History & Culture

Heritage of the Second World War

Warsaw, Cracow, Gdansk

From 1799 €/person

See Dates

Duration

10 days

Group size

8 people

Hosted in

English, Spanish, French

To face the future, we sometimes need to take a step back, take a closer look at our difficult history and pay tribute to our last heroes.

Tragic experience of the Second World War, its origins and consequences, the victims and the torturers, heroes and ordinary people – it is a lesson in history that should not be forgotten.

During this trip to the 20 century heritage you will learn about the tragedy has left an indelible mark on all nations. Each family of each country shares a part of this dramatic story.

Join the trip in a small group (8 persons max.) and set out for an adventure
following the traces of the Second World War in Poland to be able to better
understand this painful history, but also to appreciate the heroism of the Polish resistance and to pay tribute to the heros.

Food

Three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner in the local restaurants (per
day).

Accommodation

Charming 3 star hotels in the heart of city center: Chopin Boutique in Warsaw, Hotel Bonum *** in Gdansk and Hotel Pollera *** in Cracow (double or twin rooms with private bathrooms).

Transportation

Transportation by mini bus and trains.

Price includes: transportation by minibus (with English speaking driver) and comfortable trains, accommodations in the 3 stars charming hotels in the heart of city center ( B&B Chopin Boutique, Bonum and Kazimierz III) (double or twin rooms with private bathrooms); three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner in local restaurants (per day); 4 hours guided tour in Warszawa; 4 hours guided tour in Gdańsk; 4 hours guided tour in Kraków; Chopin concert in Warsaw, 3,5 hours guided tour to Auschwitz, 3 hours guided tour to Wieliczka,

Price does not include: individual transfers; flights, insurance

Welcome to Poland! Dzień dobry!

After landing our driver will welcome you at the arrivals and drive you to the hotel where you can have a rest after the flight. The hotel’s location in the city center encourages to have a first free walk around the old city and explore some of the Polish culture and architecture of the capital.

Your day ends with a diner in one of the fine restaurants with excellent traditional Polish cuisine that we highly recommend.

Your local agent is at our disposal via phone for the whole time of your stay in Poland, don’t hesitate to contact us in case of questions or any issues that may require our assistance.

Reborn like Phoenix from the ashes – history of Warsaw

In the morning, after breakfast, your private English-speaking guide will take you for a walk around the historical center of the city of Warsaw and through the tragic history of the wartime in the Polish capital (4h).

You will follow the royal route from the royal castle to the magnificent Łazienki park, visiting on the way places such as the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Krakowskie Przedmieście street among others – places that are now vibrant urban spots but used to witness the horror of the Second WW, Warsaw Uprising, and Jewish Ghetto.

You will discover the stunning architectural heritage, including baroque and classical churches such as Saint Anne and Saint Cross as well as symbolic monuments from communism time with its pearl – an immense skyscraper, The Palace of Culture and Science, the gift from Stalin that serves as a location for theaters, cinemas and restaurants to this days.

To visit Warsaw and not to attend a Chopin concert is unimaginable, so this
evening we invite you to Chopin concert in the heart of the city. Afterwards you may continue the evening in one of the recommended restaurants to discover more richness of our traditional cuisine specialties and liqueurs.

Gdańsk – the jewel of the Baltic coast

This morning, after breakfast, we transfer from the hotel to the Warsaw central train station to take a direct train to Gdańsk (3h). After the transit and check in you may enjoy free afternoon and evening to walk down the maze of streets of Gdansk surrounded by the old architecture ranging from 13th to 17th century. One of the must-see places is for sure the 15th century harbour crane which nowadays serves as the National Maritime Museum.

In the evening, you will have a delicious dinner in a charming restaurant that specialises in fish and other regional dishes from around the Baltic Sea cost.

Where the Second World War started…

This day will be devoted to discovering the city’s history, especially its part related to the second world war and it’s very beginning that happened in Gdańsk. Your guide will unveil to you the secrets of the Długa and Długi Targ streets, also known as the “Royal Way”, show you the Renaissance constructions such as Town Hall, the Neptune Fountain, the Artus courtyard, the Green Gate and the Golden House. You will also learn about the beginning of the Second WW and its impact on everyday life in the port.

And if your interested in knowing more, we recommend you to visit the museum of the Second World War (3h, possible with with an audio-guide option).

Your day ends, as always, with a nice dinner in a typical polish restaurant.

