Westerplatte, Gdańsk, Poland – this is where the war began. Poland was tried sorely during the war. Defense battles, then Nazi and Soviet occupation, death camps – everything affected our country and all Poles. This tour is designed for everyone – not only history aficionados, who would like to learn more about the Second World Warand see the places touched by history, but also for those who want to take an unusual tour around Poland, off the beaten track.
- Powązki Cemetery, Wolf’s Lair, Miedzyrzecz, Riese Complex – all in one tour only with RealPoland!
- breakfasts and entrance fees included,
- local guides in Warsaw, Wolf’s Liar, Tricity, Poznań, Międzyrzecz, Wrocław, Kraków.
- museum guide at Auschwitz
- an English speaking driver/tour assistant throughout the whole tour,
- a tour leader for the whole trip
- dinners included
- possible additional services: genealogy, event booking etc.
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Day by day
|Poland was the first target of Nazi attack in 1939 – it is where the Second World War began. Poland faced the most tragic events of the war – the defence fight in 1939, occupation by both the Nazi and the Soviet Union, the Holocaust and two uprisings in Warsaw alone, which resulted in the city being turned into ruins.|
During this tour you will find out more about that: you will see the place where the first war shots were fired, visit Hitler’s headquaters where he was almost assassinated, and have a chance to pay your respects to the victims of the Holocaust.
|The Polish capital was tried sorely during the war. Two uprisings took place in the city, the Uprising in the Jewish Ghetto in 1943 and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 – the biggest battle against Nazi occupation. In its aftermath, Hitler gave an order to demolish the city, commanding that no stone could remain standing and the city was methodically razed to the ground.|
During the 5-hour tour, you will have a chance to follow the steps of the soldiers who fought for freedom of their homeland. You will see the remains of the Jewish ghetto, also destroyed after the uprising of 1943.
Other famous spots of Warsaw will not be omitted – the Old Town, rebuilt after the war with the effort of all Poles, as well as the Royal Route and Łazienki Park with its famous Statue of Chopin. Walking the paths of the park or the narrow alleys of the Old Town, you can try to imagine that 50 years ago everything was ruined. The city had died.
|Day 3||WARSAW UPRISING MUSEUM|
|The third day of the tour includes a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Museum.|
The Warsaw Uprising Museum commemorates the fights of 1944, which resulted in the order to destroy the city. It holds interactive displays, photographs, video footage and miscellaneous exhibits, all of which make a lasting impression on the visitors. The Museum is located in a former tram power station. Its 2000 metres square of surface split over several levels, leading visitors chronologically through the story of the Uprising. You will have a chance to see what life looked like under Nazi occupation. Different halls focus on various aspects of the Uprising. The main points of interest are the replica of a radio station, and B24 Allied airplane once used to drop supplies for the besieged city.
|Day 4||WOLF’S LAIR – LIDZBARK|
|You leave Warsaw early in the morning and head to the northern part of Poland. There, among the Mazurian forests, the ruins of Hitler’s headquarters are located.|
It is a place of great historical significance, because the first attempt on Furher’s life was made here. Wolf’s Lair has been an extraordinary military complex, housing up to 2000 inhabitants. Among other structures, it hosted 2 airports, a power plant and a railway station. During your visit, with an English-speaking guide, you will have a chance to discover the biggest secrets of Hitler’s famous headquarters, where the proceedings of the Second World War were decided.
You will spend the night in the hotel in Lidzbark Warminski located in the historical castle.
|Day 5||MALBORK – GDAŃSK|
|Just after breakfast your personal driver will Take you to Gdańsk, where the Second World War actually began.|
However, the Castle of Malbork lies on the way and you should pay a visit there, since it is one of the most impressive sights in Poland. It is the biggest medieval fortress in Europe and thus listed on the UNESCO Heritage Sites List, and until the 15th century it was the headquarters of the Teutonic Order. The gothic interiors of the castle are very impressive, as are the immense fortifications.
|Gdańsk is a special city for Poles. Not only because it is where the first shots of WWII were fired, but also because the city is the cradle of the Solidarity, the nationwide movement which initiated the collapse of communism.|
Your trip starts from cape Westerplatte with its monumental statue commemorating the heroic defense of that strategic point. The Polish soldiers held the attack of the German battleship Schlezwig-Holstein back for 7 days. Westerplatte has been recognized as a symbol of valour and courage ever since.
While visiting Gdańsk you cannot miss other sights such as Long Market and the Old Town, the famous 15th century Crane, the Neptune Fountain, St Mary’s Church, the Old Town Hall or some historic townhouses. Our professional guide will reveal all the secrets of the beautiful Gdańsk to you.
|Poznań is a city of contrasts – hosting many monuments, some of them as old as from the 11th century, and yet being a metropolis of Great Poland with the modern architecture it entails.|
Overnight in Poznań.
|Day 8||MIĘDZYRZECZ – WROCŁAW|
| After breakfast, and checking out of the hotel, your military-themed tour continues with a visit to the bunkers and other military structures of the Międzyrzecz Fortification Region.|
he trip takes about 2,5 hours and you will be assisted by a guide, since it is easy to get lost in the underground tunnels.
After lunch you will head for Wrocław.
| Near the city of Wrocław, the Nazis have built huge underground systems as a part of the plan known as Project Riese. Their purpose remains a mystery, but they may have been a location of some underground armament factories, or alternative Hitler’s headquarters. We suggest you visit two of them: Włodarz and Osówka. Tourists are amazed by the scale of the Nazi enterprise, all of which was built by prisoners of the concentration camps and at the expense of their lives.|
In the afternoon, a walk around Wrocław is recommended, preferably including the Cathedral Island (the oldest part of the city) and the Market Square with a renaissance Town Hall. Wrocław is known for its 12 islands and 112 bridges and footbridges connecting them – all within the city.
|The name of Auschwitz concentration camp is the symbol of horrific history and the most tragic acts of the Second World War. It is considered an obligatory destination for every human being.|
| Kraków has been spared much of the war damage that befell other Polish cities. It was under occupation, though from 6th September 1939, and the governor Hans Frank has established his seat on the Wawel Royal Castle. Most of the occupants’ efforts were aimed at converting Kraków to a German city.|
While visiting Kraków with a local guide you will see the Wawel Castle and the Cathedral, the Old Town, and St Mary’s Church with the famous altar carved by Veit Stoss. You will also hear the Kraków anthem sounded at noon from St Mary’s tower.
|Day 12||KRAKÓW – WARSAW|
|On your way back to Warsaw, you will pay a visit to the monastery of Jasna Góra, the principal pilgrimage destination in Poland. Since the 14th century, the painting of the Black Madonna has been revered, and even now, millions of pilgrims pray for miracles every year. The baroque basilica is a great example of monumental, sacral architecture.|