Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland

8 days from $4,288 per person*
  • Visit Oscar Schindler's factory in Krakow with a private guide.
  • Explore Stalin's secret bunker in Moscow with private guide.
  • Learn of the horrifying Jewish prisoner experience on a sombering tour of Auschwitz.
  • With private guide, make your way through communist Warsaw and Krakow.
  • Selection of luxury accommodations throughout.
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Traverse through Nazi-invaded Poland, and the Stalin-era communism of the Eastern Bloc, on this historic journey through Russia and Poland.

You'll be met at the airport for a warm welcome to Moscow, the largest city on the European continent. From impressive skyscrapers and towers to ornate domed churches, imposing fortifications and pristine facades, you'll see it all in Moscow with a private guide. Make your way in to the Kremlin walls, explore the Armory Chamber and more, as you discover the fortified workplace of the President Putin. Take a trip back to the Soviet Union and Communist Russia on a private tour of Stalin's secret bunker located in Moscow, drenched in WWII history. Leaving Russia behind, arrive to Warsaw, where you'll get a dose of Communist Poland on a themed private tour of Warsaw. Next, explore the sites of Warsaw that honor the World War II struggle. With private guide you'll tour the Warsaw Uprising Museum as well as the Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom, dedicated to the Polish uprising and opposition to Nazi rule. In Krakow, you'll have a unique opportunity to visit the historic factory of Oscar Schindler, a place of refuge for many displaced Jews during the second World War. Tour the Nowa Huta area of Krakow as you revert back to a time of communist rule, then conclude with a somber experience at Auschwitz, where you'll learn the stories of the horrifying persecution of Jewish prisoners in this infamous concentration camp. There's much to learn on this journey of Russia to Poland. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Invitation Letter for Russian Entry Visa
    • Russia - Welcome Package
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    Savoy (B) (Executive)
  • Day 2 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Private Tour - City Tour with Kremlin & Armory Chamber (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Savoy (B) (Executive)
  • Day 3 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Stalin's Secret Bunker (4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Savoy (B) (Executive)
  • Day 4 Moscow to Warsaw
    Moscow to Warsaw
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Assistant - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Assistance
    • Poland - Welcome Package Warsaw
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Communist Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Warsaw
    Warsaw
    • Private Tour - Uprising Museum, Pawiak Prison Museum and Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Warsaw to Krakow
    Warsaw to Krakow
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Warsaw - Krakow [2.5 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Private Transfer - Train Station with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Memory Trail (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Krakow
    Krakow
    • Private Tour - Communism Tour of Nowa Huta (2-3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Auschwitz and Museum (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Krakow
    Krakow
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Moscow

After securing your trip with Kensington Tours, you'll be provided with a Letter of Invitation for your Russian entry visa, along with additional important travel documents.

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 an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will help you with check-in, as well as walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary, and answer your questions.

Accommodation: Savoy (B) (Executive)

The 4* boutique hotel Savoy is conveniently located in a historic building in the the heart of downtown Moscow. Walking distance to the Bolshoi Theater, Red Square and the Kremlin, as well as luxurious shops, cafes and nightclubs, guests are well situated for a pleasant stay in the Russian capital. Reflecting the Moscow lifestyle, the Savoy combines gracious traditions with state-of-the-art guest room amenities. The chic 67-room Savoy is notable for being the first hotel in Russia to become a member of the prestigious "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" group.

Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Moscow
Moscow
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Savoy
Savoy

Day 2: Moscow

Set out on a full day must-see highlights tour of Moscow with a private guide and vehicle. Have your camera ready to capture snapshots of the city’s iconic sights such as the historic Bolshoi Theater, the former KGB building from where the notorious Soviet enforcement agency once operated, and frame up a photo at the Sofia Embankment, with the imposing Kremlin across the river. No visit to Moscow is complete without a walk in the Red Square, the most famous square in all of Russia. Recognized together with the Kremlin as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll stroll this vast cobblestone plaza, gazing upon  the city’s most recognizable landmarks; the colorful onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the red walls and towers of the Kremlin (office of the Russian president), the Lenin Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum, and the famous GUM department store. Walk the complex grounds and visit the Kremlin’s Armory Chamber to garner an understanding of the impressive wealth and opulence of the Russian royals of yesteryear. Witness a remarkable collection of ancient State regalia, coronation dresses and ceremonial tsar vestments, garments of the Russian Orthodox Church clergy, artistic gold and silver wares, ceremonial arms and armor, royal carriages and more.

