Explore historic squares, chic pavement cafes and micro-breweries on a cultural Poland tour. And away from the cities, discover thrilling winter activities in snowy mountains. No matter when and where you go in Poland, there's plenty of highlights.
Our small group tours to Poland include highlights like discovering the elaborately carved chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, exploring the picture-postcard city of Krakow with its narrow streets, grand buildings and alfresco cafes, and looking for gnomes in one of Poland's oldest cities Wroclaw.
For a more active trip to Poland, jump in the saddle and join our Poland cycling tour. Pedal alongside luscious fruit gardens in unspoilt villages and sample delicious local cuisine along the way. Our walking holiday in Poland is also a popular adventure; hike in the shadow of looming evergreen trees as you make your way along the limestone cliffs of the Pieniny Way and peer over the edge for spectacular views of the Dunajec Gorge.
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From the grand buildings and quaint streets of Krakow to the alpine Tatra and Carpathian ranges, our small group holidays to Poland will take you on unforgettable adventures. Here are some highlights of our Poland tours.
Climb aboard a train to make your way to Krakow on our Highlights of Poland Tour. Once Poland’s capital city, Krakow is a charming place to visit. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets, stop for a bite to eat in one of the many alfresco cafes and uncover grand buildings. A must-see sight is the Rynek Glowny, Europe’s largest medieval square. Colourful townhouses stand tall around the bustling plaza and vendors present a variety of handmade wares including wooden toys and ornate jewellery. The Old Town is also a popular highlight in Krakow. Discover historic buildings untouched by the war and visit the fairy-tale Wawel Castle to learn about Poland’s former monarchy.
The towering, jagged peaks of the Carpathian Mountains dominate the horizon from Krakow. Starting in the Czech Republic and running through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia and Romania, the Carpathian Mountains range forms a 1500 km arc through Central and Eastern Europe and is the third-longest in Europe. A closer look will reveal alpine meadows and forests cloaking the valleys in a blanket of emerald green. And if you fancy a hike into this rural landscape, join our Poland Walking Holiday to discover spectacular panoramic views of the Dunajec Gorge and the glacial lakes in the Tatra mountains (the highest peaks of the Carpathian range) from the summit of Babia Gora National Park.
Wander through a maze of narrow cobbled streets in the beautiful seaside city of Gdansk before setting off on our Poland Cycling Tour. Colourful townhouses line the streets, and grand buildings line the bustling Old Town Square. Pick up a nugget of ‘Baltic Gold’ from one of the many amber boutiques and browse the eclectic mix of artisan stalls on the charming terraced street of Ulica Mariacka. Relax in the evening with an amble along the water-side promenade and watch the world go by as you sip coffee in a chic alfresco cafe.
All of our trips to Poland are solo traveller friendly Meet like-minded adventurers and make new life-long friendships as you explore Poland under the expert guidance of your local tour leader. We’ll look after all of the logistics so you can feel relaxed and enjoy the trip to the full.
Visit in Spring to see Poland’s rolling countryside burst into life after a long, cold winter. Alpine forests shake off their coat of snow, cobalt-blue lakes thaw and vast meadows of wildflowers bloom into colour. Alternatively, head to Poland in Autumn to see a kaleidoscope of oranges, reds and yellows swirl through the valleys.
Immerse yourself in Poland’s dreamy winter wonderland during December and January for a festive getaway with a difference. The Pieniny Mountains will be draped in a blanket of deep snow at this time of year so jump on board a horse-drawn sleigh for an enchanting torch-lit ride through the forests.
When to go Cycling and Walking in Poland
Feel the warmth of Polish summer time as you hike through the Tatra Mountains range on our Polish Carpathians Walking Tour in May, June, August and September. Verdant grasses grow tall, and aquamarine lakes glisten in the bright sunshine. Temperatures often reach the mid to low 20°C’s but come prepared for a bit of rain and cooler temperatures in the highlands.
If you’re joining our Poland Cycling Tour along the Baltic Coast, the best months to enjoy a perfect combination of fine weather with fewer cyclists on the trails are May, June and September. Cycling will be easy-going in temperatures in the late teens or early 20°C’s but pack some warm layers to keep the chill off in the morning and evening.
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