a centre of Góral (Highland) culture, which has its own unique food, architecture and music. In winter, it is a popular skiing resort, whilst in summer the mountains and forests are great for hiking and mountaineering. The town developed from a small village to a mining centre and then to a health resort in the 19th century. The main street, Krupówki, is lined with shops, restaurants and markets and the town has a lively nightlife in season. Some of the main attractions are the lovely wooden villas and its history of artists and musicians.

Day 5 Kraków to Warsaw – by train

This morning transfer to Kraków Główny railway station for the EIP3502 Express train to Warsaw, departing at 1151 hours, arriving Warszawa Centralna at 1415 hours. You will be met and transferred to the Rialto Hotel (Deluxe Room) / Polonia Palace Hotel (Executive Room) for three nights.

Warsaw, the Polish capital, is a large, sprawling city with a jumble of architectural styles.

Day 6 Warsaw

Full day city sightseeing tour. Although much of the city was destroyed during World War Two and the Soviet era created drab apartments and functional administration buildings, in recent years many colourful Gothic and Renaissance buildings have restored and rebuilt giving the Old Town a renewed charm. There are excellent museums to unravel Warsaw’s complex history and culture, including the tragedy of the Jewish Ghetto. Backstreets often harbour genuine craftsmen’s workshops to explore. The lively capital is naturally a hub of excellent cafes and restaurants and provides wonderful entertainment options.

Day 7 Warsaw

Excursion to Wilanów Palace, built for King Jan III Sobieski at the end of the 17th century. It was intended as a summer residence in the Italian style (called ‘Villa Nuova’ in Italian or Wilanów in Polish). A particularly attractive palace due to the ornate Baroque facades and the surroundings gardens, the building houses a museum containing much of Poland’s royal and artistic heritage. The interior includes the two-storey Grand Entrance Hall, the Grand Dining Room, and the Gallery of Polish Portraits, featuring a collection of paintings from the 16th to 19th centuries. The Palace survived both World Wars intact and now hosts several classical music festivals in summer. Also visit the Łazienki Royal Garden.

Day 8 Warsaw to Gdańsk – by train

This morning transfer to Warszawa Wschodnia railway station for the EIP 3506 train to Gdańsk, departing at 1020 hours, arriving Gdańsk Główny at 1306 hours. You will be met and transferred to the Hansa Hotel (Double Room) / Podewils Hotel (Grand Deluxe Room) for three nights.

Gdańsk (or Danzig in German) on the Baltic Coast is Poland’s main port.

Day 9 Gdańsk

Full day city sightseeing tour. Historically, the wealthy city, a member of the powerful Hanseatic League, existed between the Prussian and Polish states and this caused much conflict. When the city was rebuilding after World War two the choice was for French, Dutch and Italian designs to eliminate reminders of German influence. The most charming aspect is Long Street and Long Market lined with reconstructed 17th century colourful facades. Gdańsk offers a huge variety of international and local cuisines in its many restaurants and not far from the city are several excellent sandy beaches.

Day 10 Gdańsk

At leisure. Perhaps visit Malbork Castle or Słowiński National Park

Day 11 Gdańsk to London

Fly back to London.

A chance to see more of Poland than the standard destinations. Arrive into Szczecin in the north-west and drive on to the port of Gdańsk. A long drive then takes you to Białowieża National Park and the journey continues to Warsaw, Toruń and finishes in Łódź.

Day 1 London to Szczecin

Fly to Szczecin. Stay two nights at the Zamek Hotel (Standard Room) / Park Hotel (Superior Room).

Szczecin (or Stettin in German) is a large seaport on Poland’s western border.

Day 2 Szczecin

Sightseeing. The city has a most complicated history, being, at one time or another, part of Saxony, Denmark, Sweden, Prussia, Germany and finally Poland. The Ducal Castle, begun in 1346 is a predominant landmark. In the late 19th century Szczecin became an industrial town, vastly increasing in size and population. The city’s layout resembles Paris in its many parks and avenues, due to being rebuilt in the 1880s by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who designed much of the French capital. A local fast food is Pasztecik szczeciński, a deep-fried dough stuffed with meat or vegetables.

Day 3 Szczecin to Gdańsk – 346 kms

Drive to Gdańsk. Stay two nights at the Hansa Hotel (Double Room) / Podewils Hotel (Grand Deluxe Room)

Gdańsk (or Danzig in German) on the Baltic Coast is Poland’s main port.

Day 4 Gdańsk

Guided sightseeing tour. Historically, the wealthy city, a member of the powerful Hanseatic League, existed between the Prussian and Polish states and this caused much conflict. When the city was rebuilding after World War two the choice was for French, Dutch and Italian designs to eliminate reminders of German influence. The most charming aspect is Long Street and Long Market lined with reconstructed 17th century colourful facades. Gdańsk offers a huge variety of international and local cuisines in its many restaurants and not far from the city are several excellent sandy beaches.

Day 5 Gdańsk to Białowieża – 477 kms

Today is a long drive east to Białowieża. Stay two nights at the Hotel Białowieski (Standard Room) / Żubrówka Hotel (Rasputin’s Room)

Białowieża National Park, with an area of about 105 square kilometres, is one of the largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.

Day 6 Białowieża

Sightseeing. The forest is home to 800 European bison, the continent’s largest land animal. Guided tours into the strictly protected areas of the park can be arranged on foot, bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage. Among the attractions are birdwatching with local ornithologists and watching the bison in their natural environment. In the Białowieża Glade, there are buildings once owned by the Tsars of Russia.

