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Krakow - Lublin - Bialowieza - Warsaw 9 Days/8 Nights

Krakow - Lublin - Bialowieza - Warsaw 9 Days/8 Nights

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Join our Expert in Polish history, art and architecture, on a journey through the heart of Europe to discover the Treasures of Medieval & Renaissance Poland. 

Travelling through many of Poland’s most beautiful towns and cities including Krakow, Zamosc, Lublin and the restored Old Town of Warsaw, you will experience the splendor of Royal Castles and tombs, Old Market Squares, Renaissance architecture, magnificent churches and three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

With pre-dinner talks given by your trip scholar, an evening recital of Chopin (in Warsaw), a horse drawn carriage ride through a medieval forest to see European bison (which is followed by a barbecue with accordion music and classic hearty Polish cuisine), the Treasures of Medieval & Renaissance Poland Tour promises to be a trip of a lifetime.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Krakow Old Town taking in Krakow Market Square, the Renaissance Cloth Hall, St Mary’s Basilica with Veit Stoss’s high altar masterpiece

  • Visit the Underground Market Museum to explore the recently excavated medieval merchant stall

  • Guided tour of Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow Cathedral and its royal tombs

  • Discover Jewish Krakow with a guided tour of the Kazimierz district, visiting the Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and adjoining cemetary. Tour concludes with dinner in Jewish restaurant with live Jewish music performance

  • Guided tour of Lublin’s Old Town, including Krakow Gate dating from 14th century, the town hall, Dominican church and monastery founded in the 13th century. View the priceless Russo-Byzantine frescoes in the Holy Trinity chapel located within the fortified Lublin Castle

  • Visit the 16th century Renaissance town of Zamosc, often called the Padua of the North

  • Experience a guided excursion of the Bialowieza National Park (a primeval forest and UNESCO World Heritage Site) and visit the Bison Reserve where you can observe the Zubron, a cros between a bison and a cow. The excursion includes a ride in a horse drawn carriage! Enjoy a barbecue with accordion music and classic Polish food.

  • Learn about the history of Warsaw on a guided walk of the Old Town, Royal Castl0, Warsaw Ghetto and National Opera House followed by an evening piano recital of Frederic Chopin’s music with sparkling win reception

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DAY 1 Krakow

Afternoon | Transfer to Hotel | Check-in | Welcome Reception Drink at Hotel with Introductory Talk From Your Expert

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a Welcome Drink and Introductory talk by your Expert.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town.

Walk through the narrow streets of the city to the medieval Main Square (Rynek) and the Renaissance Cloth Hall filled with market stalls. Stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to view the magnificent wooden High Altar by Veit Stoss. Visit one the newly opened Underground Market Museum to explore the recently excavated medieval merchant stalls and gain an understanding of the city’s history, from its first settlers to its modern day.

Evening | Dinner at Local Restaurant in the Main Square

Meals included: (L,D)

 

DAY 2 Krakow

Morning | Guided Tour of Wawel Hill, the Royal Castle and Krakow Cathedral

The morning sightseeing tour features Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of 16th century tapestries is matchless.

Visit Wawel Cathedral, the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Its 18 chapels are renowned architectural masterpieces. Its giant bell, Zygmunt foged in 1520, ranks with the world’s largest.

Following a short break for coffee and cake you will be transfered to the Kazimierz District (Jewish Quarter).

Afternoon | Lunch at Leisure | Guided Tour of Jewjish Quarter

This afternoon discover Kazimierz, a distinct town with its own Market Square and Town Hall which blossomed in the 16th century. Visit Poland’s oldest Judaic shrine, the Old Synagogue, and its exhibition which reveals the history of the Jewish community in Krakow, followed by a visit of the Remuh Synagogue and its adjoining cemetery.

Famously, Kazimierz was the setting for the movie Schindler’s List.

Evening | Traditional Dinner in a Jewish Restaurant with Klezmer Music Performance

Enjoy your evening meal in a traditional Jewish restaurant with tradiotional Jewish folk music performance.

Meals included: (B, D)

 

DAY 3 Krakow 

Morning | Guidied Tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine

Transfer to Wieliczka Salt Mine, an underground mine of chambers, grottoes, and chapels carved out of salt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The greatest of the underground chapels is that of St. Kinga, the crown jewel of the mine and the pride of the miners.

Afternoon | Lunch at Leisure | Transfer to Royal Castle of Niepolomice 

After lunch transfer to Niepolomice and its Royal Castle. Built in the 14th century by King Casimir the Great, the Royal Castle is an impressive building in the Renaissance style. Within the castle's museum hall, admire outstanding works by Jan Matejko, Jacek Malczewski and Bronislaw Abramovich.

Return transfer to Krakow.

Evening | Dinner with Folk Music Show at Cracovian Restaurant

Meals included: B, D

 

DAY 4 Krakow - Lublin

Morning | Transfer to Lublin | Guided Tour of Lublin Old Town

This morning transfer to Lublin stopping en-route in Kazimierz Dolny.

