Combine dynamic Warsaw with the charm of Krakow on this twin centre holiday with plenty of free time to explore each historic city at leisure. Follow the Royal Way in Warsaw’s meticulously rebuilt Old Town, a four kilometre route from the Royal Castle to the Lazienki Summer Palace, or remember the tragedies of WWII at the Ghetto Monument. Take the train to Krakow, the only large city in Poland whose architecture survived the war years intact, where the Old Town’s Gothic churches and baroque palaces are a delight to explore.
Fly to Poland’s capital and transfer to the hotel for three nights.
Explore Warsaw at leisure or book optional excursions. Today, the overriding impression of Warsaw is of a thriving capital surrounding a revived Old Town, and it’s hard to believe that the city was all but destroyed during WWII. Like other cosmopolitan European capitals, Warsaw is a city of elegant boutiques, excellent cafés and world-class museums, such as the superb Chopin Museum and the National Museum which houses an outstanding collection of Polish sculptures and paintings from the medieval period to modern day. (B)
On this free day in Warsaw be sure to visit the Royal Castle, which exhibits some of Eastern Europe’s finest art, as well as the magnificent Cathedral of St. John and Wilanów Palace - former 17th century summer residence of King Jan III. (B)For some great value, unpretentious food, head to one of the many milk bars which survived the fall of the Iron Curtain, or for a more upmarket evening, dress up for an opera or ballet performance at the Grand Theatre. (B)
Take the train to Krakow (approx. 2 ½ hours) and check in to the hotel for three nights. (B)
As the cultural capital of Poland, Krakow never suffers a shortage of exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances. From buskers and street artists in the main square to opera in the concert halls, it is impossible to avoid immersing yourself in a host of cultural delights. Shop for local crafts in the market square’s Cloth Hall, admire the wonderful Flemish tapestry collection at the 16th century Wawal Castle, visit the Jewish Museum which is housed in an old synagogue or listen out for the hourly trumpet call from 14th century St. Mary’s Church. Oskar Schindler’s wartime factory is now an excellent museum which tells the tale of Krakow’s five years under Nazi occupation, and is well worth the slight detour from the city’s historical hub. (B)
On this free day in Krakow perhaps pre-book optional excursions to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine or to Auschwitz- Birkenau - the former concentration camp turned state museum which honours the victims of the WWII genocide. In the evenings, Krakow’s Old Town offers a wealth of gastronomic delights including pubs and bars housed in old vaulted cellars, while the vibrant Kazimierz district is home to the city’s up-and-coming bar and café scene, where the Plac Nowy Square is the hub of ohemian life. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
* Please contact us for details of upgraded hotels in Warsaw and Krakow
I am very impressed by Ellie from your office. Accessible and competent, she organised a full and detailed itinerary. Her selection of hotels, events and travel was exactly to our requirements. The hotels (Le Regina in Warsaw and Amadeus in Krakow) were 1st class and exactly where we wanted them! Thank you.
This was a superb holiday. Everything was brilliant. Taxis met us at the station, tickets were delivered for the next stage of the journey and trips went as planned. The hotels were all good. The locations in Poland were close to the main sites and public transport. Thank you.