Poland inc
CENTRAL
AND SOUTHERN
POLAND

Day 1: WARSAW

Arrival. Check-in at the hotel.

Day 2: WARSAW

All-day sightseeing in Warsaw: New and Old Town Market, Royal Castle, walk in Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat. Łazienki Park and Palace, Warsaw Uprising Museum. Dinner in a stylish restaurant. Return to the hotel.

Day 3: SULEJÓW – CZĘSTOCHOWA

Departure from Warsaw to Częstochowa. On the way visit to a 12th century Cistercian abbey in Sulejów - one of Europe’s most interesting fortifications. Częstochowa: check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon a walk to the Jasna Góra Pauline Monastery, a sacred place of the Polish people.

Day 4: THE TRAIL OF THE EAGLES' NESTS and OJCÓW NATIONAL PARK.

Departure for the Trail of the Eagles' Nests; visiting the ruins of medieval castles and natural sights. In the afternoon trip through the Ojców National Park to Kraków. Free time in the evening. Overnight stay.

Day 5: KRAKÓW

All-day sightseeing tour in Kraków: Market Square, St. Mary's Church, Cloth Hall, a walk along the Royal Route to the Wawel Castle - visiting the chambers and armour room. In the afternoon a walk in the Jewish district in Kazimierz.

Day 6: AUSCHWITZ – WADOWICE

A visit to the former Nazi Concentration Camp from World War 2 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the afternoon visit to Wadowice, home town of the Pope John Paul II. In the evening arrival in Zakopane for an overnight stay.

Day 7: ZAKOPANE

All day in the Tatra Mountains: by ski-lift to Gubałówka, walk in the town, Tatra Museum, buying souvenirs, Our Lady of Fatima Church in Krzeptówki. Overnight stay.

Day 8: KRAKÓW

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

SOUTHERN
POLAND

Day 1: KRAKÓW

Arrival at Kraków. A walk in the Market Square, to St. Mary’s Church, Cloth Hall and a walk along the Royal Route. In the afternoon a walk in Kazimierz - the old Jewish District.

Day 2: WIELICZKA - KRAKÓW

In the morning departure for the Salt Mine in Wieliczka: visit to the world’s unique place, which has existed since the Middle Ages. After return a visit to the Wawel Royal Castle.

Day 3: OJCÓW NATIONAL PARK - NOWA HUTA.

In the morning a visit to the Ojców national Park. In the afternoon a visit to a socialist realism monument - Nowa Huta District with a church built with the assistance of the Pope-to-be - Karol Wojtyła.

Day 4: AUSCHWITZ – WADOWICE

A visit to the former Nazi Concentration Camp from World War 2 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Next a visit to Wadowice, the town where the Pope John Paul II was born. Transfer to Zakopane.

Day 5: ZAKOPANE

All day at the foot of the Tatra Mountains: trip to Gubałówka, panorama of the Tatra Mountains, a visit to Our Lady of Fatima Church - a significant wooden architecture object dating from the end of the 20th century, a walk along Zakopane’s main street, a visit to the Tatra Museum, a trip to the Morskie Oko region.

Day 6: KRAKÓW

Departure from Kraków and return flight.

CENTRAL
POLAND

Day 1: POZNAŃ

Arrival at Poznań. A guided tour of the city: Old Market, Town hall, Parish Church. Dinner in a stylish restaurant. Overnight stay.

Day 2: POZNAŃ - OPEN-AIR ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

In the morning continuation of the city tour: Palm House, Cathedral, journey to the Wielkopolska Open-Air Ethnographic Museum in Dziekanowice, overnight stay in Gniezno.

Day 3: GNIEZNO – BISKUPIN - WENECJA

A visit to the Cathedral (relics of St. Adalbert and an original Romanesque door) and a trip to Biskupin (prehistoric settlement from 8th century BC) and to the Narrow-Gauge Railway in Wenecja (a huge collection of engines and carriages). An overnight stay in Toruń.

Day 4: TORUŃ - PŁOCK

Toruń Old Town: Market Square, Town Hall, St Johns’ Church, buying Toruń gingerbread. A short stopover at Płock Cathedral: a copy of the famous 12th century Płock Romanesque door.

