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Visit fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Sites

13 days From £2,595 per person
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About the tour

Reflect on central and eastern Europe's past as we visit unified Berlin, and discover Poland, exploring the medieval squares and castles of Wroclaw, Krakow, and Warsaw. Take a moving trip to Auschwitz and learn about the country's rich heritage and culture.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London to Berlin

We meet at our Departure Office at St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing by rail to Berlin for two nights. On Day 2 we embark on a guided tour of the once-divided city. We visit Brandenburg Gate - a symbol of unity in Germany - and the parliament building, the Reichstag. The rest of your day is free in Berlin, which despite its turbulent history, has evolved into a vibrant metropolis. While away the hours in a gallery, stroll through one of the city's parks, or find a beer garden to relax in.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Berlin
Days 3-4 - Wroclaw

We leave Berlin, continuing through Poznan to Wroclaw. On Day 4 we enjoy a boat trip on the River Odra, seeing the colourful buildings and Gothic spires of Wroclaw from a unique perspective. In the afternoon, we take a walking tour of the city, discovering its ancient cobbled streets, sprawling canals, beautiful bridges, and historic Old Town. We see the oldest part of the city, Ostrow Tumski Island, with its stunning cathedral. Across the river is the university, where we visit the striking Aula Leopoldina ceremonial hall with its Baroque Rococo decoration and painted ceilings. We also see the Market Square, home to the City Hall and some impressive burgher houses, which housed the most wealthy citizens of medieval Wroclaw.

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  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Wroclaw
Days 5-6 - Krakow

We travel by train to Krakow, where we stay for four nights. The city is filled with beauty, much of it original as Krakow survived World War II largely unscathed. The cobbled streets of the Old Town are packed with treasures, many of which we see on our walking tour. We see Wawel Hill, home to the castle where Polish kings lived, and the cathedral where they are buried, as well as pretty St Mary's Church.

Day 6 is free in Krakow. At the heart of the city is the largest fully-intact medieval square in Europe, where an array of cafés and restaurants can be found. This is the perfect chance to sample authentic cuisine, such as pierogi. These delicious dumplings are a Polish staple, and are commonly filled with cheese, potato and onions.

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

This morning we board a coach to Oswiecim, the Polish town the Germans called Auschwitz. We take a 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 perpetrated here. We visit the original camp 'Auschwitz I', where prisoners would enter under the chilling 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign, and 'Auschwitz II: Birkenau', the larger camp where the original railway and platform remain. Alternatively, you could spend the day exploring Krakow.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Auschwitz
Day 8 - 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 site. We take a guided tour of the intricately carved underground chambers, including a magnificent cathedral and impressive statues. Everything we see within the mine is the handiwork of the original salt miners. This evening we take a walk through Krakow's Jewish District, where we stop to dine at a local Jewish restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Wieliczka Salt Mines
Days 9-11 - Warsaw

We travel to Warsaw for a three night stay, a city of imposing Stalinesque architecture, wide avenues, and expansive parks. We enjoy a sightseeing tour on Day 10, seeing the historic market square, St John's Cathedral, and Castle Square, which sits in front of the red-brick Royal Castle.

Day 11 is free in Warsaw. You may wish to take a stroll through Łazienki Park, one of the most beautiful green spots in the city. Or visit the Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, which provides visitors with a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the life and works of one of Europe's most famous composers, Frédéric Chopin.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
Warsaw
Days 12-13 - Hanover and home

We rail to Hanover, where we enjoy a farewell meal at our hotel. On Day 13, we travel to Brussels for the Eurostar to London.

Includes
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Eurostar

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Maritim Hotel Berlin

Maritim Hotel Berlin

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INX Design Hotel, Krakow

INX Design Hotel, Krakow

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Hotel Mercure Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw

Hotel Mercure Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw

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Novotel Wroclaw Centrum

Novotel Wroclaw Centrum, Wroclaw

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Trains

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Anonymous

Submitted 26/09/2019

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 28/09/2018

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

Anonymous

Submitted 08/06/2018

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 08/06/2018

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 08/06/2018

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 06/10/2017

WE ENJOY ALL OUR HOLIDAYS 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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