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Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
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.
Fly to Warsaw where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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Excellent holiday... Fantastic country
Thoroughly enjoyable tour with a lot to see. The hotels, meals, coach & guides were all excellent
An absolutely excellent itinerary and guide with good hotels and lots to see and do. Highly recommended!
Very well organised tour. The guided tours were very interesting.Mercure hotels were far superior to Novotel. The hotel in Kraków was a bit too far from the centre to make the most of our stay there. The tour overall was excellent value for money.
Good itinerary and excellent guide. Good hotels although one in Krackow was too remote. Food was good for breakfasts, but poor for evening meals.
A good itinerary with a good selection of optional excursions. The only negative point was that the advertised on-coach wifi was unavailable for the vast majority of the holiday - although the coach wifi server itself was working the internet connection authorisation had been disabled by the coach company headquarters. In spite of several efforts by the tour guide who phoned the company to sort it out the wifi internet connection wasn't enabled until the Friday of the holiday (i.e just the last two days).
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