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Itinerary Check for Spring Trip

Hi!

We're planning for Poland and I want to check to make sure that the order of our itinerary makes sense--any feedback would be appreciated! We are laid back travelers and tend to prefer cities with smaller towns sprinkled in for variety. We go for the food, wine, history and museums. We plan to take public transportation and will make day trips. The total length of our trip is 20 nights and we'll return from Gdansk.

Our flight arrives in Krakow on April 17 so we will be there over the Easter holiday. Here's the plan:

  1. Krakow (5 nights)
  2. Wroclaw (2 nights)
  3. Poznan (2 nights)
  4. Warsaw (4 nights)
  5. Torun (2 nights)
  6. Gdansk (5 nights)

Best travel wishes for the new year!

Posted by
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Order looks reasonable to me unless something about availability of fast-train service might make Poznan-Torun-Warsaw-Gdansk a bit faster? I have no clue; I haven't checked. Congratulations on figuring out a way to start in Krakow. I flew from Odesa to Warsaw, dooming myself to an inefficient route.

Although Gdansk has the large/time-consuming World War II Museum and Solidarity Center, Warsaw has even more historic sights/museums/memorials, and it's possible to spend a great deal of time seeing them (though I don't think anything approaches the time sponge that is the Gdansk WWII Museum). How you divvy up your time between the two cities should depend on precisely which sights you are most interested in. I spent 10 days in Warsaw, but I had quite a bit of art-museum time there.

While in Gdansk I took a half-day trip to the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. It is modern, English-accessible, and very well done, but I think if you don't identify with the immigrant experience (whether you're Polish American or perhaps Irish, Italian, etc.), it is skippable if you need that time for other activities.

Posted by
2825 posts

Thank you acraven! That's all excellent info. Wow! Ten days in Warsaw--it's great to be able to spend so much time in one city. We'll check the train routing. Also a little concerned about traveling from Krakow to Wroclaw on Easter Monday but will check that out also.
Cheers!

Posted by
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I started with less time planned than I ended up spending in all the major Polish cities. I'm slow in museums (as long as there's English explanatory material), and it's impossible to know prior to the visit whether "slow" means 4 hours, 8 hours, or the 20 (I am not kidding) hours I spent in the Gdansk WW II Museum. Poland took over my trip and resulted in my not setting foot in Slovakia.

Posted by
2825 posts

It's nice to have the flexibility to spend more time in one place when it "requires" more time than you anticipated! Slovakia will be there for a future trip!!

Posted by
3544 posts

Just a thought: why not stay in a small town rather than all the big cities?

Posted by
2825 posts

Hi Stan,

That's an option...we tend to like cities but are open to possibilities. It might depend on transportation connections. Do you have any smaller cities that we should consider?

Thank you!

Posted by
546 posts

I think your timing looks good. We enjoyed Gniezno (very historic town and cathedral) which is on the train line between Torun and Poznań, and the Peace Church In Swidnica, daytrip from Wroclaw. Do you like churches? Not sure about wine in Poland, but we did enjoy the beer. Trains worked out wonderfully for us.

Hope you have a lovely time.

Posted by
2825 posts

Thank you Eef! Yes, we do like a few churches and beer as well! I'm glad to know about Gniezno and will check it out.

I've relied on Rome2Rio to plan transportation connections but as I'm getting into scheduling, it's not as straightforward as it initially looked. For some destinations, the FlixBus for example, leaves late in the evening and arrives in the very early a.m. The train connections are twice as long as the 2-3 hours that I planned on. I may have to rework some of the destinations based on reasonably-timed transportation options.