Grand tour of Poland

  • Date

    28 August – 09 September 2024

  • Price

    €2,100 per person

  • Visiting

    Gdansk, Malbork Castle, Elblag Canal, Torun, Lodz, Warsaw, Wilanow Palace, Wroclaw, Moszna Castle, Zakopane, Dunajec Gorge, Wadowice, Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau & Czestochowa

Wednesday 28 August | Meet at the airport at 8 a.m. to board our Wizzair flight to Warsaw, departing at 10.15 am.  On arrival, head for Gdansk but we shall first stop for a visit to Malbork Castle, beautifully situated by the Nogat river and 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.  After we transfer to our 3-star hotel in Gdansk (Focus Hotel or similar) for room check-in and overnight.

Thursday 29 August | After breakfast we offer a morning tour of Gdansk. The city’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 Gdańsk including the Long Market Square with its Renaissance style 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 (entr. extra). In the afternoon we shall visit the Elblag Canal, a unique inland waterway system. Enjoy a short cruise (extra) while admiring the fascinating world of water birds found on the Druzno Lake. Overnight in Gdansk.

Friday 30 August | Following breakfast and room check-out we shall head for Warsaw. We first visit Torun Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  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”. You may wish to visit the Living Museum of Gingerbread (extra). Upon arrival in Warsaw, check -in at the 3-star MDM Hotel (or similar). Evening at leisure and overnight.

Saturday 31 August | After breakfast join our half day tour of Warsaw. 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).  In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the centre of the city and you may wish to visit the Wilanow Palace & Park, a former royal palace (entr. extra). Overnight in our Warsaw hotel.

Sunday 01 September | Following breakfast and hotel check-out we depart for Wroclaw. We shall stop for a short visit in Lodz and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this city before continuing to Wroclaw followed by room check-in at the 3-star HP Park Plaza Hotel (or similar).

Monday 02 September | After breakfast join our excursion as we explore Wroclaw city center with a professional and knowledgeable guide.  We shall visit the oldest part of the city – Ostrow Tumski, where the Cathedral of St John the Baptist is situated as the main landmark of Wroclaw. The tour ends with a stroll around the Market Square with an opportunity to experience the beauty of the late Gothic City Hall.  After some free time, you may wish to visit the Centennial Hall (extra), built over 111 years ago and an outstanding example of early Modernism.  Return back to our hotel in Wroclaw in the late afternoon.

Tuesday 03 September | Early breakfast followed by room check-out as today we head to Zakopane with a stop at the fabulous Moszna Castle (entr. extra), with its 365 rooms and 99 towers and turrets. After enough time, we continue our drive towards Zakopane followed by check-in at our 3-star Wersal Hotel (or similar).

Wednesday 04 September | After breakfast join the tour-leader as you shall enjoy a morning guided tour of Zakopane while in the afternoon we shall go up the Gubalowka Mountain which offers commanding views of the Tatras and Zakopane (cable car extra) and enjoy a walk along the Koscieliska Valley. Overnight in Zakopane.

Thursday 05 September | Following breakfast and room check-out, we offer a wonderful optional morning as we enjoy a gentle river rafting trip. The Dunajec river flows through the Pieniny Mountains of southern Poland and forms part of the border between Poland and the northern part of Slovakia. Rafting through the Dunajec Gorge on the wooden rafting boat is perfectly safe and a leisurely activity for everyone, that takes place on traditional wooden rafts that have been in the operation in the area for centuries and were originally used for transportation of goods and people. Early afternoon transfer to our final hotel in Krakow. Evening at leisure in this beautiful city followed by overnight at the 3-star Wyspianski Hotel (or similar).

Friday 06 September | Breakfast followed by a morning tour to explore Krakow (incl an English speaking guide). 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 (entr. extra) with a magnificent gothic wooden altar.  Other points of attraction include Wawel Hill with Royal Castle and its Cathedral (entr. extra), 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 (incl), 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. Overnight in Krakow.

Saturday 07 September | Ater breakfast join our excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau on a sober visit to two of the most infamous concentration camps of World War II (entr. incl.). It is estimated that approximately 1,300,000 individuals perished in Auschwitz between 1942 and liberation in 1945 with almost 90 per cent of these being Jewish, a moving testimony to the number of lost lives as a result of Nazi atrocities across occupied Europe. Before returning to Krakow there will also be a stop to visit the Museum of John Paul II (entr. extra) in Wadowice. Later in the afternoon you may wish to visit the Rynek Underground museum (optional) located under the Market Square or just enjoy exploring this beautiful city.

Sunday 08 September | Breakfast followed by our excursion to visit Czestochowa for a visit to the famous Pauline Monastery of Jasna Góra (entr. incl). 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. We return to our hotel in Krakow in time for dinner (not incl) and overnight.

Monday 09 September | Early breakfast and check out from hotel followed by to the airport for our flight from Katowice to Malta departing at 12.30 pm. Arrival in Malta should be at 3.15p.m.

PRICE PER PERSON

Twin€2,100
Single€2,530

Prices include

  • Flights Malta to Warsaw & Katowice to Malta on Wizzair
  • 20 kgs checked-in baggage + small hand luggage
  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis for 12 nights in 3-star hotels
  • Services of a Maltese Tour leader
  • All Excursions & most entrances
  • Local guides in Gdansk, Torun, Warsaw, Lodz, Wroclaw, Zakopane, Krakow & Saltmines

Extras

  • Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included and needs to be taken out. Covered by the Insolvency Fund. Booking terms and conditions listed at the end of our brochure apply and are taken as being read and consented to. Please read them carefully before booking