Holiday to Poland - Let's plan seven days and see the best places
Planning Holiday to Poland for a week but you are not sure what is the best way to plan this time? This article will definitely help you plan correctly your time and include the best of Poland.
Plan and see the best of Poland
Suggested time is 7 Days
Recommend to Rent a Car - from €30 per day
Warsaw - Krakow - Auschwitz - Wieliczka - Zakopane
WARSAW - DAY 1 & 2
Warsaw Hotel Inspiration and Tools to find the cheapest Hotels - Book without Breakfast
Great Hotel in Best Prices in Warsaw is Radisson BLU Sobiecki
Parking in Raddisson BLU - short-term for PLN 10 per hour or overnight for PLN 90 in a secure underground garage
First to do in Warsaw: Install the application JakdoJade (Use Public Transport)
The national stadium in Warsaw - Visit during winter, it's a place full of activities
We can start our holiday in Poland from the capital of Poland. As it is located in the center of the country, it is a good starting point. You can then decide where to depart.
You can check the flights to both Warsaw and Krakow using our flight comparison engine. Then choose the best option according to your preferred criteria.
Just note that the travel time between Krakow and Warsaw with a fast train (EIP or IC) is around 2 hours and 30 minutes and may cost from 15 to 35 euro (2nd Class).
If it happens that you arrive at the Modlin airport, which is located around 45 minutes outside the city, no worries at all. You can find all the options you need in order to get to Warsaw city center.
Perhaps you need some inspiration on Things to do in Warsaw with Kids and not Only?
Depend on the time you arrive, you will need to get to your hotel from the airport and get some rest. In case you have some time, you can get out for a walk, eat something and have a few beers.
Good morning - Day 2 -
Τime to discover the amazing city of Warsaw
But first, let's see some ideas for a good breakfast for just one zloty. I guess you listened to me and took a hotel without breakfast.
Remember, I recommended that you rent a car, but this is not the time yet. Except if you booked a hotel with FREE parking.
Usually, hotel parking is expensive and is better to check this in advance.
Wisła river beaches during the summer - Place for kids
How to see the city of Warsaw?
Well, if you have a low budget, then I recommend taking FREE walking tours in Warsaw. You can just tip the guide with 20-40 PLN, that's 5-10 euro.
Another way to see the city of Warsaw is with a professional guide. We offer private guides in Warsaw in Greek.
There is also a very good 3 hours afternoon tour in Warsaw for €35 p.p. with hotel pick-up and drop off. Family-friendly tour in Warsaw might be the best way to see the city.
Finally, another good way to see the city is by using the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which cost €15,50 for 24 hours. It might be great, especially with kids.
In case you are with kids, you might need some interesting ideas about things to do with kids in Warsaw.
If you decide to stay one more day in Warsaw, I highly recommend that you visit the countryside. You might need to rent a car for some of the places, but with some other not.
Warsaw - More Points of interest
- Kopernik monument
- Polin museum
- F. Chopin museum
- Holy Cross Church (The place where Chopin's heart is kept)
- The University of Warsaw and the garden
- Presidential Palace
- Pilsudski Square
- Tomb of Unknown Soldier
- St. Anne’s Church
- Warsaw Barbican
- Castle Square with the Sigismund’s Column
- Royal Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- St. John’s Archcathedral
- Market Place
- Maria Sklodowska-Curie
- Warsaw uprising at Krasinskich square
Would you like to have a Greek-speaking private guide in Warsaw?
Also for the Greek-speaking people, I have prepared a Self-Guided tour to the main points of interest of Warsaw.
MOVING TO KRAKOW - DAY 3
211 KM - 2 h and 30 Min. (Fast Train or Car)
Do you know that you can get to Krakow from Warsaw with only €8,50, using FlixBus? It will take you around 5 Hours
Great Hotel in Krakow is also Radisson BLU, Krakow
The Wieliczka Salt Mine
Close to Krakow - around 45 minutes with public transportation. You can go with a normal €1 ticket from Krakow
It's now time to move to Krakow. We better start early in order to catch the Wieliczka Salt Mine after lunch. It might be also the time to rent a car if we haven't before.
TIP: If you rent a car, look for a hotel with FREE parking in Krakow. Just choose hotels with parking or free parking if it's available. In case you cannot find, check the prices and if it's expensive to travel with a train instead.
