Main Square, Kraków

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  • Urban space located in the center of the city
  • #19 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Dates back to the 13th century
  • One of the largest medieval town squares in Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Auschwitz-Birkenau

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  • Was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany during World War II
  • Was in operation from 1942 to 1944 where Jews were killed en masse with the pesticide Zyklon B or died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments
  • 802 prisoners attempted to escape, 144 successfully
  • Prisoners assigned to staff the gas chambers launched a brief, unsuccessful uprising
  • 1.1 million died in the camp out of the 1.3 million people sent to the camp
  • 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp
  • Remaining prisoners were liberated in 1945 by the Allied Powers

 

Old Town of Warsaw

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  • Largest city of Poland
  • Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world until World War II
  • The German invasion in 1939 led to the uprising in the both 1943 and 1944
  • After severe damage from World War II, after which 85% of its buildings were in ruins, the city was rebuilt completely

 

Medieval Town of Toruń

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  • Small historic trading city that preserves to a remarkable extent its original street pattern and early buildings which provides a picture of the medieval way of life
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Zamość

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  • Renaissance town designed and built in accordance with the Italian theories of the ideal town
  • Built in 1580
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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  • One of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation until 2007
  • Opened in the 13th century
  • Includes dozens of statues and 4 chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Market Square, Wrocław

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  • Medieval market square
  • One of the largest markets in Europe
  • Market opened as early as 1214-1232

 

Churches of Peace, Świdnica

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  • Named after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 which permitted Lutherans of Silesia to build 3 churches
  • The church was permitted to be built of wood, loan, and straw, outside the city walls but without steeples and church bells and construction was limited to 1 year
  • Built in 1655
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Pieniny National Park

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  • Park located in the heart of the Pieniny Mountains

 

Muzeum Piernika

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  • Museum famous for its gingerbread teaches visitors how to make traditional gingerbread through an interactive show
  • Visitors are shown how the dough was made in the Middle Ages
  • Located in a 19th century granary, visitors also participate in flour production using millstones

 

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

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  • Musical institution founded in 1935
  • The symphonic orchestra was creative in 1935 until World War II
  • After the war, in 1945, the orchestra was revived

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,662

food $18/day x 14 days = $888

hotel $11/day x 12 days = $132

tickets (all attractions) $56

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,738