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Welcome to the Polish capital Warsaw!
Warsaw offers its visitors a mixture of modernity and tradition.
Small cozy alleys and cafes invite you to linger.
The Polish capital also has several recreational areas to offer such as Lazienki Park.
Numerous religious buildings adorn the path and invite you to visit them.
The wooden church of Podlasie captivates with its unusual design.
Make a stop in between and let the idyllic landscape work its magic on you!
Along the way, you will find many surprises that are worth a photo.
The baroque town hall of Bialystok is always worth a visit.
Bialowieza National Park is home to the graceful and strong bison. A special highlight of your trip!
The graceful bison are just one of the many animal species of Europe's only primeval forest.
Biebrza National Park is famous for its extensive birch forest.
With a little luck, you can catch a glimpse of a moose.
The industrious beaver makes the vast river and lake landscapes its home.
Bird lovers will also get their money's worth on this trip.
The proud storks are a landmark of eastern Poland, as they like to build their nests on masts and chimneys.
Meandering rivers wind through the vast plains of the Polish countryside.
The extensive lake landscape of the Masuria is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking recreation.
Masuria provides a protected habitat for numerous plant and animal species.
Hop on a boat to experience the Masuria from a different perspective!
Visit the medieval Marienburg, built by the German Order in the 12th century.
The statues in the courtyard of the Marienburg remind visitors about the history of the German religious order.
The old Hanseatic city of Gdansk looks back on a varied history.
Gdansk's harbor in the old town is a beautiful sight especially in the evening hours.
Stroll through the picturesque alleys of Gdansk.
The idyllic town of Sopot on the Baltic Sea is a place of rest not only for the locals.
Unwind with a walk on a dreamy beach.
Poland round trip: discover the highlights at your pace
Relaxing and eventful days in the idyllic Masuria
Białowieża Primeval Forest: Stroll through the last primeval forest in Europe and encounter its extraordinary fauna
Explore the streets of the emerging and glamorous cities of Warsaw and Gdansk
Immerse yourself in the diverse culture and history of Poland
From lively cities and old traditions to relaxing nature — Poland is one of the most diverse and exciting countries in Europe. Embark on a 10-day self-drive tour in history’s eventful footsteps and to the picturesque natural treasures of the country. The Masurians delight visitors with shiny lakes, deep green forests, and unique flora and fauna. You’ll also discover the modern capital Warsaw and the coastal city of Gdansk.
The best time to visit Poland is between May and September. During this period, pleasant temperatures average between 24°C and 29°C, with July being the warmest month. The thermometer drops significantly in the autumn and winter months, with January being the coldest.
Welcome to Warsaw!
Upon arrival, check into your hotel for the first night. Depending on your arrival time, the day is at your disposal.
If you have come in your car, drive directly to the hotel. If you book a rental car through us, you will pick it up at the airport and go to the hotel.
In the coming days, you can look forward to nature and culture in the land of a thousand lakes!
Travel time airport - hotel: approx. 30 minutes / approx. 8 km
1 night with dinner in Warsaw, Poland
After a hearty breakfast, you can visit a weekly market or a bazaar and watch the hustle and bustle of the locals bargaining and haggling. Warsaw is a booming modern metropolis with lots of skyscrapers.
We recommend a city tour (optional) today, as Poland’s capital offers many attractions. For example, the Łazienki Park, or the Royal Baths Park, was once the summer residence of the last Polish king and is now the most significant green space in the city. Another highlight of every city tour in Warsaw is the old town with its numerous galleries, cozy coffee houses, and elegant restaurants. Today, it’s a meeting place for both locals and tourists. The apartment of the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin was also in this area. The city’s landmark is the Palace of Culture, a confectioner-style building and a gift from the former Soviet Union.
We also recommend visiting the Vistula, where the trendy Praga district is. It’s also home to the first museum of Polish vodka (optional), where its architecture beautifully stands out on the other side of the bank. The modern and interactive exhibition through the old vodka factory will teach you about the history and production of “firewater.” At the end of the tour, be sure to participate in an exclusive tasting. If you would like to visit the museum or are interested in a private you, contact your travel advisor, and they will gladly book it for you.
Insider tip: a successful end to the day are the nightly light and water games in the old town arcades, which take place on Fridays and Saturdays between May and September.
