Poland: Culture & Conflict
Warsaw / Krakow / Auschwitz / Gdansk
This package includes
✔ 6 nights’ accommodation in hotel on bed and breakfast basis
✔ Coach and guide as per itinerary
✔ Walking tour through the Old Town of Warsaw on Day 1
✔ Guided tour in Royal Castle on Day 1
✔ Visit of Lazienki Royal Park on Day 1
✔ Warsaw Uprising Museum on Day 1
✔ Polin Museum on Day 2
✔ Palace of Culture and Science on Day 2
✔ Neon Museum on Day 2
✔ Guided walking tour through Krakow Old Town on Day 3
✔ Visit of Wawel castle on Day 3
✔ Visit and guided tour of Auschwitz concentration camp on Day 4
✔ City cruise on a pirate boat to Westernplatte on Day 5
✔ Visit of St. Mary’s Basilica on Day 5
✔ Guided tour in the Museum of the second world war on Day 5
✔ Guided tour through Malbork Castle on Day 6
✔ Visit of Wiezna Glowna Tower on Day 6
Day 1 - Warsaw (Royal Castle, Lazienki Royal Park, The Warsaw upspring Museum)
Welcome to Warsaw. We will start our day by wandering the cobblestone lanes of Warsaw’s Old Town. We will start at the Old Town Market Square, which dates back to the 13th century. While walking through the old town, you can see how the city center was completely reconstructed, because the Second World War leaves almost 90% of the city in ruins. From the old town market square, we will walk to the castle square. In the Royal Castle, we will have a guided tour. This Castle is a copy of the original blown up by the Germans in WWII, began life as a wooden stronghold of the dukes of Mazovia in the 14th century. Today it is filled with period furniture and works of art. Now we will walk to the Lazienki Royal Park, Warsaw’s largest city park, which was established in the 17th century. On our way, we will pass the Presidential Palace, the luxurious Hotel Bristol and the University of Warsaw. In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour in the Warsaw Uprising Museum. During the tour, you will see a number of fascinating exhibits that detail the heroic, but ultimately unsuccessful, the Polish resistance movement against Nazi occupation. Check-in and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 - Warsaw (Polin Museum, Palace of Culture and Science, Neon Museum)
We will start the day with a guided tour of the Polin Museum. The museum exhibits tell the 1000-year-long story from how Jews came to live in Poland to what a typical 18th-century Jewish town was like to the horrors of the Jewish Ghetto and Holocaust. After the visit, we will walk through the neighborhood to see Poland’s only Jewish theatre, a pre-war synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery, monuments, historical sites and fragments of the 10-foot high wall that surrounded the Ghetto in the 1940s. After a lunch break, we will go to the Palace of Culture and Science, which is the highest building in Poland. The building has over 3,000 rooms on its 42 floors, which include offices, institution headquarters and the Polish Academy of Sciences. There are a post office, cinema, and swimming pool, as well as museums, libraries, and theatres. We will visit the observation deck on floor 30 where you have a fantastic view of the city. In the afternoon, we will visit the Neon Museum in Praga on the other side of the Vistula River. Praga used to be a separate town up until the 19th century. In the city, you will find a lot of street art and in the museum, you will see some of the cool neon signs that lit up the streets of Warsaw during the post-war communist era. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 - Krakow (Wawel castle)
We will start the day in Krakow`s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. In the morning, we will be following the royal route, which starts at the beautiful town square, called Matejko Square. We will go on to the Barbican Gate, the only preserved from eight medieval gates of Krakow. We will follow the St. Florian`s Street to get to the St Florian`s Gate. Next, we will cross the Main market place where we will have a guided tour in the Cloth Hall and after this, we will climb up the St. Mary`s Basilica Belltower to have a great view over the old town. While crossing the Grodzka Street with the Church of Saints Peter and Paul we will get to the Wawel Hill where the royal Tour ends. Now we will visit the Wawel castle and will see the staterooms were the formal, public rooms of the palace, in which monarchs received and entertained their subjects and visiting dignitaries. For the Royal Private Apartments, we will have a guided tour. In the end, we will go and see the lost Wawel. This exhibition combines an archaeological-archive culture reserve, displayed objects uncovers in archaeological excavations and scale models of buildings. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 - Out of Krakow (Visit Auschwitz)
Today we will spend the day outside of Krakow and will visit the Auschwitz concentration camp. This is one of the most well-known of the German concentration camps where over a million people were killed during the Nazi regime. Today, it serves as a memorial of the crimes committed against the Jews and other minorities during the war and post-war era – a place where you can better understand exactly what went on during those years. We will arrive by 10 o`clock and will have a six hours guided tour which is a specialist tour of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps, enhanced with selected national exhibitions, the so-called Central Sauna, and the ruins of gas chambers and crematoria IV and V. In the evening around 4 pm, we will drive back to Krakow. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5 - Gdansk
Gdansk is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. We will start the day with a city cruise on a pirate boat, which will bring us to the Westernplatte the place where the first shot of World War II was fired on 1 September 1939. The cruise takes about 30 minutes and comes with a commentary in English, German and Polish. Arriving at the Westernplatte we will visit the open-air museum. You can see lots of memorials, an ordinal bunker of the World war and you can learn a lot about the history of the Westerplatte. Back in the city center, we will visit the St. Mary’s Basilica, which has long been the most important religious symbol of the city. The church sustained heavy damage in World War II. Like most of Gdansk, most of what you’ll see at St. Mary’s Basilica is a painstaking reconstruction of the 15th-century original. Scale up the over 400 steps to the top of the church tower for fabulous views over Gdansk. In the afternoon we will go and have a guided tour in the Museum of the second world war to learn more about history. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 - Out of Gdnask (Malbork castle)
Only one hour with the coach is the Malbork Castle the largest (by surface area) castle in the world. Since its construction in the 13th century, the castle has been used as a fortress by the Teutonic Order, a Polish royal residence, a poorhouse by the Prussian army, was heavily destroyed during WWII and has since been entirely restored. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction in Poland. We will explore the castle with an audio guide. The tour will take 3, 5 hours and the guide is directing you with GPS so he /she always knows where you are. There are three parts of the castle, the lower castle, the middle castle and the high castle. The Lower Castle is mainly the entrance gate where you will get in. from there you will pass through a series of bridges and gates to enter the middle castle In the middle castle, you will see the Grand Master`s Palace, which is one of the grandest selections of the castle. You will walk through a series of medieval rooms that were used as the royal residence, dining halls, and meeting room. You will also see the Amber Collections and the West terrace. To enter to the high castle, you will walk across another bridge. The high castle is the oldest part of the castle. You will enter the high castle with the courtyard and will visit the Chapter room. The best view over the castle you will have from the Wiezna Glowna Tower, which is the last attraction you will visit. In the evening we will drive back to Gdansk. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7 – Departure
Say goodbye to Poland and travel back home.