Become the Grand Master of Malbork Castle

Today’s schedule is optional: you may either chose to visit the Malbork Castle (1) or relax on the beach, for instance in nearby Sopot city famous for beautiful pier (2).

Those who opt for the visit to the castle, we start with a direct transfer by car. The majestic fortress of the Teutonic Order is one of the most famous castles in Poland and a great chance to learn more about medieval times in Poland.

In 14 and 15th century, Malbork was the seat of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, one of the three assemblies of knights involved in the crusades alongside the Templars and the Knights of Saint John. Fortress numerous ramparts and labyrinth of chambers is a piece of art of architecture which still keeps the secrets of the Grand Masters of the Order.

Visit to Malbork is optional and costs 45 EUR/person (private transport, entry ticket with an audio-guide set included). It takes about 6h with a visit to the castle of around 3h with an audio-guide, after which you will be back in Gdansk.

Those who prefer to stay in the city, may relax in Sopot resort – a little nearby city with a beautiful beach, historical park, full of cafes and small restaurants.

Our last evening in Gdansk we will celebrate in a lovely restaurant with a live marine music concert.

From the north to the southern old capital

Today you transfer from Gdańsk to Cracow with a high-speed comfortable train (with all the transfers from and to the train stations).

After checking in at the hotel and some rest, you may start to discover the
marvellous city centre of Cracow: Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter, climb on Wawel – the Royal Castle hill and have a cup of coffee in the old market square, one of the most breathtaking places of that kind in Poland and Europe.

Tonight’s dinner is planned in a typical polish restaurant in the charming Jewish district.

Cracow and the legend of dragon

Today your Cracow guide will help you discover the city and its secrets during the 4 hours long walk.

Cracow is a breath-taking city, full of cozy little cafes and restaurants, especially in the famous Jewish quarter called Kazimierz, where you can taste traditional Jewish dishes while listening to klezmer live music.

Starting with Barabkan and Brama Florianska, you will walk the “Royal Way”, which leads to the Wawel hill through the old market square (Rynek). Next, your guide will take you to Kazimierz quarter and show you a Wawel hill and the Royal Castle. You will enter a wonderful cathedral and the court of the castle. By walking along the flowery Planty, you will be back in the heart of Cracow, just in front of Basilica of Saint Mary and famous Cloth Halls (Sukiennice).

This long, but hopefully fabulous day, you will end at a Polish restaurant for more Polish specialities – this time representing the southern style.

Auschwitz and the history of the II World War

Only less than 2 hours drive from Cracow, today you will find yourself at the
entrance to one of the most important places of the Second World War.

The largest mass extermination camps for Jews in Auschwitz and Birkenau have became a worldwide symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. They were created by the Germans in the mid-1940s in the suburbs of Oświęcim, which were invaded by the Nazis and stuck in the Third Reich. Prisoners of different nationalities, especially Jews and Poles, in total nearly 1.1 million people were imprisoned and sentenced to death.

The visit lasts around 3h30 (your group will join a group of 30 max. with an
English-speaking guide) after which we will go back to Cracow with a private driver.

This evening, we invite you to the restaurant located in the heart of the Jewish quarter to taste Polish and Jewish cuisine and listen to a live concert of klezmer music.

Searching for salt: visit to the Wieliczka salt mine

This morning you will transfer to Wieliczka to explore a vast labyrinth of tunnels and chambers full of caves and caverns. We will see the famous chapel of Saint Kinga, the pearl of the Wieliczka salt mine and a pride of miners. Admire the intricate statues, chandeliers and other piece of art objects carved directly into the rock as you listen to the fascinating story told by the guide.

Visit to the salt mine lasts about 3 h (in a group of 30 people max. with an English-speaking guide) after which you will return to Cracow with our driver.

Your last evening in Poland should be unforgettable: you will spend it in a
restaurant in the heart of Cracow having an exceptional goodbye dinner.

Goodbye and see you!

It’s your last day in Cracow… After a short break for the last walk or shopping (depending on the time of your flight), our driver will take you to the airport. Even if your stay this time is over, remember that you are always welcomed in Poland!

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Joining & departure

From 1799 €/person

By booking, you will be asked to pay a deposit of 30% of total price to confirm your place. The whole amount must be paid at least one month prior to departure via payment link send by Around Poland. Within 14 days before departure you will be able to cancel your trip without any reason and we will give you: 100% Money Back Guarantee.


10.05 – 19.05.2021

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01.09 – 10.09.2021

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If you want to change the program of the trip or arrive on other dates, write to us: [email protected]

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