10 days tour to wonderful cities of Berlin, Warsaw and Gdańsk.
Day 1 – Arrival to Gdańsk
Our English speaking guide will greet you at the airport.
GDAŃSK (ger. Danzig) is located on the Baltic coast. During centuries it owed its wealth and importance to German-speaking burghers and it’s huge sea port. A nearby military depot Westerplatte is a symbol of the outbreak of the Second World War. Few decades later the city was a cradle of Solidarity Movement, which led to fall of communism in 1989.
Day 1 schedule:
First, we will visit Westerplatte to see a monument commemorating the first battle of the Second World War in September 1939.
The we will stroll along the Old Town to see:
-the architecture style of Gdańsk – narrow, but richly decorated houses once inhabited by merchants;
-XVIth century port buildings
– the biggest brick church in the world: St. Mary’s Church.
Overnight in Gdańsk
Day 2 – Sopot & Gdańsk
Drive to a well-known health resort, Sopot, next to Gdańsk. It became famous in the 20th century, when every fashionable rich man wanted to have a residence there.
We will walk along the promenade popularly called “Monciak” to the longest wooden pier in Europe. On the way back to Gdańsk we’ll visit Oliwa Cathedral with impressive organ dating back to the 18th century.
OPTIONAL: A Subjective Bus Route – visit to the shipyard where Solidarity’s leader, Lech Wałęsa, was working. During a route you will hear stories from former workers. Everything on the board of an old-fashioned bus, known among Poles as “a pickle”!
Overnight in Gdańsk
Day 3 – Malbork castle & Masurian Lake District
First, we visit Wisłoujście fortress, a priceless example of fortification and… a bat sanctuary. On our way to Masurian lake district we will stop in Malbork
Malbork is probably the biggest brick castle in the world. Impressive construction from the 14th century was the main fortress and political center of Teutonic Knights state. These fierce crusaders were ruling this land since XII century.
Then we stop at a small village, Święta Lipka, one of the most popular polish shrines of Virgin Mary. The church and monastery are the best examples of Baroque style in the northern Poland.
Overnight in a hotel close to Giżycko.
Day 4 – Masuria and Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair
Masuria region is known as “a land of thousand lakes”. One finds there numerous lakes, rivers and channels, all surrounded by the forrests. Wooden houses, small castles and palaces, slower pace of life, eastern cuisine: all together create a distinctive atmosphere of this region.
In the very heart of Masurian forests we will find… the ruins of Adolf Hitler’s war headquarters, the Wolf’s Lair. The top secret, high-security town consists of almost 200 buildings. In 1944 it was the scene of unsuccesful assasination attempt on Hitler’s life. Blown up by retreating Wehrmacht, nowadays attracts visitors as gigantic and fascinating ruins.
Afterwards we will continue our trip to Mamerki, to visit a reconstructed command centre from the Second World War. Inside you will hear the story of a legendary Amber Room and get to know the inventions of Nazi scientist.
Overnight in a hotel close to Giżycko
Day 5. Warsaw city tour
Warsaw was once called “Paris of East” and the World’s capital of Yiddish culture. It suffered a lot during the WWII. Nowadays the reconstructed Old Town is listed by UNESCO. With the population exceeding 2 million people Polish capital offers a lot of attractions!
Afternoon tour through the highlights of Warsaw:
-Łazienki Royal Garden (the residence of the last Polish king),
-Krakowskie Przedmieście Street and the Old Town.
– Couch tour: the Parliament, New World Street (trading street),University, Presidential Palace.
We will end this day with the best panorama of Warsaw from the top of the highest building in Poland.
Overnight in Warsaw city centre
Day 6 Warsaw tour cont.
On day six we will focus on WWII period in the history of Warsaw: we’ll visit the Warsaw 1944 Uprising Museum, tour to the site of the biggest Jewish Ghetto in occupied Europe and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
OPTIONAL: Afternoon tour through communist Warsaw. Prepare for Polish aperitif accompanied by propaganda movies, visit the interiors of the communist-style apartment and see the square designed specifically for organizing worker’s defilades and gatherings.
Overnight in Warsaw city centre.
Day 7. Wilanów Palace and Poznań city tour
Morning visit to Wilanów Palace, a baroque-style residence of one of the Polish kings, sometimes compared to Versailles. The interiors remained untouched by the WWII. During spring and summer visitors are enchanted by a beautiful garden. Then we drive to Poznań.
Poznań is one of the oldest cities in Poland and one of the first centers of Polish statehood. We will take gentle stroll along a picturesque Old Town, and see:
-the tombs of Poland’s first rulers at Cathedral Island,
-the billy-goats on the City Hall – symbols of the city
-the former Kaiser’s Castle and historical walls which defended the city in the past.
and take a walk through a district with Art Nouveau buildings.
Overnight in Poznań city centre.
Day 8 – trip from Międzyrzecz fortress to Berlin
Morning drive to Międzyrzecz . A few years before the war the Third Reich constructed there a defensive fortress. Still remaining steel domed concrete bunkers linked by underground tunnels prove a technical sophistication of this construction. It is one of the most interesting WWII remnants in nowadays Poland.
Arrival to Berlin in the afternoon. City’s highlights after dinner.
Overnight in Berlin.
Day 9 – sightseeing Berlin
These numbers speak for themselves: the third biggest city in Europe, 180 museums, 440 art galleries… Berlin is a synonym of dynamics and modernity, as well as a witness of many 20th century historical events. Well renovated monuments stand here next to the remnants of communist German Democratic Republic.
We will visit the most characteristic points of German capital:
-Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of Berlin, standing in the end of glamorous Unter den Linden
-Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, minimalist but monumental installation with personal testimonies of European Jews,
-former Stasi HQ
-Jewish Museum located in an impressive building by Daniel Libeskind
-Old National Gallery on Museum Isle presenting the best pieces of German and European art: Caspar David Friedrich, Max Liebermann, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and many more,
-Reichstag dome designed by sir Norman Foster with a view of the city of Berlin
OPTIONAL: before the WWII many said that the artistic, cultural heart of Europe hammered in Berlin. Parts of its old gone world were numerous theaters and cabarets. Let’s go back to those time and go to cabaret!
Overnight in Berlin.
Day 10. Departure from Berlin
Flight back home from Berlin’s airport.
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