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Essential Poland Adventure

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 14 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6145

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Take in the astounding history of Warsaw, famed for its indestructibility, being a phoenix that has risen repeatedly from the ashes of war.
  • Discover the diversity and richness of Polish cuisine in the best, local restaurants in Warsaw with a gastronomic tour of the city.
  • Tour the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, obligatory for every citizen of the world visiting Poland.
  • Take an underground journey through the labyrinth of corridors, chambers and drifts of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow.
  • Admire breathtaking views of Tatra Mountains as well as get know the local folklore in Zakopane, the capital of Polish Mountains.
  • Learn how the famous Torun gingerbread is made in a Gingerbread baking workshop.
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Tour Overview

Spend two weeks checking off all of the must-see sites of the land of the Polans with Yampu Tours’ Essential Poland Adventure.

The tour begins with a sightseeing experience through Poland’s Capital, Warsaw with a guided tour through the old town and a full day of tasting the richness of Polish cuisine. The voyage then continues on to northern Poland to the city of Gdansk with stops at two grand castles that played a main role in the medieval history of Poland. Once in Gdansk, visitors will take a day to admire the city’s old town and its Hanseatic architecture a well as the Museum of the Second World War.

Moving onto the city of Torun, explorers will have a day to admire the great examples of medieval townhouses and gothic fortresses before learning how the famous Torun gingerbread is made in a Gingerbread baking workshop. After a sweet experience in Torun, the tour takes travelers to the Lower Silesia region for a visit to the charming towns of Swidnica and Ksiaz and a stay in Wroclaw to learn about its turbulent history and how it rose from the ashes of war and destruction.

Leaving Wroclaw for the city of Krakow, visitors will make an essential visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum for an unforgettable impression of the complex’s dark history during the second world war. After a humbling lesson from the museum, travelers will have a more lighthearted experience with a city tour of Krakow followed by a stimulating vodka tour of the city. While in Krakow, travelers will also visit nearby attractions including an adventure through the Wieliczka Salt Mine and a chance to admire breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains in Zakopane.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Single N/A £$10616 £$1295 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Overnight Flight to Poland

Overnight international flight to the capital of Poland, Warsaw.

Overnight international flight to the capital of Poland, Warsaw.

Day
2

Welcome to Warsaw!

Upon arrival to Warsaw, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your disposal. You can get some rest and prepare for the next day devoted to sightseeing in the city.

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is notable among Europe's capital cities not for its size, its age, or its beauty but for its indestructibility. It is a phoenix that has risen repeatedly from the ashes of war.

Upon arrival to Warsaw, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your disposal. You can get some rest and prepare for the next day devoted to sightseeing in the city.

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is notable among Europe's capital cities not for its size, its age, or its beauty but for its indestructibility. It is a phoenix that has risen repeatedly from the ashes of war.

Day
3

Private Warsaw City Tour

Today, you will be met at your hotel and start a sightseeing tour of Warsaw. The tour starts with a short walk around the Old Town. The area of the Old Town was completely destroyed during the Defensive War in 1939 and the Warsaw Uprising. Today, you can see it rebuilt: The Royal Castle, the townhouses and churches. Warsaw's Old Town is a living proof of the great efforts of its citizens to restore the beauty of their city.

Leaving the Old Town by the Royal Route, you will continue to the former Jewish ghetto to hear the world-famous story of Warsaw's Jews and see the sites of their heroic fight against Nazi Germans during the war. The last stop is the Lazienki Royal Park with its magnificent greenery, lakes, streams, animals and 18th century houses.

For the evening we propose a Chopin Piano Concert. You will have a unique chance to listen to the compositions of the most famous Polish Musician.
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Day
4

Group Warsaw Gastronomic Tour

Spend this morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, discover the diversity and richness of Polish cuisine in the best, local restaurants in Warsaw. Enjoy the company of your specialist "foodie" guide.

Spend this morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, discover the diversity and richness of Polish cuisine in the best, local restaurants in Warsaw. Enjoy the company of your specialist "foodie" guide.

Day
5

Malbork Castle Tour

Just after breakfast and checking out from your hotel, your driver will pick you up and you will head up to northern Poland. The first stop is the Malbork Castle (The transfer will last approx. 4 hours).

The Teutonic Castle in Malbork is the next destination of your tour. We bet you will be amazed at the greatness of the fortress. For years, the castle was the seat of the Teutonic Order, which played a main role in the medieval history of Poland. It is hard to imagine that such a structure even could be erected 500 years ago. Unforgettable discoveries lie within the High Castle and Middle Castle - both of them had served the political activity of Teutonic knights.

After the sightseeing you will have time for lunch. This afternoon, you will arrive to Gdansk where you are going to spend next 2 nights.
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Day
6

Private Walking Tour of Gdansk Old Town

Visit Gdansk, which boasts with historic buildings, medieval port and atmospheric restaurants! Deepen your knowledge about Gdansk with our professional and licensed guide who will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town.
You will walk along Dluga Street (the main street of the Old Town), guarded by huge stone gateways - Brama Wyzynna (Upland Gate) and the richly decorated Brama Zlota (Golden Gate).

