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Gdansk – Frombork – Malbork – Torun – Warsaw | Liberty’s Flame Tour: A Journey through Poland and its History

Join our Expert on Polish history and art on a journey through from Gdansk to Warsaw.

Your journey begins in Gdansk, a city that’s changed the course of world history twice, being the location of the start of the second world war and the birthplace of Solidarność (Solidarity), the movement that played a prominent role in the toppling of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. You then travel onwards to the Gothic towns of Torun (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Frombork, respectively the birthplace and place of death of Copernicus, the Polish scientist whose seminal work, De Revolutionibus (On Revolutions), initiated the Scientific Revolution. Next you experience the medieval Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) before concluding your journey in Warsaw with guided tours of the Royal Castle and the reconstructed Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Curator led visits at the Warsaw Rising Museum and POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, with special access, normally off-limits to the public will enhance your experience.

With pre-dinner talks by your trip scholar that bring to life the dramatic history of Poland and local expert guided tours throughout, the dramatic ‘story’ of Poland will unfold in fascinating detail.

Dining experiences include authentic Polish cuisine at traditional and elegant establishments, as well as a special dinner at the home (a cottage) of a Masovian family.

All accommodation is hand-picked and classed as 4 star.

Tour Highlights

  • City tour of Gdansk, providing testimony to Poland’s more recent history, from the heroism of the defenders of Westerplatte in 1939 to the Monument to the Murdered Shipyard Workers at Gdansk Shipyard, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement. Includes a visit to St Bridget’s Church, the place of worship for Solidarity activists with bas-reliefs of scenes from Solidarity’s history and the tomb of the murdered priest J. Popieluszko

  • Boat trip on the Baltic Bay taking in Westerplatte, Sopot, Gdynia and the Hel Peninsula. Onboard you can try local fish specialities accompanied by classical music, jazz or shanties

  • Visit Frombork, the home of Copernicus and travel to Malbork, to visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order,  a classical medieval fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Visit Torun, birthplace of Copernicus, and visit the house of the astronomer. Stroll through the city’s historic Gothic Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit the ruins of a Teutonic Knights castle

  • Enjoy a home-hosted lunch with a Mazovian family in a charming cottage at the foot of Lowicz castle

  • Enjoy a half day walking tour of Warsaw, taking in the Old Town, Royal Castle and other buildings of interest§Learn about the courage of the Polish people during a guided visit of the Warsaw Rising Museum, a tribute to those who fought and died for an independent Poland 

  • Walk in the footsteps of Chopin in Warsaw, including a guided visit of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, the Chopin family’s parish church and walk through Royal Lazienki park to see the most recognisable monument of Chopin and where every Sunday from spring to autumn openair concerts of Chopin’s music is organised

  • Walk through Jewish history on a Jewish Heritage Tour. Includes the Warsaw Ghetto area which includes the site of the bunker on Miła Street; the monumental Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto; the Umschlagplatz

  • Learn about the thousand year history of the Polish Jews at POLIN, the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews. Includes a curator let tour and talk organized by Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski

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DAY 1 Gdansk

Afternoon | Transfer from Airport to Your Hotel in Gdansk | Check-in and Welcome Reception with Drink and Introductory Talk from Your Expert

Welcome to Gdansk, the old Hanseatic city that changed the world twice in the 20th century. Transfer from the airport to the hotel for check-in. Orientation excursion of Gdansk. From the 15th to the 18th century, Gdansk represented Poland's gateway to the world, with the city holding monopoly on the maritime trade in grain and timber. A stroll around Gdansk provides a vivid testimony to Poland's more recent history, from the heroism of the defenders of Westerplatte in 1939 to the Monument to the Murdered Shipyard Workers, which stands at the gates of the Gdansk Shipyard, the birthplace of "Solidarity".

Evening | Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurants

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DAY 2 Gdansk - Gdynia - Sopot

Fall in love with the Baltic Sea and its surrounding region. Three cities, each with different their own history and character, form one flourishing metropolitan area known as the Tri-City.

Sopot is a luxury seaside resort town, a venue for mass events and a trendy shopping area. It’s most recognizable symbol is its pier. Jutting out half a kilometer into the sea, it is the longest wooden pier in Europe.

Gdynia is a distinctive place constructed in the 1920s, it was the background of a newly built modern harbor, which, to this day is the most characteristic part of the city.

