Roundtrip: Pearls of Poland

Not many countries are blessed with mountains, sea and thousands of lakes at once. Poland is! We have places, where the nature is almost intact and the human being states as only tiny part of the nature. But we also have precious miracles of the world’s architecture and of great deal regarding the world’s history. If you want to discoverer this hidden beauty of Poland,  see the unique mixture of polish traditions, European standards and Polish mentality.

Day 1 & 2: WARSAW

WARSAW is a buzzing capital of Poland. With over 2 million citizens it is an administrative and business capital, center of science and culture, but it can also surprise with wide range of bars and restaurants. Another surprise is how green is the city of such a size. Warsaw has a long and complicated history, which can be discovered in numerous museums. The city was severely destroyed during the WWII, but thanks to the huge effort of its inhabitants it was rebuilt and now the Old Town is listed by UNESCO on World Heritage List. We ensure you can fall in love with Warsaw at first sight. Our trip would ensure you that it is possible! WARSAW CITY TOUR It is your first day in Poland and  Warsaw. Our English-speaking guide will take you for a tour. You will visit the Old Town, beautifully located on the river bank, Royal Castle – an official residence of Polish kings and… a place where the second constitution in the World was signed. Stroll through the streets of the Old Town.

Route: Main Market – heart of old Warsaw with city’s symbol – Mermaid. New Town – a picturesque part built to host the inhabitants of a growing city. House where a famous chemist and physics, Marie Curie (also known as Madame Curie), was born. Monument to Warsaw Uprising commemorating the biggest civil uprising of the WWII. Royal Route – the street that connects former palaces of Polish kings, currently housing many public institutions: the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Science.

You would visit a nearby Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the most important monument in Warsaw, where all foreign delegations put wreaths. Church of the Holy Cross, where Chopin’s heart is kept.

Then we will go for a gentle stroll in Łazienki Garden, the beautiful park which in the 18th century was the residence of the last Polish king. We will see the Palace (pic), beautifully located on the island. Afterwards you will have a possibility of getting a different view of the city from the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science! This building from the ’50 still remains the highest one in Poland.

Day 3: WARSAW – Kazimierz Dolny – Nałęczów – Kozłówka – LUBLIN

After breakfast we continue our trip to picturesque town of Kazimierz Dolny with market square surrounded by beautiful tenement houses and cobblestone streets. The city is located on the trading route connecting the Baltic Sea and Cracow (the previous capital of Poland). From the beginning of the 20th century, it is a popular destination for artists, especially painters, who appreciate the beauty of this region. Every summer Kazimierz hosts a film festival. During our trip we would visit the picturesque Market Square to see the houses of rich merchants and climb up the hill to the ruins of the castle, where we would have a wonderful view of the whole area. Than we would have a short boat on the other bank of Vistula river to visit castle’s ruins in Janowiec. Our next stop would be Nałęczów – a health resort famous for its 19th century villas hidden in the forest. One would be able to try different kinds of water from deep springs.  Departure to Lublin with stop at Kozłówka enroute, visit of a Baroque palace and park. After arrival to Lublin check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Lublin

Day 4: LUBLIN – Zamość – RZESZÓW

Sightseeing of Lublin Old Town and departure to Zamość to admire the Town Hall, colourfully painted buildings and open squares. Departure for Rzeszow. Hotel check-in, dinner and overnight in Rzeszow.

Day 5: RZESZÓW – Łańcut – ZAKOPANE

Departure for sightseeing of Rzeszów, later drive to Łańcut, a 17th century palace complex rebuilt in French, Neo-Baroque style. It once belonged to Lubomirski and Potocki families and is now a museum of antique furnishing, gold paintings and also a houses a Coach Museum with several dozens of vehicles of the 18th and 19th century. After visit of Lancut departure for winter capital of Poland, in majestic Tatra Mountains – Zakopane. Hotel check-in, dinner and overnight in Zakopane.

Day 6: ZAKOPANE

Today we would like to you to get aquainted with the local traditions and life of highlanders.  We will show you Poland’s Winter Capital famous for skiing, hiking and beautiful landscapes. We will show you  wooden architecture of the mountain region, small unique wooden churches built by highlanders. We will see of course ski-jumping arena, where Adam Malysz- Poland’s most famous skijumper won the world cup. Finally we will go with cable car to Gubalowka to see the best panorama of the whole Tatra mountains. Enjoy yourself drinking Highlanders’ Tea, whose magic ingredient is of course vodka! Overnight in Zakopane.

Day 7: ZAKOPANE – KRAKÓW

Check out from your hotel in Zakopane and drive for rafting trip down the Dunajec River. Continue for Krakow. Upon arrival in Krakow hotel check-in. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Krakow

Day 8: CRACOW

Cracow is a former capital of Poland, which has been listed by UNESCO as one of the World’s most beautiful and historical city. It escaped the ravages of World War II with many monuments and buildings of architectural merit. Discover medieval Market Square, Wawel Castle and the 16th-century Cloth Hall. Innumerable pubs and restaurants, often with live music create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere of Cracow.

It is your first day in Cracow, discover the city during a half-day city tour, which will give you an overall impression of the most significant Cracow sights .Our English-speaking guide will show you 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 Cloth Hall and St. Mary Basilica (pic). During a stroll through Planty Park you can admire the Barbican and St. Florian Gate, precious examples of medieval defensive architecture encircling Cracow.

Day 9: CRACOW – Wieliczka – Auschwitz – CRACOW

After breakfast you will set off to Wieliczka Salt Mine. The tourist route is a complex of  about 20 chambers, narrow tunnels, galleries, chapels and lakes. The tour starts with 378 steps to the shaft bottom – 64 meters depth.  We continue our trip to Auschwitz Birkenau. Auschwitz is a Nazi concentration camp in Oświęcim, which from 1942 became to be one of the biggest extermination camps for the European Jews. During the trip you: watch a short documentary movie about the liberation of the camp in 1945, visit the exhibition in former blocks, climb up the former SS watch tower, visit the side of Rampa (railway platform) and the ruins of the gas chambers.

Day 10: CRACOW – Częstochowa – WARSAW

Hotel check-out and departure for Czestochowa where Jasna Gora – one of the most beautiful Polish Baroque monasteries is situated. Visit of the monastery, the most important Polish pilgrimage place, home of the Black Madonna miraculous icon. Journey contines to Warsaw. Late afternoon arrival in capital of Poland, hotel check-in.

Day 11: Żelazowa Wola

Departure for a visit to Żelazowa Wola – a place where Frederic Chopin was born. Afternoon return to Warsaw and rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.

Day 12: Warsaw

After breakfast hotel check-out and transfer to the airport, departure.