Day 1 – Day 3

We start in Warsaw – you will witness the brightest and the darkest events Poland will never forget. We will walk the streets mapped by the mightiest Polish kings, defended by the bravest Polish patriots.

Overnight in Warsaw

Day 4

In the evening of day 3 we will travel to Gdansk, the heart of medieval Polish-German commerce, a piece of Scandinavia in Poland, a city with a complex record of Slavic-German relations, where communists have faced the end of their era in Central Europe. On day 4 we invite you for a stroll along the Long Market, where Teutonic knights and Polish kings used to promenade. Next we will explore the market square and examine the mechanism of the largest medieval cargo crane in Europe. After we finish the city tour we will take shelter from sun in the fortress of Teutonic knights, the biggest brick castle in the world! We will then commemorate the location of the very first battle of WWII on Westerplatte peninsula.

Overnight in Gdańsk

Day 5

Leaving behind main landmarks of Polish seaside we would move deeper inside the country to see a charming town of Toruń – a birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the best preserved medieval town of Poland. Feel the presence of angels descending upon you accompanied by a heavenly taste of Toruń cookies.

Overnight in Toruń

Day 6

In times when ancient gods vanished and Christiany brought new hope Poland was at the verge of unification and greatness. How did common people live in those days? There is a live exhibition in the open air museum in Lednica – together we will dive into the early Christian Poland.

The city of Poznań will welcome us in the afternoon. Picturesque market square and numerous landmarks of the city represent an exquisite bouquet of Western-Polish culture.

Overnight in Poznań

Day 7

Poland is considered to be the Italy of Eastern Europe when it comes to Catholicism and after we learn something about Polish history it’s the best time to meet the spiritual side of Poland and there is no better place in the whole country for such matter than Częstochowa. Millions of pilgrims come to the city each year to see the miraculous painting of Virgin Mary and to visit the monastery which was built in the XIV century. Joyful contemplation of sunset over Vistula river in Krakow will conclude the 7th day of our trip.

Overnight in Kraków

Day 8

As every organism has heart, each country has its cultural capital. The status of capital city was removed from Kraków in the XVI century and since then the city is regarded as the cultural capital of Poland. Just imagine it:

“you’re walking through the old city gate, down the narrow street, renaissance tenant houses to your right and to your left, your curiosity is dragged by the silhouette of two enormous church bell towers you see on the horizon. When you finally reach the Cathedral your breath is…taken – by view of the most spacious medieval market square in Europe! It feels as if time is frozen here, each cobble and each wall wants to tell a story, these monuments saw coronations and rebellions, merchants and generals from all over the world felt what you may feel now – the genuine amazement caused by vibrance of ages in the former capital. You walk slowly now, scaling your own footprint in the city record you mark your way down the main street, to the castle where the legend of dragon awaits you.”

We will guide you literally under the skin of the modern city, to the Underground Museum – the only one of its kind in Poland. Hidden almost 4 meters under the pavement of market square, there lies a fascinating archaeological park, where we can explore the secrets of the medieval Cracow.

Overnight in Cracow

Day 9

On the high hill on the bank of the Vistula River, originally a medieval castle called Wawel had been built. Three dynasties made their home at Wawel.  Today  Wawel is  an interesting museum with several exhibitions open  to the public permanenetly: The Royal Chambers – presenting the castle’s interiors, Flemish tapestry collection, royal portraits, Italian Renaissance furniture, old paintings collection of works by Cranach and Rubens.

After an excursion through spacious chambers and obscure tombs a good portion of fresh air and natural views would be recommended. A sightseeing cruise along Vistula river will perfectly serve to this purpose. We will see a number of convents, monasteies, Kościuszko Mound and many other landmarks on board of a cruising bark.

Overnight in Cracow

Day 10

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the concentration camp complexes created by the Nazi German regime and was the one which combined extermination with forced labour. Between the years 1942-1944 it became the main mass extermination camp where Jews were tortured and killed for their so-called racial origins. In addition to the mass murder of well over a million Jewish men, women and children tens of thousands of Polish people had lost their lives in the death camp.

On our way back from Auschwitz we will follow footsteps of Pope John Paul II with a visit to his home in the nearby town of Wadowice. There will be also opportunity to take a walk on the historical market square and stop by for a coffee and  a famous Pope’s cream cake.

Overnight in Cracow

Day 11

Kazimierz is an exceptional and unusual place,  with a lot of social, architectural, cultural and religious variety. It is a district of Krakow that owes its really unique character of  five hundred years of Jewish tradition. Many beautiful streets and alleys can be found here, as well as many historical monuments typical of Jewish culture (synagogues, cemeteries).

Continuing the track of Jewish history of Cracow we will explore Shindler’s Factory. The story of the factory is well known from the movie “Schindler’s list”.

Overnight in Cracow

Day 12

How about escaping the big city after the tour? The capital of Polish highlanders, Zakopane will give us a hearty welcome. Folk of Tatra Mountains has its ancient traditions and monuments, unique wooden architecture, characteristic cuisine, free spirit and proud temper – sky is not the limit for Gorals, it’s their place of birth.

Overnight in Cracow

Day 13

After going up high, in contrast we would like you to see the church built 300 feet underground. We will take you to the salt mine museum, a gigantic underground structure reminding a palace with its seven levels and more than 120 miles of sightseeing routes.

Overnight in Cracow

 Day 14

Travel  back home with a small part of Poland in your heart.