Day 5: WARSAW

A whole-day tour of Warsaw: Market Squares: Old and New Town, Warsaw Uprising Monument, a walk along the Royal Route (Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat), trip to the Palace on the Water in Łazienki.

Day 6: MAZOWSZE

Mazowsze Tour: Chopin’s Manor House in Żelazowa Wola, Łowicz - centre of the regions folk art, Nieborów - Radziwiłł Palace, and if there is sufficient time in Boguszyce a visit to one of Poland’s oldest wooden churches dating from the 17th century with a beautiful polychrome.

Day 7: WARSAW

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

CENTRAL, EASTER
AND SOUTHERN
POLAND

Day 1: WARSAW

Arrival at Warsaw. A guided walk in the Old Town: Old Market Square, Cathedral, Royal Castle, the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. Dinner in a stylish restaurant.

Day 2: KAZIMIERZ DOLNY – PUŁAWY

A trip to Kazimierz Dolny on the Vistula - a pearl of the Polish Renaissance, full of painters and artists. In the afternoon a visit to Puławy: a Baroque palace outside and a walk in one of Poland’s most beautiful parks. In the evening arrival in Lublin for an overnight stay. Free time. Dinner in a stylish restaurant.

Day 3: LUBLIN – KOZŁÓWKA

In the morning a tour of Lublin: the Baroque St. Johs’ Cathedral with the Acoustic Sacristy, Trinitarian Tower - a beautiful and far view over the city from the top, Old Market, Kraków Gate and Grodzka Gate, a castle with a gothic chapel decorated with Byzantine-Russian paintings. Next in the Lithuanian Square the Monument of the Polish-Lithuanian Union (1569). A trip to Zamoyski Palace in Kozłówka: an impressive museum of the palace interior, a collection of monuments and sculpture of the Stalinist period, and the grave of Napoleonic soldiers from 1813. In the evening free time in Lublin and an overnight stay.

Day 4:  MAJDANEK – CHEŁM – ZAMOŚĆ

In the morning a short visit to Majdanek at one of the largest German concentration camps from WWII. Transfer to Chełm: the city of Catholic and Orthodox churches, a walk along a fragment of the 12-kilometre underground corridors, which are as deep as 27 metres below the ground. In the afternoon arrival in Zamość: a city established by the Zamoyski family according to the special design of Bernardo Morando, an Italian architect. Unchanged: Town Hall, huge market square with Italian style houses and the atmosphere of a south European city.

Day 5: ZWIERZYNIEC – BIŁGORAJ – LEŻAJSK – ŁAŃCUT

A look at Zwierzyniec church on the water, a short visit to Biłgoraj to buy wickerwork products, in Leżajsk a tour of the Bernadine Abbey with its rich Baroque furnishings, and with one of Poland’s most beautiful organ with an exceptionally rich sound scale. In the afternoon a visit to Łańcut palace from 17th century - one of Poland’s most beautiful with such rich furnishings (considered more interesting than the Versailles!), a park, palm house and carriage house.

Day 6: WIELICZKA – KRAKÓW

Transfer to Kraków with a visit to the world’s unique Wieliczka salt mine (original equipment, a walk along the underground corridors and chambers richly sculpted in salt). Overnight in Kraków.

Day 7: KRAKÓW

A whole-day visit to the city: St. Mary’s Church, Cloth Hall, Floriańska Street with the Floriańska Gate, Grodzka Street and a visit to the Cathedral, the Wawel Royal castle - a visit to the chambers, treasury and armoury.

Day 8: KRAKÓW

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

EASTERN
POLAND

Day 1. WARSAW

Arrival in Warsaw. Leisure time or an afternoon walk around the old town: the Market Square, the St. John Cathedral, the Royal Castle, Krakowskie Przedmieście street and Nowy Świat street. An overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 2. WARSAW

A sightseeing tour in Warsaw: day 1 programme, if not seen before and Warsaw Uprising Monument, Monument of The Ghetto Heroes, the Palace on the Water in Łazienki Park, a ride to  the Wilanów Palace.  Dinner in a stylish restaurant. 

