Discover one of Europe’s best kept secrets
With rich culture, a dizzying blend of architectural styles and poignant history, Poland is perhaps one of Europe's best kept secrets. Discover Poland on a tour which showcases this evocative mix of past and present.
Your adventure begins today as you fly to the vibrant city of Warsaw, the capital of Poland since 1569. You transfer by coach to your hotel, the 4* Mercure Warszawa Centrum, where you have your first dinner as a group tonight.
Your exploration of Poland's dynamic capital begins this morning as you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour, introducing you to the cultural highlights of the city.
Your afternoon is free to explore Warsaw, a place where stylish glass structures and elegant Baroque mansions sit beside the Stalinist architecture of communist Poland; a juxtaposition of styles that tells a captivating story about the city's history. You could visit the Old Town with its cobbled streets, whimsically coloured buildings and excellent coffee shops. Amid the charming, historic streets you will find the grand St John's Cathedral, a striking architectural wonder which was reconstructed after World War II to reflect its original, 14th century appearance.
Day 3 is at leisure to explore Warsaw at your own pace. There are a wealth of fascinating museums to discover, including The Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, which provides visitors with a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the life and works of one of Europe's most famous composers, Frédéric Chopin. Among the displays are some of Chopin's letters and sheet music, as well as his last piano.
For a touch of tranquillity, you could venture to Łazienki Park, one of the most beautiful green spots in Warsaw. The centrepiece of the park is Łazienki Palace, or Palace on the Water, a resplendent white Neoclassical palace set on an island in the centre of a dazzling lake.
You journey to Krakow today, travelling on the high-speed Pendolino train, Poland's premium rail service. Your hotel here is the 4* Metropolis Design Hotel. You enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city on arrival, heading to the atmospheric Old Town to see St Mary's Basilica, one of the finest examples of Polish Gothic architecture. You also visit the 14th century royal Wawel Cathedral, a beautiful Renaissance chapel that has served as the coronation site of almost every Polish king and queen throughout history.
The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the magnificent Old Town, further discovering its charms. The historical centre of Krakow, the entire area boasts UNESCO World Heritage status and its medieval buildings, Gothic churches and opulent façades are a delight to discover. At the centre lies the Rynek Główny - Europe's largest market square and an incredible hub of cafés, shops and bustling activity. You enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.
Today's excursion takes you to Oswiecim, more commonly known by the German name of Auschwitz, for a moving tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum. This infamous former concentration camp now serves as a permanent memorial site, and a poignant reminder of the tragic loss of life here. After a guided tour of the original Auschwitz I camp you transfer to Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where the recognisable railway and platform stand to this day.
We appreciate that this excursion may not be for everyone, so you are free to spend a day at leisure in Krakow today if you choose.
Today you visit the UNESCO listed Wieliczka Salt Mine, for a guided tour of the fascinating, intricately carved underground chambers. Dating back to the 13th century, the mine is the oldest of its kind in Europe. Its labyrinthine tunnels and halls are uniquely beautiful, filled with incredible works of art including both historic and contemporary sculptures, painstakingly carved out of rock salt.
Travel by rail to lively Wroclaw this afternoon, where you check into your hotel, the 4* Novotel Wroclaw Centrum. Set on the banks of the attractive River Odra, Wroclaw has much to recommend it. Ancient cobbled streets, a sprawling network of rivers and canals, over 100 beautiful bridges and one of the largest Old Towns in the country come together to make a destination rich in history and charm.
Discover Wroclaw with a guided tour on Day 8, uncovering its unique architecture and thriving cultural centre. Your tour concludes with a spectacular boat cruise on the River Odra, seeing the colourful buildings and Gothic spires of Wroclaw from a unique perspective; a wonderfully scenic end to your Polish adventure.
Enjoy a second journey on the sleek Pendolino train to Warsaw. This afternoon, you connect with your flight to London, where your tour concludes.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Discover one of Europe’s best kept secrets