Panorama of Poland (14 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Warsaw
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 2 – Warsaw
This morning, we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half day sightseeing tour includes the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after the 2nd World War, with its impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here, the May 3rd constitution was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution in the world, after the USA. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and visit the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with 6 large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble Room with its 22 portraits of Polish Kings and the largest and most impressive of the castle’s chambers – the Ballroom. After lunch we continue our tour with a drive to the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En-route you will see the building of the National Opera House and the Town Hall.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 3 – Warsaw – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow
En-route to Krakow, Poland’s unique, medieval, open air museum, we will make a stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its icon that is associated with alleged miracles. Before we reach Krakow, we will drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the infamous factory of death.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

 

DAY 4 – Krakow
The morning sightseeing tour will start with the Royal Wawel castle, home of 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 unmatched. You will also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St, Jadwiga, 14th century Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt, from 1520, ranks with the world’s largest. This is the site where Polish Kings were crowned and buried. Following a short break for coffee we visit the Old Town with its restored Man square surrounded with magnificent houses and palaces. Here, we will visit St. Mary’s Basilica, originally built in the 14th century, to see the magnificent wooden alter by Wit Stwosz. The Renaissance Cloth Hall, originally built before 1349, is the focal point of the Market Square. The afternoon is at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

DAY 5 – Krakow – Wieliczka – Zakopane
After breakfast, we drive to Zakopane, beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, in the valley between Gubalowka Hill and Mount Giewont. Zakopane is the most popular resort in Poland. En-route, we stop in Wieliczka to visit the Royal Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes and chapels carved in salt rock. After lunch we continue on to Zakopane. Once a small mountain village, it has become a fashionable winter resort for artists since the beginning of the 20th century.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane

 

DAY 6 – Zakopane
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. The city’s Highlander architecture blends with the natural landscape. This style is imitated in other parts of Poland is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of wooden architecture in Zakopane. Later we drive to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope John Paul II’s life after an assassination attempt. Admire the breath taking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Hill, and shop for souvenirs, arts and crafts of the Highlanders in the local shops. After lunch you will have free time.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane

 

DAY 7 – Zakopane – Wadowice – Wroclaw
Today we depart for the historic city of Wroclaw located in western Poland. Wroclaw, also known as “Venice of the North” is one of the oldest cities in Poland with a beautiful location along the Odra River. En-route, we will visit the small town of Wadowice, the birth place of Pope John Paul ll. We will see the house where he was born and grew up. In the Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul ll, was baptized, you can view the special plaque that commemorates this fact, as well as a stone font where the Pope prayed during his first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. After lunch we will continue on to Wroclaw. Today Wroclaw, with its array of beautiful buildings and monuments, including the magnificent Gothic Town Hall structure. This is recognised as a gem of urban Gothic Renaissance architecture in Poland and elsewhere.
Dinner and overnight stay in Wroclaw

 

DAY 8 – Wroclaw – Churches of Peace – Poznan
After breakfast, we visit Churches of Peace in Swidnica and Jawor, the largest timber framed religious buildings in Europe and a symbol of religious tolerance from the 17th century. After the Peace of Westphalia (1648) the Protestants in Silesia were allowed by the Habsburg Roman catholic emperor to build three churches. Restrictions were that they had to be constructed outside the city walls, made of wood or clay and built in less than a year. The architect responsible for all three was Albrecht von Sabish. The churches had to be big enough to be a true place of refuge for the Protestant population. He designed wooden buildings that had never been seen before in complexity and size. Back to Wroclaw and take the train to Poznan.
Dinner and overnight stay in Poznan

 

DAY 9 – Poznan – Torun
Today we have a morning visit to Poznan, one of the oldest Polish cities. The first settlement here can be traced back to the early 9th century. The first ruler of Poland, Mieszko I who, through the act of his own baptism in 966, put his country in the cultural sphere of Western Christianity, founded his church right here. In the 15th century, it took on a Gothic shape. The most interesting part of the city is its Old Town with the famous Renaissance Town Hall, now housing the Historic Museum. In the middle of the attic, above the clock, you can watch two metal goats butting their horns 12 times every day at noon. After lunch we continue on to Torun.
Dinner and overnight stay in Torun

 

DAY 10 – Torun – Gdansk
In the morning, we will enjoy the highlights of Torun. The city is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and it is considered one of the most magnificent historic cities of Poland. Its Old Town is included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun’s past glory. After lunch we drive to Gdansk. On arrival we will take a short walk through the Old Town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Gdansk

 

DAY 11 – Gdansk – Gdynia – Sopot – Gdansk
Today we start the tour of Gdansk at the Upland Gate, a fragment of the city’s former fortifications and one of its main gates. Just behind it we pass by a baked brick construction consisting of the Prison Tower and the Torture House, relics of the 15th century Gothic defensive walls. The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto Long Market, a magnificent street with late Renaissance and Baroque grand houses and palaces. It is here that the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. The Artus Court was the site of important Hanseatic League meetings. It is considered the most beautiful court among all of the Europe’s Hanseatic cities. Just behind this is the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, a part of the most precious and largest red brick Gothic church in Gdansk. On our way back, we pass by Mariacka Street with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques. Now we drive to Gdynia, the youngest tri city complex. After lunch we continue our drive to Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here you can see the oldest and the longest wooden pier in Europe. On our way back to Gdansk, a stop at Oliwa Cathedral to enjoy its monumental 18th century organ. The rest of the day is free for shopping for Baltic arts and crafts and of course unique amber jewellery which in itself is a major tourist attraction.
Dinner and overnight stay in Gdansk

 

DAY 12 – Gdansk – Malbork – Olsztyn
After breakfast, we drive to Olsztyn. En-route, we stop at the 14th century Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork. It is the largest brick castle in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. After lunch we continue on to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is its old town, encircled by a ring of fortified walls.
Dinner and overnight stay in Olsztyn

 

DAY 13 – Olsztyn – Olsztynek – Lowicz – Warsaw
After breakfast, we return to Warsaw. En-route, we visit the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, the site of the Museum of Folk Architecture, one of the oldest open air museums in Europe. The Museum contains many interesting examples of folk architecture including houses, barns, windmills and other traditional buildings. Other attractions of the Ethnographic Park are the interiors of old houses, the Evangelical church, a smithy, a pottery stand, a Dutch windmill as well as various temporary displays representing items of traditional craftsmanship and modern folk art. The main objective of the Museum is to preserve the legacy of the past for future generations and to encourage the study of the rich cultural and spiritual values of days gone by. As we continue our drive to Warsaw, we stop in Lowicza typical Mazovian town famous for folk art, colourful costumes and beautiful paper cut outs.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 14 – Warsaw – UK
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for the return flight to the UK

 

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