Gdańsk is the business and cultural capital of this region, imbued with a history spanning a thousand years. The Old Town boasts splendid manor houses and Gothic churches.

Morning | Boat trip around Baltic Bay: Gdansk - Westerplatte – Hel - Gdansk

During this trip you will have the opportunity to admire the most picturesque sites along the Baltic coast near Gdansk. The private ship will stop at Westerplatte, Sopot, Gdynia and finally the Hel Peninsula. On board you can try local fish specialties which satisfy even the most discerning taste. Different kinds of entertainment oboard include classical music, jazz or old shanties, followed by magicians of pantomime performance.

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DAY 3 Frombork - Malbork

Morning | Visit Frombork

A little seaside town 90km east along the Baltic coast from Gdańsk, Frombork was the home of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer whose ideas overturned Church-approved scientific notions, specially the earth-centered model of the universe. Most of the research for his famous De Revolutionimbus (see below) was carried out around this town, and it was here that he died and was buried in 1543. Just over a century later, Frombork was badly mauled by marauding Swedes, who carted off most of Copernicus’ belongings, including his library. The town was wrecked in World War II, after which virtually none of the Old Town was left standing. Today it’s an out-of-the-way place, as peaceful as it probably was in Copernicus’ time, though of late the town has been rocked over land over ship – the Church, which owned much of the town center before World War II, is now claiming the whole place back.

Afternoon | Visit Malbork

Travel to Malbork to explore a classic medieval fortress from the UNESCO list of unique monuments. With its multiple defensive walls, a labyrinth of rooms and chambers, and exquisite architectural detail and decoration, this fortress is one of the largest medieval defensive systems in Europe.

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DAY 4 Gdansk

Morning | Walk in The Footsteps of Solidarity & Freedom

In the late 1970s Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk saw the birth of the Solidarity movement, the first independent trade union among the Eastern Block countries, which made Lech Walesa a household name and began the process of transformation across the entire region.

A guided field trip focused on the transformation of Gdansk and Europe, as we learn how the city's Lenin Shipyard birthed the Solidarity Trade Union, making Lech Walesa a household name. Make a photo stop at the Monument to the Shipyard Workers and visit the exhibition on the greatest peaceful revolution of our time in the new European Solidarity Centre. The European Center of Solidarity Movement is a phenomenal reason to visit Gdansk as tells the story which is of global significance. The combined efforts of Solidarity and Pope John Paul II began the process of transformation across the entire region.

Visit St Bridget’s Church - place of worship for Solidarity activists with collection of crosses from the 1980-88 strikes, the tombstone of the murdered priest J. Popieluszko, and a door with bas-reliefs of scenes from Solidarity’s history.

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DAY 5 Torun - Lowicz - Warsaw

Morning | Transfer to Torun

You will be transfered to Torun, birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. Stroll through its Gothic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Untouched by World War II, the Old Town constitutes a precious landmark of history and tradition.

The city is also called the Pearl of Northern Gothic: full of authentic medieval buildings, and some of the highest achievements of Gothic brick architecture in Europe.

You will have the opportunity to visit the house of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the ruins of an old Teutonic castle, St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its bell tower that offers splendid view over the city.

Afternoon | Lunch at a Local Restaurant in Torun

After visit in Torun we continue drive to Warsaw and we will stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: especially noteworthy are the colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs.

Evening | Home hosted dinner in LowiczTransfer to Warsaw | Check-in at Hotel in Warsaw

On the way to Warsaw we will make a stop in Lowicz - a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: especially noteworthy are the colorful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs.

You will be invited for a home-hosted dinner by a local family, whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. You will be welcomed in a typical Polish way, with bread & salt, and enjoy your meal served by the young married couple in their lovely house. You will have time to talk about their day to day life and have your dessert in a beautiful garden.

After dinner, you continue to Warsaw.

Arrival in Warsaw and check-in at the hotel.

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DAY 6 Warsaw

Morning | Walk in The Footsteps of Chopin

Discover the city where world-famous genius spent half of his life!;

Visit the most modern biographical museum in Europe, opened in Warsaw on the 200th commemoration of Chopin’s birthday;

See parish church of Chopin’s family - the Holy Cross Church where now Chopin’s heart rests & the church of the Nuns of the Visitation where he played on the organ as a pupil of the Warsaw Lyceum;

Afternoon | Lunch at restaurant Dawne Smaki located on Royal Route followed by walk in Royal Lazienki Park and rest of afternoon at leisure

Finally, experience Royal Lazienki Park with the most recognizable monument of Chopin. This is where every Sunday from spring to autumn the open air concerts of Chopin’s music are organized.

