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Poland: Trains, Trams & History

Poland: Trains, Trams & History

Poland: Trains, Trams & History Overview

We take the train across Europe, via Cologne, to explore Poland. Ride on Warsaw's trams, visit Chabowka Heritage Park, spend time at Auschwitz and see the incredible Wieliczka Salt Mines. Our return journey is via Berlin where we visit the Technology Museum.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – To Cologne

Depart on the lunchtime Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Brussels and continue by high speed train to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Continue to Warsaw

A full day's travel eastwards via Berlin to Poland's capital and largest city for a 3-night stay.

Day 3 – Warsaw's Trams

Spend today at leisure exploring the city’s extensive tram network with a 24-hour public transport ticket (included). There are 27 lines in operation, forming a rail network of 75 miles. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, there are regular boat cruises on the Vistula River.

Day 4 – Warsaw's Railway Museums

We travel west by rail this morning to Sochaczew where the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is located. It has a fleet of historic 750mm-gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives, goods wagons, passenger cars and draisines. Travel back to the city in the afternoon to visit the Warsaw Railway Museum.

Day 5 – Rail to Kraków

After breakfast, we leave Warsaw on a direct service to Kraków for a 3-night stay. Arrive at lunchtime and spend the afternoon at leisure. Once again we have a 24-hour travel ticket for use on the city's buses and trams. The tram network here is made up of 27 lines covering over 50 miles.

Day 6 – Chabówka Heritage Park

This morning we have a private bus transfer to Chabówka Rolling-Stock Heritage Park. This open air museum has around 90 exhibits, including a growing number of interesting steam locomotives, electric and diesel locomotives, snow ploughs and rail mounted cranes plus a selection of heritage carriages and freight wagons. A packed lunch will be included today.

Day 7 – Wieliczka Salt Mine & Auschwitz

A private coach takes us to the Wieliczka Salt Mine this morning, which is often referred to as the "Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland". Carved into the salt rock are chapels, statues, monuments and even underground lakes. Every element here, from chandeliers to altarpieces, is made of salt and it took 3 men over 30 years to complete. After a break for lunch (included), we continue to Auschwitz Birkenau, the largest concentration camp in occupied Europe during 1940-1945.

Day 8 – Rail to Berlin

We leave Poland this morning by train and head back into Germany for a 1-night stay in Berlin. Our hotel is located close to the railway station and a public transport pass is included.

Day 9 – Berlin Technology Museum

Morning visit to the Berlin Technology Museum which has a large permanent railway exhibition. We have a guided tour followed by some free time to explore independently. This afternoon, we take a direct train to Cologne for a 1-night stay.

Day 10 – Homeward Bound

After breakfast, we travel by rail to Brussels for the Eurostar back to London, arriving early afternoon.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • 7-day in 1 month Global InterRail pass
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Public transport tickets for Warsaw, Kraków and Berlin
  • Excursions as specified
  • 2 packed lunches
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
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