On the Trail of the UNESCO List in Poland

On the Trail of the UNESCO List in Poland

Poland has nine entries on the UNESCO list of the world's most precious cultural and natural heritage monuments:

  • Warsaw

    has been the capital of Poland since the 17th century. Almost completely destroyed during the last war, the city was painstakingly restored to its former glory. UNESCO's decision to include Warsaw's Old Town on its list stands as a telling testament of the city's dedication to its own history.
  • Białowieża National Park

    entered on the list in 1979 and one of the oldest national parks in Europe, it covers the central part of Białowieża Forest, which is renowned as the largest region of primeval forest in central Europe and the traditional breeding ground of the European bison.
  • Zamość

    often called "the Padua of the North" or "the Renaissance Jewel", it was entered on the UNESCO list in 1992. Zamość is the only Renaissance town in Poland to have been planned and built as one whole and was constructed at the end of the 16th century. Its urban complex, encompassed by an irregular fortification line, is considered unique; it is also said to be one of the greatest achievements of European town planning.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine

    is one of the oldest mines in Europe, placed by UNESCO in 1978 on the list of the 12 most priceless monuments of the world, it also has a unique museum of Salt Works.
  • Kraków

    the historical, medieval town and former capital of Poland. It has a thousand-year-long tradition as a centre of science, culture and art. Placed on the UNESCO list in 1978.
  • Malbork

    this most impressive and extensive Gothic castle was a seat of the Teutonic Knight's Order. Placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1997.
  • Toruń

    Copernicus' birthplace and known for numerous historical buildings, its university and gingerbread. The Medieval Old Town was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1997.
  • Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

    is an amazing Bernardines' church and monastery with whole complex of chapels and shrines. It was placed on the UNESCO list in 2000.

Day 1 – Warsaw
Arrival at Warsaw airport, transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw.

Day 2 – Warsaw – Białowieża
Breakfast, sightseeing of the Polish capital – the Old Town with the Royal Castle, St. John's Cathedral, Barbican and Łazienki palace and park; departure for Białowieża, dinner and overnight stay in Białowieża.

Day 3 – Białowieża – Lublin – Zamość
Breakfast, excursion to the natural forest complex of Białowieża with the bison reserve - the biggest European mammals. Then departure for Zamość, with en route sightseeing of Lublin – the biggest city of central eastern Poland and an important academic centre. Dinner and overnight stay in Zamość.

Day 4 – Zamość – Leżajsk – Rzeszów
Breakfast, sightseeing of Zamość, drive to Rzeszów via Leżajsk which is famous for its Renaissance/Baroque Church with 17th century pipe organs. Dinner and overnight stay in Rzeszów.

Day 5 – Rzeszów – Łańcut – Wieliczka – Kraków
Breakfast, excursion to Łańcut with a visit to the Łańcut palace housing Europe's biggest collection of horse-drawn carriages, a collection of sculpture and paintings and old furniture. Drive to Wieliczka to visit the Salt Mine and arrive in Kraków for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 – Kraków – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Kraków
Breakfast, half-day city tour of Kraków, including Wawel Royal Castle and Old Town. In the afternoon an excursion to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska to visit the Bernardine church, monastery and chapels; return to Kraków for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 7 – Kraków – Auschwitz – Kraków
Breakfast, departure for Auschwitz-Birkenau and visit to the Martyrdom Museum Return to Kraków for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8 – Kraków
Breakfast, transfer to the airport, departure.


Krupnicza 3

31-123 Kraków

tel. +48 12 422 58 40


logo member mpi logo site