18 days in Poland Itinerary

18 days in Poland Itinerary

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18 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26​h
1
Krakow
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Zakopane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Oswiecim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Wroclaw
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gdansk
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Warsaw
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

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: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, engage your brain at HistoryLand, and wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Krakow itinerary maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Krakow is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Krakow. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Krakow reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
Zakopane

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, anĀ area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gubalowka, hit the slopes at Such Ski Area, then explore the world behind art at The Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at The Black Pond, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Morskie Oko, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kaplica NajSwietszego Serca Jezusa.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zakopane trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Krakow to Zakopane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Krakow in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -10°C in Zakopane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tatra National Park, Such Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane ©
Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane
Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Lake Morskie Oko ©
Lake Morskie Oko

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 11th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tychy Brewery Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oswiecim trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zakopane to Oswiecim takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Zakopane in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Oswiecim, with lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Tychy Brewery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Tychy Brewery Museum ©
Tychy Brewery Museum

2
nights
Wroclaw

Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Wroclaw's Dwarfs and then take in the pleasant sights at Rynek we Wroclawiu. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Panorama Raclawicka, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island), and finally get to know the resident critters at Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wroclaw online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Oswiecim to Wroclaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Rynek we Wroclawiu
Rynek we Wroclawiu
Wroclaw's Dwarfs ©
Wroclaw's Dwarfs

3
nights
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.
Gdansk is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, have some family-friendly fun at Room of Plenty, learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), and don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gdansk trip app .

Traveling by flight from Wroclaw to Gdansk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Wroclaw in January, expect nights in Gdansk to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are little chillier, around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Gdansk

Outdoors Adventure Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Town ©
Old Town
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

4
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 historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, head outdoors with Gorka Szczesliwicka, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Warsaw trip site .

Traveling by train from Gdansk to Warsaw takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Warsaw are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Warszawa ©
Room Escape Warszawa
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

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