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UNESCO TOUR

Warsaw – Gdansk – Malbork – Toruń – Wrocław – Swidnica - Oświęcim – Kalwaria – Kraków – Wieliczka – Dębno – Lipnica - Zamość

 

The UNESCO World Heritage List is a registry of the most valuable places in the world. It was created in 1978 to protect the world′s cultural and natural heritage. The first two places in Poland that entered the list were Krakow′s Old Town and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Today, it hosts thirteen unique places that you have to see.

 

 

 

Day  1 – Arrival to Warsaw

Arrival at Warsaw International Airport, transfer to the hotel. Check-in, overnight. Rest after the journey.

 

Day 2 – Warsaw - Gdansk

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Warsaw city sightseeing.

Warsaw – capital of Poland and the largest city in the country. As every European capital, Warsaw has many tourist attractions: Old Town listed as a UNESCO Site, the Royal Castle, the Royal Baths, Palace in Wilanów and many more. It is a remarkable city, where we witness the interweaving of tradition and modernity. Warsaw attracts by its nature, atmosphere and uniqueness.

Then drive to Gdansk, overnight in Gdansk.

 

Day 3 – Gdansk - Frombork

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Gdansk city sightseeing.

Gdansk is a harbour city in the north of Poland. It is the capital of the region and an important administrative, cultural and scientific center. Along with Gdynia and Sopot it forms the so called Tri-City. It is one of the largest and oldest cities in the country and a lively resort at the Baltic See, now experiencing intensive development. Gdansk currently aspires to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Erstwhile a Hanseatic city, today it is the capital of amber. The most important historical sites include: the Royal Route, the Main Town Hall, the Old Town HallSt. Mary′s Church, which is the largest brick temple in Europe, Artus Court, the symbol of Gdansk, the Neptune FountainGolden House, the 27-meter high light house and the Crane - the oldest crane in Europe.

 

Then drive to Frombork and town sightseeing.

Frombork is a small town, which comes alive in the summer season, when the streets are filled with tourists from all over the world. Frombork, called the Jewel of Warmia, and the City of Copernicus is the place where the great Polish scientist spent 33 years. It was here that he wrote his work "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" nearly five centuries ago!

The most valuable monument is the cathedral complex, which has been declared as a historical monument in 1994. This is an exceptional example of a unique medieval fortress cathedral, in which various forms of architecture, performing religious functions, defense, as well as residential and administrative services were merged into one harmonious whole.

 

Drive back to Gdansk. Overnight in Gdansk.

 

Day 4 – Malbork - Toruń

 

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Drive to Malbork and visiting the castle.

On 14thSeptember 1309 the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order Siegfried von Feuchtwangen announced Malbork as a capital of one of the most powerful countries on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. The most prominent building of the city, a Gothic castle, was built by the Teutonic Knights in the years 1274-1457. It is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and a magnificent example of medieval military architecture. In 1997 the castle was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue journey to Torun. Torun sightseeing.

Torun – Hanseatic city with a turbulent, long history, has been a place of interbreeding European routes for centuries. This is one of the largest and richest cities of the former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Its unique cultural heritage, recognized by UNESCO as a heritage of all mankind, was once a common home and place of work for European merchants, famous artists, scholars and craftsmen, among others Nicolaus Copernicus.

Sightseeing includes the oldest part of the city with its many alleyways, i.e. the Medieval Town, listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site since1 997, the Old Town, the New Town, the Castle of the Teutonic Order.

Check-in, overnight in Toruń.

 

Day 5–Toruń - Wroclaw

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Free time. Drive to Wroclaw, check-in, overnight in Wroclaw.

 

Day 6 – Wroclaw - Swidnica

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Wroclaw city sightseeing.

Wroclaw is the fourth largest city in Poland. It is also a historical capital of Silesia with a rich past that will surprise tourists with its diversity of monuments from Romanesque and Gothic elements, through sober classicism and rich baroque, to modern times. Anyone who has visited Wroclaw is definitely going to miss it and want to return. Everyone who comes here feels the city′s unique atmosphere, buzzing with joy and kindness, and many will be happy to return for a while to soak up the aura of the "meeting place".

Wroclaw sightseeing includes: the Main Square with the Town Hallthe Salt SquareAula Lepoldina in the main building of the University of Wroclaw, the Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski) – the oldest part of the city with the Cathedral of John the Baptist – and the Centennial Hall, inscribed on the UNESCO List.

In the afternoon, drive to Swidnica, visit in Church of Peace, inscribed on the UNESCO List.

The Church of Peace in Swidnica is Europe′s biggest wooden church. Emperor Ferdinand III Habsburg allowed to build churches, however, under the authorization of the churches had to be put outside the city walls, they could not have towers and the constructors could only use wood, sand, clay and straw. The most difficult condition, however, was that their construction could not take longer than a year. The church was opened in 1657. There is a place for 7.5 thousand worshippers inside the temple.


Back to Wroclaw. Overnight in Wroclaw.

