Day 1 | Meet at the airport at 8am to board Ryanair flight to Wroclaw. On arrival, transfer to city center for an exploration of Wroclaw with a professional and knowledgeable guide. The tour will start off from the oldest part of the city – Ostrow Tumski, where the Cathedral of St John the Baptist is situated as the main landmark of Wroclaw. During the walk one can also look for gnomes, Polish Krasnale, one of Wroclaw’s most popular attractions. The tour ends with a stroll around the Market Square with an opportunity to experience the beauty of the late Gothic City Hall.
Day 2 | Breakfast followed by an excursion to Swidnica, home to the largest wooden baroque church in the world and famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – Church of Peace. This is one of the two surviving Protestant churches built after the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the so-called Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648). A short stop at the pretty Market Square with its famous Baroque plague column will be followed by a visit to Ksiaz to discover the late 13th century Gothic castle of Prince Bolko I. This castle was rebuilt in the mid-16th century. It is now the largest castle in Silesia and the third largest in Poland.
Day 3 | Breakfast and check out from hotel followed by transfer to Krakow. On the way the first stop will be in Oswiecim, a small Silesian town, known worldwide as Auschwitz. At the edge of the town there are three gruesome areas of the former Nazi death camps that now make up an impressive Holocaust Memorial and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This visit will include a stop at Auschwitz I and Birkenau, the second and less frequented extermination camp. Before arriving in Krakow, there will also be a stop to visit the Musuem of John Paul II in Wadowice.
Day 4 | A full day tour by a professional and knowledgeable guide to explore Krakow. The tour will explore Krakow Old Town, which was on UNESCO’s first list of World Heritage Sites in 1978, the Main Market Square which is the largest in Europe, the oldest shopping mall Sukiennice Cloth Hall and St Mary’s Church with a magnificent Gothic wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. Other points of attraction will include Wawel Hill with Royal Castle and its Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned and buried, and Kanoniczna and Grodzka Streets where the ancient Jagiellonian University areas are found. The afternoon will be dedicated to a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most outstanding attractions in Europe and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour of the mine leads through galleries and chambers located on three levels, from 64 to 135 meters below ground level, including the unique and splendidly adorned Chapel of the Blessed Kings.
Day 5 | This day will be dedicated to Ojcow Park – the smallest National Park in Poland and a land of natural beauty full of caves, unusual limestone cliffs, ravines and Jurassic rock formations such as the “Cracovian Gate” and “Club of Hercules”. There will also be a visit to a very well-preserved Renaissance Castle – Pieskowa Skala, situated among forests on a hill overlooking the picturesque Pradnik River valley. The castle is a branch of the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow. On returning to Krakow, the tour will stop at Kazimierz, one of Krakow’s flagship districts and important centre of cultural life of the city. These days this is the place to be for artists, interesting projects and delicious meals at fine restaurants.
Day 6 | Full day trip to Zakopane, the principal Polish mountain resort located at the foot of the majestic Tatra mountains (more than 2,000 metres above sea level). Time to admire the local wooden architecture before hopping into a cable car to Mt. Gubalowka, one of the most beautiful peaks in the Tatras, to view the dramatic scenery. During the day, there will be enough time for souvenir hunting along Krupowki Street in Zakopane, the central area full of local shops, restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
Day 7 | Depart from Krakow for transfer to Warsaw. On the way, stop to visit the famous Pauline Monastery of Jasna Góra in the city of Częstochowa. This is the most important Catholic shrine in Poland for the veneration of the Virgin Mary. The image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is one of Jasna Góra’s most precious treasures. Pilgrims arrive here throughout the year from around the world. Even for the non-religious, the monastery is an impressive display of Polish piety and patriotism. A tour led by a resident Pauline monk will explore the hidden secrets of the monastery.
Day 8 | A full-day tour of the city will cover the very best of Warsaw. This will include highlights such as the business district of Warsaw and the monumental Palace of Culture and Science towering above the tallest building in Poland. The historical Royal Route is paved with magnificent palaces, churches and monuments, including the Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, Basilica of the Holy Cross with Fryderyk Chopin’s heart and the Statue of Copernicus. The tour will include a stop by the Royal
Castle and a stroll through the Old Town which was carefully reconstructed after the World War II according to original plans (today listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). On Wednesdays, admission to the Royal Castle is free. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Lazienki Park, which was King Stanislaw August’s summer residence. This magical place offers classicist architecture symphonically blended with wonderful gardens, such as the Palace on the Water and the Amphitheatre.
Day 9 | Transfer to Gdansk, with a tour of Torun Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the way. This historical city is abundant in original Gothic structures that survived numerous wars and invasions, including a magnificent town hall, medieval fortification walls and the Polish “leaning tower of Pisa”. In the middle of the Old Town there is the Living Museum of Gingerbread, welcoming all those who want to learn about the tradition of baking gingerbreads in Torun, the history of the city and its medieval culture. The atmosphere is fantastic with a great deal of humour. Participants can also try baking gingerbread in one of the traditional wooden moulds themselves.
Day 10 | Full day tour of Gdansk. Gdansk’s past as the richest Polish port city has given it the present day status as a favourite tourist destination in Poland. Explore the marvellous Old Town of Gdansk including the Long Market Square with its Renaissance style burgher houses, the Main Town Hall, the wonderful Neptune Fountain and Artus Court, the meeting hall of merchants in the times of the Hanseatic League. Visit the Green Gate, the Golden Gate and the biggest redbrick church in Europe, St. Mary’s Church. Walk along Mariacka Street, famous for its charming terraces full of amber jewellery and finally stop at the famous Gdansk Shipyards, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement led by Lech Walesa. In the afternoon visit Oliwa, a district of Gdansk, to admire a beautiful 13th-century Cathedral famous for its impressively complex organ. After an organ concert, free time in Sopot, the most popular, and quaint yet sophisticated, Polish seaside resort.
Day 11 | Full day trip to the Slowinski National Park, located approximately 2 hours away from Gdansk. This national park was formed to preserve the beauty of the eco-system; the unchanged sea lakes, swamps, forests and especially the unique moving dunes. Under the influence of wind, the moving sand causes the dunes to “migrate” to the east at a speed of several meters a year, covering the forests nearby. On climbing to the top of the dune one can see a truly desert landscape, but also spot the blue colour of the Baltic Sea.
Day 12 | Visit Malbork Castle, beautifully situated by the Nogat river, one of the largest Gothic castles in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between 1309 and 1459, this was a seat of the mighty Order of Teutonic Knights. A guide will give a tour around the Palace of the Grand Master, the great refectory, the chapels and the armoury museum. Check out from hotel and transfer to the airport for flight from Gdansk to Malta departing at 5.15pm.
The order of the tour may change. We reserve the right to adjust the program depending on the epidemiological situation and sanitary restrictions.