Grand Poland Tour 12 days

Grand Poland Tour

Mega Travel organizes business, motivational, integration trips and incentive travels. We professionally deal with complex business services. Each program is adapted to the wishes of the customer and his financial capabilities. We are serveral years on the touristic market and our consultants organized many travels to Poland. We do our best, therefore each travel and stay are always successful. Contact with us in any time you want.

Day 1 ARRIVAL, WARSAW
On your arrival day, we arrange for limousine transfer to your centrally-located deluxe hotel. Should it be more convenient for you to arrive earlier, we will be happy to tailor the programme especially for you. In the evening, you will meet your tour leader, driver and a representative from our office. It will be an occasion to savour a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2 WARSAW
A full-day tour of the city. Our sightseeing will include the very best of Warsaw: the cosy Old Town painstakingly rebuilt from scratch after the WW II, the area of the historic Jewish Ghetto, the busy downtown, and the elegant Royal Route with the Palace on the Water in the Lazienki Gardens. You are invited to a complimentary snack in the famous Blikle Café. The next stops are the observation deck of the huge socialist Palace of Culture, and one of the newest historical museums in Poland, the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. Alternatively, free time in the Old Town. For the evening we have scheduled a delicious dinner in a stylish restaurant which serves traditional Polish cuisine. We will conclude the day with a private Chopin piano concert in the original interiors of the 18th-century Myslewicki Palace in the Royal Lazienki Gardens.

Day 3 THE DAY OF TEUTONIC KNIGHTS
Shortly after the early breakfast we will board our bus to travel north towards the Baltic Sea. We will cross Warmia (Ermland) region and stop for a short visit to an open-air ethnographic museum in Olsztynek to see genuine local folk architecture. Lunch on the premises. We will make a very short stop in the Ilawa Lake District to admire a miracle of 19th-century German engineering: the Ostroda-Elblag Canal, a system of canals combined with a narrow-gauge railway. Afterwards, we will have a sightseeing tour of the Malbork (Marienburg) castle, one of the biggest castles in Europe, in 1309-1459 a seat of the mighty Order of Teutonic Knights. We will continue to Tricity where we will check into a comfortable hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 BEAUTIFUL TRICITY
We will spend the whole day exploring Tricity. We start with Oliwa, a district of Gdansk where we will visit the beautiful Cathedral and enjoy an organ concert. Then we continue to Sopot, the most popular Polish summer holiday resort. We can enjoy a walk down the Monte Cassino Boulevard to the funfair pier and have a coffee break. On the way to the marvelous Old Town of Gdansk, we stop at the famous Gdansk (formerly Lenin) Shipyards where the Solidarity movement led by Lech Walesa came into being in 1980. In the past, Gdansk was the richest Polish city; at present, its old town is a favorite tourist destination in Poland for its exciting maritime atmosphere and specific Hanseatic-style architecture. After an introductory tour of the city and a presentation about amber, we also schedule a cruise with a replica of historical galleon ship between Westerplatte (the place where WW II started) and the Gdansk harbour. A tasty dinner in one of the best-known Gdansk restaurants, followed by return to our hotel.

Day 5 TORUN - COPERNICUS & COTTON MILLS
Following breakfast, we bid farewell to Gdansk and head south towards Torun. On our way we will pay a short visit to the impressive Teutonic castles in Chelmno or Grudziadz (exterior). Lunch break and a tour of the Torun Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is a delightful historical city with a preserved Gothic structure, magnificent town hall, awe-inspiring fortification walls and the Polish "leaning tower of Pisa". We will taste local gingerbread and optionally visit the house of Nicolaus Copernicus where the famous astronomer was born. Alternatively, free time. Arrival in Lodz, the second-largest city in Poland (750,000 inhabitants). This enigmatic postindustrial city associated with Art Nouveau, the Polish film school (Wajda, Polanski, Kieslowski, Zanussi etc.) and David Lynch (Inland Empire). A short evening coach tour. Dinner at the nostalgic Inheritors' Club. Overnight stay in Lodz.

Day 6 BLACK MADONNA & JURASSIC CASTLES
Having eaten breakfast, we will go further south to Czestochowa. Next to Rome, Fatima in Portugal and Lourdes in France, the Jasna Gora Monastery towering over the city of Czestochowa is one of the most vivid and important pilgrimage sites of the entire Christendom. We will see not only the famous Black Madonna but also the monastery premises. The tour will be guided by a resident Pauline monk. Lunch time. A romantic trail of Jurassic Castles starts in the vicinity of Czestochowa. Though in ruin, the castles are very scenic. We will climb up to one of the most beautiful of them, Olsztyn Castle which we will attempt to conquer. Later on, we will go to Tychy, a city famous for its brewery, where the delicious Tyskie beer is produced. During the tour, we will learn the secrets of brewing great beer, and adults will have an opportunity to taste the beer right on the spot. Arrival in Krakow, dinner and overnight stay in the beautiful Old Town.

