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Highlights of Krakow to Vilnius
15 days
Poland - Trip code KLV

Highlights of Krakow to Vilnius

On this two week trip we travel from Krakow in Poland to Vilnius in Lithuania using mostly trains between the cities, passing through glorious countryside, before immersing ourselves in Medieval buildings, historical squares, chic pavement cafes and micro-breweries. Along the way we will stroll through the Tunnel of Love, have the chance to see an abandoned replica of the Nazis' Plaszow Labour Camp and make chocolates. We'll also visit the many monasteries and catacombs at Lavra, the UNESCO listed Nesvizh and Mir Castles and Grutas Park, where a collection of old Soviet sculptures are on display. Towards the end of our holiday we will stay in the lovely health resort of Druskininkai and have the opportunity to relax, go on lakeside walks, hire a bike or soak in one of 20 different bath houses.

Trip highlights

  • Warsaw - Explore the colourful Old Town and Lazienki Palace
  • Wroclaw - One of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland
  • Krakow - Europe's best-preserved Medieval market square
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines - Marvel at the amazing salt sculptures and impressive ballroom
  • Auschwitz - Opportunity to visit the emotive site
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Trip pace:
Moderate
Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a holiday which combines exciting activities and experiences with plenty of time to relax and unwind. Typically you’ll be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries.
Group Size:
12 - 18
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Krakow, Poland

Our adventure begins in the charming city of Krakow, which was Poland's capital up until 1596. Later this afternoon our Explore Leader will take us on an orientation walking tour to familiarise us with the main sights. We'll discover Rynek Glowny, Europe's largest Medieval square, and see the grand architecture that the city is known for. We will wander down the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see its best known landmarks - the fairy-tale Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral, which watch over the city. If we have time, then we will also visit the second UNESCO World Heritage Site of the day, the Jewish Podgorze District. This was the Jewish Ghetto area during World War II and was the setting for the film 'Schindler's List'. You may choose to stop off here for dinner this evening in one of the traditional restaurants or grab a 'zapiekanka', an open faced toasted baguette sandwich, which is a popular local fast food option. In the city centre you will find numerous good Polish restaurants and the 'pierogi', Polish dumplings, are especially tasty. There are also many bars selling a range of local beers and of course a wide range of vodkas. Such as Chmiel, which is a basement bar beneath the forecourt of Wawel Castle, C.K. Browar, which is a popular micro-brewery or Starka Restaurant and Vodkas where you can try out an array of homemade flavoured vodkas.

Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz III(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Free day in Krakow; overnight train to Lviv, Ukraine

Today is free for you to explore more of Krakow. You may like to return to Wawel Castle and go inside to see the exquisite treasures collected by the monarchy of Poland over the years or perhaps you'll want to return to the Jewish District to visit the Old Synagogue, Schindler's Factory or Museum of Jewish Life, which provides a fascinating insight into the Krakow Jews and the war years. A more unusual attraction in the city is the Rynek Underground, here you can go beneath the market square and explore the labyrinth of long forgotten chambers from the Middle Ages. For something else that is a bit out of the ordinary you may like to take a walk to Liban Quarry, which is one of the least visited spots around the city centre. Here you'll find an abandoned replica of the Nazi's Plaszow Labour Camp that was built for Steven Spielberg's film 'Schindler's List' in 1992. It was constructed from the original blueprints from the actual camp and the quarry is just a few hundred metres from where it was located. The inmates of Plaszow worked in this quarry and were sadly also murdered here. It's a 25 minute walk from Krakow's Jewish District to Podgorski Nowy Cemetery and from there you follow the south eastern wall of the graveyard and there is a walkway down to the site. Outside of the city you have the opportunity to join an excursion by train to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, which is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. At up to 300 metres underground you will see a 400 year old chapel, a subterranean salt lake and chambers large enough to hold the Eiffel Tower! The Chapel of Saint Kinga is the mines most spectacular feature and you'll no doubt be amazed by what can be sculpted from salt. Please note that there are 350 steps down into the mine at the beginning of the tour and then a further 450 on the route through the various corridors and 20 chambers visited. The temperature underground can be much cooler than on the surface, so be sure to bring a jumper. Alternatively you may choose to take the option to join a coach excursion to Oswiecim, the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp; an eerie and haunting place that drives home the terrible atrocities, which took place here during World War II. Later this evening we will drive to Krakow Railway Station and board the overnight train to Lviv, Ukraine. Our accommodation will be in four-berth compartments with bedding provided. You'll need to keep your passport handy for when we cross the border.

