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Best Of Poland Tour

Tour ID: 1238
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Countries: Poland
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: 
ROUTING: WARSAW
- Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel 
- Overnight in Warsaw
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Jan III Sobieski ****


Day 2: 
ROUTING: WARSAW
- Breakfast
- Begin a full day sightseeing of Warsaw with Wilanow Palace included
- The Old Town : the Royal Castle and the Royal Castle Square with King Sigismund III Vasa Column, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. Drive along the Royal Route: Krakowskie Przedmiescie, Nowy Swiat and Aleje Ujazdowskie, with numerous churches (Holy Cross Church with Chopin's heart kept in the pillar), monuments, historic buildings and palaces, many of them housing embassies and ministries.
- Stop in front of the Parliament, walk through the Lazienki Park with famous Palace on the Water, one of the last 18th century court theatres in Europe in Old Orangery, famous Chopin's monument and Belvedere Palace.
- Wilanow Palace: Summer residence of King John Sobieski. Magnificent interiors include furniture and china from the period, and gallery of Polish portraits. English park, Italian Baroque garden and rose garden.
- Overnight in Warsaw
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Jan III Sobieski ****
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Day 3:
ROUTING: ZELAZOWA WOLA – BROCHOW – MAURZYCE – NIEBOROW – ARKADIA
- Breakfast
- During this tour we will take you to most interesting places around Warsaw City. We will visit Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw, where world famous composer Fryderyk Chopin was born. His father worked there as a French teacher. We will visit his birthplace - and old manor, which now houses a museum dedicated to composer. We will also see an unique example of fortified church in Brochow where Chopin's parents got married and where Frederic Chopin was baptized. Then we will go to Maurzyce a very small village near Lowicz town. It is very old, traditional polish village. There is a heritage park available for visitors which we will visit.
- On way back to Warsaw we will stop in Nieborow Palace. The origins of Nieborow date back to the end of 12th century when a settlement was founded and afterwards a village with the wooden mansion and the church erogated in 1314. At the beginning of the 16th century a Gothic Renaissance mansion was raised which lasted till the 17th century. There is also a park with baroque garden in the regular (French) style was designed in the 60s of the 18th century.
- You will visit Palace and park and also if you like we can show you a nearby English style garden in nearby village of Arkadia.
- Return to and Overnight in Warsaw
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Jan III Sobieski ****
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Day 4: Monday 7th
ROUTING: WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA - KRAKOW
- Breakfast
- Departure to Krakow with visiting Monastery on Jasna Gora in Czestochowa on the way
- Czestochowa is one of the most important sites in the Christian world and is often called a Religious Capital of Poland. Millions of pilgrims, including over 100 000 foreigners, come here every year to pray at the miraculous Black Madonna Shrine. Historians date the famous painting to the 14th century. But a legend says it has been made by Saint Luke Evangelist on a piece of wood from the table used by Virgin Mary in Nazareth. Now a famous icon is a part of Baroque altar made of silver and ebony. The altar is opened twice a day with organ music accompaniment. The painting is covered with precious decoration, forming royal gowns for Virgin Mary and her Child. Only a mysterious, dark face with two scars on the cheek can be seen. Spare gowns are kept in the Treasury with other priceless jewels. Gown is changed for special occasions.
- Depart for Krakow
- Check in overnight in Krakow
ACCOMMODATION: Andel’s Hotel****
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Day 5:
ROUTING: KRAKOW – WIELICZKA - KRAKOW
- Breakfast
- The tourist route starts 64 metres below ground level and ends 135 m below the earth surface. During 1,5 hour tour you will explore underground world of labyrinthine passages, magnificent saline lakes, mysterious caves and extraordinary chapels excavated in rock salt and decorated with numerous salt sculptures and relief’s. The highlight of the tour is St Kinga’s Chapel which is the most spectacular and the biggest among underground chapels in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Tour ends in Budryka Chamber where you can do some shopping, have a cup of coffee or mail a postcard from the underground post office. Then a lift will take you back to the surface
- Lunch in Wieliczka Salt Mine
- Return to Krakow for a ½ day sightseeing of Krakow with Wawel Castle included
- Discover the beautiful, historic, and culture-packed city of Krakow on a bus and walking tour. - You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz to explore the area which used to be inhabited by one of the most diverse Jewish communities in Europe. Then a short drive will take you up the Wawel Hill which is the embodiment of Poland's former monarchical glory. Its summit is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral which hosted almost all coronations and funerals of the Polish monarchy. Having descended the hill, we stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College), the oldest building of the Academia Cracoviensis.
- After visiting the charming Gothic courtyard we continue to the Main Market Square. This bustling heart of the city is a perfect place for picking up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall which has been the local market place for centuries. Complete your tour by visiting St Mary's Church, where the stunning medieval altar sculpted by Veit Stoss is located and a bugle call sounds towards the four corners of the world every hour on the hour.
- Overnight in Krakow
ACCOMMODATION: Andel’s Hotel****
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Day 6:
ROUTING: KRAKOW – KALWARIA – WADOWICE - KRAKOW
- Breakfast
- Our tour begins with a visit to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Kalwaria is entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady. The Pope as a child came here very frequently to pray and contemplate God. He said his faith and dedication to God grew stronger here. Apart from the main church there is a formerly common way of worshipping God. This is a complex of differently styled chapels on “the Way of The Cross”, illustrating Christ’s passion.
- Next we will visit Wadowice, "the place where it all began" as the Pope referred to his hometown in 1999 during his visit here. We will see the dearest places to Karol Wojtyła during his childhood and adolescence, including the parish church where he was baptized and the house where he was born. Our journey to and from Wadowice also gives you a chance to view the peaks of the Popes beloved Beskidy mountain range where he used to hike.
- Return to and overnight in Krakow
ACCOMMODATION: Andel’s Hotel****
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Day 7: 
ROUTING: KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ - KRAKOW
- Breakfast
- Guided walk through Auschwitz–Birkenau camps lasts ca. 3,5 hrs. During the tour you will see the permanent exhibition at Auschwitz I Main Camp and the site of the Main Camp, 15 min. film presenting the first moments after liberation. After a short 15 min. break you will visit the most important remaining camp objects at Birkenau the site of the camp, residential barracks, unloading ramp, ruins of gas chambers and crematoria II and III
- Return to and overnight in Krakow
ACCOMMODATION: Andel’s Hotel****
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Day 8:
ROUTING: KRAKOW - BUCHAREST
- Breakfast
- Transfer to the airport 
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