Day 1: Arrival to Krakow. Transfer from the airport/railway station to your hotel. Accommodation and free evening.
Day 2: Krakow. We will start our thematic tour with a Krakow sightseeing. In contrary to other Polish cities Krakow did not suffer destruction in World War II. It was taken by the German army just at the beginning of the war and the Wawel castle became the residence of the Nazi governor Hans Frank. You will have the opportunity to admire the authentic Old Town and walk along original cobblestone streets. Although Krakow wasn’t destroyed during the war, its population was decimated when 70,000 Jews from the Krakow ghetto were sent for extermination. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 3: Auschwitz Concentration Camp & Lambinowice. Following breakfast you will head for the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz Birkenau. Auschwitz is a German name for Oswiecim, a town located 60 km to Krakow. Between 1940 and 1945 it was home to the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps. Auschwitz consisted of three camps: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II Birkenau and Auschwitz III Monowitz. Auschwitz sightseeing lasts 3,5 hours and then you will continue your journey to Lambinowice. This is where during the Second World War 300,000 soldiers of the anti-Nazi coalition were interned. You will pay a visit to the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War there. Accommodation in Szczawno Zdroj.
Day 4: Riese Complex. A day to explore the Owl Mountains, the place of extensive Nazi activity during the World War II. Between 1943 and 1945 the Nazis created there Riese (Giant) Complex which consisted of underground tunnels and passages. It was a secret project and its destiny is still a mystery. The hypothesis say that it was supposed to be a factory of secret weapons, Hitler's headquarters or even nuclear laboratory. This huge project has never been finished and nowadays few kilometers of tunnels are open for visitors. You will visit the underground city of Gluszyca–Osowka complex located 15 km from Walbrzych. Dinner and overnight in Szczawno Zdroj.
Day 5: Miedzyrzecz Reinforced Region. In the morning you will proceed toward Miedzyrzecz Reinforced Region. It was built in 1936-1940 by the Germans to defend the Third Reich. You will find there a number of concrete bunkers with steel domes connected by system of underground tunnels and so called dragon teeth (the anti-tank obstacles). It’s definitely one of Europe’s most interesting monument of military architecture of the 20th century.
You will spend the evening in Poznan, the capital of the province of Greater Poland.
Day 6: Gdansk. Travel north through the Kaszuby region to visit Gdansk, where you will spend the next two nights. Gdansk is famous for the heroic defense of the Polish Post in September 1939. It was also one of the first battles of the World War II in Europe.
Enjoy free afternoon to relax and explore this beautiful city on your own.
Day 7: Westerplatte & Blyskawica destroyer. Today discover the Tricity, which comprises of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. You will start from visiting Westerplatte peninsula where the first shots of the Second Wolrd War were fired on September 1, at 4:45 a.m. by the Schleswig-Holstein battleship. Continue through the beautiful seaside resort of Sopot to Gdynia. Gdynia houses a sailing harbour where you will find the ORP Blyskawica Destroyer and Dar Pomorza Tall Ship. Nowadays both serve as museum ships.
Day 8: Wolf’s Lair. Journey south east through the scenery of the Masurian Lakes to Gierloz. This is where in 1941 Hitler decided to build one of his military headquarters known as Wolf’s Lair (ger. Wolfsschanze). Hitler spent around 800 days there between 1941 and 1944. The fortress is hidden in the forest and contains 80 buildings of which 50 are concrete bunkers. Wolf’s Lair was also the scene of the assassination attempt against Hitler on July 20, 1944. Dinner and accommodation in Ketrzyn.
Day 9: Mamerki bunkers. You will start the day with a trip to the forest around the village of Mamerki (Mauerwald) where German bunkers from the II World War are located. At that time the High Command (Oberkommando des Heeres) of the German Army had a seat there. The concrete town wasn’t destroyed at the end of the war and it’s well preserved. It was erected between 1940 and 1944 and it consists of a group of 30 fortified buildings. Because of its microclimate it is the second biggest in Poland hibernation place of five bats’ species. Return to Ketrzyn for overnight.
Day 10: Warsaw. Traveling south we head for Warsaw, the capital of Poland. It is often called the city of contrasts and paradoxes. Nearly the entire Old Town was wiped out during the Nazi occupation and then rebuilt with the efforts of all Poles.
Day 11: Museum of Warsaw Uprising. The day is reserved for Warsaw sightseeing. Experienced guide will show you the Old Town, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the area of former Jewish Ghetto. You will watch the short film Warsaw will remember and then you will visit the Museum of Warsaw Uprising.
Day 12: Departure from Warsaw. Breakfast and transfer to the airport/railway station.
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