Just Poland: Warsaw and Krakow
- 7 Days
- From £749
- Fly in and out of Poland
- Enjoy two full days at leisure in fascinating capital Warsaw
- Take a day trip to the historic city of Bialystok
- Sample the delights of Krakow on a 3-night stay
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade your hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Flights from London to Warsaw in Economy Class
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 6 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Flights from Krakow to London in Economy Class
- Comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Fly from London to Warsaw with British Airways. On arrival at Frederic Chopin airport, make your way into the city centre and check into your home for the next 3 nights, the Hotel Indigo Warsaw – Nowy Swiat (or similar).
Depending on the time of your flight, you’ll have time to head into the city and get your bearings today. The main attractions are not all within easy walking distance of each other, but there’s an efficient network of trams and buses that will get you wherever you want to go.
Experience the best Warsaw has to offer on your main free day in the city. Pay a visit to the beautifully restored Old Town including the majestic Royal Castle or take a short tram ride or (affordable) taxi ride to the unmissable Uprising Museum, documenting the harrowing experience of Nazi occupation and subsequent freedom during World War II.
There are some stunning palaces in Warsaw, some in their own elegant grounds, many now housing art galleries and museums. We recommend the Palace at Wilanów and Ujazdów Castle.
Today, you have an optional day trip by train to Bialystok, the largest city in northeastern Poland. This historic city dates back to the 14th century but sadly was obliterated by enemy bombing during the Second World War. There are still some echoes of the past however, including the grand Branicki Palace and pretty Kosciuszko Square.
Bialystok is also a green city. Almost a third of the urban landscape is made up of parks, squares and forest preserves.
Its time to bid farewell to Warsaw this morning as you walk down to the station and board your PKP InterCity high-speed service to Krakow. The journey time is around 2 hours 30 minutes and on board the modern train you will find a cafeteria on board in the middle of the train where you can find a range of snacks and beverages. When you reach Krakow Głowny station, head straight to the Francuski Hotel (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. You’ll find yourself gravitating to Rynek Głowny (the main square) which dates back to the 13th century and is home the famous Cloth Hall, containing a tempting market which sells local goods and crafts.
On one of your free days, you can choose to visit Auschwitz, now a museum and memorial to those that perished during the Nazi atrocities of World War II, or the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Full of unique beauty and active continuously since medieval times – these historic mines are unique.
Today you depart Krakow and make your way to John Paul II International Airport for your flight back to the UK.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Why not return to the UK by rail, perhaps taking in a flying visit to Prague on the way? Ask one of the team for details.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Hotel Indigo Warsaw – Nowy Swiat is centrally located close to the Palace of Culture and Warsaw Old Town. The air-conditioned bedrooms include complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine and a minibar. The property has a 24-hour reception with a friendly concierge service. There is also a restaurant offering modern Polish cuisine and a Lounge Bar with an extensive whisky menu.
Located between Krakow’s main station and the Market Square in the heart of the Old Town, the Francuski Hotel is an historic hotel with bedrooms furnished in an Art Nouveau style. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre.
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This historic hotel is ideally situated, just opposite the Palace of Culture and Science and within walking distance of the main station. The Polonia Palace features spacious air-conditioned rooms with a minibar and heated bathroom flooring. Enjoy Polish and European cuisine at the Strauss Restaurant.
The luxurious Hotel Stary is located in the heart of Kraków’s Old Town. The air-conditioned rooms and suites have bathrooms with a bathtub and shower. Plasma TVs with satellite channels are also available in every room. There is also an on-site spa, which includes a sauna, gym, steam bath and massage parlour.