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History & Nature - 8 days
Warszawa - Masurian Lakes - The Pisz Forest (Puszcza Piska) - Krutynia River - Olsztyn - Malbork - Gdańsk - Westerplatte - Sopot - Gdynia - Toruń - Wrocław - Warszawa


1st  day
After breakfast departure to Warszawa.
Arrival in Warszawa, short guided tour via Old Town. Warszawa offers a variety of entertainment: theatre, performances, cabaret shows film festivals as well as concerts by famous opera soloists, pop-music stars and classical music performers. You will have the opportunity to fill the atmosphere of Warszawa by night.
Dinner in the hotel. 

 
 
2nd  day
After breakfast full day sightseeing Warszawa with a guide – the capital of Poland which is the meeting place for politicians, economists and artists of all nationalities. The scenic Old Town and its Market Square, Royal Castle, Column of King Sigismund III Vaza, St. John’s Cathedral and St. Anna’s church attracts artists and tourists.
In the afternoon excursion to The Royal Łazienki Park - a late 18th- century Classicist Park and palace located in the centre of Warsawa. The complex consists of a 180-thousand-acre park with old trees and numerous ponds as well as high-class historical buildings. The park owes its sublime design to the aesthetic taste of Poland's last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, who located his summer residence - the Palace on the Isle - in this place.
Dinner in the restaurant in the Old Town.

 
 
3rd  day
After breakfast trip to Masurian Lakes region, sightseeing of Puszcza Piska (the Pisz Forest) which is the biggest forest in Mazuria and one of the biggest in Poland. Pine woods on outwash sands, forest lakes dotted with islands, charming spots in river bends, all contribute to the haunting beauty of Mazuria. There are also larger tourist centers, offering excellent facilities for both hikers and boaters. The forest is ideal for walking, biking and kayaking trips on which you can explore the picturesque Krutynia River or Lakes Śniardwy, Nidzkie, and Bełdany. Part of the forest is protected by the Mazuria Natural Landscape Park (53,600 ha) established in 1977. The most valuable reserve is Lake Łuknajno, which is a breeding ground for the mute swan. However, the emblem of the Park is the white stork, whose nests can be found in many villages. Another attraction in the forest is its patchwork of scenic lakes, notably Lake Bełdany and Lake Nidzkie. Their troughs, connected via a string of smaller lakes, make up a 37.5 km stretch of water, considered by many to be the most beautiful part of the whole Land of the Great Mazurian Lakes. Another reserve in this area is the KrutyniaRiver, which winds its way through the forest. Here you will have the possibility to try the canoeing course on Krutynia Route. The river is almost 100 km long and flows through many scenic lakes. The Krutynia is a relatively easy route, a favorite for its charm. You can follow the whole route or just try a section.
Dinner in the restaurant in the hotel in Masuria.

 

4th Day
After breakfast trip to Olsztyn and short sightseeing. Olsztyn is the largest town of the Warmia and Mazuria region. The centre of the town, heavily damaged by the war was thoroughly reconstructed. Around the centre there are old burghers tenement houses with characteristic galleries. The Teutonic Knights' castle from the 14th century is a valuable cultural monument. Today it hosts the Warmia and Mazuria Museum, with an additional display commemorating the activity of Nicolaus Copernicus during his stay in the town. Copernicus' name appears also in connection with the planetarium named after him, which was built in 1973 for the 500th anniversary of the astronomer's birthday. Other cultural monuments include a late- Gothic cathedral, the Tall Gate, fragments of town fortifications from the 14th century and the old Baroque Town Hall erected in the beginning of 17th century. Going to Gdańsk we visit Malbork. The history of the castle at Malbork dates from the last quarter of the 13th century. The castle of Malbork is the unique complex of three huge castles. It takes up the space of 21 ha and is surrounded by high city walls that are 4,5 metres wide. In Medieval Europe the Castle of Malbork was called "the biggest mount of bricks, north of Alps". The Castle Malbork was honoured with an entry into UNESCO's List of the World's Cultural Heritage. The city populated by forty-thousand inhabitants is visited each year by half a million of tourists.

