Poland: Krakow and the Tatra Mountains - Pre-reservation 2020
July 2020 (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Tour starts and ends in Krakow
This tour may be combined with the Old and New Warsaw tour
or/and the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial tour
We are currently in the process of planning this tour. Once we have all the activities, dates, hotels and other details confirmed, and the pricing finalized, we will post a complete itinerary, including the price. If you would like to be notified of this tour's availability when the planning process is completed, please complete the pre-reservation form.
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. Krakow and the Tatra Mountains 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 the mountains, the exclusive spa resort and the vibrant art scene in historic, cosmopolitan Krakow. You'll experience world-class art on a personal level, attend Chopin's piano recital and Klezmer music concert. You'll visit underground labyrinths of a medieval salt mine, the splendid Wawel Castle, art galleries, museums and poignant synagogues. Then, you'll relax in the picturesque Tatra Mountains among their snow patched peaks and crystalline lakes, take a tranquil river cruise, hike the easy trails among the spectacular scenery and learn the elaborate Highlanders' dances. 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.
Old and New Warsaw Optional Extension
Warsaw is a quintessentially Polish city: like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it has 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 - especially during the last hundred years. 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 the Old and New Warsaw Tour, you will 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. You will see the meticulously restored Old Town and the Royal Castle, and the Lazienki Park enveloped in the music of Chopin. You will tour the 1944 Rising Museum and visit the Jewish sites of the city, then spend the day touring the exquisite Wilanow Palace and gardens. The focus of the tour is history and architecture, but also creating lifetime memories and connecting with like-minded women travelers.
Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp and Holocaust Memorial Optional Extension
All around the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. The camp was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. The name of the city of Oswiecim was changed to Auschwitz, which became the name of the camp as well. Over the following years, the camp was expanded and consisted of three main parts: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz. It also had over 40 sub-camps. At first, Poles were imprisoned and died in the camp. Afterwards, Soviet prisoners of war, Gypsies, and prisoners of other nationalities were also incarcerated there. Beginning in 1942, the camp became the site of the greatest mass murder in the history of humanity, which was committed against the European Jews as part of Hitler's plan for the complete destruction of that people. The majority of the Jewish men, women and children deported to Auschwitz were sent to their deaths in the Birkenau gas chambers immediately after arrival. Towards the end of the war, in an effort to remove the traces of the crimes they had committed, the SS began dismantling and razing the gas chambers, crematoria, and other buildings, as well as burning documents. The site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
I thought the tour was fabulous. I really, really fell in love with Poland. Thank you for the wonderful time. Mary from Michigan
The best experience during the tour was meeting a fantastic group of well-traveled, open minded ladies who knew how to have a good time. Marta was the perfect guide. Her Polish lessons were fun, and she was flexible and fun too, and so this tour beat all expectations. What a wonderful country! We were able to meet its people, experience the culture, history and some nature too. Diana from Washington
Poland was so much more than I thought it would be. It is not on most people’s travel list, and it should be. Maria from North Carolina
Poland is a hidden gem. Marta is the best! Kathy from Michigan
I loved everything! So much history! I am so glad I went since my father was born there, and this was the best trip ever. Marta and all the ladies were fantastic. Barbara from Michigan
The tour was extremely well organized, offered unique experiences + had the exactly the right balance of activity and free time. Tour leader was excellent. I would definitely go back. Barbara from Texas
Such a great tour!! Poland is a well-kept secret. Fascinating history, beautiful cities and countryside, delicious food, inexpensive shopping. Lovely group of women. And Marta is terrific! Warm, friendly and caring. I hope I get a chance to travel with her again. Lynne from Massachusetts
Thank you for a fabulous trip, Marta is a wonderful guide and so was Greg, when my head clears I will write more (jet lag). You did not leave anything out. I have been on many tours this was one of the best. As were the guides. Shirley from Maryland
I'm back in California... and sharing my memories of this most educational trip with friends and family. Who would have thought that Poland is a culinary destination! Marta did an outstanding job.... Everyone we met was friendly and hospitable. Loved the variety of experiences we had....rafting, horse and carriage rides, major cities and the gorgeous Tatra Mtns....lots of history... Marna from California
Poland was fabulous. I was always reluctant to go on a group tour, but this was more like traveling with a bunch of friends. Thanks for planning such an excellent experience and thank you so much to Greg, and of course Marta, for being such outstanding guides and travel companions. Debby from Maryland
My trip to Poland was wonderful, and I had a great time. It was exactly what I needed last summer. Poland was beautiful and Krakow was a charming city. I hope I can return someday. Lois from New Jersey
Thank you for the most wonderful vacation of my life! The tour in Krakow and the Tatra mountains was magical and inspiring. Poland is a country everyone must visit. You made my vacation educational and insightful. Lori from Arizona
What a once in a lifetime experience! You made this trip just perfect. I love your country! Sandie from Maryland
Yolanta: It has been a great tour! Thank you for all the laughs and fond memories. Patricia from British Columbia
I had a wonderful time. I was very impressed with Sights and Soul Travels and your ability to change plans as needed. Carolyn from Massachusett
Thank you for sharing with us your passion for Poland. I love how the tour was put together and I especially loved all the music. Karen from British Columbia
You and Kasia rewarded us with unique, meaningful experiences in a diligently fostered atmosphere of caring and personal attention, enriching our lives with your infectious enthusiasm, your consummate knowledge of the history, art and culture of the land - and, of course, the cuisine - each meal a delicious adventure! I should love to do another tour with you anywhere on this planet (or even outer space if that were possible) as I know you would be there for me, prepared to teach, to share, to exchange ideas and to enjoy many beautiful moments. Lilian from Alberta
Thank you for bringing me to Poland. I have wanted to go for so long, and it was much better than I could've ever imagined. Elizabeth from Maryland
Thank you for creating the most wonderful vacation I have ever had! The tour was just amazing and I really appreciate all your work to make sure every detail was covered for us. I can't wait to tell everyone I know about your business! Carrie from Virginia
The trip was truly awesome. I will never forget the music, the architecture, the people, the beauty, and the excitement of Krakow and the majesty of the mountains, the peacefulness of the river raft and challenges met on our incredible hike in the Tatra Mountains. The food was delicious everywhere and the entire trip, start to finish was PERFECT! Thank you again. Cathy from Maryland
We do a lot of traveling. We have traveled with many, many tour operators. S+S compares very favourably. Good planning info was provided. The guide was informed + welcoming, and she dealt with the inevitable “hiccup” very well. We would very much consider another S+S tour. Kathy from Ontario
It was a wonderful and excellently planned tour of a beautiful and historic country. Good company, excellent tour guide and lots of fun. I will definitely consider S&S Tours for any future trips.
Rosemarie from Ohio
Thank you for this experience - I will never be the same. Kathy from Pennsylvania
Again, I loved your tour the best and appreciated the combination of history, music and scenery. It was perfect in my opinion. Thanks, Yolanta and Kasia!!!! Karen from British Columbia
Thank you so much for this awesome experience. These past 10 days were filled with memories I will remember for the rest of my life. Kylie from Maryland
Wonderful tour - great traveling with a small group. I felt like I received very individual attention. Kenda from Tennessee
Thank you for making this journey a meaningful experience for me; for putting together a great group of women; and for giving us such a rich itinerary. Lita from Ontario
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