UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Poland - 8 days
Visiting and relax
During this trip we will discover 8 historic World Heritage UNESCO sites: Historic downtown areas of Warsaw, Cracow and Toruń, former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Pilgrimage Park in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, historic wooden church in Dębno, Wieliczka Salt Mine and Millenium Hall in Wrocław. Walking mountain trails we will see highest peaks of Tatra Mountains and stroll through charming streets in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. We will discover the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Cracow – Łagiewniki. We will relax in Zakopane - one of the most famous Polish mountain resorts as well as visit historic castles, palaces 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 Lazienki 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.
Żelazowa Wola is one-hour-drive from Warsaw and is a most favourite destination of tourists and music lovers from Poland and abroad. It is Fryderyk Chopin’s birthplace which currently houses the composer’s museum and a park.
Transfer to Toruń - evening tour of the Old Town of Toruń. While walking in the Market you will be able to buy souvenirs e.g. the famous Toruń gingerbread.
Toruń, sightseeing - this historic medieval urban complex is one of the most beautiful and most valuable architectural sites in Europe (listed as UNESCO heritage site).
We visit such monuments like: Old Town Hall, and a Memorial House of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Leaning Tower, Granary, St. John's Cathedral (which from hangs Poland's largest medieval bell), Monastery Gate, St. Mary’s Church and the ruins of the Teutonic Knights Castle.
Transfer to Wrocław
Wroclaw is one of the most interesting cities in Poland. The walking tour starts with the Market Square and the beautiful Town Hall located in it, then we see St. Mary Magdalne and St. Elizabeth churches, the building of the University of Wroclaw. Next we cross Tumski Bridge in order to get to the Cathedral Island where we visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. During the tour we can came across Wroclaw dwarfs scattered all around the town (about 300).
In the evening we see the Centennial Hall, Japanese Garden and beautifully illuminated fountain at the Pergola square.
Transfer to Oświęcim.
Auschwitz - Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp during World War II and the place of death about 1.5 million people from 28 countries (including around 1 million Jews).
Wadowice - birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, better known as the pope John Paul II.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Poland.
Accomodation in Cracow.
Cracow. We visit the Old Town with the most important monuments of Cracow: Main 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).
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.
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.