World War II in Poland & East Germany
Flip through the pages of time
History buffs, this vacation is for you! On this 12-night escorted vacation, travel across Poland and East Germany to some of the most famous (and infamous) sites of World War II. Included guided tours will give you a renewed knowledge and appreciation of this turbulent time.
- Hear the hourly Hejnal, or bugle call, from St. Mary’s northern tower in Krakow.
- See the restoration of Dresden, rebuilt after the 1945 bombing.
- Taste traditional Nurnberger Bratwurste in Nurnberg!
- Honor the lives lost as you visit former concentration camps.
- Feel history come alive as you walk the same roads of those who came only decades before.
This escorted tour through Poland and East Germany is a great way to delve into the past and learn about World War II. The journey begins in Warsaw and weaves through cities, concentration camps, and locations significant to World War II, finishing in Munich. Enjoy stays in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Weimar, Nuremberg, and Munich.
Over 13 days, you will walk through some of the most infamous concentration camps used during the war, including Auschwitz and Birkenau. Near Weimar, you will visit one of the largest concentration camps operating during World War II, Buchenwald. Additionally, you will see the site of the former Dachau concentration camp, which Heinrich Himmler described as “the first concentration camp for political prisoners.”
When you reach Krakow, you will explore the Remuh Synagogue, which remains one of two active synagogues in the city, and the Oskar Schindler Factory. You’ll have the chance to see the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600 (subject to availability) where Nazi leaders had to answer for their crimes in front of an International Military Tribunal. The tour will also bring you to the Documentation Center and Zeppelin Field, known as the Nazi party rally grounds, where Adolf Hitler delivered pernicious anti-semitic speeches to thousands of onlookers.
You will visit cities ravaged by bombing during the war and see restorations that have been made; a testament to the resilience of places such as Dresden and Berlin. Once you’ve reached Berlin, you will also visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks. Finally, in Munich, you will have a chance to join an optional excursion to Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest before a farewell dinner with your travel group.
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Arrive in Warsaw and be whisked through the city to your first accommodation. Relax until 6 pm, when you will meet your Tour director and travel companions. Together, you will leave the hotel to enjoy a welcome dinner in one of Warsaw’s fine restaurants.
Transfer to Warsaw hotel
Check In – Sofitel Victoria Warszawa
WARSAW, POLAND 5 out of 5 stars
Nestled in the heart of Warsaw, the Sofitel Warsaw Victoria offers a genuine luxurious stay designed by Didier Gomez Studio. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s on-site restaurant which features French and Polish cuisine, as well as the bar which offers a variety of signature cocktails and spirits. The hotel also offers daily breakfast, a heated indoor swimming pool, a steam bath, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa with massage treatments, free Wi-Fi, private parking, and a business center with meeting rooms available.
Rooms are elegant and feature a work desk, coffee and tea making facilities, premium hypo-allergenic bedding, air conditioning, blackout curtains, ironing facilities, and private bathrooms including bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. Overlooking the Saxon Garden and Opera house, just 600 feet from the Presidential Palace, and a quarter mile from the Royal Castle, elegance and opulence overwhelms the area and make for an excellent stay.
Today’s adventure begins with a Local Guide, who will tell you about Warsaw’s turbulent past and the city’s role as a gateway between East and West. You will explore the Old Town, which suffered terror bombing during the Invasion of Poland in 1939 and was meticulously rebuilt after the war. You will also see the Cathedral of St. John, which has been listed by UNESCO as a site of cultural significance.
See Auschwitz and Birkenau, formidable testaments to the horrors of World War II concentration camps. After a visit to these infamous camps, you will continue on to Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland. Relax with a craft beer or Polish vodka tasting in town!
Check In – INX Design Hotel
KRAKOW, POLAND 4 out of 5 stars
Explore the Stare Misato neighborhood from your wonderful stay in INX Design Hotel in Krakow. A stay at the INX Design includes access to the fitness center, the sauna, the bar, the restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, an airport and area shuttle, daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, private parking, meeting and conference rooms, and a colorful yet chic atmosphere.
Rooms are eye-catching and feature air conditioning, a satellite flat-screen TV, a desk, free bottled water, and private bathrooms complete with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms also include a comfortable sitting area. Just 7 miles from Balice Airport and Wieliczka, 22 miles from Bochnia, 23 miles from Wadowice, and 30 miles from Rabka, this hotel is in an excellent spot to explore the local history and culture.
Today’s tour through Krakow will be a walking tour through Kazimierz, where your Local Guide will take you through the old Jewish quarter and Remuh Synagogue. You will also visit the Oskar Schindler Factory, which you may know from the movie Schindler’s List. Wrap up the day with a slice of Poland’s famous cheesecake from one of the nearby bakeries!
Experience the ancient Krakow and explore its Market Square, 14-century Jagiellonian University, and St. Mary’s Church. You’ll have time to snap some photos of Wawel Royal Castle before moving on to Wroclaw. With a thriving multicultural scene and a thousand years of history, you will enjoy Wroclaw’s highlights such as the cathedral and the Market Square and learn about its past on your guided tour.
