Splendours of Poland - guaranteed tours 2015

7 day intinerary including:
Day 1 Warsaw
Day 2 Warsaw: Royal Castle and Royal Park Łazienki
Day 3 Warsaw –  Kraków: St. Mary’s Church, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Day 4 Kraków– Auschwitz: Underground Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau
Day 5: Kraków – Rafting on Dunajec – Zakopane - Kraków
Day 6: Kraków - Wawel Castle - Jasna Góra - Warsaw
Day 7: Warsaw

Day 1 [Saturday]: Warsaw
Arrival to Warsaw,  transfer to the Hotel Radisson Blu in the city centre of Polish capital.  In the evening, meet and greet by a professional guide and  welcome dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight stay in Warsaw.

Day 2 [Sunday]: Warsaw
After breakfast, a guided tour of Warsaw, including the most significant highlights of the city. Warsaw had been called the “Paris of Eastern Europe” throughout the 1930's. Unfortunately, it was almost entirely destroyed during World War II. Today,  Currently expanding at incredible speed, new buildings sprout like mushrooms after the rain!  Drive along the Royal Route – the most representative thoroughfare in the city, linking the Royal Castle with palaces in Łazienki and Wilanów. The route, shaped by ages of history, captivates with the atmosphere of palaces, churches, bourgeois tenements and seats of government. Pedestrian tour of the Old Town;– charming labyrinth of alleys bordering with churches, Gothic polychrome frontage residences, St. John’s Cathedral, the Market Square.
The Royal Castle visit with entrance and local guide’s service.The decision to build the castle was taken when Zygmunt III Waza transferred the capital from Kraków to Warsaw. Italian architects constructed an early Baroque royal residence. The previously existing buildings were incorporated into the new complex. It was then rebuilt several times, and razed to the ground by the Germans during World War II. Detailed reconstruction was only completed in 1983.  
In the meantime free time for a lunch (at guest`s own expenses).
In the afternoon visit to The Royal Park Łazienki. This is a part of the complex of buildings consisting of the Royal baths, palaces and a park. The Palace on the Water and the Theatre on the Island are most enchanting. The first being the summer residence of the last Polish king Stanisław Poniatowski, who had the old baths turned into a palace. The theatre situated on an artificial island in the middle of the lake is decorated as an antique temple of Baalbek.  
At the end of this visit: Concert of  Chopin’s music  performed by one of the best Warsaw’s pianists just close to  the monument dedicated to Frederic Chopin  (subject to weather conditions).
Free time in Warsaw. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight stay in Warsaw.
Included entrance fee: Royal Castle, Royal Park Łazienki.

Day 3 [Monday]: Warsaw –  Kraków
After breakfast, transfer  to the Railway Station. Departure to Kraków with an express train according to the train schedule (ca. 9:15)  Arrival in Kraków according to the train schedule. Walk to the Main Square.
Guided tour of the city. Visit includes the main sites of Kraków: the Main Market Square, with its’ historical monuments, numerous cafes, sound of bugle call from Basilica Mariacka.  Entrance to St. Mary’s Church. In the middle of the square you will see Sukiennice, the Cloth Hall, a magnificent Renaissance building where the clothes were used to be sold. Now it is the biggest souvenir market inside the building .
Short break for a  lunch (at guest`s own expenses). Transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon excursion to Wieliczka, a town situated close to Kraków, where salt mine considered as one of the wonders of the world is located. Put by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage list in 1978. Tourist route on three levels of the mine covers 2 km of corridors, 20 chambers carved in salt, all on the depth from 64 to 135 meters. St. Kinga’s Chapel is a breathtaking subterranean church where everything is made of salt: crystal chandeliers, altars, sculptures and floor paving carved in the layer of salt.
Dinner in a restaurant down in the mine.   Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay in Kraków.
Included entrance fee: St. Mary’s Church, Wieliczka Salt Mine -visit with local guide.

Day 4 [Tuesday]: Kraków– Auschwitz
After breakfast visit to the unique Underground Museum in Cracow, the newest attraction of the city, situated 4 meter under the Main Market Square, built on the site of an archaeological excavation that unveiled secrets of Krakow's evolution since its founding in the early Middle Ages. It uses high technology and many interactive, multimedia gadgets. Most of exhibits presented in museum are mapped in 3D technology and visitors can see it from all sites on the screens.
Lunch break (at guest`s own expenses ).   
Then drive to Oświęcim to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau, the world’s most famous cemetery and location of Genocide from World War II. Established by the Nazis in 1940 as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners, it later became the site of the extermination of 1.5 million Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Russians and others. The exhibition consists of prisoners’ blocks, gas chambers and crematorium, which have been preserved since the time of the camp’s activity.
Return to Krakow.Dinner and overnight stay.
Included entrance fee: Underground Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau

