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Best of "Eastern" Europe

18 Days / 17 Nights

Vilnius, Minsk, Kyiv, Lviv, Krakow, Warsaw

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There is an endless number of unique cities, towns, and sites in "Eastern Europe" - that nebulous concept that mixes geographical boundaries and history, and we've created multiple example Eastern Europe itineraries to show off that variety. Here we present a four-country 'best of' trip, this time covering the highlights of Baltic state Lithuania, still-a-dictatorship Belarus, plucky Ukraine, and somewhat more Central-European Poland.

Your guides on your walking tours won't miss speaking about each country's communist past that they share in common. But you will also see the splendor of regal times in Lviv or Krakow, UNESCO protected historical and natural sites, the evolution of capital cities into a modern metropolis when strolling in Kyiv or Warsaw. You will realize that it is impossible to get enough of the attractions and destinations of Eastern Europe, and we bet that you will come back.

To conquer the distance, we organized flights between the most distant visited cities, but you will get the chance to travel by train, too. Cozy or high-end accommodations, based on your choice, are also included in this package, just like city tours and some must-do day trips. You are welcome to add more once you engage yourself with this itinerary.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Vilnius, Minsk, Kyiv, Lviv, Krakow, Warsaw tour

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

4 days in Vilnius
4 days in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Vilnius

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Vilnius.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Unique Uzupis

Suggestion to explore on your own

Take the opportunity to explore one of Vilnius’ most colorful neighborhoods, Uzupis. It goes back to 1995, when a group of artists erected a statue of Frank Zappa in the area and declared Uzupis an independent republic. Soon flags were being created and the energy of the place seemed to attract eccentrics from all over the country. Today the mayor of Vilnius actively supports the republic and often takes part in the many activities going on there. There’s plenty to do in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to explore, here you’re bound to find some very photogenic people and places.

Unique Uzupis

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Discover the Best of Vilnius

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting in touch with the real Vilnius, with help from an expert local guide. Your guide will show you the ins and outs of the city, regaling you with stories from the past and present. You’ll learn more about Vilnius’ Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while discovering the city’s most impressive sites, including Old Town, St. Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and more. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, or can suggest areas for further exploration after your tour concludes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Soviet Vilnius Private Tour

Soviet Vilnius and the KGB Museum

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Communism is an important part of Lithuania’s history, even if it was a dark time. If you’re interested in learning more about this aspect of Lithuania’s recent past, the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights is a place you need to see. Today we recommend exploring it, combined with a 3-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main places relevant to communism. You’ll get a better idea of what it was like to live under communism as the past comes alive for you. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Private Tour

Trakai Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Trakai, a string of lakes within forests, is Lithuania's ancient capital, and the medieval home of its Grand Dukes, who ran a kingdom extending from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The town still draws visitors thanks to its picturesque castle on its own island, unique Karaite community (Crimean Tatars following their own form of Judaism), and its famous Kibinai meat pies. Explore this unusual combination with a walking tour, followed by sailing around a lake, exploring the castle, or learning to make your own Kibinai.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Get a Taste of Vilnius

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The foodie scene in Vilnius isn't as developed as you might find in some Western European capitals, but there's plenty to sink your teeth into, running the spectrum from street food snacks to fine dining, and all of it distinctly Lithuanian. Originating from the Trakai area not too far away, kibinai, a stuffed pastry akin to a pasty, is a great on-the-go bite. Sit yourself down at one of the branches of Snekutis, a quirky pub chain, and order several dishes such as chicken Kiev (allegedly invented in Vilnius) and cepelinai (a stuffed potato dumpling) and you've got yourself an instant food tour. No visit to Vilnius is complete without trying saltibarsciai, a cold beet soup, available almost everywhere.

