The Grand Tour of Poland From Coast To Krakow

The Grand Tour of Poland From Coast To Krakow

A unique Grand Tour covering Poland from the handsome Hanseatic city of Gdansk to beautifully preserved Krakow via Warsaw's reconstructed Old Town, visiting three heritage railways, the fascinating Elblag Canal and the extraordinary Wieliczka Salt Mines, plus a tour of Berlin and a visit to the International Garden Exhibition.

13 Days From Only £2,595.00

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 6 June 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Return rail to Poland in the class of your choice

  • Tour Berlin, a city with a unique history

  • Visit the International Garden Exhibition

  • Hanseatic Gdansk

  • Taste Kashubian specialities in a Gdansk restaurant

  • Journey on the privately chartered Nowy Dwor Narrow Gauge Railway

  • Visit to the Elblag Canal, as featured in Michael Palin’s ‘New Europe’

  • Get to know Warsaw on our guided sightseeing tour

  • Visit Sochaczew Railway Museum and ride on its historic train

  • Guided sightseeing tour of charming Krakow

  • Guided tour of the Chabowka Open Air Museum

  • Steam excursion through the Tatra Mountains

  • Excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines

  • Dinner in Krakow’s Jewish Quarter with live music

  • Experience Wuppertal’s ‘dingle-dangle railway’

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 12 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus three lunches

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards along the high-speed line to Berlin for three nights at the InterCity Hotel Hauptbahnhof.

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DAY 2

Today begins with a half-day guided sightseeing coach tour of Berlin, which uncovers this unique city's turbulent past. The tour will introduce both the east and west of this once divided city, including part of the remaining Berlin Wall, but also passing Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, the Kurfürstendamm and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which remains in ruins as a reminder of the destruction of war. The afternoon is then free to explore independently using your transport ticket. The afternoon is then free to explore independently.

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DAY 3

Every ten years Germany hosts an International Garden Exhibition and 2017 is Berlin's turn. We visit the show today and view garden art, nature and landscape design. Of particular interest in the 'Gardens of the World' exhibition, which showcases garden styles from across the globe.

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DAY 4

Our journey continues into Poland to the Hanseatic sea port of Gdansk. On arrival our local guide will introduce you to the city's historic Old Town before we dine in a restaurant serving Kashubian specialities in a regional folk setting.

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DAY 5

Today we have organised a special charter of the Nowy Dwor Narrow Gauge Railway, which operates between Mikoszewo and Nowy Dwor Gdanski. Hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive, we make several stops to admire the scenery of the Vistula River entering the Baltic Sea or the lovely sandy beach at Jantar popular with amber searchers, also enjoying lunch en route. We then continue for a cruise on the Elblag Canal, as featured on Michael Palin's 'New Europe', which has been described as one of the 'Seven Wonders of Poland'. Rather than overcoming height differences with a series of locks, boats are hauled up and down the levels on rails using hydraulically powered cable cars.

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DAY 6

Travelling southwards from Gdansk by rail, we arrive in Warsaw for two nights at the Polonia Palace Hotel. Our introductory guided coach tour of Warsaw features the painstakingly reconstructed Old Town, Cathedral, Lazienki Park and Royal Castle.

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DAY 7

This morning we travel to Sochaczew Railway Museum for a short guided visit, followed by a ride on its heritage narrow-gauge railway, travelling through the Kampinos Forest through the region in which Frederick Chopin was born. The rest of the day is then free to sightsee in Warsaw.

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DAY 8

Our tour of Poland turns south today as we depart for Krakow and three nights at the Hotel Ester. On arrival our guided tour of Krakow includes a walk along the Royal Way, viewing Wavel Hill, home to the castle in which Polish kings lived, as well as the Cloth Hall and St Mary's Church amidst Europe's largest fully-intact medieval square.

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DAY 9

We head south to Chabowka, with a guided tour of its open air museum in the former locomotive shed, which houses exhibits related to the history of Polish railways. After an included lunch we then enjoy a three hour steam-hauled excursion from Chabowka to Nowy Sacz and Limonowa on a route through the Tatra mountain region, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Poland.

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DAY 10

No visit to Krakow would be complete without a visit to the Salt Mines at Wieliczka, the oldest operational mines in Europe and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our guided tour uncovers a remarkable underground 'cathedral' with intricate carvings from the salt miners, including a statue of Pope John Paul II, and even an underground post office made from salt.

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DAY 11-12

We retrace our tracks through Poland and Germany, spending a further night at the InterCity Hotel Hauptbahnhof in Berlin and a night at the InterCity Hotel in Wuppertal, with the opportunity to ride on Wuppertal's suspended railway.

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DAY 13

We depart Wuppertal for Cologne, changing for Brussels to board our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

InterCity Hotels

Convenient and comfortable 3 and 4 star accommodation across Germany, InterCity Hotels are ideal for rail tours in both location and quality.

 

Hotel Hanza, Gdansk

A 4* hotel located right at the heart of historical Gdansk on the Motlawa River and close to the city’s famous landmark, the Crane, which towers over the quaint waterfront buildings.

 

Polonia Palace Hotel, Warsaw

An upscale 4* hotel well located for central Warsaw. Since its opening in 1913 by Count Konstanty Przezdziecki, the Polonia Palace has survived war and political turmoil with dignity to remain one of Warsaw’s grand hotels.

 

Ester Hotel, Krakow

A small, intimate hotel located in Krakow’s historic Kazimierz District or ‘Jewish Quarter’, which is in an area of the city declared part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to and from Poland, including

Standard Eurostar

£2,595

First Class rail travel

To and from Poland, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2,995

Single Traveller Supplement

£650


 

12 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus 3 lunches

Rail travel to & from Poland in the class of your choice

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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