1 night with breakfast in Warsaw, Poland
Today, set off for the next stop on your Poland tour.
After breakfast, leave the vibrant capital and explore the lonely, sparsely populated regions of Mazovia and Podlasie. The Bug River forms a natural border with Belarus, where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over the river bed from the castle hill of Drohiczyn. The only Russian king was crowned in the local town church in the middle of the 13th century.
The region is unique because it’s home to the only primeval forest in Europe — the Białowieża Forest. The forest has centuries-old oaks that grow into the sky and the largest inhabitant of bison (which is also the forest’s symbol) grazes throughout the wild. When visiting, keep your eyes peeled for the ancient oaks, 50 meter high spruces, and some pines that are over 300-years-old. The most valuable section o the primeval forest is protected by UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and visitors may only enter with a ranger.
Today or tomorrow, you’ll have time for an optional guided tour through the jungle with a ranger. If you would like to book this unique experience, please contact us when booking.
Our tip: try the world-famous Żubrówka vodka, also called Tatanka vodka. It’s unique because it is refined with the grass from the Białowieża Forest on which the bison feed.
Travel time Warsaw - Bialowieza: approx. 3 hours / approx. 230 km
1 night with breakfast in Bialowieza, Poland
After an eventful day in pristine nature, immerse yourself in Poland’s culture.
The region’s main town, Bialowieza, is in the middle of the heath. Polish kings and Russian tsars used it as a starting point for hunting trips with their guests. Visit the Orthodox Church and see a porcelain icon, porcelain divine image, and the Tsar’s Hunting Palace (optional).
Not far from Białowieża Forest is a small Tatar village. As compensation for their efforts in the fight against the Ottoman Empire, King Jan Sobieski transferred land in Podlasia to the Tatars. Even today, visitors can see a wooden mosque built in the 17th century and Muslim cemeteries. In a Tatar Inn, famous throughout Poland, you can try traditional Tatar cuisine’s extraordinary dishes such as pierekaczewnik, a traditional meat pie, or kibiny, filled dumplings.
Then drive northeast to the capital of the Podlasie region to Bialystok. With around 290,000 inhabitants, it’s the largest city in the area.
Travel time Bialowieza - Bialystok: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 83 km
1 night with breakfast in Bialystok
After your breakfast buffet in the hotel, we recommend a short city tour (optional) through Bialystok today. Here, the “breath of the East” blows, and the city’s most important building is the late baroque palace and park complex of the Polish magnate family Branick. Today, you can find the medical academy in the castle. Other tourist magnets are the market square with its baroque town hall, numerous Renaissance churches, Baroque and neo-Gothic styles, and a classicist Russian Orthodox church with precious icons. The city’s most famous son is Ludwik von Zamenhof, who speaks, developed, and propagated the universal language “Esperanto.” You can learn more about this artificial language in the cultural institute of the same name.
Continue north to the Biebrzanski National Park, where the broad river valley of the Biebrza boasts the unique landscape of the Red Marshes. This marshland is home to moose and beavers. The river valley forms the most valuable habitat in Europe for 250 different water and marsh birds.
Travel time Bialystok - Biebrzanski National Park: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 100 km
1 overnight stay with breakfast in the Biebrza area, Poland
In the early morning, you will have time to explore the Biebrzanski National Park. We recommend an optional tour with a ranger.
Countless species of rare swamp animals, water birds, and elk call the park their home. Discover the untouched nature in the valley of the Narew upper reaches, a floodplain and crisscrossed by numerous river arteries — hence the park’s nickname: “Polish Amazon.”
Afterward, make your way to the “Land of a Thousand Lakes.” The Masuria await your discovery.
After a day full of adventure, return to your hotel in Masuria.
Travel time from Biebrzanski National Park to Masuria: approx. 1 hour / approx. 74 km
1 overnight stay with breakfast in the Masurian Lake District area, Poland
Would you like to discover Masuria with a guide? With our optional tour, we can make it possible for you! The tour begins in the north of the Lake District. Travel to Ryn, where you can admire the crusader castle and stroll along the lake promenade. Further to the northeast, you’ll reach the largest city in the region, Giżycko (Lötzen). Walk to the harbor with your guide and soak in the beautiful views of Lake Kisajno and Lake Niegocin.
