Day 1. Warsaw :
Arrival, meeting with an Orbis guide at the hotel lobby, check-in, Dinner with folklore.
Day 2. Warsaw :
After breakfast: sightseeing of Warsaw, an extraordinary city in which influences of Western and Eastern European culture cross. It is here that historic buildings, palaces, churches and architectural complexes, destroyed during WWII, have reconstructed with great care, UNESCO appreciated Warsaw monuments and its relics, and honored the city by placing the historical centre of Warsaw on the world Heritage List. Lunch. Afternoon: Chopin recital.
Day 3. Warsaw - Częstochowa – Oświęcim – Zakopane :
After breakfast: drive Zakopane, en-route visit to Częstochowa and Jasna Góra Monastery with the country’s national shrine and the holy picture of the black Madonna. Lunch. Afternoon: drive to Oświęcim, visit to Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp. The site and now a grim destination for thousands wanting to pay homage to those who died there. Afternoon: continuing to Zakopane.
Day 4. Zakopane – Krakow :
After breakfast: sightseeing of the lively resort and the best-known mountainous town of Zakopane, located in a small vally surrounded by the impressive Tatra Mountains and the tiny hillside village of Gubalówka. Sometimes called Poland’s ‘winter capital’ and located some 100km south of Krakow, Zakopane has been attracting the cream of Poland’s artistic community for ages. Excursion by cable car to Mt. Gubalówka. Afternoon: aunique experience in Europe – a trip down a racing mountain river on a wooden boat through the breathtaking Dunajec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains. Dinner at a restaurant.
Krakow – Wieliczka – Krakow. After breakfast: sightseeing of Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital, with about a quarter of all the country’s museum holdings, and the European City of Culture for the year 2000. Afternoon: visit to the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine with beautifully carved chambers, chapels and an underground lake: all made in salt. The mine is frequently referred to as The Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland. Dinner with folk performance at a local restaurant.
Day 6 and 7
Krakow – Warsaw
After breakfast: drive to Warsaw. Lunch. Afternoon: free time.