Horse cabs in Krakow
If you start around 11:00, after a good breakfast, then you will be in your hotel in Krakow around 14:00. The best time to check-in :)
Relax and eat something and then you head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. All you need for how to visit are in this article, either you go with a car or with public transport.
Note that the Mine is around 45 minutes and depend on the time, the last group might be on 17:00. Check the timetable when booking your tickets.
It is preferred to book your tickets in advance so you get easier. Don't forget to get in the graduation tower after your visit for 30 minutes. It is only 6 PLN.
After your visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine, you return to Krakow, relax and then you can discover Krakow's nightlife.
The amazing underground wold of Wieliczka Salt Mine
Points of interest in Krakow
- Main Market Square - the biggest Medieval square in Europe.
- Old Town
- Town Hall Tower
- St. Mary’s Basilica,
- Krakow's Barbican
- Sukiennice (Cloth Hall)
- Wawel Hill
- Cathedral and the Royal Castle
- FREE walking tour in Krakow
For more things to do in Krakow, you can find my full list with more than 20 things to do in Krakow. I am hoping that this list satisfies everyone. When I see something new, I will add it :)
Good morning - Day 4 -
Time to discover the horrible Auschwitz
Located around 1 hour and 30 minutes from Krakow. Cheapest and convenient transport option is by a shuttle bus from Krakow - €4.
It usually takes around 1hour and 30 minutes to get to Auschwitz from Krakow. So plan your time accordingly.
The famous Auschwitz is located in the small city of Oświęcim in southern Poland with a population around 44,000 people.
The city became infamous-famous during and after WWII because Nazi German's used it for 2 of the most famous concentrations and exterminations camps in human history.
The main entrance of Auschwitz II, Birkenau
Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, Birkenau. There was also Auschwitz III, Monowitz and many other sub-camps in the close area.
It is well known that in those camps more than 1,300,000 people lost their lives and suffered.
Other survived a few days, but a few thousand survived the holocaust and liberated by the red army. The liberation of Auschwitz was in January of 1945.
People have two choices, either walk in a death march in the hard winter or stay in the camp until the Soviet army arrived. Many people died during the "March of death".
It is said that in contradiction with other camps, the liberated people from Auschwitz was set free. They had to find alone their way home and it worth to mention that their way home was not paved with rose petals.
There are much more to discover in Auschwitz. It is always recommended to get a guide. Let's see below all the options someone has in order to visit Auschwitz.
How to Visit Auschwitz from Krakow
Important to know: The maximum size of luggage you can take inside the premises of Auschwitz Museum is: 30x20x10 cm
1. Take a group tour with transport
This is the most convenient option to see Auschwitz from Krakow and with the least planning. You just need to book online the tour and that's it.
At the day of your visit, a mini-van will pickup you from your hotel or close enough together with other people. You are going to see Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II and then return back to your hotel.
Those are group tours conducted in English but also can be in other languages. There are two types of such tours.
The one departs from a central location and the other will pick you more or less from your hotel, except if they will be not able to get in. In this case, they will tell you to get to another point close to your hotel.
I am going to post 2-3 different, so you check which one has the better price. Sometimes there might be on a discount on specific days, so you can save even 20%.
When you find the tour on discount for your day, then book it. The tours are conducted by professional guides of the Auschwitz museum and they will be organized but they are group tours with other people
- Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Guided Tour (English, Italian or Spanish) - (Meeting Point or Hotel) -- Book here
- Auschwitz I and Birkenau Full-Day Guided Tour from Krakow (English, Spanish, Italian, German)
It might be money save idea in case you want to see both Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt mine to book one tour for both. Those tours can be in 1 day only or in 2 days.
- Same day Combo tour to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine (11 hours tour) - €65 per person only -- Book Here
- Auschwitz and Wieliczka combo tour in 2 Days - €75 per person -- Book Here
2. Private tour to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II
In case you would like to have your own guide for your group just for you.
You start with a guide from Krakow and go all the way to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II and then back to Krakow in a private tour.
Check this option here: Private Tour to Auschwitz from Krakow. This is an English speaking tour, but maybe also German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian are available.
Here, you can find Greek Speaking tours to Auschwitz.
3. Self-guided tour to Auschwitz
It is not suggested to visit Auschwitz without a guide, but some people will like to do it anyway. Either they like to have more time in camp, take pictures and videos, minimize the cost or any other reason.
In case you are going to visit without a guide, then maybe you want to check another option. Get comfortable transport at least and a ticket to the camp.
