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11 Day Classic Poland 2021 (Friday Departure)

11 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Poland
Depart for Poland.

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Warsaw
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland's capital and cultural center of the country on the banks of the Vistula River. Balance of the day is at leisure before tonight's orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Poland, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Warsaw no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Sunday - Warsaw City Tour
This morning, the tour of Warsaw includes both banks of the Vistula River. Visit Lazienki Park one of the jewels of the city, to view the Chopin Monument. Then travel along the Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences toward the Warsaw Ghetto. Stop at the inspiring Memorial that commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Walk through the cobbled streets of the Old Town to Market Square. View the Cathedral of St. John and the Royal Castle. Balance of the day is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace*. This former summer residence of the Polish kings was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan Sobieski III and is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Later in the afternoon, attend an optional Chopin concert, a highlight of the day. A piano recital of Chopin's most favorite works is performed in a stunning setting. Enjoy a glass of champagne during intermission. (Breakfast)

*Be advised that you might not be able to book this optional tour locally, due to limited ticket availability.

Optional: Wilanow Palace (PM)
Optional: Chopin Concert (PM)

DAY 4, Monday - Marienburg Castle, Drive to Gdansk
Today, travel north towards the Baltic Sea and enjoy the picturesque scenery. En route, stop in the town of Malbork, home to the imposing red brick Marienburg (Malbork) Castle, one of the largest Gothic castles in the world and a classic medieval fortress. It was founded in 1274 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order and is located on the bank of the river Nogat. Continue to Gdansk, Poland's principal seaport, renowned for its shipyards and industrial heritage. The city is the home of Solidarity, the worker's movement which started the breakaway of the country from the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Tonight after dinner, perhaps begin exploring the Old Town (Stare Miasto) with a leisurely stroll. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Tuesday - Gdansk City Tour
This morning, during the city tour, learn of Gdansk's trading past as one of the great ports of the Hanseatic League and discover the medieval town and its gabled buildings and city gates. See the Main City Hall, that now serves as a Museum of History, Neptune fountain and St. Mary's Church, the third largest brick church in the world. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore the city on your own and shop for high quality Baltic Amber items and souvenirs. This evening, perhaps join the optional tour to the fascinating Kashubia region to enjoy a traditional meal. (Breakfast)

Optional: Kashubia & Dinner (PM)

DAY 6, Wednesday - Visit Medieval Torun, Travel to Wroclaw
Depart Gdansk for enchanting Torun, located on the Vistula River, one of the “Seven Wonders of Poland.” Torun was founded by the Teutonic Knights and served as a trade centre for the Hanseatic League. The Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. During the guided tour, view the house where world-famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born. Continue your visit through the cobbled streets of the impressive Old Town (Starówka ). Don't forget to taste Torun's famous pierniki (gingerbread). Afterwards, travel to Wroclaw, a culturally diverse city, having absorbed Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian influences. This city with its turbulent history has been under occupation by many rulers, king and emperors. Today, Wroclaw flourishes with scenic waterways, attractive buildings, bridges and parks. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7, Thursday - City Tour of Wroclaw
This morning, begin your day with a visit to the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice*. This monumental cycloramic painting depicts the Battle of Raclawice, during the Kosciuszko Uprising, one of only a few preserved relics of a genre of 19th-century mass culture, and the oldest in Poland. Continue with a guided tour of the city, known for its Market Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Poland. In the evening, perhaps check out Piwnica Swidnicka, Wroclaw’s most famous beer cellar. (Breakfast)

DAY 8, Friday - Jasna Gora Monastery, Travel to Krakow
Depart Wroclaw and travel to Czestochowa, known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to visit the shrine as it is said to have miraculous powers. After the visit, continue to Krakow, a former residence of the Polish kings. Tonight, perhaps join the optional festive dinner with a show of traditional Polish entertainment. (Breakfast)

Optional: Polish Folklore Dinner (PM)

DAY 9, Saturday - Krakow City Tour & Auschwitz
Morning tour of medieval Krakow begins at the historic 16th century Wawel Royal Castle District. Continue to the former Jewish district, with its ancient synagogues and main square of the former ghetto. View the remaining walls of the ghetto and visit the Ghetto Heroes Square to view the Jewish Ghetto Memorial, called "The Lonely Chairs." Continue to the Old Town and to lively Market Square. Stop at stately St. Mary's Church with its tall brick tower overlooking the square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall where traders offer a variety of wares as their predecessors did many generations ago. This afternoon journey to the town of Oswiecim where the Nazis built Auschwitz, their largest concentration and death camp. The stories of those who were sent there, and who perished in this place, emphasize the scope of Hitler’s extermination efforts. After an introduction and historic film, the solemn visit includes a guided tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum. Stop at the former Birkenau Extermination Camp before returning to Krakow. (Breakfast)

DAY 10, Sunday - Full Day in Krakow
Today spend a full day at leisure in Krakow, or join the optional tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine (AM)

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Poland
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)


Map
All This Included
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Travel along Warsaw's famed Royal Route, with its historic monuments and residences
  • Visit Malbork Castle, one of the largest Gothic castles in the world
  • Discover the medieval town of Gdansk, with its gabled buildings and city gates
  • In Torun, view the house where world famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born
  • View the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice in Wroclaw, a monumental cycloramic painting
  • Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous network of concentration camps from World War II
  • Visit the 16th century Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow
  • In Krakow, tour the Jewish Quarter with its ancient synagogues and main square of the former ghetto

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Warsaw: InterContinental Hotel Warsaw
Gdansk: Hilton Gdansk or Radisson Blu
Wroclaw: Art Hotel
Krakow: Vienna House Andel's Cracow
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. There are two long drives from Warsaw to Gdansk and from Gdansk to Wroclaw, that are necessary to cover the territory. For your comfort, sightseeing stops will be made along the way. This is a Classic program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.