The Polish Dream Tour

From Warsaw to Warsaw

Visiting: Warsaw, Olsztynek, Gizycko, Gierłoż, Święta Lipka, Malbork, Nowe Kawkowo, Gdańsk, Torun, Gniezno, Poznań, Wrocław, Świdnica, Oswiecim, Zakopane, Sromowce Niżne, Szczawnica, Wieliczka, Kraków, Srebrna Góra, Częstochowa


Tour Operator: StayPoland

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Group size: 1 - 25

Age range: 12-80

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Let us take you for a unique, fully guided 16-day tour full of exploring the outstanding heritage, charm and lifestyle of Poland. You’ll see the top attractions in Poland: picturesque old towns of Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and other historic cities, majestic peaks of Tatra Mountains and natural treasures of Mazury Lakeland. Attractions include also sightseeing the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, visit to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, an underground walking tour in the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mine and an unforgettable raft trip on the Dunajec river.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Malbork Castle
Lavender Field
Dunajec River
Swidnica Church of Peace
Poznan

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Welcome day

Location: Warsaw

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sofitel Victoria

Meals: Dinner

Independent arrivals to Warsaw hotel. Evening: Meeting with your tour leader, personal travel expert and other travellers. After a short introduction, enjoy a hearty welcome dinner. Overnight in Warsaw.

icon Day 2 : Visit the capital of Poland

Location: Warsaw

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sofitel Victoria

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: We start the day with a tour covering the best of Warsaw. First, the colorful and charming Old Town, listed high on the UNESCO World Heritage List after reconstruction from the rubble of the war; the historical Jewish Ghetto area, where you can see some original fragments of the wall that separated Jews and Poles during the occupation. We will also take you to the Royal Lazienki Park, a magnificent palace and park complex, Warsaw’s most attractive green area. Afternoon: After free time for lunch, you will visit the ultra-modern, poignant Warsaw Uprising Museum which commemorates the uprising of 1944, the single most important event that has defined today’s Warsaw. Alternatively, you can choose to have free time to explore the city further. Evening: A classic Polish dinner in Warsaw Old Town. We will end the day with a private Chopin piano concert. With a glass of sparkling wine in your hand you will hear a selection of six to eight of Chopin’s masterpieces, such as études, mazurkas, polonaises, nocturnes, impromptus, préludes, and scherzos. Overnight in Warsaw.

icon Day 3 : Mazury - land of a thousand lakes

Location: Olsztynek, Gizycko

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: St. Bruno

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: After an early breakfast, we will like to take you to the Masurian Lake district, an area of outstanding natural beauty with almost 3,000 lovely lakes. At the mid-point of the trip, we will stop in Warmia region and visit Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, one of the eldest open-air museums in Poland. Afternoon: Arrival at Gizycko, an important holiday centre in the lakeland. Free time to discover this natural paradise and a fantastic little town. Places definitely worth seeing include the Boyen Fortress, the unusual swing bridge, a neo-classical Evangelical church, the Teutonic castle, several other churches and a number of places to sit back, relax and admire the charming views. Evening Dinner and overnight stay in Gizycko castle converted into an elegant hotel.

icon Day 4 : Wolf's Lair & Swieta Lipka

Location: Gierłoż, Święta Lipka, Gizycko

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: St. Bruno

Meals: Breakfast

Morning: Morning we will spend in the heart of Masurian forests where the brooding ruins of Hitler’s wartime headquarters are located. This was the place where Hitler spent almost 3 years (1941-44) commanding all the German army operations. The bunker was also the site of the famous assassination attempt in 1944, known from the film, ‘Valkyrie’. Afternoon: Near Mrągowo, on the edge of Lake Dejnowa, is Swieta Lipka, a beautiful and important pilgrimage shrine. This is a monument of exceptional value, listed as possibly the most magnificent object of the late baroque in Poland today. You cannot miss the pipe organ concert which is organised there! Evening: Free time. Second overnight stay in Gizycko.

