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      Southern Polish Explorer
 
Southern Polish Explorer Krakow & The Tatras

It is clear to see why Southern Poland attracts more visitors than any other region in the country - from the majestic Tatra Mountains, snow-capped for much of the year, to the sombre air of Auschwitz, the most notorious of the WWII concentration camps. And of course, the atmospheric former royal capital of Krakow, an architectural gem of a town with its soaring churches, vast market square and Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter. This tour takes you on a Polish odyssey through charming cities and beautiful scenery of a warm and welcoming country. 



      HIGHLIGHTS
     
   
  • Hotel for 4 nights with porterage, breakfast & dinner in Krakow
  • Overnight hotel in Wroclaw with dinner & breakfast
  • Overnight hotels in Germany for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Included excursions as stated
  • Guided tour of Krakow Jewish Quarter
  • Entrance to Remuh Synagogue
  • Entrance to Auschwitz with guide
  • Full day in Zakopane with local guide


      OUR HOTELS
     
   

4* Hotel Swing Krakow
This 4* smart, contemporary hotel is located outside the city centre (approx. 6km). It is within walking distance of a shopping centre and restaurants and has good public transport links to Krakow Old Town (approx. 15 mins Bus no 152 approx. 20 Zloty / £4-5 for a day ticket). There are 2 restaurants serving European cuisine plus a café with a panoramic terrace. Hotel guests have access to the hotel's 'Relaxation Centre' including sauna and steam. There are 148 comfortably furnished rooms with all mod cons.



      YOUR ITINERARY
     
   

Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue into Germany for your overnight stop in the Dortmund area. Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2 - A big travel day today as you head to the city of Wroclaw, full of charm and appeal. Poland's fourth largest city has a unique architectural and cultural make-up having been influences by Bohemia, Austria and Prussia. Overnight in the 4* Haston City Hotel with a welcome drink, dinner, bed & breakfast.

Days 3 - Built on several islands, the unique character of Wroclaw is due in part to its long and entangled history with its neighbours and was only returned to Polish rule at the end of WWII. The Old Town boasts a huge market square, gothic churches, scenic waterways and lush parks. You can join a local guide who will show you the sights on an optional guided tour of Wroclaw before departing for Krakow for your 4-night stay at the Hotel Swing with welcome drink. Dinner, bed & breakfast. Porterage is included here.

Day 4 - Enjoy a guided tour of Krakow's Jewish Quarter this morning to gain more insight into the tragedy of 20th century and to see how this area has been revitalised in 21st century. A visit to the Remuh Synagogue is included. Time at leisure to explore - perhaps a visit to the museum housed in Oskar Schindler's former enamel factory (not included) or a meander through the magnificent Cloth Hall, arguably the world's oldest shopping mall or a visit to Wawel Castle, a potent symbol of the country's national identity. There will also be the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the UNESCO listed Wieliczka Salt Mines with its amazing chambers chiselled out of rock salt. Dinner, bed & breakfast. (NB may operate with a local coach).

Day 5 - A morning of reflection with an included visit to Auschwitz, the authentically preserved memorial, consisting of two parts - Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz 11 - Birkenau. The included entrance and guided tour makes it possible to understand this unique place more fully and the enormity of what happened here. Return to the hotel for dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 6 - A full day to the very south of the country into the foothills of the Tatra Mountains and Poland's most well-known mountain resort, Zakopane. Together with a local guide discover why the town became so popular with artists, writers and composers in the early part of 20th century and marvel at the truly delightful wooden villas. Enjoy the inviting cafes and taverns or perhaps a ride on the Gubalowka Hill Funicular (not included).

Day 7 - Head off today as you bid farewell to Poland and head to the dramatic city of Dresden on the banks of the Elbe and your centrally located overnight hotel, 4* Maritim Dresden. Bed & breakfast. (NB September tour stays at 4* Westin Bellevue Dresden).

Day 8 - You may like to join the optional Dresden walking tour this morning to discover the secrets of this revitalised city, which was so badly damaged during WW2. The restoration is phenomenal and Dresden, 'Florence on the Elbe' is once again a magnificent 'jewel', full of rococo and baroque architecture and opulent buildings, not least the astounding Frauenkirche, the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House. Continue on to the final overnight in the Dortmund area. Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 - After breakfast, travel back through France to Calais for the return to England.



 
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