Best of Poland

The best sites to visit in 8 days. A perfect option for those who want to admire the beauty of Polish Mountains – the last day will be spent in Zakopane. Let yourself be enchanted by the unique union of stories, monuments and landscapes.

After your arrival on Warsaw Chopin Airport, be assured that a representative of RealPoland will take care of you during every moment of this trip. You will be accompanied by drivers and guides and your tour consultant will be at your disposal 24 hours a day.

On your first evening in Warsaw, you may like to explore the beautiful city on your own. You can choose the viewing terrace on the 30th floor of Palace of Culture and Science to admire the breathtaking scenery of Warsaw.

Become a real Warsaw insider! The tour starts with a short walk around the Old Town. The area of the Old Town was completely destroyed during the Defensive War in 1939 and the Warsaw Uprising. Today you can see it rebuilt: the Royal Castle, the townhouses and churches.

Warsaw's Old Town is a living proof of the great efforts of its citizens to restore the beauty of their city. The next stop is the Church of the Holy Cross, hosting the urn with Fryderyk Chopin's heart. Leaving the Old Town by the Royal Route, you will  head for Łazienki Royal Park. After a lunch break, you continue with a visit to Wilanow – the summer residence of Polish king JohnIII Sobieski that was fortunately spared damage during the war.

On day three, you will have some free time in the afternoon, just to explore the city on your own. However, the sightseeing tour continues in the morning. First, a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Museum, one of the best museums in Poland.

Its interactive displays, photographs, video footages and many more modern exhibitions shall help you imagine the scope of the uprising and make a lasting impressions on the visitors. In the afternoon, a visit to the area of the former Jewish Ghetto – the Monument of Ghetto Heroes, Umschlag Platz, Miła and Nalewki Street. Unfortunately, most of the Ghetto has been razed in the war. This demonstrates the tragic history of Warsaw – a modern, lively city today, and sad ruins only fifty years ago.

In the morning, you depart for Czestochowa, the location of the most famous Polish Sanctuary – the church of Jasna Gora, home of the miraculous Black Madonna painting and one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world. The tour of the monastery will be led by a local guide (with luck, one of the monks of the order).

Afterwards, you leave for Krakow, along a road that leads through a picturesque area of medieval and renaissance castles known as the Eagle Nest Trail – some of them are ruined, but some endure. You can stop for lunch on the way.

As Krakow will be our following base, you can make yourself at home in one of the centrally located hotels.

You start your stay in Krakow with a walk around the lovely Old Town, culminating with a visit to the Wawel Castle – the original seat of the Polish kings. The Wawel Cathedral, built in renaissance style, is a famous jewel of architecture. Moving on from the castle, you will pay a visit to the premises of the Jagiellonian University – one of the oldest in Europe.

The next step is the Florianska Gate and the barbican – vestiges of the medieval fortifications. The Main Market Square – the central part of the Old Town – is always packed with a colourful tourist crowd. While there, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the St. Mary's Church, famous not only for the hymn played from its tower, but also for the medieval wooden altar sculpted by Veit Stoss.

If you wish to purchase some original, hand-made souvenirs, the best place for that is the Cloth Halla renaissance equivalent of a shopping mall on the Market Square. The recently renovated National Museum may also be of interest to you.

In the afternoon, yo are free to explore Krakow on your own.

In the evening, a short walk around Kazimierz – the old Jewish Quarter. Today, a district of contrasts: on one hand, vibrant with night-life, on the other – you can still feel its tragic history. After a short walk with our guide, you can try the traditional Jewish cuisine in one of the district's restaurants.

You should be prepared for the whole day of sightseeing, including some very important points of your tour programme. The first stop is the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial – an obligatory destination for all humanist-minded visitors. Every year, millions of them choose to go through the same gate as the prisoners did, with its cynic inscription:Arbeit macht freiGerman: Work makes you free.

The tour, with an English-speaking museum guide, takes 4 hours. You will visit the buildings of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II – Birkenau complexes. A big portion of the original infrastructure has been kept – roads, barracks and watchtowers. Inside, there are collections of original documents and exhibitions commemorating the victims.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the salt mine in Wieliczka town. Founded in 13th century, the mine is still operative. The tourist route is 2,5 km long and leads through numerous corridors, drifts, galleries and chambers, lots of them decorated with sculptures made from salt. The guide will explain how the salt was mined, from the Middle Ages till today, and show historical mining equipment.

For the end of your tour, you move to the mountain refuge only two hours away from Krakow. Zakopane, also known as the Winter Capital of Poland – is a town very popular among skiing lovers, but also visited by thousands of tourists in the summer, offering many opportunities for mountain excursions.

Visitors can also admire countless examples of unique architecture style typical for this region. Your visit will start with Gubalowka mountain with its famous cable car. From the peak you can admire the beautiful panorama of the Tatra Mountains. The next step will be a walk along Krupowki Street, famous for its stalls with hand-made souvenirs.

In the afternoon, a visit to the Museum of Tatra Mountains. There you can see more a in-depth presentation of the highlander culture. The last, but not least, will be the wooden chapel in Jaszczorowka, famous for its stained – glass windows.

For the evening, dinner with a highlander show in one of the traditional restaurants is highly recommended.

As Zakopane is our last stop when exploring Poland, on day eight you will head back to Warsaw. As a farewell, you can make your return via the Trail of Wooden Churches. Included in UNESCO World Heritage programme are over 200 hundred wooden buildings: churches, mosques, ortodox churches and houses. All of them about a century old, and unique examples of the local architecture, not possible to see anywhere else in Europe.

After the return to Warsaw, we can either drop you off at the airport or at one of the hotels – depending on your flight schedule of course.

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