Accommodation: Overnight Train: Krakow to Lviv
Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Walking tour of Lviv including the old quarter; afternoon free

Our train arrives this morning in the beautiful city of Lviv. On arrival we head to a local restaurant where we will have breakfast before taking a guided walking tour. We discover the history and stunning architecture of the old quarter and along the way we will see the old market square of Ploshcha Rynok, the ornately carved exterior of Boyim Chapel, the Dominican Church and Monastery and the Citadel Inn. The inn was originally built in 1850 as a circular red fort that during World War II became a Nazi concentration camp and was known as the 'Tower of Death', but today it is now remarkably been turned into a five star hotel! We'll also see the Old Rus Quarter of the city and the High Castle, which affords great views over the city below. Lviv is home to not just one, but three different cathedrals; there's the Latin Cathedral, Armenian Cathedral and Saint George's Cathedral and they all vary greatly in style. This afternoon will be free for you to discover more at your own pace. You might like to go back to some of the places we saw on our tour this morning and venture inside or perhaps to visit Lychakiv Cemetery. This burial ground is a protected historical monument and believe it or not is one of the most popular attractions to visit in the city. Established in 1786 by the Austro-Hungarians, there are grave markers here written in Ukrainian, Russian, German, Polish, Armenian and Latin, which show how the city's rulers have changed throughout its history. In amongst the elaborately carved tombs there are also communal graves for soldiers and freedom fighters and simple communist graves. Sadly during the Soviet era the graveyard was used as a dumping ground and only reopened in 2005 after being restored. Lviv is the perfect spot for relaxing. In amongst the cobbled streets with their pretty red roofed buildings and tucked away courtyards you will find a variety of good cafes, bars and restaurants. Ukraine also is well known for its dumplings, which are called 'varenyky' and come with a range of different fillings such as cabbage or cheese or sweeter varieties like cherry. One dining option is the Dim Legend Restaurant that is spread over seven small floors and a roof terrace and each floor is decorated with a different theme telling the city's history through the ages. Whilst in Ukraine you should try 'nastoyanka', which is a local liqueur made from honey and herbs and comes in a selection of fruit flavours and even horse radish!

Accommodation: Reikartz Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Free day in Lviv; chance to join a chocolate making master class

Today is free for you to further explore this picturesque city. Lviv is well known for both its beer and chocolate, so today you may choose to visit the Brewery Museum or join a chocolate making masterclass. The Brewery Museum takes you on a journey through Ukraine and the World's beer making history and explains the differences. There will of course be the chance to try an assortment of locally brewed beers too. Next to the museum is the Robert Doms Beer House, which is a large Medieval style beer hall and restaurant where you can sample more of the local brew and perhaps their speciality dish of pork ribs in beer marinade. At the chocolate making masterclass you can learn all about how chocolate is made and try your hand at making your own chocolate master pieces with advice from a professional chocolatier. Apparently chocolate has been produced in the city since the Middle Ages and in the 19th century it was exported to aristocracy throughout Europe. Today there is a huge variety of different flavoured chocolates, ice cream, milkshakes, cakes and more to tempt you.

Accommodation: Reikartz Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Drive to Zhytomyr via the pretty town of Lutsk and the Tunnel of Love

This morning we will begin our drive to our overnight stop in Zhytomyr. Along the way we visit the town of Lutsk and our Explore Leader will take us on a walking tour of the main highlights. Competing with Lviv, on the beauty front, Lutsk is definitely worth exploring. The Soviet architecture of the modern town actually works here with its large squares and wide avenues, but of course the main attraction is the town's conserved historic centre. The maze of cobbled streets are lined with carved churches and town houses showcasing Lutsk's Polish, Russian and Lithuanian architectural history. Here we'll also see Lutsk's very well preserved 14th century castle. After spending a few hours here we will drive on to Klevan to visit the 'Tunnel of Love'. Along a three kilometre stretch of railway track leading to a factory the trees have all grown up around it forming a green corridor that has gained the name of the 'Tunnel of Love' due to the lovers that come here and make a wish for their future that is said to then come true. We drive on to Zhytomyr, where our Explore Leader will take us on an orientation tour. The city is in touch with its Soviet past with monuments to Lenin and Marx still in place and rickety old trolley bus rattling past war memorials. It lies on the banks of the Teterev River and is surrounded by rocky hills and dense ancient forests. It is an old city and it retains some of its older historic buildings.

