Our trips to Poland are packed with memorable experiences, from exploring the castles and cathedrals of Warsaw and Krakow, to discovering the emotional war history of the country.
View St. John's Cathedral in Warsaw
If St. John’s Cathedral could talk, it would have some incredible stories to tell. Join your Local Specialist on your Warsaw trip for a tour around this 14th-century Gothic building that has witnessed the likes of coronations, royal weddings and funerals, and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 where the cathedral was destroyed and since restored to its former glory.
See the Royal Castle in Krakow
As a the cultural heart of Poland, the Wawel Royal Castle complex sits proudly on top of a hill in Krakow. It’s one of the best places to visit in Krakow and we’ll show you around the glorious assortment of Renaissance, Romanesque and Gothic buildings, with centuries of tales of sackings, vandalism, occupations and restorations.
Visit the Poignant Former Concentration Camp, Auschwitz
We’ll visit the former concentration camp at Auschwitz for a somber reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi concentrations camps and is the resting place for over one people. Much of the camp has been preserved and you can walk the grounds to come face-to-face with one of humanity’s darkest periods that should never be forgotten.
POLAND TAILORED BY YOU
You’ll get to tailor your dream Poland trip with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like exploring the incredible Wieliczka Salt Mines and wandering the splendid Wilanow Palace.
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Visit Krakow's Jewish district
Although not originally on my bucket list, Poland is now one of my favorite countries. Krakow is home to an incredible mix of modern suburbs and rich history. Take a stroll into the depths of Krakow's Jewish district to find the graffiti artworks covering many of its streets corners (and find one of my favorite cafe's - Cheder; from the festival 'house of culture').
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Wander Around Lazienki Park in Warsaw
Lazienki in its present form originates from the time after 1764, where Poland's last elective King acquired the nearby Ujazdowskie castle. Several painters and architects were commissioned to extend the Royal Possessions and create a Royal Summer Residence. You can visit the park for free, but a visit to the palace or closed pavilions costs a fee. Perfect place for a summer stroll!
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Discover Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine is a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and chambers – about 300km distributed over nine levels, the deepest being 327m underground – of which a small part is open to the public. The salt-hewn formations include chapels with altarpieces and figures, while others are adorned with statues and monuments – and there are even underground lakes. Unforgettable experience!
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN POLAND
Polish food will set your taste buds singing and we’ll show you all the best dishes to try from hearty soups to their famous dumplings.
Prepare to fall in love with pierogi, Poland’s beloved dumplings. This rib-stickingly good dish is made from pillow-soft dumplings stuffed with all sorts of fillings like meat, mushrooms, potato and cheese or seasonal fruits for sweet pierogi. Top them off with some sour cream or a sprinkle of sugar and you’ll be in Polish pierogi heaven.
If you love a warming bowl of soup, you’ll adore zurek. This traditional Polish soup is known for its distinct sour taste and you’ll also get the flavors of meats like bacon, ham or sausages, vegetables like potatoes and mushrooms, and even hard-boiled eggs on top as a garnish. Mop it up with some bread and you’ve got the perfect comfort food.
These deep-fried delights are sure to become your new favorite dessert in Poland. The delicious doughnuts are made from fried rounds of yeast dough stuffed with all sorts of wonderful fillings like sweet cheese or plum, strawberry, raspberry, apricot and rosehip jams. However you try them, each mouthful will be an utter treat.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT POLAND
We love Poland all year round, from the golden mountains of autumn and the sunny cities of summer, to the charming snowy scenes of winter.
Best Time to Visit Poland’s Cities
You can go enjoy a city break in Poland all year round, but the best time is usually the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring with milder temperatures and fewer crowds.
Best Time to Explore Poland's Countryside
If you want to discover Poland’s spectacular countryside, the best time is spring when there’s more sunshine and wildflowers in bloom, especially in the High Tatras.
Best Time for Winter Magic in Poland
Head to Poland from December to March for beautiful snow scenery and enchanting Christmas markets full of handmade toys and festive snacks.
PACKING TIPS FOR POLAND
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN POLAND
Create your own rules on a tailor made holiday to England with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like exploring Wray Castle and taking a steam train journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
On Visiting Auschwitz
This former concentration camp is synonymous with the Holocaust. It's important to remember its dark and sorrow past with respect when walking through this piece of history.
When you indulge in Polish food at local restaurants and cafes, you’ll support local farmers and get to eat delicious regional dishes while learning about their fascinating food traditions.
Bring a Filtered Water Bottle
Although Polish water is safe to drink, the plumbing can affect the quality and taste. Instead of drinking bottled water, bring a reusable bottle with built-in filtration for an eco-friendly option.