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Poland & Germany by First Class Rail

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Discover the rich cultural heritage of Poland

Option to extend your stay in any of these cities

3 nights in Warsaw and Krakow and stays in Berlin, Prague and Dresden

11 nights / 12 days, departures available most days of the year

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine (payable locally)

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Poland & Germany by First Class Rail

Holiday Highlights

With its rich and chequered history, diverse architectural heritage (Gothic spires and Communist tower blocks stand side by side) spectacular scenery and wonderful culture – Poland has much to recommend it.

Explore its highlights on this marvellous 11-night holiday, which also includes stays in the German cities of Berlin and Dresden. Your holiday also includes time in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic.

Seasonal pricing variation

Low season – November to March – from £1,595 per person

High season – April to October – from £1,695 per person

Poland & Germany by First Class Rail: Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – London to Berlin

Start your holiday at London St Pancras International. Take the time to admire the impressive architecture of this beautifully restored station with its sweeping glass roof before you board the Eurostar service to Brussels. Sit back in your spacious Standard Premier Class seat as you reach speeds of up to 186 mph. Enjoy a light meal and drinks, served at your seat, as you emerge from the Channel Tunnel and continue towards Brussels.

In the Belgian capital you change trains and continue on the Inter City Express (ICE) service to Cologne, where you join another ICE train for the final leg of the journey to Berlin.

On arrival in Berlin, make your way to your hotel for tonight, the stylish Adina Berlin Mitte (4 star).

Brandenburg Gate at night Berlin

Day 2 – Free-time in Berlin and Berlin to Warsaw

Make the most of a morning to discover more of the German capital. Highlights include the Brandenburg Gate and the nearby Reichstag which is still the seat of the German government. Alexanderplatz and its TV tower are also worth a visit, as are the poignant remains of the Berlin Wall.

Later you return to the station and take the train directly to Warsaw. Let the train take the strain as you continue eastwards through Germany and across the Polish border. On arrival in Warsaw, you are within easy reach of your hotel for the next three nights, the popular Polonia Palace Hotel (4 star).

Days 3 & 4 – Exploring Warsaw

Enjoy two full days to take in the many attractions of Warsaw. The best way to view Warsaw is by taking a walk through its new ‘old town’ centre. Start in the cobbled Old Town Market Square surrounded by rendered façades in ochre, olive green, sienna and pale yellow. Then stroll down Swietojanska, a street lined with antique and craft shops to St John’s Cathedral with its unusual brick-pinnacled gable. As the most important church in Poland, it has many royal, political and clerical monuments and carved choir stalls. Warsaw’s historic square in front of the Royal Castle is the focal point of the Old Town.

The Royal Route gets its name from the respective start and end point, The Royal Castle and the suburban royal residence of Wilanow. The Royal Castle itself is a reconstruction, with its gilded and marbled rooms, a symbol of Poland’s determination to claim heritage after the war. On the left in the broad, semi-pedestrianised Krakowskie Przedmiescie, is the Presidential Palace, which survived the Second World War, and the Warsaw Pact was signed here in 1955. Warsaw’s principal promenade continues along the plant-lined pavements of Nowy Swiat (New World), edged with small shops and cafès, behind handsome restrained façades. End the walk among irresistible cakes and patisserie in one of Warsaw’s many cafès.

Alternatively, find some peace and tranquillity at the Lazienki Park which includes a superb central lake, an amphitheatre, stately residences, an orangery and free Chopin concerts during summer.

Day 5 – Warsaw to Krakow

Today you make your way to the nearby Warsaw Centralna station and bid farewell to the city as you join the rail service to Krakow. Sit back and admire the views as you travel southwards through the changing scenery of Poland.

On arrival at Krakow Glowny station, make your way to your hotel for the next three nights, the popular and welcoming Queen Boutique Hotel (4 star).

 

Days 6 & 7 - At leisure in Krakow

You have two full days to discover the charming city of Krakow and its surrounding region. You might start by taking a stroll through the Old Town which contains soaring churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest market square. The glorious ensemble of Wawel Castle and Cathedral is widely regarded as the most important collection of buildings in Poland, perched on the top of a hill, immediately south of the Old Town and is a must-see attraction.

Krakow is the base to visit the UNESCO listed Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, a sobering tribute to the people that perished there during the Holocaust. The camp was originally designed for Polish political prisoners but became the most notorious camp of World War II because an estimated 1.6 million people of 27 nationalities were killed by the Nazis here.

Day 8 – Krakow to Prague

After breakfast, today you leave Krakow as you join the direct rail service to Prague. Watch the world go by as you travel westwards across the border into the Czech Republic.

