13 Day Eastern European Heritage

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Vilnius, Krakow-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Vilnius
    • 2 nights Minsk
    • 1 night Bialystok
    • 2 nights Warsaw
    • 1 night Wroclaw
    • 3 nights Krakow
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Tour the Old Town of Vilnius, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Eastern Europe
  • Explore the legendary Trakai Castle, Lithuania's famous medieval stronghold
  • Attend an organ concert in the Red Cathedral, a symbol of Minsk
  • Visit the unique ethnographic complex of Dudutki, located on the bank of picturesque river Ptich
  • View the 18th century Branicki Palace, known as the “Polish Versailles”
  • Tour the POLIN Museum, which represents a 1000-year history of Polish Jews in Warsaw
  • Lowicz, a town in the historical Mazovia region, known for its living folk art tradition and culture
  • Wroclaw, the “Venice of Poland” a charming city built on 12 islands and surrounded by canals
  • Jasna Gora, one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world and home of the Black Madonna painting
  • Kazimierz, the former Jewish district that has been the heart of Krakow's Jewish community since medieval times
  • In Krakow, visit the Old Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in Poland
  • Explore the underground world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tasting of pierogi, Polish dumplings in Krakow

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Lithuania
Depart on your flight to Vilnius, Lithuania

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Vilnius
Arrive in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania and the second largest city in the Baltic states. After transferring to your hotel, time to settle in before tonight’s orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm with your Tour Manager, followed by a festive Welcome Dinner with Lithuanian specialties and a delightful folklore show. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Vilnius no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Vilnius
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Vilnius City Tour, Cheese Tasting, Trakai Castle
The city tour of Vilnius begins in the Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Eastern Europe. View St. Anne’s church, a stunning example of brick Gothic architecture in Lithuania and Vilnius University, housing the oldest library in the country. View the iconic fortification of Gediminas Tower, overlooking the old town, perched high up on Castle Hill. After the city tour, visit Cheese Makers' Home, a small dairy farm in a Lithuanian village. Tour the estate and sample delectable homemade cheeses. In the afternoon, explore the medieval Trakai Castle on Galve Lake, regally standing on an island completely surrounded by water. This historic and world-famous castle was built by Lithuanian Dukes and once served as their residence. Time to stroll the grounds and visit the castle museum to see the extensive display of medieval exhibits before returning to Vilnius
Overnight: Vilnius
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Minsk, Organ Concert
After breakfast this morning, head towards Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus that serves as the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. During your city tour of the capital, visit the Independence Square, one of the largest squares in Europe. Attend an organ concert in the Red Cathedral, a symbol of Minsk that combines Neo-Romanesque and Neo-Gothic architectural styles. Continue to the historical center of the city - the Freedom Square with its Town Hall and the Trinity Suburb, the oldest surviving district of Minsk. Conclude with a visit to Yama Memorial, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Afterward, spend time at leisure. Perhaps, ascend to the observation deck, located at the top of the National Library, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Minsk. In the evening, gather together for dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Minsk
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Dudutki Open-Air Museum, Home Hosted Lunch
Begin the day with a visit to the unique ethnographic complex of Dudutki, located south of Minsk on the bank of picturesque river Ptich. It's an open-air museum of Belarusian folk crafts, that was founded in 1993 and it’s the only private museum in Belarus. Visit the woodwork workshop, the forge, the pottery and the windmill. Afterward, you will have a chance to taste traditional Belarusian appetizers and beverages. In the afternoon, join a local family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional home hosted meal. A unique opportunity to interact with the family and learn about their values and traditions
Overnight: Minsk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Multicultural Bialystok
Depart Belarus and travel to Bialystok in Poland, the birthplace of L.L. Zamenhof, the inventor of the artificial language, Esperanto. The city boasts a unique character that has been shaped by the coexistence of many different nationalities, religions, and cultures. After lunch, take a tour of the city. View the 18th century Branicki Palace, known as the “Polish Versailles”, Main Market with Town Hall, Jewish Cemetery, Bialystok Memorial and the red-brick Gothic Cathedral of Virgin Mary. Your afternoon is free for individual discoveries. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Bialystok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Tykocin, Warsaw Old Town
