Discover Poland

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Trip code: 
AWP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
5–16
Min age:
16

Enjoy Polish hospitality and explore World Heritage Sites

Poland has come and gone from the map of Europe many times over the centuries, the battle line between East and West. Today it is a beautiful country full of history and a proud people, keen to show off their country's individuality and culture. Our journey starts in Warsaw the mighty capital, then it's north to the port city of Gdansk where the Solidarity trade union movement began, whose opposition to Communism led to the end of Communist Party rule in 1989. From here we move onto lesser known Wroclaw, the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Finishing in Krakow, Poland's cultural capital, with its beautiful old town square, cobbled streets and jazz bars. From here we have a day trip to Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. This is a busy trip with lots to discover, far beyond Poland’s stereotypes of communist housing blocks and stodgy food.

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Warsaw and Krakow old town
  • Discover lesser known Wroclaw
  • Visit UNESCO listed Auschwitz and Wilanow Palace
  • Enjoy local Polish hospitality 
  • Optional day tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine (must be booked in advance)

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels
  • Normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private bus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Warsaw

    The group flight arrives into Warsaw late morning. There is free time to explore the Polish capital. We recommend the Warsaw Uprising Museum, as there is no time to visit the following day. It is considered one of the best museums in the city.

    Meet the group in the early evening for our briefing.

    Hotel Metropol or similar

  • Day 2

    Walking tour of Warsaw, transfer to Gdansk

    Warsaw is the sprawling capital of Poland and the country's largest city. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. Our guided walking tour starts in the UNESCO listed Old Town, lovingly restored after World War II, and Wilanów Palace, dating back to 1805 and once home to John II Sobieski, one of Poland’s most famous kings.

    After an early lunch, we take the 4hr transfer to Gdansk, Poland’s great maritime city. There may be some free time for a stroll along the quayside before dinner.

    Number One Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing in Gdansk, transfer to Torun via Malbork Castle

    Gdansk is surely one of Europe’s most famous port cities, and was a leading centre of commerce during the times of the Hanseatic League, in the 14th and 15th century. In the 20th century, it vast docks saw the founding of the Solidarity Movement, which played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule in Poland and helped precipitate the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

    Our tour will take in the Old Town and the wonderfully restored docks, before free time to enjoy the city. You may choose to visit the award-winning Solidarity Museum or maybe just relax with a coffee in one of the many cafes. We then transfer to Torun, stopping at the UNESCO listed Malbork Castle, the largest castle compound in the world, dating back to the 13th century.

    Gotyk Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Walking tour of Torun; transfer to Wrocław

    This morning we have a walking tour of Torun. This is amongst Poland's oldest cities and the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, one of history’s most famous astronomers. The city is known for having preserved, almost intact, its mediaeval spatial layout with many Gothic buildings, including monumental churches, the town hall and many burgher houses.

    After lunch we transfer to Wroclaw, approximately a four-hour drive through the Polish countryside. We will arrive in time to check in and head out for dinner on the old town square.

    Campanile Centrum Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Krakow, stopover at Auschwitz

    Wroclaw (vrots-wahf), is one of Poland's finest cities, with a unique mix of Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian traditions, culture and architecture. We will have a walking tour of the Market Square, old town and the city's Gothic cathedral, dating back to 1272.

    After a late lunch, we leave for Krakow, stopping at the Auschwitz concentration camp on the way. We will have a guided tour of both camps and the museum buildings. Reflecting on our visit we transfer to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital. Our journey time to Krakow is approximately 4 hours in total. 

    Chopin Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Morning walking tour of Krakow, free afternoon

    Krakow may be Poland's second largest city, but for many centuries it has been the academic, cultural and artistic capital of the nation. The mediaeval Old Town is UNESCO listed and dates back to the 13th century. It is now home to the largest market square in Europe as well as numerous merchant houses, St Mary's Basilica and Wawel Castle complex. All sites are within easy walk distance of the main square.

    After an orientation tour in the morning, the day is free for you to enjoy this beautiful city. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a 30-minute drive from the centre of the city. Established in the 13th century, salt was mined here until 2007. The mine's attractions include dozens of statues and four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The older sculptures have been supplemented with new carvings made by contemporary artists. Those who chose to visit the mine will return to Krakow in time for dinner with the group. 

