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POLAND 2022 
The Soul of Poland
Itinerary 
TOUR MAP 

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DATES & COST 

June 4 - 14, 2022
11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour starts in Warsaw and ends in Krakow

$4,520 per person/double occupancy
$1,360 optional single supplement
$340 additional nights, single or double room (includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 

This tour may be combined with:
the optional Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial Tour (post-tour extension) (June 14 - 15, 2022)
or
the London and the English Countryside tour to United Kingdom (May 25 - June 2, 2022)
or
the Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast tour to Croatia (May 24 - June 2, 2022)
or
the Cool Switzerland 1 tour (June 15 - 25, 2022)
or
the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 1 tour to United Kingdom (June 16 - 26, 2022)


TWO SPACES LEFT - SINGLE OR SHARED

This tour starts at 2:00PM on SaturdayJune 4, 2022 in Warsaw.
Your flight should arrive no later than 12 noon.

Day 1: Warsaw's Old Town  

On your arrival in Warsaw, a Sights and Soul Travels' representative will meet you at the airport at your flight arrival time for your private transfer to the stylish Hotel Bristol in Warsaw's New Town. After checking into the hotel and some rest, we'll meet the rest of the group in the afternoon for an introductory guided walk of Warsaw's Old Town. We'll visit the Barbican, the Castle Square, St. John's Cathedral, the Royal Castle, the Old Town Market Square and the Warsaw City Museum, where we'll watch a short movie about the city's reconstruction. In the evening, we'll relax over the welcome dinner, in an elegant restaurant in Warsaw's Old Town, as we get to know each other and enjoy an informal discussion about Warsaw's history and present.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Day 2: Warsaw Rising 44 Museum - Lazienki Palace on the Water - Chopin Concert  

In the morning, we'll visit the Warsaw Rising 44 Museum, honoring the tragic heroism of the people of Warsaw in resistance to the Nazi occupiers during World War II. Then, we'll continue to the baroque masterpiece of the Lazienki Palace on the Water, the former summer home of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski and the Lazienki Gardens, once a hunting ground of the Ujazdow Castle. We'll stroll through the beautifully kept gardens, enjoy an elegant lunch inside the palace, and we'll top the experience with a Chopin's music concert held in the Rose Garden (weather permitting) and featuring some of the world's finest Chopin pianists. The evening today will be free to enjoy the city according to your personal interests.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Day 3: Jewish Warsaw  

After breakfast, we'll set out to further explore the city of Warsaw and its history. We'll start with a guided tour of the remains of the pre-war Jewish life in Warsaw and the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto which will allow us to gain first-hand insights into the most tragic period in Warsaw's history: the years of German occupation during WWII. After lunch, we'll continue to the city's newest museum: the Polin Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, a fascinating journey through the many centuries of Jewish influence on Polish culture, history, cuisine and mindset. This is a truly memorable, transformative and thought-provoking experience that will stay with you for a long time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Day 4: Wilanow Palace and Palace of Science and Culture  

Today, we'll venture outside of the city and visit the royal palace of Wilanow (Villa Nova) which offers a priceless testimony to the splendor of Poland and is one of the most important monuments to Polish culture. After a guided tour of the palace and the gardens which will focus on the symbolism of the palace architecture, we'll return to the city, stopping in its very center to ascend to the top of the controversial Palace of Science and Culture (a gift from Stalin) for a panoramic view of the city and reflection on our experience of Warsaw. In the evening, we'll celebrate our time in Warsaw with dinner at one of its gourmet restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Day 5: Flight to Krakow and Krakow's Old Town 

In the morning, we'll leave Warsaw and take a short flight to Krakow, Poland's most celebrated city, where we'll arrive before noon. We'll be able to get some rest, before we meet in the afternoon for an introductory walk through the Old Town, including St. Mary's Church with its medieval sculptures and the famous Veit Stoss High Gothic altar and St. Francis' Basilica with the Art Nouveau stained glass. The walk will culminate at the Main Market Square, where we'll enjoy an atmospheric dinner in one of the most romantic spots in the city. During dinner, we'll enjoy an informal discussion about Krakow's history and present. After dinner, we'll take a short walk around the night-time Krakow and visit an all-chocolate café for our dessert.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Day 6: Jewish Krakow 

