19 days in Poland Itinerary

19 days in Poland Itinerary

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19 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Krakow
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Warsaw
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Torun
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Gdansk
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Krakow
— 5 nights
train:  15​min
5
Wieliczka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Bukowina Tatrzanska
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Zakopane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Oswiecim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Krakow

3
nights
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow and Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. Take a break from Warsaw with a short trip to Piotrkowska Street in Lodz, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, get engrossed in the history at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Warsaw online road trip planner .

Krakow to Warsaw is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. August in Warsaw sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Torun.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Piotrkowska Street
Highlights from your plan
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie

1
night
Torun

Torun ©
The birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the medieval town of Torun escaped the destruction of World War II, managing to preserve most of the Gothic architecture of its historical old town.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Teznie w Ciechocinku, get a sense of history and politics at Old Town Hall, don't miss a visit to Town Square - Old Town, appreciate the history behind Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, then examine the collection at Żywe Muzeum Piernika, and finally steep yourself in history at Krzywa Wieza.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Torun trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Torun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Torun are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gdansk.

Things to do in Torun

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Teznie w Ciechocinku
Highlights from your plan
Teznie w Ciechocinku ©
Teznie w Ciechocinku
Żywe Muzeum Piernika ©
Żywe Muzeum Piernika
Town Square - Old Town ©
Town Square - Old Town

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stutthof Concentration Camp and Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej). Get a sense of the local culture at Archikatedra Oliwska and St. Mary's Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gdansk: Malbork (Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku & Mennonite Cemetery). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Westerplatte, make a trip to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), enjoy breathtaking views from Sopot Pier, and stroll through Sopot Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gdansk trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Torun to Gdansk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Torun, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gdansk, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Malbork, Sopot, Stutthof Concentration Camp
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Lost Souls Alley and Wawel Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, examine the collection at Polish Aviation Museum, and have fun and explore at Krakow Pinball Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Krakow vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Gdansk to Krakow takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Gdansk in August, you will find days in Krakow are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Wieliczka.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

1
night
Wieliczka

Wieliczka ©
Best known as the site of one of the world's oldest salt mines, Wieliczka receives nearly a million visitors each year.
On the 17th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Cracow Saltworks Museum - Salt Mine Location, browse the exhibits of Wieliczka Salt Mine, then get to know the fascinating history of Rynek Gorny, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church St. Clement.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wieliczka trip maker website .

Wieliczka is very close to Krakow. In August, daytime highs in Wieliczka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bukowina Tatrzanska.

Things to do in Wieliczka

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

1
night
Bukowina Tatrzanska

Bukowina Tatrzanska ©
Bukowina Tatrzańska, is a village in Tatra County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland, close to the border with Slovakia. On the 18th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza - Waterfall, explore the galleries of Bukowina Cultural Centre Dom Ludowy, get engrossed in the history at Zagroda Soltysow - Skansen Jurgow, then take in the awesome beauty at Czarna Gora Peak, and finally admire the masterpieces at Manors of Lopuszna.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bukowina Tatrzanska attractions planner .

Drive from Wieliczka to Bukowina Tatrzanska in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wieliczka in August since evenings lows in Bukowina Tatrzanska dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Bukowina Tatrzanska

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Czarna Gora Peak, Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza - Waterfall, Manors of Lopuszna
Highlights from your plan
Zagroda Soltysow - Skansen Jurgow ©
Zagroda Soltysow - Skansen Jurgow

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Yam, then kick back and relax at Gubalowka Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Giewont Mountain, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Olczyska Valley and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Morskie Oko.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zakopane trip planner .

Zakopane is just a short distance from Bukowina Tatrzanska. In August in Zakopane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Morskie Oko
Highlights from your plan
Giewont Mountain ©
Giewont Mountain
Lake Morskie Oko ©
Lake Morskie Oko
Gubalowka Beach ©
Gubalowka Beach

2
nights
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 21st (Wed): explore the galleries of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum and Synagogue, then get a sense of history and politics at Muzeum Ratusz, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Helper of Christians, get engrossed in the history at Zamek Museum, then steep yourself in history at Family Home of John Paul II, and finally make a trip to Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Oswiecim trip itinerary planning website .

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. In August in Oswiecim, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Family Home of John Paul II
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue
Zamek Museum ©
Zamek Museum

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