Portrait of Poland

  • 9 Days

  • Poland

  • Active pace

Medieval cities, grand Gothic architecture, and a fascinating heritage of old town quarters, merchant houses and monasteries: visit the birthplace of Copernicus, the ‘Black Madonna’ of Jansa Gora, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 12th May 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Overview

Medieval cities, grand Gothic architecture, and a fascinating heritage of old town quarters, merchant houses and monasteries: visit the birthplace of Copernicus, the ‘Black Madonna’ of Jansa Gora, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

At a glance

  • Warsaw A cosmopolitan city of museums, galleries and grand Baroque architecture.
  • Gdansk Explore the streets and squares of one of Europe’s largest medieval centres.
  • Torun Birthplace of Copernicus and home to a rich heritage of Gothic architecture and Hanseatic Merchant Houses.
  • Jansa Gora Visit the monastery and see the famous shrine of the 'Black Madonna'.
  • Krakow The ancient capital of Poland is the jewel in its sightseeing crown.
  • Oswiecim Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Day 1

UK - Warsaw

Fly to Warsaw where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Warsaw - Gdansk

The country's capital, Warsaw suffered extensive damage during World War II but has since been lovingly restored to its former glory. Explore this cosmopolitan city on an included sightseeing tour this morning, taking in sights such as the magnificent Royal Way - a wide avenue laden with impressive churches, palaces, art galleries and museums, the Old Town Square, and the best of the city's historic landmarks, including a wealth of fine Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. This afternoon, continue to Gdansk for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Gdansk

Also known as Danzig, Gdansk sits on the Baltic Coast and is home to Poland's largest seaport and a rich ship-building and maritime history. A focal point during World War II, the city endured heavy bombing but its legacy of Gothic, Renaissance and Hanseatic architecture has since been faithfully restored. Today's included city sightseeing tour with a local guide takes in highlights such as the lovely Stare Miasto Old Town. Later, why not join the optional trip to nearby Malbork, a town founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and home to Marienberg Castle, a Gothic brick fortress considered to be one of the most striking in Europe.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Gdansk - Torun - Poznan

Today, head to the beautiful medieval city of Torun. Nestled alongside the Vistula River, Torun is famed as the birthplace of Copernicus and one of the most charming cities in Poland, maintaining a rich heritage of Gothic architecture, Hanseatic Merchant Houses and a delightful 'Starowka' Old Town with UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour before continuing to Poznan on the banks of the Warta River. A 1,000-year-old city with ancient markets and bazaar, Poznan has a wonderful mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including a 10th-century cathedral, the Dzialynski Palace, 16th-century town hall clock and a fine opera house. The included city sightseeing tour takes in many of the local highlights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Poznan - Jasna Gora - Krakow

Your first stop today is the monastery of Jasna Gora near Czestochowa, which houses the famous painting of the 'Black Madonna', venerated as the 'Queen of Poland' and the country's national symbol. This afternoon, continue to Krakow, Poland's cultural capital, for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Krakow

The ancient capital of Poland is the jewel in its sightseeing crown. At the city's heart is the largest and one of the most perfectly preserved medieval squares in the whole of Europe, Rynek Glowny, surrounded by impressive historic buildings. This morning, the included sightseeing tour of ancient Krakow takes in the historic Market Square, the 14th century Jagiellonian University, Wawel Castle and St Mary's Church, where the 14th-century kings of Poland were traditionally crowned. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at leisure or perhaps join the optional trip to the fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mines, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, enjoy an optional polka party.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Krakow - Oswiecim (Auschwitz) - Warsaw

This morning, head to Oswiecim and the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the outrages perpetrated against the Jews during World War II. This afternoon, continue to Warsaw.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Warsaw

Today is spent at leisure in the capital and largest city in Poland, Warsaw. This historic and thriving city has a plethora of things to see and do. Visit the Old Town where you can picture times gone by with it's beautiful buildings and narrow streets or journey along the Royal Road, which links a list of it's best landmarks such as St Anne's Church, Ujazdów Park, St Alexander's Church and many more stunning sites. Warsaw also has a host amazing palaces for you to see, the Wilanów Palace for example, full of beautiful decorations which survived both World Wars as well as sobering museums such as the must-see Warsaw Uprising Museum.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Warsaw - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Warsaw: Mercure Centrum
  • Gdansk: Mecure Old Town
  • Poznan: Novotel Centrum
  • Krakow: Novotel City West
  • Warsaw: Mercure Centrum

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

24th August 2017

Very interesting and historic cities. Plenty of leg room in coach. Good hotels.

27th June 2017

Excellent holiday, lots to see, bit cramped at times.

3rd June 2017

Tour Director very good. Time on coach far too long - we should have spent time in Warsaw at the start then flown home from Krakow. All hotels should have been central.

31st May 2017

Novotel hotels had issues, especially poor location in Krakow and only paper cups in the bedrooms. Inclusive evening meals did not really cater for vegetarians. The tour involved a lot of travelling, with too little time in Poland and Krakow. Disappointed that one of the promised advertisedo excursions was not available.

21st September 2016

Excellent holiday... Fantastic country

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