We asked Manish Ahluwalia, CEO & Director at SKH Global Travels, a leading travel company based in Delhi. Here are his suggestions to make the best of your Poland trip.
“It’s great that you have picked Poland. This beautiful land showcases the best of Europe’s culture, commerce, colour and cool quotient. You are in for a sensory treat! In four days, you can discover the best of Warsaw and Krakow, Poland’s top two cities.”
ARRIVAL AT WARSAW
12:30 pm: Transfer to Hotel, check in, have lunch and relax.
Post Lunch: Walk out of your hotel and explore the city for a bit. The best way to discover European gems is on foot. With its strong whiff of history and culture, Warsaw will wow you. The city drapes a different beauty at dusk. A 2.5 hour illumination tour will take you through the Royal Route, the Old Town and the city center; all lit up and lovely now. Walk around some more if you like. Round off the evening with dinner and turn in for the night.
Explore the stunning Lazienki Royal Park, created by the last king of Poland – Stanislaus Poniatowski. Then take a bus tour across Warsaw’s aristocratic residences, historic churches and famous statues. Post lunch, go shopping around the city square. Let the rest of the evening slide slowly by, over drinks, city lights, and a relaxed Polish dinner.
WARSAW – WIELICZKA – KRAKOW
Leave early and transfer to Krakow by bus—a five hour trip. After lunch, check out Wieliczka, an over 300 m deep UNESCO Heritage listed Salt Mine. This 2-hour walking tour shows you magnificent underground chapels, lakes and chambers carved from salt. Wieliczka is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation. Enjoy dinner, relax.
Take a city tour of Krakow town. The Barbican and defensive walls with Florian’s Gate, the Main Market Square with Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St Mary’s Church and Town Hall Tower are Polish gems. Post lunch, check out the Jagiellonian University, pass by Archbishop Palace, where John Paul II used to live, as well as St. Andrew’s Church and SS Peter and Paul’s Church to reach the Wawel Hill, where you could visit the Wawel Cathedral with tombs of Polish kings.
We hope this has helped you plan your Poland trip better. Have a great holiday!
This article was first published in the Jan-Feb 2015 issue of Travel Secrets Magazine.