POLAND & SLOVAKIA UNESCO TOUR
The mountains and forests of Southern Poland and Northern Slovakia hide the treasures of Slovak and Polish culture and architecture. Lovely landscape, stunning mountains, mysterious caves and mines, cultural jewels: historical city of Krakow, the horrors of Auschwitz, the fascinating salt mine at Wieliczka, the majestic peaks of the High Tatras, the timeless architecture of Levoca and the Spis region.
Date: on request
PRICE: EUR 938 /p.p.
The price includes: accommodation in a double room with board as per itinerary, all land transfers, an English-speaking tour leader and local guides as required, sightseeing + admissions, cultural programmes and trips as per itinerary.
Day 1 Krakow (Poland)
Arrival in Krakow, accommodation
Our first contact with this wonderful city will be from a restaurant at the Kopiec Kościuszki with a great panoramic view of the Vistula River and the city of Krakow.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in centre of Krakow; Dinner included
Day 2 Krakow, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, World Heritage Sites (Poland)
In the morning we will start with deeper exploration of the historical Krakow. In our city tour we will see the most famous sights of Krakow: the 14th century market square, Rynek Glowny, with its famous Cloth Hall, which illustrates the importance of Krakow as a crucial trading centre in the Middle Ages, St Mary's Church with two towers, each of a different height, the Town Hall Tower and the Czartoryski Museum including its star attraction, Leonardo da Vinci's ‘Woman with an Ermine’.
In the afternoon, we will escape from bustling Krakow to one of Poland’s most peaceful and holy places, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in centre of Krakow; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 3 Krakow, World Heritage Site (Poland)
Royal Wawel castle with the cathedral is a place that no visit to Krakow can leave out. The castle with its arcaded courtyard houses a rich historical collection including the crown treasury and armoury. The splendid 900-year-old Wawel cathedral played an important role in the life of Pope John Paul II and is also a national sanctuary and the coronation and burial place of Poland’s kings. Many of their beautiful tombs can be seen in the chapels.
Free afternoon – enjoy your last few hours in this historical and lively city in your own way.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in centre of Krakow; Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 4 Wieliczka, World Heritage Site (Poland), transfer to Slovakia
On the way to Slovakia we will make a stop at one of the most fascinating attractions of Poland and Central Europe – the salt mine at Wieliczka. While there are salt mines in other parts of Europe, too, Wieliczka is unique and extraordinary because of the use of the spaces carved out by salt extraction. Fascinating sculptures and chapels, and even an entire cathedral, were carved out of the rock salt by the polish miners.
From Wieliczka we will continue further to the south and cross the Slovak border. Along the road, the beautiful scenery of the High Tatras will rise over the horizon.
Arrival in the old historical city of Levoca, accommodation and then sightseeing in the historical centre
Accommodation: three-star hotel in the historical centre of Levoca; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 5 Levoca, Spis Castle, Ochtina Cave, World Heritage Sites, (Slovakia)
We will spend a demanding day admiring some of the most valuable sights in Slovakia:
in Levoca – a spectacular late Gothic church with the highest wooden altar in the world made by the famous Master Paul of Levoca. Then a short drive to Spis Castle, which is the largest castle in terms of area in Central Europe – a dramatic hilltop landmark for the whole region, which also offers fantastic views in all directions. After having lunch in the castle grounds we take a drive through the mountains of the Low Tatras to see the fantastic mineral formations in the aragonite cave in Ochtina. Returning from there to Levoca, we make a stop in one of the villages- in the middle of nowhere - to admire a beautiful early Gothic church that has retained its fresco decorations from the 13th century.
Accommodation: three-star hotel in historical centre of Levoca; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 6 The High Tatras
The natural scenery of this mountain range is entrancing. We will take a cable car to Lomnicky Peak (second highest peak in the High Tatras) to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the neighbouring peaks and valleys of the Tatras and other mountain ranges.
An insight into the traditional culture and life in the past centuries can be found the open-air museum in Pribilina. In the evening we will taste traditional Slovak dishes and enjoy a folklore show incorporating the haunting, soulful sounds of the most traditional Slovak musical instrument – the Fujara (It has been inscribed in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity)
Accommodation: three-star hotel- the Liptov region; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 7 Auschwitz- Birkenau, World Heritage Site (Poland)
While driving to the Polish border we will have another chance to admire the spectacular mountain scenery. This will give us strength for a visit to a monument of history that humanity must ensure is never repeated: the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz- Birkenau. We will take a tour to both parts: Auschwitz I (the Stammlager or base camp) and Auschwitz II–Birkenau (the Vernichtungslager or extermination camp).
Arrival in Krakow, accommodation
Transfer to the airport, departure