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Highlights of Poland

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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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Overview

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.

  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.
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  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.
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    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.
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  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.
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    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 why not join an optional experience to the spectacular Ksiaz Castle and UNESCO listed Swidnica Church of Peace, or continue to explore the city.

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  8. Your journey today takes you towards the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain range of the Carpathians which stretch roughly 930 miles across Central Europe. Spend time enjoying the local town or consider taking an Optional Experience through lush countryside to explore the mountains and valleys for which this region is so famous. Later check-in to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner.

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    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.
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    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.
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  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.
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    hotel:Novotel Centrum
  12. Say farewell to your travel companions and Travel Director at the end of a wonderful vacation. Airport transfers will arrive at 7:30 am and 10 am. Conditions apply.

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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
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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.

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Airport Transfers: 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. 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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Reviews

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Christine Ostrowski
Service:
Vacation:
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
Joyce Snell
Service:
Vacation:
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.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Warsaw

Chopin’s Warsaw

Adult Price: €46.00

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 historic buildings, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.

Gdansk

Harbor Cruise and Westerplatte

Adult Price: €37.00

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.

Gdansk

Malbork Castle

Adult Price: €41.00

Journey back in time to explore the breathtaking 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.

Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration

Adult Price: €54.00

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.

Gdansk

The Polish Riviera: Gdynia & Sopot

Adult Price: €42.00

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.

Zakopane

Zakopane Adventure

Adult Price: €45.00

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.

Wroclaw

Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace

Adult Price: €59.00

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 breathtaking scenery and sumptuous interiors, it's witnessed amazing events, including preparations to become Hitler's headquarters. Nearby, we’ll also see the UNESCO-listed Swidnica Church of Peace, the largest timber-framed religious building in Europe. Refreshments in a local restaurant are included.

Zakopane

Kasprowy Mountain Cablecar

Adult Price: €45.00

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

Krakow

From Iron Curtains to Ghetto Walls

Adult Price: €47.00

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 flavours of the era. Later, we’ll stroll through Szeroka Street in the Kazimierz district to see synagogues and the birthplace of Helena Rubinstein 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”.

Krakow

Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Adult Price: €59.00

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.

Warsaw

Wilanow Palace

Adult Price: €34.00

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.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.