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Poland Off The Beaten Path

11 Days / 10 Nights

Gdansk, Torun, Mikolajki, Bialowieza, Kazimierz Dolny, Warsaw

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This offbeat itinerary takes you to the fairy-tale lands of Northern Poland. History and ambiance will come to life in regal Gdansk, at the castles, churches, lakeside towns, and natural parks you will discover en route. Torun, the showcase of Northern Gothic architecture, Kazimierz Dolny, a renaissance time capsule, and Warsaw, the eclectic metropolis, the urban destinations of this tour. Forget about the rest of the world in the Masurian Lakes district and join a boat ride in Mikolajki. See the primeval forest, home to at least 500 bison in Bialowieza National Park! The intact nature and engaging activities will undoubtedly capture you. Now you only have to learn how to pronounce the names of the destinations!

Travel by door-to-door private transfer to show you more of the Polish countryside is inclusive of this exceptional vacation package. Guided city tours, and accommodations, in historic buildings, if you prefer, are also included in this vacation. This multifaceted off-the-track itinerary is ideal for travelers of every kind."

Route for Gdansk, Torun, Mikolajki, Bialowieza, Kazimierz Dolny, Warsaw tour

2 Nights in Gdansk

2 Nights in Gdansk

3 days in Gdansk
3 days in Gdansk

2 Nights in Gdansk

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

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

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Gdansk

Upon your arrival to Gdansk Airport, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation in Gdansk. The journey should take about 30 minutes.

Walk the Royal Way

Suggestion to explore on your own

Follow the steps of kings by taking the Royal Way through the center of the city, from the Green Gate to the Golden Gate. This route will take you down Ulica Dluga and Dlugi Targ, the "Long Lane" and "Long Market" that many of the city's and landmarks are arranged along, offering the most direct way to get to know, and fall in love, with Gdansk.

Walk the Royal Way

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Gdansk

Gdansk Private Walking Tour

Gdansk Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Elblag Canal Group Tour with Private Transportation

Elblag Canal Group Tour with Private Transportation

Travel in a way like no other. After arriving in the village of Buczyniec, you'll enjoy a cruise down the Elblag Canal, including uphill portions via ingenious inclined planes. After enjoying the beautiful countryside, you'll have free time at the historic port town of Elblag.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Torun by Private Transfer

Today you will trade the coast for beautiful Torun, getting picked up at your hotel and taken to your accommodations in Torun. The drive takes two hours, but en route you'll make a non-guided stop at the charming, off-the-beaten path city of Grudziadz, famous for its brick architecture and long riverside granaries. Please note that this is a non guided transfer.

Torun Private Transfer with a Stop in Grudziadz
We also offer the following excursions in Gdansk

Gdansk Food Tasting Small Group Tour
Moderate4 hours
Gdansk Old Town and Westerplatte by Galleon Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Gdansk by Kayak Group Tour
Light2 hours 30 minutes
Kashubian Switzerland Private Tour
Moderate7 hours

1 Night in Torun

1 Night in Torun

2 days in Torun
2 days in Torun

1 Night in Torun

One of Poland's oldest cities, Torun was once also one of the largest, as evidenced by its plentiful Brick Gothic, Baroque, and Mannerist architecture. Fortunately, Torun escaped World War II intact, so everything in its center is original, down to Nicolaus Copernicus' birthplace. Torun's beautifully preserved, UNESCO-listed Old Town (with its massive cathedral) is the main reason to visit. Take your time exploring the center, its medieval Gothic buildings, walls, and towers (one of which is leaning) will reward you. Be sure to check out Torun's famed, elaborate gingerbread (which naturally has its own museum, where you can learn to bake it). The city isn't just known as "The Gingerbread City" due to its characteristic red brick architecture!

One of Poland's oldest cities, Torun was once also one of the largest, as evidenced by its plentiful Brick Gothic, Baroque, and Mannerist architecture. Fortunately, Torun escaped World War II intact, so everything in its center is original, down to Nicolaus Copernicus' birthplace. Torun's beautifully preserved, UNESCO-listed Old Town (with its massive cathedral) is the main reason to visit. Take your time exploring the center, its medieval Gothic buildings, walls, and towers (one of which is leaning) will reward you. Be sure to check out Torun's famed, elaborate gingerbread (which naturally has its own museum, where you can learn to bake it). The city isn't just known as "The Gingerbread City" due to its characteristic red brick architecture!

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Torun

Your driver will take you to your accommodations in Torun.

Stroll the Medieval Old Town

Suggestion to explore on your own

Experience the feeling of going back to the 14th century by wandering through the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site that is Torun's Old Town. See the fascinating gothic Town Hall building and take some time to visit its museum, home to an extensive collection of gothic art, ancient crafts, and Polish paintings. From the top of its 130-foot tower, you can take in a dazzling panorama of the city, and the Vistula river beyond.

