LUXURY ROME & TUSCANY FERRARY TOUR
7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS
Day 01: Bhubaneswar -Gdansk
Witamy w Polsce (Welcome to Poland!). Upon arrival at Gdansk airport clear immigration and make your way to the hotel, check in and relax. The rest of the day is free for you to walk around the city and take in the passion the city has to offer. Areas like Ulica Dluga, Chlebnicka, Dlugi Targ and Grunwaldzka are filled with restaurants which serve everything from Oriental and Russian to Italian and fast food. Evening entertainment for performances of classical and symphonic music, chamber music and opera are at the venues of The Baltic Philharmonic Hall, the Technical University Auditorium, the Forest Opera and the State Baltic Opera. If you're willing to venture out a bit, head for Sopot-its reputedly the best place to drink, dance, listen to music and let your hair down. Overnight in Gdansk.
Day 02 : Gdansk
After breakfast its a day to explore the city on your own. Gdansk's been around for more than a millennium now, and has plenty to show for its medieval churches, interesting museums, parks and monuments galore. One of Gdansk's most famous monuments is the impressive St Mary's Cathedral, a local landmark which towers over the city. The largest church in Poland, St Mary's was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but has since been rebuilt. Gdansk's other churches especially St John's, with its wonderful Renaissance altar, and St Nicholas Church, with its baroque choir stalls- are also worth a visit. The 14th century brick building of St Catherine's Church, home to a vast, 11 meter long mural by Milwitz, is another of Gdansk's beautiful churches. The church has a baroque bell tower, whose bells a carillon of 37 ring out on the hour, every hour; it's a tradition which has been continued since 1989, the 50th anniversary of the start of World War II. Within the church is Gdansk's Church Clocks Museum, an unusual and interesting- collection. Painstakingly restored at the end of World War II, the Royal Way is marked by a series of impressive old gates, fountains and medieval buildings. Among the gates are the Golden Gate, the Green Gate, the High Gate and the Crane Gate. The Crane Gate, one of Gdansk's most well-known sights, dates back to the 15th century and was, for hundreds of years, the largest crane in Europe. It stands 30 meter high and was renovated after the Second World War. Other sites are National Museum, Central Maritime Museum and many more. Gdansk's proximity to the sea- and the local rivers- makes water sports its most popular form of outdoor activity and here's plenty of scope for sailing, yachting and canoeing. Gdansk being a seaside town, seafood restaurants predominate. Polish food, with its filling dumplings, meat and potatoes, is popular, but Gdansk is swiftly acquiring its full complement of international restaurants. Overnight in Gdansk.
Day 03 :Gdansk - Warsaw
Check out from your hotel in Gdansk and catch an early train to Warsaw just 6 hrs away. Arrive in Warsaw and make your way to the hotel. Check in and relax a while. Evening you can walk around the city and do some shopping too.
As Poland's capital, Warsaw has attracted all the big international names in shopping and is also an oasis for travellers looking for smart clothes at reasonable prices. Still, the city continues to retain its old world charm, and there are plenty of smaller stores tucked on the back streets with treasures waiting to be discovered.
After shopping you can opt to try out the Indian cuisine at Arti, Buddha, Bombay Masala and so on which are centrally located in the city. Overnight in Warsaw
Day 04: Warsaw
Post breakfast its time to see around the wonderful city of Warsaw. Enjoy this city tour which includes all the 'must see' monuments and sights of Warsaw: Lazienki Park, Theatre Square with Grand Opera and former Town Hall Buildings as well as Belvedere Palace, the Ghetto Memorial. You will also drive through the most famous and elegant avenues in Warsaw and see Nowy Swiat and Krakowskie Przedmiescie avenues, the Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, Holy Cross Church with Chopin's heart, Copernicus Statue. During previous centuries monarchs constructed the beautiful palaces you can admire today around you. Later you will also go to the Old town to see St. John's Cathedral with its magnificent Gothic interiors, St. Ann's Church and the Castle Square with the Column of King Sigismund III Vasa. You will also see the Old Town Market Square and the City Walls. Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 05: Warsaw - Krakow
After breakfast you can check out and proceed to the train station to take your train to Krakow which is just 2.5hrs away. Krakow is a city rich in culture, history and architectural beauty. In the afternoon you could opt for a Wieliczka Salt Mine tour which starts at around 3 pm As you walk down the 360 steps into the salt mine, you have the impression you are entering a vast underground city, complete with huge caverns and underground lakes. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list thanks to the creativity of the miners who carved chapels out of the walls, hundreds of metres below the surface. You will visit the largest of the chapels, dedicated to St Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners. This subterranean church is richly decorated with chandeliers, sculptures and religious figures carved out of salt. As you follow the 2.5 kilometre walk, you'll pass statues dating back to the 18th century depicting mythical, historical and religious figures. The last stop in the mine is the souvenir shop and snack bar. From here, the lift carries you back to the surface. Overnight in Krakow
Day 06: Krakow – Auschwitz - Birkenau
A full day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau & Concert in Jewish Cafe awaits you. You will meet your vehicle and guide for the 150km round trip to the UNESCO site of the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Museum near the town of Oswiecim. The Auschwitz and Birkenau Camps were set up in 1940 originally for prisoners from Poland. From 1942 it became one of the biggest extermination camps for the European Jews, more than 1 million men, women and children lost their lives there including Jews, Poles, Gypsies, POWs and other nationalities. After the Second World War the camp was established by the Polish Government as The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum and since then has visitors from all over the world. The basic structures of both camps have survived and permanent exhibitions have been set up in some of the buildings of the main Auschwitz site which include documents and historical exhibits such as furniture and clothing, and displays of personal belongings. The exhibitions are one of the main elements of the visit and explain life and death in the camps. After your visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau site your guide and vehicle return you to Krakow. Your guide in the morning tour will have passed to you your tickets for the evening concert of Jewish, Russian and gypsy music int he heart of the Jewish Quarter, Concert starts at 8pm. You can make your own way to the Cafe Kezmer Hois where you will present your tickets and you will be shown to your reserved table. Back to Krakow in the evening. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 07: Krakow - Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
Today you are taken for a day trip to Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains. Zakopane is the winter capital of Poland, thanks to its splendid natural scenery, its pistes and hiking and a rich folk culture. You will begin your exploration of the area by taking the funicular railway to the top of mount Gubalowka for views over the granite and limestone peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Having returned to the oldest part of Zakopane, we will visit the charming wooden old parish church and the most unique cemetery in Poland. To complete your experience, you have a chance to visit the enormous regional market and enjoy lunch in a regional restaurant serving local specialties. If you wish to find out more about this unusual region you can visit the Tatra Museum or the village of Chocholow (famous for its 150-year old wooden log cabins and a serene atmosphere). This 9 hours tour is truly an amazing experience. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 08: Krakow - Bhubaneswar
Today it's time to say good bye (Do widzenia!) to this marvelous country, as you head to the airport to take your flight home. Hope you have had a great holiday!!
What We Include:
• Return airfare Delhi – Gdansk / Krakow -Delhi in economy class
• 2 nights stay in Gdansk
• 2 nights stay in Warsaw
• 3 nights stay in Krakow
• Daily breakfast
• Train from Gdansk - Warsaw - Krakow
• City tour of Warsaw
• Full day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau & Concert in Jewish Cafe
• Full day trip to Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
• Tourist visa of Poland with medical insurance
Extra charges apply:
• Half day trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow: Euro 36 per person
• Peak Season Surcharge – If applicable.
• Any items of personal nature like telephone, beverages, laundry etc.
• Porterage, Tips and gratuities