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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.

3 Nights in Krakow

3 Nights 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. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

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

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.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Exploring Krakow: Private City 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 hosted by a local tour guide. This is the best way to discover little-known historical facts and anecdotes while wandering around the heart of Krakow. You'll start from the Jewish District (Kazimierz), with a walk up to 14th century Wawel Castle and stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets in order to reach Collegium Maius (Great College). The tour continues to the Main Market Square with visiting the Cloth Hall (perfect to buy souvernirs) and St. Mary's Basilica.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Quirky Quarter: Exploring Kazimierz

Suggestion to explore on your own

Kazimierz is Krakow’s most unique neighborhood, combining its heritage as the Jewish Quarter with a more recent reinvention as the city’s bohemian headquarters. The historical side of Kazimierz includes five synagogues and the New Jewish Cemetery. You should also plan to explore the neighborhood’s hipper enclaves, especially the cafes and bars around the square called Plac Nowy. Excellent restaurants abound, including the kosher restaurant Olive Tree, the French bistro Zazie and the delicious restaurant Szara Kazimierz.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Krakow

Dark History: An Excursion to Auschwitz

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

A visit to Krakow isn’t truly complete without an excursion to the Auschwitz concentration camp. 70 kilometers from Krakow, the camp has been turned into a monument and museum, testifying to the atrocities that took place here. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to Auschwitz, where you’ll join a 3-hour tour of the camp and the Auschwitz Memorial Museum led by one of the museum's expert guides. Onboard the bus, you can watch historical documentaries to give you more insight into these events.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6-7 hours

Out of Town: Salt Mine Excursion

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

One of the day trips from Krakow we recommend most is the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside the city. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and driven by bus to the salt mines, where you’ll get a fascinating glimpse into history. This amazing 800-year-old mine is full of monuments, carvings and altar pieces. You’ll explore underground with an experienced guide with a stop at the souvenir shop.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

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 personal 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

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We also offer the following excursions in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine Group Tour
Light10 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Chopin Music Concert
Easy1 hour
Communism Small Group Tour
Light4 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Warsaw

3 Nights 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 are no shortages 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 are no shortages 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.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Warsaw

Private City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting acquainted with Warsaw with the help of an expert local guide who has organized the tour according to your preferences. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you on the tour. At the end of the tour you'll be accompanied to your accommodation, or given tips for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

WWII History: Warsaw Uprising Museum

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis is one of the most volatile moments in Polish World War II history. It’s such a significant event that it has its own museum, which we recommend exploring today. Tickets are 18 PLN and the museum is easily accessible by public transportation. Here you’ll find an incredibly rich collection of exhibits covering every aspect of the uprising, which took place in 1944.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Warsaw

Explore Warsaw's Jewish Heritage

Suggestion to explore on your own

Warsaw has a rich Jewish history, and we highly recommend exploring it while you're visiting the city. The most significant historical monument to local Jewish culture is the Warsaw Ghetto. On Prozna Street you'll find the ghetto's surviving tenements covered in an artistic memorial to the victims of Nazism. There are also numerous statues, including the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, and the Monument to Mila 18, which was the headquarters of the ghetto's resistance fighters. The Nozyk Synagogue was once one of 400 synagogues in the city. Today it is the only one that survived World War II. It's certainly worth visiting, if only to marvel at the architecture and the interior. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is also a must-see. The museum's postmodern exterior is striking in itself, but inside you'll find truly breathtaking exhibitions that reveal the rich history of Jewish life in Warsaw.

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
Evening Warsaw Group Tour by Communist Minibus
Light3 hours
Jewish Warsaw Private Tour
Easy3 hours
Majdanek and Kazimierz Dolny Private Day Trip
Easy12 hours

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights 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.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

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

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

History Comes Alive: A Trip to Trakai

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

One of our favorite day trips from Vilnius is to the historic town of Trakai, about 30 kilometers away. Should you opt for this excursion, your local guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning, and will drive you to the town, which is was the medieval capital of Lithuania. Here you'll find a gorgeous lake front, as well as an impressive national park and a Gothic castle. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the Trakai and its many attractions, then you'll have the choice of adding a boat tour of the lake for an additional fee or just crossing the bridges to the island where the castle is located. History will come alive for you here, as your guide fills you in on all the incredible events that have taken place in the castle and the surrounding region, stretching back centuries. At the end of the tour you'll be driven back to your accommodation in Vilnius. The whole trip takes about 4 hours.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Kaunas Private Day Trip

Don't limit your Lithuanian adventure to Vilnius. Branch out and discover the country's second largest city, Kaunas. The city is a center of Lithuania's economic, academic and cultural life. About a 90-minute drive from Vilnius, your tour will start at Kaunas Castle and St. George's Church before continuing on to City Hall. Churches, historic architectural styles, plus a vibrant atmosphere give Kaunas a distinct flavor and one which contrasts nicely with Vilnius' old-style charms. On the way to or from Kaunas you can stop at the Rumsiskes Open-air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 7-8 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
Druskininkai & Grūtas Park Group Tour
Light9 hours
Food Tasting Group Tour
Light3.5 hours
Food Tasting Private Tour
Light3.5 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 - Warsaw Train Ticket
Krakow Train Station Transfer

Warsaw

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer
Warsaw Private City Tour
Warsaw Airport Transfer (Chopin Airport)
Warsaw - Vilnius Flight

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
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

Julie, Thomas & Veronika

Kansas

JayWay Travel is the travel company to use if you want to customize your trip and have it go perfectly flawless!

JayWay Travel is the travel company to use if you want to customize your trip and have it go perfectly flawless!

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Krakow, Kozienice, Warsaw, Gdansk
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Krakow, Kozienice, Warsaw, Gdansk
Rating :
5 / 5

Michael & Mary

Florida

I would use JayWay Travel for any overseas travel. They will take care of transport, coordination, provide hotel and activity recommendations, and design an invaluable website for you with countless other insights.

I would use JayWay Travel for any overseas travel. They will take care of transport, coordination, provide hotel and activity recommendations, and design an invaluable website for you with countless other insights.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow, Zakopane
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow, Zakopane
Rating :
5 / 5

Harmon & Betty

Pennsylvania

JayWay Travel was easy to work with, outstanding service, honest and pleasant. Jared was tops.

JayWay Travel was easy to work with, outstanding service, honest and pleasant. Jared was tops.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Białystok
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Białystok
Rating :
5 / 5

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