Treasures of Poland: A Cultural and Historical Tour of Poland

We begin our Poland tour in Warsaw, known in Polish as Warszawa, the capital and largest city of Poland.

After exploring the enchanting capital with its historical monuments and charming old town, we travel to Kraków.

Kraków (aka Cracow), is one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. It is also one of Poland’s most important economic hubs. Music, theater and the country’s finest museums abound in Kraków. We spend three nights and two glorious days touring Kraków.

From Kraków we continue our tour of Poland, traveling to the Tatra Mountains and the charming town of Zakopane. Soak up the ambiance of Zakopane’s stunning scenic surroundings, located in the Tatrzanski National Park in the heart of the magnificent Tatra Mountains.

After departure from Zakopane the tour travels to Oświęcim, where the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau is located. Here we visit, most importantly, Auschwitz concentration camp.

Next, we go to western Poland and the marvelous medieval city of Wroclaw, the capital of the Lower Silesia province. Known as “Venice of the North,” it enjoys a beautiful location along the Odra River.

Our Poland tour continues as we arrive in Poznan, a beautiful small historic town.

Next stop is Torun, the birthplace of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, before arriving in magical Gdańske.

The list of additional treasures on our Poland tour includes: the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork – one of the largest Gothic fortresses in Europe and a superb example of medieval defensive architecture.

We arrive back in Warsaw for another full day touring including a visit to Zelazowa Wola, the birthplace of the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin.

  • Tour the cultural sites of Warsaw and Kraków
  • A memorable visit to Auschwitz
  • Explore small charming villages
  • Enjoy diverse geography and wonderful landscapes
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Warsaw (Warszawa)

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    Warsaw, Poland
    Day 1-3: Warsaw

    We enjoy one late afternoon and one full day touring the historical monuments and the charming Old Town as well as an excursion to the fabulous Lazienki Palace and Park, where we attend the Sunday afternoon Chopin concert.

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    Kracow, Poland
    Day 4: Kracow

    En route to Kraków, we stop at Czestochowa, to view Poland's holiest icon, the Black Madonna

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    Day 5-6: Kraków

    Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe whose ancient Old Town with its medieval layout has been listed as a class “O” historic monument. We'll have one morning tour with the afternoon independent exploration! The second day is a full day tour

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    Zakopane, Poland
    Day 7: Wiellczka Salt Mine-Zakopane (Tatra Mt)

    This morning we travel to the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines outside of Karków and tour the medieval galleries and halls, a magnificent cathedral and lakes- all hewn in rock and salt deposits.

    The tour continues to Zakopane town, high in the Tatra Mountains.

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    Oświęcim, Poland
    Day 8: Zakopane (Tatra Mountains)-Oswiecim (Auschwitz)

    In Zakopane we visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of wooden architecture, as well as other sites. We enjoy a cable ride to the top of Gubalowka Hill offering a breath-taking view. In the afternoon we depart to Oswiecim the location of Auschwitz, site of the concentration camp, where millions lost their lives in the crematoria during the Holocaust.

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    Wroclaw, Poland
    Day 9: Auschwitz-Wroclaw

    We spend a full morning visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the afternoon, depart for Wroclaw.

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    Day 10: Wroclaw

    We tour the marvelous medieval city of Wroclaw.

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    Pozan, Poland
    Day 11: Poznan

    We tour the historic city of Poznan including a visit to the famous Poznan brewery.

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    Day 12: Torun

    Explore the wonderful Old Town of Torun, listed on UNESCO. We visit the Copernicus Museum (a house with artifacts from Copernicus life) and also Explorer’s Museum and Regional Museum in the Old Town Hall (ratusz). This 14th-century red-brick Gothic building, dotted with 365 windows and crowned with four pinnacles, is one of the most captivating Town Halls in the country.

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    Day 13-14: Gdańsk

    We explore the lovely Tri Cities of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot with all the historic and cultural sites, wonderful Gothic architecture as well as enjoy the beauty of the coastline and marina.

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    Day 15: Malbork-Ryn

    We'll visit the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork - one of the largest Gothic fortresses in Europe and a superb example of medieval defensive architecture.

    Then continue to Ryn, in the heart of the Great Mazurian Lakes district. Our accommodation is a beautifully restored castle.

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    Day 16: Warsaw

    En-route to Warsaw, we visit Zelazowa Wola – the birthplace of great Polish composer Frederic Chopin.

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    Day 17: Depart

    Transfer to airport for return home.

  • Trip Length

    17-day trip begins and ends in Warsaw

  • Dates

    May 4-20 and September 7-23, 2024
    September Tour Follows our Baltic States Immersion Tour

  • Land Cost

    Price May: $6485 (USD)
    Price Sep TBA

  • Accommodations

    3, 4 & 5* hotels in or near old town

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    Daily breakfast

  • Duration

    17 days

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading

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