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Krakow, Tatra and Pieniny Mountains

The southern Poland is one of the most picturesque parts of the country and our tour includes a visit to three World Heritage Sites:  Krakow Old Town Historical District, The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz, and two national parks: Tatrzanski National Park (World Biosphere Reserve) and Pieninski National Park

Krakow

Krakow is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe, full of centuries-old impressive landmarks, lovely vistas, world-class works of art and stunning curios.  Wawel Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral are two of Poland's national treasures with a 1000-year-old history.  The Cathedral‘s chapels are true architectural masterpieces which also host the tombs of most of the Polish royalty and the greatest national heroes.  The castle’s halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, period furniture and rare ancient objects.  The collection of the 16th-century monumental Flemish tapestries is matchless. 

Central Grand Square is the largest plaza of all medieval European cities and one of the world’s finest and most beautiful.  The Sukiennice, the oldest shopping mall in the world, being in business for 700 years, dominates the square.  Here, Kosciol Mariacki, the immense Gothic basilica and Krakow's principal temple since the 13th century, holds priceless objects of art, including some 300 masterly embroidered ancient vestments.  Above all, it is home to the largest carved piece of Gothic art in the world.  It took Stwosz 11 years (1477-1489) to complete this 3-story-high altarpiece which consists of 200 fine limewood carvings treated with colour and gold foil.  From the tower of the basilica, a solitary trumpet is sounded every hour, in memory of a signal that warned the city of a Tatar attack in the 1241.  At noon, the ritual is broadcasted by Polish radio.

Tatrzanski National Park

The Tatra Mountains are a mountain range of alpine character and the highest mountain ridge in Eastern Europe.  It is situated on the border between Poland and Slovakia, with its second highest peak, Rysy (2499 m), in Poland.  Two distinct parts make up the Tatra Mountains – the High Tatras and the West Tatras.  The former, with their dramatic vistas, steep peaks, sharp rocks, deep glens, and crystal lakes are the more attractive.  The Western Tatras, on the other hand, with lower slopes clad in pine forests, offer wider horizons and more diverse wildlife.  The vertical zonation of vegetation is clearly present here.  The Chamois and Marmot are the most characteristic animals living in these mountains.  It is also one of a few places in Poland where Brown Bear and Lynx can still be encountered in the wild.  The whole expanse of Polish Tatras is within the boundary of Tatra National Park and a World Biosphere Reserve. 

Pieninski National Park

The park comprises a low but picturesque mountain range with its highest peak at 982 m.  The area boasts unique landscape and natural features, with the Dunajec River Gorge being one of the most beautiful in Europe.  Here, the limestone rocks have been weathered into round shapes or dramatic, high cliffs.  The park is a paradise for botanists and entomologists.  One thousand one hundred vascular plant species have been recorded here, of which many are rare or endemic.  There are up to 15,000 animals living in the park, including 1600 species of butterflies.  The park is home to Lynx, Wildcat, Wolf and numerous colonies of bats.  Of the 14 species of bats, the most interesting is Miniopterus schreibersi, the only animal common to both Poland and Australia.

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info



Tour Details

Date
21-27 June 2018

Price
£1460

Single Supplement
£240

Group Size
5-7


Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Krakow

Days 2-3
Krakow and Auschwitz

Day 4
Wieliczka Salt Mine and transfer to Pieniny Mountains

Day 5
Pininski National Park

Day 6
Tatrzanski National Park

Day 7
Departure for Krakow


The Price Includes

all accommodation on a shared basis

all meals

all excursions and transfers by vehicle

park and tour guides’ fees


The Price Does Not Include

all items of a personal nature

flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance

drinks at the bar

scheduled return flight from Britain to Warsaw.  A group booking, however, is made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly.  Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements


Please Note

all passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip

a deposit of £100 is requested with a booking  form.  The final payment is required by 1 May