Food Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Taste is one of the five senses, so it's no wonder that trying new foods is one of the best ways to discover a new place and its culture! If you think Lithuanian cuisine is just heavy helpings of potatoes, meat, and sour cream, then let us prove you wrong. The local cuisine is a strange mix of Italian, German, Polish, French, Greek, Jewish, Karaite, and Russian, not to mention far older traditions. Find out how the Lithuanian cuisine has changed throughout the years; what the first disposable dishes were made from, the difference between the rich and poor, the life of a prewar vegetarian, and how everything looks today! While tasting great Lithuanian dishes you will visit five different places, so be sure to come with an appetite and be ready to dive into a full meal to experience the flavors of Vilnius with a friendly local private guide.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This unique Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Cooking class is a perfect way to understand why Lithuania is so special. You will start your kitchen party in a modern cooking studio in capital’s center, preparing an appetizer, main course, and dessert with an expert chef.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Minsk by Airplane

Today you're saying 'visi gero' to Vilnius as you're off to Minsk. We'll arrange for a driver to take you to the airport in plenty of time for your departing flight. We've included economy one-way tickets to Minsk in your package price as listed below:


Please note that the flight included in your package is non-refundable. In case you would prefer more flexibility, we can check the flexible fares for you and let you know about the price difference. In addition, the price of the flights is subject to change until we receive your deposit.

Minsk by Air

3 Nights in Minsk

3 Nights in Minsk

4 days in Minsk
4 days in Minsk

3 Nights in Minsk

Minsk, Belarus' capital can feel bombastic. Think wide avenues lined with monolithic Soviet buildings. The vast squares have monumental centerpieces. Modern skyscrapers and shiny new gold-tipped orthodox churches are everywhere. The streets are clean and well maintained. Everything is in its place in Minsk. Belarus is the capital of a dictatorship after all, so none of this should come as a surprise. Minsk has a full set of everything you'd expect from a former Soviet Republic. But it has the added advantage for the visitor that it hasn't been abandoned, ignored, or torn down. Instead it has been revered, or even celebrated. Among the city's highlights are the striking new National Library building, main market hall, and the shining, newly finished All Saints Church.

Minsk, Belarus' capital can feel bombastic. Think wide avenues lined with monolithic Soviet buildings. The vast squares have monumental centerpieces. Modern skyscrapers and shiny new gold-tipped orthodox churches are everywhere. The streets are clean and well maintained. Everything is in its place in Minsk. Belarus is the capital of a dictatorship after all, so none of this should come as a surprise. Minsk has a full set of everything you'd expect from a former Soviet Republic. But it has the added advantage for the visitor that it hasn't been abandoned, ignored, or torn down. Instead it has been revered, or even celebrated. Among the city's highlights are the striking new National Library building, main market hall, and the shining, newly finished All Saints Church.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Minsk

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Minsk. Duration of the drive is about 1 hour.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Minsk

Minsk City Private Walking and Driving Tour

Delve into Minsk's history

Included in your vacation package price.

This three-hour tour is a great way to see the best of Minsk. With an expert local guide, you'll see the most important points of interests and monuments of the city, including the City Gate, the Red Cathedral, monumental Stalin Empire-style buildings along Independence Avenue, as well as Liberty square. Then you'll go to other, non-touristic places, like fascinating October Street, which is full of old industrial buildings being converted into art galleries and street art sites. Upon request, the tour can be amended to focus on your interests, like World War II or Soviet history. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation and drop you off there at the end of the tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Gastronomic tour "Belarusian cuisine"

Fall in Love with Belarusian Food

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Belarus’ food is focused on pork, vegetables, and bread, and combines influences from all of its neighbors. Belarusians take their time preparing food, often making stews or slowly cooking ingredients. We recommend exploring Belarus' tastier traditions with a private market and cooking tour. This way, you'll not only taste some of the most popular dishes, but visit the Komarovka, Minsk's main market. You'll then learn to cook the ingredients you buy from the market, and get to know the lives of traditional Belarusian families.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Minsk

Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles

Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles

Included in your vacation package price.

Visit two of Minsk's most popular day trip hubs. Mir Castle, still known as the "Medieval Flower", which is an impressive architectural monument, included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The excursion continues in Nesvizh, a delightful historic town and one of the oldest in the country. You will visit Belarus' most popular museum, the magnificent Nesvizh Palace, the former residence of the aristocratic Radzivilli family, which also includes a beautiful park and the Farny Roman-Catholic Church from the 15th century.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Kyiv by Airplane

From one former Soviet Republic to another, with a decidedly different post-Communist history. We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at your accommodation and take you to the airport with plenty of time for your departing flight, which we will provide economy class tickets for.