Accommodation: Reikartz Zhytomyr(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Visit the fascinating Museum of Astronautics; walking tour Kiev

This morning before leaving Zhytomyr we will visit its most famous attraction, the Sergei Korolev Museum of Astronautics. Sergei Korolev was a scientist and engineer who helped founder the Soviet space and rocket programme and he was born here in Zhytomyr. The museum is in two sections, the first of which is a memorial to Sergei and tells the story of his life and work. The main section of the museum tracks the history of the cosmonautics development and it has a number of exhibits about space travel, including a capsule that was donated by NASA that has soil on it from where it landed on the moon. We then drive to Kiev, Ukraine's capital city, which is situated on the banks of the River Dnipro. This afternoon we will go on a guided walking tour of this ancient city, which has been inhabited for almost 2000 years and was once the capital of the Kievan Rus State, from which all later Russian states were descended. Although Ukrainian nationalism is stronger than ever, you will still hear Russian spoken here today. During our tour we will see the onion domed exterior of Santa Sophia Cathedral, the Golden Gate which was once the main entrance to the city, Saint Andrews Baroque Church and Mother Motherland, an over 100 metre high statue to honour the heroes of the Soviet Union.

Accommodation: Hotel Rus(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Metro to the monasteries and catacombs at Lavra; free afternoon in Kiev

Today we will begin by taking the metro to Arsenalna, which is the deepest station in the world. We continue by metro to the Lavra Historical and Cultural Reserve and visit the remarkable 'Monastery of the Caves' founded in AD 1051, where the labyrinths provide all the natural conditions needed for mummification. We take a guided tour of the caves and Belfry Tower and have time in either the Museum of Miniatures or the Museum Of Historical Treasures and the Holy Trinity Church. This afternoon is free for you to further explore Kiev. A short distance from the Cultural Reserve you might like to visit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, which is one of the largest museums in Ukraine and tells the story of the German-Soviet War in iconic and Brutalist style. It has over 300,000 items on display and the memorials here are spread over 25 acres. Or for something a little lighter, you may choose to take a relaxing boat trip along the Dnieper River or visit Mezhyhirya, which consists of a very large park and houses that all formerly belonged to President Viktor Yanukovych. After the revolution this park was opened to the public, so that now you can witness how luxurious his life was when he was in power. Outside the city you could join an excursion to Pirogov Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture, which is about 40 minutes' drive from the city. Set on the banks of Lake Myachino you will be able see a variety of old Russian wooden village houses, chapels and churches that have been preserved to display how the Russian people used to live.

Accommodation: Hotel Rus(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Free day in Kiev; chance to visit the Chernobyl Museum

Today we'll meet the passengers and our new Explore Leader for the Kiev to Vilnius section of our trip and we have the rest of the day free to further discover the capital. You could visit the Chernobyl Museum where the exhibits are designed to teach us of the scope of the nuclear disaster and to ensure that the lessons learnt from this terrible accident aren't forgotten. Alternative you could go to the Pinchuk Art Centre that exhibits an ever changing selection of contemporary art from renowned international artists. Or for more traditional fine art you could visit the National Art Museum of Ukraine. For something very Ukrainian there's the Ivan Honchar Museum which was created to help preserve the culture and traditions of the nation.

Accommodation: Hotel Rus(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 9 - Free day in Kiev; night train to Minsk, Belarus

This morning our Explore Leader will be taking the new arrivals on an orientation tour of Kiev's main sights that you are welcome to join or alternatively you have the day free to use as you please. You could go shopping at the Bessarabsky Bazaar where you'll find a wide variety of delicious foods on sale or stroll down Sculpture Alley filled with brightly coloured contemporary sculpture by Avraam Miletsky. You might choose to travel by public transport out of the city centre to the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine or Pyrohiv as it's also known. At this open air ethnographical village you'll find over 300 example of architecture from throughout Ukraine including wooden windmills and also a selection of musical instruments, clothing and furniture. Later this evening we will transfer to Kiev Railway Station and board the overnight train to Minsk, Belarus. Our accommodation will be in four-berth compartments with bedding provided. You'll need to keep your passport handy for when we cross the border.

