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Discover Poland

(Tour code: WEC17)Visit fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Reflect on a region'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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Tour Highlights
  • Wroclaw including a guided walking tour
  • Boat trip on the Odra
  • Krakow including a guided walking tour
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Auschwitz
  • Dinner in Krakow’s Jewish District
  • Warsaw, including a sightseeing tour
  • Berlin including a guided city tourr
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
    Total Group Porterage on selected departures

Itinerary & Map

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Eurostar
Day 1-2

London to Wroclaw

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras, we travel to Brussels and on to Hanover, where we overnight. The next day we leave Hanover and travel onwards to Berlin and Poznan by rail and coach, arriving in Wroclaw in the afternoon.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Reichstag, Berlin
Day 3

City of 100 Bridges

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, the River Odra and 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Boat trip on the River Odra
Krakow Wawel Castle
Days 4-5

Train to Krakow

Today we travel by train (standard class) to the unspoilt city of Krakow, one of central Europe's real hidden treasures. We check in to the Hotel Niebieski or Best Western Q Hotel Krakow (depending on departure date). 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, dominated by the elaborate St Mary's Church. Every hour a trumpet sounds from the main tower, commemorating a bugler who was shot here 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 5 Today is free for you to spend at leisure in Krakow, one of the bestpreserved medieval cities in Europe. Our hotel is a short walk from the large, medieval Market Square. Its centre is dominated by the 16th century Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Free Day
Auschwitz
Day 6

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
Wieliczka Salt Mines
Day 7

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
  • Guided Tour of the Salt Mines
Warsaw
Day 8

To Warsaw

Today we travel north to Warsaw (standard class Rail) 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
Palace on the Water, Warsaw
Day 9

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Sightseeing Tour of Warsaw
Warsaw
Day 10

Free tinme in Warsaw

Spend your final 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, Dinner
  • Free Day
Berlin
Day 11

On to Berlin

Our final day in Poland, you are free to further explore Warsaw at your leisure. That evening, we rail to the German capital of Berlin.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free to explore Warsaw
Warsaw
Days 12-13

Farewell to Warsaw

Today we embark on a guided tour of Berlin. On Day 13 we travel home via Cologne and on the Eurostar to London.

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