Travel to Poland to learn about its fascinating medieval legacy. Fall in love with Warsaw, a city that blends history and modernity perfectly. Explore ancient Sandomierz, known for its atmospheric Old Town and Zakopane, in the foothills of the Tatras Mountains. Stroll through Krakow, one of Europe's most beautiful medieval city centres and take a poignant excursion to Auschwitz.
Arrive at your Canadian departure airport, ready to board a flight to Warsaw. Night on board.
Arrive in Warsaw, the capital of Poland and home to a vast array of architecture, showcasing its turbulent history. Gothic cathedrals stand side-by-side with Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. Transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Warsaw.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off on a tour of Warsaw to discover the most important landmarks in the city. Begin in the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire the architecture before heading to the New City. See the impressive Krasinscy Palace, the Palace of Justice and the poignant Warsaw Uprising Monument. Continue to the Royal Lazienki Park to admire the summer residence of the final King of Poland before taking some free time to relax in nature at the famous Chopin Monument. Enjoy the remainder of the day to explore the city at your own pace. We recoomend to enjoy the Chopin's concert in a unique concert hall*. Overnight stay in Warsaw.
* Optional Chopin's concert in a unique concert hall: Nestled in the cobblestone streets of the Old Town of Warsaw stands a unique neoclassical concert hall with original “plaster stucco” walls, crystal mirrors, and stylish nineteenth century decorations. As you walk through the doors, you will step into the era of Chopin for a two-part ensemble of Chopin’s greatest pieces played by internationally recognized pianists. During the intermission, you will be invited to a glass of sparkling wine, orange juice, or water. This concert is both a perfect start and/or finishing touch to a romantic evening in the Old Town. If you are starting your night with the concert, you may choose to end it in one of the many restaurants that our beautiful old town has to offer.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Sandomierz, one of the oldest cities in Poland. Known for its well preserved Old Town, Sandomierz has been settled since Neolithic times. Explore the atmospheric streets as you take a short walking tour through the Old Town. Next, discover life below the streets as you take the Underground Tourist Route through a series of passages and chambers, once used by merchants to store their trading goods during Medieval times. These secret underground passages also served as a refuge during times of conflict and stretch for 470 metres. Emerge back to street level and enjoy the remainder of the day soaking up the charms of Sandomierz at your own pace. Overnight stay in Sandomierz.
Breakfast at the hotel. Journey to the south of Poland today, stopping at Krzyztopor Castle along the way. The magical ruins of the castle are set within the breathtaking hills of the Opatow Region. Built in the 17th-century, Krzyztopor Castle was the largest palace in Europe at the time and has 365 windows, 56 rooms and 4 towers. After exploring the history of this beautiful castle, head to Szczawinca, a city situated in the picturesque Grajcarek Valley. A spa town, Szczawinca is famed for its clean air, beautiful natural environment and favourable micro-climate. Kick-back and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the city at your leisure. Later, transfer to Zakopane, in the foothills of the Tatras Mountains. We recommend to take a Horse Carriage Ride* or dinner in a typical restaurant with a folk group show**. Overnight stay in Zakopane.
* Optional Horse Carriage Ride in Zakopane: Relaxing horse and carriage rides around the Tatras make for one of the best activities to undertake there. Being seated in a comfortable carriage or cart, surrounded by the soaring granite peaks, and gently rolling over the valleys blooming with crocuses bring the peace of mind that everyone deserves to experience during their stay in the most picturesque part of Poland.
** Dinner in a typical restaurant in Zakopane with a folk group show
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a walking tour of Zakopane today to learn about the history of this so-called 'winter capital'. Visit Krupowki, the main street, filled with craft shops, and admire the charming wooden houses and breathtaking views of the Tatras Mountains. After, we recoomend to visit the Oscypek Museum*. Transfer to Krakow, known for its beautiful medieval architecture. A centre for Polish culture, arts and politics, Krakow is one of the most popular cities in the country and is filled with cobblestoned streets and historic buildings. Overnight stay in Krakow.
* Optional Oscypek Museum: a place, where visitors can see how the most popular highlander cheese is made in front of their eyes, with every production stage showcased in line with its traditional recipe. Experienced highlanders tell the visitors about shepherds and why they came to the Tatra Mountains, as well as explain terms like kosor, ferula and pucenie – a sheep enclosure, a mixing stick and cheese making. Under the watchful eye of the hosts, the visitors can try their hand at making their own cheese. The Museum shop offers the highest quality original highlander cheeses, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a fascinating guided walking tour of Krakow today. See the old city wall, the famous Saint Florian Gate and the impressive Market Square, the largest medieval square in Europe! Other highlights of the walking tour include the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Old Town Hall. See Jagiellonian University, where Poper John Paul II famously studied, and end the tour at Wawel Hill, home to the ancient Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the seat of the Kings of Poland, Wawel Hill offers a fascinating insight into the medieval history of Poland, where you can enjoy beautiful views across the Vistula River. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, enjoying a stroll along the banks of the Vistula, doing some souvenir shopping or sampling the delights of Polish cuisine. We recommend to enjoy the Wieliczka Salt Mine tour* or visit the Schindler's Factory**. Overnight stay in Krakow.
* Optional Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour: Transfer from Krakow to Wieliczka the most beautiful and the oldest operating salt mine in the world (UNESCO Heritage). From over 700 years it was a source of Polish fortune and a physical fundament of culture. Today Wieliczka is the most willingly visited Polish tourist object with magnificent chapels, charming underground lakes and original tools and equipment. During this tour you could see a number of excavated chambers on 3 levels adorned with beautiful sculptures made of salt as well as a salt museum. Transfer back to Krakow.
** Optional Schindler’s Factory: Visit the museum located in the original building where Oskar Schindler's factory once stood. Join us on a journey back in time to discover the dark times of the German occupation of the city. Enter one of the best historical museums in Poland and be teleported back to a dramatic story that occurred more than 70 years ago.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, explore the neighbourhood of Kazimierz, Krakow's historic Jewish Quarter. Ancient customs are maintained in this neighbourhood, which has a distinctly different atmosphere from the rest of the city. It was famously the backdrop for the Oscar-winning film Schindler's List. Get to know the landmarks of this unique part of the city, which is increasingly evolving into the trendiest part of Krakow! In the afternoon, take an excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration camp, built by the Nazis in 1940. A global symbol of the Holocaust, embark on a poignant tour to understand more about the atrocities of this tragic era in history. After a moving visit, return to Krakow. Overnight stay in Krakow.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bid farewell to beautiful Poland! Transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Best Western Hotel Portos, Hetman Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Warsaw, Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre, Ibis Warszawa, MDM Warsaw, Metropol Hotel, Reytan Hotel.
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