Accommodation: Savoy (B) (Executive)
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kremlin
Kremlin

Day 3: Moscow

With your private driver and guide, set out on a half day tour to Stalin’s secret bunker in the Izmailovo District. Perfect for a WWII history buff, you’ll get the unique chance to go subterranean and see the Hall of the Supreme Commander in Chief of The Red Army, Stalin’s working cabinet, the dining room, as well as Stalin’s rest room. An indication of supreme Soviet secrecy, the top secret wartime hideaway was constructed in the 1930’s, directly beneath a new stadium construction which was initiated at ground level to distract and provide cover for the project. Eleven miles of tunnels were laid to connect the bunker to the Kremlin in Moscow’s city center.

Accommodation: Savoy (B) (Executive)
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin

Day 4: Moscow - Warsaw

Enjoy an airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver. For added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will be on hand to assist you at the airport.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

A private airport transfer to your hotel with vehicle and driver is provided. Your driver will be waiting for you in front of the Europcar  located in the public area of the Arrivals Hall level, in between the Old and the New terminal. For your added comfort, an English speaking assistant will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary and answer your questions.

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 tour of Polish Communism History in the company of a local guide with private transportation. After the Second World War, Warsaw began rebuilding according to socialist realism. It had to be an example of a model city representing their spirit. You will be taken in socialist-style car for a unique trip through the legacy of the Polish socialism. The tour starts from the Constitution Square which was a model residential area for the working class. Next, you will see the Ministry of Agriculture, where you will have a chance to get to know the utopian plans of the post war city reconstruction, Palace of Culture and Science – the symbol of the city as well as the symbol of communism in Poland and the famous blocks of flats from the 60's at Iron Gate Square. The tour will end with a typical Polish aperitif.

Accommodation: Rialto

Hotel Rialto, a unique and elegant five-star hotel discreetly situated in the city center offers easy access to the most important points of interest in Warsaw: cultural monuments, business and entertainment centers and tourist attractions. The Art Deco époque formed the inspiration for the hotel’s interior design, which is consistently reflected in all the corners of the hotel. Each of the guestrooms is equipped with original unique furniture and décor to create a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. The hotel offers a well-prepared space for aroma therapy, fitness and a sauna for guests to rejuvenate their vital energy. The hotel restaurant also offers guests delicious cuisine and refreshing cocktails.

Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Palace of Culture and Science
Palace of Culture and Science
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Warsaw
Warsaw

Day 5: Warsaw

Enjoy a private tour of Polish Second World History in the company of a local guide with private transportation. Explore the sites of Warsaw that honor the World War II struggle. During this tour, you will visit Warsaw Uprising Museum dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It collects and maintains hundreds of artifacts, ranging from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters, in order to present a full picture of the people involved. Later you will be taken to Pawiak Prison, the former investigative prison. At the end, you will take a tour of Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom which presents the conditions in which Polish patriots and resistance fighters were jailed by Nazi Germany during World War II. In the basement of the building, the Nazis set up rough jails. Prisoners who were located there were usually freshly caught or transferred from Pawiak prison. Since 1990, the Museum of Pawiak Prison and the Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom are branches of the Museum of Independence in Warsaw. Entrance fees to Warsaw Uprising Museum, Pawiak Prison Museum and Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom are included.

Accommodation: Rialto
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Warsaw Uprising Museum
Warsaw Uprising Museum

Day 6: Warsaw - Krakow

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Enjoy a transfer by express premium train from Warsaw to Krakow.

