Poland in 10 Days: Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk
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Poland in 10 Days: Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk

This sample 10-day (9 nights) itinerary covers Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk. You'll journey from Northern to Central Poland, with stops in three of the country's most vibrant and welcoming cities. From the port city of Gdansk to the industrial chic of Warsaw and the towering cathedrals and wide open squares of Krakow, you'll be charmed by the wonders of this incredible country. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


3 Nights in Krakow

Day 1

When you arrive at Krakow's airport, someone will be waiting to take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Included : Krakow Airport Transfer

Day 2

Exploring Krakow: Private City Walking Tour
Today you’ll be getting a feel for the story of the city with a private tour hosted by a local tour guide. This is the best way to discover little known historical facts and anecdotes while wandering around the heart of the Krakow. You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz. The next stop is a short walk up to the Wawel Hill. Atop it is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral. Having descended the hill, you’ll stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College). The tour continues to the Main Market Square, making for the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall. The tour is completed with a visit to St. Mary’s Church. Your guide knows all the secrets of the city and will give you insight into the historical events that have made Krakow the special place it is today. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation and will drop you off there after the tour, or can provide suggestions for further exploration.

Krakow Private Walking Tour
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: Quirky Quarter: Exploring Kazimierz
Kazimierz is Krakow’s most unique neighborhood, combining its heritage as the Jewish Quarter with a more recent reinvention as the city’s bohemian headquarters, with great cafes and galleries, markets, museums and more. Today we recommend exploring the neighborhood at your leisure. The historical side of Kazimierz includes five synagogues and the New Jewish Cemetery. We definitely recommend visiting the Old Synagogue, one of the country’s oldest surviving examples of Jewish religious architecture. Beyond that, you should plan to explore the neighborhood’s hipper enclaves, especially the cafes and bars around the square called Plac Nowy, where you’ll also find numerous markets. Excellent restaurants also abound, including the kosher restaurant Olive Tree, French bistro Zazie and the delicious restaurant Szara Kazimierz.

Included : Krakow Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Dark History: An Excursion to Auschwitz
A visit to Krakow isn’t truly complete without an excursion to the Auschwitz concentration camp, the biggest Nazi death camp in Europe. 70 kilometers from Krakow, the camp has been turned into a monument and museum, testifying to the atrocities that took place here. Today we recommend exploring this dark chapter of history with a six-hour guided tour. You will be picked up at your hotel and you’ll be driven to Auschwitz, where you’ll join a tour of the camp and the Auschwitz Memorial Museum given by one of the museum's expert guides. Onboard the bus, you can watch historical documentaries, to give you more insight into these events. At the end of the day you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour
Duration : 6-7 hours
Activity level : Light
Optional: Out of Town: Salt Mine Excursion
One of the day trips from Krakow we recommend most is the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside the city. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and driven by bus to the salt mines, where you’ll get a fascinating glimpse into history. This amazing 800-year old sat mine is full of monuments, carvings and altar pieces. It feels like entering a vast subterranean city. You’ll explore underground with an experienced guide, then stop at the souvenir shop and gift bar before heading back to the city.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour
Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

You'll be heading north to Warsaw today. There are frequent trains between Krakow and Warsaw, one every two hours or so. We will provide train tickets with seat reservations based on your preferred departure time and arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the train station. The journey takes about 3 hours.
Included : Krakow - Warsaw Train Ticket, Krakow Train Station Transfer
Krakow

A little about Krakow

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

3 Nights in Warsaw

Day 1

When you arrive at the Warsaw train station, a driver will meet you there and take you directly to your accommodation in the city center.

Included : Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer

Day 2

Private City Walking Tour
Today you’ll be getting acquainted with Warsaw with the help of an expert local guide, who will pick you up at your accommodation. The program of the tour can be modified according to your interests and expectations, and there are several destinations and themes you can choose from. Old Town and the Royal Route will take you through the historical center. Warsaw’s Jewish heritage will introduce you to the rich Jewish cultural history in the city. Communist Warsaw will make the recent past of the city come to life. Multicultural Warsaw focuses on the city’s diversity. At the end of the tour your guide can bring you back to your accommodation, or can suggest destinations for further exploration.

Warsaw Private City Tour
Warsaw Private City Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Communist Warsaw Small Group Tour

There's no better way to get in touch with Communist Poland. This is a journey in time and a wonderful adventure. You'll ride in a Nysa 522, a cult Communist-era car that will take you to the most famous places in Warsaw. You'll see all the most important buildings dating back to the times of Communism, hear personal stories about life under the regime, and even visit an apartment with typical Communist-era decor. The tour would not be complete without a screening of old propaganda documentary films and a shot of vodka along with a traditional Polish meal.

Communist Warsaw Small Group Tour
Communist Warsaw Small Group Tour
Duration : 4hours
Activity level : Light

Included : Warsaw Private City Tour

Day 3

Optional: Small Group Food Tasting Tour
When you think about Polish cuisine there is probably one thing that immediately pops into your mind, and that is the time-honored dumpling known as a pierogi. Offered as a staple at most English-speaking local restaurants, pierogi are not all that is on the menu. On this tour you can get a taste of true Polish dining, from bigos and kotlet schabowy to delicious golabki, made from lightly boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced meat. Learn how these local delicacies are made and how they have inspired centuries of Polish history. Not only will you stimulate your taste buds, but also your mind.
Small Group Food Tasting Tour
Small Group Food Tasting Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light

Optional: Majdanek and Kazimierz Dolny Private Day Trip

The first stop on this excursion is the town of Czersk, where you can find a Polish Gothic castle. The next stop will be the battlefield of Magnuszew bridgehead. Here in September, 1944 the Soviet Army crossed the Vistula river on their way to Berlin. Today you can find an exhibition of Soviet tanks and canons, including the famous the Katiusha rocket launcher placed around the original trenches. On the way to Majdanek you'll visit the lovely renaissance town of Kazimierz Dolny. It's a pearl of the Polish Renaissance, with the main square looking as if it has been untouched since 16th Century. After a relaxing visit and lunch in Kazimierz you'll drive to the thrilling museum of the Majdanek Nazi Concentration Camp.

