But with architectural triumphs, scenic mountains, a rich heritage and charming, rural idylls, Poland should feature on every travellers' list.
Our Poland trips score an average of 4.33 out of 5 based on 18 reviews in the last year.
While we enjoyed the trip overall there were difficulties which the company could have dealt with better. At the very end of the trip our leader left us, prior to leaving she was unable to advise on transfer times for us to get to the airport, she provided an emergency phone number. Having made contact using the emergency phone number, we discovered the transport was arriving at the scheduled flight departure time. This was stressful, this process lost us our last mornings activity as we had to stay in the vicinity of the hotel.
Review submitted 16 Sep 2018
Intrepid tours are for those who are independent, curious, ready to adapt to what comes (weather/traffic/glitches happen), and able to keep up with the itinerary. Old cites are quirky, cobblestoned, twisty and hilly. Be prepared! PACK LIGHT! Watching tour members struggling with large wheeled suitcases over cobblestones, train tracks, up 3 flights of stairs or dragging through muddy streets takes away from enjoying your trip. Besides, shopping locally is part of the experience.
Review submitted 01 Sep 2018
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
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Poland go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/poland/public-holidays
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.
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.