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 a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
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.
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.
Polonia Palace 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.
Metropolitan Boutique Hotel invites you to the heart of Krakow, Polish cultural capital and a city full of life. The hotel is established in a newly renovated 19th century building, perfectly placed between the Old Town Square and the trendy area of Kazimierz. It is ideally located away from the noise, yet only minutes walk from the city’s main attractions. The fusion of traditional architecture with modern and elegant interiors, combined with a great location and perfect service will make for a memorable stay in Krakow.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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