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Poland and Czech Republic


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Day 1: Flight to Warsaw

Arrival to Warsaw – meet and greet at the airport by the tour leader who will assist you throughout the trip. Transfer to the hotel and checkin.

In  the afternoon  - general city orientation with a short stop at beautiful Łazienki Park, with Summer Villa of Polish kings, located on the bridge over small lake.

Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.

Day 2: Warsaw

Meet the local English speaking guide at hotel reception for half day tour of Warsaw– city destroyed in 90% during WWII, where the ultramodern towers contrast with carefully restored historical buildings. 

The sightseeing tour starts at the Old Town. The central place is the Market Square, whose narrow streets lead to medieval defensive walls, Barbican, St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Castle. Warsaw is the city of noblemen's residences located all along the Royal Route. It leads through the most beautiful and fashionable streets and avenues: Krakowskie Przedmieście, Nowy Świat Street, and Ujazdowskie Avenue, along which numerous monuments, churches and baroque facades of burgher houses can be seen.

Afternoon at leisure for an individual exploration of the city.

Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.

Day 3: Warsaw – Częstochowa – Auschwitz – Kraków (about 400 km)

Departure to Częstochowa  - a spiritual capital of Poland, thank to the holly icon of  the Black Madonna – located in fortified monastery. Pilgrimage destination over the centuries – today it still attracts  about 300.000 of pilgrims for the main festivity, the Assumption Day in August. As in the past – some pilgrims still arrive on foot . They  walk for several days form distant destinations.

Visit to the Monastery includes Black Madonna Chapel, Treasury, the Monastery Museum and fortifications. Lunch in Częstochowa.

Transfer to Auschwitz Memorial, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List . One of the largest concentration camps built by Nazis to exterminate thousands of people today is a Museum of the Holocaust and a Memorial to the victims of fascism. The visit includes also a documentary film about the history of Auschwitz.

Arrival to Kraków.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Royal City of Kraków

“If you wish to hear how the heart of Poland is beating, you should come to Kraków”. 

Royal capital of Poland till 16th century, the place where national spirit survived the tragic 19th  century, when Poland disappeared completely  from the map of Europe  - Kraków is till today the capital of Polish culture.

Walking tour of Kraków Old Town starts for the Barbican and the city fortifications, then Market Square with St. Mary’s Church, Pope’s Window at Bishop’s Palace, Wawel Castle with the Cathedral. Lunch in the Old Town (at guests own costs).

Afternoon at leisure for shopping and an individual exploration of the city.

Dinner and overnight  in Kraków.

Day 5: Kraków – Wieliczka – Wadowice – Kraków (about 70 km)

Departure for visit of underground route in Wieliczka  Salt  Mine and its spectacular grottoes, corridors, lakes and chapels carved in rock salt. The mine, which has been working since the12th  century, played an important role in an economic development of the city. Today it is placed on the UNESCO heritage . Visit in the mine with local English speaking guide.

Lunch in Wieliczka. Continuation to Wadowice, the birth place of John Paul II, to visit his museum and the church where he was baptised.

Return to Kraków – overnight.

Day 6: Kraków – Brno – Prague (about 552 km)

Transfer from Kraków to Brno.

On the way you will have a chance to see Brno. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It lies at the crossroads of ancient trade routes that have joined Northern and Southern European civilizations for centuries. You will commence your walking tour with a stroll through the city’s beautiful medieval streets. You will visit the St Peter and Paul Cathedral, then make your way down into the town, stopping off en route at the Cabbage Market Square and the Parnassus Fountain. You will then continue onto Namesti Svobody Square featuring the Monument to the Plague built in 1680 and surrounded by townhouses with ornate façades.

You will then reboard your coach and continue on your journey to Prague.

Dinner and overnight in Prague.

Day 7: Prague

Breakfast.

Half day guided tour of Prague historical centre with Hradčany Castle, where we will visit St. Vitus cathedral which gothic construction begun in 1344. In its crypt the sarcophagi of Charles IV and his four wives can be seen. Loretto Square in the Castle's district  is one of the most beautiful squares in Prague. It dates back to the first quarter of the 18th century. From this square we will enjoy a walking tour to the Archbishop's Palace in renaissance style with a rococo façade. The narrow streets, on the hills slopes show us the beautiful perspectives.

Afternoon at leisure for shopping and individual exploration of the Old Town.

Dinner and overnight in Prague.

Day 8: Prague

Today we will visit Jewish Town –Josephstadt . Renaissance Prague was the cultural centre of Jewish Diaspora in Europe. With numerous synagogues, yeshivas and its famous thinkers (one of them - Maharall, supposed  to have created Golem), as well as Hebrew printing houses, it attracted Jews from all over Europe. The beautiful remains of the presence of Jews who lived there over centuries can still be seen and visited.

Afternoon at leisure .

Dinner and overnight in Prague.

Day 9: Prague departure

Transfer to the airport and departure.