icon Day 5 : Teutonic Castle and Lavender Fields

Location: Malbork, Nowe Kawkowo, Gdańsk

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hanza

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: After breakfast, we will board our coach and travel towards the Baltic Sea in the west. On the way, we will visit first a farm called the Lavender Fields which as the name suggests promises an unusual and fragrant experience as well as an insight into the everyday life of the region. Afternoon: Arrive at Malbork, the largest medieval castle in Europe! Built in the late 13th century as Marienburg, to serve as the residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights of the Teutonic Order. This imposing red-brick fortress consists in fact of three castles and is rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening: Check-in to one of the best hotels in Gdansk. Dinner and overnight.

icon Day 6 : Gdansk

Location: Gdańsk

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hanza

Meals: Breakfast

Morning: Gdansk is a historic and cultural centre with outstanding examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. During sightseeing, you will see the Old Town, St. Mary’s cathedral (the largest Gothic church in Poland!) dominating the town, the Neptune Fountain and the Artus Court. After we drive to Oliwa, one of Gdansk’s most attractive districts, with a large Cistercian monastery complex including the Oliwa Cathedral. The cathedral is home to a rare 18th-century pipe organ, one of the largest of its kind in the world. After an organ concert, you will have free time for lunch. Afternoon & evening: Free time. Overnight stay in Gdansk.

icon Day 7 : Leisure day in Gdansk

Location: Gdańsk

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hanza

Meals: Breakfast

Morning: You can either enjoy some free time in Gdansk or choose another recommended activity: - travel from Gdansk to Sopot and spend the day in the beautiful seaside resort, - visit the modernist port of Gdynia further to the north, - take a cruise in a replica of a galleon Gdansk – Westerplatte (site of the opening shots of the Second World War) – Gdansk. Evening: Free time. Overnight in Gdansk.

icon Day 8 : Torun – a Gothic heaven

Location: Torun

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 1231

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: After breakfast, we will depart from Gdansk and travel south to Torun. Torun is one of Poland’s most interesting and best-preserved historic cities. It’s easily covered on foot, full of delightful architectural surprises: a decorative frieze here, a stained-glass window there. We will get a taste of gingerbread, the most famous culinary product and see the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the great astronomer who stopped the Sun and moved the Earth. Evening: Dinner and overnight stay in Torun to get a feel why our guests call it one of the most pleasant and captivating destinations in Poland.

icon Day 9 : Gniezno & Poznan

Location: Gniezno, Poznań, Wrocław

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson BLU

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: On our way to Wroclaw we will make a stop in Gniezno, the first capital of Poland. Its 14th-century Gothic cathedral houses the tomb of Poland’s first patron saint and features a fascinating Romanesque bronze door. After visiting the cathedral, quick view of the city centre before further route. Afternoon: Nice stop in Poznan for a short city walk with a guide. Don’t forget to taste local sweet baking, St Martin Croissant! Afterwards transfer to Wroclaw. Evening: Dinner in a superb local restaurant. Overnight stay.

icon Day 10 : Wroclaw & The Church of Peace

Location: Wrocław, Świdnica

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson BLU

Meals: Breakfast

Morning: Wroclaw is yet another dream destination – the centre is a sheer pleasure to walk around and there is a lot to see and to do. Shortly after breakfast, we will take a short walk in Old Town with a local guide. The walk includes Cathedral Island with its narrow lanes, gas lamps and countless bridges. From there we head to the University district to admire the historic academic headquarters of the city’s main college. We will also stroll through the old butchers’ lane with its quaint shops on our way to the magnificent main square, the heart of the city, where locals and visitors enjoy themselves in one of the many beer gardens. Afternoon: You are welcome on a complimentary trip to Swidnica, a small town located one hour from Wrocław. Swidnica is home to the enormous wooden Church of Peace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built to commemorate the end of the Thirty Years’ War, it is the largest wooden church in Europe; and – what’s more – it was built in less than a year (1656-57) without the use of a single nail! Evening: Free time and overnight in Wrocław.

