Experience Warsaw & Krakow
Poland is a country long steeped in tradition and history & beneath the gleaming surface of the 21st Century Republic lies a spirit firmly rooted in the humour, wit and kindness of its people. This spirit prevailed through World War II & the Eastern Bloc, and monuments dedicated to Poland’s remarkable survival can be seen everywhere.
Day 1 – Arrival in Warsaw (D)
Depart Dublin for your flight to Poland. Arrive in Warsaw & transfer to your hotel for check-in. Welcome dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 – Warsaw (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today will be a full-day sightseeing tour of Poland’s biggest city. Walking along the Royal Way you will see the most beautiful sites in the Old Town, including St. John’ s Cathedral and the Royal Castle once home to the Polish royal family and seat of the Polish parliament it now houses the Castle Museum. The castle was completely destroyed by German troops in the aftermath of the Warszawa Uprising, and its reconstruction was completed in 1974. The castle was at one time the official residence of Poland’s kings, and also housed the Polish Parliament. Although the building is a replica, many of its furnishings are originals.
In the afternoon tour the Warsaw Uprising Museum. The Museum was opened on the sixtieth anniversary of the Uprising. Housed in a former tram power station, it is a monument of industrial architecture from the early 20th century. The planned route presents the chronology of events and runs through a variety of themed rooms. Visitors move through a landscape from the past, walking along granite pavement among the ruins of the annihilated capital. At the heart of the Museum is a steel monument that passes through every floor of the building. The chronology of the Uprising is engraved upon the walls and the sound of a beating heart symbolises the life of Warsaw in 1944.
Evening at leisure.
Day 3 – Warsaw (B)
Following breakfast in your hotel, enjoy a full day tour of some of Warsaw’s most beautiful parks.
Lazienki (“Royal Baths Park”) – one of the most beautiful parks and former hunting ground, in the 18th Century it was turned into an English-style park with formal gardens, and a neoclassical Lazienki Palace was built on the park’ s lake. Other sites include the Orangery, Myslewicki Palace, the Observatory, Belvedere Palace and a Greek-style amphitheatre. One of its most important attractions is the Frederic Chopin Statue, where Chopin concerts are held every summer.
After Lazienki you will head for Wilanow Palace and Park. In the early 17th Century this Baroque palace and garden was turned into summer royal residence. After the war it became a museum with a rich collection of Polish portraits, original furniture and interior decor. Next to the Palace is the Poster Museum, the first of its kind in the world. The palace is surrounded by an English-style park and landscape gardens, just perfect for a break in your visit.
Evening at leisure.
Day 4 – Warsaw – Czestochowa – Krakow (B/L/D)
Following breakfast and check-out of your hotel, we will leave Warsaw and travel to Krakow with stop in Czestochowa. You will be offered a lunch in local restaurant followed by visit to Jasna Góra Monastery. This is a place of pilgrimage for thousands every year and the most important Marian shrine in Poland. The focal point is the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin with its miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. The Museum, Treasury and Arsenal are also well worth a visit. After the tour continue to Krakow. Check-in at hotel in Krakow for 4 nights. Dinner in hotel.
Day 5 – Krakow – Wieliczka Salt Mines (B/D)
In the morning we will take you on a sightseeing tour of the Old Town during which you will discover the beauty of magical Krakow. As you walk along the Royal Way you will observe how Polish culture was shaped over long centuries. You will marvel at the Market Square, the biggest of its kind in Europe, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University and Wawel Hill. At noon exactly you will hear the Krakow Hejnal (bugle call) played by a fireman trumpeter, who can be seen in a gothic window in the highest tower of St. Mary’s Church. On the other hand, from the tower of Wawel Cathedral, where you will be able to touch the largest bell in Poland, the Sigismund Bell, there is a wonderful view of the Old Town.
In the afternoon you will go to Wieliczka, the home of the world’s oldest continuously operating company. Salt has been mined in Wieliczka since the 13th Century. Your tour of the mine will pass through 20 chambers on three underground levels where you will see lakes, chapels with salt figurines, bas reliefs and chandeliers.
Dinner at hotel and overnight in Krakow.
Day 6 – Auschwitz-Birkenau & Kazimierz Jewish district (B/D)
Following breakfast in your hotel, depart for visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience one of the most important lessons of modern European history. The flower strewn Death Wall, national memorials, the railway line and ramp and the remains of hundreds of barracks, all this forms a moving testimony to the number of lost lives as a result of Nazi atrocities across occupied Europe.
In the afternoon return to Krakow for a tour of the Kazimierz Jewish district. From the 16th Century it became the main cultural centre of the Jewish community in Poland with its unique oriental atmosphere. Its soul perished during the traumatic events of World War II but many of the buildings, some still with Yiddish inscriptions, survived. Today the revival of Jewish life in Kazimierz is evident in the number of restored buildings and the fashionable cafes, restaurants and bars filled with tourists from all over the Word seeking to discover Jewish culture and heritage here.
Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Krakow.
Day 7 – Krakow (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Full day at leisure. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 8 – Depart (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Free time in Krakow in the morning and afternoon. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
- Flights with Ryanair from Dublin to Warsaw & Kraków to Dublin
- Professional tour manager & executive coach transfers
- 3 nights at the 4* Novotel Centrum in Warsaw with breakfast included
- 4 nights at the 4* Golden Tulip Centre in Krakow with breakfast included
- 4 dinners & 1 lunch
- Guided tour of Kraków Old Town & a visit to the Kazimierz Jewish district
- Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines
- Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
- Visit to Jasna Góra Monastery & its miraculous icon of Black Madonna
- Full day guided tour of Poland’s capital city, Warsaw, including the Royal Way, Royal Baths Park, Wilanów Palace and the Poster Museum
- Tour of the Warsaw Uprising Museum
- Free time for sightseeing, shopping and relaxing
- Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges
- Single room supplement €285pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
- Price includes 1 standard piece of hand luggage. Checked-in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel – prices may vary.
- Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
- Balance due 10 weeks before departure
- Optional insurance available from €36pp (terms & conditions apply)
- City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
- Flights, taxes, hotels, prices & itinerary subject to change
- Booking terms & conditions apply
|Airline||From / To||Flt. No.||Depart / Land||Approx. Flt. Time|
|Ryanair||Dublin / Warsaw Modlin||FR 8011||09:50 / 13:30||2h 40m|
|Ryanair||Krakow / Dublin||FR 1902||21:25 / 23:20||2h 55m|
All flight times are local and subject to change
Local Time in Warsaw
GMT is never adjusted backwards or forwards. Ireland is on GMT between mid-autumn & the beginning of spring. Daylight saving time (BST) is GMT+1.
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