17 days in Poland Itinerary

17 days in Poland Itinerary

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17 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Gdansk
— 3 nights
2
Torun
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Kudowa-Zdroj
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Krakow
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Warsaw
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Taipei

3
nights
Gdansk

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Do your shopping at Stutthof Concentration Camp and Archikatedra Oliwska. Explore hidden gems such as Sopot Beach and Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka). Change things up with these side-trips from Gdansk: Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku (in Malbork) and Gdynia Beach (in Gdynia). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), and steep yourself in history at Westerplatte.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gdansk online trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Gdansk is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get little chillier in Gdansk: highs are around 63°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Torun.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Sopot, Stutthof Concentration Camp, Gdynia Beach, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
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Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Stutthof Concentration Camp ©
Stutthof Concentration Camp

1
night
Torun

Torun ©
The birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the medieval town of Torun escaped the destruction of World War II, managing to preserve most of the Gothic architecture of its historical old town.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Teznie w Ciechocinku, contemplate the long history of Krzywa Wieza, see the interesting displays at Żywe Muzeum Piernika, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall, then make a trip to Town Square - Old Town, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Torun trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Gdansk to Torun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kudowa-Zdroj.

Things to do in Torun

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Teznie w Ciechocinku
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Teznie w Ciechocinku ©
Teznie w Ciechocinku
Żywe Muzeum Piernika ©
Żywe Muzeum Piernika
Town Square - Old Town ©
Town Square - Old Town

1
night
Kudowa-Zdroj

Kudowa-Zdroj ©
Kudowa-Zdrój or simply Kudowa, is a town located below the Table Mountains in Kłodzko County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in the southwestern part of Poland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Kaplica Czaszek, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Szczeliniec Wielki, then explore the striking landscape of Errant Rocks, and finally walk around Park Zdrojowy.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kudowa-Zdroj attractions planner .

Getting from Torun to Kudowa-Zdroj by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kudowa-Zdroj are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Krakow.

Things to do in Kudowa-Zdroj

Parks Trails Nature
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Szczeliniec Wielki ©
Szczeliniec Wielki
Errant Rocks ©
Errant Rocks
Kaplica Czaszek ©
Kaplica Czaszek

5
nights
Krakow

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lost Souls Alley and Wawel Royal Castle. You'll explore and learn at Planty Park and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Stare Miasto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Kudowa-Zdroj to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

4
nights
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Appreciate the collections at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Old Town. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Warsaw: Radegast Station - Independence Traditions Museum in Lodz (in Lodz) and Rogow Narrow-Gauge Railway (in Rogow). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Polish Army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza), walk around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Warsaw trip website .

Take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Radegast Station - Independence Traditions Museum in Lodz, Rogow Narrow-Gauge Railway
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach ©
Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach

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