icon Day 11 : Auschwitz-Birkenau

Location: Oswiecim, Zakopane

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Belvedere

Meals: Breakfast

Morning: Journey east and a change in atmosphere, towards our saddest stop at one of the most poignant places on earth. Built in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest German concentration camp complex with two areas covering in total 40 sq km. Now it’s a museum, Holocaust Memorial and the National Museum of Martyrdom. It’s a place of reflection on European history and conflict. Afternoon: After lunch, we continue south to Zakopane, the main and picture-perfect resort of the Tatra Mountains. Evening: Free time and overnight in Zakopane.

icon Day 12 : Zakopane & Polish mountains

Location: Zakopane

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Belvedere

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: Zakopane is a gateway to one of Poland’s greatest natural treasures, the beautiful High Tatras alpine mountain chain. We will take a walk through this small town. You will have an opportunity to take a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Gubalowka Hill, one of the most beautiful peaks in the Tatras boasting the best view of the whole mountain range. Afternoon: Free time for strolling and buying some souvenirs along Krupowki Street. Evening: We take a horse carriage ride to one of the best local restaurants. Experience the highlander show with musicians and dancers to get a taste of the lively folk customs, the local dishes and the strong “highlander tea”. Overnight in Zakopane.

icon Day 13 : Dunajec Raft Trip & Wieliczka Salt Mine

Location: Sromowce Niżne, Szczawnica, Wieliczka, Kraków

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amber Design

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: We start the day with a very gentle raft ride on the Dunajec River winding through the extremely beautiful Pieniny gorges. The two-hour excursion, which covers about 15 km, beginning in Sromowce and ending in Szczawnica, is an unforgettable experience. Afternoon: On the way to Krakow we will visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mine – a labyrinth of corridors, splendid halls and a chapel hewn in rock salt more than 100 meters under the ground. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage sight, this is Poland’s most unique and fun historic monument. Evening: Dinner and overnight in Krakow.

icon Day 15 : Wine & leisure

Location: Kraków, Srebrna Góra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amber Design

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning: We will visit the Underground Museum located beneath Krakow’s main square to explore the medieval history of the city. Afternoon: Free time or the chance to visit a Polish winery! On the outskirts of Krakow, on the grounds of a beautiful monastery is a picturesque vineyard; an opportunity to taste Polish wine in a beautiful setting overlooking the Vistula River. Evening: We invite you to a delicious dinner in an excellent local restaurant with a special opportunity to learn how to prepare our national dish – “pierogi” ( filled dumplings). Last overnight in Krakow.

icon Day 16 : Black Madonna & return to Warsaw

Location: Częstochowa, Warsaw

Meals: Breakfast

Morning: The last highlight of our tour – Czestochowa. This is the most important Catholic shrine in Poland for the veneration of the Virgin Mary. Pilgrims arrive here throughout the year from around the world. Even for the non-religious, the monastery is an impressive display of Polish piety and patriotism. We will see not only the famous Black Madonna but also the monastery premises in a tour, led by a resident Pauline monk. Afternoon & evening: Arrival in Warsaw at approximately 6 pm and drop-off possibility at: the Chopin Airport, Hotel Novotel Airport, Hotel Airport Okecie and Hotel Sofitel Warsaw.

