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Best of "Eastern" Europe

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.

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 Genocide Victims’ Museum and the KGB Museum are places you need to see. Today we recommend exploring, 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

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.

By Air to Minsk

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.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Minsk

Minsk City Private Walking and Driving Tour

Learn the history of Minsk and Belarus with a local expert

Included in your vacation package price.

Sometimes we meet a guide who makes us think 'our guests just HAVE to take a tour with him'. Vladimir is just one of those guides. We'll leave the details for you to find out for yourself. We'll arrange for a three-and-a-half hour tour so you can see the major sights of Minsk and learn of the history of the city and of Belarus itself. You'll also see parts of the city that are less obvious but very interesting to get an understanding of modern-day Minsk. If you have a particular interest in the WWII or Soviet periods, the tour can be adjusted accordingly.


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.

This Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles is the perfect way to see two of the most interesting day trip destinations from Minsk. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in the morning and you'll set out. You'll have guided tours of both of these fantastic destinations, learning the history and culture of each place. This is a full-day excursion, taking about 9 hours. At the end of the day you'll be driven back to your accommodation. Entrance tickets included in the price.


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 in plenty of time for your departing flight, which we will provide economy class tickets for.

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 Kiev accommodation.

OK, Now What?

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

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 are open past dawn, so you can finish your night with a glass of the local cider. If you'd like some more guidance, we'd be happy to provide a private beer tasting tour.

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

Private Tour to Pyrohiv

Private Tour to Pyrohiv

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 is more famous for its catastrophes and revolutions, rather than its accomplishments. Visit two of its most unusual sights as a day trip. Chernobyl is surprisingly safe to visit, with a day trip to sanitized areas giving a radiation dose equal to an hour on a plane, or 1/160th that of a chest x-ray. 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. A model town with ferries, theaters, and even an amusement park and hippodrome, you can still see why its former residents describe the "city covered in roses" with such sorrow (and perhaps understand why some residents have chosen to move back to the exclusion zone surrounding the city). For something a bit more upscale, visit the former home of Yanukovych, the president overthrown in a 2014 revolution. Covered with enough gold to make the Pope jealous, you'll find everything from a floating restaurant in a fake Spanish galleon, to an ostrich farm on the vast grounds surrounding Yanukovych's mansion.

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 Kiev 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 gets to Kiev just over 5 hours later. We'll have you picked up from your accommodation in Kiev, where you can store your luggage while enjoying your last day in the city if you choose the late afternoon options, and taken to the train station. First class tickets for the train will be provided too. If you'd prefer to leave at a different time, the 7-9 hour hour journey time trains are an option or for more flexibility and the chance to see the famous "Tunnel of Love" along the way, a private transfer can be arrange at an additional fee.

By Train to Lviv

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By Private Transfer to Lviv with Stops

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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.

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. We will arrange for a two hour walking tour that will get you orientated and introduce you to the main historical and contemporary sites of the old town. Starting with the main square, Rynok, and the grand opera house, you will hear stories and learn secrets that will allow you to better get to know this city. 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

Three Castles Day Trip

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.

Private Castles Tour around Lviv

Private Castles Tour around Lviv

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.

By Flight to Krakow

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. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are 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. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are 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

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

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 the 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. During this 6 hour tour you will explore Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp that serves today significant purpose being a memorial to the victims of the Nazis. It is a place that should be experienced and seen at least one time during a lifetime.


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 stop in Czestochowa including a Private Tour of the Monastery (in a Luxury Vehicle)
Warsaw By Private Transfer with a stop in Czestochowa including a Private Tour of the Monastery (in a Luxury Vehicle)

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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 Food

Day 17

Day 17 - Your First Full Day in Warsaw

Warsaw in a Nutshell 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 plus 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. The first place on the list is a Gotham City-style Palace of Culture and Science left here by Stalin. The next part is a Grzybowski Square and its surroundings - the piece of pre-WWII city, one of the last buildings originally from the Jewish Ghetto, Janusz Korczak memorial and the last synagogue. Walk through the lovely 17th-century Saxon Garden. The pre-war Pilsudskiego Square is still surrounded by very important structures like Garrison of Warsaw, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and many prestigious hotels. The next part of the tour is a beautiful section of the Royal Route filled with churches and palaces, such as the Presidential Palace, St. Anne’s church and the iconic Bristol hotel. The last part is the Warsaw Old Town - after admiring the Royal Castle and Sigismund's Column see st. Johns cathedral, Market Square and a symbol of the city – the mermaid.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Warsaw Food Tasting Group Tour

Sample Polish Food and Vodka

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

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
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
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

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

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
Warsaw in a Nutshell 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
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
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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