 
 
5th  day
After breakfast sightseeing Gdańsk which it is part of the Tri-City area which includes the modern seaport of Gdynia and the resort town of Sopot. After visit the Old Town in Gdańsk you will visit Solidarity Square located close to the famous Gdańsk Shipyard and than Oliva Cathedral which contains the famous Organ (1763 -1788), where you will be enjoying a short organ recital. Than you will take a part is a short cruise to Westerplatte which is a long peninsula at the entrance to the harbour. It has become famous after being the first place attacked during the World War II. The garrison held out for seven days before surrendering. The site has now become a memorial, with some ruins left as they were after the bombarding. You can also see a huge monument.
Than you will go back to Sopot, where you can have a walk in the longest wooden pier in Europe. Sopot has a great geographical location - lying between the beautiful woods of the TriCity Landscape Park, and the numerous sand beaches of the Bay of Gdańsk.
Next you will go to Gdynia, to see the port Gdynia which is a young, but quickly expanding harbour city situated just at the seashore, offering many tourist attractions as well as splendid shopping opportunities and a lot of entertainment. The city was founded as a Polish harbour in 1926. Because of its unusual location, you will easily catch great views of the sea and beautiful scenery, and also find long stroll sidewalks, beautiful waterfronts, marinas and yacht clubs. Gdynia is the only city in Poland and one of the few in Europe to pride on such long and accessible seashore.
Diner in the restaurant in the Old Town. 
 
 
 
6th day
After breakfast trip to Wrocław via Toruń. Toruń is one of the most important historic cities in Europe. It is also one of the most beautiful towns in Poland with impressive Gothic towers, walls and donjons reflecting in the wide Vistula river. It has retained much of its medieval atmosphere and in 1997 was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. The city is also known for its gingerbread, the tastiest in Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus University , continuing the tradition of Stefan Batory University in Vilno, and the complex of 19th century fortifications encircling the city, a rarity on European scale. Toruń cathedral of saint John the Baptiser and saint John the Evangelist is the oldest gothic church in the Land of Chelmno, the beginnings of which are connected with the moment of granting Torun the City Rights in 1233. The building of the church started shortly after translocation of the city to its present location (1233-1236). At first the choir was built and the main aisle followed. In late 13th century, a three-aisle church, which was lower and narrower than the present church, was b uilt. In 14th and 15th century the church was enlarged.The interior is decorated mainly in baroque style. A gothic 13th century font in which Nicolaus Copernicus was baptised can still be found in the church. Saint Jacob church is one of the biggest and most beautiful gothic churches in Poland. It was built in 14th century and was a municipal church for the New Town of Toruń. Its building started in 1309 as certifies a gothic inscription on yellow and green glazed bricks placed around the choir. The church was finished in 1350. Its basilica construction (side aisles are lower than the main aisle) is unique among Torun's gothic churches. Its construction utilizes supporting arches that transfer the pressure of the roof and ceiling to the supports of side aisles. This church is decorated with numerous pinnacles, blind windows and glazed bricks. The tower is 49 m high, and its double saddle roof comes from the second half of the 15th century. The interior was whitewashed in the Lutheran period (1557-1667), and partially restored in the 1930s. Equipment mainly comes from the 18th century - two gothic figures of Saint Mary and several medieval crosses from the former Dominican church were also preserved.
Further trip to Wroclaw.
Accommodation and dinner in hotel in Wrocław.


 
7th day
After breakfast full day guided tour in Wrocław - the capital of Lower Silesia, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Situated at the foot of the Sudety Mountains on the Odra river, crossed with numerous tributaries and canals, Wrocław is a unique city of 12 island and 112 bridges. More then one thousand years history and penetrating through the ages of three cultures: Polish, Czech and German has exerted influence on the atmosphere of this city, also nowadays. Wrocław is an important center of higher learning and culture, a city teeming with youthful power of life and the home of many foreign visitors. For sure we recommend The Old Town Square which is lined with many excellent restaurants with its imposing Town Hall was set up in the 13c. and is surrounded by burgher houses, and for sure the WrocławUniversity which is the biggest baroque building in town. It will be unforgettable experience to visit Aula Leopoldinum - the city’s largest secular hall, which is elaborate stucco works, sculptures, paintings and frescoes, it is the most magnificent Baroque interior in the whole of the city. We can not forget about the oldest part of the city – Ostrów Tumski shelters a complex of sacral buildings with the Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Wrocław is a city full of music and among many cultural events organized here, the most highly acclaimed and internationally well known is the Wratislavia Cantas International Oratorio & Cantata Festival.
Dinner in the hotel.

 

8th day
Departure after breakfast



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