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Portrait of Poland

Discover for yourself this country of beautiful, historical cities, fascinating culture and strong traditions - all combined with a striking natural beauty and warm hospitality.

DAY 1: UK - Warsaw.

Fly to Warsaw where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

DAY 2: Warsaw - Gdansk.

The country's capital, Warsaw suffered extensive damage during World War II but has since been lovingly restored to its former glory. Explore this cosmopolitan city on an included sightseeing tour this morning, taking in sights such as the magnificent Royal Way - a wide avenue laden with impressive churches, palaces, art galleries and museums, the Old Town Square, and the best of the city's historic landmarks, including a wealth of fine Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. This afternoon, continue to Gdansk for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Gdansk.

Also known as Danzig, Gdansk sits on the Baltic Coast and is home to Poland's largest seaport and a rich ship-building and maritime history. A focal point during World War II, the city endured heavy bombing but its legacy of Gothic, Renaissance and Hanseatic architecture has since been faithfully restored. Today's included city sightseeing tour with a local guide takes in highlights such as the lovely Stare Miasto Old Town. Later, why not join the optional trip to nearby Malbork, a town founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and home to Marienberg Castle, a Gothic brick fortress considered to be one of the most striking in Europe. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Gdansk - Torun - Poznan.

Today, head to the beautiful medieval city of Torun. Nestled alongside the Vistula River, Torun is famed as the birthplace of Copernicus and one of the most charming cities in Poland, maintaining a rich heritage of Gothic architecture, Hanseatic Merchant Houses and a delightful 'Starowka' Old Town with UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour before continuing to Poznan on the banks of the Warta River. A 1,000-year-old city with ancient markets and bazaar, Poznan has a wonderful mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including a 10th-century cathedral, the Dzialynski Palace, 16th-century town hall clock and a fine opera house. The included city sightseeing tour takes in many of the local highlights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: Poznan - Jasna Gora - Krakow.

Your first stop today is the monastery of Jasna Gora near Czestochowa, which houses the famous painting of the 'Black Madonna', venerated as the 'Queen of Poland' and the country's national symbol. This afternoon, continue to Krakow, Poland's cultural capital, for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Krakow.

The ancient capital of Poland is the jewel in its sightseeing crown. At the city's heart is the largest and one of the most perfectly preserved medieval squares in the whole of Europe, Rynek Glowny, surrounded by impressive historic buildings. This morning, the included sightseeing tour of ancient Krakow takes in the historic Market Square, the 14th century Jagiellonian University, Wawel Castle and St Mary's Church, where the 14th-century kings of Poland were traditionally crowned. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at leisure or perhaps join the optional trip to the fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mines, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, enjoy an optional polka party. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7: Krakow - Oswiecim (Auschwitz) - Warsaw.

This morning, head to Oswiecim and the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the outrages perpetrated against the Jews during World War II. This afternoon, continue to Warsaw and then during the evening, enjoy an optional farewell dinner. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: Warsaw.

Today is spent at leisure in the capital and largest city in Poland, Warsaw. This historic and thriving city has a plethora of things to see and do. Visit the Old Town where you can picture times gone by with its beautiful buildings and narrow streets or journey along the Royal Road, which links a list of its best landmarks such as St Anne's Church, Ujazdów Park, St Alexander's Church and many more stunning sites. Warsaw also has a host amazing palaces for you to see, the Wilanów Palace for example, full of beautiful decorations which survived both World Wars as well as sobering museums such as the must-see Warsaw Uprising Museum. The night is spent in Warsaw. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9: Warsaw - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Inclusions:

Flights UK - Warsaw; Warsaw - UK
Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
Meals on tour - 8 breakfasts and 5 dinners
Services of a tour director
Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
Individual Audio SystemYou will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
All local and airport taxes/service charges