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The Regal Cities of Poland and Lithuania

This sample 10 day (9 night) itinerary combines overnight stays in Krakow, Warsaw, and Vilnius. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, train tickets, transfers (airport and train station), a one-way flight form Warsaw to Vilnius and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange 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 arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius tour

3 Nights in Krakow

3 Nights 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 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Krakow

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

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

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.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Krakow Private Walking Tour

Krakow Private Walking Tour

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

Krakow Wawel Royal Castle Group Tour

Krakow Wawel Royal Castle Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Krakow's royal past on this interesting two-hour excursion to Wawel Royal Castle. You'll experience the sumptuous opulence of another era as you wander the amazing decorated rooms. Along the way your guide will tell you all about the history of Poland's royal families. You'll get a brilliant sensory experience and learn more about history at the same time.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Krakow Food Tasting Group Tour

Sample Unique Polish Cuisine

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

Krakow's food scene is rich in delicious food, from traditional pastries to open-faced sandwiches that make for beloved late-night snacks. You can try a variety of dishes by joining a food tasting tour, for a memorable and fun way to explore the city's culinary heritage.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver

Today we will arrange for a private driver to take you outside of Krakow to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Here you will join a group tour as this is the only way to visit the mine at reasonable cost. 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. When Wieliczka's devout miners miraculously found the ring, she took the hint. After walking for 3 kilometers/2 miles, you'll visit the snack bar and souvenir shop, then ride the elevator back to the surface. We do not recommend this tour for people with mobility issues.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Chopin Music Concert

Chopin Music Concert

Included in your vacation package price.

Music is one of the most important elements of culture, and this is a great way to experience it in Krakow. You'll have the opportunity to appreciate a Polish musical genius in the unique atmosphere of Krakow's Market Square. This is a special concert dedicated to Frederic Chopin, an icon of Polish and European music and a piano virtuoso. Listen to Chopin's most famous piano pieces performed by talented and award-winning young pianists in the Chopin Gallery on 14 Slawkowska Street.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 4

Day 4 - 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.

You can upgrade your transfer

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

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour
Moderate6-7 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver
Moderate6 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine Group Tour
Strenuous10 hours

3 Nights in Warsaw

3 Nights in Warsaw

4 days in Warsaw

3 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 4

Day 4 - 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.

Look Out and Eat

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!

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Warsaw

Best of Classic Warsaw Private Tour by Communist Minibus

Acquaint Yourself with the Polish Capital

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore Warsaw's history, culture, architecture, and more with an expert local guide, as they take you through the city's most important historical sites, from the Royal Castle and Old Town, to the Palace on the Isle and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Warsaw is sprawling, so you'll save plenty of time and energy by traveling abroad a communist-era minibus.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Understand Poland's History Through Its Key Museums

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the indisputable truths about Warsaw is that it is the home of some of Poland's most impressive and innovative museums. Be sure to visit the POLIN Museum, which celebrates the long history and continued heritage of the Jewish community in Poland, the Warsaw Rising Museum that commemorates the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, and the National Museum, famed for its extensive art collection.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Warsaw

Warsaw Private Cooking Class

Warsaw Cooking Class Private Tour

Polish Your Cooking was founded to help people master culinary skills and familiarize with local cuisines in fun and casual atmosphere. We are here to show you that cooking is neither boring nor difficult and provide our services on top level. In order to meet your requirements we can add or subtract some elements of our classes. Remember, you do not have to have any cooking skills, we will teach you everything you need from scratch.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Evening Warsaw Group Tour by Communist Minibus

Evening Warsaw Group Tour by Communist Minibus

Combine laid back sightseeing with visits to Warsaw's local bars. This unique activity will help you explore the city's history, while trying regional beverages. See the communist landmarks, and the city's symbols, in the center and Praga district, as well as along the Vistula River. Witness the capital of Poland at night, from a fascinating new perspective.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Vilnius by Airplane

Today you're saying 'do widzenia' to Warsaw as you're off to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. 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 Vilnius on a short direct flight in your package price.

We also offer the following excursions in Warsaw

Chopin Concert Tickets
Easy1 hour
Jewish Warsaw Full Day Private Tour including a visit to Treblinka
Moderate10 hours
Jewish Warsaw Private Tour by Car
Easy3 hours
Jewish Warsaw Walking Private Tour: Umschlagplatz
Moderate3 hours

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights 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 7

Day 7 - 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.

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 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Private Walking Tour

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 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Group Hot Air Balloon Flight

Trakai Group Hot Air Balloon Flight

Included in your vacation package price.

This is a unique excursion that's both beautiful and adventurous. There's nothing like hot air ballooning at sunrise or sunset, when the light is just magical and the Lithuanian countryside reveals itself. We went hot air ballooning in May, 2015 as part of the #JayWayBaltics blogger trip and made a short video of the experience. Because of the variability of weather conditions and the need for filling spaces in the balloon, please note that you will need to be flexible on time and day for this activity.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Food Tasting Private Tour

Food Tasting Private Tour

Taste is one of the five senses, no wonder that trying traditional food is one of the best ways to discover a new location and its culture!

If you think that the Lithuanian cuisine only consists of potatoes, meat and sour-cream, then join the Vilnius Food Tour and let us prove you wrong! Throughout history our food traditions have been influenced by many different foreign cuisines & cultures (including Italian, German, Polish, French, Greek, Jewish, Karaites ect.) and we want you to taste the best of it!

Find out how the Lithuanian cuisine has changed throughout the years; what the first disposable dishes were made from, the difference between the rich & poor, the life of a vegetarian and how everything looks today! While tasting great Lithuanian dishes we will visit 5 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 very friendly local guide.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

Based on your flight time, we'll have a driver meet you at your accommodation and take you to the airport.

We also offer the following excursions in Vilnius

Beer Tasting Private Tour
Light3-4 hours
Christmas Spells Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Druskininkai and Grūtas Park Group Tour
Light9 hours
Dzūkija National Park Private Adventure
Moderate8 hours

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.

Krakow

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Krakow Airport Transfer
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Krakow Wawel Royal Castle Group Tour
Chopin Music Concert
Krakow - Warsaw Train
Krakow Train Station Transfer

Warsaw

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Warsaw Train Station Transfer
Top of Classic Warsaw Private Tour
Warsaw Airport Transfer (Chopin Airport)
Warsaw - Vilnius Flight

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Trakai Group Hot Air Balloon Flight
Vilnius Airport Transfer
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 Cesar & Group

Cesar & Group

Texas

This is our third time with JayWay Travel. I find them well organized and very responsive to our needs. We are looking forward to a fourth time with JayWay Travel next year.

This is our third time with JayWay Travel. I find them well organized and very responsive to our needs. We are looking forward to a fourth time with JayWay Travel next year.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Prague
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Prague
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Leonore & Truman

Leonore & Truman

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Steven & Mary-Jo

Steven & Mary-Jo

Minnesota

We would recommend JayWay Travel without any hesitation. They are a very classy tour company.

We would recommend JayWay Travel without any hesitation. They are a very classy tour company.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5

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