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DISCOVERING POLAND SEPTEMBER 2017

Day 1: Friday, September 8, 2017 Warsaw, Poland – Tour Begins Welcome to Warsaw! The city has a blend of old-word charm and a modern energy. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Saturday, September 9, 2017 Warsaw Embrace the moving history of Warsaw, a city reborn after WWII, as you embark on a locally guided tour. Your journey through this cap-ital city includes a stop at what re-mains of the Warsaw Ghetto. The after-noon is at leisure to take in the alley-ways, the quaint cafe s in Warsaw’s Old Town, explore a museum or simply relax. (B)

Day 3: Sunday, September 10, 2017 Warsaw – Czestochowa – Krakow Travel south to Krakow, an enchanting city famous for its well-preserved town centre. En route, stop in Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland, where each year over 5 million pilgrims journey to pay their respects to the famous Black Madonna. Housed in the Jasna Go ra monastery, journey inside for an up-close look at this miraculous image. Arriving in Krakow, enjoy some free time to get acquainted with the city. This evening you are introduced to traditional Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner, complete with wine and beer. (B, D)

Day 4: Monday, September 11, 2017 Krakow This morning we explore the city on a tour with a local expert that includes visits to Market Square, St. Mary’s Church and the university. You will also see the famous Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll stroll the quaint side streets of Krakow’s famous Old Town, have coffee in one of the largest squares in Europe or walk along the river for views of the new sections of the city. You may also visit the Schindler Museum or join your fellow travellers on an optional excursion. (B)

Day 5: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Krakow – Auschwitz – Wroclaw To-day you embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors as well as the resilience of the hu-man spirit that occurred within those walls. Later this afternoon, arrive in the ancient city of Wroclaw. Tonight, join your travelling companions for some locally-brewed beer and a traditional “home-style” dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 6: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Wroclaw A morning tour of Wroclaw brings you up close and personal to this large and ethnically diverse city. It could be the only location where you can find a Stare Miasto (Old Town) with a Synagogue, a Lutheran church, a Roman Catholic church and an Eastern Orthodox church standing near each other. The remainder of the day is at leisure to savour Wroclaw’s idyllic parks and captivating culture. (B)

Day 7: Thursday, September 14, 2017 Wroclaw – Torun Today you travel to the town of Torun, a UNESCO World Heritage site and birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous astronomer. Torun remains one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe and is one of the “Seven Wonders of Poland.” On arrival, walk past Copernicus’s house before step-ping back into history while baking and sampling your very own ginger-bread according to a 500-year-old recipe. (B)

Day 8: Friday, September 15, 2017 Torun – Gdansk This morning, join a local expert for a walking tour of this unspoiled town. Next, travel to the port city of Gdansk. Make a stop at the Gdansk Shipyards, site of the creation of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement in 1980 that helped liberate Poland from Soviet rule. (B, D)

Day 9: Saturday, September 16, 2017 Gdansk – Choice of Activity This morning, join a local expert for an introduction to this strategic and remarkable city. Get to know its deep history on your tour which highlights City Hall and St. Mary’s Church. Later, the choice is yours. Perhaps you will choose to join your Tour Manager on an excursion to the seaside resort town of So-pot. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to re-main in Gdansk and join a local guide on an educational shopping excursion during which you’ll learn about Polish amber at a demonstration, followed by the opportunity to purchase the stone. The evening is at leisure. Perhaps you will take a stroll through a beautiful square, shop for local handicrafts or soak in the seaside atmosphere. (B)

Day 10: Sunday, September 17, 2017 Gdansk – Marienburg Fortress – Warsaw Your journey through Po-land comes full circle with your return to Warsaw. En route, stop in the town of Malbork, home to Marienburg For-tress, the largest castle in the world. A guided tour of this 700-year-old structure introduces you to the world of the Knights of the Teutonic Order. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner celebrating a fantastic journey. (B, D)

Day 11: Monday, September 18, 2017 Warsaw – Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)