Day 3. RADZYMIN – CIECHANOWIEC – BIELSK PODLASKI

Transfer to the East of Poland with a stopover in Radzymin to visit the cemetery commemorative the victorious battle with the Russians in 1920, one of the most important battles to the history of Europe. Ciechanowiec: a visit to the Open-Air Museum of Agriculture. Bielsk Podlaski: a visit to a 17th century church and tserkov, and the school of icon painting. Accommodation in Białowieża.

Day 4. BIAŁOWIEŻA

A full-day sightseeing tour in Białowieża: a visit to the National Park and the Museum of Nature and Forest of the Białowieża National Park (UNESCO World Heritage). Afterwards sightseeing of the reserve - Europe's last primaeval forest. A get-together by a campfire and a folk band concert.

Day 5. GRABARKA – SIEMIATYCZE - DROHICZYN

Transfer to a sacred Grodnu for Polish Orthodox Church, Grabarka (a tserkov and a unique cemetery). Siemiatycze: baroque infrastructure with renaissance-baroque church and 19th century tserkov. Drohiczyn: a town beautifully located on a high scarp: three churches, a tserkov and remains of bunkers from former German-Russian border in 1939-1941. In the evening, transfer to Warsaw and an overnight stay.

Day 6. WARSAW.

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

POLAND'S
GOTHIC CASTLES

Day 1. BYTÓW

Arrival in Gdańsk. Transfer to Bytów. A visit to a 14th century castle. Overnight.

Day 2. OPEN-AIR MUSEUM – MALBORK  

Transfer to Pojezierze Kaszubskie (Kashubian Lake Dystrict) to see an open-air museum in Wdzydze Kiszewskie. Transfer through ruins of a Teutonic castle in Stara Kiszewa to Malbork. Visit to the 13th century Teutonic castle. In the evening, an open-air “Lights and sound” show and at night a thrilling tour with the guide and a genuine monk.

Day 3. SZTUM – GNIEW 

Transfer to the 16th century castle in Sztum, the residence of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and the defensive lodgement for the Malbork castle. In the afternoon, transfer to Gniew, another post- Teutonic castle. A chance to attend „The feast with the Commander of Gniew in 1409” and learn the history of the castle through “travel to the past”.

Day 4. KWIDZYN – OSTRÓDA – ELBLĄG CANAL – NIDZICA

Transfer to Kwidzyn: a visit to the Castle, its latrine tower, the 16-18th century  instruments of torture in the museum. Ostróda: 14th century Teutonic castle fragment of the Elbląg Canal: a one-of-a-kind structure in the whole Europe. Transfer to slipways and locks showing the transport of ships on water and land - the water levels drop to 100 meters. Dinner in the castle in Nidzica, with the possibility of having a genuine medieval dinner experience (the participants wear medieval costumes and the food is eaten with bare hands).

Day 5. NIDZICA – GRUNWALD – OLSZTYN

A visit to the 14th century castle in Nidzica and transfer through Grunwald, the scene of one of Europe’s biggest battles (15.07.1410) . Transfer to Olsztyn: the 14th century castle and the Old Town.

Day 6. LIDZBARK WARMIŃSKI – ELBLĄG

Transfer to Lidzbark Warmiński. A medieval gothic castle located here was classified as “0”. Return to Gdańsk with a stopover in Elbląg, a reconstructed medieval city.

Day 7. GDAŃSK

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

GDAŃSK
AND THE GREAT
MASURIAN LAKES

Day 1: GDAŃSK

Arrival in Gdańsk. Meeting with a tour guide. Free time. In the evening, a dinner in a distinguished restaurant.

Day 2: GDAŃSK

A full-day sightseeing tour: the Main City with the City Hall, beautiful Hanseatic townhouses, Artus’ Court and city gates, St. Mary church, one of the largest gothic churches in the world. Next on the way is the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970 and a visit to Gdańsk Shipyard, the founding place of  Solidarność which gave an end to communism in Eastern Bloc. Walk along Motława to the old port crane and a cruise around the port to Westerplatte, the scene of the beginning of World War II. In the afternoon, a visit to a medieval  monastery in Oliwa.

