Day 1- Warsaw, Poland – Tour Begins: Welcome to Warsaw! This city features a blend of old-world charm and modern energy. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 2-Warsaw: Choose how you explore Warsaw because it's your choice! Embark on a classic city tour and embrace the city's moving history as you discover the main sights and the Old Town -OR- gain a different perspective on Warsaw's past with a tour that delves into the city's communist history, stopping to visit different museums along the way. The afternoon is at leisure to take in the alleyways, visit a quaint café in Warsaw's Old Town, explore a museum, or simply relax.
Day 3- Warsaw – Malbork Castle – Gdansk: Depart Warsaw and stop in the town of Malbork, home to Malbork Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. On a guided tour of this 700-year-old structure, gain an introduction to the world of the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Continue to Gdansk, stopping at the Gdansk Shipyards, site of the creation of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement in 1980 that helped liberate Poland from Soviet rule.
Day 4- Gdansk: Start your morning with a local expert in Gdansk. Get to know this port city's history on a tour highlighting City Hall and St. Mary's Church. Peek into Poland's age-old culture of amber, which dates back to the Neolithic period. Later, it's your choice! Embark on an excursion to the seaside resort town of Sopot -OR- remain in Gdansk and explore the city as you wish. The evening is yours to stroll through a city square, shop for local handicrafts, or soak in the seaside atmosphere.
Day 5- Gdansk – Torun: Travel to the town of Torun (UNESCO), birthplace of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Torun remains one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe and is one of the "Seven Wonders of Poland." On arrival, join a local expert for a walking tour of this unspoiled town. Pass by Copernicus's house before stepping into the past when you bake and sample gingerbread based on a 500-year-old recipe.
Day 6- Torun – Wroclaw: Enjoy a morning at leisure to independently explore the city. As the afternoon sets in, your journey continues to the ancient city of Wroclaw. Get a taste of the culture when you join your traveling companions for some locally-brewed beer and a traditional "home-style" dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7- Wroclaw: Start your morning on a tour of Wroclaw, bringing this 1,000-year-old city to life. In the Stare Miasto (Old Town), discover a diverse blend of ethnicities and religions all coexisting within a unified Polish mindset. The remainder of the day is yours. You can visit idyllic parks, immerse yourself in the captivating culture, or even search for the many "dwarf" statues hidden on the streets of the city.
Day 8- Wroclaw – Czestochowa – Krakow: Leave Wroclaw for Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland. Every year, over 5 million pilgrims journey to pay their respects to the famous Black Madonna in the Jasna Góra monastery. Venture inside for an up-close look at this miraculous image. Depart for Krakow, an enchanting city famous for its well-preserved town center. Get acquainted with the city during an evening at leisure.
Day 9- Krakow: Join a local expert on a panoramic tour of Krakow, including Market Square, St. Mary's Church and the university. You will also see the famous Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you'll stroll the quaint side streets of Krakow's famous Old Town, have coffee in one of the largest squares in Europe, or visit the Schindler Museum. Consider taking an optional excursion to medieval salt mines for a unique adventure.
Day 10- Krakow – Auschwitz – Krakow: Embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to Auschwitz*. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp, where you will learn about the coldblooded terrors as well as the resilience of the human spirit. This evening, celebrate traditional Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner, complete with wine and beer.
Day 11- Krakow – Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today.