Discover Poland’s historical and cultural
attractions with Polish expert and art
historian Lydia Bauman. Start in the
capital, Warsaw, with the principal artistic
and historic sites in this re-emerging city,
including Chopin’s birthplace. Travel to
Krakow, arguably the most beautifully
preserved city in Poland, the ancient
capital and residence of kings.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Warsaw with British Airways. Brief orientation
tour of the city and time at leisure. After an
introductory lecture and welcome dinner, stay 4
nights at Hotel Sheraton (or similar). (D)
Morning tour of the Old Town, which was
successfully rebuilt after its complete
devastation during the Warsaw Uprising, a
story that is told in the Old Town Heritage
Interpretation Center. See the Royal Castle,
formerly the official residence of the Polish
monarchs. Continue to the National Museum to
see art from Poland and abroad in a modernist
Start today’s tour at the simple rustic house
at Zelazowa Wola where Chopin was born.
This afternoon visit the Chopin Museum and
Zacheta – the National Gallery of Art, the most
prestigious and largest contemporary art gallery
in Poland. (B)
This morning, visit Wilanow Palace and Park, the
summer residence of King Sobieski III, known as the 'Polish Versailles'. Spend the afternoon
exploring Jewish life and culture in 20th-century
Warsaw. Walk through the site of the ghetto
and visit the Museum of the History of Polish
Enjoy an open-air piano recital of the music of
Chopin in Lazienki Park. In the afternoon, travel
by train to Krakow and transfer to the Metropolis
Design hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, D)
Today you will explore Krakow, undoubtedly
one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and
the only major Polish city to escape near total
destruction in the second world war. Start with
a walking tour of the Old Town, including Rynek
Glowny, the medieval market square and the
Cloth Hall, built in the 14th century as a centre
for the cloth trade, then remodelled during the
Renaissance. Travel back to the city’s medieval
history at the Rynek Underground exhibition.
In the church of St Mary, see the world’s
largest wooden altarpiece, acclaimed as the
greatest masterpiece of gothic art in Poland.
Drive to the south-east of Krakow to Wieliczka
salt mine, a Unesco world heritage site. The
oldest salt mine in Europe, Wielicza was in operation as early as the 13th century and is
famous for its ingenious sculptures and the
magnificent underground St Kinga’s Chapel,
hewn from crystal rock. (B)
Visit Wawel castle and cathedral, an impressive
complex of gothic and Renaissance buildings
that stand on fortifications dating back to the
eighth century. Afternoon at leisure or optional
visit to the former Nazi concentration camp of
Morning at leisure. Travel to Dwor
Tomaszowicach, a restored 19th-century
neoclassical manor, to see the 16th-century
wooden church. Over lunch there will be a talk
from an expert about the manor. Evening flight
to London. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 4- and
Optional concert performances can
be pre-booked. Please contact Cox & Kings for
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness. The tour of the Wieliczka
salt mine may not be suitable for those less
mobile or prone to claustrophobia as there are
378 steps down to the mine.
Lydia Bauman is a Polish born
art historian and
professional artist with
an MA in art history from
the Courtauld Institute of
Art. She has a permanent
position as a guide and
lecturer at the National Gallery, has wide
experience of teaching the history of
western art and is the author of The Guide
to Great Themes in Art.
The Metropolis Design hotel is located in the centre of Krakow, within walking distance of Wawel Castle, the National Museum of Krakow, the old town and the beautiful Vistula Boulevards. The hotel has a modern design while the restaurant provides a variety of cuisines including Polish specialities.
Features: 60 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, garden with terrace, games room.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer,...
Located in the heart of the city, Warsaw's finest luxury property is the first hotel on the historic Plac Trzech Krzyzy (Three Cross Square), which is close to the Polish Parliament, the diplomatic district, the enchanting Lazienki Park, and fabulous cafés and bars of Warsaw. The charm of the area outside sweeps into the hotel with its spacious and elegant guest rooms, its creative cuisine, its signature SomePlace Else bar where international bands set the tone, its fitness center, which was voted the best in Warsaw, its business center and a perfect gift shop. All guest-rooms are equipped with coffee and tea making facilities, ironing board and iron, satellite television, three telephones with 2 IDD lines, voice mail, and a dataport.
Lydia Bauman is a Polishborn art historian and professional artist with an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has a permanent position as a guide and lecturer at the National Gallery, has wide experience of teaching the history of western art and is the author of The Guide to Great Themes in Art.
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
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PWC2017: 7 Nights