Along the street you can admire unique examples of Hanseatic architecture of the townhouses which used to belong to rich merchants, as well as most characteristic site - Neptune's Fountain. Dluga Street is a part of the Royal Way, because it was used by Polish Kings to parade along its length while visiting the city. Finally, you cannot miss the biggest brick church in the world - St. Mary's Church, as it dominates the heart of the historic center of Gdansk.

After lunch we will visit the Museum of the Second World War.
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Day
7

Torun Sightseeing Tour

This morning, you will depart from Gdansk to Torun (The transfer will last up to 2 hours). Upon arrival to Torun, you will start your sightseeing tour with a private guide.

Torun is often seen as the city of Copernicus. The Polish astronomer was born here and where he spent the early years of his life. Apart from the townhouse where he was born, you can admire the city's gothic architecture: Torun has been established in 13th century and is home to great examples of medieval townhouses, as well as a gothic fortress and town hall.

After lunch, learn how the famous Torun gingerbread is made in a Gingerbread baking workshop.
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Day
8

Half Day Wroclaw Guided Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast and check out from your hotel in Torun your driver will take you to Wroclaw (The transfer will last approx. 4 hours). After arrival and check in to your hotel we propose a guided sightseeing of Wroclaw.

The history of Wroclaw was turbulent - throughout the ages it belonged to four different countries and its name was changed several times. After World War II, it had to be rebuilt from ruins, and has become one of the main tourist destinations of Poland. Its three must-sees are: The Old Town - with the marvelously restored Market Square at its center and its maze of cobbled streets, canals, bridges and church spires; Ostrow Tumski - the oldest part of the city, founded as a village in 9th century by a Slavic tribe, it now hosts a medieval Cathedral; and the Centennial Hall - an UNESCO Heritage Site.
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Day
9

Full Day Swidnica & Ksiaz Tour

The Lower Silesia region (where Wroclaw is located) is known from many interesting historical sites dating back to 17th century. As the region's history was very turbulent (it was ruled by Poland, Czechia, Austria, Prussia and Germany) you can see many different influences.

Today you will visit two charming towns: Swidnica and Ksiaz.

Swidnica is a small town with a very interesting Evangelical (Augsburg denomination) Church of Peace, which is the largest timber-framed religious building of its kind in Europe. This beautifully decorated church, similarly to the church in the town of Jawor, was built after the Thirty-years' war as a manifestation of a limited religious tolerance in the Catholic Habsburg monarchy. In 2001 these special churches were added to the UNESCO list.

Ksiaz Castle is the biggest, and one of the best-preserved castles in the Lower Silesia region. It's also the third biggest castle in Poland (you have seen the other two - in Warsaw and Malbork) This majestic residence, picturesquely located on a rocky promontory deep in the forest, was transformed into a bomb-proof bunker for Hitler during the war.
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Day
10

Auschwitz & Krakow Tour

After breakfast you will leave Wroclaw and head for Krakow. On the way you will stop in Oswiecim, the town where the Museum Auschwitz - Birkenau is located.
For the sightseeing you will join the guided tour with local, English-speaking guide (groups of max. 30 people).

Note: The sightseeing route is quite long and walking only.

Auschwitz tours are obligatory for every citizen of the world visiting Poland. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum - which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List - makes an unforgettable impression on every visitor. Every year, millions of visitors walk through the gate with the cynic motto "Arbeit macht frei", a German phrase meaning "Work sets you free". The camp was started by Nazis as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners.

In 1942, it became a focal point for the extermination of Jews. During a 5-year period, the Nazis killed 1,5 million people: Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and many other.

First, the guide will lead you through Konzentrationslager Auschwitz I, showing the surviving prison blocks, the gas chamber and the crematorium. The second part of your visit will cover the Auschwitz II Birkenau camp, where you can ascend the watchtower above the entrance gate to catch a view over the whole area of both concentration camps.

Today, most of the buildings house collections of original documents, as well as personal effects - or their remains - which are all that we have to remember the prisoners by. After the visit to the museum, you will continue to Krakow where you arrive in the afternoon.
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Day
11

Krakow Guided Sightseeing Tour with Group Vodka Experience

The first half of your day in Krakow will be devoted for the sightseeing of the Old Town with your private guide (The tour lasts 4 hours and is done on foot).
In case of any walking disabilities, please let us know earlier so that we are able to make necessary arrangements.

Krakow, "the city of living history" is the most popular tourist destination in Poland, and not without reason! The marvelous Old Town is what brings Krakow its fame, with its mysterious, narrow streets and countless treasures of medieval and renaissance architecture.

For those new to Krakow, we propose a walk around the city with a licensed guide. It is a perfect introduction to future in-depth Krakow expeditions. You will walk around the Main Market Square with its beautiful townhouses (where, at every hour you can listen to the Cracovian Anthem played from the tower of the St. Mary's Church) and admire the historical buildings. You cannot miss the St. Mary's Church, a gothic structure well-known for the wooden altar by Veit Stoss (there are over 200 sculptured characters).

