Poles Apart - Krakow & Zakopane

Our twin centre tour is based in two of Poland’s most iconic settings, the hugely popular medieval city of Krakow and the town of Zakopane, rich in folklore, boasting unique architecture and a dramatic mountainous backdrop. 
Day 1 Arrival
After our overnight stops, we make our way through the Czech Republic and into Southern Poland. We have time to settle in prior to dinner. 

Day 2 Memorial Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Today, we pay a visit to one of the most moving and poignant sites in the whole of Europe. The concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau is listed by UNESCO World Heritage as a site of great historical importance given that it was here that 1.5 million people were killed by the Nazis between 1942 and 1945. We will be provided with a guided tour through the museums and the original camp barracks. 

Day 3 Krakow Driver's Day Off
After breakfast we meet our guide for a half day walking tour of Poland’s former capital, considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country. Our centrally located hotel is ideally positioned only a five minute walk from the main market square with the historic Cloth Hall in its centre. Other attractions include Wawel Royal Castle, built on Wawel Hill, where people have been living for 50,000 years and where, over the past 1,000 years, Polish Kings decided to take up residence. 

Day 4 Wieliczka Salt Mine & Zakopane
This morning, we leave Krakow behind and travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a stunning “underground town” located on nine levels with chambers connected by corridors. We have the chance to visit twenty of the historic chambers with their saline lakes, remarkable salt sculptures and the marvellous St Kinga Chapel. There is a shortened tour available by lift for groups who are not able to manage the stairs (there are 800 of them!) which must be booked in advance. After perhaps enjoying lunch in the underground ‘Miner’s Tavern’, we re-board our coach and make our way southwards to the Polish resort of Zakopane and our second hotellocated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. 

Day 5 Dunajec Valley & River Raft
Today, we make a full day trip to the Pieniny Mountains and the beautiful Dunajec Valley. The highlight of our day will be a relaxing 2 hour 15 minute guided river rafting trip from Katy harbour. Rafting has been practised here for centuries and our journey, on traditional, wooden rafts will take us about 18km down the Dunajec River through one of the most beautiful gorges in Europe, ending at the Szczawnica harbour. 

Day 6 Zakopane Driver's Day Off
This morning, we explore the lovely ‘folklore’ town of Zakopane. We can take a stroll down Krupowki Street, the main pedestrian area with numerous restaurants and an array of boutiques. If we choose, we can take the funicular railway to Gubalowka Hill - the ride covers the 1298m-long route in just 3.5 minutes and climbs around 300m - from where we can enjoy fabulous views of the town and the surrounding Tatra Mountains. 

Day 7 Departure
Today, we leave our hotel and begin our journey home. 
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