Highlights of Poland - Classic Group

Highlights of Poland - Classic Group

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Highlights of Poland - Classic Group

10 Days Starting in Krakow and ending in Warsaw

Visiting: Kraków, Zakopane, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wrocław, Poznan, Gniezno, Toruń, Gdańsk, Malbork, Warsaw

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E975ZN19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

Plunge into an adventure across Poland as you shop for folklore fare in Krakow and sample traditional dumplings in Warsaw. A day of dedicated Krakow sightseeing kickstarts the vacation as your Local Expert guides you up to Wawel Royal Castle, and through Podgórze to Ghetto Square. In the cradle of the Polish nation, spoil yourself with the Poznan Choice to unveil the secrets of the local delicacy, the St Martin’s croissant, or uncover the history of the city on a walking tour with a Local Expert. Cross the heights of the Tatras Mountains for a Zakopane Dinner of delicious local dishes, accompanied by the soul rousing folklore entertainment of the Goral Highlanders.

Highlights

  • Poznan: Enjoy a tasting of St. Martin's croissant, a local delicacy and learn about how its recipe is protected by European Union law!

  • Kraków: During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches.

  • Kraków: Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

  • Zakopane: Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city. Spend free time shopping for local specialities in the markets of Krupówki Street or ascend a nearby mountain for panoramic views across the Tatras into Slovakia.

  • Auschwitz: Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert. See the Auschwitz memorial and museum and stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

  • Malbork: Visit the 13th century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order and the largest Gothic brick castle in the world.

  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.

  • Wroclaw: See the noble mansions and flower markets of the Plac Solny, absorb the Baroque splendour of Rynek and be introduced to Wroclaw's cheeky Gnomes as you explore with your Local Expert.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Kraków
Location: Kraków
Accommodation: Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Kraków.
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Transfers to your hotel depart Kraków airport at 12:30 and 15:00. Meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a walk around the Rynek Główny, Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches. Be sure to listen for the trumpeter's call! Later, enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: The Damsels And Dragons Of Kraków Relaxed Start
Location: Kraków
Accommodation: Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Kraków.
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, before exploring the city of Krakow, why not join an optional experience to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? After, ascend Wawel Hill to see the Renaissance castle with a Local Expert. Visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland and the former seat of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, later known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and then to Podgórze to see Ghetto Square.

Day 3: Across The High Tatra Mountains To Zakopane
Location: Kraków, Zakopane
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey into the Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city. Spend free time shopping for local specialties in the markets of Krupówki Street or ascend a nearby mountain for panoramic views across the Tatras into Slovakia. In the evening, enjoy a rousing Highlight Dinner, accompanied by Goral Highlander folklore entertainment at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Reflect On Auschwitz, Then On To Wrocław, The Venice Of Poland
Location: Zakopane, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wrocław
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travelling past the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, your first stop will be the city of Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz. With a local historian, experience a moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau. Travel along the Oder River to the city of Wrocław, known in Polish as Miasto Spotkań or the meeting place. During its long history, Wrocław has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Germany. With your Local Expert, see the brightly coloured facades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny. Take in the Baroque splendour of the Rynek, and be introduced to Wrocław's cheeky gnomes. This evening join your Travel Director for a Craft Beer at the Piwnica Świdnicka, the oldest restaurant/cellar in Poland, founded in 1273.

Day 5: Poznań, Cradle Of The Polish Nation Relaxed Start
Location: Wrocław, Poznan
Accommodation: Sheraton Poznan Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Continue on to Poznan where you will drive out to Ostrów Tumski, known as Cathedral Island. It's considered as the birthplace of Poland in the 10th century and is a fascinating place of legend, often overlooked by other visitors. Explore Poznan with Insight Choice. Choose to immerse yourself in the history of the city and enjoy a walking tour. Alternatively, learn the secrets behind the St. Martin’s croissant, a local delicacy, and enjoy a tasting.