What's Included

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    transport with air-conditioned high-class coach

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    entrance to private Chopin piano concert

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    raft trip on Dunajec River

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    Accommodation

    hotel accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels as described or similar

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    lavender workshop in Warmia region

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    horse carriage ride and highlander show in Zakopane

    raft trip on Dunajec River

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    24 diversified meals, including breakfasts and nine three-course dinners

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    Fully Guided

    professional English-speaking escort guide during the tour

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    city tours of Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Poznan, Wroclaw, Zakopane with licensed guides

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    Entrance Fees

    entrance tickets to the listed objects: Warsaw Uprising Museum, Etnographic Park in Olsztynek, ruins of Hitler’s wartime headquarters, Malbork Castle, Oliwa Cathedral, Gniezno Cathedral, Church of Peace in Swidnica, Auschwitz-Birkenau, funicular railway to the top of Gubalowka Hill, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Old Synagogue and St. Mary Church in Krakow, the Underground Museum located beneath Krakow’s main square, monastery in Czestochowa

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    tasting in Polish winery on the outskirts of Krakow

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Local Taxes

    local taxes in Gdansk and Zakopane

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    tour organization and travel documents

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Entrance Fees

    cruise in Gdansk – 12 EUR extra per person

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

    airport transfers paid extra - 28 Euro per private car

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    Drinks with Meals

    drinks are paid extra on the spot

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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Reviews

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Super!
Everything exceeded our expectations: the tour, our tour guide Christopher (who was wonderful), accommodations, and your beautiful country. Everything exceeded our expectations: the tour, our tour guide Christopher (who was wonderful), accommodations, and your beautiful country.

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Marti

30-Oct-2019

Good with a small exceptional
The guide Alec was exceptional & professional. The driver was very good too but the coach was dated and the seating space too small for comfort. The big negative was ....more The guide Alec was exceptional & professional.

The driver was very good too but the coach was dated and the seating space too small for comfort.

The big negative was the Amber Hotel you should seriously consider dropping this as it is not a 3 star let alone a 4 star hotel.

If I recommend your excellent tour to any of my friends I would warn them that this Hotel is the only disappointment of the tour; ....less
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John

05-Oct-2019

Nice holiday
Guide was very professional and skilled. Driver was very nice , but didnt speak english. Some hotels (in Zakopane and Torun) wasnt great (small beds, no air con in Zakopana . ....more Guide was very professional and skilled.

Driver was very nice , but didnt speak english.

Some hotels (in Zakopane and Torun) wasnt great (small beds, no air con in Zakopana .

And most dinners was more of the same.

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But we saw a lot and the city guides were great and most hotels were good.

So we had a very nice holiday; ....less
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Günther

03-Sep-2019

Amazing tour
Exceeded my expectations! Amazing tour. Couldn't fault any part of it. Tour guide and driver were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Standard of hotels, meals, etc. was excellent. Exceeded my expectations! Amazing tour.

Couldn't fault any part of it.

Tour guide and driver were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

Standard of hotels, meals, etc.

was excellent.

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Zofia

11-Oct-2019

One of the best in my life!
I thought this tour was one of the best that I've taken and I've visited over 90 countries. Itinerary was great, Kasia was a fantastic guide who took care of ....more I thought this tour was one of the best that I've taken and I've visited over 90 countries.

Itinerary was great, Kasia was a fantastic guide who took care of our needs and most importantly made sure that the group stayed together during local tour walks.

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the way she conveyed Poland history was impressive.

All local guides where great except Salt Mine tour where we were rushed.

Suggestion - some members of the tour had difficulty walking later in the day or from hotel to restaurant (Wroclaw and Zakopane).

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at additional cost, have golf cart like transport available.

Great tour in all respects.

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you can use me as a refernce!!; ....less
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Tom

19-Oct-2018

Good choice
The tour was well led by the tour leader. The one and only complaint I have was there was a lady on the tour that was not mobile. She had ....more The tour was well led by the tour leader.

The one and only complaint I have was there was a lady on the tour that was not mobile.

She had a wheelchair, a knee resting scooter, a pair of crutches, and a cane.

She used a bus seat to store all these items taking a seat from another tourist.

I feel she should have been asked to leave the tour as she was not able to walk and also not able to see a lot of the sights.

I have never been on a tour that allowed a handicapped person to travel - normally the instructions remind each traveler that if they are not mobile they should not travel on that tour.

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Marjorie

17-Jul-2019

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