Explorer To Poland
This multi-centre tour explores some of the most popular tourist attractions in the south of Poland, staying in the city of Wroclaw and the picturesque mountain resort of Zakopane.
You will also be able to make the most of your travels through Europe, with overnight stops in Germany outbound and return, plus two nights staying in Prague: often referred to as the 'heart of Europe'.
Your visit to Poland begins in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, nestled on the banks of the Oder River. Originally built across 12 islands, Wrocław draws comparisons with Venice for its waterways, bridges and attractive architecture. Spend a full day exploring the city, whether you want to explore history at the Old Town Hall and the National Museum, or seek out more unusual attractions such as the relaxing Japanese garden or Hydropolis: a fascinating museum for all ages exploring water in all its forms, from the depths of the ocean to the human body.
Your main stay will be spent in Poland's best known mountain resort, Zakopane. Set in the delightful scenery of the Tatra National Park, in addition to its scenic backdrop, Zakopane has a friendly town centre, a good network of well-marked walking trail and a funicular ride up to the top of nearby Mount Gubalowka. This quiet area makes the perfect base for excursions, including the major UNESCO listed world heritage destination of Kraków, and the option to make a poignant visit to the memorial and museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Making an early start to our journey, we make a Eurotunnel crossing to the Continent and travel to our overnight stop in the Bad Hersfeld area of Germany, making suitable lunch and comfort stops along the way.
Today we continue our journey into Poland, making a stop in Leipzig time permitting. We should arrive at the Hotel Park Plaza in Wroclaw late afternoon, with time to freshen up before dinner.
Spend the day exploring the beautiful city of Wroclaw at your own pace. Having absorbed Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian influences, the city has a unique architectural and cultural make up, symbolised by its magnificent market square. The very heart of the city attracts visitors with its Old Town Promenade and Botanical Gardens, or visitors can also admire the leafy waterfront of the city from cruisers and gondolas.
Today we depart Wroclaw and head to Zakopane, where we will spend the next 5 nights staying at the Hotel Belvedere.
As an introduction to our stay in Zakopane, we engage the services of an on-board guide to explore the spectacular Dunajec Valley and Tatra mountains along the border between Poland and Slovakia. Passing through countless charming villages including Debno for its 15th century church and Chocholow, we will include a visit to a woodcarver and cheesemaker making for a real traditional theme for our day out.That theme then continues into the evening as we enjoy a rustic supper at a traditional folklore restaurant in Zakopane to crown what ought to be a memorable stay in this welcoming town.
Today we offer an optional excursion to visit the Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In no way should we portray this as a place of holiday enjoyment, yet its historical enormity is such that many will want to visit as an act of education, respect and remembrance. Those wishing to remain will be able to spend the day in Zakopane.
We give ourselves a full day to experience the great city of Kraków, once the Polish capital and a major UNESCO listed world heritage destination. Retaining its old-world ambiance and charm, Krakow is the prettiest of Poland's main cities, having escaped the worst of the bombing in the Second World War. The former Polish capital's atmospheric Old Town and Kazimierz's streets in the Jewish district are crammed with exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
For our last day in Zakopane, we offer a choice of activities:With magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt, amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt, it's easy to see why the Wielickza salt mines have become such a tourist attraction. With 3 kilometres of tunnels, 800 steps and temperatures between 14° and 16°C, we recommend comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Alternatively, enjoy the breathtaking ascent of Mount Kasprowy via cable car. At the top, you can continue to climb just a short way to the meteorological observatory - the highest situated building in Poland. If you wish you can then continue your walk around the mountain to overlook the Cicha Valley Pass where there is a great panorama of the High Tatras on the Slovakian side. Or if you would rather conserve energy you can enjoy the stunning views from the restaurant terrace at the peak station.Or if you would prefer to spend your day relaxing, explore the charming mountain resort of Zakopane at your leisure. Costs for the salt mine and cable car will be payable on the day.
Making the first stage of our return journey, we take a more southerly route home through lovely Bohemian scenery for the first of our two nights in Prague.
Due to popular demand from our previous tours to Poland, we offer a full free day in Prague for you to explore this popular tourist destination. Prague has been celebrated for centuries for its architectural and spiritual richness and its mystical attraction. Discover the glorious history of this former imperial and royal city, which today is the lively and modern capital of the Czech Republic, at almost every step on Prague's streets.
Today we travel to our final overnight stop, staying just outside Lahnstein; a scenic town nestled on the banks of the Rhine.
On our last day, we continue our journey westwards, aiming to take a break in Brussels before reaching Calais for our return Eurotunnel Crossing.
Overnight dinner, bed & breakfast stays in Bad Hersfeld and Lahnstein
2 nights dinner bed & breakfast in Wroclaw
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in Zakopane plus welcome drink on arrival
2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in Prague
Free time in Wrocław, Kraków & Prague
Guided scenic excursion of the Tatra Mountains and Dunajec Valley
Dinner in a folklore restaurant with entertainment in Zakopane on 1 evening
Optional excursions to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum, Wielickza salt mines & Mount Kasprowy (entrance not included)
HP Park Plaza is a comfortable hotel in Wrocław situated in a quiet and picturesque area on the Odra River bank only 10-minute walk from the Old Market Square and the oldest part of the city - Ostrów Tumski. In the vicinity of the hotel there are plenty of cafes, museums and shopping arcades. Most windows overlook the Odra river and you can also enjoy the view from the hotel's restaurant.
The Belvedere Hotel is located near the centre of Zakopane yet in a quiet part of town at the White Stream Valley on the edge of the Tatra Mountains National Park. With beautiful views available, the hotel guarantees fantastic rest and peace. The architecture and interior decor reflect the 1920s and the local regional style, which give the hotel a warm and unique atmosphere.
Passengers are advised to bring a modest amount of Euros for our travels through France, Belgium and Germany.
In Poland the local currency is the złoty, which enjoys a stable exchange rate against the mainstream European currencies. Received wisdom is that the best exchange rates are to be obtained by taking £ with you and exchanging in Poland; or by using ATMs in Poland.
For our en-route stop in Prague on the way home the local currency is the Czech Crown (or Koruna). Euros are accepted in most shops and restaurants but change may be given in Koruna.