12 days in Poland Itinerary

12 days in Poland Itinerary

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12 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  12​h 30​min
1
Zakopane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Oswiecim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Krakow
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Warsaw
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Gdansk
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Riyadh

1
night
Zakopane

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, then trek along Valley of Five Lakes, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gubalowka.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zakopane planning website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Zakopane is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Riyadh in September, with highs in Zakopane at 21°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Valley of Five Lakes
Highlights from your plan
Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka

1
night
Oswiecim

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Oswiecim trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zakopane to Oswiecim in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Oswiecim are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©

3
nights
Krakow

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and wander the streets of Stare Miasto.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planning website .

You can drive from Oswiecim to Krakow in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
nights
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, steep yourself in history at The National Museum in Warsaw, and take an in-depth tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Warsaw trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

3
nights
Gdansk

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, make a trip to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), then admire the landmark architecture of Golden House, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, steep yourself in history at Westerplatte, and then see the interesting displays at Sala BHP.

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You can take a train from Warsaw to Gdansk in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church
Old Town ©
Old Town
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci ©

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