Fascinating Poland with Colleen Alsberg

September 7, 2022 to September 17, 2022

Delve into a land of medieval castles, bustling city squares and unmatched historical significance. Often thought of as a run-down, tired country still caught in the shadows of the Soviet Union, Poland’s bright and bustling cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Poznań enchant and amaze visitors from all across the globe. 

Poland’s history, particularly during the 20th Century, leaves it as a lasting reminder of the Holocaust atrocities and Communist regime hardships. The country’s historical significance, mixed with its captivating natural beauty and unique cultural fabric, make Poland one of Eastern Europe’s best-kept secrets.  

Your journey begins at Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Krakow.

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take your group transfer to the hotel where there is time to settle in and relax. Meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a walk around the Rynek Główny, Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches. Be sure to listen for the trumpeter's call! Later, enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Meals: Welcome Dinner with Wine
Hotels: Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Krakow or similar

In the morning, why not join an optional experience to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? Alternatively, relax until your ascent of Wawel Hill to see the Renaissance castle with a Local Expert. Visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland and the former seat of Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, later known to the world as Pope John Paul II.
Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and then to Podgórze to see Ghetto Square. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps spend time browsing the shops for traditional folklore products? Tonight enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow, availability permitting. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and live band will entertain you with songs and dances and you might even get to join them for a polka or two!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Krakow or similar

Journey into the Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Stay in the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city. Later join your Local Expert for a visit to the wooden shepherds' huts called ‘bacówka’ where the traditional sheep’s cheese ‘oscypek’ is made. This is followed by a tasty lunch in a mountain ranger restaurant. Next, visit the Papal sanctuary at Krzeptówki, the Old Church and the nearby cemetery with its sorrowful Jesus and wooden statues. On the way back, travel through the Tatra National Park to experience the beautiful mountain panoramas and the famous Jaszczurówka Chapel. In the evening, enjoy a rousing Highlight Dinner, accompanied by Goral Highlander folklore entertainment at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
Hotels Radisson Blu hotel & Residences, Zakopane or similar

Traveling past the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, your first stop will be the city of Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz. With a Local Historian, experience a moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau. Travel along the Oder River to the city of Wrocław, known in Polish as Miasto Spotkań or the meeting place. During its long history, Wrocław has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Austria,
Prussia and Germany. With your Local Expert, see the brightly colored facades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny. Take in the Baroque splendor of the Rynek and be introduced to Wrocław's cheeky gnomes.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wrocław or similar

With a relaxed start to the day, perhaps join a Local Expert on an Optional Experience to ride a historic 1900s Breslauer tram? Drive out to Ostrów Tumski, known as Cathedral Island. It's considered as the birthplace of Poland in the 10th century and is a fascinating place of legend, often overlooked by other visitors. Explore Poznan with Insight Choice. Choose between immersing yourself in the history of the city and enjoy a walking tour or alternatively, learn the secrets behind the St Martin’s croissant, a local delicacy, and enjoy a tasting.

Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Sheraton Poznań Hotel or similar

Stop at Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous winged bronze doors. Then continue to Toruń, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233 and birthplace of astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus. Join a Local Expert to discover this outstanding example of medieval architecture, now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time exploring at your own pace. Why not shop for traditional gingerbread? Follow the Vistula River north to the Baltic
Sea and Gdańsk a beautiful seaside town, with a lovingly restored Old Town. This evening join us in one of Gdansk’s best dining venues, located in a former 17th-century granary on the bank of the Motława river, availability permitting.

We'll enjoy a superb dinner of local Baltic specialties and be introduced to the thousand-year-old brewing tradition
of Gdansk by tasting several of the restaurant's very own micro-brewed craft beers. In the Middle Ages, Gdansk was one
of the wealthiest ports of the powerful Hanseatic League, and its fine buildings continue to be painstakingly rebuilt following WWII. After dinner enjoy a short walk through the illuminated old city.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdańsk or similar

Spend the morning with a passionate Local Expert. Learn captivating and fun facts about the city and see the Westerplatte, the scene of the first fighting between Polish and German troops in 1939, and the Gdańsk Shipyards where Lech Wałęsa formed the anti-Soviet Solidarnośćin 1980. Continue through the medieval city, where buildings
date back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Enjoy a free afternoon and perhaps choose to visit the elegant seaside town of Sopot.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdańsk or similar

