WARSAW – MAZURIAN LAKE DISTRICT – BIEBRZA NATIONAL PARK – BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK – KAZIMIERZ – LUBLIN – ROZTOCZE NATIONAL PARK – ZAMOSC – BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS – PIENINY MOUNTAINS – TATRA MOUNTAINS – ZAKOPANE – WIELICZKA – CRACOW
Day 1. WARSAW
Arrival to Warsaw, meeting at F. Chopin airport, transfer to the hotel, check in, overnight.
Day 2. WARSAW
Morning: Breakfast. Warsaw City Tour among the most popular attractions. The Old Town – included on the UNESCO World Heritage List after reconstruction from the rubble of the war: Market Square – the central place is the Market Square, whose narrow streets lead to medieval defensive walls, Barbican, St. John’s Cathedral; The Royal Square and Royal Castle -the former residence of Polish kings and the seat of the Sejm of the Two Nations Republic (visit inside). Drive through the Royal Route – with superb aristocratic residences and monuments. Visit the Royal Park – a walk in the most beautiful park in Warsaw.
Afternoon: Free time for an individual exploration of the city
Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 3. WARSAW – MAZURIAN LAKE DISTRICT
Transfer from Warsaw to the Mazurian Lake District. Take a spectacular canoe trip along the Krutynia River. Krutynia is one of the most beautiful lowland trails in Europe with immense natural variation, passes though the Pisz Forest and behind Mokre Lake finally flowing into Masuria Landscape Park. I tis one of most beautiful routes – Krutyń – Ukta, (15 km, 3-4h), obsering many wonders: an old water mill, astonishing red algae stones in crystal clear waters, and with some luck eagles flying above. After the tour, transfer to Mikolajki, accommodation at the hotel, overnihgt.
Day 4. MAZURIAN LAKE DISTRICT
Breakfast. Transfer to Augustow city (2h) in the heart of the Primeval Forest (Puszcza Augustowska). Cruise on Augustow Canal, a border-crossing canal built in the 19th century, which links the basins of the Vistula and Neman Rivers. From the time it was first built the canal was described by experts as a technological as well as a visually appealing marvel.
Afternoon: a bicycle tour around Lakes Białe and Studzieniczne; a distance of 30 km. The route: Augustów – Przewięź – Swoboda – Studzieniczna – Augustów. The trail leads us through pine and spruce forests as well as the shores of Lake Bialy and Studziennicze. Accommodations and overnight in Augustow.
Day 5. BIEBRZA NATIONAL PARK – BIALOWIEZA
Breakfast. Check out. Drive to Biebrza Wetlands. The Biebrza National Park is located in Northeast Poland. The north-eastern boundary of the park is near the Belarus border. Unique to Europe for its marshes and peat lands, as well as its highly diversified fauna, especially birds – the park was designated as a wetland site of global significance and is under the protection of the RAMSAR Convention.
In autumn there is the opportunity to go through the Elk or Red Deer refuge where you have a chance to watch the animals in their natural habitat. It is not rare to spot wild boars, beavers, Hazel Grouses, Pygmy Owls and cranes at this time of the year. The walking distance for today is around 6 km. Next the drive to Bialowieża. Accommodations and overnight in Bialowieza.
Day 6. BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast. Explore Bialowieza National Park (UNESCO) as the largest naturally afforested area in Europe and the last remaining section of primeval forest, with an abundance of flora and fauna unmatched anywhere else in Europe. The Białowieża National Park is also on the World Biosphere Reserve list and has received the European Diploma. It is the habitat of the European bison, the continent’s largest mammal, 26 species of trees and 56 species of shrubs. A long walking tour with local guides for about 6h, with walking distance depending on the weather – usually around 10 – 12 km. Accommodations in Bialowieza.
Day 7. BIALOWIEZA – KAZIMIERZ DOLNY – LUBLIN (300 KM)
Breakfast. Check out. Drive to Kazmierz Dolny – an enchanting town, boasting some of the most splendid Renaissance architecture in Poland. A system of gorges, very intricate and picturesque, surrounds the town. After a short tour of the Main Square of the city, exploring the gorge area by terrain vehicle. The fresh air, fabulous sights, and unique atmosphere of the Vistula river valley make for an unforgettable experience.
Continue to Lublin – capital and the center of Lublin Voivodeship. City tour. Visit the Old Town with its impressive Krakow Gate, dating back to the 14th century, Town Hall, the Dominican church and monastery founded in the 13th century – all of these representing a variety of historical architectural styles. One of the highlights of your sightseeing tour will be the Cathedral with its Acoustic Sacristy Chamber and Treasury. One of the most important historical artifacts found in Lublin is the priceless set of Russo-Byzantine paintings in the Holy Trinity Chapel, located within the fortified walls of Lublin Castle.
Overnight in Lublin.
Day 8. LUBLIN – ROZTOCZE NATIONAL PARK – ZAMOSC (130KM)
Morning. Breakfast. Drive to Roztocze – one of the least developed areas in the country, close to the border with Ukraine where cultures, religions and histories have assimilated. Roztocze is found in the low foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. The Roztocze National Park, where we will be walking most of the time, has slow and fast flowing rivers, lakes, mushrooms, flowers including orchids, and free roaming tarpan horses. After our walk we invite you to one of Roztocze’s horse ranches. Beginners will have the opportunity to take a horse riding lesson while more advanced riders will take a ride to see the beautiful Roztocze landscapes.
Next drive to Zamosc – a jewel of the Polish Renaissance, built in the 16th century as a model new town. It was founded and run by the powerful and charismatic Jan Zamoyski, who invited Greek, Armenian and Sephardic Jewish merchants to build its trading economy. Overnight in Zamosc.
