DAY 1 Friday
USA - WARSAW
Depart from the USA on an overnight flight to Warsaw, Poland’s dynamic capital.
DAY 2 Saturday
WARSAW (Welcome dinner)
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of town. Unpack, refresh, relax, before meeting your guide and the other tour group members in the afternoon. Then, get ready to get acquainted with Warsaw, Poland’s capital, on a first orientation tour, that will take you along the beautifully restored Royal Route, with its historical monuments and stately residences, to Castle Square. Here, we disembark for a short walk through Old Town and finish with a welcome dinner at a local landmark restaurant. Your meal features typical, popular Polish dishes. For dessert, taste 'Zygmuntowka', a luscious cream cake, shaped in the form of King Zygmunt III Waza's statue in Castle Square, symbolic of Warsaw.
DAY 3 Sunday
WARSAW (Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning, you will see other notable highlights of Warsaw. On our half-day sightseeing tour, we return for further explorations of Old Town, faithfully rebuilt after the ravages of World War II. Here stand the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kinds of Poland. Among its 300 rooms, visit the Canaletto Room, showing 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knights’ Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble Room with 22 portraits of Polish kings and the remarkable, spacious Ballroom. You will also visit the Chopin Museum, with several exhibition devoted to Chopin's life. For lunch, we invite you to 'Delicia Polska', in the historic Polonia House, a setting associated with Mme. Curie, the renowned physicist, who dined here frequently.
DAY 4 Monday
WARSAW - CZESTOCHOWA - KRAKOW (Breakfast, Lunch)
After a morning tour of sites associated with Jewish life in Warsaw (the Mila Street bunker; the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto monument and the Umschlagplatz, where Jews were gathered before being transported to the concentration camps), we visit the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, an overview of the thousand-year history of Jews in Poland. From here, we leave for Krakow via Czestochowa, with a brief stop for lunch en route. In Czestochowa, site of Jasna Gora and the Black Madonna, venerated as Poland's holiest icon, we visit the Treasury Room, with its invaluable collection of precious gifts, including those from Saint John Paul II and former President, Lech Walesa. Upon arrival in Krakow, we take you on a brief tour through the city's Old Town, stopping for a welcome drink on the terrace of historic Cloth Hall, by all counts the most famous building in Krakow.
DAY 5 Tuesday
KRAKOW (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today, we explore Krakow and start at the top: Wawel, the Royal Castle, dramatically overlooking the city, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare objets d'art. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestrics is peerless. Two other highlights on our tour: the Royal Cathedral, site of St. John Paul II’s ordination as Bishop of Krakow and Leonardo da Vinci’s memorable "Lady with Ermine”. We return to Old Town with its restored Main Square of magnificent houses and palaces and visit St. Mary’s Basilica to admire the incredible and unique wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you want to examine Old Town further and shop for souvenirs in Cloth Hall, built in 1349, replete with shopping stalls. Tonight we dine at 'Wesele', located in Old Town’s Market Square. Enjoy the wonderful delicacies, but leave room for their famous cheese cake, a house specialty. An unforgettable treat.
DAY 6 Wednesday
KRAKOW (Breakfast, Dinner)
Another face of Krakow is Kazimierz, the former Jewish district with its own Market Square, Town Hall and two notable synagogues, the Gothic Old Synagogue and the Remuh Synagogue with its adjoining Renaissance cemetery. The newest house of worship is Tempel Synagogue with its stuccos, paintings and stained glass. At the Oscar Schindler Factory, we stop to examine the main exhibit, "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation, 1939-1945”, both a history of Krakow's Jews and the tragedy of the Jewish community during the Nazi occupation. To maintain the mood, we have arrange dinner this evening at 'Klezmer-Hols', a restaurant - as the name implies - where dining is accompanied by klezmer music.
DAY 7 Thursday
KRAKOW – WIELICZKA – AUSCHWITZ - WROCLAW (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, we leave for Western Poland. Our destination: Wroclaw, the 'Venice of the North', capital of Lower Silesia, one of Poland’s oldest city, along the Odra River. En route, we detour via Wieliczka, the remarkable underground world of the oldest salt mine in Europe, a UNESCO treasure site. Among the many spectacular subterranean galleries you will see is the glorious Blessed Kinga chapel. Lunch takes place at a typical country restaurant, a wooden inn, where the specialty, pierogi, a dumpling is filled with cabbage, mushrooms, meat, cheese or fruit. Delicious!! Another stop on the way to Wroclaw is Auschwitz-Birkenau, forever associated with the horrors of the Holocaust.
DAY 8 Friday
WROCLAW - SWIDNICA - VINEYARD 'ADORIA' - WROCLAW (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we show you the heart of Wroclaw, its historic Market Square, the
Town Hall, a gem of Gothic-Renaissance architecture and Baroque 'Aula Leopoldina', one of the splendid chambers at Wroclaw University. In the afternoon, we drive to Swidnica to visit the 17th century Church of Peace, another UNESCO treasure site, the largest timber-framed religious structure in Europe. On the way, a short break, while we stop at Vineyard 'Adoria' for a wine tasting and dinner served in the elegant interiors of Topacz, a Renaissance castle.
DAY 9 Saturday
WROCLAW – LOWICZ – NIEBOROW - WARSAW (Breakfast, Lunch)
We return to Warsaw today, stopping several times for some one-of-a-kind impressions. First, a home-hosted lunch with a typical Polish family, whose home sits at the foot ofLowicz castle. You will not only dine on home-cooked dishes, but have a chance to exchange views with your hosts. Then, it's on to Nieborow, to visit the residence of the renowned Radziwill family with its rare objets d'art. This evening you will take an unforgettable musical journey through the world famous compositions of Frederic Chopin, at a piano recital. A glass of sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
DAY 10 Sunday
It's all over, except for the nostalgic memories of your visit, as we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.