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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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

Included in the Program Only Price: Seven nights hotel accommodation, breakfasts during the program, two dinners and one lunch, six lectures by local experts, two escorted field trips, detailed outlines for four self-directed excursions, substantial free time. Not included: Airport transfers.
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Maria Lezon-Borzym
Maria was born in Pruszkow, Poland. She studied Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw and worked as a high school teacher before realizing that travel was her passion. After completing courses in history, architecture and arranging travel programs, Maria became a licensed local group leader in Warsaw. She has been leading groups in Poland and other European countries for many years and speaks English and Russian. Maria is married to a professor of philosophy at Warsaw University, and they have three children.

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

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Maria Lezon-Borzym
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