Accommodation: Overnight Train from Kiev to Minsk
Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 10 - Walking tour of Minsk; chance to visit Stalin Line Military Museum

Our train arrives this morning in Belarus's capital city of Minsk. On arrival we head to a local restaurant where we have breakfast before taking a guided walking tour. Set on the banks of the Svislach River, the city was first settled by the Early East Slavs back in the 9th century AD. Trinity Suburb is one of oldest and most picturesque areas, which is perfect for strolling in, and Victory Square is the most famous part of the city and features a memorial to the fallen heroes of World War II. During our tour we will see the oldest building in the city, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Cathedral, and Trinity Suburb before heading to the more modern part. Here we stroll down Independence Avenue and the Avenue Winners and see Minsk's unusual Central Library building. There'll be the option for you to go inside, as it's the tallest building in the city, it affords good views. This afternoon is free for you to further explore the city or you might like to join an excursion to the Stalin Line Open-Air Military Museum, which is a short drive from the city. The Stalin Line was a chain of fortified defences consisting of over 4,000 pill boxes that covered around 1,200 kilometres to form a barrier against the Germans during World War II. The idea behind the museum is to absorb the visitor into the history of the times and as well as displaying many of the pill boxes there is a range of military equipment dating from World War II up to the start of the 1990's. This evening you are free for dinner and popular dishes in Belarus include 'machanka' a hearty pork stew and 'draniki' which are thick potato pancakes. 'Krambambula' is a traditional Belarusian liquor, which is similar to mead and flavoured with spices and honey. At the Food Republic Restaurant Complex in Minsk's old town you'll find food shops and 10 different restaurants to choose from or there a number of Stolle Restaurants in the city, which are famous for their variety of savoury and sweet pies that you can either eat in or take away. Pie fillings include meat and egg, salmon, lemon, cabbage and many more.

Accommodation: Hotel Tourist(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 11 - Excursion to the beautiful UNESCO listed Nesvizh and Mir Castles

Today we drive out of the city and head for two of Belarus's best known attractions. Firstly we visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nesvizh Castle, which has been home to the Radswill Family for over 400 years. The fortresses construction began in 1584, but it's been extended and changed over the years and now features a mix of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Classicism and Neo-Gothic architecture. The estate also contains the largest landscape gardens in Europe and a number of ornamental lakes. Next we drive on to the beautiful Mir Castle, which is also UNESCO listed. Creation of the fort began at the end of the 15th century and again a number of different architectural styles can be seen. The castle is one of the most splendid in Europe and was reopened to the public in 2010 after being extensively restored to its former glories. Later this afternoon we return to Minsk where you have the evening free.

Accommodation: Hotel Tourist(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 12 - Visit Hrodna en route to the Lithuanian spa town of Druskininkai

This morning we leave Minsk and start our journey towards the border with Lithuania. Along the way we will visit Hrodna, which is home to one of the largest Catholic populations in Belarus. The city is filled with a wonderful collection of Medieval and Baroque architecture, including the impressive Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier and the unique Church of Saints Boris and Gleb; the only surviving example of Black Ruthenian architecture left in the area. Our Explore Leader will take us on a walking tour to see these sights and also the Corpus Christi Church, Choral Synagogue, German Lutheran Church, old and new castles and the Soviet area. Following our visit we drive on to Druskininkai where we have the rest of the day free. Druskininkai is a spa town on the Nemunas River in the south of Lithuania. It's been a popular spa resort since the 19th century and this afternoon you have the chance to visit the Druskininku Gydykla Spa where there are a number of mud and herbal baths and mineral water treatments available to try. Or you may prefer to enjoy one of the lakeside walks or hire a bike to discover more. The town is also home to a cable car and an aqua park where you can experience 20 different bath houses, which are each equipped according to different worldwide traditions, such as Russian and Japanese baths.

