TREASURES OF POLAND

Cultural tour of Poland

For centuries, Poland has played a pivotal role in the growth of European culture. Home to great minds such as composers Frederic Chopin and Karol Szymanowski, Renaissance astronomer Nicholaus Copernicus and many others, Poland’s rich history has created a mix of stunning architecture, charming medieval towns and friendly people. The country boasts 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and this enchanting 11-day tour of Poland will visit several of the most important.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Historic Centre of Warsaw 4. Torun
2. Auschwitz-Birkenau 5. Malbork
3. Weliczka Salt Mines    

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Avg. Tour Size : 25 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Warsaw
(D)
Day 02: Warsaw
(B, L)
Day 03: Warsaw/Czestochowa/Zakopane (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 04: Zakopane/Krakow (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Krakow/Auschwitz/Krakow (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 06: Krakow/Wieliczka/Krakow (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Krakow/Lowicz/Torun (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 08: Torun/Gdansk (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 09: Gdansk/Malbork/Gdansk (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 10: Gdansk/Gdynia/Sopot/Oliwa/Warsaw (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Depart Warsaw
(B) 
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Warsaw

At 6:00 PM, meet our guide and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through Old Town, then join us for welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Our meal will include typical Polish dishes and famous Polish vodka, “Zubrowka”.

Overnight: Novotel Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Warsaw

This morning, discover the highlights of Warsaw. A half-day sightseeing tour includes Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the Constitution of May 3rd was proclaimed in 1791 as the second oldest constitution in the world. Admire some of its 300 rooms and see the Canaletto Room with 23 paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and most impressive of all the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom. After lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our tour with a drive to the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En route, see the building of the National Opera House and Town Hall.  During our tour of Warsaw, we experience the famous Warsaw chocolate factory “Wedel”, tasting the delicious hot chocolate at the Wedel Old Fashioned Shop.  Late afternoon, take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous compositions of Poland’s greatest composer, Frederic Chopin, at a piano recital. (B, L)

Day 03: Warsaw/Czestochowa/Zakopane (Drive)

After breakfast, we depart for Zakopane – one of the most popular vacation resorts in the Tatra Mountains. En route, we stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its miraculous icon. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Czestochowa. Evening arrival at Zakopane, beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Its picturesque location makes it one of the most popular resorts and most stunning locales in the country. Once a small mountain village, Zakopane became a fashionable artist’s retreat at the beginning of the 20th century.

Overnight: Mercure Kasprowy, Zakopane (1 night) (B, L)

Day 04: Zakopane/Krakow (Drive)

In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. This city’s wooden architecture, known as Zakopianski style, blends seamlessly with the natural landscape and has inspired buildings across Poland. Explore the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life. Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Mountain and shop for arts and crafts created by the Highlanders (Gorale) in the local shops. After lunch on our own, we continue to Krakow. En route, take a spectacular rafting trip on the Dunajec River in Pieniny National Park. Tonight’s dinner will be served upon arrival at our hotel.

Overnight: Novotel Krakow City West, Krakow (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: Krakow/Auschwitz/Krakow (Drive)

The morning sightseeing tour will feature Wawel, the Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries is matchless. Next discover the Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell Zygmunt, dating from 1520, ranks with the world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Following Wawel we drive to Old Town with its restored Main Square of magnificent houses and palaces. There, stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square is Cloth Hall, built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century, with many shopping stalls inside. After lunch, we drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the infamous factory of death. (B, L)

Day 06: Krakow/Wieliczka/Krakow (Drive)

Morning free in Krakow to enjoy this historical town on our own. Afternoon sample the famous Krakow cafeteria before driving to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes and chapels carved from salt. Dinner with a folkloric show will be served at a local restaurant in Wieliczka, before we drive back to Krakow. Wieliczka was endorsed in 1978 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, D)

Day 07: Krakow/Lowicz/Torun (Drive)

We drive first to Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art, colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. Here we join a local family for lunch in their home. Their charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. We will be welcomed in a typical Polish way, with bread and salt, and enjoy our meal served by the young married couple in their lovely house.  We will have time to talk about their day-to-day life and have our dessert in a beautiful garden. We continue to Torun, where the balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Mercure Torun Centrum, Torun (1 night) (B, L)

Day 08: Torun/Gdansk (Drive)

Morning, we see the highlights of Torun. It is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and considered one of the most magnificent historic cities of Poland. Its Old Town has been included in UNESCO’s list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun’s past glory. A visit to the Copernicus Museum is included in our itinerary. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Torun. Afternoon, we drive to Gdansk. Upon arrival, we take a brief walk through the town’s Old Town.

Overnight: Mercure Gdansk Old Town, Gdansk (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 09: Gdansk/Malbork/Gdansk (Drive)

Today, we take a detailed tour of the much-lauded city of Gdansk. We start from the Upland Gate - a fragment of the city's former fortifications and one of its main gates. Behind it are the Prison Tower and the Torture House. Continue on to the Long Market - a magnificent street boasting grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades. Next, we come upon the Main Town and the Artus Court, renowned as the most beautiful court among all of Europe’s Hanseatic cities. After lunch at Malbork, we visit the Teutonic Knights Castle. It is the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. Balance of the day is free to shop for Baltic arts and crafts, including unique amber jewelry and trinkets. (B, L)

Day 10: Gdansk/Gdynia/Sopot/Oliwa/Warsaw (Drive)

Drive to Gdynia, youngest of the tri-city complex, which also includes Sopot the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here one can still see the oldest and longest wooden pier in Europe. We will also visit Oliwa Cathedral, famous for its one-of-a-kind pipe organ, to enjoy a concert. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon we drive for Warsaw, where we spend the night. Evening is our farewell dinner, served at local restaurant in Warsaw.

Overnight: Novotel Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Depart Warsaw

After breakfast this morning, we are transferred to the airport for our flight home. Or join one of our other European cultural tours. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2019

May 11; Jun 01 & 15; Jul 06 & 20; Aug 10 & 24; Sep 07 & 21; Oct 05

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2019 US$ 2295 • CA$ 3099 US$ 495 • CA$ 669


Notes

This tour is not part of our small group journeys.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 21 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Services of a through English speaking tour escort
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Cake with coffee/tea at famous Warsaw and Krakow Cafeteria
  • Gdansk – organ concert in the Oliwa Cathedral
  • Chopin concert in Warsaw
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1100

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1100

USA(East Coast)
US$ 900

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average tour size of 25 participants.
Also please note that this is NOT part of our small group tours.

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.