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A Taste of Poland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Poland  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Cultural Journey  
Season: July - September
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3355 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3715 US Dollar (USD)

- Round-trip air to Warsaw (subject to change based on U.S. departure city and availability)
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Private air-conditioned motor coach
- English-speaking tour escort
- Local English-speaking guides
- 8 nights at First or Superior First class hotel
- Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 dinners; including a special meal with entertainment as per detailed itinerary
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Entrance fees to the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Gniew Castle, Malbork Castle, Amber Museum and the Museum of Pottery in Kashubian
- Vodka Degustation
- Beer Degustation
- Cooking lesson
- Chopin concert
- Folklore Entertainment
- Hotel charges and taxes
- Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person)
- Comprehensive information folder.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Friday: USA - Warsaw. Depart on a regular scheduled flight from USA to Warsaw.

Day 2, Saturday: Warsaw. After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The afternoon is free. You will be welcomed in the Polish tradition of Salt and bread. In the evening, meet up with your guide/group for and musical evening for a private piano recital for Chopin. Following the recital you are invited to a welcome dinner at a charming romantic local restaurant owned by Poland’s most renowned passionate restaurateur Magda Gessler. She is also an artist designer and painter, all of which is displayed in her presentation and atmosphere of her restaurant. At the end of the meal you will listen to a brief history of vodka followed by a vodka tasting ceremony. Includes: (D).

Day 3, Sunday: Warsaw. This morning, you will walk through the Old Town; visit St. John’s Cathedral, the Ghetto memorial. You will enjoy a scenic drive along the Royal Route during which you will see beautiful castles and aristocratic residences and historic churches. You will have the opportunity to stop and visit the impressive 300-room Royal Castle. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant where you have a cooking lesson and learn how to make pierógis, a Polish dumpling, with various fillings. Keeping in line with Polish beer drinking traditions, following dinner you will visit “Kompania Piwna” a typical beer restaurant for some beer degustation with dinner live entertainment and snacks. Includes:(B, D).

Day 4, Monday: Warsaw – Torun – Gniew. Leave Warsaw for Gniew. En route you will stop for a sightseeing tour of Torun where you will be able to sample different kinds of ginger bread. Following this tour you will head to Gniew. This city is known for its’ well preserved medieval town. The most famous landmark is the Ordensburg castle built at the turn of the 14th century. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional festive Polish dinner at the Gniew Castle served by Gniew Knights in historical costumes. You will even see some battle demonstrations. Includes: (B, D).

Day 5, Tuesday: Gniew – Malbork – Gdansk. Following breakfast you will depart to Gdansk. On the way you will see the famous medieval fortress of the Teutonic Knights in Malbork and visit its magnificent 3 part castle. This castle which is regarded a national treasure by UNESCO is the largest in Poland and the oldest in Europe. It consists of a maze of rooms and chambers with extravagant architectural detail and decorations. Upon arrival in Gdansk you will have a short tour of the Old Town followed by dinner with entertainment in Sopot, a fashionable seaside resort. You will have time for a stroll on the pier arguably the longest along the Baltic, which juts out 1,680 feet into the sea. Includes: (B, D).

Day 6, Wednesday: Gdansk. Following breakfast you will tour the city of Gdansk extensively, starting at the Upland Gate, a fragment of the city’s fortification dating back to the 15th century gothic defensive measure. There you will pass by the Prison tower and the Torture house. The Golden Gate next to the prison leads to a magnificent street with mansions decorated with Baroque facades where the elite lived. See the main Town Hall, the Artus Court, the tower of the St. Mary’s Bailica and Mariacka Street lined with elegant boutiques and the Warf on the Motlawa Tiver. At the conclusion of your tour you head back to the hotel to meet with your guide who till take you to an amber jewelry manufacturer in Gdynia to lean about the production process and where you will have a chance to purchase some jewelry. Following this tour you will visit the multi storey Amber Museum located in Gdansk’s Torture tower and leave with a souvenir. Dinner in the evening will be hosted at a local restaurant. Includes: (B, D).

Day 7, Thursday: Gdansk Kartuzy – Chmielno – Wdzydze Kiszewskie – Poznań. You will be visiting the Kashubian Regional Museum with a guided tour to introduce you to some of the intricacies of Kashubian domestic, cultural and religious traditions. Continue on to the village of Chmielno, known for it’s more than a hundred-year-old potter’s workshop and the Museum of Kashubian Pottery. A stop in Wdzydze Kiszewskie is planned to see the oldest Polish open-air museum. Enjoy an organ recital in the 18th century church used at Sunday mass and is also the site of regional organ concerts held here every summer. You will meet local artists and see the process of making embroidery and wickerwork. A traditional lunch of regional cuisine will be served at a local restaurant with folklore entertainment before heading to Poznań. Check in and time to enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. Includes: (B, L).

Day 8, Friday: Poznań. Visit the Old Town with its famous Renaissance Town Hall, now housing the Historic Museum. In the middle of the attic, above the clock, you can see two metal goats butting their horns 12 times every day at noon. Visit Ostrow Tumski, located on the right bank of the river Warta in the oldest part of Poznan with its reconstructed Gothic 10th century Cathedral. Its’ Gold Chapel contains sarcophagi with the ashes of the first Polish king. You will also see the 15th century Gothic Church of the Sacred Virgin Mary, the Lubrabskich Academy building and the Bishop’s Palace. While in Poznan, you have to try the typical St. Marcin cakes, filled with poppy and nuts. For dinner you will be invited to the famous Brovaria restaurant brewery known for its superior traditional beer making which has not been compromised by modern technology. Includes: (B, D).

Day 9, Saturday: Poznań – Lowicz – Warsaw. This morning, drive to Warsaw stopping in Lowicz en route a typical Mazovian town famous for folk paper art, embroidery and music. You will be invited for a home-hosted lunch by a local family whose charming cottage is located at the foot of the former Lowicz Castle. They will greet you with bread and salt, a typical Polish custom. You will have a chance to taste some homemade jams and preserves and make some Lowicz paper folk art. After dinner, continue your drive to Warsaw. Includes: (B, L).

Day 10, Sunday: Warsaw. Following breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for the return flight home. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

2013 Departure Dates & Prices: Available on request

Please note: Air taxes, fuel surcharge and any other charges and taxes related to the airline ticket are NOT included. Prices are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate, and dates of travel.

Airfare is included in tour price. Tour price without airfare is available upon request.

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which we offer through Travel Guard. Pre-existing medical condition exclusion is waived if insurance is purchased within 24 hours of initial deposit.

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