The magic of Poland (9 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Warsaw
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at the castle square for a short walk through the Old Town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 2 – Warsaw
After breakfast we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw with a half day tour including Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the May 3rd Constitution was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution 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 Knights 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 all the castles chambers – the Ballroom. After lunch you have the rest of the day free to explore Warsaw.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 3 – Warsaw
After breakfast we start the day at the royal palace located in the Wilanow district of Warsaw. Wilanow Palace survived the Poland’s partitions and both World Wars, and also serves as a reminder of the culture of the Polish state as it was before the misfortunes of the 18th century. It is one of Poland’s most important monuments. The Palace’s museum, established in 1805, is a repository of the countries royal and artistic heritage. The palace and park in Wilanow host cultural events and converts, including Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Early Music Academy. Wilanow Palace was built for King John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century and later was enlarged by the owners. It represents the characteristic type of baroque suburban residence built entre cour et jardin (between the entrance court and the garden). Its architecture is original, a merger of generally European art with distinctively Polish building traditions. After lunch the rest of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 4 – Warsaw – Lublin – Kazimierz Dolny – Warsaw
After breakfast we leave for Lublin the largest city in south-eastern Poland with its long history and historic buildings. Population of the city suffered heavily during the 2nd World War, nearby Nazis opened concentration camp Majdanek which was one of the largest in Europe. You will have an opportunity to see the Old Town with its impressive Krakow Gate dating back to the 14th century. One of the most important historical artefacts to be found in Lublin is the priceless set of Russo-Byzantine frescoes in the Holy Trinity Chapel, located within the fortified walls of Lublin Castle. After lunch we continue to Kazimierz Dolny which is a picturesquely situated on the right bank of the Vistula River in the hills, valleys and gorges. For years it fascinated with its unique atmosphere attracting many tourists. According to the legend – the local synagogue was founded by King Casimir the Great as a gift for his beloved Esther. Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

DAY 5 – Warsaw – Krakow
After breakfast we spend the morning driving to Krakow. After lunch we have a half day sightseeing tour starting with Wawel 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 unmatched. You will also visit 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 from 1520, ranks with the worlds largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Drive to Old Town with its restored Main Square surrounded with magnificent houses and palaces. Here, we will visit St. Mary’s Basilica, originally built in the 14th century with its foundations dating back to as early as the 13th 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.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

 

DAY 6 – Krakow – Kazimierz – Auschwitz – Krakow
Kazimierz has been a major historic centre of Jewish culture since the 16th. Its sole perished during the traumatic events of the 2nd world war, but many of the district’s buildings, some still with Yiddish Inscriptions have survived. Today Jewish life and culture is undergoing a revival in Kazimierz. Many buildings have been restored and the district’s fashionable cafes, restaurants and bars are nowadays full of tourists from all over the world curious to learn more about Jewish Culture. The district’s main attractions are Szeroka Street where “Schindler’s List” was filmed, Isaac, High and Old Synagogues, Remuh Synagogue and its Cemetery, and the “Pod Orlem” Pharmacy. After lunch we continue to Oswiecim with Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum which provides one of the most memorable lessons in Modern European History. The visit includes a film showing the camp’s liberation, the flower strewn death Wall, national memorials, the railway line and ramp, the remains of hundreds of barracks, all of which constitute a moving testimony to the number of lives lost through Nazi atrocities across occupied Europe.
Return back to Krakow for dinner and overnight stay

 

DAY 7 – Krakow – Zakopane – Krakow
After breakfast, 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. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. The city’s wooden architecture blends with the natural landscape. This style is copied in other parts of Poland and is known as Zakopianski style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane. Later we drive to Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope’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 before leaving for Krakow
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

DAY 8 – Krakow – Warsaw
After breakfast drive back to Warsaw and stop at Lodz en-route. A post-industrial city of contrast and hidden treasure “the Manchester of Poland”. See how the textile industry changed the city through the centuries. Discover why people call it “the Promise Land” and get to know about rich ethnic variety, especially Jews. Get awed by the gigantic 19th century factories, Art Nouveau buildings, palatial mansions and a world famous film school. Lodz is an unusual city. Without kings and knights but with charming red brick factories and great benefits of industrial revolution. Explore the new symbol of Lodz, the Manufaktura, a huge factory converted to a cultural, commercial and social centre. Discover the city where members of the Polish, German, Jewish and Russian cultures lived and made business together. Discover how to become a millionaire being a bootblack and follow the traces of 19th century factory owners. To get the best walking tour around Lodz, you must have a visit to Manufaktura – former factory which was renovated a few years ago. Nowadays this complex, located in the city centre, is a shopping mall. It is also a centre, trade and entertainment. One of the gate remains triumphal arch of old mill. See Poznanski Palace belonging to the most famous factory magnate in Poland. Currently this building houses City Museum of Lodz where you can admire Neo-Baroque façade, staircase, dining room and ballroom. Then have a walk along the longest European trading route – Piotrkowska Street. This pedestrian street is in the heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants, bars and a wide range of cultural sites. Admire old buildings, renovated factories and Lodz speciality – Rickshaws. Finish the day with a visit to the White Factory which is the home of the Textile Museum. This museum gathers a number of looms, old material and examples of weaver’s art. After lunch the rest of the day is free.

 

DAY 9 – Warsaw – UK
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for the return flight to the UK

 

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