Please note that the flight included in your package is non-refundable. In case you would prefer more flexibility, we can check the flexible fares for you and let you know about the price difference. In addition, the price of the flights is subject to change until we receive your deposit.

3 Nights in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

4 days in Kyiv
4 days in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

Kyiv is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kyiv still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kyiv feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kyiv special.

Kyiv is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kyiv still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kyiv feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kyiv special.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Kyiv

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Kyiv accommodation. The transfer takes about 40 minutes.

OK, Now What?

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you're wondering what to do now that you've arrived, we recommend seeking out a rooftop bar with stunning views. Since you're in the heart of the city, finding a good place shouldn't be difficult. We recommend seeking out the "11 Mirrors" Rooftop Restaurant. Many bars open past dawn, so you can continue the night with a glass of local cider.

OK, Now What?

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Kyiv

Kyiv Private Walking Tour

Get to Know Central Kyiv

Included in your vacation package price.

After a good breakfast it’s time to tour the city. We will arrange for an expert local guide to take you on a walking tour of central Kyiv. During the three hour tour you'll get your bearings and an introduction to the city and its culture. From Kyiv's Broadway to its almost Parisian quarter there's much to cover. You'll spend some time in the Maidan, the square that was the locus of the Euromaidan Revolution and see the city's main churches, the golden dome of St Michael's and St Sophia's Cathedrals and St Andrew's Church.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Delve Into Folklore, History, and Mysticism

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

While a walking tour is the best way to see the Old Town and Upper City, there's much more to Kiev and its surroundings than can't be covered on foot. Its long history stretches back to Viking princes and the missionaries who convinced them and their ancestors to build great monuments but also humble catacombs. Many traditions from that time live on in peasant culture. Depending on your interests you can check how the monarchs lived or visit an open-air museum with traditional houses, different from one part of Ukraine to another.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This two-hour excursion will take you thousands of years back in time. With an expert local guide you'll explore one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Pyrohiv National Village Museum Private Tour

Pyrohiv National Village Museum Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this excursion you'll get away from the bustle of the city to see how locals used to live. Visiting the open-air ethnographic museum of Pyrohiv is always a thrill. The whole trip takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. You'll be picked up from your accommodation and brought back there afterwards.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Kyiv

From Nuclear Catastrophe to Fleeing President

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Ukraine has a long, proud history, but in more recent times it's more famous for its catastrophes and revolutions, rather than its accomplishments. Visit two of its most unusual sights as day trips from Kiev. Chernobyl is surprisingly safe to visit, with a day trip to sanitized areas giving a radiation dose equal to an hour on a plane. With a full-day tour, you can come right up to the new concrete sarcophagus covering the reactor and tour the neighboring ghost town of Pripyat. For something a bit more upscale, visit the former home of Yanukovych, the president overthrown during the 2014 revolution. The Yanukovych mansion teems with gold and has enough luxuries and extravaganzas to make even the Pope jealous.

Chernobyl Private Day Tour

Chernobyl Private Day Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The infamous disaster at Chernobyl had a profound effect on Europe, and continues to be felt, in terms of nuclear policy, and in the Zone of Alienation, the area surrounding Chernobyl where few people are allowed to live and work. A trip to Chernobyl might sound risky, but the typical exposure of a one-day tour is equivalent to a one-hour flight, 1/160th as much as a chest x-ray and 1/3600th as much as a whole body CT scan. Three of Chernobyl's reactors were kept running until 2000, and the power plant remains a worksite. A visit to Chernobyl is sobering, but memorable.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 12 hours

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this special tour you'll get to know everything you ever wanted to know about Ukrainian governmental corruption but were afraid to ask. You'll visit the former Presidential Palace with a local guide who will tell you all about the history of the place and how corrupt officials built and held on to it. This is a tour that will really give you another point of view on the past and present of this alluring destination.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Lviv by Train

It's time to leave Kyiv behind and head to Ukraine's cultural heart, Lviv. There are several direct trains a day, but only two fast trains that leave either very early in the morning or in the later afternoon and get to Kyiv in just over 5 hours later. We'll have you picked up from your accommodation in Kyiv and taken to the train station. If you'd prefer to leave at a different time, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional fee. Please note that the private transfer takes about 8 hours and can include different stops along the way: Tunnel of Love, Tarakaniv Fort, or Dubno castle.

