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Colourful building fronts overlook a square - Warsaw, Poland

Poland

Is Poland Europe’s best-kept secret? Its image might be stuck in a gloomy Gdansk shipyard, but in reality, Poland is a scenic wonderland. Miles and miles of endless white sandy beaches crown the nation. Between the Baltic coast and the rest of the country, a belt of freshwater lakes shimmer away, set amidst picturesque hills and primeval forests. Heading south the lowland plains give way to rocky peaks covered with snow all year round. After numerous invasions and devastating war, reminders of its tumultuous past are everywhere, yet the country wears them proudly. Like Europe’s battle-scarred boxer, Poland stands remarkably transformed and well-preserved, filled with fairytale medieval cities, humbling historic attractions, magnificent castles, palaces and sacred sites.

It’s hard to believe the capital of Warsaw was nearly flattened during WWII, but the Varsovians preserved anything that survived and rebuilt the rest (reputedly based on the paintings of Canaletto!) Outside the capital, Torun is  a Gothic glory on the Vistula River, and birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. In Czestochowa, marvel at the beautiful Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora, housing “The Black Madonna,” supposedly painted by St. Luke the Evangelist. In Poznan, explore the Renaissance Town Hall and the numerous Gothic churches. Once the playground of the Prussian aristocracy, Sopot has been Poland's most fashionable resort for almost a century and as for that shipyard in Gdansk? It’s still there - but needs to be considered along with Gdansk’s Main Town, where arched passageways, gilded flourishes and stately gabled merchants houses testify to the city’s wealth in the 16th and 17th centuries. View more trips to Poland.


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  • Poland today is probably Europe's best kept secret. Appreciate the wealth of medieval fairy tale cities and scenic wonders on this enthralling journey and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people themselves.

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  • Walk in the footsteps of Prague's Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Český Krumlov. Testify to the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna and Budapest. This fantastic itinerary now includes all dinners and all sightseeing experiences.

For a panoramic view of Warsaw, whistle up the ‘wedding cake’! Ascend to the observation area of the 40-story-high Soviet style Palace of Science and Culture for an extraordinary perspective. Next, head underground and visit a 600 year old salt mine on the outskirts of Krakow. A fantasy-world of chambers filled with unique salt sculptures, carved by the miners themselves awaits.

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Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Tour Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Tour Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 9˚C48˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 18˚C64˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 8˚C46˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: -1˚C30˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 1hr

  • Currency

    Zloty (Zl)

When to go: June-August for the warmest temperatures to experience the astonishing history of this important region.

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