Estimated Cost: $2,975.00 / per person, double occupancy
Check Deposit Due AUGUST 1: $800.00 / per person
Length: 11 Days
September 29, 2019
Kick back and enjoy your flight.
September 30, 2019
Arrive in KRAKÓW
Pick-up from Balice Airport; transfer to your hotel. Accommodation in Kraków.
*Columbus or similar.
October 1 – Day 2
10:00-14:00 – Kraków City Walk after we make Polish Dumplings. Then meet with the guide at the reception desk of your hotel. Includes visit to the St. Mary’s Church & Wawel Castle (State Chambers). Walking tour only.
Kraków – the city of living history. The most popular tourist destination in Poland – and not without reason! Famous for the marvelous Old Town with its mysterious, narrow streets and countless treasures of medieval and renaissance architecture. For those new to Kraków, we propose a walk around the city with a licensed guide. It is a perfect introduction to future in-depth Kraków expeditions. You will walk around the Main Market Square with its beautiful townhouses (where, at every hour you can listen to the Cracovian Anthem played from the tower of the St. Mary’s Church) and admire the historical buildings. You cannot miss the St. Mary’s Church, a gothic structure well-known for the wooden altar by Veit Stoss (there are over 200 sculptured characters). You also cannot miss the Cloth Hall, a renaissance equivalent of a shopping mall, where traders still sell some original, hand-made souvenirs, regional products, etc. Then you will head for the historical buildings of the Jagiellonian University (one of the oldest in Europe). On your way to the Wawel Hill, the location of the Royal Castle, you will also visit Krakow’s most beautiful churches: St. Peter’s and Paul’s Church, or St. Adalbertus Church. The final stop is Wawel Castle – the former seat of Polish kings.
(not included in the tour price)
JEWISH TOUR WITH SCHINDLER’S FACTORY
Discover the history of the Jewish community in Kraków, visit Kazimierz, the old Jewish Quarter and Schindler’s Factory Museum.
Duration: 3 hours
Included: English-speaking guide, entrance tickets to Schindler’s Factory Museum and Remuh Synagogue, transfers to and from the Schindler’s Museum.
October 2- DAY 3
KRAKÓW & AUSCHWITZ – BIRKENAU & WIELICZKA SALT MINE
08:30 - Departure from your hotel in Krakow. Meeting with the driver at the reception desk of your hotel.
11:00-4:30 – Sightseeing of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. You are going to join the guided tour in the group of max. 30 people, with local, English- speaking guide.
Auschwitz Museum is undoubtedly a must see place for everyone. Non-definable icon of genocide and terror that humans did to humans. Nazi German extermination camp existed there between 1940 and 1945. Over 1 500 000 people were killed, mostly Jewish, but also Polish, Russian, Gypsy and others. Such memorials as wooden barracks, gas chambers, collection of shoes stolen from prisoners gives you a perfect opportunity to understand the anatomy of evil. What is really important the whole museum together with their staff and guides creates a perfect background for this difficult history lesson. Expect to see both: Auschwitz forced labor camp as well as Birkenau extermination site. You will be assisted by a local, English-speaking guide.
17:00-19:30 – Sightseeing of Wieliczka Salt Mine. You are going to join the guided tour in the group of max. 30 people, with local, English- speaking guide. The sightseeing requires walking. There are 800 steps to climb during the tour (mostly downstairs) of which 350 at the beginning take you down into the mine. The way up is done with the elevator. For additional fee of 80 USD there can be elevator down arranged as well.
We invite you for an underground journey through the labyrinth of corridors, chambers and drifts. The history of Wieliczka salt mine dates back to the 13th century, and the mine has still been producing salt until 2007. Today, it is the largest mining museum in the world, where you can admire the equipment and mining technologies even from the Middle Ages. The tour begins with a descent down the stairs to the depth of 64 meters below sea-level (a lift can be used if necessary). The visitors are led through the numerous chambers, are shown underground lakes and caves and mine corridors lined with salt sculptures. The biggest attraction is the Chapel of St. Kinga – a place of worship carved from salt rock, in its entirety, by the miners. At the end of the tour, you will reach 135 meters below sea-level.
20:00 – Return to Kraków
October 3 - DAY 4
KRAKÓW - ZAKOPANE
09:00-12:00 – Transfer to Zakopane. Meeting with the driver at the reception desk of your hotel. Distance of approx. 70 miles.
