Warsaw and Krakow
A trip to Poland’s capital – Warsaw and former seat of kings – Krakow
- Arrive in Warsaw. The guide meets at the airport and takes you for a bus tour in Poland’s capital city. About 85% of the city had been destroyed during the WWII but many of the historic streets, buildings, and churches were restored to their original form. In Warsaw one can find a number of landmarks that remind of the sufferings of Jewish community during the war. A Jewish Ghetto was established then and about 400,000 people were forced to live in the enclosed area (Muranow, in the north west of the city). From here hundreds of thousands were sent to Treblinka extermination camp, where most died in gas chambers. We will visit Ghetto area and see remains of ghetto walls, monuments and historical sites for example Umschlagplatz and Anielewicz`s bunker.
- Transfer to Krakow
- In the evening we check in to our hotel.
- After breakfast we start sightseeing tour in Krakow, the second largest city in Poland with history going back to the medieval times. During the 3 hour walk we will see the Main Market Square and the brick gothic St Mary’s church dominated by two towers of different height. We will also visit former Jewish district Kazimierz which functioned as a centre for Jewish culture in many centuries.
- Transfer to Oswiecim, situated 60 km west of Krakow.
- Visit to Auschwitz museum. During the WWII, the Nazis established a concentration camp for Polish prisoners here. With time it became a death factory where appr. 1,1 million people were exterminated between 1940 and 1945. We start the visit at the main camp Auschwitz 1. The exhibitions in former prison blocks tell the story of the camp and people’s suffering
- Visit to Auschwitz 2-Birkenau (3 km away), which was established in spring 1942 as a sub camp to Auschwitz. Birkenau was the largest of all Nazi camps and the place of genocide of the Jews who were transported here from European countries occupied by the Nazis. We will climb the watchtower over the main gate to see the horrifying vastness of the area of the camp, the remains of the wooden barracks, and the ruins of the four crematoria.
- Transfer to Wieliczka – a small town situated just outside Cracow that is famous for its almost 800 hundred years old salt mine. We start our tour 64 m under the earth and continue 2,5 km to the 3 level 135 m below the ground. We will see chambers, statues carved in salt and lakes. Highlight of the tour is the richly decorated chapel of saint Kinga.
- Lunch in Wieliczka
- Back in Krakow appr. 2.00 p.m. Free time in the afternoon.
- Transfer to airport in Krakow or other city.
|PRICE INCLUDES:||4 nights in hotel in Krakow
4 x breakfast
4 x lunch
guides and tour leader
admission to salt mine, St. Mary’s church
1 free place
bus transfers throughout the whole journey
|NOT INCLUDED:||plane tickets|