 

Day 7 – Oswiecim – Kalwaria - Krakow

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Drive to Oswiecim, visit in Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

Konzentrationslager Auschwitz is a special place - the symbol of terror, genocide and atrocities of the twentieth century. The largest extermination camp in the history of mankind was created by the Germans in 1940. Probably a total of 1.5million people, representing 28 nationalitieswere killed there. About 90% of them were Jews. After the war, the camp area was transformed into a museum and a memorial monument and was considered the Martyrdom of the Polish Nation and other Nations. In 1979, the place was listed s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue driving to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Kalwaria sightseeing.

Kalwaria is a vibrant cult place. Pilgrims, whose number reaches one million per year, are attracted by the lane services on Lanes and Paths of the Lord Jesus and Miraculous Picture of Mary of Kalwaria. Kalwaria as a historic architecture and landscape complex and also a pilgrimage complex (Basilica, Convent of  Bernardines and the Lanes), which is a unique cultural, natural and cult value, is the only one Calvary in the world(and there are more than a thousand in Europe) that has been listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site (1999).

Drive to Krakow. Check-in and overnight in Krakow.

 

Day 8 – Krakow - Wieliczka

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Krakow city sightseeing.

Krakow is a unique city. The centuries-old former Polish capital attracts tourists with the unique atmosphere of the Old Townthe Wawel Hill and Kazimierz - called “the magic city” for a reason. We meet history at every step – but not just the history of the city but the history of Poland. For example the Wawel Royal Castle - a Renaissance residence, a place of coronation, living and eternal rest of Polish kings, one of the finest architectural monuments in Poland.

Another valuable point on the map of Krakow is the Old Town, which was the first monument in Poland listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.Krakow, the city of merchants, has the largest market square in Europe, many historic buildings, palaces and churches.

One of the most interesting and certainly one of the most visited areas of the city is Kazimierz. This is a cultural center of Krakow, with historic synagogues – Old SynagogueIsaac SynagogueKupa SynagogueRemuh SynagogueTempel Synagogue – and churches - Corpus Christi ChurchSt. Catherine ChurchSt. Trinity Churchand Church on the Rock.

Drive to Wieliczka. Visit in Salt Mine.

Salt Mine „Wieliczka” is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture on Polish soil, annually visited by more than a million tourists from around the world. It is also a world-class monument, inscribed as one of the first buildings in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List since 1978.

Drive back to Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.

 

Day 9 – Dębno – Czorsztyn – Lipnica Murowana

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Departure to Dębno Podhalańskie, visit in Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

This temple is said to have been built by robbers, after St. Michael appeared to them in an oak. The church was built around 1500. Inside the temple, there is the oldest wooden polychrome in Europe. The church has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site since 2003.

 

Drive to Czorsztyn, castle ruins sightseeing.

Czorsztyn Castle is one of the most interesting and most mysterious attractions of the region. A number of legends was created about it that have survived to these days and are still alive among local people as well as tourists coming to Czorsztyn. The castle was built in the fourteenth century by King Casimir the Great, as a border stronghold (with a beautiful view of the Czorsztyn Lake and Tatra Mountains), in order to protect the trade and diplomatic routes situated in the valley of the Dunajec River. Being the official royal fortress, the castle was ruled by the governor. This office for some time was held by the legendary Zawisza of Garbowo.

 

Drive to Lipnica Murowana, visit in local church.

Church of St. Leonard in Lipnica Murowana, built near the end of the fifteenth century, is one of the oldest and most valuable wooden churches in Lesser Poland. It is said that it was built in 1141 on the site of a pagan gontyna (type of pre-Christian Slavs sacred buildings), that supposedly included a so-called Światowid pole, supporting the back of the altar of St. Leonard. The object was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 2003.

Drive back to Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.

 

Day 10 – Łańcut - Zamość

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Departure to Łańcut and visit in its castle.

The Łańcut Castle is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland. It is famous for its excellent interiors and an interesting collection of horse-drawn vehicles. The palace complex is surrounded by an old, picturesque park in the English style, which rises to numerous pavilions and outbuildings of the former everyday life of the castle.

Then drive to Zamosc. Check-in and overnight in Zamosc.

 

Day 11 – Zamość - Warsaw

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Zamosc city sightseeing.

Zamosc is sometimes called a Pearl of the Renaissance - and it fully deserves this title. The city is surrounded by typical Renaissance bastion fortifications. Most of the buildings are Renaissance buildings. The cathedral (former collegiate) is one of the most outstanding achievements of the late Renaissance architecture. Finally, Zamosc is the pinnacle of Renaissance thinking and mentioned among the greatest urban complexes in the world. As a result, in 1992, the Old Town of Zamosc was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Zamosc sightseeing includes:

The Great Market Square with the Town Hall and the Renaissance tenements

Zamosc Museum - the history of Zamosc and Zamoyski lineage, a model of the city in the seventeenth century

Cathedral of Zamosc, a view point on the bell tower

Jewish quarter, the remains of fortifications - gates, bastions

Drive to Warsaw. Check-in and overnight in Warsaw

 

Day 12 – Departure from Warsaw

 

Full breakfast served at the hotel. Airport transfer. Departure.

 


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