Discover some of the magical places in Poland
From its majestic mountain ranges and stunning rivers to Warsaw’s urban pulse and Gdansk’s stately maritime heritage, not forgetting its delicious food and tasty beer, often overlooked Poland really does have something for everyone. The Polish part of the tour begins in the university city of Poznań, a collage of architectural styles with churches, cobblestones and colourful burgher houses. We move on to Wroclaw, a city that has been part of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian empire, Prussia and Germany over the years.
In Częstochowa you may choose to pay an independent visit to the Pauline Jana Gora monastery which is the Sanctuary of the revered icon known as the Black Madonna, Queen of Poland before we move on to Poland’s second city Krakow. Traditionally the home of the Polish monarchy, many were crowned and buried in the magnificent Wawel Cathedral. While in Krakow we will visit the Memorial and Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the extraordinary Wieliczka Salt Mines, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site with miles of tunnels covered in salt sculptures and ornamented walls.
The tour includes a tour of Poland’s capital Warsaw, a phoenix-like city that has survived many wars throughout its long history. Reduced to rubble during World War Two, Warsaw has been painstakingly rebuilt into a vibrant city where aristocratic mansions sit alongside graceful Art Nouveau buildings, Soviet socialist realism and contemporary glass skyscrapers. The final part of the tour includes visits to the medieval city of Torun, birthplace and home of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the cultural melting pot port city of Gdansk and a visit to the extraordinary Elblag to Ostroda Canal, which some may remember from Michael Palin’s ‘New Europe’ programme.
Day One – Sunday 12th June
We meet at a campsite near Erkner, North East Germany. This evening we will have an informal Drinks Reception, an opportunity for everyone to get together for the first time.
Day Two – Monday 13th June
We arrive in Poland today at a site in Poznań where we will stay for the next three nights. 150 miles
Day Three – Tuesday 14th June
After travelling we have a free day to relax, or you may choose to wander around the lakes that form part of the large park our campsite is located in. This evening we will have a group dinner in the campsite restaurant
Day Four – Wednesday 15th June
Today we will have a guided walking tour. The university city of Poznań is one of the oldest in Poland and occupies a strategic position on the Warta river in west-central Poland. During the 13th century it was the capital city and is now an important centre of trade and industry. Crowded with churches, cobblestones and colourful burgher houses, Poznań’s Old Town is a collage of architectural styles which we will see during the tour. Lunch included.
Day Five – Thursday 16th June
We drive to our next campsite near Wroclaw. 105 miles
Day Six – Friday 17th June
Wroclaw has been fought over for many centuries. In the 19th century it became part of the German Empire and its name was Germanized to Breslau. In the 1930s it became one of the strongest support bases for the Nazis who won control of the city by a massive majority in the elections of 1932. It became part of Poland at the end of World War Two and reverted to its original name of Wroclaw. Today it is a unique European city of mixed heritage and has recently been chosen as the 2016 European City of Culture. Today we will have a guided walking tour. Lunch included.
Day Seven – Saturday 18th June
Today we leave Wroclaw and drive to our next destination, the town of Częstochowa.125 miles
Day Eight – Sunday 19th June
Time to explore Częstochowa, you will find the Pauline Jana Gora Monastery, the most popular shrine in Poland and Sanctuary of the revered icon known as the Black Madonna. It has been associated with Poland for the past 600 years but its origins have been lost and are greatly debated by scholars. Legend has it that it was painted by St Luke on a piece of table belonging to the Holy Family. The Monastery is only a short walk from the site (a small entrance fee is payable) and if you time your visit correctly you may be able to see the icon along with many other treasures kept at the Monastery.
Day Nine – Monday 20th June
A short drive today to our campsite near Krakow, we will stay here for five nights. 90 miles
En route we are planning a visit to the Zawiercie Crystal Glass Factory which dates back to 1884, you will be able to see each step of the process
Day Ten – Tuesday 21st June
Today, for those who wish, there will be an excursion to the Memorial and Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The memorial and museum occupies two parts of the network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War Two – this can be a moving experience
Day Eleven – Wednesday 22nd June
There has been a human settlement on the site of what is now Krakow since at least 200,000 BC and by 965 it was regarded as the bustling trade centre of Slavonic Europe. For centuries it was the traditional home of the Polish monarchy, many of whom were crowned and buried in the magnificent Wawel Cathedral. Today it is Poland’s second city and vies with Warsaw for cultural supremacy. We will have a city tour and lunch.
