43 days in Poland Itinerary

43 days in Poland Itinerary

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43 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Wroclaw
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kudowa-Zdroj
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Szklarska Poreba
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Kolobrzeg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Gdansk
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Torun
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Oswiecim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Zakopane
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Krakow
— 6 nights
10
Lublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Warsaw
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Port Elizabeth

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy) and Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island). Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Town- Historic Center and Archikatedra pw. Sw. Jana Chrzciciela we Wroclawiu. Spend the 27th (Fri) among pleasant surroundings at Rynek we Wroclawiu. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Elizabeth, admire the local landmark of Multimedia Fountain at Pergola, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Garden - Szczytnicki Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Wroclaw trip planner .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Wroclaw is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Elizabeth to Wroclaw is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in December, expect Wroclaw to be cooler, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kudowa-Zdroj.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Church of Peace, Swidnica (Kosciol Pokoju w Swidnicy)
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Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island) ©
Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island)
Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Church of St. Elizabeth

4
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Szczeliniec Wielki and Klodzko Fortress. Get in touch with nature at Errant Rocks and Stolowe Mountain National Park. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Sciezka Skalnej Rzezby. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Zieleniec, don't miss a visit to Park Zdrojowy, and take in the awesome beauty at Tron Liczyrzepy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kudowa-Zdroj trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Wroclaw to Kudowa-Zdroj in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Szklarska Poreba.

Things to do in Kudowa-Zdroj

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Zieleniec, Klodzko Fortress, Tron Liczyrzepy
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Szczeliniec Wielki ©
Szczeliniec Wielki
Errant Rocks ©
Errant Rocks
Klodzko Fortress ©
Klodzko Fortress

3
nights
Szklarska Poreba

Szklarska Poreba ©
Szklarska Poręba is a town in Jelenia Góra County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. Escape the urban bustle at Kamienczyk Waterfall and Wodospad Szklarki. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zamek Ksiaz w Walbrzychu and Bieg Piastow. Change things up with these side-trips from Szklarska Poreba: Karkonoski National Park (in Jelenia Gora), Czocha Castle (in Lesna) and Karpacz (Centrum Rekreacji i Sportu Kolorowa & Parafia Wang). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Prince Henry's Castle, admire the sheer force of Podgornej Waterfall, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Szklarska Poreba online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Kudowa-Zdroj to Szklarska Poreba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Szklarska Poreba are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kolobrzeg.

Things to do in Szklarska Poreba

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karpacz, Jelenia Gora, Zamek Ksiaz w Walbrzychu, Podgornej Waterfall, Wodospad Kwisa
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Kamienczyk Waterfall ©
Kamienczyk Waterfall
Zamek Ksiaz w Walbrzychu ©
Zamek Ksiaz w Walbrzychu
Czocha Castle ©
Czocha Castle

1
night
Kolobrzeg

Kolobrzeg ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Kolobrzeg Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museum Im Rathaus, then browse the exhibits of Ukryta Kraina, then visit a coastal fixture at Kolobrzeg Lighthouse, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kolobrzeg Molo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Patria Colbergiensis Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kolobrzeg's Main Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Pomnik Sanitariuszki.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kolobrzeg road trip planning app .

You can drive from Szklarska Poreba to Kolobrzeg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Kolobrzeg sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gdansk.

Things to do in Kolobrzeg

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Kolobrzeg Molo ©
Kolobrzeg Molo
Kolobrzeg Lighthouse ©
Kolobrzeg Lighthouse

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stutthof Concentration Camp and Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku. Take a break from the city and head to Sopot Beach and Sobieszewo Beach. Step out of Gdansk with an excursion to Gdynia Beach in Gdynia--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), enjoy breathtaking views from Sopot Pier, wander the streets of Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gdansk trip website .

Traveling by car from Kolobrzeg to Gdansk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Gdansk can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Torun.

Things to do in Gdansk

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sopot, Stutthof Concentration Camp, Gdynia Beach, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
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Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Stutthof Concentration Camp ©
Stutthof Concentration Camp
Archikatedra Oliwska ©
Archikatedra Oliwska

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Town Square - Old Town, appreciate the history behind Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, ponder the world of politics at Old Town Hall, then examine the collection at Żywe Muzeum Piernika, then contemplate the long history of Krzywa Wieza, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at JuraPark, get to know the fascinating history of Mill's Island (Wyspa Mlynska), then pause for some photo ops at Tightrope Walker - sculpture, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Soap and History of Dirt.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Torun day trip tool .

Drive from Gdansk to Torun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Torun

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bydgoszcz, JuraPark
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Żywe Muzeum Piernika ©
Żywe Muzeum Piernika
Mill's Island (Wyspa Mlynska) ©
Mill's Island (Wyspa Mlynska)
Town Square - Old Town ©
Town Square - Old Town

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.
On the 13th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum and Synagogue, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oswiecim trip builder tool .

Getting from Torun to Oswiecim by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Oswiecim are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue

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.
Get outdoors at Kotelnica Bialczanska and Mnich Peak - High Tatras. Get a sense of the local culture at Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku and Karol Szymanowski Museum - Willa Atma. Venture out of the city with trips to Tatra National Park (Lake Morskie Oko & Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza - Waterfall), St. Michael Archangel's Church in Debno (in Debno) and Jaworzyna Krynicka (in Krynica-Zdroj). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Giewont Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery in Koziniec, don't miss a visit to Wielka Krokiew - Ski Jumping Hill, and hit the slopes at BazaTatry.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zakopane trip planner .

Drive from Oswiecim to Zakopane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Oswiecim in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -10°C in Zakopane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tatra National Park, Jaworzyna Krynicka, Kotelnica Bialczanska, St. Michael Archangel's Church in Debno
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Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Giewont Mountain ©
Giewont Mountain

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 discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas. Wawel Cathedral and Wieliczka Salt Mine will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and wander the streets of Stare Miasto.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Krakow holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Zakopane to Krakow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zakopane in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -5°C in Krakow. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lublin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
Lublin

Lublin ©
Lublin is the ninth largest city in Poland and the second largest city of Lesser Poland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, then steep yourself in history at Majdanek State Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Lublin Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Korzeniowy Dol Gorge, stroll the grounds of Holocaust Memorial Wall, and then explore the historical opulence of The Lublin Castle.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lublin tour planner .

Drive from Krakow to Lublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Lublin can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Warsaw.

Things to do in Lublin

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kazimierz Dolny
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Majdanek State Museum ©
Majdanek State Museum
Lublin Old Town ©
Lublin Old Town
The Lublin Castle ©
The Lublin Castle

7
nights
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski). Explore hidden gems such as Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Nowy Swiat. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn about all things military at Polish Army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw travel website .

Traveling by car from Lublin to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Warsaw are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Old Town ©
Old Town

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