You also cannot miss the Cloth Hall, a renaissance equivalent of a shopping mall, where traders still sell some original, hand-made souvenirs, regional products, etc. Then you will head for the historical buildings of the Jagiellonian University (one of the oldest in Europe). On your way to the Wawel Hill, the location of the Royal Castle, you will also visit Krakow's most beautiful churches: St. Peter's and Paul's Church, or St. Adalbertus Church.

Later this afternoon you will partake in a group vodka tour. Poland boasts of being one of the best manufacturers of vodka in the world. It is also a place which many imagine to be the country where people have a glass of vodka for breakfast, then one for lunch and another before going to bed.
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Day
12

Group Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Today you will be joining a guided group tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine for an underground journey through a labyrinth of corridors, chambers and drifts. The history of Wieliczka salt mine dates back to the 13th century, and the mine has still been producing salt until 2007. Today, it is the largest mining museum in the world, where you can admire the equipment and mining technologies even from the Middle Ages.

The tour begins with a descent down the stairs to the depth of 64 meters below sea-level (a lift can be used if necessary). The visitors are led through the numerous chambers, are shown underground lakes and caves and mine corridors lined with salt sculptures. The biggest attraction is the Chapel of St. Kinga - a place of worship carved from salt rock, in its entirety, by the miners. At the end of the tour, you will reach 135 meters below sea-level.

You will be back in Krakow in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is free or you can choose one of our extensions to your stay in Krakow.


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Day
13

Zakopane Tatra Mountains Tour

Enjoy a full day tour outside Krakow in Zakopane, the capital of Polish Mountains. You will have a chance to admire breathtaking views of Tatra Mountains as well as get know the local folklore.

Zakopane is a town of peculiar culture: a highlander town. You can admire the examples of their unique architectural style and the breathtaking mountain landscapes, as well as have a taste of the regional cuisine. The tour starts with a ride to the top of Gubalowka mountain by its famous cable car; the next step being the old cemetery in Peksowy Brzyzek and the Tatra Museum.

You cannot miss the opportunity to do some shopping on Krupowki Street and go for lunch in one of the restaurants serving typical, highlander cuisine. The last stop is the Chapel in Jaszczurowka with its amazing stained-glass windows.

Enjoy some free time after sightseeing for lunch and shopping.
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Day
14

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Warsaw, Poland

Gdańsk, Poland

Wrocław, Poland

Kraków, Poland

Places You'll See

  • Warsaw

    The capital of Poland, Warsaw suffered the most during the Second World War, witnessing the total destruction of its historical sites and the death of many inhabitants. After the war, it was reconstructed and today it is a vibrant, fast-developing European city. You cannot be bored here, there are many amazing museums to see (Warsaw Uprising Museum, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, National Museum, etc), restaurants with cuisine from all around the world, and a friendly atmosphere you need to feel.

  • Gdansk

    Located in the northern part of Poland, Gdansk is the city where the first shots of the war were taken, but also where the Solidarity movement was born, which led to the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. You can spend hours walking around the cozy streets of the main town and discovering how much this city has to offer. Last but not least, you can go to Sopot, just a stone’s throw away, and dip your feet in the waves of the Baltic Sea.

  • Torun

    Torun city is famous thanks to Mikołaj Kopernik, the astronomer who discovered that the Sun is in the center of the solar system, and the delicious gingerbread. Boasting Gothic architecture and a scenic location by the Vistula river, the Old Town is worth a visit.

  • Wroclaw

    Wrocław has been gaining more and more popularity in recent years, being named the European Capital of Culture. The turbulent history of Wrocław throughout centuries makes it very interesting to visit. What is more, the region of Lower Silesia where Wrocław is located has a lot to offer: from gold mines, through pottery factories, noble palaces, to mysterious former Nazi underground construction.

  • Krakow

    The most popular destination in Poland, Kraków is a city full of original, historical buildings, interesting museums, and an enchanting atmosphere. One can spend hours walking around the narrow streets of the Old Town, sitting and sipping coffee in one of the cozy cafes located in Kazimierz, or visiting one museum after another. While in Kraków, do not forget to see the Wieliczka Salt Mine (discovering the underground city of salt is a once-in-the-lifetime opportunity) or to pay a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Warsaw : Polonia Palace

Gdansk : Q Hotel Grand Cru

Torun : Hotel 1231

Wroclaw : Art Hotel

Krakow : Amber Design Hotel

Testimonials

Sally I.

Traveled October 2017

All we could have hoped for

We are having a wonderful time and our guides, especially Luis, have been delightful. Hiking the trail together was fantastic, all we could have hoped for.

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Michele

Traveled April, 2016

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I do look around initially when planning my holidays but each time Karolina offers the best customer care & arranges by far the best itineraries. Value for money is excellent & they keep in constant contact before during & afterwards to make sure everything is going well.

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Pauline

Traveled May, 2015

Everywhere we went, I felt well cared for and protected.

Thank you, Wendy, for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. Tom and I had a great time! Everywhere we went, I felt well cared for and protected. The guides were so knowledgeable and personable and patient. The hotels were each different and hospitable and accommodating. Your advice about the travel helpful.

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