An unforgettable tour to the central and southern part of Poland,
that includes:

11-day program based on our 10 year experience in organizing genealogy tours

10 towns to be visited: Warsaw – Łódź – Wrocław – Kraków – Oświęcim – Wadowice – Zakopane – Nowy Sącz – Gorlice – Łańcut – Rzeszów – Kraków

11 nights in in the most beautiful towns: Warsaw (2 nights), Wrocław (2 nights), Cracow (4 nights), Zakopane (1 night), Nowy Sącz        (1 night), Łańcut (1 night)

Dates: June & September 2021

Arrival: Warsaw
Departure: Cracow

Day 1

Welcome to Warsaw, Poland!

We meet you at the airport and transfer to a comfortable hotel.
After some rest, we invite you for an introductory walk around the Old Town of Warsaw which was destroyed in nearly 85% during WW2.  Carefully and beautifully rebuilt by the nation became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
That is where the traditional Polish welcome dinner will be provided.

Overnight: Warsaw, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 2

In the morning we visit the Royal Castle. Originally erected in the 14th century, it served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs until 1944 when it was completely destroyed by the Nazis. Rebuilt and reopened to the public in 1984.
We spend the afternoon at the largest park in Warsaw called ‘Łazienki’, originally designed in the 17th century for one of the noble families. Since 1918 it serves as a venue for music, art, and culture. The whole complex brings you back in time to the great history of the Polish Kingdom.

Overnight: Warsaw, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 3

Today we visit the Warsaw Rising Museum. A tribute to those who fought and died for the freedom of Poland and its capital in 1944. At the exhibition, we can feel the struggle of everyday life and the horror of occupation. On the way to the museum, we have a short bus tour around the area where Jewish Ghetto used to be.
After traditional Polish lunch, we head for Łódź. It used to be a small settlement that experienced extremely rapid growth in the 19th century. We spend a while admiring the unique, multicultural architecture of former factories, luxurious mansions of their owners,  and tenement houses.
Afterwards we drive to Wrocław for overnight.

Overnight: Wrocław, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 4

In the morning we visit the beautiful Old Town of Wrocław with the famous Market Square. We find out more about the history of the city and its role over the centuries. After lunch, we have a tour at the Ostrów Tumski, the oldest part of the city, an island between the branches of the Odra river. The first wooden church was built there already in the 10th century. Today this place is full of old buildings – churches, seminary buildings, and a cathedral where you can feel an exceptional atmosphere.

Overnight: Wrocław, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 5

After breakfast, we admire painting in Panorama Racławicka a monumental cycloramic masterpiece (15 × 114 meters) depicting the Battle of Racławice (April 4,  1794) during Kosciuszko uprising. We leave Wroclaw and drive for about 3 hours to Kraków. Later this day we have a walk around the biggest Market Square in Europe and we visit the museum dedicated to the beginnings of the city.  This exceptional place is located just underneath the Market Square.

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 6

We spend the whole day sightseeing the former capital of Poland.   Kraków is an outstanding example of mediaeval architecture.
We start at the gothic entrance gate (Barbakan) and follow so-called “Royal Route” that ends at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle – the seat and a place of coronation of Polish kings.
After lunch we walk to the Jewish district called Kazimierz. That part of the city owes its really unique character to over five hundred years of Jewish heritage.

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 7

In the morning, we have a bus trip to KL Auschwitz – the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers during WW2.
The rest of the day is more optimistic. On the way back to Krakow we stop in the town of Wadowice.  This place is especially famous for being the birthplace of the Polish Pope – John Paul II. We visit a museum of Karol Wojtyla organized in his family home. Before we leave this charming town we must try a famous Pope’s Cream Cake. 

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 8

Today we leave Krakow and travel further south. Our destination is Zakopane, a popular mountain resort also known as the winter capital of Poland. The town is located at the foot of the Tatra mountains. It has amazing climate created by the highlanders and the unique architecture style. There are many traditional, wooden houses typical for this region. At the main boardwalk, we can find great food to try in local cafes, restaurants, and bars accompanied by traditional folk music. From the nearby Gubalowka hill, we can admire the breathtaking panorama view of The Tatra mountain range.

Overnight: Zakopane, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 9

We continue the exploration of the Zakopane region. We take a horse carriage trip to the breathtaking mountain lake called Morskie Oko “Sea Eye” – located at the height of 1395 meters above the sea level, in Tatra National Park. The peaks that surround the lake rise about even 1,000 meters above its surface creating a splendid view.
When the trip is finished we have lunch served in the traditional highlander’s restaurant. Next, we leave Zakopane and move to Nowy Sącz, where we stay for the night.

Overnight: Nowy Sącz, 3* hotel

Day 10

In the suburbs of the city of Nowy Sącz, we visit an open-air museum where on almost 20 hectares you can admire nearly 100 original houses: both poor village cottages and the country estates. Most of them are over 200 or 300 years old.
Afternoon, we drive toward Łańcut – our destination for today. On the way, we have a break in Gorlice, a town where the kerosene lamp was invented by Ignacy Łukasiewicz. The area of Gorlice was one of the first places in the world where oil was extracted. We also pay a visit to the local museum of Oil.

Overnight: Łańcut, 3* or 4* hotel located near the castle.

Day 11

In the morning, let’s visit the Łańcut Castle. It is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland famous for its excellent interiors and an extraordinary collection of horse-drawn carriages. Next to the castle, we visit a rare surviving example of a Baroque synagogue .
For lunch we go to Rzeszów. Its original attraction is the Underground Tourist Route that leads up to 10 meters under the market square. By following the route  you can find the relics of medieval walls,  hidden passages and much more. Early evening we arrive in Krakow where our tour ends.

Overnight: Kraków, 3* or 4* hotel in the center of the city.

PRICE: $2.860 (USD) per person (land only), includes:

– Airport transfers in Warsaw and Cracow on arrival and departure day
– Comfortable air-conditioned transportation in a mini-bus
– English speaking tour leader throughout the itinerary
– 11 nights accomodation in TWIN or DBL room at 3- or 4-star hotels with buffet breakfasts
– 10 large Polish lunches & 1 welcome dinner
– All of the entrances to tourist attractions, and local guides, as specified in the itinerary
– Genealogical support before and during the whole trip
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $740 (USD)

THE ITINERARY DOES NOT COVER YOUR PLACES OF INTEREST?

No problem, 
– extend your stay and take advantage of our tailor-made heritage tours to visit the actual place your ancestors originated from,
– have us provide a private, customized itinerary based on the places you would like to visit.

 

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