Check In – Hotel HP Park Plaza
WROCLAW, POLAND 4 out of 5 stars
Choose to stay on the water at the Hotel HP Park Plaza in Wroclaw while traveling through Poland. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, private parking, an on-site bar, daily breakfast, a sauna and sun terrace, a 24-hour front desk, and car and bike rental. Enjoy a stay in the Dolnoslaskie region, just 30 miles from Swidnica.
Rooms are elegant and feature a minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, hypo-allergenic bedding upon request, a safe, ironing facilities, air conditioning, blackout curtains, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a CD player, and private bathrooms complete with a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, and slippers. Copernicus Airport is only 7 miles away, while Olesnica is 16 miles away and Brzeg is 26 miles away, putting this hotel in a wonderful spot for exploration and river views.
Venture into Germany and arrive in Dresden! A walking tour will bring you to Zwinger Palace Courtyard to see the architecture, which was restored to its former grandeur after the Allied bombing in 1945. You will see the Semper Opera and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. At the end of the day, relax at Am Pulverturm restaurant and sample local delicacies.
Check In – Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe, Dresden
DRESDEN, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars
Steps away from landmarks such as the Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace, and the Royal Palace, this hotel has ideal placement in Dresden. Exploring Neumarket square couldn’t be easier since getting there requires you to merely walk outside.
Sample regional delicacies in the hotel’s restaurant or kick back in the bar with a handmade cocktail. In the summer, bask in the sun on the terrace overlooking the square. The luxurious accommodations will make this hotel your home away from home as you enjoy all Dresden has to offer.
Learn the exciting story of anti-war activist Joe Polowsky on the way to Torgau, a town regarded as the spiritual center of the German Reformation. There, you will walk through the courtyard of Hartenfels Castle, whose church was consecrated by Martin Luther. The journey continues to Berlin, where a Local Guide will take you through the city, with a stop for photos at Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, as well as the Victory Column in Tiergarten park. After a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, you will drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie.
Check In – ARCOTEL John F Berlin
BERLIN, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars
Located in the heart of Berlin, this family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, Berlin State Opera, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Also nearby are Aquadom and Galeries Lafayette. With so many famous sites reachable on foot, the hotel’s bicycle rental is an added bonus for travelers who wish to explore on two wheels. The hotel offers a sauna and fitness center, as well as an on-site restaurant and bar.
Enjoy a day to yourself to explore the lively culture of Berlin! Take in the markets and local street art at your leisure, or enjoy a picnic in Tiergarten park.
Take a guided stroll through Weimar to see the beautiful town and places of interest. In the afternoon, you will spend time at the former concentration camp in Buchenwald, one of the largest established within the old German borders.
Check In – Leonardo Hotel Weimar
WEIMAR, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars
Enjoy a warm welcome to the city of Goethe with a stay at Leonardo Hotel Weimar. A short walk will bring you to the historical old town, which is bursting with things to do and see. Meander through the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar or the Goethe museum. Stroll the grounds of the Baroque Schloss Weimar. Take in the UNESCO world heritage Park an der Ilm.
In addition to a full-service spa, Leonardo Hotel Weimar features an indoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel offers a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge.
This morning, you will see the Documentation Center and Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg. Afterwards, explore the Old Town and see the impressive reconstructions. A special dinner is scheduled for the evening to enjoy the traditional Nurnberger Bratwurste at Bratwurst Roselein restaurant.
Check In – Hotel NH Collection Nürnberg City
NUREMBERG, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars
Freshly redesigned, this hotel is only a 5-minute walk from shops, restaurants, and the Christmas Market. Its proximity to central station and the intercity bus means that travel will never be a challenge. You can enjoy the 4-star accommodations and services of the hotel, then whisk over to the attractions of the old town before you can say “Spielzeugmuseum!”
The hotel’s 244 rooms are spacious doubles and feature a modern design with hardwood floors. The only hotel in the city to have its own herb garden, they also feature a sunny courtyard where you can sip a refreshing cocktail or dine al fresco meal in the warm weather. A gym with sauna and steam room is also available for your use, so take some time to pamper yourself and relish complimentary late checkout on “Lazy Sundays” at the hotel.
Today will begin with a trip to the former Dachau concentration camp. After, you will continue to Munich, where you will see the city’s main square, Marienplatz. Take in the beautiful architecture and the famous Glockenspiel.
Check In – Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel
MUNICH, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars
You’ll waste no time immersing yourself in Bavarian culture at this property located near the city center and close to the famous English Garden. Relax in Sheraton’s signature comfort and hospitality after a colorful day of sight-seeing and shopping!
Boasting the largest conference center in Southern Germany, a gym, spa, pool, and club lounge, this hotel will provide every opportunity for wellness and rejuvenation during your stay. The on-site restaurant offers a la carte and buffet meal options if you prefer to stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s amenities.
The day is yours to spend as you like! Take a jaunt to Olympiapark or visit Hofbrauhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall. Tonight, a farewell dinner has been planned for you to enjoy your final night with your travel companions and decompress.
Say Auf Wiedersehen to Munich and head back to the airport.
Transfer to Munich airport (MUC)