Day 3: SOPOT – GDYNIA – HEL

A visit to the 19th century health resort in Sopot and built in the 1920s city and port in Gdynia: over a 100-years-old sailing ship “Dar Pomorza”, destroyer – “Błyskawica”, which served during the World War II. A cruise to Hel: a fishing village on the headland of the peninsula. Free time. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 4: MALBORK – ELBLAG CANAL

Transfer to the castle in Malbork: a visit to the medieval Teutonic fortress, next a cruise on the Elbląg Canal - a one-of-a-kind structure in Europe: the ships sail through canals, locks and on the rails in segments that connect water reservoirs. Accommodation in Olsztyn or in the area.

Day 5. OLSZTYN – HITLER’S HEADQUARTERS – ST. LIPKA

Transfer to Olsztyn: a short sightseeing tour of the Old Town, then transfer to Great Masurian Lakes. Transfer along the lakes to a baroque monastery in Saint Lipka with beautifully ornamented “moving” pipe organ. In the woods near Kętrzyn visiting the ruins of Adolf Hitler’s headquarters and the scene of assassination attempt in 1944. If the weather allows, a cruise on one of the lakes. Overnight stay in Olsztyn.

Day  6. LIDZBARK WARMIŃSKI – FROMBORK – ELBLĄG

Transfer to Gdańsk with a visit to post-Teutonic castle in Lidzbark Warmiński and Frombork, a workplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. Elbląg, a quick sightseeing tour of reconstructed after WWII Old Town.

Day 7. GDAŃSK

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

UPPER SILESIA AND LOWER SILESIA

Day 1: CRACOW

Arrival to Cracow. Accommodation.

Day 2: UPPER SILESIAN INDUSTRIAL REGION (GOP) – TARNOWSKIE GÓRY – PSZCZYNA

A tour across towns marked by steel industry and mining. Arrival in Tarnowskie Góry. Visit to the Historic Silver Mine, a boat trip through the Black Trout Adit. Transfer to Pszczyna. A visit to Pszczyna Castle that boasts some distinctive fittings. A visit to the Open-Air Museum - Croft of the Region of Pszczyna. Trasfer to a hotel in Katowice.

Day 3: NYSA – PACZKÓW – ŚWIDNICA

A visit to Nysa, a city marked by the Second World War. Transfer to Paczków called Polish Carcassone, walking tour along defensive wall. A visit to  Kamieniec Ząbkowicki Castle. Transfer to Świdnica, the Augsburg-Evangelical Parish with the baroque Peace Church, the church of St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus with a 103-meter high tower. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 4: KRZESZÓW – KSIĄŻ – LUBIĄŻ

Transfer to Krzeszów. A visit to an impressive 18th century church. Sightseeing in Książ the place where lived duchess Daisy, the aunt of Winston Churchil: the Castle, terraces, the park. A look on a castle in Lubiąż on the way to Wrocław: the largest Cistercian abbey in the world. Transfer to a hotel in Wrocław.

Day 5: WROCŁAW

A whole-day tour around the city: the Market Square, the Old Town Hall, the Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski) and the cathedral, the Racławice Panorama - a monumental (15 × 114 meter) cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice in 1974. Spare time, dinner in a smart restaurant. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 6: Cracow

Transfer to the airport in Cracow. Departure.

THE GRAND TOUR
OF POLAND

Day 1: WARSAW

Arrival in Warsaw. Dinner in a stylish restaurant.

Day 2: WARSAW

A full-day sightseeing tour: the Old City, the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Royal Castle, the Warsaw Barbican and defensive wall, Miodowa Street, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street – the representative street of the city, Warsaw Uprising Monument, the Ghetto Heroes Monument, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Royal Łazienki Museum and the park, the Warsaw Rising Museum.

Day 3: RADZYMIN - BIELSK PODLASKI – BIAŁOWIEŻA

Transfer to Radzymin to visit the military cemetery form 1920.  A stopover in Bielsk Podlaski – the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Poland: four churches and the school of icon-painting. In the afternoon, a visit to the Nature and Forest Museum in Białowieski National Park.

Day 4: BIAŁOWIEŻA

A full-day walking tour in Białowieski Park Narodowy - the last natural forest at the European Lowland Area, having a primeval character. A get-together by the fire and a folk group concert.

Day 5: GRABARKA – KAZIMIERZ DOLNY – LUBLIN

Transfer to Lublin. On the way, a stopover in Grabarka, the place of worship for the Eastern Orthodox Church believers. Then a visit to a Renaissance town Kazimierz Dolny: walking tour along enchanting streets and by the Vistula river. An overnight stay in Lublin.

