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Highlights of Poland

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12 Days from $1,460 per person

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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Warsaw. On arrival at Warsaw Airport, transfers will operate at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. After check-in this afternoon, relax and unwind or take a stroll through the city. This evening meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the hotel.

    hotel:Novotel Centrum
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Novotel Centrum
  5. 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.
  6. 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 and is the capital of Lower Silesia and the fourth-largest city in Poland. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Novotel City
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Mercure Kasprowy
  9. Travel today to the picturesque city of Kraków. View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. This evening, perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.
    hotel:Ibis Centrum/Ibis Stare Miasto
  10. Travel this morning to visit the poignant former concentration camp at Auschwitz, a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. This afternoon you will have free time to explore Kraków.
  11. This morning consider an Optional Experience to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, comprising a labyrinth of tunnels with around 22 chambers. There are dozens of statues, underground lakes and a full-sized church carved out of rock salt. Later leave Kraków and travel to Jasna Góra Monastery which you will visit with a Local Specialist. This is 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Novotel Centrum
  12. Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful vacation. Airport transfers will arrive at 7:30 am and 10 am. Conditions apply.


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Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

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 $107 per person.

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Meal Summary

10 Buffet breakfasts, 4 Three course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the old town of the city
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to see the major sights of the Amber city
  • Stop in the scenic UNESCO World Heritage town birthplace to Nicolaus Copernicus
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Wroclaw Cathedral, Salt Square and the Old Town Hall
  • Overnight in the town at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the Cloth hall and the Mariacki Church
  • Visit the poignant former concentration camp
  • Visit the monastery which is home to Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the Black Madonna with a Local Specialist


Saturday, September 9, 2017
Service rating : We had a great experience and I will certainly recommend to all. Everything was handled perfectly. Randy Fay was our travel agent. He took care of everything for us from explaining options to making all reservations. We did not have to worry and stress over flights, connections, reservations, etc. He was available and answered all questions and concerns promptly. The web site had all the information we needed for traveling abroad: what to pack, how to pack, money, customs, etc. It was all very helpful and all in one place. This was our once in a lifetime trip to celebrate our 50th year anniversary and our heritage. It was everything we hoped for and more. Our guide, Andy Major was wonderful. He explained everything and he kept us all organized, together, and SAFE. The city guides were another bonus. They gave us so much of the history of that particular area, things that can not always be learned from books.
Vacation : We purchased the optional trips which added so much to our understanding of our Polish heritage, culture, and history of Poland. It just so happened that the optional dinner and polka party occurred on the date of our actual anniversary. It was lovely and the folk dancers and singers actually sang a Polish anniversary song for us. It was just so wonderful!
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Service rating : Overall the hotels were good . . . except one. It may have been the MERCURE. My bathroom didn't work. I called the front desk TWICE, they sent someone down but he failed to fix it correctly. I finally gave up!!
Vacation : I believe we were overcharged for the optional tours after talking with some other people who went "on their own" . . . and paid lots less.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Poland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Poland.

  • 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 24 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.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit you’ll see the collection of royal furniture, portraits and china that forms part of the National Museum, and discover the Museum of the Polish Poster in the palace grounds.

Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s old summer palaces, if available, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.


Harbour Cruise and Westerplatte

Get the real feel of Poland's most important sea port by taking a cruise through the port. Visit Westerplatte - the place where WWII began.

Malbork Castle

Journey back in time to explore the breath-taking UNESCO-listed Malbork, completed over 600 years ago as Europe's largest brick castle, it's now the World’s biggest castle measured by land area. Resting on the Noget River, the fairy tale setting and enchanting atmosphere of this beautifully-preserved medieval fortress and former headquarters of the Teutonic Knights Crusaders is an adventure not to be missed.

The Polish Riviera: Gdynia & Sopot

Travel to Gdynia, Polands most famous port, at the mouth of the "Polish Corridor". You’ll see Poland's most famous ships, The Blyskawica and Dar Mlodziezy. Then, we’ll kickback on Sopot’s famous wooden pier, Europe’s longest, while taking in the sea air and experiencing the lifestyle of the rich and famous.


Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace

You won’t believe your eyes viewing Ksiaz Castle as it defies gravity, perched majestically atop a cliff. Testimony to its craftsmanship, the 13th-century castle has stood the test of time. With its breath-taking scenery and sumptuous interiors, it's witnessed amazing events, including its preparation to become Hitler's headquarters in 1943. Nearby, we’ll also see the UNESCO-listed Swidnica Church of Peace, the largest timber-framed religious building in Europe.


Zakopane Adventure

The spectacular Carpathians are home to the Tatra National Park, the most popular park in Poland. You’ll hear legends of Zakopane and immerse yourself in Górale culture, traditionally passed down as oral history. Later, enjoy a horse and carriage ride into one of the most scenic Tatran valleys.

Kasprowy Mountain Cablecar

Enjoy a ride in Poland’s highest cable car to Mount Kasprowy - a skier's paradise! Loved by all, both Winter and Summer.


Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of Polish specialties and beverages at our specially-selected venue.

From Iron Curtains to Ghetto Walls

Step back in time to take a journey into Poland’s communist past. Nowa Huta is an entire city built during the communism period. We’ll hear amazing communist stories and sample some flavors of the era. Later, we’ll stroll through Szeroka Street in the Kazimierz district to see synagogues and the birthplace of Helena Rubenstein before driving through the former ghetto of Podgorze. Kazimierz is steeped in history and its streets were used in several scenes in the film “Schindler’s List”.

Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration

Visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and setting of this 800-year old salt mine. See chambers, chapels and even salt chandeliers as we follow our guide 135 m (440 ft) underground.

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