Day 5 [Wednesay]: Kraków – Rafting on Dunajec – Zakopane – Kraków
After breakfast, departure for rafting down the Dunajec river gorges, which is one of the most important attractions in southern Poland. The towering cliffs and the limestone rock formations of the gorge itself as well as the picturesque mountain scenery, the surrounding national forest and the colourful river guides make for a wonderful day in a pristine and wild environment.
After the rafting lunch in local, folk styled restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive along the Czorsztyn reservoir to Zakopane. On the way, visit to Dębno, where the wooden church is situated, put on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. A rrival to Zakopane, situated in the South of Poland, at the foot of the Tatras. Its main attractions are the mountains and the landscapes protected within the Tatra National Park.
The mountains provide many opportunities to walk and hike. This is one of the few areas that still preserves old customs, where people still wear folk costumes, play original folk music and carve wood. The local wooden architecture is extremely attractive.
Return to Kraków.  Free time for a dinner (at guest`s own expenses ).  Overnight in Kraków.
Included entrance fee: rafting on Dunajec, incl. admittance to the National Park.

Day 6 [Thursday]: Kraków - Częstochowa -  Warsaw
After breakfast, continuation of the guided tour of the city: the last stretch of the Royal Route: visit to the Franciscan Church and Monastery with their celebrated series of Art Nouveau murals and stained-glass windows and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul’s 17th-century grandest Baroque after Rome’s del Gesu.  Towering over the Old Town, the Royal Castle, had been the site of Polish Royalty until the end of the 17th century. The Romanesque and Gothic complex was turned into a rich and magnificent Renaissance residence at the beginning of the 16th century following plans by Italian masters. The masterpiece of Wawel Cathedral is the Zygmunt Chapel – a pearl of Italian Renaissance The Wawel complex consists of the Castle, where You will  see the Royal Chambers, and  the Cathedral.
Free time for a lunch in a local restaurant after the visit (at guest`s own expenses).
Drive to Warsaw. On the way stop in Częstochowa to visit Poland’s national shrine and the icon which has drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries.
The monastery of Jasna Góra is home to the miraculous “Black Madonna”, a Gothic painting of Our Lady, which after Rome, Lourdes and Mecca makes Częstochowa one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world today. Our visit to the monastery includes the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica.
In the evening arrival to Warsaw.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw.
Included entrance fees or/and local guide: Wawel Castle: Royal Chambers and  Cathedral - visit with local guide, Monastery at Jasna Góra

Day 7 [Friday]: Warsaw
After breakfast, free time for leisure and transfers to the airport according to guests schedules.

ACCOMMODATION :
WARSAW - Hotel Radisson Blu Sobieski  ****
Radisson Blu Sobieski is a luxurious hotel in the centre of Warsaw, 1 km from the city centre. It offers elegant rooms, excellent cuisine and leisure facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available. This 4-star property features well air-conditioned rooms with soundproofing, an LCD satellite TV and a minibar. The apartments also have a living room with a sofa and a work desk. At the hotel there are 2 excellent restaurants, Marysieńka and Trylogia, serving delicious Polish and international dishes. Designed as a knight’s chamber, Zbrojownia Bar has a selection of cocktails on offer. During their stay at Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel guests can make use of the recreational area, which includes a fully-equipped fitness centre, a sauna, a hot tub, and a solarium. Massage treatments are available.Hotel staff can help with organising tickets and tours. The Warszawa Centralna Railway Station is located just one kilometre from away, whereas Warsaw Chopin International Airport is 6.6 kilometres away. It is 1.7 km from the Palace of Culture and Science. Rooms: 434.
KRAKOW – Hotel Golden Tulip ****  
Golden Tulip Krakow City Center offers an excellent location in the city centre, only 500 metres from the Kraków Main Square and within a walking distance from the Old Town tourist attractions. There is free Wi-Fi available. Air-conditioned and decorated with earth tones, all rooms at the Golden Tulip feature classic design. Each comes with a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a wardrobe. The bathroom is equipped either with a bathtub or with a shower. The hotel provides a lift and a conference room.

Date of tours:
16 - 22.05.2015
13 - 19.06.2015
11 - 17.07.2015
08 - 14.08.2015
12 - 18.09.2015

The rates include:
accommodation in 4-star hotels incl. buffet breakfast ( according to stay itinerary );
half board (3-course menu with water or buffet dinner; except day 5: lunch instead of dinner));
excursions and visits according to the programme with entrance fees and tickets where necessary;
coach and train transport;
arrival and departure transfers;
Spanish/English speaking guide assistance * throughout the tour.
*Spanish/English speaking guide is guaranteed, other languages on request

Discounts:
1.10% discount for over 65.
2. 40% discount for the child until 12 years in room with the parents (max. 1 extra bed and 2 children in one room)

 

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31-123 Kraków

tel. +48 12 422 58 40

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