8 days in Poland Itinerary

8 days in Poland Itinerary

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Krakow — 3 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera and Muzeum Krakowa - Stara Synagoga will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia to Krakow is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Gdansk.
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Gdansk — 3 nights

World Capital of Amber

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka). St. Mary's Church and Gdańsk Town Hall will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Gdansk: Chalupy Plaza Beach (in Chalupy), Debki Beach (in Debki) and Hel (in Baltic Coast). The adventure continues: get outside with Sopot Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Rezerwat przyrody Slone laki.

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Fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Krakow, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gdansk, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Warsaw.
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Warsaw — 1 night

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a stroll through Nowy Swiat, explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then appreciate the history behind Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

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You can fly from Gdansk to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gdansk in July: highs in Warsaw hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Poland travel guide

A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.