Day 1: Warsaw
We start in the capital of Poland where you will witness the brightest and the darkest past events Poland will never forget. Let’s walk the streets mapped by the mightiest Polish kings, defended by the bravest Polish patriots. We will visit the Royal Castle, a few magnificant churches, and stroll around the Old Town to introduce you to the complicated Polish history. The Łazienki Park – the charming park and palace complex designed in 17th century is the perfect place to relax after the first day of your visit in Poland..
Day 2: Warsaw
Warsaw suffered a lot during the WWII and the 2nd day of your visit is dedicated to that terrible period in our history. The Warsaw Uprising Museum shows the heroism of our nation. One of the most visited exhibitions shows the struggle of everyday life under the German and also the post-war communist occupation. Close to the museum the remainings of the Jewish Ghetto Wall are still visable. The biggest ghetto in Europe is where Nazis gathered over 450.000 Polish Jews and extermineted them either on the spot or in the death camps.
Day 3: Warsaw, Gdańsk
There is no better way to begin the next day of your tour than a visit in the most wonderful baroque royal residence dated 1696 – the Wilanów Palace. A comfortable drive takes us to the north and one of the most significant cities named Gdańsk (Danzig). The heart of medieval Polish-German commerce, a piece of Scandinavia in Poland, a city with a complex record of Slavic-German relations, is also where communists faced the end of their era in Central Europe thanks to the Solidarność movement led by Lech Wałęsa.
Day 4: Gdańsk, Gdynia
We invite you to stroll along the Long Market and the Market Square, where Teutonic knights and Polish kings used to promenade and the largest medieval cargo crane in Europe was used for years. Our next destination is the Westerplatte peninsula where the very first battle of the WWII took place. Afterwords we go to Gdynia where the Emigration Museum presents the history of departures of the ancestors of over 20 million people of Polish origin living in the outside world.
Day 5: Malbork, Toruń
After waking up to the sound of waves, we drive south and stop in the fortress of the Teutonic knights in Malbork, the biggest brick castle in the world! Our next destination is a charming town of Toruń – a birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. The best preserved medieval town of Poland was built in the 13th century as a headquarter base for the conquest and evangelization of Prussia. The Old Town impresses with buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries including the House of Copernicus.
Day 6: Lednica, Poznań
Having eaten a traditional Toruń ginger bread we continue our tour and dive into the early Christian Poland ruled by a nation called the Piasts. The Museum of the First Piasts at Lednica is Poland’s only open-air musem of both archeological, ethnographical and natural character. Later, we go to the city of Poznań where the picturesque Market Square with the 16th century original town hall, and numerous landmarks depict an exquisite bouquet of the Western-Polish culture.
Day 7: Łódź, Częstochowa
In the morning we drive to the center of Poland – a city called Łódź to take a walk along one of the longest commercial thoroughfares in Europe – the Piotrkowska street. From there we move into the spiritual capital of Poland – Częstochowa. Millions of pilgrims come to the city each year to see the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Częstochowa (known also as Black Madonna) and to visit the monastery built in the XIV century called Jasna Góra.
Day 8: Kraków
Starting with the medival history of the cultural capital of Poland, we guide you literally under the skin of the modern city, to the Underground Museum of Kraków hidden almost 13feet under the pavement of the Market Square. Then we will see the St.Mary’s Basilica with its marvelous altar from the 15th century. We continue following the Royal Route that takes us straight into the Wawel Castle where Polish kings used to live and you will have an opportunity of seeing their Private Royal Apartments.
Day 9: Kraków
A morning cruise on the Vistula River is a perfect beginning of a new day full of various activities. One of them is a visit to a Jewish Quater called Kaziemierz that owes its really unique character to five hundred years of the Jewish tradition. Continuing the track of the Jewish history of Cracow we will visit the Schindler’s Factory presented in “The Schindler’s List” – the famous Spielberg’s movie. Our next destination is the Jewish Ghetto situated in the area of Podgórze.
Day 10: Oświęcim, Wadowice, Kraków
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps where over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives. The memorial and the museum were created in 1947 and over 44 million people have visited it since then. On our way back from Auschwitz we will visit Wadowice – home town of Pope John Paul II. The house he grew up in was converted into the museum and is open for visitors. Across the street you can have an original cream cake – the favourite Pope’s dessert he used to eat as a teenager.
Day 11: Zakopane
How about escaping from the big city after the tour? Zakopane – the most famous Polish mountain resort located nearby seems to be a perfect choice! Folk of the Tatra Mountains has its ancient traditions, characteristic cuisine, unique wooden architecture and a lot of picturesque views. One of them is the “Morskie Oko” lake located in the National Park of Tatry where we get by a horse carriage. After that day a bit of relax in the high standard SPA hotel in the heart of Zakopane is highly recommended.