Stroll the Medieval Old Town

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Mikolajki by Private Transfer

Torun Private Walking Tour

Torun Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore magical Torun, a showplace of Northern Gothic architecture, and the birthplace of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Your knowledgeable guide will show you not only the most important monuments, but also share with you many interesting details which will make your experience much more valuable.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

You will be leaving Torun behind and heading to the Masurian Lake District. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodations in Torun and take you to Mikolajki. The drive will take less than 4 hours but we will arrange for the driver to stop in Olsztyn - the city with a beautiful Old Town and a Castle which has still not been discovered by many tourists. Please note that this is a non-guided transfer.

Mikolajki by Private Transfer with a stop in Olsztyn

2 Nights in Mikolajki

2 Nights in Mikolajki

3 days in Mikolajki
3 days in Mikolajki

2 Nights in Mikolajki

Mikolajki is located near Poland's largest lake, deep within the Masurian Lake District, a harmonious mix of forests and thousands of lakes connected by a series of canals. Not surprisingly, the town itself is located on a lake by the same name, and features plenty of restaurants and cafes that follow the water. Mikolajki itself is cute, and has served as a resort town for generations, but its main draw are the endless lakes around, which can easily be explored by rental boat or kayak or even by following the lakeside paths and promenades.

Mikolajki is located near Poland's largest lake, deep within the Masurian Lake District, a harmonious mix of forests and thousands of lakes connected by a series of canals. Not surprisingly, the town itself is located on a lake by the same name, and features plenty of restaurants and cafes that follow the water. Mikolajki itself is cute, and has served as a resort town for generations, but its main draw are the endless lakes around, which can easily be explored by rental boat or kayak or even by following the lakeside paths and promenades.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Mikolajki

Upon your arrival to Mikolajki, our driver will take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Mikolajki

Private Motorboat Cruise on a Great Masurian Lake Trail

Private Motorboat Cruise on a Great Masurian Lake Trail

Included in your vacation package price.

Magical Mikolajki attracts crowds of tourists every summer. It's a great starting point for the voyages on the nearby lakes, and for the exploration of the scenic area. This gripping cruise presents a great opportunity to enjoy a motorboat sail, while admiring the picturesque Masuria region from a unique point of view.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Bialowieza by Private Transfer

It's time to head to primeval Bialowieza and its wild bison! Our driver will pick you up from your accommodations in Bialowieza and take you there. En route, you'll make a small detour to visit the charming lakeside town of Augustow, to enjoy a stroll and coffee on your own. Please note that this is a non guided transfer.

Bialowieza Private Transfer with a Stop in Augustow

2 Nights in Bialowieza

2 Nights in Bialowieza

3 days in Bialowieza
3 days in Bialowieza

2 Nights in Bialowieza

Built around a royal hunting lodge, the village of Bialowieza sits in the heart of the Bialowieza Forest, on Poland's border with Belarus. This is Europe's last primeval, untamed forest, straddling the Polish-Belarusian border. Home to large herds of Europe's largest animal, the European bison, this UNESCO-listed forest also hid Soviet and Polish partisan bands during World War II. Locals take protection seriously, and visits to the most primeval portion are limited to scientific expeditions, and guided tours of up to 20 people led by official guides.

Built around a royal hunting lodge, the village of Bialowieza sits in the heart of the Bialowieza Forest, on Poland's border with Belarus. This is Europe's last primeval, untamed forest, straddling the Polish-Belarusian border. Home to large herds of Europe's largest animal, the European bison, this UNESCO-listed forest also hid Soviet and Polish partisan bands during World War II. Locals take protection seriously, and visits to the most primeval portion are limited to scientific expeditions, and guided tours of up to 20 people led by official guides.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Bialowieza

Your driver will take you to your cozy accommodation in Bialowieza National Park.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Bialowieza

Into the Wild

As a national park, the Bialowieza Forest is best explored on foot, especially if you want to meet some of the 500 European bison living in the Polish portion of the park, the world's largest such free-range population. Immerse yourself in the wilderness at your own pace, and explore its varied microclimates and habitats.

Into the Wild

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Kazimierz Dolny by Private Transfer

Today you will be picked up by our driver from your accommodations in Bialowieza and taken south to Kazimierz Dolny. The journey will take about 4 hours and on the way, you will make a short stop in Siematycze to see the beautiful lake and the monastery in Grabarka. Please note that this is a non-guided transfer.

Kazimierz Dolny by Private Transfer with stops in Siemiatycze and Grabarka
We also offer the following excursions in Bialowieza

Bialowieza: a Touch of the Wild
Strenuous12h

2 Nights in Kazimierz Dolny

2 Nights in Kazimierz Dolny

3 days in Kazimierz Dolny
3 days in Kazimierz Dolny

2 Nights in Kazimierz Dolny

A thriving trade town during the Renaissance, Kazimierz Dolny stopped growing during the 17th century, which helped keep its charming Old Town intact and looking like it hasn't been touched in more than 400 years (even if the castle has been in ruins for nearly 500 years). Today, Kazimierz Dolny is a popular destination for Polish travelers, drawn to its film festival, architecture, and artist's colony. By World War II, Jews formed nearly half of the town's population, including many of its artists.