Lviv by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Lviv by Private Transfer with Stops
Lviv by Private Transfer with Stops

Upgrade for an additional cost

3 Nights in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

4 days in Lviv
4 days in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Lviv

When you arrive at Lviv's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation. The transfer takes about 25 minutes.

Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner

Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner

This exclusive three-hour cooking class in a local kitchen will give you the skills and knowledge you need to cook some of the tastiest Ukrainian dishes: borscht (the famous Ukrainian national soup) and varenyky (dumplings, similar to pirogi) in a cozy atmosphere and comfortable environment with friendly conversation. You can also substitute the varenyky for deruny, potato pancakes akin to thicker latkes. You'll share the dinner you have cooked together and discuss what you think. There's no better way to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Lviv

Lviv Private Walking Tour

Meet Lviv

Included in your vacation package price.

The best way to get to know a city is on foot with the help of an expert local guide, who will introduce you to the main historical and contemporary sites of the Old Town (UNESCO Heritage). Unlike many cities in Ukraine, Lviv was lucky enough to escape the destruction in World War II, and nowadays its fascinating streets and numerous museums make it one of the most exciting places in Ukraine to explore. You will uncover the stories behind the medieval atmosphere of Lviv, that will hark you back to days when Lviv was a wealthy trading center.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Coffee Degustation Private Tour

Coffee Degustation Private Tour

Lviv is a city that truly loves coffee. Relaxing with a cup here is a tribute to local tradition. This private tour of the city's best coffee houses includes two tastings of the best coffee you'll find in the city. During the tour, you'll hear stories about the vibrant history of cafe culture in Lviv.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Your Second Full Day in Lviv

Explore Beyond the City Limits

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Leave Lviv, and explore the history of its neighboring villages, castles, and towns. No matter the tour, you'll get a taste of the area's sheer historic and architectural diversity.

Castles around Lviv Private Tour

Castles around Lviv Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This tour will allow you to experience some of the majestic history of the Lviv region by touring its most impressive palaces and castles. You'll start in the picturesque hills of Olesko, where a fortress still shows the marks of past battles. In this area there are several easily accessible sites. You'll also see a fairy tale palace with slender towers, shining mosaic tiles and playful decorations. The past will come alive for you as you tour these castles with an expert guide. You'll love learning more about the royal past of this region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this fun trip you'll come to a better understanding of the region's history and culture. Zhovkva is a real pearl of local architecture, and the nearby village of Krekhiv is also an epicenter of important buildings, in this case churches and monasteries. You'll have a guide with you for the day, so you'll learn all about the interesting history that shaped the region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Traveling to Krakow by Airplane

Today you are off to Krakow. We recommend to take a direct flight as private transfer usually means long wait at the border crossing. We will arrange for a driver to take you to the airport in Lviv and will include flight as listed below in your package.

Suggested flight:
xxx

Please note that the flight included in your package is non-refundable. In case you would prefer more flexibility, we can check the flexible fares for you and let you know about the price difference. In addition, the price of the flights is subject to change until we receive your deposit.

Krakow by Air

3 Nights in Krakow

3 Nights in Krakow

4 days in Krakow
4 days in Krakow

3 Nights in 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. 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. Some of the most prominent sites in and around the city are linked with the grim, albeit highly important historical facts, as evidenced by the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the Auschwitz concentration camp located nearby - chilling and vivid reminders 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.

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. 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. Some of the most prominent sites in and around the city are linked with the grim, albeit highly important historical facts, as evidenced by the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the Auschwitz concentration camp located nearby - chilling and vivid reminders 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.

Day 13

Day 13 - Arrival in Krakow

Upon your arrival to Kraków Airport, our driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals and will take you to your accommodation in Krakow. The journey should take about 30 minutes.

Settle in and Enjoy

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you've just arrived, before starting on tours, head out and get a feel for this unique city. If you're staying near the main square ("Rynek,") take a leisurely stroll, visit the Cloth Hall, and have a coffee with a view at Cafe Szal. If you start near the Kazimierz district, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Starka restaurant. Either way, let yourself get charmed by Krakow.

