Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Wawel Royal Castle. The 13th-century merchants' town has Europe's largest market square and numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with magnificent interiors. We combine four nights here with three in the dynamic capital Warsaw and a performance at the Polish National Opera.
We will stay at the 4* Radisson Blu Krakow which has an ideal position overlooking the green belt of Planty Park which surrounds the historic centre. It's just 5 minutes' walk through the historic centre to the Cloth Hall and St Mary's Basilica and also less than 10 minutes' walk to the entrance of the historic Royal Palace on Wawel Hill. The historic Jewish district of Kazimierz is 20 minutes' walk (but we also include a visit here with our tour bus). An excellent buffet breakfast is included each morning.
We will have two mornings of sightseeing in and around Kraków, part of which will be on foot and part by coach. One day is left free for your own plans and there will be the option (at no additional cost) of a visit to Auschwitz for those who wish to do so.
On our first evening we will have a welcome dinner in the historic centre of the city.
Complete details of included concerts will be published in May as soon as the 2020/21 season is published.
On Friday we have a relaxed morning and transfer to Kraków Railway Station to join our Inter City Express service to Warsaw, which takes just 2 hours 30 minutes. 2020's Warsaw is considered one of the most vibrant and fastest developing cities of the old Eastern Europe, with modern skyscrapers replacing 1950's slums, complementing the historic heart of the city which was rebuilt, literally from rubble, between 1971 & 1984.
We return to the 5* Sofitel Victoria which was extremely popular with our guests on our last visit to the Polish capital. The hotel has an excellent location overlooking the historic 'Saxon Garden' of the city (which dates from 1727) and the National Theatre beyond. Just one block behind the hotel is Krakowskie Przedmieście, the 'Royal Way', which leads to the Royal Castle and Old Town; just ten minutes' walk away. During our visit we will see the superb POLIN Museum of the history of the Polish Jews which opened in 2014 and the haunting, but unmissable, Warsaw Uprising Museum which opened in 2004 and is considered one of Poland's best museums. We will also follow the life of Chopin in Warsaw with a recital in the city and a visit to his birthplace in Żelazowa Wola.
On Saturday or Sunday evening (details to be published in May) we attend a performance at the Polish National Opera.
On Monday morning we return to Liverpool from Modlin Airport with a transfer back to Manchester for those of you that need it. Guests departing to other destinations from Chopin Airport (British Airways and Wizz Air flights) will be transferred separately.
The tour has a fair amount of walking involved, although almost all is on the flat.
Monday 19 October Manchester - Kraków 1410 - 1745 (Jet2)
Monday 26 October Warsaw Modlin - Liverpool 1045 - 1235 (Ryanair)
Flights are also available from London airports and others on request.
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