Day 6: Toruń, The Gothic Glory On The Vistula And Gdańsk
Location: Poznan, Gniezno, Toruń, Gdańsk
Accommodation: Hilton Gdansk.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Stop at Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous winged bronze doors. Then continue to Toruń, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233 and birthplace of astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus. Join a Local Expert to discover this outstanding example of medieval architecture, now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time exploring at your own pace. Why not shop for traditional gingerbread? Follow the Vistula River north to magnificent Gdansk, Poland’s Baltic trading port with more than 1000 years of history. As evening descends, a dinner of Baltic specialities is highly recommended, followed by a walk through Gdańsk's illuminated historic district.

Day 7: The Baltic Belles Of Gdańsk Relaxed Start
Location: Gdańsk
Accommodation: Hilton Gdansk.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend the morning with a passionate Local Expert. Learn captivating and fun facts about the city and see the Westerplatte, the scene of the first fighting between Polish and German troops in 1939, and the Gdańsk Shipyards where Lech Wałęsa formed the anti-Soviet Solidarność in 1980. Continue through the medieval city, where buildings date back to the time of the Hanseatic League.Enjoy a free afternoon and perhaps choose to visit the elegant seaside town of Sopot?

Day 8: Malbork Castle And Warsaw
Location: Gdańsk, Malbork, Warsaw
Accommodation: The Westin Warsaw.
Meals Included: Breakfast

With a Local Expert, visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights on the banks of the Nogat River. The castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. Next, travel south to the capital of Warsaw. With the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps attend an evening concert of Poland’s best-loved composer, Frédéric Chopin?

Day 9: Exploring The Proud Polish Capital Of Warsaw Relaxed Start
Location: Warsaw
Accommodation: The Westin Warsaw.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

See the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park with a Local Expert. Visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, followed by a walk through Warsaw’s Old Town, entirely rebuilt since World War II. At your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cosy Warsaw restaurant.

Day 10: Depart Warsaw
Location: Warsaw
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your transfers will arrive at Warsaw airport at 07:30 and 10:00.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organizer, and friend overseas.

  • Luxury Transportation

    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and maintained to very high standards.

  • Enhanced Hygiene Protocols

    Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors, and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.

  • Hand Sanitizer

    Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

  • Luggage Handling

    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Hotel and Restaurant Tips

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Airport Transfers

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Dining Experience

    Dining Summary: 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 9 Breakfast (B)

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs of optional experiences are not included in the tour price.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, room service, and other personal items are not included.

  • Meals Not Specified

    Any meals not specified in the tour itinerary are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of transportation is used?

    The tour uses Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. The coaches are sanitized before the start of the tour and maintain high standards with physical distancing measures implemented.

  • Is there a choice of activities included?

    Yes, the tour includes a choice between two carefully selected activities.

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    Inclusions of the tour are a highly-skilled Travel Director, personal radio headsets for visits to famous highlights, baggage handling, included hotel and restaurant tips, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available), and transfers at scheduled times as per the itinerary start and end dates.

  • What are the accommodation options?

    Accommodation options include Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences in Zakopane, Radisson Blu Hotel in Wroclaw, Sheraton Poznan Hotel, Hilton Gdansk, and The Westin Warsaw.

  • What countries will be visited on this tour?

    The tour will visit Poland.

  • Are there any meals included?

    Yes, the tour includes 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) and 9 Breakfasts (B).

  • What are the highlights of the tour?

    The Highlights of Poland - Classic Group tour offers a variety of experiences including a choice between two carefully selected activities, a tasting of St. Martin's croissant in Poznan, luxurious coach travel with enhanced hygiene protocols, visits to Kraków's historic sites, an exploration of Auschwitz with a Local Expert, a visit to the 13th-century fortified monastery in Malbork, and dining experiences that include local specialties and wine. Additionally, the tour features stays in cities like Zakopane and Warsaw, and offers insights into local culture and history through expert guides.

  • What are the COVID-19 safety measures?

    The tour has implemented enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. This includes sanitization of the luxury coaches, training for Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors, and Drivers in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols, working only with establishments adhering to high well-being standards, availability of hand sanitizer onboard, and maintaining physical distancing measures.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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