WORLD WAR II History Tour: Poland
8 days / 7 nights
Arrival in Warsaw, meet & greet at the airport, transfer to hotel, welcome dinner in a local restaurant, overnight in Warsaw.
Guided tour of Poland’s capital. Stare Miasto, the old town, entirely rebuilt after the Second World War, is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site today. Its narrow streets are bordered by old houses and surrounded by the remains of the city walls with ditches and barbicans. Entry to the royal castle, residence of the kings of Poland and the seat of the Diet (Polish parliament) is included. We will also see parts of ghetto walls, which are still standing and the Bridge of Sighs, the site of the former bridge between the small and large ghettos. We then visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the only surviving pre-war Jewish house of prayer in Warsaw. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
This morning we drive to Lublin and visit the concentration camp of Majdanek, just on the outskirts of Lublin, where approximately 360,000 people from 28 countries lost their lives. The most preserved Nazi Concentration Camp of the Holocaust, Majdanek’s barracks, guard towers and only preserved gas chambers still completely intact. We will explore the whole camp starting at the museum and the “Gates of Hell” memorial before ending at the Mausoleum memorial, a gigantic structure which contains the ashes of victims beneath it. After checking in to our hotel in the Majdanek Lublin area, enjoy some free time, perhaps exploring the imposing Castle / Prison, which served as a Nazi processing centre. Dinner and overnight in Lublin area.
We drive further to Polands ancient capital – Krakow, one of the county’s most beautiful cities. Check in at hotel and some free time. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Enjoy a guided visit of Krakow, dominated by the castle of Wawel, proudly perched on a rock above the Vistula. Visit the royal castle with its remarkable Flemish tapestries. Discover the kings' and poets' tombs in the cathedral, an admirable building serving as a pantheon. Continue to the lower city with its huge market square, elegant buildings and the famous Cloth Hall. Walk through the paved streets past the Renaissance palace and the buildings of the university. Continue to the Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, admirably well-preserved. It was here where several scenes from the movie “Schindler’s List” were realised. Visit the small grounds of Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery, which dates back to the mid-16th century. Germans vandalized the gravestones during World War II, but have since been replaced and revitalized through meticulous restoration. Engraved Hebrew adds texture to the tombstones with tangible history that emanates from the dates of the buried, many of which were interned more than four centuries ago. This evening enjoy a traditional “Klezmer” evening with dinner of Jewish specialities and live music. Overnight in Krakow.
After breakfast, heading to an emotional experience during a guided tour of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp. To enter the camp of Auschwitz, one passes under the infamous inscription 'Arbeit Macht Frei' mounted upon its main gate, before visiting the exhibitions in the surviving prison blocks. This afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Today we visit a UNESCO world Heritage Site – the salt mine at Wieliczka. Its labyrinth of 300km of tunnels is revealing chapels, underground lakes and a museum. The history of Wieliczka dates back to the middle ages, when it was proudly named the Magnum Sal – the Great Salt. In the 13th century it was known as the largest source of salt in Poland. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Transfer to Krakow airport for your return flight.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motor coach throughout as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation in 4★ hotels in double/twin room
- 2 nights Warsaw (1 x BB, 1 x HB)
- 1 night with half board in Lublin area
- 4 nights in Krakow (2x HB, 2x BB)
- Traditional “Klezmer” evening with dinner and live music
- Guided visits: Warsaw, Krakow
- Visit of concentration camps of Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Admission to the following sights:
- Nozyk Synagoge Warsaw
- Royal Castle Krakow
- Remuh Synagoge and Cemetery
- Wieliczka salt mine
- Porterage at hotels in / out
- All taxes and charges
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