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THE TREASURES OF POLAND
May 14, June 4, June 18, July 2, August 13,
August 27, September 10, September 24, & October 8, 2016



Included Features:
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Private air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking tour escort
  • Local guides
  • 10 nights at First or Superior First class hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 5 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 Copernicus Museum in Torun, Malbork Castle, and the Museum of Folk Architecture in Olsztynek
  • Chopin concert
  • Gubalowka Hill cable car ride
  • Dunajec River rafting trip
  • Oliwa Cathedral organ concert
  • Hotel charges and taxes
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
  • Comprehensive information folder
2016 Departure Dates & Prices:
May 14-24, Jun 4-14, Jun 18-28, Jul 2-12, Aug 13-23, Aug 27-Sept 6 Sept 10-20, Sept 24-Oct 4, or Oct 8-18 $1,815 per person, double occupancy
     
   
Single Supplement:           $ 440


*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 – ZAKOPANE
Leave Warsaw for Zakopane, a small mountain village situated in the valley between the Gubalowka and Giewont in the Tatra Mountains. En route, you will stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery, the Black Madonna Shrine and to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in picturesque Zakopane in the evening. It is Poland’s most famous resort area which became a fashionable artist’s retreat at the turn of the 20th century.
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DAY 5 - Tuesday  ZAKOPANE – KRAKOW
Your sightseeing tour of Zakopane includes a visit 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 the breathtaking views of the Tatras peaks from the top of Gubalowka, and shop for Highlanders (Gorale) souvenirs. Before you continue on to Krakow, you will take a spectacular rafting trip on the Dunajec River in Pieniny National Park. Tonight’s dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Krakow’s Old Town Market Square.
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DAY 6 - Wednesday KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ – 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. After lunch you will drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the city on your own and shop.
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DAY 7- Thursday KRAKOW – WIELICZKA – KRAKOW
This morning is free, after lunch on your own; you will proceed to the underground Wieliczka Salt Mine. Dinner, with a folkloric show, will be served at a local restaurant in Wieliczka before you return to Krakow.
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DAY 8 - Friday KRAKOW – LOWICZ – TORUN
After breakfast leave for Torun. On the way, you will have a stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for its folk art and colorful costumes. You will be invited to lunch at the home of a local family whose cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed in a traditional Polish manner where you will have time to talk about their day to day lives. Continue on to Torun where the rest of the day will be at your leisure.
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DAY 9 - Saturday TORUN – GDANSK
After breakfast you will leave for Gdansk with lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will have time for walking through the city.
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DAY 10 - Sunday GDANSK– MALBORK – GDANSK
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. On the way back you will pass by Mariack Street and its elegant boutiques. Continue to Malbrork to see the Teutonic Knights Castle, the largest brick building in Europe. Head back to Gdansk, where the rest of the day is for you to enjoy shopping.
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DAY 11 - Monday GDANSK– GDYNIA – SOPOT – OLIWA – WARSAW
After breakfast, drive to Gdynia, the youngest of the Tri-city complex which includes Sopot the famous and fashionable seaside resort and home of the longest and oldest wooden pier in Europe. You will visit Oliwa Cathedral famous for one of a kind pipe organ where you will enjoy a concert. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to Warsaw where a farewell dinner is planned for this evening.
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DAY 12 - Tuesday WARSAW
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.
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