Discover Poland - nature and historic sites - 10 days
Sightseeing and relax
During the course of this trip we will have the opportunity to interact with wonderful Polish nature in such beautiful and unique places as: Białowieski National Park, Tatry Mountains (featuring highest peaks in our country). We will also visit renowned horse farm in Janow Podlaski (purebred Arabian) and stroll on the holy trails in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. We will discover the Divine Mercy Sanctuary (Krakow-Łagiewniki), and visit several Unesco heritage sites in Poland: Old City in Warsaw and Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, pilgrimage park in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, historic wooden church in Debno, Wieliczka Salt Mine and genuine primeval forest in the northeast part of Poland. We will get a chance to relax in one of the most famous mountain resorts (Zakopane) and visit historic castles, manors and many other tourist attractions.
City tour of Warsaw includes the Old Town (UNESCO) - the oldest part of Warsaw and the heart of the area which it was established as early as in the 13th century. 90% of it was destroyed during World War II and since then it has been rebuilt completely. It is surrounded by the city walls and the Barbican also reconstructed after the World War II. The tour will take you from the Old Town along the Royal Route (the Royal Castle, the King Sigismund III Waza Column, the Presidential Palace, the University) to the Royal Łazienki Park (the Baths Park) which is one of the most beautiful palace-and-garden sites in Europe and the largest park in Warsaw. You will also visit the Palace of Science and Culture, an icon of communism, which has been the most controversial building in Warsaw for many years. Erected in 1955 as a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland it is still the highest building in Warsaw.
After breakfast we continue the Warsaw city tour. After lunch we depart to Białowieża.
Białowieski National Park Is the only remaining primeval forest in Europe. Many animals live here including wolf, beaver, badger and rare European bison and lynx. Our stroll will last about three hours and take us through some of the most pristine parts of the forest. We will have an official guide and have access to the European Bison Reserve.
Drive to Kazimierz Dolny - situated in the middle section of Vistula River, very picturesque town, which is especially familiar among artists. We will visit the historic granaries, main square, magnificent renaissance tenements, John the Baptist and Bartholomew Church, and castle with one of its towers which provides wonderful views.
Sandomierz – this city situated on a tall and broad escarpment of Vistula River boasts over 1000 years of history. We will visit the Main Square, Town Hall, middle-class tenements, Cathedral Basilica, Saint Michael and Saint Joseph church, and the Opatowska Gate which boasts wonderful views. If someone is interested there is a possibility to visit the underground tourist trail.
Baranów Sandomierski – renaissance castle, former magnate headquarters with renovated and accessible interiors (the building is surrounded by French Garden).
Drive to Krakow
Kraków - We visit Old Town with the most important monuments of Cracow: Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica, Florian's Gate, Barbican, Bishop's Palace, Jagiellonian University building, (one of the oldest in Europe), the Franciscan church, University Church of St. Anna and many other sights.
We visit the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and the Cathedral. It is the most historically and culturally in Poland. The castle was for centuries seat of Polish kings, now became one of the most visited museums. In the basement of the Wawel Cathedral are the Royal Tombs - resting place of kings, princes and national heroes.
Kazimierz - now a district of Krakow, is one of the most important tourist attractions, for many centuries it’s been a place of coexistence Jewish and Christian. We walk through the neighborhood, a remnant of the Jews living there are synagogues (Old, Remuh, High, Popper, Kupa, Isaac).
Auschwitz-Birkenau - tour of the biggest Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the place of extermination of about 1.5 million people from 28 countries including about 1 million Jews. The site is on the Unesco List.
You will visit Wadowice, the home town of K. Wojtyła, the former Pope John Paul II.
Tour of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, one of the most oustanding pilgrimage centers in Poland. (included on the Unesco List)
Wieliczka Salt Mine - a solid rock salt dug more than 2,000 chambers, many of them are beautifully decorated, the most impressive Chapel. Kingi. The tourist route is 3.5 km, and the visiting time 3 hours. Mine entered on the UNESCO list.
We visit the John Paul II Center "Be not afraid", richly decorated with mosaics by father Marko Rupnik and located next to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.
Departure to Zakopane.
On the way to Zakopane we visit the old wooden Gothic church from the fiftinhf century in Debno (UNESCO list).
Zakopane is a resort situated at the foot of the Tatras, the highest Polish mountains. Its landmark "Zakopane style”, harmonises perfectly with the sourrounding landscape.
We ride the cable car to Kasprowy, in case of bad weather funicular cable-lane Gubałówka. We visit the shrine of Our Lady Krzeptówki and Villa Koliba - Museum of the Zakopane Style. Back through the historic village Chochołów to Krakow.
We drive to Warsaw via the Eagles' Nests Trail (fortified castles constructed in medieval times by King Kazimierz Wielki). The first castle on our list is the renaissance castle in Pieskowa Skala. It is famous for natural rock formation a 20-meter tall named „Herkules Club”.
Next, we visit ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle, which are noted for its spectacular limestone rock formations.
Kielce – On the outskirts of the city we visit an interesting heritage park „Kieleckie Village Museum”. It is one of the largest museums of this kind in Poland. We will see historic cottages, inn, school and noble manor.