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GRAND TOUR OF POLAND 2017

14 days/13 nights

Only 2 Departures in 2017 
Aug 19-Sep 1, 2017 and Sep 9-22, 2017

Early bird Discount of 5% on bookings made before 30 Nov 21016

This tour is the most detailed introduction to Poland, the country in North-Eastern Europe with an eventful and many times very painful history. From a thousand year-old kingdom to the eastern showcase of the EU, this country offers the best of West and East with highlights like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and Wroclaw as some of its most attractive medieval cities.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 Saturday  WARSAW (Welcome dinner)
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The afternoon is free. At 6:00PM, meet
your guide and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its
historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through Old Town, and then join us for
welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your meal will include typical Polish dishes and famous Polish vodka, “Zubrowka”.

DAY 2 Sunday  WARSAW (Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning, we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half-day sightseeing tour includes Old Town, beautifully
rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the Constitution of May 3rd
was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution, after the US Constitution, in the world. You will admire some of
its 300 rooms and see there Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall
with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and
most impressive of all the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom. After lunch served at a local restaurant in Old Town, we
continue our tour with a drive to the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En route, you will see the building of the National
Opera House and Town Hall. During your tour of Warsaw we invite you to the famous Warsaw chocolate factory “Wedel” to taste the delicious hot chocolate at the “Wedel Old Fashioned Shop.” This evening you will take an unforgettable musical journey through the
world famous compositions of our greatest composer, Frederic Chopin, in a piano recital. A glass of sparkling wine will be
served during intermission.

DAY 3 Monday  WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ – KRAKOW (Breakfast, Lunch)
The road to Krakow, Poland’s unique, medieval, open-air museum, leads us past Czestochowa, site of Jasna Gora and the
Black Madonna, venerated as Poland’s holiest icon. Lunch will be served a local restaurant in Czestochowa. En route to
Krakow, we also stop at Auschwitz, site of the concentration camp, where millions lost their lives in the crematoria during
the Holocaust.
DAY 4 Tuesday  KRAKOW (Breakfast, Dinner)
The morning sightseeing tour will feature Wawel, the Royal 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 matchless. 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 world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Following a short
break for coffee and cake at the famous Krakow cafeteria and drive to Old Town with its renewed Main Square of magnificent
houses and palaces.
There, you will stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square
is Cloth Hall built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century with many shopping stalls inside. The afternoon is at
leisure. Tonight’s dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Old Town.

DAY 5 Wednesday  KRAKOW – WIELICZKA – ZAKOPANE (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, we drive to Zakopane, a resort high in the Tatra Mountains, a great area for walking and hiking and
shopping for local folk art. On the way, we stop at the Wieliczka Salt Mine for a tour of its chapels, grottoes, lakes and
magnificent cathedral, all carved from rock salt. After lunch at a local restaurant in Wieliczka, we drive to Zakopane
beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont. It is Poland’s most
popular resort and one of the most beautiful places owing to its picturesque location. Once, a small mountain village,
Zakopane has become a fashionable winter resort for artists since the beginning of the 20th century.

DAY 6 Thursday  ZAKOPANE (Breakfast, Dinner)
In the morning, you will have a sightseeing tour of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture blends with the natural
landscapes. Copied in other parts of Poland, it is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a
great example of wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was
built by the people of Zakopane to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life. Admire the breathtaking view from the top of Gubalowka, then have time to shop for souvenirs of arts and crafts of the Highlanders (Gorale) in the local shops. After lunch on your own you will have free time. Tonight’s dinner will be served
at a typical Highlanders’ inn with a folkloric show.

DAY 7 Friday ZAKOPANE – WADOWICE – WROCLAW (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today we depart for western Poland and the historic city of Wroclaw. Known as “Venice of the North”, it is one of the
oldest cities in Poland, capital of Lower Silesia, with a beautiful location along the Odra River. En route, we stop in
Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will see the house where he was born and
grew up. From the window of his bedroom he used to see a clock with the sign “Time flies, eternity awaits”. In the
Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was baptized you can still see 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. From
here, we continue our journey to Wroclaw, after lunch at a local restaurant in Wadowice. Today, Wroclaw with its
beautiful historical buildings like Town Hall in Market Square is recognized as a gem of urban Gothic-Renaissance urban architecture in Poland.

DAY 8 Saturday  WROCLAW – RYDZYNA (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, we visit Panorama Raclawicka – a single painting arranged along the interior walls of a rotunda as one unbroken circle and viewed from an elevated central balcony. The picture represents the battle of Raclawice, fought on April 4th, 1794 between the Polish insurrectionist army led by Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Russian troops. From here, we drive to Rydzyna and stay overnight in the local Castle and enjoy dinner in the castle’s restaurant.