Evening | at Leisure

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DAY 7 Warsaw

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Discover the wonders of the Polish capital, including the Royal Route and the Old Town, which was painstakingly restored after World War II and is now included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Our guided excursion of Warsaw continues to Lazienki Park.

This morning, we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half-day sightseeing tour includes Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the Constitution of May 3rd was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution, after the US Constitution, in the world. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and see the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and most impressive of all the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom.

Afternoon | Lunch followed by Warsaw Rising Museum

Lunch in local restaurant in Old Town – BISTRO, we continue our tour with a drive to the famour Warsaw Uprising Museum en route, you will see the building of the National Opera House and Town Hall.

How to talk about the past to make your message clear, accurate and reliable but at the same time convincing for contemporary recipients? Anyone who is involved with museum historical exhibitions, including the history of XX century wars and totalitarian systems, will have to ask this question. Founders of the Warsaw Rising Museum also had to face this problem. We assumed that by linking history with modernity, memorial site with modern exhibition techniques, the events of 60 years ago will become ingrained in modern national awareness.

To design a modern museum exhibition we reached for proven foreigner examples, such as: The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the House of Terror Museum in Budapest. First and foremost we wanted to convey the climate of those times, recreate the atmosphere of fighting Warsaw, show, not only the military struggle of those 63 days but also everyday life of civilians. Only in this way we could reach our target audience – the young people. Our Museum is designed to tell them a story of the Rising, show all of its aspects and convey its significance.

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DAY 7 Warsaw

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JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR WARSAW

Until the outbreak of World War II, Poland was an important Jewish cultural and spiritual centre. Warsaw’s Jewish population was then about 400.000, which was almost one third of the city’s total. The vast majority of this strong Jewish community perished during the Holocaust. However, traces of the original Jewish community remain.

During the tour we will visit Nozyk Synagogue – devastated during occupation and renovated after the war, serves all believers to this very day; Okopowa Jewish Cemetery – the largest in Warsaw founded at the beginning of the 19th century; Warsaw Ghetto area – including the site of the bunker on Miła Street; the monumental Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto; the Umschlagplatz; the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews presenting special exhibitions, displays, documents and artefacts.

POLIN MUSEUM

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to the public in April 2013. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. The Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, has been opened on October 28, 2014.

Formally founded in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Museum is an unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and museum professionals from around the world. Occupying around 4 000 sq m (ca. 43 000 sq ft), the Museum’s Core Exhibition will immerse visitors in the world of Polish Jews, from their arrival in Po-lin as traveling merchants in medieval times until today.

Evening | Farewell Dinner in Dom Polski Restaurant

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DAY 9 Warsaw

Morning | After breakfast time at leisure

Afternoon | Check-out, Transfer to Warsaw airport

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  • 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in 4 star hotel in Gdansk (double room)
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in 4 star hotel in Torun (double room)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in 4 star hotel in Warsaw (double room)
  • Half board; Lunch or Dinner (3 courses including water, coffee and tea) in hand-picked restaurants.
  • Home-hosted Dinner with a Mazovian family
  • Services of a Trip Scholar throughout including 3 x pre-dinner talks with 3 x conference room rental and pre-dinner drink
  • English speaking Guide assistance throughout tour
  • Guided city and town tours of Gdansk, Frombork, Malbork, Torun and Warsaw with entrances to key historic buildings
  • Guided Jewish Heritage Tour of Warsaw and Chopin Tour
  • Entrances to Copernicus’ house, Castle of Teutonic Knights and meetings/tours with the curators of Warsaw Uprising Museum and POLIN (the Museum of the History of Polish Jews)
  • Boat trip off coast of Gdansk on Baltic Bay (including Gdansk – Westerplatte – Hel)

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Local Expert Guides

Local Expert Guides

Our Local Expert Guides are experienced licenced tour guides with special access to museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions. 

Professional and gifted communicators with unparalleled local knowledge, each one specialises in bringing the past to life. 

For more information about our Expert Guides, please contact us on 020 8877 2883 to speak with a Grand Cultural Tours representative.

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