42 days in Poland Itinerary

42 days in Poland Itinerary

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42 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Krakow
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Szczawnica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Zakopane
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Oswiecim
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kudowa-Zdroj
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Wroclaw
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Gdansk
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Torun
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Bialowieza
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Warsaw
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Dubai

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wawel Royal Castle and Dragon's Den. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Wieliczka Salt Mine, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Krakow Zoo (Ogrod Zoologiczny).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow travel itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Krakow is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Krakow hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Szczawnica.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Nature & Wildlife Tours
HistoryLand ©
HistoryLand

4
nights
Szczawnica

Szczawnica ©
Szczawnica is a resort town in Nowy Targ County in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Szczawnica: Gorczanski Park Narodowy (in Nowy Targ), Zegiestow-Zdroj (Pusta Wielka & Sciezka Ornitologiczna) and Skamieniale Miasto (in Ciezkowice). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Pieniński Park Narodowy, admire the masterpieces at Nowy Sacz Museum, take in breathtaking views at Homole Canyon, and admire the sheer force of Wodospad Wielki.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Szczawnica online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Krakow to Szczawnica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Krakow in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Szczawnica, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zakopane.

Things to do in Szczawnica

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zegiestow-Zdroj, Gorczanski Park Narodowy, Wodospad Wielki, Skamieniale Miasto, Nowy Sacz Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pieniński Park Narodowy ©
Pieniński Park Narodowy
Skamieniale Miasto ©
Skamieniale Miasto

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zakopane: Tatra National Park (The Black Pond, Lake Morskie Oko, & more) and Babiogorski National Park (in Zawoja). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gubalowka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orla Perc Trail, make a trip to Wiktorówki, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rusinowa Polana.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zakopane trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Szczawnica to Zakopane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Zakopane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Tatra National Park, Murzasichle, Babiogorski National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Morskie Oko ©
Lake Morskie Oko
Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Koscielisko Valley ©
Koscielisko Valley

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 2nd (Mon): stroll around Planty Park and then steep yourself in history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oswiecim trip 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. In September, daily temperatures in Oswiecim can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kudowa-Zdroj.

Things to do in Oswiecim

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

3
nights
Kudowa-Zdroj

Kudowa-Zdroj ©
Kudowa-Zdrój or simply Kudowa, is a town located below the Table Mountains in Kłodzko County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in the southwestern part of Poland. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Moravia Lagoon (in Stronie Slaskie) and Dawna Kopalnia - Nowa Ruda (in Nowa Ruda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Szczeliniec Wielki, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stolowe Mountain National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Sciezka Skalnej Rzezby, and trek along Errant Rocks.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kudowa-Zdroj trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Oswiecim to Kudowa-Zdroj in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Kudowa-Zdroj

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Old Moravia Lagoon, Dawna Kopalnia - Nowa Ruda
Highlights from your plan
Szczeliniec Wielki ©
Szczeliniec Wielki
Stolowe Mountain National Park ©
Stolowe Mountain National Park
Errant Rocks ©
Errant Rocks

4
nights
Wroclaw

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like GOjump Park Trampolin - Najwiekszy w Polsce and Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium. Get out of town with these interesting Wroclaw side-trips: Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy) (in Swidnica), Arboretum Wojslawice (in Niemcza) and Sobotka (Sleza Landscape Park, Park Linowy Wiezyca, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Rynek we Wroclawiu, ponder the world of politics at Wroclaw Town Hall, walk around Park Poludniowy, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wroclaw road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kudowa-Zdroj to Wroclaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Wroclaw sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sobotka, Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy), Arboretum Wojslawice
Highlights from your plan
Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium ©
Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium
Park Linowy Wiezyca ©
Park Linowy Wiezyca
Sleza Landscape Park ©
Sleza Landscape Park

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Sobieszewo Beach and Papugarnia. Step out of Gdansk with an excursion to Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku in Malbork--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Jelitkowo Beach, get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, and stroll through Brzezno Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gdansk road 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 September, expect nights in Gdansk to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Torun.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Highlights from your plan
Jelitkowo Beach ©
Jelitkowo Beach
Room of Plenty ©
Room of Plenty
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Chelmzynskie Beach and JuraPark. Explore Torun's surroundings by going to Jelenia Wyspa (in Cekcyn), Powidz Lake (in Powidz) and Bukowiec Landscape Park (in Bukowiec). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Żywe Muzeum Piernika, get outside with Awix Racing Arena, and head off the coast to Kepa Bazarowa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Torun travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gdansk to Torun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Bialowieza.

Things to do in Torun

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jelenia Wyspa, JuraPark, Powidz Lake, Lake Chelmzynskie Beach, Bukowiec Landscape Park
Highlights from your plan
Kepa Bazarowa ©
Kepa Bazarowa
Żywe Muzeum Piernika ©
Żywe Muzeum Piernika

1
day
Bialowieza

Bialowieza ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture, take a peaceful walk through Bialowieza Forest, and then get outside with Bialowieskie Drezyny.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bialowieza route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Torun to Bialowieza takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Torun to Bialowieza, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Bialowieza can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Warsaw.

Things to do in Bialowieza

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bialowieza Forest ©
Bialowieza Forest

8
nights
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Attractions like Vistula River Beach and Funpark Digiloo make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, try for a hole-in-one at Time Machine Minigolf, take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Warsaw road trip website .

Getting from Bialowieza to Warsaw by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bialowieza to Warsaw. September in Warsaw sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Fun & Games Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pole Mokotowskie ©
Pole Mokotowskie
Escape Room BANK ©
Escape Room BANK
Nature Reserve Lawice Kielpinskie ©
Nature Reserve Lawice Kielpinskie

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