10 Days
1 Country

Poland

10 Cities

Kraków, Zakopane, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wrocław, Poznan, Gniezno, Toruń, Gdańsk, Malbork, Warsaw

13 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Plenty of free time. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Plunge into an adventure across Poland as you shop for folklore fare in Krakow and sample traditional dumplings in Warsaw. A day of dedicated Krakow sightseeing kickstarts the vacation as your Local Expert guides you up to Wawel Royal Castle, and through Podgórze to Ghetto Square. In the cradle of the Polish nation, spoil yourself with the Poznan Choice to unveil the secrets of the local delicacy, the St Martin’s croissant, or uncover the history of the city on a walking tour with a Local Expert. Cross the heights of the Tatras Mountains for a Zakopane Dinner of delicious local dishes, accompanied by the soul rousing folklore entertainment of the Goral Highlanders.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kraków

Your journey through Poland begins in picturesque Krakow. Meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for 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! Later, enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Rooftops through a stained glass window in Krakow, Poland
Vienna House Andel's Cracow View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Vienna House Andel's Cracow

About the Hotel

Kraków, Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Krakow market square, Poland
Krakow Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall...

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Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Krakow, Poland
Krakow Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków

This morning you can join an Optional Experience to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
In the afternoon ascend Wawel Hill to see the Renaissance castle with a Local Expert. Visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland and the former seat of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, later known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and then to Podgórze to see Ghetto Square. 

Kazimierz, the old Jewish District, Krakow Poland
Vienna House Andel's Cracow View Hotel Details
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Vienna House Andel's Cracow

About the Hotel

Kraków, Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Krakow market square, Poland
Kraków City Tour

The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy ...

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Top Rated Highlights Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland
Kraków Wawel Hill Cathedral Visit

Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Salt Mine Excursion

Visit the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed salt mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow. On a guided tour, learn about the mine’s long hi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Farmhouse dinner and polka party in Krakow, Poland
Polish Karczma Dinner & Polka Party

Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Across the High Tatra Mountains to Zakopane

Journey into the Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city. Spend free time shopping for local specialties in the markets of Krupówki Street or ascend a nearby mountain for panoramic views across the Tatras into Slovakia. In the evening, enjoy a rousing Highlight Dinner, accompanied by Goral Highlander folklore entertainment at a local restaurant.

Journey to Zakopane in the Tatras, Poland
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences

About the Hotel

Zakopane, Poland

With incredible breath-taking views of the Tatra Mountains, Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences offers unique designs with traditional wood and stone finishes, complimenting the cities known winter atmosphere. Free to enjoy is a fully equipped fitness center or why not rejuvenate with the wellness and spa facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Business Centre
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Ascend into the Tatra mountains Zakopane, Poland
Zakopane Orientation

Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of th...

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Authentic Dining Meet Poland's Goral Highlanders, Zakopane Poland
Zakopane Restaurant Dinner

Meet Poland's Goral Highlanders and share their culture at a dinner with local specialties and music.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Meet Poland's Goral Highlanders, Zakopane Poland
Zakopane Treasures

Hear legends of Zakopane from our Local Expert and immerse yourself in Goral culture. Discover the most famous examples of the traditional wooden a...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Reflect on Auschwitz, then on to Wrocław, the Venice of Poland

Traveling past the birthplace 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 historian, experience a moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau. Travel along the Oder River to the city of Wrocław, known in Polish as Miasto Spotkań or the meeting place. During its long history, Wrocław has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Germany. With your Local Expert, see the brightly colored facades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny. Take in the Baroque splendor of the Rynek, and be introduced to Wrocław's cheeky gnomes. This evening join your Travel Director for a Craft Beer at the Piwnica Świdnicka, the oldest restaurant/cellar in Poland, founded in 1273.

