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Poland

A country which is full of culture, stretched between tradition and modernity with its extraordinary, breathtaking landscapes, mysterious castles, quiet small towns and bustling metropolises and the delicious taste of the cuisine. Poland has more to offer than you might imagine! We will visit – Katowice, Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenu Museum, Wadowice, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Lagiewniki, Zakopane, Czestochowa, Nieborow and Warsaw.

Thursday 16th September

Departure by Wizz Air flight to Katowice Pyrzowice airport at 9:40am arriving at 12:20pm. Group must be at the airport by 7:30am. On our arrival in Katowice, we will see the Spodek, a multipurpose arena complex that opened in 1971. Aside from the main dome, the complex includes a gym, an ice rink, a hotel and three large car parks. Following that we will go to Krakow, check-in at the hotel and go for an orientation walk.

Friday 17th September

Early breakfast as today we have a journey towards a totally different kind of experience. Oswiecim, a small Silesian town, is known worldwide as Auschwitz. At the edge of the town there are three gruesome areas of the former Nazi death camps that now make up an impressive Holocaust Memorial. We will visit Auschwitz I and Birkenau, the second and less frequented extermination camp. Then we head to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, our beloved Saint Pope John Paul II. We will visit the parish church with his baptismal font and his historic house museum. Our evening will have a twist as you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner in one of Krakow’s finest restaurants and a folklore show.

Saturday 18th September

Today we will descend into the underground chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mines for an unparalleled tour of the medieval galleries and halls craved out of rocks and salt deposits. Following we will visit Krakow’s Lagiewniki district with the spectacular Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy. Back to Krakow centre to see the world’s biggest wooden altar (carved by Veit Stoss between 1477-1489) which opens its wings at the church of the Virgin Mary. From one of its twin towers every hour you can hear the Hejnal, the haunting alarm-call played by a trumpeter. We will attend mass followed by a comfortable walking tour of the legendary Wawel Hill, covering the Cathedral and the Belfry. Evening free.

Sunday 19th September

For those who love fantastic mountain views and fresh air, today we will be impressed by the fairy-tale character of the scenery and the vastness of the Tatra Mountains. These mountains span the border between Poland and Slovakia. We will visit Zakopane a small town right at the foothills of the Tatras which is full of restaurants, shops and hotels, and have some free time there. Back to Krakow.

Monday 20th September

We will leave Krakow with our luggage today and visit one of the highlights of our tour - Czestochowa. After Rome, Fatima in Portugal and Lourdes in France, the Jasna Gora Monastery of Czestochowa is one of the most awe-inspiring and key pilgrimage points of the entire Christendom. We will see not only the famous Black Madonna, but also the monastery premises in a tour led by a resident Pauline Monk. Feeling blessed with what we have experienced, we will head to Warsaw where we are given our rooms.

Price of €945 on Bed and Breakfast basis (per person in a double room) includes:

• Wizz Air flights to Katowice and back to Malta from Warsaw
• Free carry-on bag (40 x 30 x 20cm), trolley bag (55 x 40 x 23cm) + 20kg checked-in bag
• 4 nights in Krakov including breakfast at Hotel Wyspianski 3*
• 3 nights in Warsaw including breakfast at Ibis Warszawa Centrum 3*
• Comfortable air-conditioned coach
• Local guide and Maltese leader
• All excursions and all entrances for places mentioned in program
• Insolvency fund fee and all taxes

 

Single Room - €1040
Triple Room - €895 per person

Tuesday 21st September

Our Romantic Masovia tour today begins in Nieborow with the baroque Palace of the Prince Radziwill family, surrounded by a park in the English-French style. We will than visit Arkadia, a romantic garden said to be the most beautiful of its kind in Poland. Off to the biggest shopping centre in Warsaw, Westfield Arkadia, for a shopping spree.

Wednesday 22nd September

Today we have a full-day tour of the city covering the very best of fascinating Warsaw: the charming Old Town (meticulously rebuilt from scratch after WW II), the historical Jewish Ghetto area, the vibrant downtown and the elegant Royal Route with the Łazienki Gardens, one of Europe’s finest 18th century royal residences. The next stop is the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising that is widely regarded as the best new museum in Poland. Free evening.

Thursday 23rd September

We will leave our hotel in Warsaw at 09:00am after breakfast and head to F. Chopin airport. Departure on Wizz Air is at 11:50am and expected arrival time in Malta is at 2:45pm.

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