Day 6: LUBLIN – ZAMOŚĆ

A sightseeing tour in Lublin, a typical eastern-style city of Poland. The Old City: a visit to St. John Cathedral, the Trinitarian Tower - the highest observation point in Lublin, the Dominican Church from 1342, the Lublin Castle, Krakowska and Grodzka Gates, Litewski Square (Plac Litewski) – the place where the Polish-Lithuanian Union was signed. Transfer to Zamość. Walk in the city: beautiful renaissance buildings, Armenian houses, the fortifications and the rotunda.

Day 7: BIŁGORAJ – LEŻAJSK - ŁAŃCUT – (RZESZÓW)

A short visit to Biłgoraj to buy wickerwork products. Transfer to Leżajsk: a Baroque cathedral with extraordinary organs, visit to a Jewish cemetery. Łańcut: sightseeing walk: the Castle - famous for its excellent interiors and extraordinarily interesting collection of horse-drawn carriages. Overnight in Rzeszów.

Day 8: WIELICZKA – CRACOW

Transfer to Wieliczka. A visit to the Salt Mine - one of the most valuable monuments of culture in Poland. In the afternoon, a walk and free time in Cracow. Accommodation at a hotel.

Day 9: CRACOW

A full-day sightseeing tour: the Main Square, the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church, historic churches around the Old City, the Jagiellonian University, Collegium Maius, Wawel: the Royal Castle, the Wawel Cathedral, the Sigismund's Chapel, St. Leonard's Crypt. Also, places important in John Paul II’s life. In the afternoon, walking tour around Kazimierz – Jewish district. Dinner in a one of the distinctive restaurants.

Day 10: ZAKOPANE

Transfer to Zakopane, the capital of Poland’s Tatra Mountain region. Walk in the city, free time. Gubałówka Hill – trip by the funicular. Accommodation at a hotel.

Day 11: WADOWICE – AUSCHWITZ – CZĘSTOCHOWA

Transfer to Wadowice, the birth place of John Paul II. Visit to his family home, now the Papal Museum and the basilica where he was baptised. Transfer to Oświęcim. A visit to the former German Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. In the evening, arrival in Częstochowa and visit to the Jasna Góra monastery: the Chapel of the Miraculous Painting of Our Lady. Accommodation at a hotel.

Day 12: WROCŁAW

Transfer to Wrocław. Tour around the city: the Market Square, the Old Town Hall, the Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski) and the cathedral. Spare time.

Day 13: WROCŁAW – POZNAŃ

In the morning, a visit to the Racławice Panorama - a monumental (15 × 114 meter) cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice in 1794. Transfer to Poznań. A sightseeing walk in the city: the Old Market Square with the Renaissance Town Hall – unique in this part of Europe, the Baroque Parish Church. Then dinner in a stylish restaurant. Accommodation at a hotel.

Day 14: GNIEZNO – BISKUPIN – GDAŃSK

On the way to Gdańsk, a short visit to Gniezno - the first capital of Poland. The cathedral and the tomb of St. Adalbert of Prague. Then a visit to Biskupin - the archaeological open-air museum and a life-size model of an Iron Age fortified settlement. In the afternoon, arrival in Gdańsk. Accommodation at a hotel, free time.

Day 15: GDAŃSK- GDYNIA – SOPOT

A full-day sightseeing tour. Gdańsk: the Main Town Hall, Artus Court, Uphagen house - the only one in Poland and one of only a few 18th century merchant town houses in Europe open to visitors. National Maritime Museum – the ship "Dar Pomorza" (Gift of Pomerania) and ORP Błyskawica - a Grom-class destroyer from the Second World War. Sopot: a walk along the pier which is 511.5 m long. Dinner in a smart restaurant.

Day 16: MALBORK – KANAŁ OSTRÓDZKO-ELBLĄSKI – WARSAW

Transfer to Malbork. A visit to the Malbork Castle Museum - a classic example of a medieval fortress build by the Teutonic Knights. Transfer to Ostróda. Passenger cruise on the Elbląg Canal build in 19th century. In the evening arrival to Warsaw. Dinner in a distinctive restaurant.

Day 17: WARSAW

Transfer to the airport. Departure.