Emerging as a spectacular new holiday destination, Poland embraces an optimistic future without ignoring its fine cultural heritage and often turbulent past. This exceptional introductory tour includes a beguiling trio of cities - the capital Warsaw, with its pristine Old Town, destroyed during the war but resurrected from original plans and materials; the captivating Krakow, awash with Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Renaissance treasures; and the delightful Wroclaw, cradle of the Polish state. It also takes in the extraordinary 13th century salt mines at Wieliczka, the poignant site of Auschwitz and the birthplace of Chopin, perhaps Poland’s greatest cultural gift to the world.
9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Warsaw. On arrival, we transfer to the Westin Warsaw (4T) or the Sheraton Warsaw (4T+). Dinner is included this evening.
Day 2 Warsaw - Czestochowa - Krakow
This morning we make our way to Krakow where we stop for a visit at the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, the most important pilgrimage centre in Poland. As well as lunch, a guided visit is included. We arrive early evening at the Golden Tulip Krakow City Centre (4T) or Galaxy Krakow (4T) where we stay for the next four nights and where dinner is included this evening.
Day 3 Krakow - Wieliczka
After breakfast we have a short 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 famous 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.
Day 4 Krakow
Today is at leisure in Krakow. You can choose your own place in which to dine this evening.
Day 5 Auschwitz
Today, we visit Auschwitz concentration camp, which has been designated 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 whom were killed. You also visit the extermination chambers and see the reconstructed furnaces of the crematoria. You are free for dinner tonight.
Day 6 Krakow - Wroclaw
We join our coach for the trip to Wroclaw through a mixed landscape of pasture, forests and arable land, before reaching this delightful city, regarded by many to be the cradle of the Polish state - for 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. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful towns in Poland. On arrival you will be taken on a short walking tour of the Old Town. Our base for the next two nights is the DoubleTree by Hilton Wroclaw (4T) or Radisson Blu Wroclaw (4T). Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 7 Wroclaw
A day at leisure and time perhaps for shopping, sightseeing or just relaxing. You are free for dinner tonight.
Day 8 Wroclaw - Warsaw
We spend the day on our long journey east to Warsaw (approximately 6 hours) with a stop for lunch. Having been reconstructed to its former glory, the town is now a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. We arrive at the Westin Warsaw (4T) or Sheraton Warsaw (4T+), where we will stay for the next two nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 9 Warsaw
This morning we have a guided orientation tour of this vibrant and exciting city. The afternoon is at leisure and the Royal Castle is well worth seeing, as is the Palace of Cultures and Science, with its views across the city. You may also wish to visit the Lazienki Palace, which is set in a lovely park with an open-air Greek theatre. Or you may wish to simply relax in one of the cafés or restaurants.
Day 10 Warsaw - London
Today we depart for Warsaw Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.