On arrival at Prague HL N station make your own way to your hotel for the next two nights, the luxurious Appia Hotel Residence (4 star). Why not take a stroll this evening to discover one of Prague’s welcoming restaurants for dinner?

Day 9 - Discovering Prague

Take today to discover the attractions of the magnificent city of Prague. Why not head for the lovely Old Town with its attractive squares and narrow streets?

Among the highlights of this beautiful city are the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Josefov Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square. Tonight you might like to experience some of Prague’s vibrant nightlife and famous Pilsner beer.

Day 10 – Prague to Dresden

After a relaxed start to the day, you make your way back to Prague’s main station. Here you board the Euro City service and travel into Germany bound for Dresden, a lovely city in the Saxony region situated in a valley on the River Elbe.

On arrival at Dresden station make your way to the welcoming NH Dresden Altmarkt (4 star) for a two-night stay.

Day 11 - Free time in Dresden

With a full day to explore Dresden, you will want to make the most of the many and varied options available to you. You might like to start by exploring Dresden’s attractive old town or perhaps with a stroll along the River Elbe.

During your time in this contrasting city take the opportunity to explore on foot and discover some of the city’s highlights, including the Baroque Zwinger Palace, the magnificent Cathedral, Theatre Square, the Royal Palace, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Bruehl Terrace and the Old Market Square.

Day 12 – Dresden to London - homeward bound

This morning you leave Dresden as you take the high-speed ICE train to Frankfurt. Here you change trains and continue on another ICE service to Brussels.

At Brussels Midi station make your way to the Eurostar terminal to board the Eurostar service back to London. Stretch out and savour the meal and drinks included in your Standard Premier service.

At 186mph the landscape is a blur at times, though memories abide as you return to London St. Pancras International ahead of the final leg of your journey home.

Further information

Your recommended hotels

BERLIN 

The highly-rated Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte (4 star) enjoys an excellent location close to Berlin’s Natural History Museum and the main station. The hotel has 139 comfortable, air-conditioned apartments with a modern design featuring flat-screen TV and soundproofed windows. The hotel benefits from an indoor pool and gym, local specialities and Australian cuisine are served in Restaurant Alto, as well as light snacks, breakfast buffets and a large selection of wines. Adina’s courtyard terrace is open in warm weather.

WARSAW 

The award-winning Polonia Palace Hotel (4 star) is centrally situated, just opposite the Palace of Culture and Science. The delightful hotel features spacious air-conditioned rooms with a minibar and heated bathroom flooring. Free Wi-Fi access is available. All of the soundproofed and stylishly decorated rooms at the hotel are fitted with a safe and satellite TV. Luxurious bathrooms feature a hairdryer, a bathtub and free toiletries. The hotel’s Strauss restaurant serves European and Polish cuisine. Guests can relax at the Bojangles Bar, which offers drinks, live piano music and televised sports. Front desk staff are available 24 hours a day and can arrange laundry and ironing services. Guests can enjoy a free access to the fitness centre and sauna. Massage services are available (payable locally). The hotel is situated within just 400 yards of Warszawa Centralna Railway Station and the Złote Tarasy Shopping Centre and the Old Town is just 1.2 miles away.

KRAKOW 

The elegant Queen Boutique Hotel (4 star) is located between Krakow’s Old Town and Kazimierz district, close to Wawel Castle. Its facilities include aa three-room restaurant which specialises in Polish and fusion dishes, as well as an on-site spa with sauna which also offers a selection of beauty treatments. All rooms at the Queen Boutique are air-conditioned and come with tea making set. They are decorated with modern details and contrasting bright and dark colours. Each room is soundproofed and come with a safe, minibar and a seating area, in addition to a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

PRAGUE

The Appia Residences (4 star) is nestled in the peaceful surroundings below Prague castle. The residence enjoys an excellent location – just a 5 minute walk from Charles Bridge and located next to the famous Nerudova street, which was once part of the Royal Route. Guests can relax in the romantic garden and enjoy a hot buffet breakfast served in the ancient breakfast restaurant which boasts unique roof beams. All 21 rooms have oak wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Each room is individually designed and reflects unique character, whilst the deluxe rooms overlook the garden. Free Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the hotel.  

DRESDEN 

The NH Altmarkt (4 star) lies on the Altmarkt Square in Dresden’s Old Town. Each of the hotels 240 bright and spacious rooms feature classic décor with dark wood interiors and floors, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy access to the hotels gym and roof terrace. A full breakfast buffet and a selection of Spanish and German meals are served in the elegant restaurant with its beige and red colour schemes. Guests are also welcome to relax in the contemporary-style bar or in the cigar lounge.

Departure dates

Throughout the year and tailor-made to suit your holiday needs

Holiday duration is 12 days

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