Poland reverently respects its history while marching forward in hope. We ponder the power of faith at Kraków’s wonderful Wawel Cathedral and the ‘Jasna Góra’ (Bright Hill) Monastery in Częstochowa, a hugely prominent place of pilgrimage. Visiting Warsaw, we celebrate the extraordinary transformation of a place once almost destroyed in war. We spend an emotional day at Auschwitz, learning of the country’s dark past, and an uplifting one touring Wrocław, a charming contemporary city.
9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Warsaw. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel, where dinner is included this evening.
This morning we have a guided orientation tour of this vibrant and exciting city. Having been reconstructed to its former glory, the town is now a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is at leisure and the Royal Castle is worth seeing, as is the Palace of Cultures and Science, with its views across the city. You may also like to visit Lazienki Palace, which is set in a lovely park with an open-air Greek theatre. For this evening, you might like to take a seat at a Chopin concert.
Czestochowa - Wroclaw
This morning we make our way to Wroclaw, where we stop for a visit at the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, the most important pilgrimage centre in Poland. We continue through a mixed landscape of pasture, forests and arable land, to our base for the next two nights, Wroclaw, where dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
This delightful city is regarded by many to be the cradle of the Polish state - it was here that the Polanie tribe built their first settlement. Its medieval centre was badly destroyed at the end of the Second World War and has since been reconstructed in its original style. A short walking tour of the Old Town will reveal its beauty this morning. The rest of the day is at leisure.
A day at leisure for sightseeing and relaxing. As you explore, look out for the foot-tall bronze dwarfs. They were a symbol of the struggle against communism, brought to life as cheeky statues in 2001, and they now get up to mischief all over the city. An optional excursion is available to Ksiaz castle and the Church of Peace in Swidnica.
We journey east to Krakow with a stop for lunch; and arrive at our hotel with time for you to start exploring this medieval city.
Krakow - Wieliczka
After breakfast we have an orientation tour of Krakow, with its marvellous collections of Gothic and Renaissance buildings mercifully left unscathed by the ravages of the war. The old part of the city is dominated by the imposing Wawel Castle and the Cathedral. In the afternoon we visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mine is renowned for its microclimate and the health-giving properties that resulted in an underground sanatorium being established to treat allergic diseases.
Today, we visit Auschwitz concentration camp, which stands as a monument to its victims and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The outbuildings now form the museum, which contains artefacts belonging to those who perished. You also visit the extermination chambers and see the reconstructed furnaces of the crematoria.
Your last day is free to enjoy as you please. An optional excursion is available to the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz). This guided tour includes the only active synagogue in the city, and the factory where Oskar Schindler was able to save over 1,000 Jews from transportation to the Platzow Concentration Camp in Krakow. In the evening, you’re invited to a folklore dinner, to indulge in traditional Polish cuisine accompanied by a Polish folklore show - the perfect way to complete your Polish holiday.
Day 10 Krakow - UK
Today we transfer to the airport for a flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
• With so many highlights to see, this is a fast-paced itinerary and there is a considerable amount of walking involved.
• 2019 departures follow an amended itinerary, with different inclusions - please call for details.