People are mesmerized with Poland because of its unique blend of "fairytale come alive" scenery, warm and passionate locals and the ever-present sense of history. The Soul of Poland tour offers a rich insight into European history: the Teutonic Knights, the Golden Age of the Renaissance, the Art Nouveau movement, and the bleak years of communism, but this journey will also delight you with the natural beauty of its mountains and the picture-perfect countryside.
The quintessentially Polish city of Warsaw, rising like a phoenix rising from the ashes, rebuilt itself from the rubble of WWII to become a modern and sophisticated metropolis, gleaming with the cutting edge architecture and stylish design, elegantly dressed locals, rich cultural scene, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and sidewalk cafes everywhere. The past has not been kind to Warsaw, so the city is focused on the future. Yet Warsaw is full of history: since it became the capital of Poland in 1596, it suffered wave after wave of foreign invasions. The tragic remains of the past are still scattered among the new, dynamic architecture of the city and among its miraculously saved palaces and parks. With this blend of old and new, both in spirit and in appearance, the city is respecting the tradition, but it's optimistically racing towards the future. During our time in Warsaw, we’ll gain an insight into the city of complex, tragic and inspiring history, the city of Frederic Chopin and Marie Curie, the city which forged the enduring spirit of the Polish people. We’ll see the meticulously restored Old Town and the Royal Castle and the Lazienki Park enveloped in the music of Chopin. We’ll tour the 1944 Rising Museum and visit the Jewish sites of the city, then spend the day touring the exquisite Wilanow Palace and gardens.
Krakow is Poland’s most visited city, with a vibrant art scene in historic setting. Here, we’ll experience a world-class art on a personal level, attend Chopin's piano recital and Klezmer music concert. We'll visit underground labyrinths of a medieval salt mine, the splendid Wawel Castle, art galleries, museums and poignant synagogues. You will fall in love with Poland with its atmosphere of a constant celebration, its romantic sidewalk cafes, borderland medieval castles and Renaissance palaces. You'll delight in quaint, rustic landscapes of gingerbread cottages, storks' nests and roadside shrines bedecked with fresh flowers. The focus of the tour is history and architecture, but also creating lifetime memories and connecting with like-minded women travelers.
HIGHLIGHTS: Warsaw’s Old Town ● Jewish History Museum and Warsaw Rising Museum ● Chopin concert in Lazienki Palace Rose Garden ● Royal Palace of Wilanow and Palace of Science and Culture ● Krakow's medieval Old Town ● Frozen in time villages with rich folk traditions ● The ever-present sense of history ● The underground maze of Wieliczka Salt Mine ● The Jewish Kazimierz tour ● Communism Utopia tour of Nowa Huta ● Rafting in the Dunajec River Gorge ● Klezmer music performance and Chopin's music concert ● Paying respects at Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial (optional tour)
Itinerary specifics subject to change.