Sculptures for Wroclaw Poland
Radisson Blu Hotel View Hotel Details
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Radisson Blu Hotel

About the Hotel

Wrocław, Poland

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Wrocław is conveniently located in the heart of this historic city. Spacious guest rooms are decorated with bright colors and classic furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Auschwitz memorial in Auschwitz, Poland
Auschwitz Concentration Camp Visit

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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Wroclaw gnome Wroclaw, Poland
Wrocław City Tour

See the noble mansions and flower markets of the Plac Solny, absorb the Baroque splendor of Rynek and be introduced to Wroclaw's cheeky Gnomes as y...

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Day 5

Poznań, Cradle of the Polish nation

Continue on to Poznan where you will drive out to Ostrów Tumski, known as Cathedral Island. It's considered as the birthplace of Poland in the 10th century and is a fascinating place of legend, often overlooked by other visitors. 
Explore Poznan with Insight Choice. Choose to immerse yourself in the history of the city and enjoy a walking tour. Alternatively, learn the secrets behind the St. Martin’s croissant, a local delicacy, and enjoy a tasting.

Row of colourful facades in Poznan, Poland
Sheraton Poznań Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Sheraton Poznań Hotel

About the Hotel

Poznan, Poland

A five-star hotel located in the center of the dynamic city of Poznan. The hotel offers perfect mix of top quality service, comfort and friendly atmosphere.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Poznan old town, Poland
Poznań City Tour with Local Resident

Meet a resident of Poznań who will share insights into local life on a walk through the Old Town. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Taste a St Martin's croissant, Poznan Poland
Poznań St. Martin's Croissant Tasting

Enjoy a tasting of St. Martin's croissant, a local delicacy and learn about how its recipe is protected by European Union law!

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Raclawice Panorama & The Treasures of Wroclaw

This morning, with our Local Expert, we'll visit Poland’s most famous battle scene painting, the Raclawice Panorama. It's the only cycloramic paint...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Toruń, the Gothic Glory on the Vistula and Gdańsk

Stop at Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous two-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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, meet an artisan baker for a taste of gingerbread, baked following a traditional recipe and using only locally sourced ingredients. Spend time exploring at your own pace. Follow the Vistula River north to magnificent Gdansk, Poland’s Baltic trading port with more than 1000 years of history. As evening descends, a dinner of Baltic specialties is highly recommended, followed by a walk through Gdańsk's illuminated historic district.

Window in Torun Poland
Radisson Hotel & Suites Gdansk View Hotel Details
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Radisson Hotel & Suites Gdansk

About the Hotel

Gdańsk, Poland

Centrally located on the Granary Island riverfront, Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk offers a charming retreat on the Baltic coast. Our seven-story hotel in the Deo Plaza complex puts guests near the popular Long Market, home to colorful façades and the famous Neptune Fountain.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Visit Gniezno cathedral Gniezno, Poland
Gniezno Cathedral Visit

See the winged doors when you visit the cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights City walls of Torun, Poland
Torun City Visit

Led by your Local Expert, explore this outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Make Travel Matter, Poland
Meet an Artisan Baker for a Gingerbread Tasting

Meet an artisan baker to uncover the secrets of the traditional Torún gingerbread during a delicious tasting. Baked following a traditional recipe ...

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Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Dinner In Gdansk

This evening join us in one of Gdansk’s best dining venues, located in a former 17th-century granary on the bank of the Motława river. We'll enjoy ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

The Baltic Belles of Gdańsk

Spend the morning with a passionate Local Expert. Learn captivating and fun facts about the city and see the Westerplatte, the 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. Continue through the medieval city, where buildings date back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Enjoy a free afternoon and perhaps choose to visit the elegant seaside town of Sopot?

Old Town Gdansk, Poland
Radisson Hotel & Suites Gdansk View Hotel Details
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Radisson Hotel & Suites Gdansk

About the Hotel

Gdańsk, Poland

Centrally located on the Granary Island riverfront, Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk offers a charming retreat on the Baltic coast. Our seven-story hotel in the Deo Plaza complex puts guests near the popular Long Market, home to colorful façades and the famous Neptune Fountain.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Medieval waterfront Gdansk, Poland
Gdańsk City Tour

There’s no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Eastern Europe’s best storytellers. Meet Agnes, a passionate Local Expert who will...

