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. 18187RJ
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/standing in cities and museums up to 2.5 hours; cobblestones.
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

Please note that the 12/12/19 departure of this program is a special Christmas-themed version, and has a different itinerary. 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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Ada Rybak
Ada Rybak was born in a small town in the Krakow region, and has devoted her life to teaching visitors about her home country of Poland. She holds a prestigious Krakow City Guide license, and she leads groups in English, Spanish and Polish. Ada specializes in the history of World War II and the experience of Polish Jews. She recently completed a certification course to guide groups to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and she continues to make her home in Krakow.

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

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