DAY 9 Sunday  RYDZYNA – POZNAN – TORUN (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, we leave for Torun with a brief stop for sightseeing tour in the historic city of Poznan. The first settlement here can
be traced back to the early 9th century.
The first ruler of Poland, Mieszko I, who baptized the country, founded his church right here. The church was rebuilt after
the war. In the 15th century it took on a Gothic shape. The most interesting part of the city is Old Town with its famous
Renaissance Town Hall, now housing the Historic Museum. In the middle of the attic, above the clock, you can see two
metal goats butting their horns 12 times every day at noon. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to Torun.

DAY 10 Monday TORUN – GDANSK (Breakfast, Lunch)
In the morning, take a tour of Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the most magnificent historic cities
of Poland. Its Old Town has been included in the UNESCO’s list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb
churches and streets that recall Torun’s past glory. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Torun. In the afternoon, we
drive to Gdansk where we will get acquainted with the city on a brief walk through its Old Town.

DAY 11 Tuesday  GDANSK – GDYNIA – SOPOT (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, we tour Gdansk in depth. We start from 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 defense walls. The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto Long
Market – a magnificent street, with grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades. A real feast for
the eyes!!! It is here that the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. Next, we come upon the Main Town and the Artus
Court – a building used for Hanseatic League meetings. It is renowned as the most beautiful court among all of Europe’s
Hanseatic cities. Just behind it stands 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. From here we drive to Gdynia, youngest of the tri-city complex, which also includes Sopot. Here we visit Oliwa
Cathedral famous for its one-of-a-kind pipe organ, to enjoy a concert. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue our
drive to Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here you can still see the oldest and longest wooden pier in
Europe. The balance of the day is free and gives you time for shopping Baltic arts and crafts, including unique amber
jewelry and trinkets.

DAY 12 Wednesday  GDANSK – MALBORK – OLSZTYN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, we drive to Olsztyn. We stop at the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork. It is the largest brick building in
Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we
continue to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is the old town,
encircled by a set of fortified walls. In the evening, take part in an open-air picnic with folkloric entertainment in
Gietrzwlad.

DAY 13 Thursday  OLSZTYN – OLSZTYNEK – LOWICZ – WARSAW (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, we return to Warsaw. On the way, we visit the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, 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. A particular attraction of the
Ethnographical 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 and handicraft from
the region. 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. In the afternoon, as we continue our drive to Warsaw, we
will stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: especially noteworthy are the colorful costumes and
beautiful paper cut-outs. You will be invited for a home-hosted dinner by a local family, whose charming cottage is
located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed in a typical Polish way, with bread & salt, and
enjoy your meal served by the young married couple in their lovely house. You will have time to talk about their day to
day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden. After dinner, we continue your drive to Warsaw.

DAY 14 Friday ● WARSAW (Breakfast)
After breakfast this morning, we transfer you to the airport for the return flight home.

2016 and 2017 Prices:
€ 1821 per person in twin/double room
€ 485 per single supplement

*Children less than 7 years old- we offer 25% discount from the rate per person in dbl/twin room.

* Hotels do not have standard triple rooms. For families, we may provide twin bedded room with extra bed (usually it is a roller bed or sofa) which can accommodate a child less than 7 years old.

Tour Features:
• Airport transfers (only on tour start and end date)
• Selected class hotels, rooms with private facilities
• English-speaking tour escort assistance
• Obligatory local guides
• Private air-conditioned motor coach/minibus/car (depending on the group size)
• Meals as per itinerary:
breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 6 dinners (including one dinner with folkloric show in Zakopane, one picnic with
folklore entertainment in Gietrzwald, and one home-hosted dinner in Lowicz)
• Cake & coffee/tea at famous Warsaw cafeteria
• Cake & coffee/tea at famous Krakow cafeteria
• Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
• Entrance fees:
Warsaw – Royal Castle
Czestochowa – Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine
Auschwitz- Birkenau
Krakow – Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Zakopane – cable car to Gubalowka Hill
Wroclaw – the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice
Gdansk – organ concert in the Oliwa Cathedral
Malbork – Malbork Castle
Olsztynek – Museum of Folk Architecture
• Chopin concert with a glass of sparkling wine
• Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
• Hotel charges and taxes

Hotels:
3 nights at 4-star hotel in Warsaw / Mercure Warsawa Centrum  *****
2 nights at 4-star hotel in Krakow / Novotel Krakow City West ****
2 nights at 3-star hotel in Zakopane / Mercure Kasprowy **** or similar
1 night at 4-star hotel in Wroclaw / Hotel Mercure Centrum ****
1 night in Rydzyna / Rydzyna Castle  hotel special class
1 night at 3-star hotel in Torun/ Mercure Centrum
2 nights at 4-star hotel in Gdansk / Novotel Gdansk Centrum
1 night at 3-star hotel in Olsztyn / Omega Hotel

 

Pre and post tour accommodation valid for 1 night before and night after any additional nights are on request!

 

2015: Extra nights at Novotel Warszawa Centrum hotel in Warsaw / or similar  Twin or Double room  

58 Euros per person per night based on double/twin occupancy
108 Euros per person per night based on single occupancy

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