Poland

This European gem, full of culture, history and spirit, is often overlooked in favour of its more well-known neighbours. But with architectural triumphs, scenic mountains, a rich heritage and charming, rural idylls, Poland should feature on every travellers' list.

Poland Tours & Travel

All our Poland trips

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Best of Central Europe

15 days from
USD $2,560.00
CAD $2,595.00
AUD $2,395.00
EUR €1,875.00
GBP £1,620.00
NZD $2,840.00
ZAR R24,530.00
CHF FR2,295.00

The Best of Central Europe tour combines popular sights with unique experiences while travelling through Austria,...

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Berlin to Venice

15 days from
USD $2,250.00
CAD $2,280.00
AUD $2,370.00
EUR €1,600.00
GBP £1,420.00
NZD $2,810.00
ZAR R21,565.00
CHF FR1,970.00

Discover Central Europe from Germany to Italy. Travel from happening Berlin to ancient Prague, visit charismatic Vienna...

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Vienna to Dubrovnik

29 days from

Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik and discover Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia-...

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Europe Explorer

36 days from
USD $5,490.00
CAD $5,565.00
AUD $5,780.00
EUR €3,995.00
GBP £3,460.00
NZD $6,855.00
ZAR R52,620.00
CHF FR4,960.00

Visit Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy on this epic journey that includes all the incredible cities...

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Berlin to Rome

22 days from

Embark on a tour of Europe as you travel from Berlin to Rome visiting Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary...

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Baltic Experience

15 days from
USD $2,860.00
CAD $3,045.00
AUD $2,815.00
EUR €2,135.00
GBP £1,895.00
NZD $3,335.00
ZAR R28,780.00
CHF FR2,630.00

Travel to Baltic Europe and visit Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany on an adventure tour from...

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Oslo to Berlin

29 days from

Travel through western Europe on a tour from Oslo to Berlin. Visit Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania...

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Articles on Poland

All’s not fair in love and war

All’s not fair in love and war

Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 by Sue Elliot

“Lest we forget” is our heartfelt pledge to all the people who have paid the highest price in defense of their country’s borders or beliefs. Historic sites around the world [...]

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sweet polish treat

sweet polish treat

Posted on Wed, 10 Mar 2010 by Sue Elliot

If you’ve travelled through Poland then we hope you got the chance to try delicious kolaczki. These sweet flaky pastry treats can also be enjoyed in other Central European countries, [...]

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w is for water in poland

w is for water in poland

Posted on Tue, 19 Aug 2008 by Sue Elliot

We’ve all done it – felt confident trying out a few local words, only to end up with hot sauce instead of mild or a one-way ticket when we wanted [...]

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About Poland

At a glance

Trips Available: 7
Capital city: Warsaw (population 1.75 million)
Population: 38.5 million
Language: Polish
Currency: PLN
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code: +48

Best time to visit Poland

Like many other European countries, Poland's climate features relatively warm summers and cold winters. Snowfall is common through winter, but more so in the mountainous areas. Rainfall features throughout the whole year, although the rain is usually in the form of brief showers rather than torrential downpours. Travelling from May to September usually offers optimal weather, with July and August being the hottest (but busiest) months for travel.

Warsaw weather chart

Geography and environment

Colourful City Centre Square under blue skies in Warsaw, Poland
Located in Central Europe, Poland shares borders with Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and the Czech Republic. Poland also has a stretch of coastline along the Baltic Sea, providing two natural harbours. The coastal areas are marked by dunes and lakes, while the north and central parts of Poland are characterised by lowlands and plains, interrupted by rivers and valleys. Segments of the Carpathian Mountains mark the south-east part of the country, while the Tatra Mountains act as a natural border between Poland and Slovakia.

Top Picks

Wawel cathedral sparkles under blue skies in Krakow, Poland

Top 5 Heritage Spots of Krakow

1. Collegium Maius

Meaning 'Great College' in Latin, this 15th-century building, located in Jagiellonian University, has hosted such famous students as revolutionary astronomer Copernicus and spiritual leader Pope John Paul II. A visit here is a mind-expanding experience in art, science, history and architecture.

2. Wawel Cathedral

Standing for more than a thousand years, this is the place where Pope John Paul II conducted his first Mass. If that's not impressive enough, add a crypt holding the bodies of some of Poland's most influential leaders and public figures and you've got one of Poland's most interesting and important buildings. Don't miss it!

3. Wawel Royal Castle

Sitting on the edge of the Vistula River, this remarkable Gothic-style building acted as a home for Poland's royal family centuries ago. Featuring a valuable collection of historic paintings, tapestries and murals, this is a top spot to delve into European art treasures and classic architecture.

4. Remuh Synagogue

While this small yet elegant synagogue may not be the grandest in scale or design, its historic value is unquestionable. Founded in 1553, it remains a place of worship for the local community and a place of pilgrimage for the world's Jewish people.

5. Cloth Hall

Krakow's Renaissance-style Cloth Hall is a splendid building with a retail heritage. Once used as trading place for textiles and cloth back in the 14th century, nowadays the building houses shops, cafes and a museum. Located in the Main Square, this historic building looks best illuminated at night.

FAQs on Poland

While not mandatory, a tip of around 10% is considered polite for good service in Polish restaurants and cafes.
Major cities like Warsaw have many cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots to choose from, while rural areas will generally have less internet connectivity.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Poland. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Flushable toilets are the standard in Poland, although public toilets are quite scarce. Expect to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets and carry your own soap and paper as these aren't always provided.
A bottle of beer = 5-10 PLN
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 5-10 PLN
Simple lunch at a cafe = 15-25 PLN
Dinner at a nice restaurant = 50-100 PLN
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Poland unless marked otherwise.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Poland. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs that accept international cards are common in Poland, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 3 Constitution Day
May 30 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption
Nov 1 All Saint's Day
Nov 11 Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Second Day of Christmas

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Poland/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Poland Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Poland

1. Be considerate of Poland’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Push Not the RiverJames Conroyd Martin
The PianistWladyslaw Szpilman
The Beautiful Mrs SeidenmanAndrzej Szczypiorski
No Greater AllyKenneth K. Koskodan
The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in a Warsaw GhettoMary Berg