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Poland Vacation & Tour Packages

Poland offers many destinations to delight those traveling in Central Europe. Some love the hustle and bustle of Warsaw, the modern-day capital. Others prefer the splendor of Krakow, the old royal capital of Poland. The Baltic sea port city of Gdansk, impresses too, with its medieval architecture and pivotal 20th century history. Charming Wroclaw, a recent EU "Capital of Culture," has a young spirit typified by the dwarf statues hidden throughout its Old Town, and plenty of riverside islands to discover, although its German history is also clear if you know where to look. Scenic Lublin has always punched above its weight, accruing nicknames like "The Capital of Festivals," "Jewish Oxford," and "Little Krakow," while retaining its charming old town and unusual castle. Historic Poznan between Berlin and Warsaw is another off-beaten-path charmer, as is the charming small town of Kazimierz Dolny, near Lublin. The beautifully preserved "Gingerbread City" of Torun didn't just earn its nickname for its red brick architecture, as the locals are quite proud of their edible gingerbread, which visitors can learn to make themselves. For some hiking, head to Zakopane in the Polish High Tatra mountains, or delve into Europe's last primeval untamed forest, Bialowieza, where you can still find bison, the continent's largest animal.

Perfect for history buffs

Polish history spans many eras of great interest to history buffs. Those interested in World War II or Jewish heritage will have plenty to see in Poland. Battles between Germany and Russia are visible in many monuments. You'll find these throughout Warsaw, Krakow, and other Polish cities. A visit to the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau is a truly moving experience. The government has rebuilt and renovated many historic city centers, like Warsaw's Old Town. Yet the city's true story is told by the areas like resurgent Praga and the monumental scale buildings left behind by the communists, like the Palace of Culture and Science, a soviet-style skyscraper. Prefer your history a little older? The medieval castles at Torun and Malbork, both built by the Teutonic Knights, make for good day trips.

Explore your family's history

Many of our guests come to Poland to learn more about their family history. Millions of Poles emigrated to the US over the past few hundred years. We can connect you with a local genealogist to research your family heritage. We can even include a visit to your ancestral hometown to meet long-lost relatives. As well as our regular destinations listed here we can also arrange overnight stays in other towns and cities.

Visit Poland combined with neighboring countries

Poland joined the EU in 2004. The most obvious change was in late 2007 when Poland joined the Schengen Area. That means smooth travel to the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany, and Slovakia. In that way, Poland can be a gateway for traveling in Central Europe. The Polish economy hasn't switched to the Euro though, helping make a visit to Poland cheaper than travel to countries further west. Poland is also often combined with some time in Ukraine. Our trip planners, all based in the region, will craft the perfect private tour itinerary for you.

Bespoke Poland Vacation Packages

We create custom-tailored private tours of Poland for hassle-free travel to all of the destinations below and beyond. We will prepare a Poland vacation package and schedule tailored to you. Just let us know your intended departure date and how long you want to travel, and we'll take care of all the details. From your initial call with our travel advisor to getting on the plane back home, we take care of you like family. We will arrange guided tours with expert local guides. We take care of getting you from place to place, by private transfer or public transport. You will be staying in the best places available to fit your budget and tastes. And the whole time you will be cared for by one of our local team in Poland, always available to you via the cellphone we provide. Your Poland tour will create memories you'll cherish for a lifetime.

Explore Our Destinations in and Around Poland

Popular Poland Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Poland and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our comprehensive tailored trip packages make traveling throughout Central and Eastern Europe hassle-free. We've got Poland vacation ideas that concentrate on the big-name destinations as well as options for travelers who prefer a slower pace, want to see smaller cities or perhaps make stops in places connected with your ancestry. If multi-country trips are more your style, then you will find that Poland combines neatly with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Lithuania or Ukraine.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Polish vacation packages
Based on 59 reviews
Review by Julie, Thomas & Veronika

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
Review by Shelby M.

Shelby M.

New Jersey

The care I get from JayWay's staff when I'm traveling is exceptional. They go that extra mile.

The care I get from JayWay's staff when I'm traveling is exceptional. They go that extra mile.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Michael & Mary

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

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Poland

When is the best time to visit Poland?

Poland's weather varies across the country. Gdansk shares the mild weather of the Baltic States, with summer highs generally in the upper 60s to low 70s, and winters likewise cool. Further inland, the weather fluctuates more, with summer highs generally in the mid 70s, although Zakopane, being a mountain resort, is almost always a bit cool. We recommend visiting from mid-April to mid-October, keeping in mind that May and September are peak season, when European tourists flock to Poland to take advantage of its weather.

What is Polish cuisine like?

