Discover Poland Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Poland
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AWP
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Poland has come and gone from the map of Europe many times over the centuries, the battle line between East and West. Today it is a beautiful country full of history and a proud people, keen to show off their country's individuality and culture. Our journey starts in Warsaw the mighty capital, then it's north to the port city of Gdansk where the Solidarity trade union movement began, whose opposition to Communism led to the end of Communist Party rule in 1989. From here we move onto lesser known Wroclaw, the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Finishing in Krakow, Poland's cultural capital, with its beautiful old town square, cobbled streets and jazz bars. From here we have a day trip to Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. This is a busy trip with lots to discover, far beyond Poland’s stereotypes of communist housing blocks and stodgy food.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels
  • Normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private bus

 

Trip Highlights

  • Guided tour of Warsaw and Krakow old town
  • Discover lesser known Wroclaw
  • Visit UNESCO listed Auschwitz and Wilanow Palace
  • Enjoy local Polish hospitality and folklore
  • Optional day tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine (must be booked in advance)

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded as Leisurely/Moderate (2) and visits as much as possible in a week. There is a lot to see, yet the pace is not rushed and of time is left each day for self-exploration. Although the road infrastructure throughout Poland is slowly improving some roads are still slow, traffic jams on main routes are quite common and journey times can vary as a result.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Warsaw

    The group flight arrives into Warsaw late morning. There is free time to explore the Polish capital. We recommend the Warsaw Uprising Museum, as there is no time to visit the following day. It is considered one of the best museums in the city.

    Meet the group in the early evening for our briefing.

    Hotel Metropol or similar

  • Day 2

    Walking tour of Warsaw, transfer to Gdansk

    Warsaw is the sprawling capital of Poland and the country's largest city. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. Our guided walking tour starts in the UNESCO listed Old Town, lovingly restored after World War II, and Wilanów Palace, dating back to 1805 and once home to John II Sobieski, one of Poland’s most famous kings.

    After an early lunch, we take the 4hr transfer to Gdansk, Poland’s great maritime city. There may be some free time for a stroll along the quayside before dinner.

    Number One Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing in Gdansk, transfer to Torun via Malbork Castle

    Gdansk is surely one of Europe’s most famous port cities, and was a leading centre of commerce during the times of the Hanseatic League, in the 14th and 15th century. In the 20th century, it vast docks saw the founding of the Solidarity Movement, which played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule in Poland and helped precipitate the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

    Our tour will take in the Old Town and the wonderfully restored docks, before free time to enjoy the city. You may choose to visit the award-winning Solidarity Museum or maybe just relax with a coffee in one of the many cafes. We then transfer to Torun, stopping at the UNESCO listed Malbork Castle, the largest castle compound in the world, dating back to the 13th century.

    Gotyk Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Walking tour of Torun; transfer to Wrocław

    This morning we have a walking tour of Torun. This is amongst Poland's oldest cities and the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, one of history’s most famous astronomers. The city is known for having preserved, almost intact, its mediaeval spatial layout with many Gothic buildings, including monumental churches, the town hall and many burgher houses.

    After lunch we transfer to Wroclaw, approximately a four-hour drive through the Polish countryside. We will arrive in time to check in and head out for dinner on the old town square.

    Campanile Centrum Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Krakow, stopover at Auschwitz

    Wroclaw (vrots-wahf), is one of Poland's finest cities, with a unique mix of Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian traditions, culture and architecture. We will have a walking tour of the Market Square, old town and the city's Gothic cathedral, dating back to 1272.

    After a late lunch, we leave for Krakow, stopping at the Auschwitz concentration camp on the way. We will have a guided tour of both camps and the museum buildings. Reflecting on our visit we transfer to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital. Our journey time to Krakow is approximately 4 hours in total. 

    Chopin Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 6

    Morning walking tour of Krakow, free afternoon

    Krakow may be Poland's second largest city, but for many centuries it has been the academic, cultural and artistic capital of the nation. The mediaeval Old Town is UNESCO listed and dates back to the 13th century. It is now home to the largest market square in Europe as well as numerous merchant houses, St Mary's Basilica and Wawel Castle complex. All sites are within easy walk distance of the main square.

    After an orientation tour in the morning, the day is free for you to enjoy this beautiful city. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a 30-minute drive from the centre of the city. Established in the 13th century, salt was mined here until 2007. The mine's attractions include dozens of statues and four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The older sculptures have been supplemented with new carvings made by contemporary artists. Those who chose to visit the mine will return to Krakow in time for dinner with the group. 

