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2020 Tour code: WEC20

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Reflect on central and eastern Europe's fascinating past as we explore unified Berlin, and discover Poland, including the medieval squares and castles of Wroclaw, Krakow, and Warsaw. Take a poignant trip to Auschwitz and visit unique salt mines as we reveal the history, music, and people of beautiful Poland.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - Berlin and Wroclaw

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the InterCity Berlin Hauptbanhof in  Berlin, where we spend the next two nights. On Day 2 we embark on a guided tour of Berlin, visiting some of its most famous sights, such as the Brandenburg Gate and parliament building, the Reichstag. The rest of your day is then at leisure. On Day 3 we leave Berlin, continuing onwards through Poznan to Wroclaw, where we arrive in the afternoon.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Wroclaw
Days 4-6 - Train to Krakow

This morning we enjoy a boat trip on the River Odra. In the afternoon, we take a walking tour of Wroclaw, which is known for its canals, river and for being home to over 100 bridges. The oldest part of the city is Ostrow Tumski Island, with its stunning cathedral. Across the river are the Baroque university and the Old Market Square, home to the Gothic City Hall and some magnificent burgher houses, which were the houses of some of the most privileged and wealthy citizens of medieval Wroclaw.

On Day 5 we travel by train (Standard Class) to the unspoilt city of Krakow, one of central Europe's hidden treasures, where we stay four nights. The city is filled with beauty, much of it original as Krakow survived World War II largely unscathed. The skyline of Krakow is filled with towers and spires - part of a city-wide display of architectural diversity, where 1,000 years of changing influences have left behind fantastic examples of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque style. At the heart of the city is the largest fully-intact medieval square in Europe, in the centre of which is the incredibly beautiful Renaissance Cloth Hall. Standing proudly over the square is the elaborate St Mary's Church, where every hour a trumpet sounds from the main tower, commemorating a bugler who was shot by arrow here in by invaders in 1241. The narrow cobbled streets of the city's Old Town are packed with treasures, many of which we discover on our afternoon walking tour which includes Wawel Hill, home to the castle where Polish kings lived and the cathedral where they are buried.

Day 6 is free for you to spend at leisure in Krakow, one of the bestpreserved medieval cities in Europe..

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
Krakow
Day 7 - Auschwitz

This morning we board a coach to the Polish town of Oswiecim, the town the Germans called Auschwitz. Here we take an emotional, moving tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum; Nazi Germany's infamous concentration camp that has been preserved as a permanent memorial and poignant reminder of the crimes against humanity that were perpetrated here.

We visit both the original camp 'Auschwitz I', where prisoners would enter under the chilling 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign, as well as 'Auschwitz II: Birkenau', the larger and more recognisable camp where the original railway and platform remain to this day.* 

*We appreciate that this excursion may not be for everyone. Feel free to spend a day at leisure in Krakow if you so choose.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Auschwitz
Day 8 - To the Salt Mines

We leave Krakow by coach and head to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka, the oldest operational mines in Europe and now a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Here we take a guided tour of the intricately carved underground chambers, including a magnificent cathedral and a statue of Pope John Paul II, Krakow's favourite son. Everything we see within the mine is the handiwork of the original salt miners.

This evening we enjoy a short walk through Krakow's Jewish District, passing several of the synagogues that were once the thriving centre of life for a previously much larger Jewish community. For dinner we dine at a local Jewish restaurant, a fascinating and delicious insight into the cuisine and culture of the Polish Jews.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Wieliczka Salt Mines
Day 9 - To Warsaw

Today we travel north to Warsaw (Standard Class) where we check into the Intercontinental Hotel for a three night stay. The city of Warsaw, home of Frédéric Chopin, has many fine examples of imposing Stalinesque architecture, grand, wide avenues and expansive parks.

The historic centre of Warsaw is just a short distance from our hotel and contains many picturesque buildings, almost all of which have been painstakingly and lovingly restored using the original stone and guided by 18th century paintings by Bellotto.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Warsaw
Day 10 - Sightseeing in Warsaw

We enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour of Warsaw today, including Castle Square, King Sigismund's Column, St John's Cathedral and the Old Town's Market Square. Warsaw is positively brimming with history and architecture, it really is a delight to discover all of its charms. Following the tour, the rest of your day is at leisure to fully explore the delights of Poland's capital.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Warsaw
Day 11 - Free time in Warsaw

Spend your day in Poland at leisure, you are free to further explore Warsaw in your own time and may wish to take a stroll through Lazienki Park to Chopin's Monument. Alternatively, our hotel is well-placed to explore the Old Town, with its Royal Route, Castle and Market Square all nearby.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Warsaw
Days 12-13 - On to Berlin and home

Today you head to Berlin where you will overnight. On Day 13, your tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight back home.

Includes
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast
Flights

Additional information

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, Berlin airport (TXL) which is approximately 5 miles from your start and end point.

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Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Hotels

InterCity Berlin Hauptbahnhof

InterCity Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Berlin

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INX Design Hotel, Krakow

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Novotel Warszawa

Novotel Warszawa, Warsaw

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Novotel Wroclaw Centrum

Novotel Wroclaw Centrum, Wroclaw

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Train

ICE Train

Reviews

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Anonymous

Submitted Sep 26, 2019

A country I had not visited before excellent local guides which gave a greater understanding of Poland's history as a nation and from a personal/human point of view the 3 centres where we stayed enhanced the history & travelling between them gave understanding of the Polish way of life

Mr D Milne

Submitted Sep 28, 2018

A very well managed tour to an interesting country that we had not visited before

Anonymous

Submitted Jun 08, 2018

Poland is a great place to travel in by train. Wroclaw was a fascinating place with a cathedral island, a lovely botanic garden and a scenic river trip. Warsaw was an amazing city everything from modern skyscrapers to Soviet architecture, lovely parks and royal palaces. The whole tour was well-organised, the train journeys worked really well and we had a dedicated and knowledgeable tour manager.

Mrs R Morrison

Submitted Jun 08, 2018

This was quite a fast paced tour but very enjoyable and well worth the cost. The Intercontinental in Warsaw was superb but all hotels good on the whole. You must make your own judgement on Auschwitz - in my view it has become too commercialized. A far better depiction of the Holocaust is to be found in Schindler's Factory in Krakow.

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Mr J Freeman

Submitted Jun 08, 2018

Very interesting itinerary. Good local guides Excellent tour manager who was very helpful with local amenities Transport good Generally good hotels in good positions Food very good

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Mr D Fenton

Submitted Oct 06, 2017

WE ENJOY ALL OUR TOURS WITH GREAT RAIL. THE GROUP ARE ALWAYS INTERESTING AND FRIENDLY. THERE IS A PROBLEM HOWEVER WITH THE LOCATION OF SOME OF THE HOTELS, IN THIS CASE BERLIN- THE MARITIM IS A LOVELY HOTEL BUT THE NEAREST TRANSPORT WAS A 15 MINUTE WALK AND WHEN YOU HAVE ONLY ONE DAY AND HAVE TO FIND A RESTAURANT IN THE EVENING IT MEANS THAT MOST PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM ARE NOT THAT MOBILE, EAT IN THE HOTEL

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