Poland Encompassed

Poland Encompassed – a 13 day Small Group Tour

Poland dates back to prehistoric times when Slavic tribes settled on the land. Since then it has experienced a varied history; from Christianization and kingdoms; through its Golden Age and becoming a large European power; its eventual collapse and partition to the more recent world wars and communism, finally resulting in the restoration of democracy.

Although there are stark reminders of its troubled past, the country has bounced back, restoring its once-destroyed cities and towns to make Poland a popular destination. With its varied landscapes of beaches in the north and the mountains in the south, Poland has something to offer for all travellers.

There is much more to Poland than meets the eye. This tour goes into the very heart of Poland – exploring historic cities with stunning architecture and fairy-tale castles, to experiencing the bustline arts scene and beautiful scenery.

We start in the capital Warsaw with a visit to the well-preserved old town and then head into the countryside to the birthplace of Frederick Chopin. Travelling west we visit the Wooden Churches of Peace (UNESCO) and charming city of Wroclaw before making our way to the foothills of the Tatra Mountains.

Spend some time in nature at Morskie Oko lake before moving on to Krakow. Explore the city’s past with a visit to the Wieliczska Salt Mine (UNESCO) and the sobering Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, before travelling to the beautiful city of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea. Explore this delightful port city and discover why it is sol popular with Poles and foreigners alike.

We then head back to Warsaw for our final night in this The tour ends back in Warsaw for our final night in this fascinating country.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace


Tour style


Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.


Arrive in Warsaw and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival there may be time to explore the city independently. No meals or activities included today. Overnight Chopin Boutique B&B or similar.

Today explore the delights of Warsaw. This morning visit the Łazienki Garden and enjoy a guided walk to the Palace and the Frederick Chopin monument. After lunch explore the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, the seat of the kings of Poland. Here the Constitution of May 3rd was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution in the world after the US Constitution. Later this evening enjoy a musical concert of Frederic Chopin’s music concert. Overnight Chopin Boutique B&B or similar (BL)

After breakfast we leave Warsaw and head south to Wroclaw. On the way we stop in Zelazowa Wola – the birthplace of Frederick Chopin. Visit the museum located at his family home – a beautiful manor house. Next, continue to Łowcz, a typical Mazovian town famous for folk art. Especially noteworthy are the colourful costumes and beautiful paper cut-outs. Visit the local museum and a separate open air museum. After lunch we continue to Wroclaw, where we expect to arrive early evening. Overnight Qubus Hotel or similar (BL)

Explore Wroclaw on a half day tour. Visit the Old Town, Ostrów Tumski Island, Centennial Hall. This afternoon we head to the city of Swidnica (approx. 30km from Wroclaw) where we visit the unique wooden Churches of Peace, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Wroclaw where the rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight Qubus Hotel or similar (BL)

Today we head for Zakopane. Depending on the group, we make an optional stop in Zabrze to visit a museum located at the Old Coal Mine, where you learn about the history of coal mining in Silesia (additional cost to be paid locally). Arrive into Zakopane in the early evening, beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in the valley between Gubalowka and Giewont. It is the most popular resort and one of the most beautiful places in Poland owing to its picturesque location. Overnight Czarny Potok Hotel or similar (BL)

After breakfast we head to Morskie Oko lake located in the Tatra Mountains. Enjoy a walk along the trails and a short horse-drawn carriage ride to the shelter at Morskie Oko, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the highest peaks of the Polish Tatra Mountains. After lunch we return to Zakopane where we take a drive around the city before returning to the hotel Overnight Czarny Potok Hotel or similar (BL)

After an early breakfast depart for Wieliczka to visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine (UNESCO). Continue to Krakow where we take a short city tour. Visit the Wawel Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries is matchless. We also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. The 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt from 1520 ranks with the world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. After lunch visit Krakow’s old town, with its restored main square of magnificent houses and palaces. Stop at St. Mary’s Basilica to see the magnificent wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. In the middle of the square is Cloth Hall built before 1349, but renovated in the 16th century with many shopping stalls inside. Overnight Wit Stwosz Hotel or similar (BL)

Today visit Oswiecim, the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp; an eerie and haunting place that drives home the terrible atrocities which took place here during World War II. There is an option to stop in Wadowice, the hometown of John Paul II before your visit to Auschwitz. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Wit Stwosz Hotel or similar (BL)

After breakfast we leave Krakow and head to the city of Sandomierz, an example of Renaissance architecture in Poland. Take a walk through the streets of the old town and visit the castle and St. Jacob’s Church with its Dominican Monastery. We continue to Kazimierz Dolny, a beautifully located old town on the Vistula river banks, known also as a place especially cherished by artists. We take a short city tour before heading to your hotel. Overnight at Kazimierzowka Hotel or similar (BL)

Today we head to Gdansk. We stop in Torun – the city of Nicolas Copernicus, the famous Polish astronomer – where we walk through the streets of the old town and visit the museum, Copernicus’s home, Crooked Tower, and taste the local famous gingerbread. Arrive in Gdansk in the evening. Overnight Dom Muzyka Hotel or similar (BL)

Today take a guided tour of Gdansk’s old town. Visits include the St. Mary Basilica, Neptun Monument, Zuraw Gdanski, the harbour, the “Roads to Freedom” exposition and the “Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers”. Next visit the monument at Westerplatte, where WWII began. Visit the Gothic Cathedral in Oliwa where you can listen to a concert on a baroque pipe organ. After lunch continue to Sopot – a famous Polish spa at the Baltic seaside, and famous for the longest wooden pier in Europe. Overnight at Dom Musyka Hotel or similar (BL)

Early departure this morning to Malbork for a visit to the medieval fortress of Teutonic Knights, the largest brick castle in Europe. The Malbork Castle, a 15th c. powerful stronghold of the Teutonic Knights, is one of the best examples of medieval fortification in Europe. We then return to Warsaw. We break up the journey with a 2-hour cruise along the famous Elblag Canal which is considered one of the new seven Poland tourist wonders.  It was built in the 19th c. and renovated again but a few years ago. You cross 4 water ramps during the cruise also on… grass. We arrive into Warsaw in the evening. Overnight Chopin Boutique B&B Hotel or similar (BL)

At leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight (B)

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

Single Supplement starting from £415 – Please note that there may be communal bathrooms in village houses.

Return direct flights from London to Warsaw start from £250. Contact us for details.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Bucharest costs from £41 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £74 per person in a solo occupancy room.

Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.

Why not include the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to your tour for a more in depth look at this fascinating and little visited part of Europe? You can join our Baltic Explorer tour directly before the May and September departures. Contact us for more details.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation
  • All transportation throughout with a professional driver
  • Services of English speaking guide / tour leader –  we have a combined driver/guide for groups of three or less.
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Visas
  • Drinks

Andrei was excellent and contributed enormously to success of trip. We got to places that we wouldn’t have done on our own. The itinery was excellent and in fact I chose trip because this was most comprehensive on market in UK. It was a good mix of different places, areas and experiences.


J. Crank, UK