Discover Poland

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Trip code: 
AWP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Enjoy Polish hospitality and explore World Heritage Sites

Poland has come and gone from the map of Europe many times over the centuries, the battle line between East and West. Thankfully those days are now long gone and what is left is a beautiful country full of history and a proud people, keen to show off their country's individuality, culture and history. 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, this opposition to the Communist regime 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 beautiful Tatra Mountains. This is a busy trip with lots to discover, far beyond Poland’s stereotypes of communist housing blocks and stodgy food.

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

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • Normally 6 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private bus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Responsible Travel

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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… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Warsaw; transfer to city centre.

    The group flight arrives late morning into Warsaw. There is free time to explore the Polish capital. We recommend the Warsaw Uprising Museum, as there is not time to visit the following day, it is considered one of the best museum's in the city.
    SH

  • Day 2

    Walking tour of Warsaw, transfer to Gdansk

    Warsaw is the sprawling capital of Poland and 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 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 lunch we take the 2.5hr transfer to Gdansk, Poland’s great maritime city. There may be some free time for a stroll along the quayside before dinner.
    SH

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing in Gdansk, transfer to Torun via Malbork Castle

    Gdansk is surely one of Europe’s most famous port cities, a leading centre of commerce during the times of the Hanseatic League, in the 14th and 15th century. In the 20th, 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 visiting the nearby towns of Sopot and Gdynia - Poland's riviera. We then transfer to Toru?, stopping at the UNESCO listed Malbork Castle, the largest castle compound in the world, dating back to the 13th century.
    SH

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • 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, all constructed from brick, including monumental churches, the town hall and many burgher houses.

    After lunch we transfer to Wroclaw, a four hour drive through the Polish countryside. We will arrive in time for dinner.

    SH

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • 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 cities gothic cathedral, dating back to 1272.

    After an early lunch we leave for Krakow, stopping at the Auschwitz concentration camp, the site of the 'Final Solution'. Here hundreds of thousands of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals from all over Europe met their fate during World War II. We will have a guided tour of both sites and the museum buildings.

    Reflecting on our visit we transfer to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital.
    SH

    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 inscribed by UNESCO and dates back to the 13th century. It is now home to the largest market square in Europe as well as numerous merchant houses, Ko?ció? Mariacki Church and Wawel Castle complex. All sites are within easy walk distance of the main square

    After an orientation tour we leave for the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a 30 minute drive from the centre of the city. Opened 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.

    On returning to Krakow the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the city at your leisure.
    SH

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Day trip to Zakopane

    Today we take an excursion to Zakopane 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 cities many cellar pubs.
    SH

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to airport, fly to London

    Free day in Krakow before our evening flight back to London

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Poland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast and 4 lunches are included.

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

Weather

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 be as hot as 30 - 35 ºC, perhaps a little cooler in the hills. Rain can fall at anytime of the year, although in mid-summer it is more likely to come as thunderstorms, June, July and August have the highest rainfall.

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 plenty 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 be long.

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Trip Notes

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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 sometime 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.

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0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Susan Bowman

    Highlights of Poland

    Having visiting Krakow a few years ago, we chose this trip to explore more of Poland. The itinerary is busy with some long travel days, but all run efficiently. We visited museums, Old Towns, Palaces, a Salt Mine and Auschwitz, learned about Poland's history, sampled local cuisine and mingled among Polish tourists in the resort town of Zakopane while enjoying the views of the Tatra Mountains. We enjoyed our free time in Krakow to explore the Old Town. The location of the hotels in Gdansk, Wroclaw and Krakow is far from each city's Old Town(20-35 min walk). As this was a new itinerary for 2017, hopefully, the Exodus Team will reevaluate the hotel locations and choose hotels closer to each city's Old Town. Although dinners were not included, our guide recommended restaurants each night, reserved table for group and joined us for dinner. Some chose to eat elsewhere but we enjoyed each of these restaurants, usually just having a starter for dinner as lunches were big. We had a chance to try a lot of different foods even just eating starters or soups. We appreciated having Jerzy joined us for dinners. Often on tours, guide doesn't join group for dinner if it isn't an 'included' dinner. Overall an efficient tour around Poland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After 5 busy days of exploration, history and culture, wandering through the busy pedestrian streets and outdoor market of Zakopane was delightful. The Polish resort town in the mountains was buzzing as many locals were still enjoying beautiful weekend weather. A funicular took us up a mountain for views across the valley to the Tatra Mountains where we tried the Highlander's tea and enjoyed the company of our friends who traveled with us and Jerzy.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jerzy was an excellent guide. He was well organized and kept us informed of activities and schedule each day. He shared his knowledge of Poland's history and culture throughout including personal stories. Each evening he had booked a table at a local restaurant for group(although dinners were not included) and joined us. We appreciated him joining for dinners as often guides don't if dinners aren't included in tour. He always recommended regional dishes to try at each restaurant. His extensive travel allowed him to relate well with guest from different countries(our group was from UK, USA and Australia).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive a day or two early to explore Warsaw and adjust to time zone so you can fully enjoy the group tour from the beginning as it is busy with long days.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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