There’s no way to cover the entire country in just 1 week, so this itinerary is divided into two itineraries for you to choose between, depending on how you want to spend your time: Warsaw plus Kraków and southern Poland; or Warsaw plus Gdansk and northern Poland.
Southern Poland Itinerary: Warsaw & South
Days 1 & 2: Warsaw
Get settled in and, if you’ve got the energy, try to arrange for an organized city tour by bus in the afternoon. Warsaw is sprawling, and even if you’re not an “organized tour” type of person, this is one place where a bus tour makes sense. Spend the second day with a more leisurely stroll of the Old Town, admiring the “old” look of the place, even though it’s barely 30 years old. Warsaw’s Old Town was totally destroyed in World War II and rebuilt brick by brick. Don’t pass up the chance to see the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, which will help you to understand that spirit of the city. If it’s a nice day, try to get out to Lazienki Park. On Sunday, you might even catch the weekly open-air Chopin concert. For a more intense immersion, touch-screen through the multimedia presentations at the revamped Chopin Museum.
Days 3 & 4: Kraków
Drive or take the train to Kraków — either way, it will take about 3 to 4 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy Poland’s most popular travel destination. Dedicate at least 1 full day to the Old Town and the Wawel Castle area, including the castle Cathedral, whose crypt is filled with tombs of Polish kings. Leave another full day for Kazimierz and the sights of the former Jewish quarter.
Day 5: Kraków Daytrip — Auschwitz or Wieliczka
The former Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau lies about 90 minutes west of Kraków by car; alternatively, you can go by train or bus, or book one of several Auschwitz day tours through the tourist information office. It’s a must, particularly if you’ve never had the chance to visit a Holocaust site in the past. Plan to sleep back in Kraków; after a day of touring the camps, you’ll want to come back to a place full of life. If you’re traveling with small children and looking for a more suitable day trip, try the Wieliczka Salt Mines, easily reachable from Kraków by bus or train, or via a guided tour booked through the Kraków tourist information office.
Day 6: Zakopane
If you’ve got time and energy for more travel, hit the bus and head down to the Tatra resort of Zakopane. If you get an early enough start, you’ll have enough time for a bit of a mountain walk; otherwise, you’ll have to content yourself with a stroll around town and maybe a cable-car ride to the top of one of the peaks. For an offbeat, old-style villa that really captures old Zakopane, book a room at the Pensjonat Szarotka.
Day 7: Return to Warsaw
If you’re leaving from Zakopane, take the bus back to Kraków and the train back to Warsaw. Leave at least 2 hours for the journey to Kraków and 3 to 4 more for the trip back to Warsaw.
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The price is for 2 persons in double room and include hotels 4-5 star level, tour guide in english, luxury bus and all entrances fees as by the tour plan. The package is available every day.
- Air Conditioning
- Airport Shuttle Service
- Complimentary breakfast
- Ironing board
- Luxury Minibus
- Luxury Tourist Autobus
- Seating Area
- Tour Guide