Majdanek and Kazimierz Dolny Private Day Trip
Majdanek and Kazimierz Dolny Private Day Trip
Duration : 12 hours
Activity level : Easy

Day 4

You will make your way to the Baltic coast and the city of Gdansk. We will provide 2nd class tickets with a seat reservation but there is an option to upgrade to first class if you prefer. We'll also arrange for a driver to take you from your accommodation to the train station.
Included : Warsaw - Gdansk Train , Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer
Warsaw

A little about Warsaw

Warsaw, the capital of Poland and its largest city, has bounced back from the devastation of World War II, reconstructing the historic center, and earning UNESCO World Heritage status in the process. This is a bustling metropolis with a charm that’s distinct from other cities in Poland. Here you’ll find art museums and theaters galore, with lively performances and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as frequent festivals of all sorts. The culinary scene here is top-notch, with several well-respected restaurants offering classics of Polish cuisine and modern masterpieces from European gastronomy. Warsaw has distinct neighborhoods that are perfect for exploring on foot, but it’s also fun to get an appreciation for the size of the city by being chauffeured. You can explore different layers of Warsaw’s history, from World War II to its Jewish heritage and communist past. You’ll definitely want to sample the local cuisine while you explore the city, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to do so, from street stalls to fine dining. When you’re ready to go farther afield, the region surrounding Warsaw offers gorgeous lakes, castles and other notable cities and villages. There are no shortages of ways to enjoy your time in this vibrant city.

3 Nights in Gdansk

Day 1

A driver will be waiting for you at the train station upon arrival to take you to centrally your located accommodation in Gdansk.

Included : Gdansk Train Station Transfer

Day 2

Private Gdansk Walking Tour

This is best way to get to know the character, history and atmosphere of Gdansk, a unique city with a spirit all its own. This is an ideal city for walking tours, because most of the most notable sites are close to one another. You'll be led by an experienced local guide who will entertain you with stories from the colorful past of Gdansk. Let your curiosity run wild you as you stroll along the city streets and come to a new appreciation of this destination. In a short period of time you'll get a complete picture of the city.

Private Gdansk Walking Tour
Private Gdansk Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Private Gdansk Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Private Malbork Castle Tour

On this five-hour tour, a top-notch guide will bring you the best of The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork. The excursion includes a full tour of the 14th century Palace of the Grand Master, which served as the residence of the so-called Grand Master of the Teutonic Order. You will also visit St. Mary's Church, take in the castle’s various permanent and temporary exhibitions, which feature its impressive collection of weaponry, armor, flags and the enormous Amber Museum. The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Private Malbork Castle Tour
Private Malbork Castle Tour
Duration : 5 hours
Activity level : Light

Optional: Private Tricity (Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia) Tour

This Tricity full-day tour includes essential trips to Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. You will start at the center of beautifully restored Gdansk and see the renowned houses of Long Street, Neptune’s fountain and other landmarks. Then it's off to the Oliwa district for a bit of relaxation before heading on to Sopot for a wander down Monciak Street. Passing the art nouveau cafes and shops, you'll soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere, including the longest wooden pier in Europe. The final destination is Gdynia, where the famed WWII destroyer "Lightning" and the massive sailing ship "Gift of Pomerania" are reminders of the rich history of the Polish Navy.

Private Tricity (Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia) Tour
Private Tricity (Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia) Tour
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Light

Day 4

A private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Gdansk Airport Transfer
Gdansk

A little about Gdansk

Gdansk has a rich and volatile history, due mostly to its position at the mouth of the Vistula river on the Baltic Sea. That has been bad news for the city’s inhabitants throughout history, but today it’s good news for visitors, as the city features a unique blend of historic architectures of different styles and cultures, from Polish to Prussian and Napoleonic rule. While some of the city recalls Poland, other parts will remind you of Amsterdam and other port cities from the north of Europe. You’ll have a great time exploring all the various corners of the city on foot, but there’s much more to do here than just look at interesting buildings. Old Town and Westplatte are two areas you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Long Market, where you can find many local arts and crafts. And outside of the city, Malbork Castle is one of the most popular day trips. History will come alive for you here as you explore the different tours and museums on the castle grounds. Or you could go a little farther afield with a tri-city day trip including visits to Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, all of which have a unique charm that’s even more impressive when compared with the other nearby cities.

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Krakow
  • Krakow Airport Transfer
  • Krakow Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Private guide, Entrance fees
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Krakow - Warsaw Train Ticket
  • Krakow Train Station Transfer
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Warsaw
  • Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer
  • Warsaw Private City Tour
    Duration : 4 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick up, Private English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Admissions, Tip for the guide
  • Warsaw - Gdansk Train
  • Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Gdansk
  • Gdansk Train Station Transfer
  • Private Gdansk Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick-up, English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Admissions, Tip for the guide
  • Gdansk Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer


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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions (unless explicitly stated otherwise)).
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