Not far away is the Boyen fortress, built in the middle of the 19th century by Friedrich Wilhelm IV in the shape of a star.
In the village of Eichmedien, there’s a small tile factory where replicas of historical stoves and chimneys are made. The village’s restaurant will also serve you a delicious lunch. As the tour ends, the tour’s last stop is the pilgrimage church Heilige Linde, which impresses with its magnificent baroque and organ concert.
In the late afternoon, drive to Olsztyn. The capital of Warmia and Mazury belonged to the Kingdom of Prussia for many years. One of its most famous residents was Nicolaus Copernicus, who worked as the cathedral administrator in the castle. Allenstein is in the middle of East Prussia and considered the gateway to the Masuria. You can also book an optional city tour through Olsztyn.
Travel time Masuria - Olsztyn: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 112 km
1 night with breakfast in Olsztyn, Poland
After breakfast, we recommend a trip to Elbląg Canal. You’ll have the opportunity to travel by ship over the unique and well-known “inclined planes.” The canal, built in the middle of the 19th-century, overcomes a height difference of around 100 meters on several inclined levels on which the ships transport overland on rails. Pass green meadows and hills while sitting in the boat and marvel at the lifting machines that made the canal world famous.
Afterward, continue toward the former Hanseatic city of Gdansk (Danzig). Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot form the “Tricity,” with around 1.2 million inhabitants, 450,000 of whom live in Gdansk. The region offers all the amenities of a large metropolis but is still relatively quiet.
Insider tip: In the evening, we recommend a ride on the Gdańsk Ferris Wheel, “Amber Sky.” The glistening views over the rooftops and old town will take your breath away.
Travel time Olsztyn - Gdansk: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes / approx. 166 km
1 overnight stay with breakfast in Gdansk, Poland
You can opt for a guided tour through Gdansk and Sopot in the morning — Poland’s two most beautiful and most important Hanseatic cities. While visiting Gdansk, it’s worth visiting the wonderfully restored patrician houses in the old town and the royal road that leads from the High Gate to the Long Market with the famous Neptune Fountain. Discover the numerous amber galleries until you reach the mighty St. Mary’s Church, where you can then visit the town’s landmark on the Motlaway River banks with the crane gate.
In Gdansk, you’ll come across amber, the “Gold of the Baltic Sea,” in various facets. During a break, try the Danziger gold water, the local vodka.
Gdansk is home of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and ex-president Lech Wałęsa, who once founded the legendary “Solidarność” union. The demands they formulate have been included in the UNESCO list of world history.
In the fashionable bathing and health resort of Sopot, the eccentric actor Klaus Kinski saw the light of day. Klaus Kinski and Lech Wałęsa come from the Tricity region, but also Günter Grass. They all call themselves “Kashubians,” as the area at the gates of Gdańsk is called. Stroll down the splendid boulevard and visit Europe’s longest wooden pier. Enjoy your free time on the beach and take the opportunity to search for amber.
Our tip: visit the Shakespeare Theater Gdansk, whose architecture resembles the London Globe Theater from the 17th century. The annual Shakespeare Theater Festival also takes place here! In 2014, the building was put under the protectorate of the British heir, Prince Charles, and the Nobel Prize for literature, Günter Grass. You can go on exciting tours and cultural events throughout the building.
1 night with breakfast in Gdansk, Poland
Today is the end of your Poland trip. Start your journey home full of new impressions. If you booked a rental car, drop it off at the airport.
Would you like to extend your trip and discover other highlights? Contact us, and we will organize it for you!
Travel time Hotel Gdansk - Gdansk Airport: approx. 20 minutes / approx. 17 km
Hotel Polonia Palace****, Warsaw, Poland
This accommodation is located directly opposite the Palace of Culture and Science and not far from Warsaw’s old town. The rooms are spacious and equipped with all amenities such as air conditioning, WiFi, underfloor heating in the bathroom, minibar, and TV. The on-site restaurant serves Polish and international cuisine.
Białowieskie Sioło***, Budy, Poland
The Białowieskie Sioło tourist farm is in a quiet, green area, surrounded by the Białowieża Forest. The rooms are traditionally and authentically furnished and have a private bathroom with a shower. In addition to a playground, a barbecue hut, and a campfire site, there’s also an open-air museum that you can visit for an extra charge. Free WiFi is available, and the restaurant serves regional and Polish dishes.