Day 7 KRAKOW - ROYAL CAPITAL
Krakow city tour: we will admire the medieval part of the town with the largest square in Europe - the Main Town Square, the premises of the Jagiellonian University (founded in 1364), the fascinating churches and the most interesting streets in Krakow. We will not miss this magical moment. Free time for shopping or sightseeing on one’s own. In the evening, we will treat you to a sumptuous dinner in the legendary Hawelka restaurant. A horse-driven cart ride around Krakow will enhance all the experiences of the passing day.

Day 8 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JOHN PAUL II & SALTMINES
We will have a comfortable walking tour of legendary Wawel Castle, covering the Royal Apartments and the Cathedral, the Royal Tombs and the Belfry. A half-day trip to the environs of Krakow. First we will see Kalwaria Zebrzydowska with the Baroque Pilgrimage Church listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site; a short lunch break will follow. Next we will see Wadowice which is located nearby: we will take a look at the home of John Paul II and the football pitch where he used to play. The Wieliczka Salt Mines. It is a great experience to take part in an evening tour of the medieval galleries and halls hewn in rock and salt deposits. We have arranged for dinner 100 meters under the ground in the salt mine restaurant. Afterwards, we will return to the Old Town of Krakow for overnight stay.

Day 9 POLISH MOUNTAINS
Shortly after breakfast, we will go south towards the towering Tatra Mountains and arrive in Zakopane, the principal Polish mountain resort located at the foot of this majestic Carpathian mountain range (above 2,000 metres above sea level). In Zakopane, we will admire the local wooden architecture and make a cable car trip to one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the Tatras, Mt. Kasprowy, to enjoy the dramatic scenery. During the day you will also have enough time to walk down Krupowki Street and buy some nice souvenirs. We will take part in a cheerful highlander show with live music and dance. You will have an opportunity to see the customs still alive in this region and get a taste of the local cuisine and the strong "highlander tea". Overnight stay in Zakopane.

Day 10 AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Travel towards a totally different kind of experience. Oswiecim, a small Silesian town, is notorious worldwide as Auschwitz. At the border of the town there are three gruesome areas of the former German Nazi death camps which now make up an impressive Holocaust Memorial. We will visit Auschwitz I as well as Birkenau, the second and less frequently visited extermination camp. We will continue west to the Lower Silesia region and the marvelous medieval city of Wroclaw. Accommodation at a centrally-located hotel. Free time.

Day 11 LOVELY SILESIA (WROCLAW & THE CHURCH OF PEACE)
Judging from our experience of the last three seasons, we believe Wroclaw (Breslau) is a very pleasant surprise for everyone visiting Poland. Shortly after breakfast, we will take a short walk through the Old Town with a local tour guide. Later, we will admire the beauty of Wroclaw from onboard of a river boat. You can either enjoy free time (there is a lot to do) or go for a complimentary trip to Swidnica, a small town located 1 hour's drive from Wroclaw. In the town, there is an enormous wooden Church of Peace, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was one of the three places in Silesia where Protestantism was allowed after the Thirty Years' War. On the way from Swidnica, we will pay a short visit to Ksiaz, an old fairytale-like castle. Return to Wroclaw and a cheerful evening in the famous Piwnica Swidnicka restaurant, located in the cellars of the medieval town hall, and which is arguably the oldest restaurant in Europe (founded in 1274). Overnight stay in Wroclaw.

Day 12 WROCLAW, RETURN TO WARSAW
A visit to Wroclaw's Japanese Gardens, the eclectic Peoples' Hall and the stadium in which Hitler intended to hold the Olympic Games.Approx. 6 p.m.: arrival in Warsaw where we can arrange accommodation for you in the airport hotel at a discount rate.

The price includes:
-11 x overnight in DBL room
-11x breakfast at the hotel
-11 x dinner at the hotel or in the local restaurant
-Transfers from / to airport
-Transport by coach
-Guide assistance (in English or in other language if required)
-Taxes
The price doesn`t include:
-SGL supplement
-Entry fees and obligatory local guides
-Optionals
-Tips
-Personal expenses
-Other costs not mentioned in the itinerary.

The price per person from 1650 EUR*
*price is calculated individually

From many years Mega Travel specializes in organizing tours for individual clients as well as for travel agencies and companies. Professionalism and high quality service is appreciated by our customers, who regularly use our help to organize trips to Poland.