There exists impeccable excellence and ageless history inside the outskirts of Poland. On this Poland visit, we are leaving on a voyage that will open us to a world that is generally just experienced through movement aides or history books. It is a basic encounter for any individual who needs to see the most significant areas on the planet. The voyage through Auschwitz is an educational exercise that is preferred learned in advance rather than finding out about it in the parts of any reading material. Poland offers something to learn and something to acknowledge around each corner; this relationship can be made actually when we stride foot along the tangled, cobblestone boulevards of the capital city, Warsaw. The historical backdrop of this city alone ranges from the thirteenth to the twentieth hundreds of years and we can, without doubt, acknowledge how the history books stay wide-open for the energetic fate of this fabulous nation.
Day 1: Arrive in Krakow
Day 2: Krakow: City Walking Tour
Day 3: Wieliczka Salt Mines & Oskar Schindler Museum
Day 4: Krakow – Oswiecim (Auschwitz) – Czestochowa – Lodz
Our first stop today is the Oswiecim (Auschwitz) and Brzezinka (Birkenau) Nazi concentration camps preserved as memorials to the 1.5 million people of 28 nationalities who perished here, the overwhelming majority of whom were Jewish. Our guided walking tour of the site reveals the compelling history of this region and the very human aspect of this particular historic location. We continue to Czestochowa, the “spiritual home” of Poland, where pilgrims from every corner of the country come to Jasna Gora (Luminous Mountain) Monastery to revere the image of the Black Madonna, Poland’s most important icon. Legend says that the icon was painted by St Luke the Evangelist on a piece of cypress wood from the table used by Mary in Nazareth. The icon was brought from Jerusalem and installed in the monastery around 1384. We finish our day in Lodz (pronounced: Wooj). A small settlement, that in 1423 was granted civic rights, was thriving at the beginning of the 19th century. Lodz became one of the Europe’s biggest and fastest growing textile industry centre. At that time, a new identity of the city – “a promised land” and “a city of many cultures” was created. In Lodz people of different nationalities and religions shared the same dream of a success. Despite the differences they were able to build the city together. We arrive in time for dinner. Overnight in Lodz.
Day 5: Lodz – Warsaw: City Tour
Day 6: Warsaw Sightseeing – To Torun
Before leaving Warsaw, we’ll visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 (we visit today instead of yesterday as the museum is closed for group visits on Sundays). The museum sponsors research into the history of the Uprising, and the history and possessions of the Polish Underground State. It collects and maintains hundreds of artefacts, ranging from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters, in order to present a full picture of the people involved. The museum’s stated goals include the creation of an archive of historical information on the Uprising and the recording of the stories and memories of the still living Uprising participants. We then continue our journey to the picturesque medieval town of Torun, a beautiful medieval city in northwestern Poland, situated on the Vistula River. Torun’s architecture managed to escape bombing, and as such represents one of the only examples of true Gothic architecture in Poland. At warm times of year Torun’s old town is full of street cafes and restaurants where you can eat and drink outdoors and enjoy the medieval atmosphere. Overnight in Torun.
Day 7: Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus Museum – Gdansk
Day 8: Gdansk Area Tour
Day 9: Gdansk – Malbork – Olsztyn
After breakfast, we drive to Olsztyn. En route, we stop at the Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork, the largest brick building in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. In the afternoon, we continue to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is the old town, encircled by a set of fortified walls. Overnight in Olsztyn.
Day 10: Olsztyn – Olsztynek – Warsaw
Day 11: Departure