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The Soul of Poland - Itinerary

June 3 - 13, 2023
11 Days / 10 Nights

This tour starts in Warsaw and ends in Krakow

$4,740 per person/double occupancy
$1,380 optional single supplement
$340 additional nights, single or double room (includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

This tour may be combined with:
the optional Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial Tour (post-tour extension) (June 13 - 14, 2023)
the Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast 1 tour to Croatia (May 23 - June 1, 2023)
the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 1 tour to United Kingdom (June 2023)


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This tour starts at 2:00PM on SaturdayJune 3, 2023 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: 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 at an intimate cafe, we'll continue with a tour of one of the city's most renowned museums: 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 3: 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 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 4: Wilanow 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 and the garden's design, 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 the present. After dinner, we'll take a short walk around the nighttime 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 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 city 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 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 SkaĆ?a 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 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 freshly caught trout in the lovely village of Ojcow, where we'll witness a more rural side of Poland. After returning to the city, 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 communism's historical implications. The discussion is sure to continue over lunch at the 1950s-style diner, turned into a trendy restaurant. After lunch, we'll continue to the Kosciuszko Mound, the newest (dating from the 19th century) of Krakow burial mounds that 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 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 12, 2023 in Krakow. If you are joining the optional tour extension to the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial on June 12, 2023, your departure will be on June 13, 2023.
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.