Wonders of Western Poland (8 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Krakow
On your arrival to Krakow you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel in central Krakow. After lunch a guided tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant Krakow sights. Discover the Wawel Hill, a former seat of Polish dukes and kings, Wawel Cathedral – Gothic Basilica, where royal coronations took place and where kings and other distinguished Poles have been buried. You will also visit the largest Market Square in Europe with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica. During a stroll through Planty Park you can admire the Barbican and St. Florian Gate, precious examples of medieval defensive architecture encircling Krakow. Innumerable pubs and restaurants, often with live music create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere of Krakow.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow.

 

DAY 2 – Krakow – Czestochowa – Wroclaw
After breakfast we depart for Wroclaw with a stop in Czestochowa. This city lies among the picturesque Jurassic rocks, topped with the ruins of medieval castles. But for the majority of Poles, Czestochowa is associated with the Jasna Gora Monastery and the icon of the Black Madonna, credited with many miracles. The sanctuary is famous as one of the world’s greatest places of pilgrimage, but its imposing architecture also lures many tourists. After lunch we depart for Wroclaw en-route we will visit Kluczbork, a small town with a picturesque Old Town and impressive churches.
Dinner and overnight stay in Wroclaw

 

DAY 3 – Wroclaw
After breakfast we begin a half day of sightseeing in Wroclaw. Of all the cities in Poland, Wroclaw possesses perhaps the most convoluted and turbulent history of them all. Known under dozens of different names as it was passed repeatedly between four countries and numerous kingdoms that preceded them, Wroclaw was one of the most culturally and architecturally diverse cities in central Europe. The first place we visit is the Old Town, with the restored Market Square at its centre and its maze of cobbled streets, canals, bridges and church spires. Essentially bound by the Odra River to the north and the Fosa Miejska – or city moat – to the south, this area that was once encircled by the cities medieval defensive walls this is where you will find the majority of Wroclaw’s historical monuments and museums, as well as many beautiful university buildings, soaring churches and the cities infamous gnomes. The Old Town also includes the ‘District of Mutual Respect’ a unique neighbourhood southwest of the market square which includes almost side by side the places of worship for four different denominations including the cities only surviving synagogue. The Old Town may be the heart of Wroclaw, but its soul is in Ostrow Tumski. This ‘Cathedral Island’ within easy walking distance northeast of the market square was the first part of Wroclaw to be settled by Slavic tribes in the significance, and home to the city’s most important Cathedral. Finally no visit to Wroclaw is complete without a trip east of the Old Town to centennial Hall, the city’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. This outstanding piece of architecture turned 100 in 2013 and is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens, including Wroclaw’s zoo and a spectacular multimedia fountain. After the city tour the rest of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight stat in Wroclaw

DAY 4 – Wroclaw – Swidnica – Jawor – Ksiaz Castle – Jelenia Gora
After breakfast we depart for the Valley of Garden and Palaces. On the way you will visit the marvellous Church of Peace in Swidnica, rightly earning its place on the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit the Ksiaz Castle, one of the largest castle sin Europe and the third largest castle in Poland. The history of the castle is very interesting, colourful and full of unsolved mysteries. Lying in Ksaiz Landscape Park and being an essential element of the Piast castle Trail, Ksaiz offers visitors numerous attractions in addition to the majestic Castle and its impressive and richly decorated halls and parlours. After lunch you have the rest of the day free.
Dinner and overnight stay in Karpacz

 

DAY 5 – Karpacz – Piechowice – Szklarska Poreba – Swieradow – Karpacz
After breakfast we have a guided bus tour to Piechowice, Julia Glassworks, where tourist routes leads through numerous departments, among other places where experienced glass blowers blow and form hot glass mass and literally conjure up crystal glass products. During a thematic tour of the glassworks entitled “The secrets of glass” a guide will talk about the history, technology and interesting facts related to crystal glass and its production process. In Jadniatkow you will visit the House of Gerhard Hauptmann (a German novelist) in Szklarska Poreba you will see the Szklarki waterfall and in Swieradow Zdjor you will go up to the top of the mountain via cable car and see the beautiful panorama of Sudety.
Dinner and overnight stay in Karpacz

 

DAY 6 – Optional sightseeing
1 – Sightseeing tour in Kowary with miniature park –
Perfectly made models of castles, palaces, monasteries and city halls from the region and to the former uranium mine (walking tour)

2 – Guided walking tour to Wang church and Samotnia –
Take a cable car to Sniezka 1601m the highest mountain in Karkonosze Range. On the way back visit the local highlight – the wooden Wang Chapel, originally built in the first half of the 13th century in Norway, and one of the oldest mountain huts in Poland

3 – Sightseeing tour to Boleslawiec –
A tour of one of several pottery making factories. It still prides itself in hand crafted products using sponge stamps and brushes to apply unique patterns to each piece.

4 – Day at the spa

5 – Hiking and sport activities

 

DAY 7 – Karpacz – Klodzko – Zloty Stok – Krakow
After breakfast we depart for Krakow. On your way we will stop at Klodzko we stop and see the impressive 18th century military fortress overlooking Klodzko’s Old Town. In Zloty Stok you will enjoy a visit in the underground tourist route with underground waterfall in the old gold mine, meeting with the gnome on the Death Pavement.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

 

DAY 8 – Krakow – UK
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home

 

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