Accommodation: Best Baltic Druskininkai Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 13 - See old Soviet sculptures at Grutas Park; arrive in Vilnius

Today we begin our drive to Lithuania's capital city, Vilnius. Our first stop along the way is Grutas Park to see a selection of Soviet era sculptures and art that has been moved here following the collapse of the USSR. The sprawling grounds have been built to resemble a concentration camp including loud speakers playing out Soviet anthems and we will be able to see a number of both Stalin and Lenin statues here. There's also a Soviet style canteen where you can try traditional food from the era. Our next stop will be in Trakai where we can admire the view of the red brick Trakai Castle set on an island in Lake Galve. Trakai is the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and this splendid castle dates back to the 14th century. Whilst here there'll be time for you to buy lunch at a Kibinai restaurant. Kibinai is a traditional type of Lithuania pasty which were created by the Karaite ethnic minority that made Trakai their home. They're very tasty and usually filled with mutton and onion. We drive on to Vilnius where we have the rest of the evening free to relax.

Accommodation: Panorama Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 14 - Walking tour of Vilnius; chance to visit the KGB Museum

The Catholic influence on Vilnius is very evident from the numerous baroque churches. By the turn of the last century, Vilnius also had an 80,000-strong Jewish community. However, at the end of World War II, it had been completely decimated. During our morning guided walking tour of the capital, we visit the ancient university founded by the Jesuits - a centre of the Counter Reformation and a source of Lithuanian culture. We also see the cathedral and Church of the Dawn. In the newer part of Vilnius lies the main shopping street with the opera, cafes and parliament building. We will visit the self-proclaimed Republic of Uzupis which is a unique bohemian and artistic district in the city. It's one of the oldest areas, dating back to the 16th century and used to be one of the poorest. During Soviet times it quickly gained notoriety as the roughest part of the city, but when Lithuania became independent again in 1991 the artists moved in and now it regularly hosts fashion festivals, poetry readings, art exhibits and concerts. Lastly we will take a short funicular ride up Castle Hill to admire the view. Whilst here you will have the opportunity to visit the Gediminas Castle Tower. This afternoon is free for you to relax and further explore the city or perhaps to visit the KGB Museum. The museum is located in the former KGB Headquarters and features exhibits documenting the crimes that were planned and committed from this very spot during Soviet rule. The displays also show you how the Lithuanians fought back to re-claim their independence. You'll be able to see the inner prison cells and solitary confinement rooms that were kept hidden by the KGB offices that surround them. They have been preserved in the same condition as when the headquarters closed in 1991.

Accommodation: Panorama Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 15 - Trip ends in Vilnius, Lithuania

Trip ends at our hotel in Vilnius after breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Why book this trip

On this new trip for 2017 we will visit four distinctive countries on a two week journey of discovery. We explore historic cities on foot as well as uncovering more of the cultural and scenery of each country; making it the perfect introduction to this ex-Soviet region.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 14
Transport
  • Bus
  • Funicular
  • Train
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Driver(s)
  • Local Guide(s)
Accommodation
  • 12 nights standard hotel
  • 2 nights simple overnight train
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Trip information

Country information

Poland Holidays & Tours

Climate

Poland has a temperate, changeable climate. September and October are cooler and gradually become damper until late November when temperatures fall below freezing with snowfall, particularly in mountainous areas. Cold temperatures last through to March, but are tolerable. Snow can lie for up to three months in the mountains.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Polish

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mines €35; Visit to Auschwitz approximately £32.00. Please note a visit to Auschwitz will take up most of the day. It is subject to availability so we recommend booking a ticket before leaving the UK. You can do this online directly with any of the following companies; Discover Cracow https://discovercracow.com/tours-and-trips/auschwitz-birkenau/, See Krakow http://www.seekrakow.com/auschwitz-birkenau/, Info Tours http://www.infotours.pl/tour/auschwitz-birkenau/. Please ensure you book your ticket for the correct day. Lviv: Chocolate Master Class €10.00 per person (must have 5 participants to run). Kiev: Pirogov Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture €2.00 per person, €10.00 per museum guide; Museum of the Great Patriotic War €1.50 per person, €10.00 per museum guide; Boat trip on Dnieper River €6.00; Mezhigorie €2.00 to enter territory, €7.00 to enter Presidents House; Pechersk Lavra €5.00 entry and €60.00 for guide; Miniature Museum €4.00; Museum of Historical Treasure €4.00. Minsk: Central Library €5.00; Open Air Military Museum €9.00 Druskininkai: Drudkininku Gydykla Spa €123.00; Cable Car €3.00 one way or €5.00 return Vilnius - KGB Museum €6.00; Gedeminas Castle Tower €5.00.

