Discover the history of one of Europe's most vibrant cities, Warsaw, from its early years to the struggles of World War II; visit the otherworldly Bochnia Salt Mines; and in the neighboring Czech Republic, sample the famous brews of the Staropramen Brewery.
Day 1 - ARRIVE WARSAW, POLAND
Arrive in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, where you are met and
transferred to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome
briefing followed by dinner.
Day 2 - WARSAW
This morning, set out for a guided tour of Warsaw's highlights,
including the 14th-century Cathedral of Saint John and the
remnants of the infamous Ghetto. After lunch, visit Wilanow
Palace and Gardens, the former Polish royal residence. Explore the
city at your leisure this afternoon.
Day 3 - WARSAW
This morning, visit the Rising Museum, which commemorates the Polish resistance to Nazi occupation. Enjoy lunch and
an afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a private piano
performance with a glass of sparkling wine at the Szuster Palace.
Day 4 - CZESTOCHOWA
Drive to Czestochowa, where you visit the monastery of Jasna
Gora, home of the Black Madonna, a painting that has drawn
countless reverent visitors over the centuries. After lunch,
proceed to Krakow and check in to your hotel. This evening,
enjoy dinner at the home of a local resident, and experience
Polish hospitality firsthand.
Day 5 - KRAKOW
This morning, explore the remarkable Bochnia Salt Mine, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the world’s only
underground ferry systems. Descend the mine and explore its
network of chambers and lakes, which have been carved out
over the centuries. After lunch in the mine, walk Krakow’s
magnificent Market Square, a centerpiece of the city and one of
the largest of its kind in Europe. You may also enjoy a visit to St.
Mary’s Church with its famous Baroque 15th-century altar.
Day 6 - AUSCHWITZ
This morning, visit the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau
concentration camp, preserved as a memorial for the 1.5 million
people of 28 nationalities who perished here. Explore the stone
buildings of Auschwitz with your specialist guide, who brings to
life the everyday horrors experienced by those who were brought
here. Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 - OLOMOUC, CZECH REPUBLIC
Depart Krakow for the historic riverside town of Olomouc for
a short walking tour; its Holy Trinity Column is a spectacular
Baroque monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue to Prague.
Day 8 - PRAGUE
Visit the Jewish Museum, home of Europe's largest collection
of Judaica, and the Jewish Cemetery. Explore Old Town and
the Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka, and Old Town
Square's Gothic Town Hall for a chance to ascend its iconic clock
tower. Later, enjoy a sample and tour at Staropramen Brewery,
the second largest in the country.
Day 9 - PRAGUE
In Prague's Castle District, admire the religious artifacts at
the Loreto Chapel, as well as the towering, Gothic St. Vitus
Cathedral. Privately visit the Baroque library halls of the Strahov
Monastery and view its incredible frescoes. Tonight, gather for a
special farewell dinner.
Day 10 - DEPART PRAGUE
Transfer this morning to the airport for your onward travel.