Highlights Of Poland
12 Days Away - 2022
Enjoy an unforgettable tour to Poland, a fascinating holiday destination with a rich cultural heritage and many historic cities to explore. We uncover the stories of picturesque Kraków, bustling Warsaw, colourful Wrocław and charming Poznań on guided city tours, and also include a poignant visit to Auschwitz. With a fantastic itinerary combined with excellent accommodation, this break is the perfect way to discover the highlights of Poland!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return coach travel and ferry crossings
- First and last night on a bed and breakfast basis in Germany
- Additional overnight stay on outward and return journey on a half-board basis at the 4-star Michel Hotel, Magdeburg
- 7 nights at selected 3 & 4-star hotels in Poland with breakfast plus 4 dinners
- 3 dinners in local restaurants
- Included visit to Hamelin
- Included visit to Dresden
- Guided city tour of Wrocław & River Oder cruise
- Guided city tour of Kraków including guided tour of Wawel Castle & entrance to St Mary’s Basilica
- Free excursion to Auschwitz
- Guided city tour of Warsaw
- Guided city tour of Poznań
- Photo stop at Möhne Dam
Welcome to Poland, a nation with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, its rich tapestry of architecture, monuments and castles continues to attract visitors from far and wide. With a diversity of landscapes, from lowlands and undulating hills to forests and lakes and even sandy beaches at the Baltic Sea, Poland is a truly unique holiday destination.
Best known for the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the picturesque town of Hamelin lies on the River Weser in the Lower Saxony region of Germany. The legend of the Pied Piper can be seen all over the town, from the statue and the clock tower which tells the famous tale to the Story Museum and the Rattenfängerhaus, the Rat Catcher’s House. Built in 1602, this incredible piece of architecture features an inscription detailing the children’s exodus and is now a restaurant. Don’t worry – the speciality of the flambéed rats tails are actually pork based!
You can admire plenty more examples of Weser Renaissance-style architecture on a stroll through the fairytale Old Town or from one of the lovely pavement cafés.
There are many magnificent sights to behold in Dresden, the capital city of the German state of Saxony. The skyline is awash with spires, towers and domes belonging to famous sights such as the 18th-century Zwinger Palace, the spectacular Semper Opera House and the Residenzschloss, Dresden’s Royal Palace. Almost completely destroyed by bombs in February 1945, restoration began in the 1960s and today, this castle houses an extensive museum complex featuring Dresden’s State Art Collections.
There’s plenty more to explore in this vibrant city during your visit. Learn more about Dresden’s history at the Museum of Military History, head to the banks of the River Elbe to take in the dramatic view of the city or why not visit Pfunds Molkerei, a beautiful dairy officially known as the World’s Most Beautiful Milk Shop according to the Guinness Book of World Records!
Established by the Germans in 1940, Auschwitz first served as a detention centre for political prisoners but by 1942, it had become the largest of the Nazi concentration camps. Tragically, over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here. Today, Auschwitz is a museum in memory of the Jews, Poles and Roma who died here and visiting is a sobering but necessary experience.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was created by an act of the Polish parliament in 1947 and includes Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camps. Beginning where countless prisoners once did underneath the infamous gates inscribed arbeit macht frei (work makes you free), you can see the harrowing residential barracks, ruined gas chambers and crematoria during your visit.The historic collection contains tens of thousands of personal possessions connected to those who were either brought to Auschwitz to be killed immediately or forced into slave labour and include glasses, shoes and suitcases. In 1979, the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in southwestern Poland, the wonderful city of Wroclaw boasts fascinating architecture, picturesque bridges spanning the River Oder and a lively, cosmopolitan cultural scene. Mostly destroyed in the Second World War, the city has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is a delight to explore. A guided tour of Wroclaw is the best way to soak up the city’s highlights, which include the Old Town and Cathedral Island.
No visit to Wroclaw is complete without a wander through Rynek, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, dominated by the grand Town Hall and a host of restaurants and cafés with colourful facades. For a stunning view of the square and beyond, tackle the steps up to Penitent Bridge – you won’t be disappointed!
With its cobbled streets lined with pastel-coloured buildings, charming squares dotted with horse-drawn carriages and historic landmarks around every corner, Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city’s heritage dates back to the 7th century and in 1978, the Old Town was one of the first places to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As Krakow managed to escape bombing during World War Two, the city is still incredibly well preserved and offers a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Take a pause from sightseeing to soak up the magical atmosphere of the Main Square in one of the many budget-friendly cafés and restaurants and listen out for the hourly bugler, who pops out from the top of the stunning St Mary’s Basilica to play the famous hejnal. The Cloth Hall, often referred to as Europe’s oldest shopping centre, is the centrepiece of the square and is the perfect place to pick up a Cracovian souvenir, or climb to the top of the Town Hall tower for a lovely view of the city.
Krakow’s other popular sights include the hilltop Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral, where the history spans the centuries and the ancient buildings tower over the banks of the Vistula River. Lying south of the castle is Kazimierz, once the heart of Krakow’s Jewish community before its inhabitants were forcibly removed from their homes in 1941. Having been abandoned after the war, the district was used as a filming location in Schindler’s List and is now packed with trendy restaurants and boutique shops as well as historic landmarks.With plenty more to discover, Krakow is a highlight on any tour of Poland
Embark on a guided tour of Warsaw to discover the history of the stunning capital of Poland, where modern skyscrapers rise above the red roofs of the Old Town to create a unique panorama. At the end of World War Two, this wonderful city lay in rubble and ruin but with determination, almost all has been rebuilt. Now, Warsaw is a thriving city that beautifully balances history and modernity.
Enjoy a stroll through the cobbled alleyways of the pristine UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, the beating heart of the city, dotted with museums and cafés as well as the Royal Castle and the Uprising Monument. The city’s other highlights include the peaceful Krasinski Gardens and the Royal Way, a popular walking route which links the homes of Poland’s monarchs. While in the capital, treat yourself to some Pierogi, considered by many as Poland’s national dish.
Situated between the capital cities of Germany and Poland, Poznan is a beautiful city steeped in history where the modern meets the traditional. The city is famous for its stunning Old Town square, bustling with cafés and bars, as well as the striking Cathedral with its mix of architectural styles and historic relics. Enjoy discovering the city’s highlights with a St Martin’s croissant in hand, a local delicacy with endless layers of pastry. If you’re after a souvenir, head to the unique Stary Browar shopping centre, built in a former brewery and renovated by the richest woman in Poland.
As one of the finest Renaissance buildings throughout Poland, Poznan’s Town Hall is not to be missed. It now houses the Museum of the History of the City of Poznan which tells the story of this charming city. Located near the Town Hall are the narrow Merchant Houses, once used centuries ago for trading herring, salt, candles and other commodities. Today, the colourful buildings make a popular backdrop for holiday selfies!
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In Poland we’ll stay at a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels including the Invite Hotel in Wroclaw, the Metropole by Golden Tulip in Krakow, the Holiday Inn City Centre in Warsaw and the NH Hotel in Poznan.Hotel Features: Bedrooms with en-suite facilities ● Restaurant ● Bar Back to top