Cornerstones of Culture

Discover the cities of Central Europe with stops in Prague, Kraków and Warsaw. Be drawn into the unique culture of the region, from bohemian Prague to the incredible architecture and strong history - and the modern rebirth - of Kraków and Warsaw.

With countries as vast and bountiful as the Czech Republic and Poland, travelling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city. The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and many other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable. 

Location:

Prague, Czech Republic (PRG), Krakow, Poland, Warsaw, Poland (WAW), Czech Republic

11  Days | 9  nights
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INCLUSIONS

  • Flight to Prague; return from Warsaw (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Private airport transfers in Prague and Warsaw
  • 8 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 1 night of train accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Train tickets between Prague and Kraków (night train); Kraków and Warsaw (Economy Class)
  • Private transfer from hotel in Kraków to the train station
  • 4 More Moments activities included:
    • Half-day city tour of Kraków with English or French speaking guide
    • Half-day excursion to Auschwitz with English speaking guide
    • Excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine with English speaking guide (2 hours)
    • Half-day city tour of Warsaw with English-speaking guide
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Prague.

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Day 2

Welcome to Prague

Upon arrival in Prague, transfer to your hotel and check in.

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Day 3

Prague: Sightseeing

Today, tour Prague via comfortable motorcoach.

More Moments Activities Included:
Prague City Tour:

See all the major sights including The National Theatre, the Powder Gate, Wenceslas and Charles squares, and the renowned Dancing House. Continue to the Lesser Quarter, dominated by St. Nicholas Church. Visit the Old Town Square and see the town hall and astronomical clock.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 4

Prague: At leisure

Enjoy the day at leisure in Prague. Sample some of the world's best beer, visit one of Prague's world-renowned art museums or simply stroll through charming streets and admire the architecture.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 5

Prague - Kraków (approx. 554 km)

After breakfast, enjoy the day in Prague at your own pace. At the end of the day, make your way to the railway station to take the night train to Kraków.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 6

Kraków: Sightseeing

Early morning arrival in Kraków, then take a private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy breakfast, then head out on a half-day city sightseeing tour. The rest of the day is at leisure.

More Moments Activities Included:
Kraków City Tour:

Visit the Jewish District of Kazimierz, once inhabited by one of the most diverse Jewish communities in Europe. A short drive will take you up Wawel Hill, the embodiment of Poland's former monarchical glory. On its summit is the royal castle and a 14th-century cathedral. Descend the hill and stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka streets to reach Collegium Maius, also known as the Great College. After visiting the charming Gothic courtyard, we continue to the Main Market Square. This bustling heart of the city is the perfect place for picking up souvenirs. Complete your tour by visiting St. Mary's Basilica, home to the stunning medieval altar sculpted by Veit Stoss.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 7

Kraków: Auschwitz & Birkenau Excursion (approx. 70 km)

Depart Kraków for a poignant day of reflection with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.

More Moments Activities Included:
Auschwitz & Birkenau Excursion:

Journey back in time to the dark days of World War II and take part in a moving history lesson about the Nazi Holocaust. Founded by the Nazi Party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. As the largest concentration camp operated by the Nazis, it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Journey to the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim. Spend time exploring on your own, and then meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its terrible history. Visit the first camp at Auschwitz for about 2.5 hours and then get a 10-minute break to gather your thoughts. Then, visit the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi's infamous "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Spend about 1.5 hours at the Birkenau camp, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków at around 4:00 p.m.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 8

Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Excursion (approx. 22 km)

After breakfast, travel to one of the world's most remarkably preserved mines, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, for a two-hour visit.

More Moments Activities Included:
Wieliczka Salt Mine Excursion:

As you walk down the 360 steps into the salt mine, you have the impression you are entering a vast underground city, complete with huge caverns and underground lakes. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list thanks to the creativity of the miners who carved chapels out of the walls, hundreds of metres below the surface. Visit the largest of the chapels, dedicated to St. Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners. This subterranean church is richly decorated with chandeliers, sculptures and religious figures carved out of salt. As you follow the 2.5-kilometre walk, you'll pass statues dating back to the 18th century depicting mythical, historical and religious figures. The last stop in the mines is the souvenir shop and snack bar. From here, the lift carries you back to the surface.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 9

Kraków - Warsaw (approx. 298 km)

Take a private transfer to the railway station, board your train to Warsaw, then transfer to your hotel. Explore the city at leisure. Cross the Vistula River and look at the Old Town from a distance. Take in the unusual the panorama of the city - skyscrapers rising above the red roofs of the Old Town. Historical buildings blend in harmoniously with modern architecture, and the city surprises us by revealing its second face..

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 10

Warsaw: Sightseeing

After breakfast, discover Warsaw through a half-day city tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Warsaw.

More Moments Activities Included:
Warsaw City Tour:

See the Old Town, with its Royal Castle, St. John's Archcathedral, Market Square and Barbican. Continue to see the New Town, the Warsaw Uprising Monument, the site of a former Jewish Ghetto area with a Monument the Ghetto Heroes, Umschlagplatz and Anielewicz's bunker. You'll also see the Royal Route with superb aristocratic residences, churches and famous monuments, including the Holy Cross Church with an urn containing the heart of Frédéric Chopin, the Presidential Palace, Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Warsaw University and more. View the beautiful Łazienki Park, with its "Palace on the Water," the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski. Other important places of interest included in your tour are the National Opera Building, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Monument to the Victims of Katyń.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 11

Warsaw - Return to Canada

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
Ibis Wenceslas Square(or similar)
Night train accommodation from Prague to Kraków(or similar)
Krakow, Poland
Hotel Alexander(or similar)
Warsaw, Poland (WAW)
Hotel Metropol(or similar)
Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
Hotel Adria Prague(or similar)
Night train accommodation from Prague to Kraków(or similar)
Krakow, Poland
Metropolis Design Hotel(or similar)
Warsaw, Poland (WAW)
Leonardo Royal Hotel Warsaw(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
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IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

Land portion offered daily from April 9 to October 31, 2020

Packages offered from June 11 to September 25, 2020

MORE TO KNOW

Not included in package

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance

ACTIVITIES

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

  • Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum cannot exceed dimensions 30x20x10 cm. larger bags must be left on the bus. Taking photos in the buildings with the use of flash is forbidden. You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum. Eating and smoking, as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the Museum. There is a 15-minute break during the tour, we recommend taking something to eat.
     
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes. The journey includes a decent of a total of 800 steps. Visitors go back up to the surface in a mining elevator. Taking photographs requires a special permit which may be purchased in the ticket office or during the visit itself. The permit price is 10 PLN. Please remember that it is quite cool in the mine (between 14° C and 16° C). Make sure to take warmer clothing even in summer. The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the main is 35x20x20 cm.
     
  • Kraków City Tour: The tour ends in the Main Market Square. On Mondays and from February 27 to March 18, there will be a visit to the Collegium Maius instead of visiting the royal chambers. On Sundays, there will be a visit to another museum instead of visiting the Cathedral and St. Mary's Church.

TRANSPORTATION

First Class Train Option
Option to purchase 1st class on the train portions is available upon request through our call centre

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Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.