9 days THE HISTORY AND SCENIC POLAND


1st day Warsaw
Meeting at the airport. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
2nd day Warsaw
Breakfast. Morning city tour of Warszawa including Royal Castle.
Warszawa WarsawOld 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 Castleis 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 session.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.

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)

3rd day Warsaw – Zelazowa Wola – Czestochowa – Cracow
After breakfast departure for Cracow, via Zelazowa Wola. Visit Jasna Gora Monastery on the way. Dinner, overnight in Cracow.Żelazowa Wola Żelazowa Wola is a village – the birthplace of the famous Polish pianist and composer Fryderyk Chopin. The picturesque Mazovian landscape, numerous winding streams surrounded by willows and hillocks as well as Lowicz folk songs overheard by Chopin in his childhood inspired him to compose a number of musical works.
A museum devoted to Chopin is located in the preserved annex of the former manor of the Chopin family, surrounded by a park. In summer, concerts of Chopin’s music are performed by pianists from all over the world.
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.

4th day Cracow
Breakfast. City tour of Cracow. Afternoon excursion to Wieliczka. Dinner, overnight.Wawel 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.
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.

Dinner.

5th day Cracow – Auschwitz – Cracov
Breakfast. Excursion to Auschwitz. Return to Cracow. Afternoon free. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight.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.
6th day Cracow – Zakopane
Departure for Zakopane. Tour of the town including Gubalowka. Dinner with folklore performance. Overnight.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).
7th day Zakopane
Breakfast. Raft trip down the Dunajec River. Afternoon free. Dinner, overnight.
8th day Zakopane – Warsaw
Breakfast. Morning departure for Warszawa. Farewell dinner with folk show. Dinner. Overnight.
9th day Warsaw
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
b. accommodation: 4-star and 3-star hotels
c. halfboard
d. all transfers, sightseeings and visits according to the programme
e. coach transport
f. English-speaking guide’s assistance throughout the tours
g. any other services are offered on request