Today will be devoted to the rich Jewish heritage which defined the city's culture and history over the millennia. We'll start with a morning visit to the Schindler's Factory Museum which will provide us with the insights and further understanding of the events of World War II in Krakow. Afterwards, we'll join our guide to explore the historic Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz, with its synagogues, quaint squares and rich cultural history. The experience will be highlighted with an authentic Klezmer music concert held at one of Kazimierz's synagogues, and we'll end the day at the elegant Rubenstein Restaurant, featuring traditional Jewish specialties.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Day 7: The Wawel Castle - Rynek Underground 

After breakfast today, we'll further explore Krakow to gain new insights into Polish history. Our guide will first take us for an in-depth visit to the Royal Wawel Castle. We'll tour the opulent Royal Chambers and the celebrated Wawel Cathedral, as well as the legendary Dragon's Cave. We'll also stop at the Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University to view the astronomical clock show. Afterwards, we'll relax over lunch in the atmospheric surroundings of a restaurant with the traditional Polish Wedding cuisine. In the afternoon, we'll visit the multi-media Krakow Historical Museum (Rynek Underground) inside the medieval Cloth Hall, and the evening will be free to further explore the citty according to your individual interests.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Day 8: Pieniny National Park - River Rafting - Highlanders' Bonfire 

This morning, we'll leave Krakow and travel to the serene Pieniny National Park, where we'll take a relaxing river rafting cruise in the Dunajec River Gorge, amid the dramatic scenery and towering limestone cliffs. Afterwards, we'll stop at a traditional shepherds' hut, to learn about the Highlanders' lives and still practiced customs and to enjoy lunch of local delicacies, prepared over a raging bonfire. In the afternoon, we'll tour the Renaissance Castle in Niedzica, one of the many borderland castles ruled by powerful overlords, and this one connected with the mystery of the Inca treasures.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Day 9: Ojcow National Park - Pieskowa Skała Castle - Cooking Class 

Today, we'll set out from Krakow to explore the Ojcow National Park with its amazing Renaissance Pieskowa Skała Castle, surrounded by an elaborate defensive system: the Eagles’ Nest Trail. Built by King Kazimierz the Great (the same king who welcomed the Jews into Krakow, and after whom the Jewish quarters, Kazimierz is named), the trail will allow us to take an easy hike in the spectacular area surrounding of the castle. For over 700 years, the castle experienced many changes, so it is a time capsule of Polish and European history and architecture. We'll have lunch of the traditional sweet Polish pancakes in the lovely village of Ojcow, where we'll witness a more rural side of Poland. After returning to the city in the afternoon, we'll get to appreciate the intricacies of Polish cuisine during a cooking class featuring Polish culinary specialties such as hunters' stew and pierogi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Day 10: Wieliczka Salt Mine - Nowa Huta - Kosciuszko Mound 

After a hearty Polish breakfast, we'll travel to Wieliczka Salt Mine and visit the underground chambers, labyrinths, and chapels carved in salt, and decorated with salt crystals chandeliers and salt sculptures. After returning to the city, we'll take a driving tour of the communist-era neighborhood of Nowa Huta, with insightful commentary on the communism's historical implications. The discussion is sure to continue over lunch at the 1950s-style diner, turned a trendy restaurant. After lunch, we'll continue to the Kosciuszko Mound, the newest (dating from the 19th century) of Krakow burial mounds which have been built in the city since prehistoric times. On the way back, we'll take a trolley ride back to the center of the city, and the afternoon will be free to enjoy the beauty and romance of Krakow's Old Town or for some last minute shopping. In the evening, we'll attend the farewell banquet at the one of the city's most renowned restaurants, followed by a romantic, night-time carriage ride around the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Day 11: Departures or the Optional Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial Tour 

Depending on your flight departure time, you may have some time in the morning for more individual exploration of Krakow, and we will have arranged for your private transfer to the airport according to your flight departure time. If you have opted to extend your tour, please find here the details for the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial Tour.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends after breakfast on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Krakow. If you are joining the optional tour extension to the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial on June 14, 2022, your departure will be on June 15, 2022.
Since you will have a private airport transfer, you can schedule your returning flight at the time that's most convenient for you.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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