I am planning a trip to Poland this fall. Flight reservations are made (found a very convenient flight at good price). We arrive in Warsaw at 3:00 pm on September 29 and fly out of Warsaw early on October 16. We do NOT want to rent a car this trip, so it will have to be all by train, or possibly bus if it makes sense.
I have a tentative itinerary, which I'm fairly happy with. My only concerns are that it may be too much of the same thing (medieval old towns, which I love) and not enough nature (which I also love). It just seems like the more scenic spots in Poland are not well served by train. Our primary interest is history and absorbing the local culture and atmosphere. We enjoy visiting museums, but not constantly, and enjoying good food and beer/wine. We are not foodies and don't spend a lot on restaurants. Take-out, bakeries, market stalls, etc. work fine for us. We have zero interest in night life, except an occasional concert in a neat venue.
I would appreciate feedback on this tentative itinerary:
3 nights Warsaw,
3 nights Gdansk (will do day trip to Malbork Castle),
2 nights Torun,
1 night Poznan or Gniezno,
2 nights Wroclaw,
5 nights Krakow (will do day trip to Auschwitz and also visit salt mine),
1 night Warsaw (very early flight in am).