A Thousand YearsPoland’s roots go back to the turn of the first millennium, leaving a thousand years of twists and turns and kings and castles to explore. WWII history buffs are well served. Tragically, Poland found itself in the middle of that epic fight, and monuments and museums dedicated to its battles – and to Poland’s remarkable survival – can be seen everywhere. There’s a growing appreciation, too, of the rich Jewish heritage. Beyond the deeply affecting Holocaust memorials, synagogues are being sensitively restored, and former Jewish centres such as Łódź and Lublin have heritage trails, so you can trace this history at your own pace.
Castles to Log CabinsThe former royal capital of Kraków is a living lab of architecture over the ages. Its nearly perfectly preserved Gothic core proudly wears overlays of Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau, a record of tastes that evolved over centuries. Fabulous medieval castles and evocative ruins dot hilltops around the country, and the fantastic red-brick fortresses of the Teutonic Knights stand proudly in the north along the Vistula. Simple but finely crafted wooden churches hide amid the Carpathian hills, and the ample skills of the highlanders are on display at the many skansens (open-air ethnographic museums).
Heart-Warming FoodIf you’re partial to good home cooking, the way your grandmother used to make it, you’ve come to the right place. Polish food is based largely on local ingredients like pork, cabbage, mushrooms, beetroot and onion, combined simply and honed to perfection. Regional specialties like duck, goose and trout keep things from getting dull. As for sweets, it’s hard to imagine a more accommodating destination. Cream cakes, apple strudel, pancakes, fruit-filled dumplings and a special mania for lody (ice cream) may have you skipping the main course and jumping straight to the main event.
Fresh-Air PursuitsAway from the big cities, much of Poland feels remote and unspoiled. While large swathes of the country are flat, the southern border is lined with a chain of low-lying but lovely mountains that invite days, if not weeks, of splendid solitude. Well-marked hiking paths criss-cross the country, taking you through dense forest, along broad rivers and through mountain passes. Much of the northeast is covered by interlinked lakes and waterways ideal for kayaking and canoeing – no experience necessary. Local outfitters are happy to set you up for a couple of hours or weeks.
- 7 overnights with breakfasts in hotels
- 6 x 3 course menu dinners in hotels
- 1 x 3 course menu dinner in the old town in Kraków
- Transfer airport- hotel- airport
- Bus during whole trip
- Swedish/Norwegian/English speaking tour leader
- Walking sightseeing in Gdansk till 3 h, without Entrances
- Walking sightseeing in Poznan till 3 h, without Entrances
- Walking sightseeing in Wroclaw till 3 h, without Entrances
- Walking sightseeing in Kraków till 4 h, without Entrances
- Walking sightseeing in Warszawa till 3 h, without Entrances
- Entrance and English Guide in Auschwitz Museum/ Oświęcim
- Entrance and English Guide in Salt Mine Museum/Wieliczka
- Vat tax and local fees
Transfer from the airport to the Hotel Mercure, dinner and overnight at Hotel Mercure in Gdańsk
After the breakfast walking sightseeing with a Guide in the Old Town, after lunch transfer to Poznań, dinner and overnight in Hotel Puro in Poznań
After the breakfast walking sightseeing with a Guide in Poznań, after lunch transfer to Wrocław and walking sightseeing in Wrocław, dinner and overnight in Hotel Novotel Center in Wrocław
After the breakfast transfer to Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Entrance and guiding in concentration camp Museum Auschwitz, transfer to Kraków, dinner and overnight in Hotel Andel’s by Vienna in Kraków
After the breakfast walking sightseeing with a Guide in Kraków, after lunch transfer to Wieliczka and visit in Salt Mine , dinner in the old town Kraków and overnight in Hotel Andel’s by Vienna in Kraków
After the breakfast transfer to Warszawa, late afternoon walking sightseeing in Warszawa, dinner and overnight in Hotel Golden Tulip in Warszawa
After the breakfast transfer to Gdańsk to the airport or overnight in Hotel in Gdańsk