Country Roads of Poland - Summer 2022
From 25/03/2022 to 07/04/2022
Departure dates & prices
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Audio Headsets for ﬂexible sightseeing.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted (Hotels listed to be used as a guide only and are subject to availability.
If the quoted hotel is unavailable, we will secure another hotel in the same category).
Hand-picked T rip Highlights.
Optional Experiences (supplement) and free time.
All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
An expert T ravel Director and a professional Driver.
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
Day 1 - Welcome to Krak?w Transfers to your hotel depart Krak?w airport at 12:30 and 15:00. Meet your Travel Director Tim at 17:00 for a walk around the Rynek G??wny, 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 at one of Krak?w's best restaurant's.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 - Damsels & Dragons of Krak?w This morning 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 Wojty?a, later known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and then to Podg?rze to see Ghetto Square. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps spend time browsing the shops for traditional folklore products, or take an optional trip out to Nowa Huta for a taste of Communist era Poland? By night, don't miss the chance of enjoying a Polka Party with dinner and wine.(Breakfast)
Day 3 - High Tatras Mountains & Zakopane In the morning, why not join an Optional Experience to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? Journey into the Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Spend 2 nights in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for a walk along famous Krup?wki street to the highlander markets. Spend free time shopping for local specialties and ascend the Guba??wka mountain by funicular 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 4 - Free day & Optional 'Treasures of Zakopane' Enjoy free time to soak up the atmosphere of Zakopane. Alternatively, join a local Goral highlander mountain expert for an optional experience exploring the treasures of the region including visits to the wooden Jaszczur?wka chapel, a 'bacowka' cheese making hut and a delicious highlander lunch in a former rangers station?(Breakfast)
Day 5 - Wadowice & Auschwitz This morning stop in Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, where we will stop for a morning tea to try the Pope's favourite cream cake! Then on to the city of O?wi?cim, 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 (subject to availability). Now continue to our rustic hotel located in the heart of the Low Beskid mountains, where tonight we will enjoy a hearty dinner in the adjoining tavern with a demonstration in how to make famous Polish pierogi!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6 - Zywiec & A Village Afternoon Today enjoy a real local experience as we explore the region where your Travel Director Tim lives. Enjoy a morning in the delightful town of Zywiec where you will see the 550 year old Cathedral, the former Hapsburg Palace, and take a stroll through the city park. There'll be time at leisure on the town square to enjoy a coffee or one of the region's famous beers, before we continue to the village of ?lemien to explore an open air ethnographic museum made up of 19th century wooden houses. Now on to the village of Gilowice where we will enjoy a late lunch with Tim and his family in the local 'Karczma'.(Breakfast / Lunch)
Day 7 - Across Silesia to Wroc?aw Travel across historic Silesia and along the Oder River to the city of Wroc?aw, known in Polish as Miasto Spotka? or the meeting place. During its long history, Wroc?aw has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Germany. With your Local Expert, see the brightly coloured facades of the noble mansions, and the flower markets on the Plac Solny. Take in the Baroque splendour of the Rynek, and be introduced to Wroc?aw's cheeky gnomes.(Breakfast)
Day 8 - Optional visit to Ksi?? Castle & UNESCO ?widnica Church of Peace Consider joining a morning optional experience to discover some of the jewels of Silesia- Ksi?? Castle and UNESCO-listed ?widnica Church of Peace. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to shop for famous Boles?awiec pottery, and tonight join your Travel Director at one of the trendy local beer establishments for a casual dinner & drinks.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9 - Birthplace of Poland - Poznan & Gniezno This morning we head for Greater Poland and the city of Poznan. Drive out to Ostr?w 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 between immersing yourself in the history of the city and enjoy a walking tour or alternatively, learn the secrets behind the St Martin's croissant, a local delicacy, and enjoy a tasting. See the famous 'Poznan Goats' and enjoy time for lunch before we continue to Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous bronze doors. Then on to Toru?, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233 and birthplace of astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the charming old town.(Breakfast)
Day 10 - Gothic Glory Of Torun & Gda?sk Join a Local Expert to discover the outstanding examples of medieval architecture in Torun, now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why not shop for traditional gingerbread before departing towards the Baltic coast and the city of Gdansk. Tonight choose from a selection of local specialities including Gdansk fisherman's soup & Baltic Cod at a local restaurant in a restored 17th century grain warehouse by the Mot?awa river.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 11 - The Baltic Beauty of Gdansk 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 Gda?sk Shipyards where Lech Wa??sa formed the anti-Soviet Solidarno?? 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?(Breakfast)
Day 12 - Malbork Castle & 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 past the beautiful Masuria Lake District, passing M?awa on the way 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, Fr?d?ric Chopin?(Breakfast)
Day 13 - Exploring The Proud Polish Capital Of Warsaw See the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in ?azienki 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. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps visit Wilan?w Palace, once the home to Poland's most famous King Jan Sobieski III? At your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cosy Warsaw restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 14 - Depart Warsaw Your journey comes to an end with your departure transfer arriving at Warsaw airport at 07:30 or 10:00.(Breakfast) Authentic Dining Dining Summary: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners Top Rated Highlights Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert. Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert. See the Auschwitz memorial and museum and stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust. See the noble mansions and flower markets of the Plac Solny, absorb the Baroque splendour of Rynek and be introduced to Wroclaw's cheeky Gnomes as you explore with your Local Expert. Local Expert will share captivating stories about Gdansk. Enjoy a funicular ride up Mount Guba?owka for views of Zakopane & the Tatra Mountains (weather permitting). Taste Pope John Paul II's favourite dessert during a visit to his birth town of Wadowice. Your local expert will show you the highlights of Warsaw. Great personally selected local restaurant dining experiences in Krakow, Zakopane, Zywiec Region, Wroc?aw, Gdansk, & Warsaw. Learn how to make famous polish 'pierogi' during a cooking demo & dinner evening. Get off the beaten path for a day in the small towns & villages of the Zywiec region, including a visit to the local Ethnographic village. Explore Poznan with a local expert. Explore Gothic Torun, birthplace of Copernicus, with your local expert. Highlight visit to Malbork Castle, former fortress of the Teutonic Knights.
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