In Poland, fall in love with Warsaw, a city that blends history and modernity. Explore Sandomierz, known for its Old Town and Zakopane, in the foothills of the Tatras. Stroll through Krakow and take a poignant excursion to Auschwitz. Cross the border into the Czech Republic and discover Ostrava, known for its industrial heritage. Finally, head to Prague, the 'Golden City of a Thousand Spires'.
Arrive at your 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 recommend enjoying a concert of Chopin's music in one of Warsaw's most unique concert halls.* Overnight stay in Warsaw.
* Optional Chopin Concert: Enjoy the music of Warsaw's most famous composer in the unique surroundings of a beautiful 19th-century neoclassical concert hall. Experience a two-part ensemble of Chopin's greatest pieces, played by internationally recognised pianists. Enjoy an included drink (sparkling wine, water or orange juice) during the intermission.
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 ending the day with an optional Horse Carriage Ride* or an unforgettable evening of Polish food and entertainment.** Overnight stay in Zakopane.
* Optional Horse Carriage Ride through Zakopane: Take a relaxing horse and carriage ride through the foothills of the Tatras, surrounded by soaring granite peaks and rolling valleys. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and enjoy the tranquillity of the Polish countryside.
** Optional dinner in a traditional restaurant with folk show: Enjoy an unforgettable night of traditional Polish cuisine and entertainment, a great way to experience authentic Polish culture!
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 the tour, we recommend visiting 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 Visit: Visit the Oscypek Museum to learn how the popular 'Oscypek' smoked cheese is produced. Enjoy a tour led by experienced Tatra cheese makers to trace the production of this unique cheese from sheep to finished product. Try your hand at cheese making and at the end of the experience you have the chance to buy your own piece of high-quality oscypek.
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 Pope 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 an optional excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine tour * or a visit to 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. For more than 700 years it was a source of great Polish wealth and today Wieliczka is one of Poland's most popular attractions. See these immense salt mines, filled with magical underground lakes and chambers. During this tour, visit a number of excavated chambers across three levels adorned with beautiful salt sculptures as well as the salt museum. Transfer back to Krakow.
** Optional Schindler’s Factory Visit: 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, immortalised in the famous movie Shindler's List.
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. This morning, travel to the amazing Kalwari Zebrzydowska Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important place of pilgrimage. Nestled within a beautiful natural setting, the monastery complex is composed of dozens of different chapels and a stunning early Baroque church. After the visit, continue to Cieszyn, a historic town at the foot of the Silesian Beskids, on the of the Czech Republic. Cieszyn is known as 'little Vienna' due to its importance as a center of culture and education. See the charming Market Square and the historic tenement houses before continuing across the border into the Czech Republic. Arrive in Ostrava, known as 'the steel heart of the Republic' due to its prominence as an industrial center. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Ostrava.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a city tour of Ostrava today, filled with unique examples of its industrial heritage. Visit Lower Vitcovice to discover the history of steel production here in an authentic early 19th-century industrial complex. Explore the onsite museum and science center. After a fascinating visit, catch a train to the Czech capital of Prague. Arrive in Prague, known for its fairytale old town, lively nightlife and nicknamed the 'City of a Hundred Spires'. Transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Prague.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a city tour of Prague, nicknamed the 'Golden City'. Explore ancient Prague Castle, now home to the President, and visit part of St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk through the historic district of Hradcany to admire the Archbishop's Palace and atmospheric Golden Lane, once the center of the city's Goldsmithing industry. Cross iconic Charles Bridge to reach Old Town Square home to the famous Astronomical Clock, one of the most popular sights in Prague. After a short break, continue to the Jewish Quarter, home to six synagogues, where you can learn about the history of this unique neighborhood. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the sights and sample the local cuisine at your own pace. Overnight stay in Prague.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Prague. Why not stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town to soak up the atmosphere or go shopping at the Farmer's Market. One of the most unusual sights to see in Prague is the famous 'Lennon Wall': a street art installation covered in pictures and tributes to the Beatles star John Lennon. We recommend an optional excursion to the medieval town of Kutna Hora.* Overnight stay in Prague.
* Optional Half-Day Tour of Kutna Hora: Head to the picturesque medieval town of Kutna Hora, around 60 km east of Prague. Known for its silver mines, Kutna Hora once rivalled Prague in importance. Visit a number of historic landmarks including the Cathedral of St. Barbara, the Italian Court and the Royal Mint, among others.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.
13 days trip including flights*
12 days and 11 nights in destination
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*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Crowne Plaza Warsaw - The HUB, Leonardo Royal, Mercure Warsaw Grand, Mercure Warszawa Centrum, Novotel Warszawa Centrum, NYX Hotel Warsaw, Polonia Palace Hotel.
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