39 days in Southern Poland Itinerary

39 days in Southern Poland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern Poland trip itinerary builder

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Krakow
— 17 nights
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Szczawnica
— 3 nights
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Zakopane
— 4 nights
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Gliwice
— 3 nights
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Wroclaw
— 5 nights
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Bielsko-Biala
— 4 nights
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Krakow

— 17 nights

Slavic Rome

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, have some family-friendly fun at Axe Nation - axe throwing club Krakow, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Krakow road trip app.

Kalamazoo, USA to Krakow is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Krakow. In November, daytime highs in Krakow are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Szczawnica.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trip

Szczawnica

— 3 nights
Szczawnica is a resort town in Nowy Targ County in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. Change things up with these side-trips from Szczawnica: Orthodox Church of St. Younger James the Apostle in Powroznik (in Muszyna), Greek Catholic Church of Protection of Our Most Holy Lady in Owczary (in Owczary) and Gora Parkowa (in Krynica-Zdroj). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pieniński Park Narodowy, take in the awesome beauty at Gora Wdzar, contemplate the waterfront views at Dunajec, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Church - Jaworki.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Szczawnica tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Krakow to Szczawnica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, Szczawnica is little chillier than Krakow - with highs of 34°F and lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Szczawnica

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zakopane

— 4 nights

Winter Capital of Poland

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zakopane: Tatra National Park (Rysy Peak & Rysy). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Gubalowka, hike along Orla Perc Trail, explore the world behind art at The Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, and make a trip to Wiktorówki.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zakopane tour planner.

You can drive from Szczawnica to Zakopane in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Gliwice.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Gliwice

— 3 nights
Gliwice is a city in Upper Silesia, southern Poland, near Katowice. Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre on St. Anne's Mountain (in Gora Swietej Anny), Cistercian Abbey of Rudy (in Rudy) and Cathedral of the Holy Cross (in Opole). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rynek, Gliwice, make a trip to Gliwice, test your team's savvy at TickTack Escape Room, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gliwice vacation builder site.

You can drive from Zakopane to Gliwice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gliwice when traveling from Zakopane in December, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Gliwice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Wroclaw

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Step out of Wroclaw with an excursion to Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy) in Swidnica--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Rynek of Wroclaw, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town- Historic Center, get in on the family fun at GOjump Wroclaw Park Trampolin, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium.

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Traveling by car from Gliwice to Wroclaw takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Wroclaw, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bielsko-Biala.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Bielsko-Biala

— 4 nights
Explore Bielsko-Biala's surroundings by going to Church of St. Lawrence (in Chorzow), Guitar History Museum (in Katowice) and Oswiecim (Defense Tower, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, &more).

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bielsko-Biala day trip planning website.

Getting from Wroclaw to Bielsko-Biala by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Bielsko-Biala sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bielsko-Biala

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Southern Poland travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · History Museums
With mountains lining its southwestern border and Krakow at its center, it’s easy to see why Southern Poland drives tourism in the country. Along the border with Slovakia, the snowy Tatra Mountains loom over the region. Krakow, once the royal capital of Poland, delights architecturally. For history buffs, the city has strong Jewish roots, and the devastation of the Holocaust is still keenly felt in a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the most disturbing and important attractions in the country. Wroclaw, Zakopane, Katowice, and Karpacz are other great places to visit.