Travel to Tykocin, a historic town, located just 25 miles from Bialystok. View the impressive Baroque Church of the Holy Trinity and visit the Great Synagogue which dates from 1642. Its historic wall paintings are inscribed with religious quotations in Hebrew and Aramaic. Today, the synagogue houses a Jewish Museum. Continue with a visit to Tykocin Castle, which was reconstructed on the foundations of the 16th century royal castle of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund Augustus. Afterward, travel to Warsaw, the 700-year-old capital of Poland. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of the Old Town. Stroll through its cobbled streets to Old Market Square, the center and the oldest part of the Old Town. Continue with a visit to St. John’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally constructed in the 14th century, the cathedral was the site of royal coronations and burials for many centuries. After the tour, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Warsaw's Jewish Heritage
This morning, visit the POLIN Museum, which represents a 1000-year history of Polish Jews. The museum was erected on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto and is an icon of modern architecture. Explore the interactive exhibits and learn about the origins of the Jewish settlers in Europe, their role in the country’s politics, economy and society. Warsaw once had the largest Jewish community in Europe. Stop at the inspiring Memorial that commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 and later tour a typical food market where you can spend time on your own for food tasting, or shopping. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace. This former summer residence of the Polish kings was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan Sobieski III and is located just outside of Warsaw. In the evening, attend a Chopin concert, a highlight of the day. Listen to some of Chopin's most favorite piano works, performed in a stunning setting. During the intermission, enjoy a glass of champagne
Optional: Wilanow Palace (PM)
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Lowicz, Home Hosted Lunch, Wroclaw City Tour
After breakfast this morning, head to Wroclaw, the “Venice of Poland”. En route stop in Lowicz, a town in the historical Mazovia region, known for its living folk art tradition and culture. Here, visit a traditional Polish home and listen to interesting stories about the history of the home and local legends. After the visit, savor a home-cooked traditional Polish lunch. Arrive in Wroclaw, a charming city built on 12 islands and surrounded by canals and rivers. More than 120 bridges link the islands which are accented with historical buildings reflecting the city's past. In the oldest part of the city, visit the Cathedral St. John the Baptist that features the largest organ in Poland. Proceed to the iconic two-story Gothic Church of the Holy Cross, constructed in the 13th century. It's one of only few two-level churches in all of Europe. Continue to Wroclaw University, founded by the Jesuits in 1670. One of the highlights is the magnificent Baroque style ceremonial hall of Aula Leopoldina. Conclude the tour at the market square, where you will have dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Wroclaw
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Jasna Gora Monastery, Krakow
Depart Wroclaw and travel to Czestochowa, known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world and home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to visit the shrine as it is said to have miraculous powers. After the visit, continue to Krakow, a former residence of the Polish kings. Arrive in Krakow late in the afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a show of traditional Polish entertainment, followed by dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Krakow City Tour, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Morning tour of Krakow begins at Kazimierz, the former Jewish district that has been the heart of the city’s Jewish community since medieval times. Visit the Old Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in Poland and one of the most precious landmarks of Jewish architecture in Europe. View the remaining walls of the ghetto and visit the Ghetto Heroes Square. Continue to the Old Town and lively Market Square. Stop at stately St. Mary's Church with its tall brick tower overlooking the square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall where traders offer a variety of wares as their predecessors did many generations ago. In the afternoon, explore the underground world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the extensive underground galleries and marvel at the ornate Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, with altarpieces and chandeliers made from natural salt deposits. After your visit, return to Krakow for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Farewell Dinner
A somber journey to the town of Oswiecim where the Nazis built Auschwitz, their largest concentration and death camp. The stories of those who were sent there and perished, emphasize the scope of Hitler's extermination efforts. After an introductory film, walk through the museum with time to reflect. Return to Krakow with time to further explore the city on your own. On your last night in Poland, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends during your Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Poland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

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Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace, as impressive as Versailles, was built in the late 17th century as a summer residence for King Jan Sobieski III and owned later by very important Polish noble families. The main building, consisting of 3 wings, housed the oldest museum established in Poland in 1805 to preserve the memory of the Sobieski family and represent spectacular national history moments of the time, including the Battle of Vienna in 1683 against the Ottoman Empire. The residence complex extended by large gardens and lake-side promenade, fortunately avoided deeper destruction in 1939-1945. After detailed renovations in 2010 and 2011, Wilanow Palace presents its valuable collection of royal furniture, portraits and china.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $49.00
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