Settle in and Enjoy

Day 14

Day 14 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Krakow Private Walking Tour

Exploring Krakow

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting a feel for the story of the city with a private tour with a local expert.There's much to discover as you walk the famed Royal Route through the city's heart, on this tour filled to the brim with historical facts and anecdotes. You'll wander from the Barbican and St. Florian's Gate to the spectacular hilltop royal Wawel Castle, visiting the Main Square with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica along the way.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver

Prepare to be amazed at the devotion that drove miners to carve figures, monuments and altar pieces into the walls of an 800-year-old salt mine. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. As you descend 360 of the tour's total 800 steps into the salt mine, you'll feel like you're entering a vast underground city complete with huge caverns and underground lakes, 135 meters beneath the surface. One of the most unique aspects is the largest underground chapel, devoted to Saint Kinga, a Hungarian princess who is said to have spurned a marriage proposal by the Polish king by tossing his engagement ring into a salt mine in Transylvania.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 15

Day 15 - Your Second Full Day in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour with a Private Driver

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour with a Private Driver

Included in your vacation package price.

We invite you to visit one of the most expressive and symbolic locations in Poland. You'll explore the Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp, a place that should be experienced and seen at least once in your lifetime. You'll have a private tour to the museum, where you'll join a group of about 30 people.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Chopin Music Concert

Chopin Music Concert

To any classic music aficionado, concerts of the Chopin's musical works present themselves as a real treat. Here, you will have the opportunity to appreciate a Polish musical genius in the unique atmosphere of Krakow's Market Square. We invite you to listen to Chopin's most famous piano pieces performed by talented and award-winning young pianist.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 16

Day 16 - Traveling to Warsaw by Train

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. If you'd like to take your time while enjoying more privacy, we can also organize a private transfer with stops along the way in Lodz or Czestochowa. It makes the journey longer but adds a visit to your choice of these remarkable destinations.

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Upgrade to Warsaw by Private Transfer with a Tour in Lodz
Warsaw by Private Transfer with a Tour in Lodz

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2 Nights in Warsaw

2 Nights in Warsaw

3 days in Warsaw
3 days in Warsaw

2 Nights in 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 is no shortage of ways to enjoy your time in this vibrant city.

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 is no shortage of ways to enjoy your time in this vibrant city.

Day 16

Day 16 - Arrival in Warsaw

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.

Views and Foods

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you've just arrived, we suggest visiting the Krakowskie Przedmiescie, a famed street that forms the northern end of the Royal Way. Here, you can climb to the top of the St. Anna's Church Bell Tower, which provides an amazing view of the Royal Castle and the Old Town. After this not insignificant exercise (there are 150 steps to climb), treat yourself to a nice dinner at the nearby U Fukiera restaurant. Through delicious Polish cuisine, you'll start immersing yourself in the local culture. Smacznego!

Views and Foods

Day 17

Day 17 - Your First Full Day in Warsaw

Best of Warsaw Private Walking Tour

Acquaint Yourself with the Polish Capital

Included in your vacation package price.

Taking this tour on the first day acquaints you with most of the fabulous, historical and important sites of Warsaw and above that you can find plenty of hidden parts of the city that are rather off the standard route. It’s an excellent option for the first day in Warsaw or for those limited by time. It's an “all in one” combination.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Sample Polish Food and Vodka

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Polish food is hearty, warming, and delicious. There are numerous cultural specialities, and pierogies are just the beginning. Today we recommend sampling some of the food and drink available in Warsaw. You’ve probably seen the pierogi stands throughout the city and central markets in Old Town and New Town. If you’re looking to sample some of the local spirits, Zubrowka vodka, flavored with local bison grass, is smooth, flavorful, and uniquely Polish. For guidance, we can offer a food tour with a dozen different dishes or a cooking class to try Polish cuisine first hand.

