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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel. Explore the Polish capital with the help of the CosmosGO app. In the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Today’s included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide is an excellent introduction to Warsaw. Magnificently reconstructed after WWII, Warsaw is a rich tapestry of nearly every European architectural style, from Gothic to Neoclassical, with wide, modern avenues in striking contrast to the narrow lanes of the old section. Continue to Gdansk on the Baltic Sea, which was one of the most important Hanseatic cities in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km
Among the most important shipping ports in Northern Europe, Gdansk (formerly known by its German name, Danzig) is the birthplace of “Solidarity,” the Polish trade union that revolutionized Polish modern politics. On the included city tour this morning, your Local Guide will explain to you the city’s past and present. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, or join the optional excursion to the town of Malbork, founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights. Visit its Gothic Marienburg Castle, one of the most striking fortified castles in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
First stop today is medieval Torun on the Vistula River, birthplace of renaissance astronomer Copernicus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Local Guide will introduce you to the many captivating highlights, including the starówka (Old Town) with the ruins of a 13th-century Teutonic Knights’ castle, as well as many samples of Gothic architecture. Head west to Poznan, one of the country’s oldest cities and a part of Polish history for the past 1,000 years. This afternoon, discover the main attractions on your included city sightseeing with a Local Guide.
Today’s Distance: 255 mi/ 410 km
First, to Jasna Góra in Czestochowa for a guided visit of the Monastery that withstood the repeated onslaughts of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna has been venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Later, head to Kraków.
Today’s Distance: 317 mi/ 510 km
Dating back to the 7th century, Kraków is revered by many as Poland’s most beautiful city. It was the country’s capital for over 500 years. On your included guided tour, see the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, Wawel Hill, and visit the Cathedral. Continue exploring on your own or book an optional visit to the spectacular Wieliczka Salt Mines, a subterranean maze of tunnels and chambers—some of them richly decorated. This evening, consider joining an optional traditional dinner.
Get a breath of fresh mountain air today on the included excursion to Zakopane. Located in a picturesque valley at the base of the Tatra mountain range, Zakopane has developed into a beautiful, pristine resort. Typical of this area are the highlander wooden houses, cafes, restaurants, and shops on Krupowski Street. Enjoy a little hiking or browse around the small market for authentic souvenirs. Return to Krakow.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km
Encounter sobering history this morning on your visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. In the afternoon, continue to Warsaw. Tonight’s optional dinner is a great way to round out your fascinating adventure in Poland.
Today’s Distance: 239 mi/ 385 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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An elegant 246-room hotel located in a diplomatic district of Warsaw, close to the picturesque Royal Lazienki Park. Its sleek in-house restaurant offers a sunny Mediterranean menu with an innovative Polish twist while tasty snacks and a wide range of drinks can be enjoyed in the light and airy lounge lobby bar. Free Wi-Fi access is offered throughout the property and for relaxation there is a SPA centre complete with a gym and indoor swimming pool.
This modern, air-conditioned hotel has 81 guestrooms and a restaurant serving International cuisine. Free Wi-Fi access is available and there is also a fitness zone.
A modern hotel with 60 comfortable rooms, which are air-conditioned and decorated in a contemporary style with satellite TV, comfortable beds, selected pillows and Free Wi-Fi. The advantage of the hotel is its location, only 100 meters from the main and most famous street in Pozna¿ - ul. ¿wi¿ty Marcin, near the Old Town Square, Stary Browar Shopping Center and the National Museum.
The Conrad is located on expressway E77. Both Balice Airport and Kraków's center are a 10 minute drive away from the hotel.
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