Southern Adventure in Poland
From Warsaw To Czestochowa, Zakopane, Krakow, Auschwitz, Wadowice, Lowicz. - 8 Nights
- Departing from:
- Czestochowa, Zakopane, Krakow, Auschwitz, Wadowice, Lowicz.
- 8 Nights
- This tour operates monthly from May to October. Contact our office for dates.
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Visit to the Warsaw Royal Castle – a former official residence of the Polish monarchs, today a historical and national monument with impressive interiors of collection of Canaletto paintings that show Warsaw in the 19th century;
See the Treasury Room at Jasna Gora Sanctuary, that has a large collection of precious gifts offered to the monastery throughout the ages;
Degustation of typical highlanders' menu and presentation of folklore dances and songs of the Zakopane region;
See the Royal Chambers in the Wawel Castle with impressive and most valuable collection of Flemish tapestries;
Home-hosted dinner served by the family of artists in their charming wooden cottage house set by the ruins of the former Lowicz Castle.
1. WARSAW Saturday
At 6:00PM, meet your guide and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through Old Town, and then join us for welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your meal will include typical Polish dishes and a famous Polish vodka, “Zubrowka”.
2. WARSAW Sunday
This morning, we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half-day sightseeing tour includes Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the Constitution of May 3rd was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution, after the US Constitution, in the world. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and see the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and most impressive of all the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom. Continue our tour with a drive to the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En route, you will see the building of the National Opera House and Town Hall.
Lunch to be enjoyed at a local restaurant.
Also during your tour of Warsaw we will invite you to the famous Warsaw chocolate factory “Wedel” to taste the delicious hot chocolate at the “ Wedel Old Fashioned Shop”.
This evening you will take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous compositions of our greatest composer, Frederic Chopin, at a two-part piano recital.
3. WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA – ZAKOPANE Monday
After breakfast, we leave for Zakopane – one of the most popular vacation resorts in the Tatra Mountains.
En route, we stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its miraculous icon. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the evening we arrive in Zakopane beautifully situated in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont. Once, a small mountain village, Zakopane became a fashionable artist’s retreat at the beginning of the 20th century.
4. ZAKOPANE Tuesday
In the morning, you will have a sightseeing tour of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture blends with the natural landscapes. Copied in other parts of Poland, it is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life. Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka* Mountain and shop for souvenirs of arts and crafts of the Highlanders (Gorale) in the local shops.
After lunch on your own you will have a free time.
Tonight’s dinner will be served at a typical Highlanders’ inn with a folkloric show.
5. ZAKOPANE – KRAKOW Wednesday
After breakfast, take a spectacular rafting trip on the Dunajec River* in Pieniny National Park.
In the afternoon, we leave for the medieval city of Krakow.
Dinner upon arrival at the hotel.
6. KRAKOW Thursday
The morning sightseeing tour will feature Wawel the Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries is matchless. You will also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and of St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. This 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt from 1520 ranks with the world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Walk to Old Town with its restored Main Square of magnificent houses and palaces. There, you will stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square is Cloth Hall built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century with many shopping stalls inside.
Following the tour have a short break for coffee and cake at the famous Krakow cafeteria.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Tonight’s dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Old Town.
7. KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ – WADOWICE – KRAKOW Friday
In the morning we leave for Auschwitz, the site of the former Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous death factory. Today, a Museum, it is a silent witness to human tragedy.
In the afternoon, we return to Krakow via Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will see the house where He was born and grew up. From the window of His bedroom He used to see a clock with the sign “Time flies, eternity awaits”. In the Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was baptized you can still see the special plaque that commemorates this fact as well as a stone font where the Pope prayed during His first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. From here, we return to Krakow.
Upon arrival, you will have free time.
8. KRAKOW – LOWICZ – WARSAW Saturday
This morning visit to Czartoryski Museum that presents most valuable art collection in Poland, and one of the most valuable in Europe. “The Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci or the “Landscape with the Good Samaritan” by Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as many other masterpieces of not only painting, but also sculpture, crafts, military, applied arts are presented in the renovated interiors of the museum. Time for lunch on your own and departure for Warsaw.
On the way, we will stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: especially noteworthy are the colourful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. You will be invited for a home-hosted dinner by a local family, whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed in a typical Polish way, with bread & salt, and enjoy your meal served by the young married couple in their lovely house. You will have time to talk about their day to day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden. After dinner, we continue your drive to Warsaw.
9. WARSAW Sunday
Buffet breakfast at the hotels ends your tour.
Selected class hotels, rooms with private facilities
English-speaking tour escort assistance
Obligatory local guides
Private air-conditioned motor coach/minibus/car
Meals as per itinerary:
breakfast daily – 3 x lunch served at the local restaurants – 4 x dinner (including one dinner with folkloric show in Zakopane and one home hosted in Lowicz)
Cake & coffee/tea at famous Warsaw caféteria
Cake & coffee/tea at famous Krakow caféteria
Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Warsaw – Royal Castle
- Czestochowa – Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine
- Zakopane – cable car to Gubalowka Hill and a rafting trip on the Dunajec River
- Krakow – Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, Czartoryski Museum
- Chopin concert
Hotel charges and taxes
INDICATION OF HOTELS:
3 nights at 5-star hotel in Warsaw
Sofitel Victoria or similar
2 nights at 4-star hotel in Zakopane
Radisson Blu or similar
3 nights at 4-star hotel in Krakow
Golden Tulip Kazimierz or similar