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.
First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
All rail and coach transfers
4* Hotel Accommodation
12 nights' hotel accommodation
NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
7 dinners, including dinner in Krakow's Jewish District and a farewell dinner in Hanover
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-3 - London to Wroclaw
We meet at our Dedicated Departure office at St Pancras and
travel to Brussels in Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar.
Changing trains we travel on to 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.
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
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 best preserved medieval cities in Europe.
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Breakfast
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
*We appreciate that this excursion may not be for everyone. Feel
free to spend a day at leisure in Krakow if you so choose.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Days 12-13 - On to Hanover and home
Today we travel to Hanover by rail, where we enjoy a farewell
meal together at our hotel. On Day 13, we transfer
to Brussels via Cologne to join the Eurostar back to London.
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.
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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
A very well managed tour to an interesting country that we had not visited before
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
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.
Mr J Freeman
Very interesting itinerary.
Good local guides
Excellent tour manager who was very helpful with local amenities
Generally good hotels in good positions
Food very good
Mr D Fenton
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