Independent Warsaw and Krakow: Capitals Past and Present

Experience the wonders of Poland as you stroll cobbled paths and enjoy the country’s rich social and cultural history, discovering a trove of museums, monuments and cafes at every turn.
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Program No. 18187 60MEADV-0218
9 days
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At a Glance

Reduced to rubble during World War II, the city of Warsaw is once again a proud capital following a painstaking restoration and reconstruction made possible by the hard work of the Polish public. Discover this inspiring urban success story firsthand, then move from political capital to cultural capital as you continue the journey amid the impressive art collections and cozy restaurants of Krakow, where a maze of cobblestone alleyways contains the largest concentration of historical monuments and cultural treasures in Poland.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles and 2 hours per day with periods of standing. Getting on and off the subway/motorcoach. Terrain includes cobblestones and uneven ground. Some stairs to negotiate.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a concert featuring the works of great composer and Polish native son, Frédéric Chopin.
  • With an expert in Krakow, discover the Market Square, where the surroundings have remained unchanged for almost 700 years.
  • Hear a lecture on Jewish Renaissance in Poland, then set off to experience Krakow’s Jewish Kazimierz district and its modern-day renaissance.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Budapest and Prague: Capital Cities and Jewels of Central Europe" (#21707) for even more learning in Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
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Zuzanna Waligora
Zuzanna Waligora hails from a town located in the Beskidy Mountains and has lived in Krakow for ten years since completing her studies in travel, recreation, and English. Her love of travel started when she spent 11 months in Elyria, Ohio, as an exchange student, attending the local high school and living with an American host family. She loves the ability to look at her own heritage with a fresh perspective, as well as meet people and learn about cultures that are new to her.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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