Kazimierz Dolny is a picturesque town situated along the banks of the Vistula. Its main square is lined with historic buildings and its charming lanes filled with quaint galleries, shops and ice cream parlours.

On arrival in Lublin, enjoy a guided tour of its Old Town, which dates back to the 14th century. Discover the Town Hall, Dominican church and monastery (founded in the 13th century) and a wide variety of historical architectural styles. One of the most important historical artefacts to be found in Lublin is the priceless set of Russo-Byzantine frescoes in the Holy Trinity Chapel, located within the fortified walls of Lublin Castle. Another highlight is the Cathedral with its Acoustic Sacristy Chamber and Treasury.

Afternoon | Lunch in Lublin | Rest of Afternoon at Leisure

Evening | Dinner at Leisure

Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many traditional restaurants.

Meals included: B, L

 

DAY 5 Lublin – Zamosc – Lublin

Morning | Transfer to Zamosc | Guided Tour of Old Town

Transfer to Zamosc, an outstanding 16th century Renaissance town, often called the Padua of the North. Enjoy a guided walk around the town, admire the Market Square and Town Hall surrounded by arcades, the Cathedral complex and the Jan Zamoyski Monument. In Zamosc you will also find the oldest pharmacy in Poland, Apteka Rektorska (Rector's Pharmacy).

Afternoon | Lunch in Zamosc

After lunch in one of the local restaurants transfer to Lublin. The rest of the day at leisure.

Evening | Dinner at Leisure

Enjoy dinner at leisure at one of the many local restaurants.

Meals included:  B, L

 

DAY 6 Lublin - Bialowieza 

Morning | Transfer to Bialowieza 

This morning transfer to Bialowieza, the largest primaeval forest in Europe and a UNESCO listed World Cultural Heritage Site. En-route, stop in Hajnowka a charming 16th century town, for lunch and guided tour.

Afternoon | Lunch in Hajnowka | Sightseeing of Hajnowka

Explore Hajnowka, a centre of Orthodox faith and a notable centre of Belarusian culture. Its 19th Century Orthodox church, The Orthodox Church of Saint Trinity, architecture unites modern, Byzantine and Ruthenian influences.

After the sightseeing of Hajnowka we will continue to Bialowieza.

Evening | Dinner at the Hotel

Today’s dinner will be served at the hotel.

Meals included: B, L, D

 

DAY 7 Bialowieza

Morning | Guided Tour of Bialowieza National Park

Guided excursion of the Bialowieza National Park, the largest primaeval forest in Europe and a UNESCO listed World Cultural Heritage Site. The excursion will be by horse drawn carriages! Visit the Bison Reserve, where you will observe the zubron, a cross between a bison and a cow followed by time at leisure to explore the forest.

Afternoon | Barbecue Lunch with Classic Polish food and Accordion Music

Enjoy a barbecue with accordion music and classic Polish food: kielbasa (excellent smoked sausage), bigos (stew with sauerkraut cabbage, a variety of meats, mushrooms and spices), and ogorek kwaszony (pickled cucumber).

Evening | Dinner at Leisure

Meals included: B, L

 

DAY 8 Warsaw

Morning | Transfer to Warsaw

Transfer by coach to Warsaw.

Afternoon | Guided Tour of Warsaw 

The tour starts with a "Pierogi" party (Polish filled dumplings) in a local restaurant.

After lunch enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II. Explore the Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland and the picturesque Old Town Square Market with its galleries, restaurants and museums and continue to the former Warsaw Ghetto. 

Evening | Chopin Piano Recital | Dinner at Leisure

This evening enjoy a recital of Frederic Chopin's piano music with a glass of sparkling wine.

Rest of evening at leisure

Meals included: B, L

 

DAY 9 Warsaw

Morning | at Leisure | Check-out

Morning at leisure.

End of Tour*.

Afternoon | Farewell Lunch with Traditional Polish Dishes

After check-out enjoy a Farwell lunch in one of the local restaurants.

Meals included: B, L

*Please advise your Grand Cultural Tours Travel Adviser at time of Booking if you require a transfer to the airport.

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  • 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in 4 star hotel in Krakow (double room)

  • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in 4 star hotel in Lublin (double room)

  • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in 4 star hotel in Bialowieza (double room)

  • 1 night 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

  • Services of a Trip Scholar throughout including 3 x pre-dinner talks

  • English speaking Guide assistance throughout tour

  • Guided tours and entrance tickets to St.Mary Basilica, Underground Krakow Market museum, Wawel Castle, Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, Remuh cemetery, Wieliczka Salt Mine, NiepoĊ‚omice Royal Castle, Lublin Old Town (entrances to cathedrals and other historic buildings), Zomosc Market Square, Warsaw’s Old Tow, Royal Castle and Warsaw Ghetto

  • See bison at Bialowieza medieval forest with ride in horse drawn carriage and special barbecue lunch

  • Tickets to evening Frederic Chopin piano concert

Not included:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights

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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