Poland holiday, small group tour

“A week of Polish cities and culture, travelling in a small group with an expert local guide, finishing in the Tatra Mountains.”

Highlights

Warsaw | Gdansk | Wrocklaw | Krakow | Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum | Zakopane | Tatra Mountains

Description of Poland holiday, small group tour

This week long Poland holiday is a journey through some of the country’s historic cities but also its fine natural heritage. Starting in the capital, Warsaw, we have a day and a half to explore the UNESCO Old Town where 17th century houses, traditional markets and outdoor café life make this a wonderful city to stroll around.

From Warsaw we travel to Gdansk, another historic city but for different reasons, as this is the country’s main sea port, which although it suffered badly during WW2, has restored its historic merchant houses, fountains and churches perfectly. It is also important historically as it is where the Solidarity trade union movement began, which led the opposition against the Communist regime in the 1980’s.

Our next city visit is Wroclaw, which was awarded 2016 European Capital of Culture. With a pretty, pedestrianised medieval central square, wander around its huge market and take in the sites including the town hall in the old town, and the parks and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the mid-town. It is also museum central.

Krakow is our next stop although, en route, we take a poignant visit to one of Europe’s most challenging places to visit: the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, where hundreds of thousands of people met their fate during WW2. We take time to reflect on this harrowing visit in the uplifting city of Krakow, now a bastion of the arts with jazz bars and cool cafes scattered between its historic townhouses and churches.

That is a lot of history to take in on one trip, which is why we spend we bring the holiday to a close in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, strolling in and around the resort town of Zakopane. Here we take a cable car up to Kasprowy Wierch, so that we can wander up on the top of the mountain and take in the country that hosted us so generously for the week.

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“Small group walking holiday featuring 4 nights in Torres del Paine National Park, 3 domestic flights from Chile to Patagonia, and 2 weeks of hiking heaven. ”

Highlights

Santiago | Valparaíso | Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales | Patagonian Chile | Torres del Paine National Park | Lake Pehoe | the Grey Glacier | Camino de los Vientos | the French Valley | catamaran across Lake Pehoe | Cuernos del Paine viewpoint | Calama | Valle de la Luna | Quebrada del Diablo | Salar de Atacama | Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos | El Tatio Geysers |

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Poland holiday, small group tour

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. We provide refresher training with a focus on Responsible Tourism, so our local leaders can educate our clients locally on helping to preserve the way of life in their area.

Throughout our visit our local operator ensures that our visit benefits the local communities we visit by choosing accommodation that is on a smaller scale and traditionally run to help support the local economy and communities. They also encourage these establishments to source their produce locally so the benefits of our visit are spread to the wider community. Furthermore, you will visit and stay in smaller communities rather than the larger towns enabling you to interact more closely with the local customs and traditions, learning more about the destination of your visit. Our local partner will encourage you to try the local produce of the area, supporting local traders and producers in the region.

The operator we work with in this area works hard to create tours that respect the environment which they visit, involving activities that appreciate the environment rather than damage it.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

Activity
WALKING
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.

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