Day Twelve – Thursday 23th June
Free day today, but for those who would like to go back into Krakow for more sightseeing or shopping there is a bus stop just outside the campsite
Day Thirteen – Friday 24th June
An excursion to the remarkable Wieliczka Salt Mines. The mines have been worked for 900 years, producing 200 kilometres of passageways and 2,040 caverns, many with underground lakes and chapels. However, it is, perhaps, the sculptures and ornamentation carved into the crystalline salt that make the mines so unique and have won its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour route is 2.5 kilometres long and there are 400 steps in all but there is a lift to carry visitors back to the surface. Lunch included
Day Fourteen – Saturday 25th June
Today we drive to the nation’s capital, our campsite is on the outskirts of Warsaw. 180 miles
Day Fifteen – Sunday 26th June
We visit the city today, located astride the River Vistula, Warsaw is a phoenix-like city having survived so many wars through its history. During World War Two it was reduced to rubble but the Old Town has been painstakingly reconstructed to such an extent that it is hard to believe it is only fifty years old. Known as the ‘City of Palaces’ its many aristocratic mansions now sit alongside subtle Art Nouveau buildings, and contemporary glass skyscrapers. Lunch is provided
Day Sixteen – Monday 27th June
We leave Warsaw today and drive to Torun in the north of Poland. 160 miles
Day Seventeen – Tuesday 28th June
Torun is one of the oldest cities in Poland and is regarded as particularly special because it avoided destruction during World War Two. Its origins date back to the 3rd century when the Teutonic Order of Knights built a castle here. The city has preserved the original medieval street pattern and many outstanding buildings remain from the 14th and 15th century, including the house of the astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, who was born in Torun. We will have a guided tour today with lunch included.
Day Eighteen – Wednesday 29th June
A free day. In the evening we will have a group dinner.
Day Nineteen – Thursday 30th June
We move on to our site to the south of the ship-building city of Gdansk, our last destination of the tour. We shall stay here for six nights. 110 miles
Day Twenty – Friday 1st July
We will take a trip to Malbork Castle, one of the mightiest fortresses of medieval Europe. Building began in the 13th century and was expanded considerably when Malbork became the capital of the Teutonic Order of Knights. The red brick walls of the Middle and High Castles are surrounded by defensive walls interspersed with towers and gates. The Castle’s enormous size can best be appreciated from the banks of the Nogat River. The Museum inside offers many attractions including a number of displays of ancient armaments, amber, porcelain and handicrafts.
Day Twenty-One – Saturday 2nd July
Today we will visit the extraordinary Elblag to Ostroda Canal, named as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Poland’ and a protected Historic Monument. The canal was built in the 19th century to carry trading barges from Lake Druzno to Lake Jeziorak, a distance of 80.5 kilometres. The water level changes by 100 metres in between, too steep for conventional locks to cope with. The problem was overcome by an ingenious system of slipways bordered by parallel rail tracks upon which the specially built boats were carried over the dry land on trolleys. Some of you may remember the Canal featuring in one of Michael Palin’s travel programmes.
Day Twenty-Two – Sunday 3rd July
A free day to catch up on the day to day chores or why not spend the day relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach which is a short walk from the campsite
Day Twenty-Three – Monday 4th July
On the Baltic coast, the one thousand-year old city of Gdansk, or Danzig in its Germanized form, was, and remains, Poland’s principal seaport. Located close to the medieval boundary between Slavic and German held lands the city was a melting pot of both cultures and diverse ethnic groups. It is the influence of this blend of cultures and people that gives Gdansk its unique feel.
It was here on the 1st September 1939 at 4.30 in the morning that the first shot of World War Two was fired. The Nazi German battleship ‘Schleswig-Holstein’, ostensibly on a goodwill visit, sailed up the Vistula and fired at point blank range on the Westerplatte Garrison buildings. It was here too that the Trade Union movement, Solidarity, was formed, an act that triggered the eventual collapse of the Soviet Empire. We will have a guided tour of this fascinating city with lunch included.
Day Twenty-Four – Tuesday 5th July
A free day. There is a tram stop outside the campsite to take you back into Gdansk for a final shopping opportunity. In the evening we will have our Farewell Dinner.
Day Twenty-Five – Wednesday 6th July
The tour ends this morning, all subsequent costs incurred are your responsibility. If the Tour Director’s are returning to Calais, you may accompany them by a route and timings of their choice.
Motorhome with 2 people = £0000 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £0000
INCLUDED IN PRICE
- 24 Campsite nights with electric hook-up
- All transfers required for excursions as per the itinerary
- Entrance fee’s as described in the itinerary
- Tour information pack with suggested routes
- Services of Tour Directors travelling with their own motorhome
Excursions, Events & Meals
- Drinks reception
- Walking tour of Poznan, including Lunch
- Group Dinner in Poznan campsite restaurant
- Excursion to Wroclaw, including Lunch
- Guided visit to Zawiercie Crystal Glass Factory
- Excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau
- City Tour of Krakow, including Lunch
- Excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mines, including Lunch
- City visit to Warsaw, including Lunch
- Excursion to Torun, including Lunch
- Excursion to the Old City of Gdansk, including Lunch
- Visit to the Elblag to Ostroda Canal
- Excursion to Malbork Castle
- Farewell Dinner
This tour starts in North East Germany, but if you would like to travel on the outward journey at the same time as the Tour Directors, please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf
OPTIONAL EXTRA PACKAGE
- Return Dover/Calais Ferry with 60 day Flexible Ticket + Club Class Lounge
- Three additional campsite nights with electric hook-up at Kent, Holland, Germany
- Dinner at the campsite in Holland
- Tour information pack with suggested routes
- Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome
OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE
Motorhome with 2 people = £000 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £000