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THE MANY FACES OF POLAND

August 20 & September 10, 2016

Included Features:
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Private air-conditioned motor coach
  • English speaking tour escort
  • Local guides
  • 13 nights at a First or Superior First Class hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 6 dinners, 2 coffee breaks; including special meals with entertainment as per detailed itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine, Oswiecim/Auschwitz, the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church in Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice in Wroclaw, Malbork Castle, and the Museum of Folk Architecture in Olsztynek
  • Chopin concert
  • Gubalowka Hill cable car ride
  • Oliwa Cathedral organ concert
  • Hotel charges and taxes
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
  • Comprehensive information folder
2016 Departure Dates & Prices:
Aug 20-Sep 2 & Sept 10-23 $ 2,235 per person, double occupancy
     
   
Single Supplement:           $ 545

*Please note:Prices are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate, and dates of travel.

Airfare can be provided upon request. Departure date will be one day prior.

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance which is available upon request.



Detailed Itinerary
 
DAY 1 - Friday USA - WARSAW
Optional:Depart on a regular scheduled flight from USA to Warsaw.
 
DAY 2 - Saturday WARSAW
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The afternoon is free. At 6:00pm in the evening, meet your guide/group and drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through the Old Town. A welcome dinner at a local restaurant will include typical Polish dishes and the famous vodka, "Zubrowka."
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DAY 3 - Sunday WARSAW
This morning, a half-day sightseeing tour includes the Old Town, with its impressive 300-room Royal Castle. You will lunch at a local restaurant and then continue your drive to the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto. You will see the National Opera House and Town Hall. You will also stop at the famous Warsaw café, to taste a typical pastry called “paczek”. This evening enjoy an unforgettable Chopin piano recital.
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DAY 4 - Monday WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ – KRAKOW
After breakfast you will be on your way to Krakow. In Czestochowa, you will visit the site of Jasna Gora and the Black Madonna, revered as Poland’s holiest icon. You will also be served lunch in a local restaurant. At Auschwitz, you will see the site of the concentration camp where millions lost their lives in the crematoria during the Holocaust.
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DAY 5 - Tuesday  KRAKOW
The morning’s sightseeing tour will feature the royal castle Wawel, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture, rare ancient artifacts, and monumental tapestries. You will also visit the Wawel Cathedral, famous for its giant bell and 18 chapels. Following a short break for coffee and cake at the renowned Krakow café, “Jama Michalika,” you will head to the Old Town, where you will see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz at St. Mary’s Basilica, and Cloth Hall, a central feature in the main market square. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight’s dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Old Town.
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DAY 6 - Wednesday KRAKOW – WIELICZKA – ZAKOPANE
Today you visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine for a tour of its chapels, grottoes, lakes and magnificent cathedral, all carved from rock salt. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will proceed to the picturesque resort town of Zakopane, situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont. One of the most beautiful places in Poland, Zakopane is a great spot for walking, hiking, and folk art shopping.
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DAY 7- Thursday ZAKOPANE
Your sightseeing tour of Zakopane includes a visit to the Jaszczurowka Chapel, built by the townspeople to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving Pope John Paul II after an attempt on his life. Admire breathtaking views of the Tatras peaks from the top of Gubalowka, and shop for Highlanders (Gorale) souvenirs. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a folklore show at a typical Highlanders’ Inn.
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DAY 8 - Friday ZAKOPANE – WADOWICE – WROCLAW
Today you will visit western Poland and the historic city of Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia. Known as "Venice of the North," Wroclaw is beautifully situated on the Odra River and is recognized as a gem of urban Gothic-Renaissance. En route, you will stop in Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). You will visit the house where John Paul II was born and grew up, and the basilica in which he was baptized. There is a plaque there that commemorates his baptism, as well as a stone font where he prayed during his first papal pilgrimage to Poland in 1979.
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DAY 9 - Saturday WROCLAW – RYDZYNA
After breakfast, you will see from an elevated central balcony, the Panorama Raclawicka, a single circular painting arranged along the interior walls of a rotunda. The picture represents the Battle of Raclawice, fought on April 4th, 1794, between the Polish insurrectionist army led by Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Russian troops. From here, you will continue your journey to Rydzyna for dinner and an overnight stay in the local castle.
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DAY 10 - Sunday RYDZYNA – POZNAN – TORUN
Head to Torun after a brief stop in the historic city of Poznan. Poznan’s roots date back to the early 9th century when the first ruler of Poland, Mieszko I, founded his church. The most interesting part of the city is Old Town with its famous Renaissance Town Hall, now a museum. Each noon above the Hall’s clock, two metal goats butt their horns 12 times. Today’s itinerary includes lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to Torun.
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DAY 11 - Monday TORUN – GDANSK
Enjoy a morning tour of Torun, birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and one of the most magnificent historic cities in all of Poland. Its Old Town has been added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and streets that recall Torun’s past glory. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, head to Gdansk and become acquainted with the city on a brief walk through its Old Town.
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DAY 12 - Tuesday GDANSK – GDYNIA – SOPOT
Today, you will tour Gdansk in depth. Starting at the Upland Gate, one of the city's main gates, you will see the Prison Tower and the Torture House, relics of 15th century Gothic defense walls. The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto Long Market, a magnificent street of grand mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades. It is here that the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. Next, you will see the Main Town, Artus Court - one of the most beautiful court buildings in all of Europe’s Hanseatic cities - and the tower of St. Mary's Basilica. You will then drive to Gdynia and visit Oliwa Cathedral, famous for its one-of-a-kind pipe organ. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Sopot, a fashionable seaside resort that is home to the oldest and longest wooden pier in Europe. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
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DAY 13 - Wednesday GDANSK – MALBORK – OLSZTYN
After breakfast, visit the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork. It is the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you continue to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is the Old Town, enclosed within fortified walls. In the evening, take part in an open-air picnic with folkloric entertainment in Gietrzwlad.
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DAY 14 - Thursday OLSZTYN – OLSZTYNEK – LOWICZ – WARSAW
Today you return to Warsaw after making a few stops along the way. First, visit the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, site of the Museum of Folk Architecture. It is one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe and contains many interesting examples of folk architecture and regional craftsmanship. In the afternoon, enjoy Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art. There 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 greeted with bread and salt, a typical Polish custom. Continue to Warsaw.
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DAY 15 - Friday WARSAW
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.
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