The resilience of Poland is revealed on this exploration of a land marred by a tragic war, but restored with enviable verve. Explore the rebuilt center of Warsaw, the medieval Old Towns of Gdansk, Wroclaw and Kraków, and Auschwitz.
This morning enjoy a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of this fascinating city with a Local Specialist. See all the main sights and hear about how in 1945 the city was rebuilt after the devastation of the bombings during the Second World War. You may also wish to consider an Optional Experience to Wilanow Palace.
Travel to Gdansk, known as the amber capital of the world. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland and famous for being the center where Lech Walesa co-founded the famous Solidarity movement. On arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist and view the major attractions of this Baltic city. Tonight dinner is served at your hotel.
Today is a completely free day to explore the city independently or consider joining an Optional Experience to visit Malbork Castle which was founded by the Teutonic Order of Knights in 1274.
Stop in the medieval town of Toruń this morning, famed for being the birthplace of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Wroclaw, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2016, the capital of Lower Silesia and the fourth-largest city in Poland. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the city with a Local Specialist. This city was at one time or another ruled by Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Germany. Discover its complex history and see some of the most important sites including Wroclaw Cathedral, the Main Market Square, Old Town Hall and Salt Square, which was a former medieval marketplace and today hosts a flower market. This afternoon your Travel Director will suggest an Optional Experience, or you may continue to explore this magical city.
Your journey today takes you towards the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain range of the Carpathians which stretch roughly 1500km across Central Europe. Spend time enjoying the local town or consider taking an Optional Experience mountain excursion. Later check-in to your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner.
Stop this morning to visit the poignant concentration camp at Auschwitz, a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Visit Jasna Góra Monastery with a Local Specialist, Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Find out about the history of this very important monastic site, which is revered in Poland. Finish the day in Warsaw, where this trip around Poland started. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with newfound friends at your hotel.
10 buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners.
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|5 May 17||16 May 17||$1,525pp|
|2 Jun 17||13 Jun 17||$1,525pp||
|11 Aug 17||22 Aug 17||$1,525pp||
|25 Aug 17||5 Sep 17||$1,525pp|
|1 Sep 17||12 Sep 17||$1,525pp||
|8 Sep 17||19 Sep 17||$1,525pp||
|15 Sep 17||26 Sep 17||$1,525pp||
|22 Sep 17||3 Oct 17||$1,525pp||
|29 Sep 17||10 Oct 17||$1,525pp||
|6 Oct 17||17 Oct 17||$1,525pp||
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Airport Transfers: On arrival at Warsaw Airport transfers will operate at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving alter should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Warsaw Airport at 7:30 am and 10 am.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 per person.
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The currency in Poland is the Zloty (zł). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Poland, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Poland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
Polish cuisine is rich, hearty, and heavy on the meat. Local dishes include Bigos (sauerkraut, fresh cabbage, onions and meat), kotlet schabowy (breaded pork cutlet) and klopsiki (meatloaf with tomato sauce). Poland’s faworki pastries (pastry twisters) and chocolates are definitely worth a try. Beer is becoming increasingly popular and of course there is vodka, which is served chilled before, during and after meals.
We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
At restaurants in Poland it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service. Try to have extra change handy as it is not common practice to add it to your credit card receipt.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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