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Luxury Small Group Departures IW-005

Departure Dates 2021:

Warsaw | Krakow | Auschwitz | Wieliczka Salt Mines

April 10 – 17
May 15 – 22
September 11 – 18
October 16 – 23

What’s included:

  • Individual arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in boutique style upscale hotels as per itinerary
  • Service charges, tourist fees, and taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meals as described in program
  • All transfers as per program with a modern 19 passenger Sprinter, or similar luxury vehicle
  • Professional tour manager throughout
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary with licensed local guides, entrance fees inlcuded
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person in/out)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020-21

Expect more. Do more.

 

DAY 1
Saturday: Arrival in Warsaw

You will be welcomed at the airport by your English-speaking driver and transferred by car to your hotel. Enjoy leisure time to rest from the long trip. In the early evening, meet your tour manager and fellow travelers at the hotel lobby for a welcome event followed by dinner at a typical Polish restaurant. (D)

DAY 2
Sunday: Warsaw

Our day is dedicated to the discovery of Warsaw—Poland’s young and energetic capital city with an impressive, modern skyline. The city’s new section has astonishing contemporary architecture, designed by world renowned architects. Warsaw Old Town, entirely destroyed by the Nazis, has been carefully rebuilt to its former glory of medieval buildings, cobblestone alleys, burgher houses, and the lush gardens of the Royal Castle. It is now under the UNESCO World Heritage protection and a symbol of Polish pride and determination. Our exploration of Warsaw begins in Old Town. This mighty city comes to life through many stories from the past and present shared by our expert local guide, while we enjoy the fashionable avenues.

Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Warsaw at your own pace. (B)

DAY 3
Monday: Warsaw Countryside

Today we explore the Warsaw countryside. First, we visit Nieborów – Arkadia. The estate belonged to a Polish noble family, the Radzwills, who were deported during World War II to the labor camp Krasnogorsk in the Soviet Union. Later on, the property was proclaimed part of the Warsaw National Museum. Some descendants of the Radzwill family are still living today, in Poland and the US. We will be enchanted by the wonders of this property and its glorious gardens while we learn about the fate of this family. We continue to Lowicz for lunch in a typical Polish manor house whose owner only occasionally hosts very special guests like you, for a traditional home-cooked Polish meal. On our way back to Warsaw we stop to visit Brochow, a beautiful Gothic fortified church and the site of the famous composer Frederic Chopin’s baptism. Return to Warsaw in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

DAY 4
Tuesday: Warsaw | Krakow

Today is time for another adventure! Morning check out from our Warsaw hotel and transfer to the train station for a train to Krakow—the old capital representing all things Polish, fusing together tradition and modern times. Upon arrival in Krakow, we enjoy a walk to the Market Square to have coffee and cake in one of the oldest Krakow cafes with beautifully preserved 19th century decor. Here we soak up this typical European atmosphere, sit back, relax, and blend in with the locals who drink their coffee very slowly, enjoying every sip. Afterward, we check into our hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

DAY 5
Wednesday: Krakow

Get ready to be amazed by the beauty and history of this unique city. We will wander through the mysterious streets of the Old Town, one of the largest in Europe and a reminder of the power and wealth of medieval Krakow. Our expert guide will show us the hidden gems and tell us the secrets held in the walls and houses of this fascinating area. We will visit St. Mary’s church dating from 1221 with a precious Witt Stwosz altar, followed by the Collegium Maius with its fabulous Gothic arcades, one of the very few fully preserved university buildings in Europe—Jagiellonian University, Central Europe’s second oldest university, after that of Prague. Here, we have a unique chance to visit the room that holds the treasure of Chopin’s piano, not open to every group. Following this, you are free to enjoy Old Town and perhaps grab a bite to eat. We then continue our journey through Krakow’s history and heritage with a visit to the Wawel Royal Castle, the pride of Krakow, heart of the Polish nation and final resting place of many nobles and monarchs. We not only visit the main state rooms and admire the rich Flanders Tapestries collection, but also the private Royal apartments where we learn interesting facts about everyday life in the Polish Renaissance court. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Krakow at your own pace. (B)

DAY 6
Thursday: Krakow | Auschwitz | Krakow

Early this morning we leave the Royal city of Krakow and find our way to Oświęcim to visit the infamous, former Nazi camp. Auschwitz was one of the largest concentration camps built by Nazis to exterminate thousands of people. Today it is a Holocaust Museum and a Memorial to victims of fascism. The tour takes us to both parts of the Museum KL Auschwitz I and KL Auschwitz II Birkenau. It also includes a documentary film about the history of Auschwitz, showing the horror along with the liberation. During this visit we will see the flower-strewn Death Wall, the railway line and ramp, the remains of hundreds of barracks, all of which constitute a moving testimony to the number of lives lost through Nazi atrocities across occupied Europe. The museum provides one of the most memorable lessons of modern European history. We return to Krakow in the early afternoon hours, with the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

DAY 7
Friday: Wieliczka Salt Mines

Today we visit Europe’s oldest, still operating Wieliczka salt mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site offering a unique and unforgettable experience. Our expert guide takes us through the chambers and corridors decorated with sculptures and figures. We will see magnificent chapels, captivating underground lakes, original tools and equipment, as well as traces of mining that allow us to understand the human struggle against the elements, the miners’ work, their passions, and their beliefs. The Wieliczka miners have left behind many salt carvings and murals that tell us their stories. The visit starts with a spiraling walk down 360 steps to the level I (64 meters underground) and at level 3 (132 meters underground). To get back to the surface we take an original cage elevator, used by the miners since the beginning of the 20th century.

We return to Krakow for a free afternoon. In the evening, we will meet one last time and enjoy a farewell dinner in a very special historic restaurant in Old Town. We will enjoy the Polish dishes and enchanted atmosphere as tonight is the last evening of our magical tour. (B,D)

DAY 8
Saturday: Depart Krakow

You will be picked up by your English-speaking driver from our hotel and transferred to Krakow International Airport for your home-bound flight. (B)

Or, transfer to Prague to join our “Jewels of Central Europe” tour and stay with us another week to discover Prague, Vienna and Budapest!

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