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Exeter’s Perfect Week in Southern Poland

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Masterfully designed by one of Exeter's Poland experts, this is our perfect week in Southern Poland.  Please contact Exeter International to customize and tailor your perfect week in Poland.

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$3,850 per person, based on two guests traveling together.  Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Arrival | Zakopane Zakopane, Poland

Upon arrival into Krakow’s John Paul II- Balice Airport, you driver will transfer you to Zakopane. The drive time is approximately 2 hours.

A famously hospitable and friendly country, Poland reveals a wealth of reminders of its great past to those who visit. The name itself relates back to the Polainie tribe, a people inhabiting what is now Wielkopolska in the Early Middle Ages. Rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you will be treated to beautifully restored, medieval towns such as the Old Towns of Warsaw and Krakow, and get insights to Poland’s cultural heritage and historic political influence throughout Europe. Enjoy its picturesque landscapes, outstanding natural riches, and experience its folk traditions, which still survive today.

The Tatras, two hours south of Krakow, are the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains and the only alpine type.

Zakopane has always been a popular artist colony. Most notable are the composer Karol Szymanowski and the writer and painter Witkacy . Witkacy’ s father , Stanislaw Witkiewicz was so inspired by the traditional architecture of Zakopane that he created the so-called Zakopane style.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer

Hotel: Radisson Blu Zakopane

Day 2
Zakopane | Zakopane

This morning your driver and guide will meet you in your hotel lobby for an overview tour of Zakopane. Take a funicular ride to Mt. Gubalowa for an excellent view over the Tatras. If you like, you may also ride a cable car to the top of Mt. Kasprowy Wierch, where you can stand with one foot in Poland and another in Slovakia.

Back in town, visit a charming old parish church built in 1847 with an old cemetery just behind it with a number of amazing wooden tombs from artists, poets, writers and painters. Just beyond the church is the Museum of Zakopane Style at Koliba Villa. Starting off with a ground-floor display of folk crafts, the exhibition moves on to the kind of furniture that Witkiewicz designed at the end of the nineteenth century. If you wish and if time allows, you will visit the Gallery of 20th Century at Oksza Villa, where you will find a quirky collection of Witkacy’s pastel portraits, photographs and drawings.

If you are interested in learning more about the Tatra region, the main building of the Tatra Museum offers a permanent exhibition about the ethnographic, natural and region history.

Nearby, weather and time permitting, make a stop in the village of Chochołów. The gorgeous wooden architecture here is unique and, if he’s open, you can stop in the workshop of a local sculptor.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (6 Hours)

Hotel: Radisson Blu Zakopane

Day 3
Zakopane - Krakow | Zakopane - Krakow Krakow Poland at night Exeter

After checking out of your hotel, your driver will transfer you to Krakow. Today’s drive will take approximately two hours.

This afternoon, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and will introduce you to Krakow’s Old Town. The Gothic houses of the 13th-century burgesses still remain, although they were rebuilt and given Renaissance or Neoclassical facades. You will see the medieval Sukiennice, rebuilt in the 1550s, which is one of the most distinctive sights in the country—a vast cloth hall, topped by a sixteenth-century attic dripping with gargoyles. Its commercial traditions are perpetuated by a covered market, which bustles with tourists and street sellers at almost every time of the year.

Step inside St. Mary’s Basilica. This imposing gothic church is in the heart of Krakow’s Old Town and has a unique history of its own with a bugler in the tower playing every hour on hour. Inside, the massive wooden altarpiece is a marvel of 15th century Germany craftsmanship. We highly recommend a visit to the newly reopened Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art, located in the Cloth Hall. This reopened from a major renovation in September 2010 and the gallery is gorgeous. Do not miss the room featuring Piotr Michalowski and the great rooftop café is perfect for an afternoon break. Please note that the interior of St. Mary’s Basilica is currently undergoing renovations.

If time allows, you can also stroll towards the beautiful Florian Gate, built around 1300 on one of the streets laid out according to the town plan of 1257.

If you have the time and interest this evening, you could enter the Rynek Underground museum on your own. It is built on the site of an archaeological excavation under the Cloth Hall that reveals secrets of Krakow’s development since its founding in the Middle Ages. The interactive museum showcases elements of medieval architecture and, through multimedia and interactive exhibits, medieval Krakow comes alive.

Exeter Services: Private Transfer; Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 4
Krakow & Wieliczka Salt Mines | Krakow & Wieliczka Salt Mines

Today you can visit the Salt Mines in Wieliczka-Bochnia. This deposit of rock salt has been mined since the 13th century. Spread over nine levels, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has 300 kilometers of galleries with works of art, altars, and statues, particularly the ornate chapel of St. Kinga, entirely sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past of a major industrial undertaking. Your journey through the mine is hosted by a local English-speaking mine guide and you will be part of a larger group.

Notes about your visit: Please note that entry here requires navigating down about 400 stairs to the route that you will follow. The route is a three kilometer walk over sometimes uneven terrain and is not appropriate for anyone who has claustrophobia. Once begun, there are no shortcuts and you can’t turn back.

Exeter Services: Vehicle & Driver (5 Hours); Mine Guide

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 5
Zalipie Day Trip | Zalipie Day Trip

Today you will meet your driver and guide for a day exploring the hidden village of Zalipie. This village is known for its custom of painting cottages (and just about everything else!) with decorative motifs. In fact, each year following Corpus Christi, there is a competition among villagers to see who has the best painted buildings. The painting itself has been taking place since the 19th century.

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Today you have an appointment to meet some of the local craftswomen in their community center: The House of Painters. They’ll show you their creations and talk about how this unique skill is passed down among generations. You’ll have your chance to try your own hand at this traditional painting as well.

Afterwards, test your cooking skills with a private lesson in making the national dish of Poland: pierogi! Don your apron and learn the tricks of perfect pierogi.

Before heading back to Krakow, perhaps stop in the Felicja Curylowa Farmstead House. She was one of the most celebrated artists of Zalipie and her home has been transformed into a museum featuring her decorative works.

This is a unique look into country life in Poland.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 6
Krakow | Krakow

Enjoy this morning at your leisure. This afternoon, your driver and guide will meet you in your hotel lobby.

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Today special arrangements have been made for you to visit a private Polish artist workshop that specializes in painting handmade glass Christmas ornaments. Step inside and see how the artists create these delicate masterpieces with a combination of paints and glitter. You may even have the opportunity to paint your own ornament in this tradition, as a reminder of your time in Poland.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (5-6 Hours)

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 7
Departure | Krakow Horse & Carriage - Krakow Old Town, Poland

This morning, meet your driver for your private transfer to the airport.

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer

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