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Poland

Poland is a country with a 1000 year history, which has seen its fair share of wars, yet despite the vast destruction during WWII, a lot of cultural wealth and rich traditions remain. The capital, Warsaw, went through huge reconstruction and is now bustling full of cafés, restaurants, galleries and the walled UNESCO Old Town. Stooge through antique shops and luxurious boutiques, enjoy a reflective coffee amongst the bookshelves in a café-bookshop. Somewhat miraculously, Krakow emerged from WWII totally unscathed, its eclectic mix of cobbled streets, castles, church spires, and the largest medieval square in Europe stand perfectly preserved. The tree-lined promenade encircles the centre of the city, leading from the Florian gate to Wawel Castle. There is a whimsical charm existing across the city for your discovery. Littered with monuments, museums and holocaust memorials, Poland’s painfully blighted past cannot – and should not – be ignored. But it’s not history alone that shapes this revered country.

Whether you’re tramping from cities to towns, or Baltic coastal villages and ethereal forests, seek out a traditional Polish way of life. Frequent the many milk bars (bar mleczny) and eat wood grilled sausage with a side serving of cabbage. Stand before the windows of elaborate cake displays and salivate over poppy cakes, cream cakes and fruit filled strudels, and experience orchestras, operas and choirs in the grandest of concert halls. If you tire of town life, venture away from the hustle and into Poland’s rich countryside which is teeming with woodland, rivers and forests, Carpathian hillside and a network of lakes and waterways perfect for kayaking and canoeing.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN POLAND




Warsaw Walking Tour WARSAW WALKING TOUR

Enjoy a more intimate look at this vibrant city on a walking tour. Explore the Old Town, admire the Royal Castle and pay a visit to the former Jewish ghetto whilst hearing of the history and the imprint left by the communist era and WWII.

Warsaws Jewish Heritage WARSAW'S JEWISH HERITAGE BY RETRO FIAT
 

Discover Warsaw’s Jewish heritage from the seat of a Fiat 125p. A local guide will lead you on your adventure abroad your vintage vehicle to see the Jewish Cemetery, Nožyk Synagogue and the Ghetto Wall. 

Bike Tour of Warsaw BIKE TOUR OF WARSAW
 

Ride at leisurely pace following a guide to see attractions such as Warsaw Old Town, the Palace of Culture and Science and the Vistula River. 

Wieliczka Salt Mine WIELICZKA SALT MINE
 

This UNESCO World Heritage-site is one of the most fascinating Polish monuments. The underground trails lead through numerous drifts, galleries and chambers, where traces of mining activity have been preserved.

Auschwitz AUSCHWITZ BIRKENAU MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM TOUR FROM KRAKOW
 

Learn about Auschwitz, one of the most well-known concentration camps in the world; approximately 1.5 million people were killed here during WWII. Every year, millions of visitors walk through the gate bearing a fallacious inscription: Arbeit macht frei - Work sets one free. 

Tatra Mountains VISIT ZAKOPANE AND TANTRA MOUNTAINS FROM KRAKOW

Escape the bustle of the city and head to the top of Mt Gubalówka on the funicular railway for incredible views. Discover Zakopane’s traditional mountain architecture, shops and the Tatra Museum. 

Taste Krakow Street Food TASTE KRAKOW STREET FOOD
 

A great way to discover the culinary delights around Rynek Główny is on a walking tour with a guide. Check out eateries, cafés and local stalls to sample Polish favorites, including ‘pierogi’ (stuffed dumplings), ‘obwarzanek’ (an Eastern European spin on the bagel), sour rye soup, pickled cucumber and cabbage and homemade liquor.




POLAND ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Poland.
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Aparthotel Krakow
HOME APARTHOTEL, KRAKOW
★★★

Staying here on St. Sebastian Street in the heart of Krakow, you’re a 5 minute walk from Market Square, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castel. The rooms are modern and comfortable, just like Home. Yet the unique design features various religious symbols and gothic decorative elements. The stylish bar and blood-red restaurant serve up a perfect coffee or cocktail.
Senacki Hotel
SENACKI HOTEL, KRAKOW
★★★★

Set in the heart of the Old Town in an elegant building overlooking the 17th century church of St Peter and Paul. It’s just 5 minutes walk from the Main Market Square and about 10 minutes to the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz which is an exciting, bustling neighbourhood with many historical sites, and fantastic cafes and art galleries.
Mamaison Residenza Diana
MAMAISON RESIDENZA DIANA APARTMENTS, WARSAW
★★★★
A perfect spot in the historic Diana Passage, close to Nowy Swiat, one of the prettiest streets in town. The spacious apartments are stylishlyfurnished and set in a beautifully restored 19th century building. Guests can use the swimming pool and sauna at the nearby Mamaison Hotel Le Regina.
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
SOFITEL WARSAW VICTORIA
★★★★★

Explore the city’s attractions from this hotel in the heart of Warsaw. You’re walking distance to the old town square and the national museum, and the Royal Castle and Polish National Opera is nearby. The hotel is elegant, designed by a French architect and the Brasserie serves traditional French cuisine with the finest seasonal ingredients in an open kitchen.





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