12:00-13:00 – Lunch break in Zakopane.
13:00-16:00 – Sightseeing of Zakopane. Driving & walking.
Zakopane is a town of peculiar culture: a highlander town. You can admire the examples of their unique architectural style and the breathtaking mountain landscapes, as well as have a taste of the regional cuisine. The tour starts with a ride to the top of Gubałówka mountain by its famous cable car; the next step being the old cemetery in Pęksowy Brzyzek and the Tatra Museum. You cannot miss the opportunity to do some shopping on Krupówki Street and go for lunch in one of the restaurants serving typical, highlander cuisine. The last stop is the Chapel in Jaszczurówka with its amazing stained-glass windows.
Accommodation in Zakopane.
**Crocus or similar.
October 4 - DAY 5
ZAKOPANE – DUNAJEC RAFT TRIP
11:00 - Meeting with the driver in the lobby of your hotel in Zakopane.
12:30- 15:00- Dunajec Draft Trip.
The raft trip down the Dunajec River through the Pieniny Gorge and along the Polish-Slovak border is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Poland. The towering cliffs and the limestone rock formations of the gorge are enhanced by the picturesque mountain scenery, the surrounding national forest and the colourful river-guides make for a wonderful day in a pristine and wild environment. Our trip begins at the raft wharf in Sromowce Nizne and ends 15 km later in Szczawnica. It lasts two or three hours, depending on the water level of the river. While on the raft, you will enjoy excellent views of the high summits of Trzy Korony and Mt. Sokolica. It is an unforgettable experience!
16:00 - Return to Zakopane.
October 5 - DAY 6
TATRA NATIONAL PARK
09:00-16:00 - Tour of the Tatra National Park. Meeting with the guide in the lobby of your hotel. We will be mushroom picking today along with our tour.
Established in 1954, the Tatra National Park covers an area of 211,000 sq km. Its beautiful landscapes attract many tourists every year. Approximately 70% of the park is covered by forests and mountain pine and the other 30% are rocks, alpine grasslands and water. One of the tourist attractions in the Tatra Mountains is the cable car ride to Kasprowy.
October 6 - DAY 7
After breakfast bid farewell to Poland. We will be transferred to Prague with a private vehicle.
After a day of sightseeing and traveling we arrive at the Hotel U Prince for 3 nights B & B. In the authentic environment of this painstakingly reconstructed building from the 12th century, we offer you accommodation straight on the Old Town Square in 24 rooms, which are originally and stylishly furnished with antique furniture. The hotel has a spacious restaurant on the ground floor with an outside patio overlooking the Old Town Hall.
October 7 – Day 8
Sleep in today. After a leisurely breakfast we will go on a Walking Tour of Prague. On this tour, we take a walk of the major sights in the Old Town, New Town and Jewish Quarter, the oldest parts of Prague, and familiarize you with the city and Czech culture. Halfway through the tour we stop at a café for those who like have a chance to get a coffee or snack. Expect Prague’s best guides to give you an introduction to the history, heroes, and stories of Prague, Bohemia and the Czech Republic covering everything from the Hussite Wars in the Middle Ages to the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and contemporary politics. The tour is equally entertaining and informative. The afternoon is free.
October 8 – Day 9
Food Tour of Prague. Get the rare opportunity to stop being a tourist and become a local for the day. On this tour you will get to try some of our best and most unique dishes: local hams and sausages, amazing soups, our famous "Knedlíky," a Czech signature dish created in Prague in the 19th century. When you come on our Prague Secret Food Tour, you will get to try the most signature meals of Czech cuisine, all guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. The remainder of the day is free.
October 8 – Day 10
Free day to shop, opt for another tour or just relax.
October 9 – Day 11
Bid farewell to the Czech Republic and return to the USA.
What’s included in the package?
Breakfast Daily, 2 Dinners, 1 Lunch
Tours where stated
Transportation to Prague
Meals where not stated
Tours not mentioned in this itinerary
Check Deposit (Non-Refundable)
$800.00 per person payable to:
Susan’s Custom Tours & Travel
$800.00 Deposit is non-refundable
120 days prior to departure or less = No Refund
A detailed itinerary will follow final payment