Day 1: Arrival to Krakow
After your arrival at Krakow Airport, take the taxi to your hotel. The ride will take you only approximately 30 minutes, as John Paul II airport is located only 16 km from the city center. After checking in, explore the UNESCO – listed Old Town of Krakow. You will be surprised with all the medieval architecture that can be found there, as well as cobbled stone streets, the Market Hall and nurmerous highly rated restaurants, serving traditional polish food.
Day 2: Private Guided Walking Tour
Start the day with a private guided walking tour. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and give you the introduction to Poland’s and Krakow's history. Your tour will finish at the Castle, giving you the opportunity to explore it by yourself. In the afternoon, discover Kazimierz – old Jewish district, together with the synagogues and Jewish cemetery. Later enjoy the dinner in one of the restaurants offering the old Jewish cuisine accompanied by the klezmer music.
Day 3: Concentration and Death Camp of Auschwitz Birkenau
Visit the infamous Concentration and Death Camp of Auschwitz Birkenau, located around 70km away from Krakow. The tour company will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the campsite, where you will join the group tour in English. Auschwitz existed from 1940 till January 1945 and was the biggest concentration camp in occupied Europe, where over a million people were murdered. Today it’s an educational institution and the only former concentration camp listed on the UNESCO- heritage site.
Day 4: Wieliczka Salt Mine and Oskar Schindler’s Factory
Start the day with a visit to one of the biggest tourist attractions in Poland – the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine. It was established in the 13th century and until 2007 it was an active mine. The biggest highlight of mine is the spectacular Saint Kinga chapel, where everything from the floor, through to the sculptures and up to chandelier was created from salt. After, return to Krakow and visit the Oskar Schindler’s Factory to learn about Krakow under the Nazi occupation and the factory, whose owner saved over 1000 Jewish workers.
Day 5: Zakopane Excursion
Experience the natural beauty of the highest Polish mountains – The Tatra Mountains. The town of Zakopane is known as the winter capital city of Poland and not only you can see beautiful mountain chains there but also astonishing wooden buildings, which at the end of 19th century were considered as the ideal of polish national architecture. Spend the day here exploring its highlights and mountaintop views before returning back to Krakow in the late afternoon.
Day 6: Train Journey to Warsaw and Private Guided Tour
Take the early train from Krakow to Warsaw. After checking in your hotel, join the privately guided walking tour with our professional licensed tour guide. He will pick you up from your hotel and take you for a 4-hour walk through the historical sites of Warsaw. You will discover the youngest old town in Europe which was fully reconstructed after the end of World War II. Rebuilt with such precision and detail, the ”New” Old Town is listed on UNESCO heritage site.
Day 7: Warsaw Uprising Museum and Chopin’s Concert in the Evening
In the morning, head to one of Warsaw’s largest parks, Łazienki Park which occupies 76 hectares of the city center. The park and palace complex where half of Warsaw descends on a Sunday to take the traditional family stroll, the name Łazienki means baths and is derived from the park’s centerpiece and best-known attraction, the Palace on the Island. In the afternoon, visit one of the best museums in Warsaw, the Uprising Museum, dedicated to the final battle of Warsaw during World War II. This interactive museum will help you learn about the Nazi occupation in Warsaw and the Uprising itself. In the evening enjoy one of the Chopin’s concerts suggested in our itinerary.
Day 8: Communism Off the Beaten Path Tour and Polin Museum
Hop on the board of the old communist Nysa van, which in the old times was used, among the others, as the militia van, and join the Communism Off the Beaten Path tour of Warsaw. You will discover the hidden gems of the Polish capital, buildings with the bullet holes, pre-war courtyards with hidden shrines or the artistic Praga district. After the tour, visit Polin – the museum of the history of Polish Jews – which in 2016 won the award for the best Museum in Europe.
Day 9: Departing from Warsaw
It’s the end of your trip today! Our Private driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby and drop you off at the Chopin Airport in Warsaw. If you wish to add any other European city to your itinerary just speak with your personal Travel Consultant.