Combine the architectural gems of Krakow and Lviv on this individual twin centre holiday. Many buildings in both cities date from the Habsburg era or from the interwar Polish era and both market square are truly impressive. The vast Market Square in Krakow is the perfect starting point from which to explore Krakow's Old Town and shop for quirky souvenirs in the Cloth Hall. Once in Lviv explore the maze of cobbled alleys leading away from the charming Market Square. The cities are connected by day train with a change of trains in the almost impossible to pronounce Przemysl.
Arrive in Krakow, transfer to your hotel and check in for 3 nights.
Today spend time exploring Krakow. Or perhaps book an optional trip to Auschwitz. It is not a difficult decision to decide to visit Auschwitz when visiting Krakow as you feel a duty to remember and in some small way honour all those lives lost. It is a place that everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Auschwitz tours are run amazingly well given the huge number of people visiting and just enough time and information is given in each place for you to gain an insight into the horror but not for you to become completely overcome by grief of the enormity of the suffering. (B)
There is plenty to see and discover in Krakow - Do visit to the Czartoryski Musuem, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine. As only five other cities in the world can boast a painting by da Vinci, then this is a must-see! Krakow is the best place in Poland to discover the country’s rich Jewish heritage so head over to the renovated Kazimierz district and its bookshops, restaurants and synagogues that document the vibrant community that once lived here. (B)
Transfer to Krakow's train station for the day train to Lviv. The train departs before 9am and has one hour connection in Przemysl, before connecting to Lviv. On arrival in Lviv transfer to the hotel and check in for 3 nights. (B)
Lose yourself in the myriad of alleys and cobbled passages in Lviv's Old Town. Admire Renaissance, Baroque, Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau buildings and churches with plenty of breaks for refreshment in the hundreds of Viennese style coffee houses, that Lviv has to offer. (B)
Lviv has been dubbed the ‘Festival Capital of Ukraine’ and as such you can expect to be met by some kind of traditional celebration or wacky event whatever time of year you visit. In January, the Doughnut Festival takes over the City Hall with theatre troupes, folk music and, of course, plenty of doughnuts! February’s Festival of Chocolate held in the Palace of the Arts showcases Lviv’s perhaps surprising talent for chocolate making and includes demonstrations by master confectioners. In May, the ‘Ancient Lviv’ Medieval Culture Festival takes over the Old Town with knight tournaments, archery competitions and much middle-age merriment. Be sure to check Lviv's cultural calendar during your visit. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
This is an example itinerary staying at our preferred three-star hotels, accompanied by a guide price. If you would like alternative options, or if you have a higher or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1244 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.