Enjoy your private train station transfer to your hotel with vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, an English speaking assistant will help you to check in to your hotel and walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary and answer your questions.

Enjoy a private half day tour to the Krakow's Memory Trail in the company of a local guide with private transportation. During this tour, you will visit three branches of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. In the branch "Pomorska Street”, you will see the exhibition "Krakow in the years 1939 - 1956" and the place of execution from the Second World War - the cells of the former Gestapo prison. Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory was founded in 1937 as a place of production of enamel and brass. Two years later neglected factory was taken over by a German entrepreneur. Now, in 45 halls, you can watch the exposition showing the daily life of the inhabitants, the fate of the Jews of Krakow, life of people who were working in the factory and the story of Oskar Schindler. Museum exhibits are complemented by a rich photographic and archival documentation derived from Polish and foreign collections. Pharmacy Under the Eagle was the only pharmacy in the ghetto in Podgorze. It was a conspiratorial and contact point for Jews living in the ghetto. Nowadays there is an exhibition on the theme of extermination of the Jews and the importance of this pharmacy in a tragic period of World War II. Entrance fees to Pomorska Street, Schindler’s Factory, Eagle Pharmacy are included.

Accommodation: Copernicus (5*)

Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Historical Museum
Historical Museum
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Saint Mary's church
Saint Mary's church

Day 7: Krakow

Enjoy a private tour of Polish Communism history in the company of a local guide with private transportation. Visit Krakow's centrally-planned Socialist district of Nowa Huta. This unique project was meant to be a model Communist city, but later became one of the centers of revolution and resistance in Poland. During this tour, you will travel in a socialist-style car to experience the wonders of this one-of-a-kind place. Discover how the average Pole lived and worked during Communism times and hear some fascinating stories about this period. You will also get to enjoy a Polish aperitif. 

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. Auschwitz was designed as the venue of the "final solution of the Jewish question in Europe". From spring 1942 until the fall of 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over Nazi-occupied Europe. It was the largest Nazi extermination camp, and site of the biggest genocide. The area is well preserved and nowadays it houses the Holocaust Museum, listed as being UNESCO Heritage site. The tour will include a visit to the brick-mortar barracks in Auschwitz I, and the extensive area of the large wooden extermination camp at Auschwitz II – Birkenau. Entrance fee is included. 

Please note, your guide will provide private transfer and explanations about the history prior to entering the site. Due to local regulation, in Auschwitz -Birkenau you will be joining a shared group tour led by an Auschwitz guide.  

Accommodation: Copernicus (5*)
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nowa Huta District
Nowa Huta District
Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Auschwitz-Birkenau
Auschwitz-Birkenau

Day 8: Krakow

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Savoy (B) (Executive): Moscow

The 4* boutique hotel Savoy is conveniently located in a historic building in the the heart of downtown Moscow. Walking distance to the Bolshoi Theater, Red Square and the Kremlin, as well as luxurious shops, cafes and nightclubs, guests are well situated for a pleasant stay in the Russian capital. Reflecting the Moscow lifestyle, the Savoy combines gracious traditions with state-of-the-art guest room amenities. The chic 67-room Savoy is notable for being the first hotel in Russia to become a member of the prestigious "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" group.

Rialto: Warsaw

Hotel Rialto, a unique and elegant five-star hotel discreetly situated in the city center offers easy access to the most important points of interest in Warsaw: cultural monuments, business and entertainment centers and tourist attractions. The Art Deco époque formed the inspiration for the hotel’s interior design, which is consistently reflected in all the corners of the hotel. Each of the guestrooms is equipped with original unique furniture and décor to create a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. The hotel offers a well-prepared space for aroma therapy, fitness and a sauna for guests to rejuvenate their vital energy. The hotel restaurant also offers guests delicious cuisine and refreshing cocktails.

Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto

Copernicus (5*): Krakow

Eastern Bloc: Russia & Poland Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Copernicus
Hotel Copernicus

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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