Panorama of Poland Tour 2018 - Trains, Trolleys & Tradition
September 10 - 24, 2018
Hosted by Jack Samuels and Dave Motak
MON - SEPT 10 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Warsaw.
TUES - SEPT 11 WARSAW (D) Arrive Warsaw - Welcome Dinner at one of Warsaw's top restaurants.
WED - SEPT 12 WARSAW (B, D) Sightseeing of Poland's capital, lovingly restored from near total destruction in WWII. Tour includes the Old Town, the Royal Castle and optional visits to the high-tech Chopin Museum and the new, highly acclaimed POLIN Museum showcasing 1,000 years of Jewish culture in Poland and named European Museum of the Year in 2016.
THURS - SEPT 13 WARSAW (B, D) Morning visit to WilanOw Palace, home of King Jan III Sobieski built in 1681. Free time for lunch, shopping or visiting other sites such as the award-winning Warsaw Uprising Museum dedicated to the heroic defenders of Warsaw. Special activities will also be available today for group members who are Transportation Buffs.
FRI - SEPT 14 - LIDZBARK WARMINSKI (B, L, D)
While our bus transports our luggage, we travel today to Malbork aboard Poland's new Pendolino High Speed Train. Lunch and tour of Malbork Castle, built by the Teutonic Knights in 1280 as the largest Medieval fortification in Europe. Afterward, we travel by bus to Giertzwald to enjoy a lively folklore dinner at Karczma Warminska. Continue to Lidzbark Warminski and the beautiful Hotel Krasicki & Spa located in a historic castle complex built in 1380 and a former residence of famous astronomer Nicholas Copernicus.
SAT - SEPT 15 - LIDZBARK WARMINSKI (B, D) Group cruise on historic Elblag Canal. Built in 1844 and one of Europe's technological marvels, the Canal traverses rivers, lakes and hills. Return to Hotel Krasicki for optional spa use or strolling the picturesque town. After dinner, we will be joined by an astronomer for a special Stargazing Evening from the Castle bastion where Copernicus once studied the night sky.
SUN - SEPT 16 - GDANSK (B, L) Today we visit Gdansk, the Pearl of the Polish Baltic Coast. Afternoon sightseeing with Vintage Trolley Excursion and a visit to the highly acclaimed new WWII Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own in one of Old Town's many atmospheric restaurants.
MON - SEPT 17 - GDANSK (B, D) We continue our tour of the TriCity area of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. Concert on the Baroque Organ in Oliwa Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe with over 5,100 pipes and mechanical figures. Time for strolling and shopping for gifts and Baltic Amber before a group dinner in Gdansk's beautiful Old Town.
TUES - SEPT 18 - WOLKOWO (B, D) Depart Gdansk for Medieval Torun birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus and renowned for centuries for its delicious Gingerbread tradition. City Tour, then time for lunch and shopping at gingerbread stores. Our next stop is Rogalin Palace with its beautiful gardens and impressive collection of paintings and sculpture from the Polish Romantic Period. Continue to Szczepowice Palace in Wolkowo for dinner and overnight.
WED - SEPT 19 - WOLKOWO (B, D) Today we offer you two options: Transportation Buffs: Depart early morning aboard steam locomotive from nearby Poznan to the Wolsztyn Steam Locomotive Museum, one of the top vintage train collections in the world. Tour the museum, ride the collection, have lunch and return in the late afternoon to Poznan.
Alternate Group: Late morning tour and shopping in Poznan Old Town, visit to Croissant Museum for hands-on lesson on making the Poznan specialty pastry, St. Martin's Rogale. The entire group meets in the evening for dinner in one of Poznan's leading restaurants. Return to Szczepowice Palace for overnight.
THUR - SEPT 20 - KRAKOW (B, L, D) Morning departure for Sulejow for lunch in Podklasztorze located in a large, restored 12th century Cistercian Monastery complex. Continue to Poland's ancient capital, Krakow, untouched by WWII and Poland's most alluring city. After checking in to our hotel, we'll enjoy a group dinner in Old Town.
FRI - SEPT 21 - KRAKOW (B, L) Walking tour includes the Old Town, St. Mary's Basilica with its massive main altar built by Medieval master Wit Stwosz, Wawel Cathedral, the Medieval buidlings of the Jagiellionian University (1364) and an optional visit to the stae-of-the-art Underground Krakow History Museum beneath the Market Square. Enjoy dinner on your own in one of Krakow's many great restaurants.
SAT - SEPT 22 - KRAKOW (B, D) Free day for shopping and sightseeing or have lunch and people-watch on the impressive Rynek Main Market Square, one of the largest squares in Europe, or opt for a visit to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO Heritage site dating back to the early Middle Ages. Arrangements will also be made for Transportation Buffs to visit the Museum of Municipal Engineering and Vintage Tram Collection. Get ready for a very memorable group dinner at Szara Ges Restaurant, one of Krakow's leading culinary experiences.
SUN - SEPT 23 - KRAKOW (B, D) We depart this morning for the Malopolska Scenic Railway excursion through the beautiful countryside in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. Our bus will then escort us to nearby BacOwka "Bialy Jelen" in Iwkowa Village, ancestral home of tour host Dave Motak. Here we will celebrate the conclusion of our tour with an old-fashoned "ognisko" cook-out featuring traditional regional foods and smoked meats made by Dave's family according to old family recipes. We will also enjoy folk entertainment by the local folk ensemble, Iwkowanie. Return by bus to Krakow for overnight.
MON - SEPT 24 (B) End of Tour and transfer from hotel to airport
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