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Poland's Tantalizing Trio

This sample 10-day (9 nights) itinerary covers Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk. You'll journey from Northern to Central Poland, with stops in three of the country's most vibrant and welcoming cities. From the port city of Gdansk to chic, modern Warsaw and the towering cathedrals and wide open squares of Krakow, you'll be charmed by the wonders of this incredible country. 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 the Krakow. You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz. The next stop is a short walk up to the Wawel Hill. Atop it is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral. Having descended the hill, you’ll stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College). The tour continues to the Main Market Square, making for the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall. The tour is completed with a visit to St. Mary’s Church. Your guide knows all the secrets of the city and will give you insight into the historical events that have made Krakow the special place it is today. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation and will drop you off there after the tour, or can provide suggestions for further exploration.


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, with great cafes and galleries, markets, museums and more. Today we recommend exploring the neighborhood at your leisure. The historical side of Kazimierz includes five synagogues and the New Jewish Cemetery. We definitely recommend visiting the Old Synagogue, one of the country’s oldest surviving examples of Jewish religious architecture. Beyond that, you should plan to explore the neighborhood’s hipper enclaves, especially the cafes and bars around the square called Plac Nowy, where you’ll also find numerous markets. Excellent restaurants also abound, including the kosher restaurant Olive Tree, 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, the biggest Nazi death camp in Europe. 70 kilometers from Krakow, the camp has been turned into a monument and museum, testifying to the atrocities that took place here. Today we recommend exploring this dark chapter of history with a six-hour guided tour. You will be picked up at your hotel and you’ll be driven to Auschwitz, where you’ll join a tour of the camp and the Auschwitz Memorial Museum given by one of the museum's expert guides. Onboard the bus, you can watch historical documentaries, to give you more insight into these events. At the end of the day you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6-7 hours

Out of Town: Salt Mine Excursion

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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 sat mine is full of monuments, carvings and altar pieces. It feels like entering a vast subterranean city. You’ll explore underground with an experienced guide, then stop at the souvenir shop and gift bar before heading back to the city.


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 will pick you up at your accommodation. The program of the tour can be modified according to your interests and expectations, and there are several destinations and themes you can choose from. Old Town and the Royal Route will take you through the historical center. Warsaw’s Jewish heritage will introduce you to the rich Jewish cultural history in the city. Communist Warsaw will make the recent past of the city come to life. Multicultural Warsaw focuses on the city’s diversity. At the end of the tour your guide can bring you back to your accommodation, or can suggest destinations for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Communist Warsaw Small Group Tour

There's no better way to get in touch with Communist Poland. This is a journey in time and a wonderful adventure. You'll ride in a Nysa 522, a cult Communist-era car that will take you to the most famous places in Warsaw. You'll see all the most important buildings dating back to the times of Communism, hear personal stories about life under the regime, and even visit an apartment with typical Communist-era decor. The tour would not be complete without a screening of old propaganda documentary films and a shot of vodka along with a traditional Polish meal.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Warsaw

Small Group Food Tasting Tour

When you think about Polish cuisine there is probably one thing that immediately pops into your mind, and that is the time-honored dumpling known as a pierogi. Offered as a staple at most English-speaking local restaurants, pierogi are not all that is on the menu. On this tour you can get a taste of true Polish dining, from bigos and kotlet schabowy to delicious golabki, made from lightly boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced meat. Learn how these local delicacies are made and how they have inspired centuries of Polish history. Not only will you stimulate your taste buds, but also your mind.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Majdanek and Kazimierz Dolny Private Day Trip

The first stop on this excursion is the town of Czersk, where you can find a Polish Gothic castle. The next stop will be the battlefield of Magnuszew bridgehead. Here in September, 1944 the Soviet Army crossed the Vistula river on their way to Berlin. Today you can find an exhibition of Soviet tanks and canons, including the famous the Katiusha rocket launcher placed around the original trenches. On the way to Majdanek you'll visit the lovely renaissance town of Kazimierz Dolny. It's a pearl of the Polish Renaissance, with the main square looking as if it has been untouched since 16th Century. After a relaxing visit and lunch in Kazimierz you'll drive to the thrilling museum of the Majdanek Nazi Concentration Camp.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 12 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Gdansk by Train

You will make your way to the Baltic coast and the city of Gdansk. We will provide 2nd class tickets with a seat reservation but there is an option to upgrade to first class if you prefer. We'll also arrange for a driver to take you from your accommodation to the train station.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer to Gdansk

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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
Top Ten of Classic Warsaw Private Tour
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Gdansk

3 Nights in Gdansk

3 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, as the city features a unique blend of historic architectures of different styles and cultures, from Polish to Prussian and Napoleonic rule. 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, as the city features a unique blend of historic architectures of different styles and cultures, from Polish to Prussian and Napoleonic rule. 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 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Gdansk

A driver will be waiting for you at the train station upon arrival to take you to centrally your located accommodation in Gdansk.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Gdansk

Private Gdansk Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This is best way to get to know the character, history and atmosphere of Gdansk, a unique city with a spirit all its own. This 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 you 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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Gdansk

Private Malbork Castle Tour

On this five-hour tour, a top-notch guide will bring you the best of The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork. The excursion includes a full tour of the 14th century Palace of the Grand Master, which served as the residence of the so-called Grand Master of the Teutonic Order. You will also visit St. Mary's Church, take in the castle’s various permanent and temporary exhibitions, which feature its impressive collection of weaponry, armor, flags and the enormous Amber Museum. The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5 hours

Private Tricity (Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia) Tour

This Tricity full-day tour includes essential trips to Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. You will start at the center of beautifully restored Gdansk and see the renowned houses of Long Street, Neptune’s fountain and other landmarks. Then it's off to the Oliwa district for a bit of relaxation before heading on to Sopot for a wander down Monciak Street. Passing the art nouveau cafes and shops, you'll soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere, including the longest wooden pier in Europe. The final destination is Gdynia, where the famed WWII destroyer "Lightning" and the massive sailing ship "Gift of Pomerania" are reminders of the rich history of the Polish Navy.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 7 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

A private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Gdansk

Elblag Canal Group Tour with Private Transportation
Light6 hours
Gdansk Food Tasting Small Group Tour
Light4 hours
Gdansk Old Town and Westerplatte by Galleon Ship Private Tour
Easy6 hours
Kashubian Switzerland Private Tour
Light7 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 - Gdansk Train
Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer

Gdansk

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Gdansk Train Station Transfer
Private Gdansk Walking Tour
Gdansk 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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