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  • Apr 26, 2019 - May 04, 2019

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Poland-Kraków

Discover the depths of Poland’s remarkable past from the beautiful city of Kraków, the ancient seat of the Polish kingdom for nearly 500 years. Stroll through Rynek Gówny, Europe’s largest market plaza, and marvel at the façade of Cloth Hall, where traders once hawked spices, textiles and goods from around the world. See St. Mary’s Basilica and its exquisite wooden altar. Step back in time in Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter, visit Oskar Schindler’s factory and marvel at the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Encounter curious limestone rocks in Ojcow National Park, spend a day exploring Warsaw and taste the flavors of typical Polish cuisine.

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– 7 nights in Kraków, Poland, at the deluxe Hotel Unicus Palace.

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Itinerary

Day 1 | In Transit
Depart for Kraków, Poland.

Day 2 | Kraków, Poland
Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Unicus Palace. After settling in at your hotel, join your Travel Director for a guided walk of the hotel’s surroundings. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 3 | Kraków
Enrichment: Historical Heritage of Kraków. This delightful city was the royal capital of Poland for more than five centuries. Join a local expert and learn about its turbulent past and present-day role as a living museum of historic architecture. Discovery: Highlights of Kraków. Climb Wawel Hill to view the Renaissance castle’s arcaded courtyard and step inside Wawel Cathedral. Cross Market Square’s cobblestones, and listen for the hourly bugle call that rings over rooftops. Evoke medieval times while browsing the wooden shopping stalls of Cloth Hall, and trace the footsteps of Copernicus with a visit to Collegium Maius, the oldest building of Jagiellonian University. Savor Kraków’s specialties during lunch in Old Town. Following lunch, see the 14th-century St. Mary’s Basilica that houses an exquisite 42-foot-tall altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss. Free Time: Craft your own itinerary during an afternoon and evening at leisure in Kraków. You may wish to visit the Kraków National Museum, stroll through Planty Park or savor fresh pierogies!

Day 4 | Wieliczka
Discovery: Wieliczka Salt Mine. Descend into the tunnels of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. View statues, monuments and altarpieces that have been sculpted from salt blocks and witness the sparkle from salt hewn chandeliers. AHI Connects: Flavors of Poland. Enjoy a traditional Polish dinner and folkloric performance.

Day 5 | Ojcow National Park
Discovery: Ojcow National Park. Relish the beauty of Ojcow National Park. Poland’s smallest but loveliest park spans woodland, gorges and lush meadows peppered with castle ruins and quaint villages. See the park’s limestone formations including the 80-foot-tall wonder of nature known as Hercules’ Club. At the park’s northern end, visit the 14th-century Pieskowa Skala Castle. Relax over lunch in the castle’s restaurant. Enrichment: Poles — Citizens of the World. Uncover the cultural contributions of Poland’s most famous residents and their impact on the world.

Day 6 | Auschwitz or Nowa Huta PYJ |
Choose one of these excursions:
•Auschwitz. View footage of Poland during World War II and pass through the gateway inscribed with, “Work Makes Freedom.” Witness powerful exhibits and inmates’ stark quarters. Continue to Birkenau, a site that once held one hundred thousand prisoners Pause for lunch during your excursion.

•Nowa Huta. This area was designed as the ideal Communist community. See the iconic architecture of the neighborhood and visit a Communist-style apartment. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a milk bar.

Day 7 | Warsaw
Discovery: Wonders of Warsaw. Journey by train to the capital city. Travel along Old Town’s Royal Route and admire the elegant façade of St. Anne’s Church. See the bronze Chopin statue and the Warsaw Ghetto Monument. Pass by two-time Nobel Laureate Madame Curie’s reconstructed former home and the splendid Royal Castle, rebuilt from the original castle remains.

Discovery: Warsaw Uprising. Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which commemorates the brave freedom fighters who challenged the Nazi’s occupation of their beloved city. Learn about how the intended three-day rebellion turned into an intense, deathly battle as the Home Army fought to claim back Warsaw. Witness their resilient spirit through an inspirational and emotional series of exhibitions, photographs and presentations. Following a return train journey to Kraków, gather with your group for dinner.

Day 8 | Kraków
Discovery: Kraków’s Jewish Quarter. The storied Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz features many scenes from Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List.” Step into Wolnica Square, and stroll through the historic Jewish neighborhood. In the district of Zabłocie, visit Oskar Schindler’s factory, now turned into a museum. Free Time: Your final afternoon is at leisure. Gather for a Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight.

Day 9 | In Transit
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.