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Historic Poland: A Journey through Warsaw & Krakow

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3825

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Visit the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw to hear the world-famous story of Warsaw's Jews and see the sites of their heroic fight against Nazi Germans during the war.
  • Walk the streets of Praga, the cultural and artistic heart of Warsaw with a visit to the newly open Polish Vodka Museum.
  • Witness Jasna Gora Monastery, the most important Catholic Sanctuary in Poland and home to the shrine of Black Madonna.
  • Tour the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, obligatory for every citizen of the world visiting Poland.
  • Discover the diversity and richness of Polish cuisine in the best, local restaurants in Warsaw with a gastronomic tour of the city.
  • Take an underground journey through the labyrinth of corridors, chambers and drifts of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow.
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Tour Overview

Step back in time with an in-depth experience of Historic Poland: A Journey through Warsaw & Krakow.

Starting in Poland’s capital, the tour begins with a sightseeing tour of Warsaw with a guided walk around the Old Town and the former Jewish ghetto. Here, visitors will have an understanding of Poland’s difficult history through the story of Warsaw’s Jews and the sites of their heroic fight against the Nazi Germans during the war. To lighten up the mood after a heavy yet important experience, visitors will then take part in a delicious gastronomic tour to discover the diversity and richness of Polish cuisine in the best, local restaurants in Warsaw. Visitors will then wrap up their time in Warsaw with a visit to the city’s hipster district of Praga for a visit to the newly open Polish Vodka Museum.

On the way to Krakow, the tour makes a stop at one of the most important Catholic sites in the country and the most significant pilgrimage destination in Poland, the Jasna Gora Monastery. Visitors will have a chance to visit the chapel, the oldest, gothic part of the whole complex that houses the shrine of Black Madonna. Once in Krakow, later that evening, travelers are invited to the Chopin Concert, an initial part of Polish cultural heritage. The next day, while in Krakow, the tour takes visitors through the old city with its mysterious, narrow streets and countless treasures of medieval and renaissance architecture. Since Poland boasts of being one of the best manufacturers of vodka in the world, the city tour comes to an end with a group vodka tour.

The final two days will be spent exploring important points of Poland’s history just outside of Krakow including a tour through Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. Auschwitz Museum is undoubtedly a must-see place for everyone who visits Poland. Together with their staff and guides, the museum creates a perfect background for this difficult history lesson before partaking in a group tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine. The final full day is then spent in Zakopane for a chance to admire breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains and to get know the local folklore.

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 £$7191 £$8500 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 and Gastronomic Experience

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.

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. ...read less

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4

Warsaw Praga Tour

Today, we will enjoy a tour of Praga, the fascinating wild side of Warsaw. With wounded walls bearing bullets from World War II, Virgin Mary statuettes in every courtyard, old factories and warehouses, this district used to have a bad reputation, but nowadays it is becoming the cultural and artistic heart of Warsaw. The highlight of this tour will be a visit to the newly open Polish Vodka Museum.

Today, we will enjoy a tour of Praga, the fascinating wild side of Warsaw. With wounded walls bearing bullets from World War II, Virgin Mary statuettes in every courtyard, old factories and warehouses, this district used to have a bad reputation, but nowadays it is becoming the cultural and artistic heart of Warsaw. The highlight of this tour will be a visit to the newly open Polish Vodka Museum.

Day
5

Jasna Gora Monastery Tour

After breakfast you will depart to Krakow. On the way we planned a stop for a sightseeing of Jasna Gora Monastery, the most important Catholic Sanctuary in Poland, which witnessed many important events from our history.

The shrine of Black Madonna is famous all over the world for its miraculous painting. It is the most important pilgrimage destination in Poland, and every August thousands of people arrive on foot, from all over Poland, to pay their respects to Our Lady. The history of the monastery dates back to 14th century, and the edifice is a great example of sacral architecture. The oldest, gothic part of the whole complex is the chapel, where the Holy Painting is located. The baroque basilica is also worth paying a visit to.

In the evening (19:30), we invite you for the Chopin Concert in Krakow. Chopin's music is a initial part of Polish cultural heritage. The venue is located in the Old Town, no transport is needed there
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Day
6

Krakow Guided Sightseeing Tour

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 on 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
7

Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Tour and Group Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Today, enjoy a full day tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Wieliczka Salt Mine. You will have a private driver & car at your disposal. At Auschwitz Memorial and Wieliczka Salt Mine you will join a guided tour with English-speaking guide.

Auschwitz Museum is undoubtedly a must-see place for everyone, a Non-definable icon of genocide and terror that humans did to humans. Nazi German extermination camp existed here between 1940 and 1945. Over 1,500,000 people were killed, mostly Jewish, but also Polish, Russian, Gypsy and others. Such memorials as wooden barracks, gas chambers, collection of shoes stolen from prisoners gives you a perfect opportunity to understand the anatomy of evil. What is really impressive is that the whole museum, together with their staff and guides, create a perfect background for this difficult history lesson. Expect to see both: Auschwitz forced labor camp as well as Birkenau extermination site. You will be assisted by a local, English-speaking guide.

After visiting the museum you will partake in a group tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Note: You will be joining the guided tour in a group of max. 30 people, with a local, English-speaking guide.

Please note that the sightseeing may be strenuous especially for the elderly or people with walking disabilities, there are many steps to do (around 800) mostly leading down. The way up is done with an elevator.

Take an underground journey through the labyrinth of corridors, chambers, and drifts. The history of the 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 then return to Krakow in the evening.
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Day
8

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
9

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

Kraków, Poland

Zakopane, 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.

  • 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.

  • Zakopane

    The capital of Polish folklore and highlander culture, Zakopane is located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, offering the best views on the highest peaks in Poland and a wide variety of regional attractions: music, dance and food.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Warsaw : Polonia Palace

Krakow : Amber Design Hotel

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