Clothing

July and August are the hottest months and lightweight cotton clothing is best. During spring and autumn temperatures can be lower or drop during the evenings and there is also a stronger possibility of rain, although light rainwear may be needed at any time of year. A warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings.

Footwear

We recommend taking comfortable walking shoes for exploring and trainers or sandals for relaxing.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a day pack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. This trip includes train journeys with shorts walks and/or stairs between platforms, stations and accommodation, so for this reason please take care to make sure you can comfortably carry your own luggage throughout the trip.

Equipment

We advise taking a water bottle for our included walks, sun glasses, sunscreen and a sun hat are all essential. In case of emergency we also recommend that you carry a torch with spare batteries and sufficient medical supplies including a first aid kit and several days extra supply of any specific prescription medications that you require. Most importantly don't forget your camera.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly please allow £30.00 for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.
Country Information

Poland Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£8
Dinner price
£18.00 - 22.00
Beer price
£1.50 - 3.00
Water price
£0.8
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Polish Zloty2
Recommended Currency For Exchange
British Pounds Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are all accepted at exchange offices and banks2
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival
ATM Availability
Available in all major cities
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit cards are widely accepted in all major cities
Travellers Cheques
Easily exchanged

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Funicular, Train

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


Please note that the majority of hotels in Poland don't have air-conditioning. For the overnight train journey we will use sleeper carriages with four bunk beds with bedding provided (two beds on floor level and two above) per compartment and with a shared toilet and wash basin in each carriage. There are no shower facilities on board. Luggage is stored under the bottom bunk beds and above the cabin door for the top bunks. There is the possibility that you will be sharing with non-Explore clients in the same cabin. There is no air-conditioning on board and it's not always possible to open the windows, so we recommend light weight bed clothes. You can experience authentic rail travel with the local people and it's a great way of getting from place to place during the night, so you maximise on the amount of time you have in each city during the day to explore. Take snacks, drinks, toilet roll, hand sanitiser and an open mind with you for maximum enjoyment.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

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Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Poland: Visas not required by citizens of the UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. Ukraine: UK, Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa. In addition you will be required to carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times in Ukraine for ID purposes. Belarus: Entry visas are required for UK citizens and need to be applied for in advance. A tourist voucher is required as part of your application and Explore will request this on your behalf. This is received and sent to you from 4- 6 weeks before departure. Lithuania: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. It is essential that you provide Explore with the correct passport information at the time of booking, as this will be required in order to pre-book any applicable train tickets. Corrections and amendments will incur additional charges, so please double check that the information we have for you is up to date and correct, this includes your passport number, full name as per passport (including middle names), date of birth and place of birth; if customers renew or reissue their passports from the details initially given to Explore, train tickets must be cancelled and purchased again, which involves extra costs and may result in customers being in differing train carriages to the rest of the group. If you intend to renew your passport please let Explore know at the point of booking and please ensure that you have the new passport no later than 8 weeks prior to travel.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Included activities

This trip is designed to show you the highlights of four amazing countries in just two weeks. We will be using a range of public transport as well as charter buses to get around and will do most of our exploring on foot in each place visited. Please therefore pack light to ensure you can lift and store your bag on the overnight trains and bring comfy walking shoes.

Non refundable permits

Poland Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Tickborne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 16 June 2018 - Saturday 30 June 2018
KLV_2018
From £1689
Single room option +£300
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 21 July 2018 - Saturday 4 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
KLV_2018
From £1795
Single room option +£297
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 11 August 2018 - Saturday 25 August 2018
KLV_2018
From £1755
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 15 September 2018 - Saturday 29 September 2018
KLV_2018
From £1745
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 22 September 2018 - Saturday 6 October 2018
KLV_2018
From £1745
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 16 June 2018 - Saturday 30 June 2018
KLV_2018
From £1425
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 21 July 2018 - Saturday 4 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
KLV_2018
From £1469
Single room option +£297
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 11 August 2018 - Saturday 25 August 2018
KLV_2018
From £1469
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 15 September 2018 - Saturday 29 September 2018
KLV_2018
From £1469
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 22 September 2018 - Saturday 6 October 2018
KLV_2018
From £1469
Single room option +£300
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Krakow
Time and place
21:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Vilnius
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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