Hotel Branicki***+, Bialystok, Poland
The boutique hotel is about 550 meters from the castle park and the Branicki Palace. The rooms are modern and individually furnished and come with a minibar, safe, modern bathroom, and other amenities. The hotel’s Oranżeria restaurant focuses on Polish and Mediterranean cuisine. A fresh breakfast buffet is served every morning.
Zagroda Kuwasy***, Woznawies, on the edge of the Biebrza National Park, Poland
The rustic farm is charmingly furnished in a typical style from this region. Some of the rooms have covered verandas and separate entrances. In the accommodation restaurant, you can enjoy modern Polish cuisine.
Hotel Joseph Conrad***, Pisz, Poland
This hotel is just a few meters from the shores of Lake Rosch, and the city center is two kilometers away. A private beach area is at your disposal. You can expect comfortable furnishings with traditional wooden furniture, a TV, a desk, and a bathroom in the spacious rooms. The restaurant serves breakfast and traditional Polish dishes in the glass-enclosed dining room overlooking the lake. You can enjoy drinks on the terrace or at the bar with an open fireplace. For exciting activities, rent a bike from the hotel or go sailing, canoeing or swimming in the lake.
Warmiński Hotel & Conference***, Olsztyn, Poland
The hotel is 500 meters from the center of Olsztyn. The rooms are decorated in warm colors and traditionally decorated with wooden furniture. Facilities include a TV, WiFi, desk, bathroom, and complimentary mineral water. The fitness center and sauna are open 24/7, and the restaurant serves international and Polish dishes. Small snacks and drinks are available in the sports bar.
Hotel Number One by Grano***, Gdansk, Poland
Hotel Number One is directly in the old town of Gdańsk. It offers a restaurant, a wellness area with a sauna, a swimming pool, private parking (for a fee), and free WiFi throughout the entire complex. The rooms are modernly furnished and feature a TV, bathroom with complimentary toiletries, and other amenities.
Closest city: Warsaw
Closest airport: Warsaw Chopin Airport
Duration of the trip: 10 days / 9 nights
9 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar:
2 nights at Hotel Polonia Palace**** with breakfast in a double room in Warsaw
1 night at Hotel Białowieskie Sioło*** with breakfast in a double room in Bialowieza
1 night at Hotel Branicki***+ with breakfast in a double room in Bialystok
1 night at Zagroda Kuwasy*** with breakfast in a double room in Biebrza
1 night at Hotel Joseph Conrad*** with breakfast in a double room in the Masurian Lake District
1 night at Warmiński Hotel & Conference*** with breakfast in a double room in Olsztyn
2 nights at Hotel Number One by Grano*** with breakfast in a double room in Gdansk
Private city tour Warsaw (up to 4 hours)
Private city tour Warsaw (up to 8 hours)
Entrance to the Museum of Polish Vodka, including tasting
Private guided tour of the Museum of Polish Vodka
Biebrzanski National Park guided tour with a German-speaking ranger
Bialowieski National Park guided tour with German-speaking rangers
Full-day private Masuria tour
Private guided tour of Olsztyn
Private full-day walking tour of Gdansk and Sopot
Fully comprehensive insurance with reimbursement of the deductible
Vehicle theft protection with reimbursement of the deductible
Liability insurance according to rental conditions: total cover 5,000,000 EUR. Material damage 1,000,000 EUR. Personal injury 5,000,000 EUR.
Additional liability insurance of 7.5 million euros.
Reimbursement of damage to glass, roof, tires, underbody (including oil pan), and clutch
Reimbursement of the claims handling fee
Reimbursement of towing costs in the event of an accident or technical defect
Reimbursement of damage and theft of the car radio and navigation system (mobile or built-in) in the event of a break-in
Additional driver: one driver included, 4.92 EUR/additional driver/day including local taxes (maximum of three additional drivers per rental). Driving the vehicle by persons not listed in the rental contract will result in insurance cover loss.
Fuel policy: return and takeover. Return the car with the same amount of fuel that you received.
Reimbursement of costs for loss/damage to vehicle keys and documents
LAF (road traffic tax) is included in the rental country
Local taxes: On the rental price and all included services listed.
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
(Optional) excursions (visits, admissions, etc.)
Tips and personal expenses
Rental car deposit (to be paid on-site)