With a Local Expert, visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights on the banks of the Nogat River. The castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. Next, travel south across the beautiful Masuria Lake District, passing Iława on the way to the capital of Warsaw. With the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps attend an evening concert of Poland’s best-loved composer,
Frédéric Chopin.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: The Westin Warsaw or similar

See the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park with a Local Expert. Visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, followed by a walk-through Warsaw’s Old Town, entirely rebuilt since World War II. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps visit Wilanów Palace, once the home to Poland's most famous King Jan Sobieski
III? At your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cozy Warsaw restaurant.

Hotel: The Westin Warsaw or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner with Wine

Your journey comes to an end with breakfast and a group transfer to the Warsaw airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotels and daily itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Krakow, return from Warsaw, including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Krakow and Warsaw (when booking the air inclusive package)

Hotel Accommodations

9 nights throughout Poland Include:
  • Two nights Krakow
  • One-night Zakopane
  • One night Wroclaw
  • One night Poznan
  • Two nights Gdansk
  • Two nights Warsaw
 Hotel accommodations include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling.

Included Meals

  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • One Lunch
  • Six Dinners with wine including a  Welcome Dinner in Krakow and Farewell Celebration dinner at a local Warsaw restaurant

Fox Flourish!

  • Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and live band will entertain you with songs and dances and you might even get to join them for a polka or two!
  • Join your local Expert for a visit to the wooden shepherds’ hut called ‘bacówka’ where the traditional sheep’s cheese ‘oscypek’ is made. This is followed by a tasty lunch in a mountain ranger restaurant.
  • Indulge in a superb dinner of local Baltic specialties and be introduced to the thousand-year-old brewing tradition of Gdansk by tasting several of the restaurant’s very own micro-brewed craft beers.
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents.

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Krakow: The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic ‘Holy Grail’.
  • Auschwitz: A powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau which bear witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
  • Wrocław: Known in Polish as Miasto Spotkań or the meeting place. With your Local Expert, see the brightly coloured facades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny. Take in the Baroque splendour of the Rynek and be introduced to Wrocław’s cheeky gnomes.
  • Poznan: Explore Poznan with Insight Choice. Choose between immersing yourself in the history of the city and enjoy a walking tour or alternatively, learn the secrets behind the St Martin’s croissant, a local delicacy, and enjoy a tasting.
  • Malbork: Visit the 13th century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world.
  • Gdansk: Enjoy a guided tour of the town including the Westerplatte and Gdansk Shipyards.

Tour Services

  • Insight Vacations professional local tour director
  • A luxury air-conditioned coach with extended leg room and an onboard restroom, for transportation and sightseeing
  • Handset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents

Not Included: Air with tour only, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, any items of a personal nature and anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Tour Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive

Tour and air included
Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $700.00
Initial Deposit: $200.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
No later than June 1, 2022

Single availability is upon request. 

All current air taxes and fees of $521.03 per person are included and subject to change.

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by December 1, 2021 and receive a $250.00 per person discount

Past Passenger Discount: $100.00 per person (subject to change at any time)*

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time

Flights from Chicago O’Hare are currently pending

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Colleen Alsberg

Colleen began her career with Fox World Travel in 1995. After escorting her first tour, a motorcoach group to Canada, she fell in love with the job and hasn’t stopped since. In her 25+ years of being a tour manager, her travels have taken her throughout the Americas & Europe. She has met wonderful people and shared a multitude of experiences with them in destinations like Alaska, Hawaii, Italy, Ireland, France, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean & Mexico and so many more!

Her personal travels have extended throughout the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, the South Pacific and the Middle East. Her travel list is never-ending! She’s been truly blessed and hopes to continue exploring new destinations throughout our amazing world!

Optional Motorcoach Transfer

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each direction ($90 per person roundtrip) is available to add to the tour package.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Details and rates can be obtained from your Fox World Travel advisor.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to June 1, 2022: Initial deposit of $200.00 per person
  • June 2, 2022 – July 1, 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 2, 2022 – August 5, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 6, 2022 to day of travel: No refunds

Air is non-refundable once ticketed. 

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