Day 9. ZAMOSC – PRZEMYSL – SANOK – BIESZCZADY (260 km)
Morning. Breakfast. Check out. Drive to the Bieszczady Mountains. On the way short stop and visit Przemysl – one of the hidden treasures of Eastern Poland. The town, situated at the foot of the Carpathians, boasts a wealth of more than a thousand monuments, enchants us with an unforgettable landscape of steep, narrow streets, adjoining historical buildings and old churches with tall towers. Next drive to Sanok –
On the way stop in the Sanok – the gate to Bieszczady. Visit Open-Air Village Museum – the biggest heritage Park in Poland. The place’s presenting the the largest number of historical buildings and folk architecture of many different ethnic groups. The are about 200 wooden buildings, the oil sector and the Galician Town! Evening: Accommodation in one of the local mountain resorts in Bieszczady.
Day 10. BIESZCZADY (140 km)
Morning: Breakfast. One day tour around Bieszczady National Park – an outstanding place which has many sections with beautiful views of the mountains and connects villages which are rich in historical monuments and tourist attractions. On the way:
Ustrzyki Dolne and a few kilometres from the Ukrainian border. It features a three-domed architectural style which is very rare on Polish territory, being more typical of Boyko-style churches.
Lutowiska – the most south-eastward part of Poland and the most scarcely populated district in the country – the average of 5 people living in 1 square kilometer. Stop in the viewing point on panorama mountains.
Bison farm in Muczne – stop for watching the animals in their natural environment. For the visitors there are especially prepared viewing terraces which provide an opportunity for bison observation regardless of weather conditions. The farm fulfils a purpose of a nature educational object and is one of the biggest attractions of the region. Viewing point on “Poloniny” – the most characteristic element of Bieszczady region – mountain pastures – extensive meadows located in the top parts of the mountains. Cisna – the main western resort in Bieszczady. Trip by Bieszczady Forest Railway from Majdan Station – several kilometers tour by the old narrow – gauge forest railway line. Solina Lake located in the heart of the region. Walk around the dam. Opportunity to visit the interior of hydroelectric power. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains. Evening: Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11. BIESZCZADY – PIENINY MOUNTAINS – TATRA MOUNTAINS
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Drive west to the Tatra Mountains. On the way stop for raft drive on the Dunajec River winding in the amazing scenery of the Polish highlands. It’s undoubtedly one of Poland’s prime tourist attractions The voyage offers breathtaking views of mighty limestone cliffs plunging into the water, and stunning native vegetation-both protected by the second oldest International National Park in the world. The two – hour excursion with covers about 15 km way on the wild river.
Afternoon: Arrival to Bialka Tatrzanska – village in Tatra country, ideal place to rest and relax. Accommodation at the hotel close to the restort with one of the most modern water complexes in Europe. The thermal complex consists of swimming pools (water temperature maintained at 28-36°C), a waterslide, pools for the youngest, saunas as well as Spa&Wellness Centre. Overnight at the Tatra Mountains.
Day 12. ZAKOPANE
Morning: Breakfast. Drive to Zakopane – a small town famous for charming highland architecture, colourful folk culture, remarkable sights, bursting with life both during the day and the night. A cable car ride the Kasprowy Wierch Mountain – one of the most famous peaks of Poland. From the top admire a charming view of the Tatra Mountains. Go down a chairlift the the city, walk around the Old Town of Zakopane, whose wooden architecture blends with the natural landscapes and it is copied in other parsightseeing tour ts of Poland and is known as Zakopianski Style, visit Krupowki – the main comerial street in Zakopane. Free time for an individual exploration of the city. Overnight in Tatra Mountaits.
Day 13. TATRA MOUNTAINS – WIELICZKA – CRACOW (120 km)
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Visit the most beautiful and the oldest operating salt mine in the world (UNESCO Heritage). Tour trail has been opened for visitors at the beginning of 19th century. Few years later Salt Mine Wieliczka was designated as one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites (1978). What can you expect are numerous drifts, galleries, chambers where traces of mining activity has been preserved. Its huge network of underground pits and tunnels. You will see remarkable shrine as the Chapel of St Kinga – a church where completely everything is made of salt. Explore beautiful salt lake in Eram Baracz Chamber. Wieliczka stays as the largest mining heritage museum in the world collecting unique pieces of mining equipment reflecting the development of mining from the Middle Ages until present. Salt Mines are also known for its microclimate, which has a beneficial impact on people who suffer asthma and allergies. Tour is starting with a stairs travel up to 327 meters underground. Whole tour finishes at a depth of 135 meters. Visitors are taken above the ground by a lift.
Continue driving to Cracow. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 14. CRACOW
Morning: Breakfast. Cracow City Tour (4 hours), Sightseeing tour among the beauty of the Old Town with its original Medieval street layout, marvelous architecture, and unique atmosphere that distinguishes Krakow from the rest of Poland. As the former capital of Poland, it has a rich history, which is still visible even today. This guided tour constitutes an unrepeatable opportunity to discover some little known historical facts and anecdotes while pacing through the heart of the city. The program comprises the most important monuments and all essential places for the historical development of Cracow throughout the centuries. The trail starts from the alleys of Old Town and goes through the Main Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall, the historical complex of Jagiellonian University, Planty park and leads up to the Wawel Hill, guarded by the famous dragon, where you can admire the castle and the Krakow panorama.
Afternoon: Free time for an individual exploration of the city Overnight in Cracow.
Day 15. CRACOW
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Drive to Cracow Airport. Departure.