11 days THE MOST INTERESTING TOURS


1st day Warsaw
Meeting the guide at the airport. Dinner at the hotel.
2nd day Warsaw
Breakfast. City tour of Warsaw. Visit to Old Town, Ghetto, Palace of Culture and Science, Lazienki Park, Royal Castle. Dinner. Overnight.
WarszawaWarsaw Old Town was established in the XIII th. century. It impresses tourists with its quaint, cobbled streets and unique old architecture. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Square with its unique traditional Polish restaurants, cafes and shops. When the weather is warm the square becomes filled with cafe tables, various traders and street artists )

The Royal Castle is a maginificent example of baroque style – it was built in the XIVth century. In 1569 King Zygmunt III Waza moved his residence to the Royal Castle as Warsaw became the capital of Poland. Between 1598 and 1619 the king had the Royal Castle restyled into a polygon by Italian architects. In XVIIIth. century King Augustus III turned the East Wing into Baroque style while King Stanislaw Poniatowski added the Royal Library. The Royal castle served as both a residence for the kings as well as hosted Sejm sessions

Palace of Culture and Science (competing with Warsaw Mermaid, it is ‚the tallest’ symbol of the capital – 234,5 metres high, also the biggest building of Poland. Both loved and hated)

The Warsaw Ghetto originally contained almost 450,000 people. By January of 1943,it was down to roughly 37,000 people. The rest had already been taken away to slave labor or death camps. Word got out that the Germans were going to finish off the ghetto, clean it out. Those half-starved, disease-weakened ghetto inhabitants decided to fight).

Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw – one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. This romantic, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.

 

3rd day Warsaw – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Cracow
Breakfast. In the morning drive to Cracow via Czestochowa. Visit to Jasna Góra Monastery. Visit of Auschwitz-Birkenau former nazi concentration camp. Dinner, overnight in Cracow.Częstochowa Czestochowa is known for the famous Paulite monastery of Jasna Góra that is the home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine of the Virgin Mary. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to see it. John Paul II visited Paulite monastery of Jasna Góra many times.

Auschwitz Auschwitz is the name loosely used to identify the largest Nazi extermination camp along with two main German concentration camps and 45-50 sub-camps. The name is derived from the German name for the nearby Polish town of Oświęcim. The camps were a major element in the perpetration of the Holocaust, killing around 1.1-1.6 million people, of whom over 90% were Jews.

4th day Cracow – Wieliczka
Breakfast. City tour of Cracow. In the afternoon excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine. Dinner at local restaurant, overnight.The old city of Cracow (Stare Miasto) has a rich architecture, mostly Renaissance with some examples of Baroque and Gothic. Cracow’s palaces, churches and mansions display a richness of color, architectural details, stained glass, paintings, sculptures, and furnishings. Wawel
Among the most notable of the city’s hundreds of historic buildings are: the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, where King John III Sobieski is buried; the medieval Old Town with its beautiful square; Market Square (200 meters on a side); dozens of old churches and museums; the 14th century buildings of the Jagiellonian University; as well as Kazimierz, the historical centre of Cracow’s Jewish religious and social life.
The Gothic St. Mary’s Church (Kościół Mariacki, actually a basilica) stands by the market place. It was built in the 14th century and boasts a famous wooden altar carved by Wit Stwosz. Every hour, a trumpet call, the hejnał mariacki, is sounded from the church’s main tower.

Wieliczka salt mine Wieliczka is a town near the Kraków metropolitan area. Chapel of Saint Kinga, deep within the Wieliczka salt mine. Located under the town of Wieliczka is one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines.
Many centuries of mining the salt deposit formed the contemporary spatial mining excavation structure. Hidden below the town, situated on 9 levels, reaching 327 m deep Wieliczka’s underground that is nearly 300 km of galleries and 3000 chambers. 3,5 km route 64-135 m below ground level is available for tourists.
Magnificent chapels, captivating underground lakes, original tools and equipment, traces of mining works give the comprehension about people’s fight against the elements, their work, passion and beliefs.

 

5th day Cracow – Zakopane – Cracow
Breakfast. Full day trip to Zakopane including cable car ride to Mt. Gubalówka, dinner with folklore at local restaurant, overnight in Cracov.Morskie Oko Zakopane is a town in southern Poland It lies in a big glen between the Tatra Mountains and Gubalówka Hill. Zakopane is the most important Polish centre of mountaineering and skiing, and is visited by about two million tourists annually.
Zakopane has the highest elevation of any town in Poland; within its municipal region there exists a variation of 750-1000 m of altitude. The town area includes part of the Polish Tatra Mountains, including its highest peak, Mt. Rysy (2499 m).
6th day Cracow – Warsaw – Torun
Breakfast. Departure for Warsaw, continue to Torun, dinner, overnight.

Torun is the medieval town, birthplace of the famous Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Depending on the calculation method, the Geographic Center of Europe may be located here.

7th day Torun – Gdynia
Breakfast. City tour of Torun, dinner, overnight in Gdynia.
GdyniaGdynia – a city born under a lucky star Once there was a transatlantic liner by the name Batory. It was nicknamed ‚Lucky Ship’ as indeed a lucky ship it was. It was spared both the high winds of the seas and the storms of World War II in which it served in convoys. Its home port was Gdynia – a city born out of dreams and very wisely invented less than 80 years ago; a city born under a lucky star – where luck never fails you and unlike elsewhere the impossible becomes possible.
8th day Gdynia, Gdansk, Sopot
Breakfast. City tour of Gdynia, Gdansk, Sopot. Organ concert in Oliwa Cathedral, dinner, overnight.Gdańsk Gdańsk – always hospitable, invites visitors to its charming lanes and historic interiors, bathing grounds on the sea and sailing courses, comfortable hotels, elegant restaurants, and cosy cafes. Its numerous museums, concerts, fairs, exhibitions, and street theatrical events complete the broad spectrum of the city’s cultural offer.

Molo in Sopot All along the 4.5 km Sopot coastline there are clean and sandy beaches along which are scattered water slides, water and beach equipment rental shops, changing booths and showers. They are the venue of numerous sports and recreation events such as volleyball and beach football tournaments, happenings, shows and cross-country races. Beside the beach eateries have been built. Europe’s longest wooden pier (511.5 m) juts out from Sopot beach. It is a place for strolls and festivities, but also the harbour of tourist passenger ships and water taxis and the site of numerous competitions such as the Sailing World Championship, Windsurfing Baltic Cup, Polish Cup and Sopot Triathlon.

9th day Gdynia – Malbork – Olsztyn
Breakfast. Departure for Olsztyn via Malbork – visit to the Teutonic Knight’s Castle. Dinner, overnight in Olsztyn.Malbork Castle Malbork Castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress; it is the world’s largest brick castle and one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe. The castle and its museum are listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It is sometimes referred to as ‚the largest heap of bricks north of the Alps’. Under continuous construction for nearly 230 years, Malbork is actually three castles nested in one another. The High, Middle and Low Castles are separated by additional dry moats and towers.

Olsztyn is beautifully situated in a lake region of forests and plains, barely touched by man. There are 13 lakes inside the administrative bounds of the town and many more surrounding it

10th day Olsztyn – Warsaw
Breakfast. Departure for Warszawa via Olsztynek visit to open air museum of folk architecture, farewell dinner with folk show at the local restaurant.Olsztynek heritage park is one of the oldest in Poland.
Olsztynek
11th day Warsaw
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
a. accommodation: 4-star and 3-star hotels
b. halfboard
c. all transfers, sightseeings and visits according to the programme
d. coach transport
e. English-speaking guide’s assistance throughout the tours
f. any other services are offered on request