Warsaw Food Tasting Group Tour

Warsaw Food Tasting Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Today you'll find that Polish food is far more than just famous pierogi, during this in depth exploration of the local cuisine. You will also learn interesting stories behind the dishes you discover. You'll get to know why Poles complain about the quality of their bread, why people often long for food from the 70s, and why you can't always trust an invitation "for a cup of coffee." This tour will make for a full meal, as you'll try a dozen different dishes in several quaint eateries, representing both modern and traditional food. This is a great way to combine lunch with active city exploration.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Warsaw Food Tasting Private Tour

Warsaw Food Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Today you'll find that Polish food is far more than just famous pierogi, during this in depth exploration of the local cuisine. You will also learn interesting stories behind the dishes you discover. You'll get to know why Poles complain about the quality of their bread, why people often long for food from the 70s, and why you can't always trust an invitation "for a cup of coffee." This tour will make for a full meal, as you'll try a dozen different dishes in several quaint eateries, representing both modern and traditional food. This is a great way to combine lunch with active city exploration.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Warsaw Private Cooking Class

Warsaw Private Cooking Class

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This activity is an ideal proposition if you are interested in improving your culinary skills while learning about local cultures. You are going to discover that cooking is neither boring nor difficult, and it is a great way for people to mingle. We want you to become as passionate as we are about food, and of course to have fun all the way through!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 18

Day 18 - Departure Day

Based on your flight time, we'll arrange for a transfer from your accommodations to Warsaw's main airport.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Trakai Private Tour
Vilnius - Minsk Flight (Non-Refundable)
Vilnius Airport Transfer

Minsk

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Minsk Airport Transfer
Minsk City Private Walking and Driving Tour
Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles
Minsk Airport Transfer
Minsk - Kyiv Flight (Non-Refundable)

Kyiv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kyiv Airport Transfer
Kyiv Private Walking Tour
Kyiv Train Station Transfer
Kyiv - Lviv Train Tickets

Lviv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lviv Train Station Transfer
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Lviv Airport Transfer
Lviv - Krakow Flight (Non-Refundable)

Krakow

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Krakow Airport Transfer
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour with a Private Driver
Krakow Train Station Transfer
Krakow - Warsaw Train

Warsaw

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Warsaw Train Station Transfer
Best of Warsaw Private Walking Tour
Warsaw Airport Transfer (Chopin Airport)
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Barbara, Peter, Susan & Michael
Barbara, Peter, Susan & Michael
Massachusetts

JayWay are good listeners who know their territory and provide good value. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable, very well organized terrific website. Everyone was always on time or early. The two guides in Krakow who led us through the Jewish experience were great. We learned a lot from Krakow Jewish tours. Also the Polin Museum in Warsaw was fantastic and spent 4 hours going through it.

JayWay are good listeners who know their territory and provide good value. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable, very well organized terrific website. Everyone was always on time or early. The two guides in Krakow who led us through the Jewish experience were great. We learned a lot from Krakow Jewish tours. Also the Polin Museum in Warsaw was fantastic and spent 4 hours going through it.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland, Lithuania, Austria
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Vilnius, Vienna
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland, Lithuania, Austria
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Vilnius, Vienna
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Kathi, Meaghan, Edward & Kasi
Kathi, Meaghan, Edward & Kasi
Florida

JayWay Travel took the burden out of planning, provided a customized trip around distinct needs, and ensured quality and on-time transportation arrangements to places we would have never been able to see otherwise.

JayWay Travel took the burden out of planning, provided a customized trip around distinct needs, and ensured quality and on-time transportation arrangements to places we would have never been able to see otherwise.

Year : 2018
Visited : Poland, Lithuania
Itinerary : Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Vilnius, Kaunas
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Poland, Lithuania
Itinerary : Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Vilnius, Kaunas
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Maureen & Genrik
Maureen & Genrik
California

All the staff at JayWay Travel were not only extremely knowledgeable and proficient but they were really fun to work with and helped me plan the perfect trip! They listened, suggested, listened more, answered all my questions and gave me the choices to make the trip my own. I loved the process as well as the trip itself!

All the staff at JayWay Travel were not only extremely knowledgeable and proficient but they were really fun to work with and helped me plan the perfect trip! They listened, suggested, listened more, answered all my questions and gave me the choices to make the trip my own. I loved the process as well as the trip itself!

Year : 2018
Visited : Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
Itinerary : Tallinn, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius, Krakow, Warsaw, Moscow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
Itinerary : Tallinn, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius, Krakow, Warsaw, Moscow
Rating :
5 / 5
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