14 days UNKNOWN POLAND


1st day Warsaw
Meeting the guide at the airport.
Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
2nd day Warsaw
Breakfast. City tour of Warsaw. Visit to Old Town, Ghetto, Palace of Culture and Science, Lazienki Park, Royal Castle. Dinner. Overnight.
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 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 – Kazimierz
Breakfast. Drive to Kazimierz, city tour. Overnight in Kazimierz.Dinner. Overnight.The town of Kazimierz Dolny, situated on the Lublin plateau, lies on the right bank of the river Vistula on its way to the Baltic. The Kazimierz Dolny community includes the town and 14 Districts. Becouse of its attractive position, its rich history, its picturesque medieval houses, wonderful architecture and kind climate, Kazimierz is known not only in Poland but also abroad as a sought after tourist center where guests can relax and enjoy their holidays. To serve them there are a number of hotels, boarding houses and restaurants
Kazimierz Dolny
4th day Kazimierz – Kozlówka – Lublin
Brakfast. Drive to Lublin, visit Kozlówka Palace on the way, city tour of Lublin. Dinner, overnight.Lublin is city with rich history and monuments During this tour you will be able to see the Old Town with its historical tenement-houses, the Holy Trinity Tower from which you can admire a panorama of the city, the Lublin Cathedral – the most beautiful monument of the city with the unique acustic hall and XVIII century frescoes.
Kozłówka
Pałac w Kozłówce
5th day Lublin – Zamosc
Breakfast. Drive to Zamosc – walk around the town. Dinner.Overnight in Zamosc.Here you will have a chance to admire the renssaince Old Town – the Great Square with a Town Hall which belongs to the high class monumnets in the world scale – put on the UNESCO Heritage List The city is located on the broad gauge railway line linking former Soviet Union with Upper Silesian coal.
6th day Zamosc – Lancut – Zakopane
Breakfast. Drive to Zakopane via Łańcut. Visit to palace and carriage museum, dinner, overnight in Zakopane.ŁańcutŁańcut is a town in south-eastern Poland. In the middle of the town one finds the Łańcut Castle, a grand aristocratic palace residence, last owned by the Potocki family. It was first built in the years 1629-1641 and reconstructed many times since. The palace is currently a museum particularly well known for its large collection of historic carriages. A well-known classical music festival is held there annually.

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. Half-day tour of Zakopane, including funicular to Mt. Gubalówka. Afternoon free. Dinner with folk entertainment. Overnight.
8th day Zakopane – Cracow
Breakfast. In the morning raft trip down the Dunajec River. Drive to Cracow for overnight stay. Dinner. Overnight. Dunajec is the only river that takes waters from the Slovak territory to the Baltic Sea. Its inflows such as: Biely (White) and Čierny (Black) Dunajec, Biela voda (White Water) as well as Javorinka are all fed from the Pieniny Mountains. At the town Nowy Targ the river turns to the east and picks up some other creeks such as Osturniansky (Kacvínsky) Creek, Rieka creek and Lipník.
9th day Cracow
Breakfast. In the morning city tour of Cracow. Free time. Dinner, 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.
10th day Cracow
Breakfast. Morning free for shopping. Afternoon excursion to Wieliczka. Dinner, overnight.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.
11th day Cracov – Auschwitz – Czestochowa
Breakfast. In the morning drive to Cracow via Czestochowa. Visit to Auschwitz. Dinner. 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.

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.

12th day Czestochowa – Żelazowa Wola – Warsaw
Breakfast. Leave for Warsaw. En route visit to Żelazowa Wola. Dinner. Overnight in Warsaw.Żelazowa WolaŻelazowa Wola is a village on the Utrata River in the Masovian Voivodship, 60 km from Warsaw, Poland. The village is 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.

Manor house of the Chopin family.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.

13th day Warsaw
Breakfast. Morning visit to Wilanow Palace. Time at leisure. Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Old Town. Overnight.
Wilanów
The palace, surrounding park and other premises have survived bad fortunes of wars and foreign occupation of Poland. They remained intact and retained their genuine historical and artistic merits to become one of the most cherished parts of the Polish cultural heritage).
14th day Warsaw
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
After breakfast end of services.
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