Poland has a national heritage that goes back over 1,000 years which, during its golden age in the sixteenth century, was the largest nation in Europe. Explore the country with your private guide, driver and vehicle. Start in Warsaw with tours to the old city and visit the royal castle and summer palace. Then take a train south to Krakow. As the former national capital with millennia of history, the city remains the spiritual heart of Poland. Tour Wawel, the old city and visit Wieliczka salt mine. Relax in the city's famous cafes and enjoy the vibrant scene.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Polonia Palace (4*) is a stylish and elegant luxury hotel, located in downtown Warsaw. As the leading and most prestigious Grand Hotel in Warsaw since 1913, it is superbly located facing the Palace of Culture and Science, business districts and shopping areas. After its recent renovation, the hotel blends a revitalized sense of charming history with state-of-the-art facilities. Enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the splendid guest rooms and dine at the elegant Strauss Restaurant before sipping on a delectable cocktail at the trendy Bojangles Bar & Lounge. Check out the state-of-the-art fitness room, including two saunas, and relax both your mind and body as you truly get the most out of your stay at the beautiful Polonia Palace Hotel.
Enjoy a private, guided tour of the Summer Palace and Park. The palace was the former residence of King Jan III Sobieski, is often called "Little Versailles". Its magnificant interiors include furniture and china from the period of Sobieski's victory over the Turks at the gates of Vienna in the 17th century. The grounds consist of English park, and Italian Baroque garden and rode garden. Entrance fee is included.
Enjoy a private, half day tour to the Royal castle in the company of local guide with private transportation. The Royal Castle was the seat of the Mazovian Princes, residence of the Polish kings, seat of the Senate, and the place where the Polish Constitution was signed. The site is a symbol of Polish statehood, where many historic events took place, including the passing of the first Polish constitution on 1791. The castle dates back to the 13th century, though it owes its current shape to the early Baroque period. Sigismund Tower, 60m tall and crowned with a high cupola, dominates over the façade. Enjoy a tour of the castle which showcases its magnificant interiors: the Court rooms, the Parliamentary rooms and the Royal appartments. Numerous paintings displayed include portraits of Polish monarchs and the works of Canaletto. Entrance fee is included.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Warsaw to Krakow.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer today.
Krakow, A beautiful medieval city, draws its identity from the multicultural heritage: it is associated with the late John Paul 2nd, hosting Jewish music festival, and having a huge student population, making it a vibrant city all year round. The tour will start at the Market Square, one of the biggest in Europe, a reminder of the power and wealth of medieval Krakow. The 13th century Cloth hall, rebuilt in Renaissance style, houses collection of Polish paintings and handicrafts. Saint Mary's Basilica, dating 1221, boasts a 15th century precious altar. Collegium Maius with Gothic arcades, expanded in Renaissance style, was home to Jagiellonian University, the second oldest university in Central Europe. Visit Czartoryski Museum collection, which contains Da Vinci and Rembrandt paintings among others. Continue to Wawel Hill. This Gothic Royal Castle was built on the remains of a 10th century settlement. Magnificent Renaissance interiors contain numerous paintings, furniture and national memorabilia. Collection of famous "Wawel Tapestries" designed and made in Flandre, especially for Wawel interiors, is truly unique. Famous Sigismund Chapel with gold-plated dome is one of them. Cathedral is also a necropolis of Polish Kings, Dukes and noble citizens, buried in numerous crypts, sarcophaguses, tombs and chapels. A walk down the river concludes the tour, and leads to a limestone cave, shelter of a legendary dragon. Entrance fee for Wawel Castle is included.
The Novotel Centrum (4*) is in the center of Krakow located opposite the Wawel Castle, just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town. The hotel is close to the city`s main tourist attractions business district, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, which makes it the perfect starting point for a visit to the city. The nearest airport to the hotel is the Krakow Balice Airport, which is located 18km away. The hotel offer 198 spacious and comfortable guestrooms, all equipped with modern amenities such as: air conditioning, High Speed internet access, telephone with direct line, bathroom amenities. Their restaurant, The Garden Brasserie, offers Polish and international specialties and their leisure center has a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, cosmetic treatments and massages for you to enjoy.
Wieliczka Salt Mine is a unique attraction, included in the UNESCO "Human Heritage" List. The Mines, a fascinating monument of engineering dates back to the 13th century. The subterranean universe is comprised of over 300 km of galleries hewn in rock and salt deposits. The tour of the Mine includes visit to the beautiful chapels sculpted in salt, spacious chambers, crystal grottoes and underground ponds, all at the average depth of 250 m below ground level.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Depart from Krakow international airport - end of itinerary.
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