Polish food is hearty, with an emphasis on meats and vegetables (often pickled). Good vegetarian meals aren't hard to find, but vegan ones can be, outside of larger cities. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Poles often have a hobbit-like second breakfast, and teatime. If you're been to other Slavic countries, some foods will look familiar. Pierogi, dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, are popular street food, and are sold in nearly every restaurant. Soups are important, especially Barszcz (the Polish take on Borscht, the Ukrainian beet soup) and Zurek (a sour soup). Bigos, also known as hunter's stew, is also popular, a mixture of sauerkraut, shredded fresh cabbage, and chopped meats. If you're looking for a savory snack, we recommend trying a Kabanos (also known as Cabanossi), a long, thin sausage folded in half, akin to a less dry German Landjaeger.

Poland’s main cities are all known for their specialties. If you’re in Krakow, we recommend trying the Zapiekanka, open-faced sandwiches made of baguettes sliced in half, and topped with mushrooms, cheese, and other ingredients. In Poznan, we recommend the St. Martin's Croissant, which is served as part of the walking tour we offer there. This croissant is folded 81 times, with a paste composed of poppy seeds, nuts, raisins, almonds, sugar, and butter, inserted between the folds. The whole thing is naturally covered with icing, and yet more nuts and sugar! If you want to eat cheaply, seek out a milk bar, a kind of diner dating back to the communist area, and often little changed since the 70s. Milk bars primarily serve vegetarian and dairy products, and are usually subsidized by the state. Their low prices attract people from all social classes, providing a unique experience.

The Poles are rightfully proud of their "Polish wine," vodka. Poland produces some of the world's best, most of which goes down smoothly. If interested, we recommend trying Zubrowka, vodka blended with bison grass. Polish water is safe to drink.

Will I need a visa to travel to Poland?

European Union citizens do not need a visa, as Poland is part of the EU and the list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa covers most countries that our guests come from. This includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Visa and custom requirements can be found on the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

How much should I tip?

Tipping isn't as prevalent in Poland as the US and Poles don't tip much themselves but it is widely expected for foreigners to tip in restaurants or bars. A rule of thumb is roughly 10% in appreciation of satisfactory service, 15% if service is excellent. Leave cash on the table or round up the bill, saying "Raeshty nye chaeba" ("Keep the rest"). If you say "Thank you" when you hand over payment that will also be taken as "keep the rest". Tipping in cash is much preferred to adding the tip to a card payment. If you take a tour and are happy with it, you can tip the tour guide if you wish. Taxi drivers don't necessarily expect a tip but if the ride is smooth, speedy and the cabbie makes an effort to converse, you will probably want to tip in the region of 10%.

How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are there in Poland?

Poland's 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include several of the country's old towns with market squares, castles, forests, mines, the Auschwitz concentration camp and religious sites. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a unique site close to Krakow and makes for an easy day trip.

Is Poland safe?

Poland is quite safe, with even major cities like Warsaw and Krakow seeing less crime than many cities in Western Europe. As usual, be alert for pickpockets in crowded areas, especially by tourism hotspots. Krakow’s police are known for frequently ticketing jaywalkers, so be wary of shortcuts, even if you’re in a hurry! Poland has historically been infamous for anti-Semitism, but has belatedly been coming to terms with this heritage, especially as many Poles discover their own Jewish roots. Krakow now hosts the largest Jewish festival in Europe, and some areas, such as Krakow, attract large numbers of Jewish tourists.

Why should I take a private tour of Poland instead of a group tour?

Unlike with a group tour run by one of the mass market tour operators, on a JayWay tour you get to decide when you start, which destinations you want to include, how long you want to spend there and what you want to do each day. Our custom-tailored Poland vacation packages are designed to give you the exact Poland travel experience you want.

Should I get travel insurance for a trip to Poland?

It's always a good idea to get travel insurance to cover any eventualities that might occur. Medical costs, though much more reasonable in Europe, are usually not covered by your regular health insurance plan.

What is transportation like in Poland?

Poland has good connections between major cities, but if traveling off the beaten path, highways can be poorly maintained, and trains slow. Warsaw is linked to Krakow, Gdansk, and Poznan by the same modern high-speed trains that Germany and Italy use, making this an excellent way of getting around. Buses are common and cheap, but can take time-consuming, and bus stations are not always as central as train stations. Warsaw aside, Polish cities tend not to have so much parking so we recommend either taking a train between cities, or going by private transfer, which lets you visit places in between, such as Torun or Czestochowa.

Do you arrange escorted tours of Poland?

Usually our custom tours of Poland are not escorted. Having a dedicated tour guide and driver available to you for several days isn't cost-effective for a couple or small family group. All our guests traveling in Poland are supported by our on-the-ground staff throughout their trip, by email and cellphone and along with our network of trusted drivers and local guides ensure that everything runs smoothly. If you have a larger group of 8 or more then we can arrange for a tour director to make sure your group's itinerary is executed flawlessly.
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