DAY 1: WARSAW
After your arrival at the Warsaw Chopin Airport, be sure that a representative of RealPoland will take care of you during every moment of this trip. You will be accompanied by drivers and guides and your tour consultant will be at your disposal 24 hours a day.
On your first evening in Warsaw, you may like to explore the beautiful city on your own. You can choose the viewing terrace on the 30th floor of Palace of Culture and Science to admire the breathtaking scenery of Warsaw.
DAY 2: WARSAW
Become a real Warsaw insider! The tour starts with a short walk around the Old Town. The area of the Old Town was completely destroyed during the Defensive War in 1939 and the Warsaw Uprising. Today you can see it rebuilt: the Royal Castle, the townhouses and churches.
Castle Square in Warsaw
Last but not least – a visit to the area of the former Jewish Ghetto – the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes, Umschlagplatz, Miła and Nalewki Streets. Unfortunately, most of the Ghetto has been razed in the war. This demonstrates the tragic history of Warsaw – a modern, lively city today, and sad ruins only fifty years ago.
DAY 3: WARSAW – CZĘSTOCHOWA – KRAKÓW
In the morning, you depart for Częstochowa, the location of the most famous Polish Sanctuary – the church of Jasna Góra, home of the miraculous Black Madonna painting and one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world. The tour of the monastery will be led by a local guide (with luck, one of the monks of the order).
Jasna Gora Monastery
As Kraków will be our following base, you can make yourself at home in one of the centrally located hotels.
DAY 4: KRAKÓW
You start your stay in Kraków with a walk around the lovely Old Town, culminating with a visit to the Wawel Castle – the original seat of the Polish kings. The Wawel Cathedral, built in renaissance style, is a famous jewel of architecture. Moving on from the castle, you will pay a visit to the premises of the Jagiellonian University – one of the oldest in Europe.
The next step is the Floriańska Gate and the barbican – vestiges of the medieval fortifications. The Main Market Square – the central part of the Old Town – is always packed with a colorful tourist crowd. While there, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit St. Mary’s Church, famous not only for the anthem played from its tower, but also for the medieval wooden altar sculpted by Veit Stoss.
Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) on Kraków’s Main Square
In the afternoon, you are free to explore Kraków on your own.
In the evening, a short walk around Kazimierz – the old Jewish Quarter, nowadays a district of contrasts: vibrant with night-life on one hand, on the other – you can still feel its tragic history. After a short walk with our guide, you can try the traditional Jewish cuisine in one of the district’s restaurants.
DAY 5: AUSCHWITZ AND WIELICZKA
You should be prepared for the whole day of sightseeing, including some very important points of your tour program.
The first stop is the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial – an obligatory destination for all humanist-minded visitors. Every year, millions of them choose to go through the same gate as the prisoners did, with its cynic inscription: Arbeit macht frei.
Auschwitz prisoners’ personal effects
In the afternoon you will pay a visit to the salt mine in Wieliczka town. Founded in the 13th century, the mine is still operative. The tourist route is 2,5 km long and leads through numerous corridors, drifts, galleries and chambers, lots of them decorated with sculptures made from salt. The guide will explain how the salt was mined, from the Middle Ages till today, and show historical mining equipment.
DAY 6: ZAKOPANE
For the end of your tour, you move to the mountain refuge only two hours away from Kraków. Zakopane, also known as the Winter Capital of Poland – is a town very popular among skiing lovers, but also visited by thousands of tourists in the summer, offering many opportunities for mountain excursions.
Visitors can also admire countless examples of unique architecture style typical for this region. Your visit will start with Gubałówka mountain with its famous cable car. From the peak you can admire the beautiful panorama of the Tatra Mountains. The next step will be a walk along Krupówki Street, famous for its stalls with hand-made souvenirs.
Traditional wooden house in Zakopane
After the sightseeing, you are going to have some free time for lunch and shopping. Zakopane is well- known for its hand-made souvenirs. Return to Kraków in the afternoon.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE OR CONTINUATION
Depending on your further plans you can have the following things arranged:
– transfer to the airport in Kraków
– return to Warsaw if your flight departs from Chopin Airport
– further tours and attractions if you would like to stay longer in Poland
Poland in 7 Days