WARSAW – BIALYSTOK – KRYSZYNIANY – BIALOWIEZA – GRABARKA – JANOW PODLASKI – LUBLIN – ZAMOSC – SANDOMIERZ – KAZIMIERZ – WARSAW
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 – WANIEWO – BIALYSTOK (225 km)
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Drive to Bialystok. On the way stop in Nowogrod. Visit an open air museum of Kurpie area. See the orginal houses and other installations presenting the country and the life in the past. Continue driving to Waniewo – a village located in the Narew National Park. Cruise on the water by “pychowka” – local fishing boat with long wooden poles.
Arrival to Bialystok. Accommodation at the hotel. A evening’s walk to Rynek – the historic center of the city. Overnight in Bialystok.
Day 4. BIALYSTOK – KRUSZYNIANY – BIAŁYSTOK (120 km)
Morning: Breakfast. Drive to Kruszyniany: exceptional little place just a few kilomteters from the Belarusian border. The natural beauty of its forests, the warmth and hospitality of its people, but foremost, for its utterly unique historical situation. Visitors are greeted by the most obvious markers of this uniqueness as soon as they pass through the village of Kruszyniany, hidden in the Knyszyńska Forest: the minarets and cresecent moons of a beautiful green Mosque. For centuries, Polish Tatars have cultivated their history, culture and religion in this place, all the time influencing, and adapting to their multicultural surroundings. This is a place where for centuries Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics lived as peaceful neighbors.
Afternoon: tour of Białystok includes the large Baroque Town Hall – the central point of the city, with one of the most striking buildings in the city centre – the Branicki Palace, with its interesting classical grandeur.
Evening: Overnight in Białystok.
Day 5. BIALYSTOK – BIALOWIEZA – GRABARKA – JANOW PODLASKI (225 km)
Morning: Breakfast, check out. Departure south for Bialowieza. Visit one of the oldest national parks in Europe, and one of the largest regions of original forest in Central Europe, also the last natural forest with fragments of primordial wood. The Białowieża National Park is also home to an impressive variety of animals, including the uncontested king of the region – the European Bison. Continue driving for Grabarka. Visit the unique Orthodox pilgrimage place famous for its numerous wooden crosses, the oldest dating back to the early 18th century. Thousands of characteristic Orthodox crucifixes clustered together in all shapes and sizes are an extraordinarily powerful sight. Next drive to Janow Podlaski – an internationally
famous village for having the oldest and largest farm breeding Arabic horses in Poland. The National Exhibition of Arabic Horses and the world famous annual auction of Arabian horses draw many of the great names from the international equestrian scene.
Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6. JANOW PODLASKI – KOZLOWKA – LUBLIN (150 km)
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Drive to Kozlowka. Visit visit a beautiful two – story Baroque palace complex, once the property of the Zamoyski family, today housing a rich collection of original old furniture, crystal mirrors, sculptures, ceramics and paintings.
Continue driving 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 7. LUBLIN – ZAMOSC – ROZTOCZE – SANDOMIERZ (225 km)
Breakfast. Check out. Drive to Zamosc. Visit a Pearl of the Renaissance. It is the only Renaissance town in Poland that has more than 100 architectural monuments of significant historical and artistic value. Continue driving 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.
Accommodation and overnight in Sandomierz.
Day 8. SANDOWIERZ – KAZIMIERZ – WARSAW (235 km)
Breakfast. Check out. Visit Sandomierz, one of the towns famous for splendid architecture. This town with over thousand-year-old history was called “a little Rome” because of its location on the seven hills by the Vistula. The impressive wealth of finely preserved historic monuments has earned Sandomierz a reputation as one of the most beautiful towns in Poland. The panorama of Sandomierz from the river is a magnificent sight. Most of the historic buildings are contained within the town walls
Drive to Kazimierz – a pearl of the Polish Renaissance. The city tour will show us the numerous burgher houses in the Market Square, the local parish church and its wooden organ constructed in 1620, and impressive ruins of a medieval castle with a solid tower which provides a magnificent panorama of the town. Accommodation and overnight in Warsaw.
Day 9. WARSAW
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Drive to airport. Departure.