5 days in Poland Itinerary

5 days in Poland Itinerary

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5 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Krakow
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Warsaw
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Manchester

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, make a trip to Main Market Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Town Hall Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Krakow is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Krakow hover around 5°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

1
night
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then brush up on your military savvy at Warsaw Rising Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Palace of Culture and Science.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Warsaw trip planner .

Take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Warsaw are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Warsaw Rising Museum ©
Warsaw Rising Museum

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