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Highlights of Poland

Krakow Old Town
11 Days from $2,030 per person

Poland today is probably Europe's best kept secret. Appreciate the wealth of medieval fairy tale cities and scenic wonders on this enthralling journey and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people themselves.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Transfers for your hotel depart Kraków Airport at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm. Late in the afternoon, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, of drinks and a fabulous Welcome Dinner. This is followed by a walk around the Rynek Główny, Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the famous ‘Sukiennice' Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches. Be sure to listen for the trumpeter's call!

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Radisson Blu, Kraków (2 nights).
  3. In the morning, there is an optional experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Alternatively, relax until your ascent of Wawel Hill to see the Renaissance castle with a Local Expert. Then visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland and former seat of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, later known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to ‘Old Podgórze' to see Ghetto Square and remains of the Ghetto Wall. Visit Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum and gain a fascinating insight into the Nazi occupation of Poland, his factory and the fate of its Jewish workforce. Later, you can visit Old Kleparz market, bursting with aromatic smells and vibrant colours, a real paradise of fresh fruit, vegetables and a variety of local cheeses. The rest of the day is at leisure. Maybe spend time browsing the shops for traditional folklore products? By night, don't miss the chance of enjoying a Polka Party with dinner and wine.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu, Kraków.
  4. Journey into Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. Spend free time shopping for local specialties in the markets of Krupowki Street or ascend a nearby mountain for panoramic views across the Tatras into Slovakia. At night, enjoy a rousing Highlight Dinner accompanied by local 'Goral' Highlander folklore entertainment.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Grand Nosalowy Dwór, Zakopane.
  5. Travelling past the homeland of Pope John Paul II, your first stop will be the city of Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, ‘Auschwitz'. With a Local Expert, experience a moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau. Move on to the banks of the river Oder and the city of Wrocław, known in Polish as ‘Miasto Spotkań', the ‘meeting place'. During its long history, Wrocław has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Germany. See the brightly coloured façades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny, the Baroque splendour of the ‘Rynek', and be introduced to Wrocław's cheeky gnomes. In the evening, you can dine at one of Europe's oldest restaurants.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sofitel/Radisson Blu, Wrocław Old Town.
  6. Journey to the region of ‘Wielkopolska', considered the birthplace of Poland in the 10th century. In Poznań, enjoy free time for lunch in the old market square. Then meet a local resident who knows every nook and cranny of the Old Town. After a pleasant walking tour, drive out to Poznań's cathedral island, a fascinating place of legend, often overlooked by other visitors. Here, some of Poland's first kings are buried. For a local insight, you are guided through the beer production process at the Lech Brewery to learn the tricks of the trade, and for a well-earned taste of the ‘wondrous golden drink'.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Sheraton, Poznań.
  7. Stop at Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous winged bronze doors. Then continue to Toruń, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233 and birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Join a Local Expert to discover this outstanding example of medieval architecture, now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then follow the Vistula north to the Baltic Sea and Gdańsk, a beautiful seaside town, with a lovingly restored Old Town. As evening descends, a dinner of Baltic specialities is highly recommended, followed by a walk through Gdańsk's illuminated Old City.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu/Hotel Rezydent, Gdansk (2 nights).
  8. During morning sightseeing with a Local Expert, see the Westerplatte, scene of the first fighting between Polish and German troops in 1939 and the Gdańsk Shipyards, where Lech Wałęsa formed the anti-Soviet 'Solidarność' in 1980. Then, continue through the medieval city, where buildings date back from the time of the Hanseatic League. Enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps choose to visit the elegant seaside town of Sopot.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu/Hotel Rezydent, Gdansk.
  9. Visit the ‘Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork', founded in 1274 on the banks of the Nogat River by the Teutonic Knights. The castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. Next, travel south across the beautiful Masuria - Iława Lakes region and on to the capital, Warsaw. Perhaps attend an evening concert of Poland's best-loved composer, Frédéric Chopin?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sheraton, Warsaw (2 nights).
  10. In the morning, with a Local Expert see the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park. A visit to the Ghetto Memorial and the Historical Museum is followed by a walk through Warsaw's Old Town, entirely rebuilt since WWII. The afternoon is at leisure. At the evening's Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cosy Warsaw restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Sheraton, Warsaw.
  11. Your tour comes to an end in the morning. Departure transfers arrive at Warsaw Airport at 07:30 & 10:00.
    meal(s):BB
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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Kraków:

  • The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join a Local Expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic 'Holy Grail'.
  • Visit Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum and gain an insight into the vital part he played, saving the lives of so many during the Nazi occupation.

Warsaw:

  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city.

Auschwitz:

  • Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert, to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

Toruń:

  • Explore this outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Malbork:

  • Visit the 13th century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order and the largest Gothic brick castle in the world.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $540 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

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  • 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 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.

Reviews

Friday, October 7, 2016
Highlights of Poland
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Service rating : However, as we look over the book we bought in Auschwitz, we realize we should have had a guided tour at Birkenau or at least another hour there before going to Auschwitz where we did have a guided tour
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, October 7, 2016
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Service rating : Our flight was cancelled the day before we were to leave. GET worked tirelessly to re-arrange it.
Vacation : The Tour Guide, bus driver and itinerary were excellent and the trip more than met our expectations.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Service rating : Everything was well planned and executed. Only problem was our purchased transfer from final hotel to airport had wrong date on it. But our tour guide efficiently took care of it.
Vacation : Itinerary was great as were accommodations and transportation. A tour guide can make or break a trip and ours,Tim Pendellton, gave us an enlightening perspective of Poland based on his personal experiences of moving to and living in Poland.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
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Service rating : our tour guide was great!!!!! she out did her self for all of us. she is a star!!!!!
Vacation : Excellent
Thursday, June 9, 2016
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Service rating : Thanks for a great trip!
Vacation : Excellent
Monday, June 6, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent tour guide and driver. Both went way beyond expectations to make this the best guided tour we've been on. No negatives at all!
Vacation : Excellent
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Service rating : The planning and execution of the trip was excellent. Hotels were very nice.
Vacation : The local tour guides were excellent. Our tour director was very efficient and her performance was outstanding.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent service
Vacation : Very well done.

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