The price of this usually is between €21 to €25 per person. Find out more information about the self-guided tour to Auschwitz.
They also give you a booklet in Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian
In this category, you can also book your ticket from the Auschwitz page without an educator.
I guess this is the same they do in the tour above. But you may not be able to find tickets if you late or in high season.
You can then go to Auschwitz by car or shuttle bus from Krakow.
4. Book your ticket with a museum guide
The entrance in Auschwitz is FREE. What you pay is the guide. To book an English speaking guide from the Auschwitz museum website cost around €15 and is a bit hard to find tickets.
You can also book a shuttle bus to go and come and you pay totally around €23 per person. The museum offers also other languages except for Greek. For Greek, we only make private tours.
Good morning - Day 5 -
We have now seen Auschwitz on Day 4, then returned to Krakow tired and full of thoughts. You can find a nice traditional restaurant in Krakow and enjoy some nice food with wine or beer.
Some recommendations are
- Restauracja Kuchnia Polska "Gąska" -- Facebook Page
- Restaurant Malina honey - Trip Advisor
- Restaurant Zalewajka -- website - menu
Today it might the day to visit the beautiful and famous Zakopane. The winter capital of Poland. Why not stay for a night and return the next day back?
Visit Zakopane and Tatra Mountains
Zakopane is a traditional resort town in southern Poland, at the base of the Tatras Mountains. During the wintertime it is said to be the winter capital of Poland. It is usually a very crowded and cold place.
It’s a very popular point for winter sports and summertime mountain climbing and hiking.
You can find some interesting hiking routes to take in the Tatra mountains. Most are summer routes, as in winter might be a little dangerous and very cold.
The central point in Zakopane is Krupówki St. with numerous regional restaurants and local market.
If you are going to Zakopane it might a great idea to stay for the night. Otherwise is better to have a rental car, as it is difficult to see a lot of things in the surroundings.
Except for hiking and skiing in the mountains, there are also some other interesting things to do in Zakopane. For example thermal pools
How to get to Zakopane from Krakow
The buses are very comfortable and they even have Wi-Fi. It might worth booking the return at the same time, except if you prefer to leave your plan open.
Travel time from Krakow to Zakopane with a bus is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Where to stay in Zakopane
In case you decide to stay, it might worth to check also for accommodation to Kościelisko neighborhood village. It is less crowded and is very close to Zakopane. Also the prices might be much lower.
If you are a group of people, it might be a better option to book an apartment in the center of Zakopane.
The final option for a cheap accommodation and prices which they star from only 120 PLN per night for two people, is the Resorts Lipki Park, Za Strugiem 41 B.
Organized tours from Krakow to Zakopane
In case you have not rented a car and you would like to see something more in Zakopane, then it might worth to take a tour from Krakow.
If you are a small group of people, in the end, it will not cost too much money for each one.
I was checking some tours to find something interesting to suggest and I have seen one tour with many reviews. It was the only one, so I will place some info here.
This is a full day (9 hours) tour to Zakopane and Tatra Mountains from Krakow and cost €67 per person. But it's only available on Wednesday's.
Your tour starts with a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Gubalowka to see a wonderful view of the Tatras.
After a short walk around the peak, return down the funicular to visit the oldest part of Zakopane where the old cottages of the mountaineers still stand, surrounded by ash trees and blackened by the sun.
These wooden houses and churches were built in the Zakopane style by the remarkable Polish artist, Witkacy.
In addition to the traditional mountain architecture, magnificent folk costumes and jewelry have also survived here to this day.
To better experience, the true Zakopane atmosphere, take a walk along Krupówki, the central mall, lined with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and souvenir shops.
Here you will have a lunch break. The last stop in Zakopane is either the Tatra Museum or, on the way back to Krakow, a visit to the lovely old wooden village of Chocholow.
Good morning - Day 6 -
Either you wake up in Zakopane or in Krakow, it's time to get back to Krakow or see something more in Krakow and this is your last full day in Poland.
You wake up in Krakow and you have time for another day trip? It worth to see Czestochowa and the Jasna Góra monastery with the famous Black Madonna.
Another idea for the summertime is to go for Rafting at the Dunajec River.
In case you depart from Warsaw, you will need to get back to Warsaw in order to get your flight the next day.
Good morning - Day 7 -
Have a nice trip and see you soon.
For more extensive Holiday to Poland, you might need to check my 10 Day schedule.
You might be interested to see more information on money exchange in Poland.
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