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Optional Experiences Visit the Polish Riviera of Sopot and Oliwa, Poland
Sopot By The Sea & Oliwa Organ Concert

Join our Local Expert for a relaxing trip to Sopot, Poland's beach capital. Famous for its Art Nouveau cafes and grand turn of the century resorts,...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Malbork Castle and Warsaw

With a Local Expert, visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights on the banks of the Nogat River. The castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. Next, travel south to the capital of Warsaw. With the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps attend an evening concert of Poland’s best-loved composer, Frédéric Chopin?

Welcome To Warsaw, Poland
The Westin Warsaw View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

The Westin Warsaw

About the Hotel

Warsaw, Poland

Centrally located in Warsaw's business district, The Westin Warsaw hotel is a convenient base to explore the city throughout your two-night stay. Spacious rooms with traditional-style furnishings will ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights World's largest brick castle in Malbork, Poland
Malbork Castle Visit

Visit the 13th century fortified gothic brick castle belonging to the Teutonic Order, the largest castle in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Attend a Chopin Concert in Warsaw, Poland
Chopin Concert

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the center of Warsaw, enjoy an enchanting recital of hi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw

See the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park with a Local Expert. Visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, followed by a walk through Warsaw’s Old Town, entirely rebuilt since World War II. At your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cozy Warsaw restaurant.

Old Town Warsaw, Poland
The Westin Warsaw View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Westin Warsaw

About the Hotel

Warsaw, Poland

Centrally located in Warsaw's business district, The Westin Warsaw hotel is a convenient base to explore the city throughout your two-night stay. Spacious rooms with traditional-style furnishings will ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Statue of Frédéric Chopin in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park befor...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Toast to your travels at your Celebration Dinner in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Celebration Dinner

The Polish capital is currently enjoying a culinary renaissance - find out what the buzz is all about during your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner wi...

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland
Wilanów Palace

To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Depart Warsaw

Time to say goodbye to your new friends as your journey through Poland comes to an end.

Statue of Saint Anne in Main Square of Warsaw, Poland
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Krakow Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków City Tour

The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków Wawel Hill Cathedral Visit

Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Zakopane Orientation

Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of th...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Auschwitz Concentration Camp Visit

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Wrocław City Tour

See the noble mansions and flower markets of the Plac Solny, absorb the Baroque splendor of Rynek and be introduced to Wroclaw's cheeky Gnomes as y...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Poznań City Tour with Local Resident

Meet a resident of Poznań who will share insights into local life on a walk through the Old Town. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Gniezno Cathedral Visit

See the winged doors when you visit the cathedral.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Torun City Visit

Led by your Local Expert, explore this outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Meet an Artisan Baker for a Gingerbread Tasting

Meet an artisan baker to uncover the secrets of the traditional Torún gingerbread during a delicious tasting. Baked following a traditional recipe ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Gdańsk City Tour

There’s no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Eastern Europe’s best storytellers. Meet Agnes, a passionate Local Expert who will...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Malbork Castle Visit

Visit the 13th century fortified gothic brick castle belonging to the Teutonic Order, the largest castle in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Warsaw City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park befor...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

Krakow Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Zakopane Restaurant Dinner

Meet Poland's Goral Highlanders and share their culture at a dinner with local specialties and music.

Poznań St. Martin's Croissant Tasting

Enjoy a tasting of St. Martin's croissant, a local delicacy and learn about how its recipe is protected by European Union law!