    Please note: The salt mine tour is not exclusively for Exodus clients and therefore you might be joined by non-Exodus clients. Prices can be found in the ‘money’ sections of the trip notes. If you wish to go on this excursion please make the leader aware at the welcome briefing on day 1. 

    Chopin Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Day trip to Zakopane

    Today we take an excursion to Zakopane situated in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. This pretty resort town is famed for its wooden chalets and is popular in summer with hikers. We will take the cable car up Kasprowy Wierch and take a short walk on the mountain. There will be time for a relaxing lunch and souvenir shopping, the region is particularly well known for wood carvings and oscypk - a tasty smoked cheese.

    We will return to Krakow in time for dinner. You may also want to check out one of the world-famous jazz bars in one of the city's many cellar pubs.

    Chopin Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Krakow

    Free day in Krakow before our evening flight back to London

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast and 1 lunch are included.

Breakfast will be standard continental style, consisting of bread, cheese and meats, as well as cereal and fruit. Lunches will be three

Lunch on day 5 will be three course with coffee, tea and water. On these days you'll probably only want a snack in the evening. Polish cuisine is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef as well as winter vegetables and herbs. Soups served in bowls made of bread, are rather fun and quite common. Stuffed dumpling know as pierogi are also popular These days vegetarians are well catered for, but please let Exodus know at the time of booking.

Vegetarians and Vegans: In Poland, vegetarians are usually well catered for. However, it is extremely difficult for vegans, as dairy produce and eggs form the staple part of the diet and occur in the vast majority of meals. Therefore we recommend that you bring some supplementary items.

Weather

Poland has a continental climate, with harsh winters and hot summers. Our trips run from May to September, when temperatures are usually mild to hot. The summer months of July and August may reach 30 - 35 ºC during the day, perhaps a little cooler in the hills. Rain can fall at any time of the year, although in mid-summer it is more likely to come as thunderstorms, June, July and August have the highest rainfall.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded as Leisurely/Moderate (2) and visits as much as possible in a week. There is a lot to see, yet the pace is not rushed and of time is left each day for self-exploration. Although the road infrastructure throughout Poland is slowly improving some roads are still slow, traffic jams on main routes are quite common and journey times can vary as a result.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

7 nights comfortable 3-star hotels with en suite rooms. All accommodation is based on twin-share, with private facilities. Wi-Fi is free in all hotels, but is sometimes unreliable. Most hotels are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the city centres, making going out for dinner in the evening easy. Our hotel in Gdansk has a small indoor swimming pool. 

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Ingrid Crauwels

    Discover the history of Poland

    Poland is a beautiful country. When you are in the cities, you wouldn't think they only are free from the Russians since 1990. All cities are so clean, the buildings have been restored to their former glory. The motorways are excellent, what a difference with the UK.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The museum of Solidarity, it is a must see.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a fantastic guide Jurek (Jerry) Sajkowski, he was so passionate about his country, could tell us all about the history of his country and was the most helpful guide we had since we have been travelling with Exodus (since 1991).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We didn't book the Salt Mines in Krakow, but I would advise to book this excursion when you book the trip with Exodus, it is a more difficult when you try to do it in Krakow.
  • Reviewed August 2018

    A fascinating exploration of Poland

    I went on the Discover Poland tour as an Exodus staff member in July. It was my first trip with Exodus and I had a fantastic time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau was something I will never forget. It was a challenging and incredibly emotional experience, but is something I think everybody should do if they get the chance.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jerry was superb. He made sure that everybody was happy and well informed, both as a group and individually. Nothing was too much trouble for him, he made sure the tour ran smoothly, his knowledge of – and passion for – his country was outstanding and his fine sense of humour went down really well with the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is a lot to see and do on this tour, so prepare for fairly early starts each morning and a few long days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don’t miss the Solidarity Centre in Gdansk. It gives an incredibly interesting account of a hugely important part of Poland’s recent history and the fabric of its society today.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Millie Cummings

    Excellent tour leader fantasic

    The trip covered many different places in Poland it is a beautiful country full of history, tradition and wonderful cities

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the 'final solution' and Auschwitz

