17 days in Poland Itinerary

17 days in Poland Itinerary

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17 days in Poland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Kudowa-Zdroj
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Oswiecim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Zakopane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Szczawnica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Wieliczka
— 2 nights
Train:  15​min
6
Krakow
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Warsaw
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Gdansk
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bristol

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Kudowa-Zdroj

Kudowa-Zdroj ©
Kudowa-Zdrój or simply Kudowa, is a town located below the Table Mountains in Kłodzko County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in the southwestern part of Poland. Kudowa-Zdroj is known for nature, historic sites, parks, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stolowe Mountain National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Errant Rocks, trek along Szczeliniec Wielki, and admire the natural beauty at Ogrod Muzyczny.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kudowa-Zdroj trip planner .

Bristol, UK to Kudowa-Zdroj is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bristol to Kudowa-Zdroj due to the time zone difference. May in Kudowa-Zdroj sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Kudowa-Zdroj

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Szczeliniec Wielki ©
Szczeliniec Wielki
Stolowe Mountain National Park ©
Stolowe Mountain National Park
Skansen W Pstraznej ©
Skansen W Pstraznej

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum and Synagogue, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oswiecim vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kudowa-Zdroj to Oswiecim takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zakopane.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Historic Sites Museums
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue

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Zakopane

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the striking features of Upside Down House (Dom Do Gory Nogami), then explore the activities along Lake Morskie Oko, and then take in the awesome beauty at Gubalowka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku, then examine the collection at Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane, then make a splash at Aqua Park Zakopane, and finally don't miss a visit to Wielka Krokiew - Ski Jumping Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zakopane day trip site .

Getting from Oswiecim to Zakopane by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Zakopane can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Szczawnica.

Things to do in Zakopane

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Morskie Oko
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Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane ©
Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane
Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Lake Morskie Oko ©
Lake Morskie Oko

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Szczawnica

Szczawnica ©
Szczawnica is a resort town in Nowy Targ County in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Homole Canyon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Church - Jaworki, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pieniński Park Narodowy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Sokolica and then fly down the slopes at Palenica Hill Ski Area.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Szczawnica online vacation planner .

Getting from Zakopane to Szczawnica by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Szczawnica sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wieliczka.

Things to do in Szczawnica

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pieniński Park Narodowy ©
Pieniński Park Narodowy
Sokolica ©
Sokolica

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Wieliczka

Wieliczka ©
Best known as the site of one of the world's oldest salt mines, Wieliczka receives nearly a million visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Teznia Solankowa Wieliczka, then examine the collection at Cracow Saltworks Museum - Salt Mine Location, and finally see the interesting displays at Cracow Saltworks Museum - Castle Location. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church St. Clement, appreciate the history behind Statue of John Paul II, then admire the natural beauty at Saltworks garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wieliczka travel route builder app .

Getting from Szczawnica to Wieliczka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Wieliczka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

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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.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, wander the streets of Stare Miasto, don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

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Krakow is just a stone's throw from Wieliczka. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then appreciate the history behind Statue of John III Sobieski, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Enigma Room - Escape room game. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Culture and Science, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Warsaw trip website .

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

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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 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), and then admire the striking features of Golden House.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gdansk trip planner .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Gdansk in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dluga Street (ul. Dluga) ©
Dluga Street (ul. Dluga)

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