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Poland Discovery: Warsaw and Krakow

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,211

Enjoy an ideal introduction to Poland on this trip to Warsaw and Krakow. Head on private tours to learn about Poland’s fascinating history as you explore the Old Town and Royal Castle in Warsaw before visiting the medieval Market Square of Krakow and descending into the subterranean corridors of nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.


This 5-day Polish vacation introduces you to the cities of Warsaw and Krakow. It features first-class accommodations and private tours. 

Your journey begins in Warsaw, the Polish capital and a city rebuilt from the ashes of World War II. Spend the day in Warsaw learning about its architectural history and diverse cultural influences on a private city tour. Start at the Palace of Culture and Science, a brutalist building leftover from the days of Soviet control, and continue into the Old Town, which was painstakingly rebuilt to capture the glories of Poland’s medieval past. End your tour at the Royal Castle, where you’ll tour the former rooms of the King of Poland and learn about the Polish Constitution. 

From Warsaw, ride the train south to Krakow, Poland’s most popular tourist centre and a beautiful medieval city. That afternoon, head on a private tour of the old town to learn about its history and celebrated culture. Start in Market Square, one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, where you’ll see the Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Continue up Wawel Hill to explore Wawel Castle, which unites the city from a cliff overlooking the river below. The next day, head 25 minutes out of town to tour Wieliczka Salt Mine, which dates back to the 13th century and was the oldest operating salt mine in the world when it ceased production in 1996. Today, the salt mine is a massive subterranean tourist attraction, with cavernous hallways to explore. Admire the giant wooden pillars that hold up the mine and tour some of its most unique corridors, including an entire church sanctuary carved from the salt. 

At the end of your time in Krakow, head to the airport and connect to your next destination. 


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,211

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Day 1

Warsaw Airport to Warsaw Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Polonia Palace Hotel

Polonia Palace Hotel offers several accommodation options, which include a choice of rooms, suites and an exclusive English Apartment featuring a unique view of Warsaw and modern amenities.

Polonia Palace rooms are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. After a day of work or leisure in the Polish capital, treat yourself in the carefully designed and furnished rooms and suites of Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Polonia Palace Hotel

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    Polonia Palace Hotel



    Polonia Palace Hotel offers several accommodation options, which include a choice of rooms, suites and an exclusive English Apartment featuring a unique view of Warsaw and modern amenities. Polonia Palace rooms are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. After a day of work or …

    Polonia Palace Hotel offers several accommodation options, which include a choice of rooms, suites and an exclusive English Apartment featuring a unique view of Warsaw and modern amenities.

    Polonia Palace rooms are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. After a day of work or leisure in the Polish capital, treat yourself in the carefully designed and furnished rooms and suites of Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

City Tour with Royal Castle

Enjoy an enlightening, privately guided tour of Warsaw, Poland's capital and the country's commercial center. A city with a stormy history, it felt the touch of Napoleon who officially created the Duchy of Warsaw on his way to Moscow, lived through national uprisings and tsarist repressions, and barely survived the Second World War. All these events left their individual imprints on the city. This includes the towering Palace of Culture and Science, a Stalinist behemoth built by Soviet architect Lev Rudnev, and a stark reminder of Warsaw's days under communist rule. Today, it is occupied by rather more sociable institutions such as two museums, a university, four theatres, a multiplex cinema, and a swimming pool. The city's Old Town, dating back to the 13th century, was almost entirely destroyed during WWII but has been meticulously reconstructed and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here, everywhere you go, are evocations of Warsaw's tempestuous past, as much as its reconstruction. Without abandoning its past, today's Old Town has also ushered in an exciting new era. It's a bustling hub with cobblestone alleys and medieval buildings, at the heart of which is the Old Town Market Place, a busy square lined with burgher houses, boutiques, bars, and upscale Polish eateries. Nearby, St. John's Arch cathedral dates to the 14th century and hosts all kinds of concerts during the summer while next to the manicured gardens of the Royal Castle, there are now many restored contemporary apartment buildings. The city's contemporary, creative and even quirky side has, quite naturally, led to the development of trendy neighborhoods, of which Praga, across from the historic center on the other side of the Vistula is, probably, the most popular. On a more curious note, outside some of downtown's subway stations and next to pedestrian crossings, street-sellers have established a thriving business selling, guess what, doughnuts. Your private guide can elaborate on many of the historical and current topics. One of the most fascinating stories is how Varsovians, the name for residents of Warsaw, reconstructed their city. Partially this was done based on cityscapes by the Venetian painter Bernardo Belloto, the nephew of the more famous Canaletto. Belloto had been appointed a court painter to the King of Poland and created very accurate scenes of Warsaw's buildings and squares in 1768. Since 1984 they have been exhibited in the Royal Castle's Canaletto room, which you will visit during your tour. During today's sightseeing, you'll also see the famous site of a row of buildings, cut in half by the war, near the former ghetto and the Presidential Palace where the Warsaw Pact was signed in 1955. The drive along the Royal Route culminates with a visit of the Royal Castle, once the residence of the Polish kings, seat of the Senate and the place where the Polish Constitution was signed.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Warsaw Hotel to Warsaw Train Station

Duration10 Minutes

Krakow Train Station to Krakow Hotel

Duration15 Minutes

Queen Boutique Hotel

The Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place where tradition meets modern, in the heart of Krakow. The hotel has stylish, yet comfortable interiors for guests. The hotel offers 30 elegant and spacious rooms that have been designed for comfort, rest and relaxation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Queen Boutique Hotel

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    Queen Boutique Hotel



    The Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place where tradition meets modern, in the heart of Krakow. The hotel has stylish, yet comfortable interiors for guests. The hotel offers 30 elegant and spacious rooms that have been designed for comfort, rest and relaxation.

