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Day 1: Warsaw

Arrival to the Warsaw International Airport "Fryderyk Chopin". Transfer to the hotel with the help of an English-speaking assistant. This assistant will accompany the group until the return. Check-in.

-  Dinner on your own.

Overnight stay.

warsaw, airport, fryderyk chopin

Day 2: Warsaw

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast, we will visit Warsaw with the help of a local guide. We will have the chance to enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the terrace of the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture (entrance). During the morning, we will visit places linked to some of the most important episodes of Warsaw's history, as well as the most beautiful examples of the the city's architecture. A walk through the charming streets of the Old Town will follow, with its wonderful squares (Market Square and Castle Square with Sigismund's Column), the barbican and some magnificent churches. The interior of the Royal Castle will also be visited.

-  Lunch on your own.

After lunch we will set out to Wilanow, the stunning Summer residence of the Polish kings. We will visit the palace, enriched with art works and the enchanting park that surrounds it.
Return to the hotel.

-  Dinner on your own.

Overnight.

warsaw tours, guides

Day 3: Warsaw - Czestochowa - Cracow

- Breakfast in the hotel.

Check out.

We leave Warsaw in the early morning to Cracow. On the way, we will stop in the city of Czestochowa to visit the superb sanctuary of Jasna Gora. The sanctuary is one of the most important places for Christians and it is the main pilgrimage destination in the country. Its importance comes from the presence of a famous image of the Black Madonna. Many believe it to possess an extraordinary power that helps solving problems. Pope John Paul II, in his visits to Poland, conducted Masses in which thousands of pilgrims took part.

-  Lunch on your own in Czestochowa..

Arrival to Cracow. Check-in.

-  Dinner on your own.

Overnight.

warsaw, czestochowa, cracow, tour, black mary

Day 4: Cracow - Wieliczka Salt Mine

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast, we start the visit to Cracow. Cracow is one of the biggest cities in Poland, being as well on of the oldest. The ancient capital city has always been the cultural, scientific and artistic centre of the country. We will start our tour in the Old Town, surrounded by a park that was created in the place that used to be occupied by the city walls. We will enjoy the mood of the city as we walk through the marvellous streets of Cracow. We will visit the courtyard of Collegium Maius, the oldest part of the Jagiellonian University, until we reach the outstanding Market Square, one of the finest in Europe. We will have the chance to admire the interior of St Mary's Church (entrance), where a wooden retable of a great beauty, work of the renowned medieval artist Veit Stoss. A visit to the Cloth Hall will follow, with the charming little stores of handicrafts, and a look at the St Florian's Gate and the barbican. One of the most famous places in Cracow is the Wawel Hill, the residence of the Polish kings when the city was capital of Poland. Here, in the Cathedral, they were crowned; in the Castle they used to take the most important political decisions, fundamental for the development of Poland. Here lay the remains of some of the most important figures of the country: kings and national heroes. We will visit the Castle's courtyard and the Cathedral.

-  Lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, we will set out to Wieliczka, in order to visit the Salt Mine. Wieliczka is a city located 25 minutes away from Cracow, by bus. It became famous thanks to an unique salt mine, that is working since the 13th century. The three higher levels of the mine will be visited, going as deep as 135 metres. Inside the mine, one can see sculptures and chapels made of salt. The mine has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Return to Cracow.

-  Dinner on your own.

Overnight.

wroclaw, unesco, cracow

Day 5: Cracow - Zakopane

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure to Zakopane.

We head to the river harbour of the Dunajec River, where the rafting activity starts. It is a quiet descent, between hills and rocks covered in trees. It's a true experience of wild nature and quietness.

-  Lunch on your own.

We begin touring the city. The guide will show us the most important and interesting places in Zakopane. We will have the chance to admire houses and churches in the typical style of Zakopane, created in the late years of the 19th century by the Polish artist Witkiewicz. It is an architecture based on the folk traditions of the region, with elements of the secessionist style. We will visit as well the old cemetery Peksow Brzyzek, which exists since the 19th century and where only important persons, with relevance to the Tatras and Zakopane: artists, sportsmen, social activists and so on. The tombs are true works of art. We will then walk in a street where one can buy almost anything: local cheeses of sheep milk; colourful embroidered leather; wool sweaters and socks; even dogs of the local breed, the Tatra sheepdog.
We propose as well to take the funicular to the Gubalowka mountain, from where one can have a panoramic view of the Tatras.
Return to Cracow.

-  Dinner on your own.

Overnight.

wieliczka, cracow

Day 6: Cracow - Auschwitz - Wroclaw

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

Check out.

We departure by bus to Oswiecim (60km from Cracow), the city where the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum is located.
The concentration camp of Auschwitz is a group of concentration, work and extermination camps, constructed by the Nazis in Poland, 60km away from Cracow. It was the biggest Nazi extermination camp, where at least 1 200 000 prisioners were murdered, mostly Jewish. The site has been declared World Heritage Site in 1979. The museum displays objects of the prisioners, barracks, gas chambers and crematoria.
The group will be divided in smaller groups and each person will receive headphones to follow the explanations of the guide.

-  Lunch on your own.

Arrival to Wroclaw. Check-in.

-  Dinner in a local restaurant..

Overnight.

wroclaw, zakopane, restaurant

Day 7: Wroclaw

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

We will visit the stunning city of Wroclaw, the city of 100 brigdes. We will walk through the historical part of the city, with plenty of elegant houses from different times. We will see the famous Aula Leopoldina (entrance) of the University of Warsaw, an incredible example of baroque style and we will attend the exhibition of the gigantic painting Raclawice Panorama (entrance).

-  Lunch on your own.

Day at leisure in Wroclaw or boat tour (optional).

Boat tour (optional).

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon by taking a boat tour in the Odra river. It is a wonderful way to see the city from a different point of view, with its many delightful bridges and unique architecture.

-  Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight.

wroclaw, city, 100 bridges, university of warsaw

Day 8: Wroclaw - Poznan

- Breakfast in the hotel.

Check out.

Travel to Poznan in the morning, by bus.

Arrival to Poznan. Check-in.

-  Lunch on your own.

We will walk through the charming Old Town, taking time to admire the square of the old market with its famous City Hall of Renaissance style and its houses painted in extraordinary ways. We will as well visit the Ostrow Tumski island, with the Cathedral and the Parish Church (Fara).

-  Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight.

wroclaw, poznan. check, bus

Day 9: Poznan - Zelazowa Wola - Warsaw

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

Check out. Departure in the morning from Poznan, heading to Warsaw, with a stop in Zelazowa Wola.

-  Lunch on your own in Zelazowa Wola.

After lunch, we will visit Zelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Chopin, where we will visit the charming park and the house where the Chopin family used to live. On the way, we will still visit Brochow, a village where a 16th century church is located. It was in that church that Chopin was baptized and where his parents got married.

Arrival to Warsaw.

Check-in.

-  Dinner on your own.

Overnight.

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Day 10: Warsaw - United Kingdom

-  Breakfast in the hotel.

Check out.

Transfer to the airport. An assistant will help with all boarding issues.



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