MAGNIFICENT POLAND IN 12 DAYS
Day 1: Arrival to Warsaw. Meeting with the guide and city sightseeing of Warsaw: the Old Town on foot (Royal Castle Square, Market Square, St. John’s Cathedral). Welcome dinner served at a local restaurant. Overnight in hotel in Warsaw.
Day 2: Meeting with the guide and visit to the Royal Park Łazienki: the Palace on the Water and the Theatre on the Island are most enchanting sites. 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. Visit of Palace of Culture and Science –the gift of Soviet nation to Poland. Departure for Olsztyn. Visit to the Open-air Museum in Olsztynek that shows examples of rural regional architecture. Dinner and overnight in Olsztyn.
Day 3: After breakfast visit to the city of Olsztyn. This town founded in 14th century has been overlapping of Prussian and Polish influences. With ten lakes, sourrounding forests Olsztyn has many attributes to make it worthy of a long stay. The two most important historical buildings in town are the 14th century castle and the cathedral. The castle is now the museum and one of the most important exhibits with a chart designed by Copernicus to measure the lengh of the year. Other places of interest are: the Old Town Hall and High Gate, St. Jacob’s Cathedral, Historical Museum. Departure for Mikołajki, after arrival check-in and free time for leisure. Dinner nad overnight in Mikołajki.
Day 4: In the morning drive through the picturesque landscapes of the Thousands Lakes Region with stop in Wojnowo to visit the Oratorian House and in Swieta Lipka to see the 17th century Baroque church. In the afternoon departure to Gdansk. Dinner and overnight in Gdansk
Day 5: City sightseeing of Gdańsk, it includes Długi Targ - most beautiful street of Gdańsk with Town Hall and Artus Hall and Mariacka street – on one side closed with medieval Mariacka Gate, and on the other with Mariacki Church. It is the best example of local, typical architecture. All of the richly decorated houses used to have “Forepróg”,that stuck out several feet into the street. Numerous jewellery galleries have their shops there, all of them selling amber of course. Visit of the Amber’s Galleries to get acquainted with the fascinating history of amber and its origins. Visit of the Solidarity Monument-where the wind of changes started blowing. The group continues to Oliwa Cathedral for an organ concert. Next drive to Sopot-the most famous seaside resort for a stroll down the 516-meter long pier. Tour ends with the sightseeing of Gdynia. Dinner and overnight in Gdynia.
Day 6: Breakfast. Departure for Malbork. Sightseeing of Malbork Castle. Teutonic Castle in Malbork – it was the 13th c. when Teutonic knights built huge Gothic fortresses that we can still see. The most impressive and extensive is the castle in Malbork, which was a capital of the Teutonic Order State at that time. Malbork castle is the biggest Gothic brick stronghold in Europe. It covers ca 80 acres. Visit of the Great Master Palace, High and Medium Castle with their collection of historical, military objects and the excellent collection of amber. Drive to Torun, one of the most magnificient historic sites in Poland and a birth place of Nicolaus Copernicus, the great Polish astronomer. The Old Town area has been included in the UNESCO list thanks to the superb churches and the streets uncovering Torun’s past glory. Visit of gingerbread Museum and the family house of Copernicus. Dinner and overnight in Torun.
Day 7: Breakfast. Departure for Poznan. Guided city sighteeing including the Old Town area of Poznan with its Town Hall-one of the most beautiful Renaissance building in Poland, the Market Square, the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Ostrów Tumski Cathedral-the headquarters of the forst missionary bishop in Poland. Transfer to Wroclaw, the city situated on the Odra river with many canals and bridges. Sightseeing of Ostrów Tumski – an island on the Odra river - the oldest part of the city. Visit of Aula Leopoldina – spectacular hall covered with colourful paintings and gilding; a pearl of Baroque. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner at the restaurant in The Old Town and overnight in Wroclaw.
Day 8: Breakfast. Transfer to Czestochowa. Visit to the Pauline’s Monastery housing the holy icon of the Black Madonna. Visit of the Chapel of the miraculous painting of Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the attachment to the Cult of Marys so typial of the Catholicfaith in Poland. Next visiting the Basilica, which is the main churh of the monastery. Drive to Krakow, former capital of Poland nominated to be the cultural capital of Europe in 2000. Cracow has been one of the major centers of Polish culture, and its cultural statue remains unchanged. A city known for its monuments and vast collection of arts. The stereet plan of the Old Town was listed by UNESCO as a part of world cultural heritage in 1978. Meeting with a guide, walk around the Krakow’s Old Town, one of the most important cities in Poland. Dinner in a typical polish restaurant in Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 9: Meeting with guide in the lobby of the hotel. City sightseeing including beautiful Art Nouveau highlights: St Mary’s Basilica with the works of Wyspiański and Mehoffer, Franciscan Church and Szczepański Square with the Old Theatre and Palace of the Art. On top of the hill named Wawel had been the site of Polish Royalty up to the beginning of 17th century. Romanesque and Gothic complex was turned into a rich and magnificent Renaissance residence at the beginning of 16th century following the plans by Italian masters. The Cathedral with stained glass and polychromes made by Mehoffer and Tetmajer. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 10: Meeting with guide in the lobby of the hotel.Departure to Auschwitz-Birkenau, most well known world’s graveyard and place of Genocide from the time of the World War II. Established by Nazis in 1940 was a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners, later become a place of extermination of 1,5 million Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Russians and others. A visit to the museum starts with a short 15 min. documentary film made by Soviet army liberating Auschwitz. The exhibition consists of prisoners blocks, gas chambers and crematorium, which were preserved from the time of camp existence. Departure to Cracow. Visit of the Jewish quarter – Kazimierz – established by the king Kazimierz the Great in 1335 used to be a separate town for a long time, now it is right in the centre of modern Krakow. In the time of its glory it had been one of the most important centres of Jewish Diaspora in Central and Eastern Europe. The annihilation of its community was brought by Nazis during the World War II. Now one can visit the oldest synagogue in Poland – the Old Synagogue which houses the Museum of Jewish Culture, Remuh synagogue and 16th century cemetery. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 11: Departure to Warsaw. On the way excursion to Wieliczka, a small town situated 12 km from Kraków. Guided visit of the salt mine – which is in operation since the 13th century. Its underground corridors, chambers and stunning chapels with chandeliers made of crystal salt are unique in the world. Transfer to Warsaw. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Day 12: After breakfast transfer to the airport.
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