Polish Explorer – Warsaw, Zakopane, Krakow & the Tatras Mountains

9 days from £599pp.


Zakopane

Visit: Zakopane, Poland

Warsaw

Visit: Warsaw, Poland

Krakow

Visit: Krakow, Poland

Tatra Mountains

Visit: Tatra Mountains, Poland

Morskie Oko

Visit: Morskie Oko, Poland

This coach holiday offers a wonderful introduction to the delights of Poland. Enjoy an exploration of Warsaw, Poland’s re-built capital and visit Krakow, with its beautiful medieval square and old town, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s more, this tour gives you time to take in the wonderful resort of Zakopane and see the iconic Tatras Mountains. Or, embark on a deeply moving experience and visit Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi Concentration Camps.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then travel overnight through Germany.

    Arrive in Warsaw in Poland for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Warsaw

    Warsaw

    Today we travel into the centre of Warsaw for free time. Although the beginnings of Warsaw go as far back as the 12th and 13th century, the city was forced to completely rebuild after its near-total destruction during World War II. The symbol of the capital’s rebirth was an unprecedented post-war re-creation of the Old Town, which in 1980 was put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. To introduce you to the sights why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour. You will see the “Royal Route” with its aristocratic residences, statues and historic churches before visiting the Old Town, the Castle Square the Barbican and such historical sites as the Ghetto Memorial, the Chopin Monument and the Belvedere Palace. Our local guide will provide an informative commentary, and reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped the often-tragic history of this fascinating city. The remainder of the day is at leisure in this remarkable city. Explore the streets of the Old Town with atmospheric alleys, squares and cosy cafes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Warsaw today and head south passing the cities of Piotrkow-Trybunalski and Krakow. We arrive at out hotel in Zakopane where we stay for the next four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Auschwitz

    Auschwitz

    Spend a day at leisure in Zakopane or why not join our poignant optional excursion to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. A site of great importance to the Holocaust story, Auschwitz will forever be seen as the centre of a vast plan to exterminate a whole race of people. Rudolph Hess was given the assignment of expanding the camp to accommodate 30,000 prisoners. In this process he built an annex that would hold 100,000 prisoners of war. As the prisoners arrived, approximately 25 percent were then and there determined to be “fit for work” and allowed to live a bit longer. The great majority of Jews, however, who were deported to Auschwitz - men, women and children - were immediately sent to their deaths in the gas chambers of Auschwitz II - Birkenau. When the SS realized that the end of the war was near, they attempted to remove all evidence of the atrocities committed there. They dismantled the gas chambers, crematoriums and other buildings. They burned documents and evacuated all the prisoners who could walk to the interior of Germany. The number of victims was approximately one million, only 667 prisoners escaped; 270 were recaptured and executed. Those who were not evacuated were liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. Auschwitz is the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, and is preserved in order so that mankind never forgets the atrocities committed here. This remains a hugely emotional experience.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Krakow

    Krakow

    Today our included excursion takes us to Krakow. As the ancient capital of Poland, Krakow was the royal residence for centuries. It was also the only major city in the country to escape major damage during World War II. Krakow’s assembly of monuments are listed by UNESCO as one of the world's twelve most significant historic sites. Why not join our optional guided tour to introduce you to the sights of the Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Market Square is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe and deserving of its place among the most beautiful in the world. The square is the focal point of the city and is divided by the imposing Gothic style Cloth Hall. After the sightseeing tour there will be time at leisure to explore all at your own pace. Perhaps walk up Wawel Hill to the Royal Cathedral, one of Poland’s greatest buildings, and the burial place of over 40 Polish Kings.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Zakopane

    Zakopane

    Today our optional excursion takes us to Morskie Oko Lake, the largest and best-known lake in the Polish Tatras and is regarded as one of the most beautiful. Accompanied by our guide we start our excursion with a scenic drive through the breath-taking mountain scenery to Palenica Bialczanska. From here we take a horse and carriage ride through this beautiful area to Polana Wlosienica. We then continue by foot for approximately 1 mile to Morskie Oko Lake where there will be ample free time to explore at your leisure. Please note: This excursion may not be suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Zakopane and begin our journey home travelling overnight through Germany.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 6 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by executive coach or upgrage to Silver Service

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Warsaw - Poland's rebuilt capital
    • Zakopane - Chief resort of the Tatras
    • Krakow - Beautiful old town and market square

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Warsaw Guided Tour - See the best of the city
    • Krakow Guided Tour - Discover the highlights of the city
    • Auschwitz - Deeply moving experience
    • Morskie Oko - Largest lake in the Polish Tatras

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £99.00 (9 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for two nights at the 4-star Radisson Blue Sobieski in Warsaw, centrally located in the Business District. You will then stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Sabala, or similar in Zakopane. The hotel is the oldest in Zakopane and is built in the traditional wooden style, typical of the region. Located in the heart of the resort on the main street, the ‘Krupowki’, the hotel has a restaurant and bar.

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    Sabala Hotel

    Sabala Hotel

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    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw

    Sabala Hotel


    The Hotel Sabala is the oldest hotel in Zakopane and is built in the traditional wooden style, typical of the region. Within the hotel you will still see the original 100 year old beams and the traditional wooden furniture is a feature throughout the hotel. Located in the heart of the resort on the main street, the ‘Krupowki’, the hotel is ideally placed for exploring the town. Enjoy the excellent food served in the restaurant and relax with a warming drink in the bar.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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