    The Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place where tradition meets modern, in the heart of Krakow. The hotel has stylish, yet comfortable interiors for guests. The hotel offers 30 elegant and spacious rooms that have been designed for comfort, rest and relaxation.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Available
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Porters
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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City Tour with Wawel Castle

Poland's former capital is, beyond question, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. On this privately guided tour, you'll experience many of its highlights after meeting your guide in the lobby of your hotel. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978, it is often compared to other medieval Central European cities but has always had a flair uniquely its own, combining a little bit of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. While avoiding the almost total destruction of Warsaw, it still suffered greatly during WWII and the post-war communist regime tried its best to eradicate the soul of the city which they considered middle-class and a hotbed for intellectuals. In the end, communist neglect protected it from modernity, allowing a revitalization effort which created a young city that regained its vibrant colors. Today's Krakowians are proud of their city, its heritage as well as its intellectual and artistic life, cultivating a wonderful nonchalance that some compare to an almost Viennese spirit.

On this half-day excursion, you'll start at the Market Square, one of the biggest in Europe, and a reminder of the power and wealth of medieval Krakow. With houses displaying Renaissance and Baroque facades, the famous Cloth Hall and oodles of pavement cafes, the Rynek, as it is known, is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Close by, it's the towering edifice of St. Mary's Cathedral - originally built in the early 13th Century - that awaits your visit. The exterior is impressive for sure, but the interior is, possibly, the most amazing you have ever seen. Virtually every square inch is ornately decorated, painted, carved, frescoed, or otherwise covered in the most fabulous colors imaginable, the piece de resistance being the 15th-century altar. Krakow's multicultural heritage and huge student population make it a vibrant city all year round, its Jagiellonian University, a research institution founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, is the second oldest university in Central Europe, and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world.

On your way to reach Wawel Hill, you'll pass the Planty, a vast leafy promenade that surrounds the historic center on the site of the city's old ramparts. Crowned by its royal castle and cathedral, Wawel is the crucible of Polish identity and a place that is highly symbolic since it was used for the coronation of kings. Built on the remains of a 10th-century settlement it features magnificent Renaissance interior spaces together with the famous Wawel Tapestries, considered by art historians to be a priceless and unparalleled collection of woven artworks. An important part of the historic structure is the Cathedral and you'll have a chance to see the Royal Chambers, the underground necropolis with tombs and sarcophagi, as well as the famous bell tower. The Royal Sigismund Bell is the largest of the five bells hanging in the Wawel Cathedral, named after its patron, Sigismund I, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, who commissioned it. It weighs 13 tons!

Finally, at the end of your tour, you'll come down to the Vistula River where you can admire the statue of a fearsome dragon from Polish folklore, not exactly well known around the world. Let your guide tell the story about Smok, the Wawel dragon.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Over one million people travel to the small town of Wieliczka, just 25 minutes outside Krakow, every year to, voluntarily, go underground. Well, just for a couple of hours. You can find out why during this tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Meet your English-speaking driver in the lobby of your hotel for the short, private transfer to the mine, however, please note that the actual tour of the mine is a shared experience led by a local Wieliczka guide. The mine is thought to have been operating since the 13th century, making it the oldest salt mine in the world that was still operating, until a few years ago. While commercial salt mining ended in 1996, small-scale mining of salt continued until 2007. Included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1978, it is an amazing experience. For over 700 years Polish miners hewed rock and hollowed out space, creating over the centuries a labyrinth that extends across 287 kilometers underneath the Polish countryside. That is, however, not the reason it attracts such huge numbers of visitors which, by the way, has included such notables as Nicolaus Copernicus, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Baden-Powell, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II and many others. Aside from mining salt, generations of miners also carved Baroque sculptures and entire chapels from the softly glowing walls of their subterranean workplace. The result is a fantastic underground world, full of cavernous spaces and winding passages, some of which are works of great intricacy, while others appear roughly hacked. Your journey begins with a descent down the Danilowicz Shaft to Level I of the mine. It is situated 64 meters underground, which means you'll have to walk down 380 stairs. The next levels lead you down even deeper, to a level of about 135 meters. Your tour includes the Tourist Route, located on the first three levels of the mine and the Museum Route, located entirely on Level III. Sightseeing of the 2-kilometer long Tourist Trail takes about 1.5 hours, while the Museum version is a slightly shorter 1.5 kilometers. Since you'll be walking something like 3.5 km and negotiate, altogether, 800 steps along the whole route, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Please remember too that it is quite cool in the mine (between 17 and 18 degrees Celsius) and you should consider taking warmer clothing even in summer. What unfolds in front of you, once you enter the mine, ranges from the fantastic to the enchanting. In parts, it's like a small town with a restaurant, post office, cinema, and theater hall. The miners slowly turned the mine from a dark cave into a majestic, royal location and by the 19th-century giant salt-crystal chandeliers illuminated the underground complex. Prepare to be dazzled by salt sculptures, tree bridges, crystal grottoes, chapels and altars, underground ponds and many more magic details along the way. On the Museum Route portion, highlights include the world's largest wooden mining machine, called the 'Polish' and several monumental and beautiful chambers, including the Maria Teresa Chamber. Leaving the mine is facilitated by a brief, but rapid, an ascent in an authentic miners' elevator. This is a fabulous excursion for reasonably fit travelers of all ages, including families.

Duration4 Hours
Day 5

Krakow Hotel to Krakow Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Warsaw
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Krakow
  • Private guided Warsaw city tour with visit to the Royal Castle
  • Private train station transfers in Warsaw and Krakow
  • Private guided Krakow city tour with visit to Wawel Castle
  • Private guided Wieliczka Salt Mine tour
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day One)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Rail tickets
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Entrance fees not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double shared accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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