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Day 1 : Arrival - Warsaw
Arrive at Warsaw international airport. Meet up with your private guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Warsaw and after some time for leisure, drive to see the Palace of Culture and Science which is one of the most prominent landmarks in Warsaw. Built in the 1950s as a "gift" to the Polish people by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, the Palace of Culture and Science is Warsaw's most recognizable building. The building has a controversially beautiful architectural style. The building is home to a movie theater, museum, restaurant, and college. Take an elevator to an observation deck, which provides a great view of Warsaw. Then visit the National Museum which has a wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures, and depictions of the passion of the Christ. Several of Poland's most iconic paintings call this museum home. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at Castle Square for a short walk through Old Town, and then break for dinner at a local restaurant. Your meal will include typical Polish dishes and famous Polish vodka, “Zubrowka”. Alternatively, you may opt for a cuisine and restaurant of your choice. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Warsaw
After breakfast, leave on a city tour of Warsaw which 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. After lunch at a restaurant in Old Town, continue your tour with a drive to the area of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En route, you will see the building of the National Opera House and Town Hall. During your tour of Warsaw you are invited you to the famous Warsaw cafe, “U Bliklego”, to taste a typical Warsaw pastry called “paczek”. In the evening, take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous compositions of our greatest composer, Frederic Chopin, at a piano recital. A glass of sparkling wine will be served during intermission. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Warsaw.
Day 3 : Warsaw - Czestochowa - Auschwitz - Zakopane
After breakfast, depart for Zakopane – one of the most popular vacation resorts in the Tatra Mountains. En route, we stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its miraculous icon. Lunch will be served a local restaurant in Czestochowa. Before we reach Zakopane, we drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the infamous factory of death. In the evening we arrive in Zakopane beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont. It is the most popular resort in Poland and one of the most beautiful places in all of Poland, owing to its picturesque location. Once, a small mountain village, Zakopane became a fashionable artist’s retreat at the beginning of the 20th century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Zakopane.
Day 4 : Zakopane - Krakow
In the morning, you will have a sightseeing tour of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture blends with the natural landscapes and it is copied in other parts of Poland and is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane to thank the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope after an attempt on His life. Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Mountain and shop for souvenirs of arts and crafts of the Highlanders (Gorale) in the local shops. After lunch you will have some free time. Before continuing on to Krakow, take a spectacular rafting trip on the Dunajec River in Pieniny National Park. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Krakow’s Old Town Market Square or at a restaurant of your choice. Overnight at the hotel in Krakow.
Day 5 : Krakow - Wieliczka
After breakfast, the morning sightseeing tour will feature Wawel, 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 monumental 16th century tapestries is matchless. You will also visit the Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt from 1520 ranks with the world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Following a short break for coffee and cake at the famous Krakow café, “Jama Michalika”, a place designed by local artists with beautiful glass-painted windows and interesting drawings, drive to Old Town with its restored Main Square of magnificent houses and palaces. There, you stop at St. Mary’s Basilica where to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square is Cloth Hall built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century with many shopping stalls inside. After lunch, drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes, and chapels carved from salt. Dinner with a folkloric show will be served at a local restaurant in Wieliczka, before driving back to Krakow. Overnight at the hotel in Krakow.
Day 6 : Krakow - Lowicz - Warsaw
After breakfast, leave for Torun. On the way, stop in Lowicz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art: colourful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. You will be invited for a home-hosted lunch 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 and 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. Upon arrival back in Warsaw, you will have free time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Warsaw.
Day 7 : Warsaw - Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the Warsaw International Airport for your flight back home.
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