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Pearls of Northern Poland
Warszawa - Drohiczyn - Garbarka - Białowieża National Park - Gierłoż - Święta Lipka - Olsztyn - Elbląg Canal - Malbork - Gdańsk - Toruń - Poznań


1st DAY
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 half 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. Then 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.
On the way to Białowieża we will visit Podlasie Region. The Bug river valley is famous not only for its natural beauty but also for the places of historical and religious importance. Throughout the centuries it has been the place where many different cultures, religions and peoples lived together. Today, there are two main religious groups in the area: Catholicism and Orthodox Church. In the meantime short sightseeing Drohiczyn - a small town situated in a picturesque place on a cliff. It dates back to the 7th century. The most interesting thing here is the Castle Mountain, which is now a wonderful sightseeing point. There is also an 18th century Orthodox church, 3 catholic churches, 17th century cathedral and a Benedictine church. Further trip via Siemiatycze to Garbarka a village famous for the sacred mountain "Grabarka", which is the most important Orthodox sanctuary in Poland. It is also the destination of many religious pilgrimages. According to tradition in 1710 the placed served as a shelter for people escaping a plague. It is believed the water from the sacred spring saved their lives. Near the Orthodox church there is a woman's monastery, cemetery, parish and The Pilgrim's House. There are also thousands of wooden crosses standing all around the sanctuary, which were brought here by the pilgrims.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Białowieża. 

     



3rd DAY
After breakfast full day trip to the Białowieża National Park. The Białowieża Forest is located about 100 km south-east of Białystok. It is one of Europe’s last primeval forests. It is also Poland’s first national park, later added by UNESCO to the list of World’s Biosphere Reserves and World Cultural Heritage List. The park is home to a great variety of fauna and flora species and the herd of bison is its greatest natural attraction. A part of the park is a strict reserve where only guided tours can be arranged. In the demonstration section you can also see the żubroń, a cross between a bison and a cow, and the tarpan, a Polish cousin of the extinct wild Ukrainian steppe horses.
Dinner in the hotel in Białowieża. 

   


4th DAY
After breakfast trip to Mazury via Suchowola – geographical center of Europe. Further trip to Gierłoż where is located Wolf’s Lair – Hitler’s headquarters, it is one of the most sinister places in the region, but it attracts many tourists because of its legendary climate. The fortress is composed of 80 buildings, 50 of them are bunkers. The headquarter has it own electric power generator, railway station and air-strip. Quarters of the top Nazi officials as well as casino and cinema were located in the central part of the compound. The whole area was camouflaged, protected by wire entanglements and mine fields. Retreating in 1945, the Germans dynamited the fortress. Further we visit Church in Święta Lipka. It is Jesuit complex which is considered the most beautiful baroque construction in Poland. A baroque gateway – 18th c. – leads visitors and pilgrims into the Marian sanctuary. The three-nave basilica has a very impressive and richly adorned interior. Built in 1721, its baroque organ has figures of saints and angels that can be put in motion by a special mechanism. The angel on the central tower plays a mandolin, while the cherubs turn around.
In the evening dinner in a style of Polish wedding on a ship or in one of the stud farms.
Overnight in the hotel. 

   


5th 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. Then trip to Buczyniec and cruise on the part of Elbląg Canal. Dating back to mid-19th century, the canal today is a historic monument of hydro engineering art and a real tourist attraction. From technical point of view, it is one of the most interesting navigation routes in Europe. The canal deals with the 99.5m difference in water levels by means of a system of slipways, locks, dams and safety gates. Five slipways permit for carrying boats across dry land on rail-mounted trolleys. The length of the canal is 80km , and it takes 11 hours to get from one end to another.
Trip by coach from Elbląg to Malbork.
Dinner and overnight in Malbork.

   


6th DAY
After breakfast 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.
From 1998 the chess tournaments are organised in Malbork. The connection of beautiful interiors castle and of the king's game are what chess, causes that the tournament gladdens with the large interest.
After arrival to Gdańsk, sightseeing the city. Gdańsk it is part of the Tri-City area which includes the modern seaport of Gdynia and the resort town of Sopot. The most attractive monuments are found along the Royal Way, including Long Street and Long Market lined up with richly ornamented old houses and public historical buildings. The Gothic town hall houses the Historical Museum of Gdańsk. The showpiece is a carillon, a replica of the 13th century instruments. The Artus Court, one of the most magnificent building of this type in Europe. The Neptune Fountain – a symbol of Gdańsk. The Gothic St. Mary’s Church is the largest brick church in Europe which can seat 25,000 people.
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 18th century organ, where you will listen a short organ recital.
Dinner in the hotel with a folk performance. 

   


7th DAY
After breakfast trip to Poznań 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 Chełmno, the beginnings of which are connected with the moment of granting Toruń 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 built. 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 baptized 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 Toruń'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 Poznań.
Accommodation and dinner in hotel in Poznań.

  
 
8th DAY
After breakfast and short guided tour in Poznań. The oldest part of the city is Ostrów Tumski, an island on the Warta River. When you go over the bridge linking it with the rest of the city, you seem to be crossing an immaterial border separating this place off from the busy and bustling modern Poznań. The island holds the 13th-15th century Cathedral, built on the site of an Early Romanesque church (late 9th century). It is here that Poland's first princes, Duke Mieszko I and King Boleslaus I, are buried. But the heart of Poznań is its Stary Rynek (the market-place in the Old City). Enclosed by old, mostly 15th century town houses with restored façades and brightly illuminated at night, it is the city's showcase. Crowded and busy at almost any time of the day, it has always been a place for commerce, especially during the Poznań Trade Fair.
Departure.

   








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