Warsaw Celebration Dinner

The Polish capital is currently enjoying a culinary renaissance - find out what the buzz is all about during your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine at a favorite restaurant.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences
Radisson Blu Hotel
Sheraton Poznań Hotel
The Westin Warsaw

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Salt Mine Excursion

Visit the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed salt mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow. On a guided tour, learn about the mine’s long hi...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Polish Karczma Dinner & Polka Party

Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Zakopane Treasures

Hear legends of Zakopane from our Local Expert and immerse yourself in Goral culture. Discover the most famous examples of the traditional wooden a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Raclawice Panorama & The Treasures of Wroclaw

This morning, with our Local Expert, we'll visit Poland’s most famous battle scene painting, the Raclawice Panorama. It's the only cycloramic paint...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner In Gdansk

This evening join us in one of Gdansk’s best dining venues, located in a former 17th-century granary on the bank of the Motława river. We'll enjoy ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sopot By The Sea & Oliwa Organ Concert

Join our Local Expert for a relaxing trip to Sopot, Poland's beach capital. Famous for its Art Nouveau cafes and grand turn of the century resorts,...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Chopin Concert

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the center of Warsaw, enjoy an enchanting recital of hi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wilanów Palace

To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Poland

  • Official Language in Poland: Polish is the official language of Poland
  • Currency used in Poland: The Polish Złoty is the currency used in Poland
  • Capital City:Warsaw
  • Time Zone(s) in Poland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Poland for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Poland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Poland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F). Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common, especially in the eastern regions. Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter months during the summer. Poland's climate can vary across regions, with the Baltic coast experiencing maritime influences, while the southern areas have a more continental climate with greater temperature fluctuations.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Melvyn Klein
Review date: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
Excellent, knowledgeable specialist....Efficient and responsive to travelers’ needs....Would seek him out for another tour. Have worked with David Frontella on many trips. He is the best!!
Vacation
Poland, contrary to what I had expected, is a magnificent country. Friendly people, great food, modern amentities, very economical.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Service
Travel agents knowledgeable and personable. Itinerary was excellent. First time traveling with Insight Vacations, very pleased with this company. Definitely would travel again with them.
Vacation
Wonderful experience! Very helpful with organizing our trip.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Service
Tours of the cities were well done. Local guides provided a lot of information.
Vacation
When I read the itinerary on the internet, it appeared that many of the optional tours were included in the price. Did not realize there would be so many additional costs on the tour.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Service
It was Insight Travel that wasn't 5 star.
Vacation
Saw much of Poland and enjoyed it all.
Mary Zabel
Review date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Service
The booking agent was very helpful covering all details and was available several times for questions! The tour director was fabulous making sure we had a top notch experience!
Vacation
Great opportunities to learn and experience the culture and history of Poland in a memorable way!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Service
The tour director was very capable and responsible.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Vacation
We visited all significant places, and enjoyed them.
Susan Halambeck
Review date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Service
Great tour manager.. Piotr
Vacation
Excellently run and learned alot
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Service
The tour guide was very friendly and was knowledgeable in the history and places to visit in the country. He was always available when needed. The bus driver was extremely skillful and friendly. We always felt safe with him no matter the circumstances. I found the quality of the included dinners were not as fine as on previous trips with Grand European. Other than the Farewell dinner only one glass of wine was served with these dinners. This was a surprise since this was not the case on our previous trips with Grand European.
Vacation
We purchased a fine crystal candle holder. A fine product at a reasonable price. Our guide referred us to some fine restaurants for the evenings that meals were not included. We found them to be gourmet at a very reasonable price.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Service
It all came together...the tour director, the bus driver (Simon) the mixed group of 40 people on the trip, and the wonderful country...I am still singing the praises of the trip to Poland. I think another reason is that it was JUST Poland..eleven days of the people, culture, and history. I am going to look for more more one country trips.
Vacation
Prices have gone up these past years....
Mary Enlow
Review date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Service
We were able to have concise suggestions from the agents we contacted and felt we had correct information that didn't have to be rechecked.
Vacation
travel host was very gracious,knowledgeable, and competent. She made our experience in Poland enjoyable and even when traffic jams made us late for a tour, she kept us informed and entertained. Certainly learned a lot of Poland history and a new appreciation for this country.
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