Day 7 Białowieża to Warsaw – 239 kms

Drive west to Warsaw. Stay two nights at the Rialto Hotel (Deluxe Room) / Polonia Palace Hotel (Executive Room)

Warsaw, the Polish capital, is a large, sprawling city with a jumble of architectural styles.

Day 8 Warsaw

Take a sightseeing tour of the city. Although much of the city was destroyed during World War Two and the Soviet era created drab apartments and functional administration buildings, in recent years many colourful Gothic and Renaissance buildings have restored and rebuilt giving the Old Town a renewed charm. There are excellent museums to unravel Warsaw’s complex history and culture, including the tragedy of the Jewish Ghetto. Backstreets often harbour genuine craftsmen’s workshops to explore. The lively capital is naturally a hub of excellent cafes and restaurants and provides wonderful entertainment options.

Day 9 Warsaw to Toruń – 211 kms

Drive to Toruń. In the afternoon take a guided sightseeing tour. Famous for its gingerbread (pierniki), Toruń is a delightful, walled, gothic town on the Vistula River in North-Western Poland. Originally a castle built by the Teutonic Order in the mid-13th century to subdue Prussia, it soon developed a commercial role as part of the Hanseatic League. In the Old and New Town, the many imposing public and private buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries (among them the house where the world-famous astronomer, Nicholas Copernicus, was born) are evidence of Toruń's importance. Take time to bake your own traditional gingerbread at the Gingerbread Museum.

Stay one night at the Spichrz Hotel (Double Room) / 1231 Hotel (Double Room).

Day 10 Toruń to Łódź - 183 kms

In the morning drive to Łódź. Afternoon sightseeing. Łódź (pronounced Woodge) developed in the 18th century due to the cloth industry and many ornate mansions testify to the wealth of that time. The city was successful during the communist era, but suffered a decline after 1989. Łódź is internationally known for its National Film School, which produced actors and directors, including Roman Polanski. Piotrkowska Street runs north to south for over five kilometres. This makes it one of the longest commercial streets in the world, containing many restaurants, bars and cafes. Most of the building façades, many of which date back to the 19th century, have been successfully renovated.

Stay one night at the Grand Hotel (Apartment) / Vienna House Andel’s (Suite).

Day 11 Łódź to London

Fly back to London.

Combine two fascinating countries. Arrive in Poland’s former capital Kraków then visit elegant Wrocław before crossing the border and enjoying lively Prague. Complete the journey by being driven south to the charming town of Český Krumlov.

Day 1 London to Kraków

Fly to Kraków. Stay two nights at the Hotel Wentzl (Double Lux Room) / Grand Hotel (Queen Room).

Kraków (pronounced Krakof) is one of Poland’s oldest cities and a capital of many of Poland’s earliest forms. It was an important trading centre and it still a hub of cultural, academic, artistic and economic activity.

Day 2 Kraków

Take a sightseeing tour of the city. Krakow is a particularly beautiful city, with an Old Town centred around the largest medieval square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. One of the first UNESCO protected World Heritage sites, Krakow’s beauty is enhanced by architecture from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, including Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the Vistula River. The city’s fascinating history and culture is documented in 28 museums and many parks and gardens provide pleasant places to relax.

Day 3 Kraków to Wrocław – 274 kms

Drive to Wrocław. Stay two nights at the Hotel Piast (Superior Room) / Hotel Monopol (Standard Suite).

Wrocław is an elegant city, with a large central market square surrounded by colourful facades of baroque houses. The city lies on the Oder Rivera and oldest section was built on an island between two branches of the river.

Day 4 Wrocław

City sightseeing. The 13th century Market Square (Rynek) features the Old Town Hall and St. Elisabeth's Church with a tall tower and an observation deck. Wrocław is also home to the Racławice Panorama, a huge circular painting of a patriotic battle produced in 1894. Due to its position, Wrocław has been part of Poland, Prussia, Bohemia and Germany and carries the cultural influences of all these. With its charming architecture, pretty parks, museums, cafes and pubs, Wrocław is a very pleasant place to visit.

Day 5 Wrocław to Prague – 329 kms

Drive across the Poland/Czech border to Prague. Stay two nights at the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Room) / Hotel Paris (Executive Room).

Founded in Medieval times as the capital of Bohemia, Prague has grown to be the most beautiful of Europe’s cities with impressive Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and inventive Modern architecture.

Day 6 Prague

Visit Prague. The city lies on the curving Vltava River, romantic Prague Castle dominates the skyline and picturesque streets lead down to the famous Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Prague offers so much colour, entertainment and culture, from cafes, pubs, restaurants, theatres and clubs to fascinating museums or rewarding strolls through the historic centre. Hearty meals and undoubtedly some of the world’s best beers are served throughout this delightful city.

Day 7 Prague to Český Krumlov – 170 kms

Drive south to Český Krumlov. Stay three nights at the Hotel Old Inn (Deluxe Room) / Hotel Růže (Suite).

A more charming, fairy-tale town it would be difficult to find. The gorgeous Český Krumlov is situated on a loop of the Vltava River in rolling hilly lands in South Bohemia near the Austrian and German borders.

Day 8 Český Krumlov

Explore the town with a guide. An incredibly pretty town full of meandering lanes, shops and restaurants lies beneath an impressive 13th century castle. The castle is open to visit and includes a lovely Baroque theatre and extensive formal gardens. Český Krumlov is host to many events and festivals and maintains its charm and character in all seasons. Nearby is Šumava National Park, popular with walkers and cyclists, whilst the Vltava River itself is perfect for canoeing.

Day 9 Český Krumlov

At leisure.

Day 10 Český Krumlov to Linz – 87 kms

Linz to London

Morning drive to Linz airport. Fly back to London.

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