    Please note: The salt mine tour is not exclusively for Exodus clients and therefore you might be joined by non-Exodus clients. Prices can be found in the ‘money’ sections of the trip notes. If you wish to go on this excursion please make the leader aware at the welcome briefing on day 1. 

    Chopin Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Day trip to Zakopane

    Today we take an excursion to Zakopane situated in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. This pretty resort town is famed for its wooden chalets and is popular in summer with hikers. We will take the cable car up Kasprowy Wierch and take a short walk on the mountain. There will be time for a relaxing lunch and souvenir shopping, the region is particularly well known for wood carvings and oscypk - a tasty smoked cheese.

    We will return to Krakow in time for dinner. You may also want to check out one of the world-famous jazz bars in one of the city's many cellar pubs.

    Chopin Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Krakow

    Free day in Krakow before our evening flight back to London

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

7 nights comfortable 3-star hotels with en suite rooms. All accommodation is based on twin-share, with private facilities. Wi-Fi is free in all hotels, but is sometimes unreliable. Most hotels are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the city centres, making going out for dinner in the evening easy. Our hotel in Gdansk has a small indoor swimming pool. 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Accommodation - Pre trip

Pre-tour accommodation in Warsaw available on request.

Accommodation - Post trip

Post-tour accommodation in Karkow available on request. 

Single supplement from 299.00 CHF

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfast and 1 lunch are included.

Breakfast will be standard continental style, consisting of bread, cheese and meats, as well as cereal and fruit. Lunches will be three

Lunch on day 5 will be three course with coffee, tea and water. On these days you'll probably only want a snack in the evening. Polish cuisine is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef as well as winter vegetables and herbs. Soups served in bowls made of bread, are rather fun and quite common. Stuffed dumpling know as pierogi are also popular These days vegetarians are well catered for, but please let Exodus know at the time of booking.

Vegetarians and Vegans: In Poland, vegetarians are usually well catered for. However, it is extremely difficult for vegans, as dairy produce and eggs form the staple part of the diet and occur in the vast majority of meals. Therefore we recommend that you bring some supplementary items.

Transportation

We will use a modern air-conditioned bus, some of the drives are quite long, but no more than 4.5hrs. Roads in Poland can be quite slow, but the new motorway from Wroclaw to Krakow has improved the journey time for that route. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Poland has a continental climate, with harsh winters and hot summers. Our trips run from May to September, when temperatures are usually mild to hot. The summer months of July and August may reach 30 - 35 ºC during the day, perhaps a little cooler in the hills. Rain can fall at any time of the year, although in mid-summer it is more likely to come as thunderstorms, June, July and August have the highest rainfall.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up-to-date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Warsaw and ending in Krakow

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Warsaw in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions - sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check-in times are normally from around 14:00.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. Those arriving from London on non-group flights should read the airport transfer section below for information on reaching the start point. Please check with the Exodus office.

Location start:
Warsaw
Location end:
Krakow

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Small secure daypack
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Fleece or jacket
  • Waterproofs and umbrella
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Water bottle
  • Travel plug

Optional Equipment

Please note that some museums and galleries have cloakrooms and lockers where you will be required to leave large bags.

Practical Information

Passport

Poland

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Poland

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Poland's Timezone:
Europe/Warsaw CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Poland's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Poland uses European standard two pin plugs.

Money

Poland's Currency

The national currency of Poland is the Polish Zloty  (PLN), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (March 2019) of approximately 5.02 to the GBP,  3.83 to the USD, 2.86 to the CAD, 4.31 to the EUR, 2.7 to the AUD and 2.6 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM machines can be found throughout all cities we visit on this trip. Credit cards are generally accepted, even in small shops and cafes. Dollars and Euros are easily changed ,but not on Sundays and Mondays, so try and bring some zloty.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

The national currency of Poland is the Zloty (PLN). Euros are not generally accepted.

Evening meals are not included. Expect to pay between 60 and 90zł in a mid-range restaurant. 

Prices will vary significantly between Warsaw and Krakow and the rest of the country. 

Optional excursion: Wieliczka Salt Mine - 180PLN per person to be arranged with the tour leader on the first night. 

Tipping

Restaurants At smaller establishments and for smaller tabs, round the bill to the nearest 5zł or 10zł increment. Otherwise, 10% is standard.

 Taxis No need to tip, though you may want to round up the fare to reward good service.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.