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader Jerry was both professional, very knowledgeable about the country but funny and intelligent. He looked after both group needs and individual ones nothing was too much trouble for him. I have been on over 20 trips for Exodus and Explore and he is the one that stands out as being the best.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Lots of travelling on the bus

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoyed the trip and my fellow group travellers
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Jan Gibbons

    Discover Poland

    A wonderful trip around Poland with a great guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Everyday there were great experiences. We visited some beautiful cities. I especially loved Gdansk, Torun and Wroclaw. Really enjoyed our visit to Malbork Castle where one of the highlights was when our lovely guide, Blueberry, demonstrated acoustics by singing beautifully. And our visit to Auschwitz was very moving indeed. Again, we were fortunate to have a wonderful guide who took us round with great dignity and spoke with such passion.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jerry was a excellent guide. Very experienced, with an amazing knowledge of so many aspects of his country. He was totally committed to ensuring we had a great time in Poland. The trip ran very efficiently due to his organisational skills. And he had a great sense of humour so we had lots of fun too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip is very full on with a number of early starts but we saw a great deal of Poland. The hotels were of a very high standard. I would recommend going a day earlier and staying a day later so you can spend extra time in Warsaw and Krakow. There is so much to see.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would highly recommend this trip. A very comprehensive tour of Poland.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Patricia Churchill

    Poland tour

    This was a comprehensive tour of Poland, its cities, culture, history and people, with a very knowledgeable guide who showed a love of his country and wanted to share it with us. He was also very versed in the history of the country going back to it's origins and could answer all of our questions. Our guide was courteous at all times, always on time and spotted when members of the group needed any extra assistance. Despite the times that Gerry and his family have lived through, he gave us an impartial view when discussing the history with personal insights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Solidarity museum at Gdansk and the impact of seeing the Ghetto in Warsaw, far away from crowds, and the relating photographs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    See above. We thought he was great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Please consider leaving your cameras and mobile phones in your pockets when visiting Auschwitz. If there was ever a place where they are not appropriate, this is it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think that a boat trip in Wroclaw would be a welcome addition and I think that the Solidarity Museum should be built into the trip. In our case, Gerry worked around the schedule at our request.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Susan Bowman

    Highlights of Poland

    Having visiting Krakow a few years ago, we chose this trip to explore more of Poland. The itinerary is busy with some long travel days, but all run efficiently. We visited museums, Old Towns, Palaces, a Salt Mine and Auschwitz, learned about Poland's history, sampled local cuisine and mingled among Polish tourists in the resort town of Zakopane while enjoying the views of the Tatra Mountains. We enjoyed our free time in Krakow to explore the Old Town. The location of the hotels in Gdansk, Wroclaw and Krakow is far from each city's Old Town(20-35 min walk). As this was a new itinerary for 2017, hopefully, the Exodus Team will reevaluate the hotel locations and choose hotels closer to each city's Old Town. Although dinners were not included, our guide recommended restaurants each night, reserved table for group and joined us for dinner. Some chose to eat elsewhere but we enjoyed each of these restaurants, usually just having a starter for dinner as lunches were big. We had a chance to try a lot of different foods even just eating starters or soups. We appreciated having Jerzy joined us for dinners. Often on tours, guide doesn't join group for dinner if it isn't an 'included' dinner. Overall an efficient tour around Poland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After 5 busy days of exploration, history and culture, wandering through the busy pedestrian streets and outdoor market of Zakopane was delightful. The Polish resort town in the mountains was buzzing as many locals were still enjoying beautiful weekend weather. A funicular took us up a mountain for views across the valley to the Tatra Mountains where we tried the Highlander's tea and enjoyed the company of our friends who traveled with us and Jerzy.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jerzy was an excellent guide. He was well organized and kept us informed of activities and schedule each day. He shared his knowledge of Poland's history and culture throughout including personal stories. Each evening he had booked a table at a local restaurant for group(although dinners were not included) and joined us. We appreciated him joining for dinners as often guides don't if dinners aren't included in tour. He always recommended regional dishes to try at each restaurant. His extensive travel allowed him to relate well with guest from different countries(our group was from UK, USA and Australia).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive a day or two early to explore Warsaw and adjust to time zone so you can fully enjoy the group tour from the beginning as it is busy with long days.

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