13 days in Poland Itinerary

13 days in Poland Itinerary

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13 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Gdansk
— 1 night
2
Torun
— 1 night
3
Warsaw
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lublin
— 1 night
5
Krakow
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Oswiecim
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Gdansk

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): wander the streets of Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), then don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archikatedra Oliwska, then contemplate the long history of Westerplatte, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej).

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gdansk trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Gdansk is an approximately 15-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Gdansk reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Torun.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
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Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Archikatedra Oliwska ©
Archikatedra Oliwska
Westerplatte ©
Westerplatte

1
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Torun

Torun ©
The birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the medieval town of Torun escaped the destruction of World War II, managing to preserve most of the Gothic architecture of its historical old town.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of Printing and Literature, appreciate the extensive heritage of Teznie w Ciechocinku, contemplate the long history of Krzywa Wieza, then get a sense of history and politics at Old Town Hall, then don't miss a visit to Town Square - Old Town, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Torun travel route planner .

Getting from Gdansk to Torun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Torun are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Torun

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Teznie w Ciechocinku, Museum of Printing and Literature
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Teznie w Ciechocinku ©
Teznie w Ciechocinku
Żywe Muzeum Piernika ©
Żywe Muzeum Piernika
Town Square - Old Town ©
Town Square - Old Town

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, get into the urban bustle at Rynek Starego Miasta, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny), then brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally see the interesting displays at Pinball Station. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Dollhouse Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, explore the world behind art at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then take an in-depth tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza).

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Warsaw online vacation planner .

Getting from Torun to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Warsaw are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lublin.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach ©
Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
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Lublin

Lublin ©
Lublin is the ninth largest city in Poland and the second largest city of Lesser Poland. On the 14th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, then contemplate the long history of Majdanek State Museum, then steep yourself in history at Lublin Old Town, and finally step into the grandiose world of The Lublin Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lublin online journey planner .

You can drive from Warsaw to Lublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Lublin

Historic Sites
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Majdanek State Museum ©
Majdanek State Museum
Lublin Old Town ©
Lublin Old Town
The Lublin Castle ©
The Lublin Castle

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.
Get some historical perspective at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Royal Castle. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and contemplate the long history of Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Krakow trip builder site .

Drive from Lublin to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
nights
Oswiecim

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Main Market Square and Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jewish Museum and Synagogue and Zamek Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oswiecim: Central Museum of Firefighting (in Myslowice), Treasures of the Earth / Mineral Museum (in Bielsko-Biala) and Zamek Lipowiec (in Chrzanow). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Sucha Beskidzka Municipal Museum, ponder the world of politics at Muzeum Ratusz, make a trip to Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Helper of Christians, and pause for some photo ops at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oswiecim trip planner .

You can drive from Krakow to Oswiecim in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Oswiecim can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Zamek Lipowiec, Sucha Beskidzka Municipal Museum, Treasures of the Earth / Mineral Museum, Central Museum of Firefighting, Korona Ziemi - Mountain Center
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Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue
Zamek Museum ©
Zamek Museum
Zamek Lipowiec ©
Zamek Lipowiec

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