A thriving trade town during the Renaissance, Kazimierz Dolny stopped growing during the 17th century, which helped keep its charming Old Town intact and looking like it hasn't been touched in more than 400 years (even if the castle has been in ruins for nearly 500 years). Today, Kazimierz Dolny is a popular destination for Polish travelers, drawn to its film festival, architecture, and artist's colony. By World War II, Jews formed nearly half of the town's population, including many of its artists.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Kazimierz Dolny

Your driver will take you to your accommodations in Kazimierz Dolny.

A Vibrant Center

Like any Polish town worth its salt, Kazimierz Dolny has a vibrant Old Town Square, surrounded by charming historic architecture. The town's center in every way, the square has cafes, restaurants, small shops, and a central place in the local folklore. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, stop for coffee, ice cream, or dinner, and watch the world go by.

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz Dolny Private Walking Tour

Kazimierz Dolny Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Acquaint yourself with this enchanting little town on the private tour. You'll visit all the important sights, from the 16th century parish church to Renaissance townhouses, to Medieval castle ruins. This tour also covers the Jewish Quarter, and a bakery famed for its rooster-shaped "kogut" bread.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

The Little Krakow

Suggestion to explore on your own

Lublin's Old Town, full of charm with its narrow cobblestone streets, traditional architecture, and historic mansions, is sometimes referred to as the "Little Krakow." It even has its own hilltop castle, although this Neo-Gothic fortress has its own unique aesthetic. Although the city wasn't spared WWII's destruction or darkness (Majdanek Concentration Camp is located on its outskirts), the Old Town survived largely intact, and has since been impressively restored. It's a day trip that shouldn't be missed!

The Little Krakow

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Warsaw by Private Transfer

It's time to trade tiny Kazimierz Dolny for the Polish capital! A driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to Warsaw. The non-stop journey takes a little over two hours, but en route, you'll stop at the ruins of the Gothic castle at Czersk, which you'll explore on your own. Please note that this is a non guided transfer.

Warsaw by Private Transfer with Czersk Castle Stop
We also offer the following excursions in Kazimierz Dolny

Jewish Kazimierz Dolny Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours
Kazimierz Dolny and Canyon Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes

1 Night in Warsaw

1 Night in Warsaw

2 days in Warsaw
2 days in Warsaw

1 Night 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 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Warsaw

Welcome to Warsaw! Our driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Warsaw Behind the Scenes City Group Tour by Communist Minibus

Warsaw Behind the Scenes City Group Tour by Communist Minibus

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore the less touristic Warsaw on this 3 hours vintage car tour. Take a unique ride in a communist van driven by our friendly and knowledgeable guide. Experience the places skipped by regular tours, like Praga district, communist giant housing estates, WWII sites and the once-forgotten neighbourhoods bursting with life after successful transformations in recent years. Refresh yourself with a glass of Polish vodka and get to know the real Warsaw!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Departure Day

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

We also offer the following excursions in Warsaw

Best of Warsaw Private Tour in a Luxury Vehicle
Light3 hours
Best of Warsaw Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours
Chopin Concert Tickets
Easy1 hour
Classic Warsaw Private Tour by Communist Minibus
Moderate3 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.

Gdansk

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Gdansk Airport Transfer
Gdansk Private Walking Tour
Gdansk - Torun Private Transfer with Stop in Grudziadz

Torun

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Torun Private Walking Tour
Torun - Mikolajki Private Transfer with a Stop in Olsztyn

Mikolajki

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Private Motorboat Cruise on a Great Masurian Lake Trail
Mikolajki - Bialowieza Private Transfer with a Stop in Augustow

Bialowieza

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bialowieza - Kazimierz Dolny Private Transfer with a Stop in Siemiatycze

Kazimierz Dolny

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kazimierz Dolny Private Walking Tour
Kazimierz Dolny - Warsaw Private Transfer with a Stop in Czersk Castle

Warsaw

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Warsaw Behind the Scenes City Group Tour by Communist Minibus
Warsaw Airport Transfer (Chopin Airport)
The package excludes:

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

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

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

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Howard & Gary
Howard & Gary
California

We plotted our honeymoon to Poland (yes, our honeymoon!). Been everywhere in Europe except where my family came from, and Igor and Jared set up an AMAZING 3 weeks of easy travel. The perfect mix of urban and countryside getaway, with prompt pick ups, great tours, fantastic (over the top) accommodations. (Poland is VERY inexpensive and you can live like a king there. Some hotels you never want to leave! I highly recommend Poland as a destination and I can not recommend JayWay Travel any higher...they are professional, in touch and just perfect. I cannot thank them enough!

We plotted our honeymoon to Poland (yes, our honeymoon!). Been everywhere in Europe except where my family came from, and Igor and Jared set up an AMAZING 3 weeks of easy travel. The perfect mix of urban and countryside getaway, with prompt pick ups, great tours, fantastic (over the top) accommodations. (Poland is VERY inexpensive and you can live like a king there. Some hotels you never want to leave! I highly recommend Poland as a destination and I can not recommend JayWay Travel any higher...they are professional, in touch and just perfect. I cannot thank them enough!

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