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It’s hard to find a country more inspiring than Poland.  Little over two decades after regaining its independence, Poland has become one of the powerhouses of Europe.  Visit the gracious capital of Warsaw and lovely Krakow, stroll the beaches of the Mazury Lake District, hike the trails of the spectacular Tatra Mountains, talk to the local people and you will agree with us.

Why Travel with MIR to Poland
  • Over two decades of Poland travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Harvard and Stanford University alumni have chosen MIR to guide them to Poland
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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We regularly garner applause from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people, distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of Poland.  Below is just a sampling of the Poland experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Learn to cook pierogi
    Learn how to make traditional Polish-style pierogi, Poland’s national dish, with a private chef....
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    Learn to cook pierogi

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    Krakow, Poland

    Learn how to make traditional Polish-style pierogi, Poland’s national dish, with a private chef.

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  • Spend Christmas Eve with a Polish family
    Gather with a Polish family for a traditional Wigilia, the Christmas Eve vigil and dinner....
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    Spend Christmas Eve with a Polish family

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    Warsaw, Poland

    Gather with a Polish family for a traditional Wigilia, the Christmas Eve vigil and dinner.

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  • Descend into the amazing salt mine
    Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mines, with 700 years of history; over the centuries miners have carved and decorated intricate salt caverns....
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    Descend into the amazing salt mine

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    Krakow, Poland

    Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine, with 700 years of history; over the centuries miners have carved and decorated intricate salt caverns.

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  • Pay your respects at Auschwitz
    Spend some time at the UNESCO site of Auschwitz, a symbol of horror and genocide and a ghastly reminder of the inhumanity of which humans are capable....
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    Pay your respects at Auschwitz

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    Krakow, Poland

    Spend some time at the UNESCO site of Auschwitz, a symbol of horror and genocide and a ghastly reminder of the inhumanity of which humans are capable.

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Ways to Travel to Poland with MIR

Poland is brimming with lively urban centers, beautiful countryside, saw-toothed mountains, cultural treasures and deep beliefs. MIR’s entire Seattle office flew to Krakow one year for a meeting just because we love the place so much. We love to see it bloom – and we’d love for you to see it, too.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent, custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Christmas Traditions of Poland

Christmas Traditions of Poland

Brilliant Holidays in Krakow, Warsaw and the Polish Highlands

Travels to: Central and East Europe, Poland

8 Days / Departures in December 2017

Small Group land tour from $3,995

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Christmas Traditions of Poland

Christmas Traditions of Poland

Brilliant Holidays in Krakow, Warsaw and the Polish Highlands

Travels to: Central and East Europe, Poland

8 Days / Departures in December 2018

Small Group land tour from $4,495

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private Train

Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private Train

Venice to Budapest Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Central and East Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland

14 Days / Departures in August 2018

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $11,595

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries across the highlands and lowlands of Poland for over 25 years; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

View our Private Journey, Essential Poland, or read more about how to design your own trip.  Also, consider this: You can customize one of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Poland signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Poland

Essential Poland

Warsaw and Krakow: Two of Poland’s Finest Cities

Travels to: Central and East Europe, Poland

Departures in January, March, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2018

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Poland
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Warsaw

Founded in 1374, Warsaw became Poland’s capital in 1596, when King Zygmunt III moved here from Krakow. For the next 200 years, Warsaw was beset on all sides by the Swedes, the Prussians and the Russians. The late 18th century was Warsaw’s “Golden Age,” under King Stanislaw August Poniatowski, Poland’s last king. Since then, except for a brief period between the two world wars, Poland was occupied until 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved.

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Krakow

Poland’s royal capital from the 11th to the 17th century, Krakow was included on UNESCO’s first World Heritage list in 1978. Since the Tatar raids in the 13th century, the Old Town has remained mostly intact, the only large Polish city to escape the destruction of WWII. In its center is the largest remaining medieval town square in Europe, Rynek Glowny, the atmospheric Main Market Square, laid out in 1257.

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Wroclaw

Originally a Slavic settlement already established by the year 1000, Wroclaw was for hundreds of years called Breslau and ruled by Germans. Today Wroclaw’s cobbled Old Town, built around its wonderful 700-year-old Town Hall, artfully combines Germanic Gothic, Viennese baroque and Flemish Renaissance influences. The university’s Leopoldine Hall is one of the most beautifully ornate baroque interiors in Europe.

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Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at [email protected] or 111-111-1111 to plan a custom & private trip to Wroclaw.

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Wieliczka Salt Mines

Miners have worked the Wieliczka Salt Mines for 700 years. In the 19th and early 20th centuries miner/sculptors carved out beautiful chambers and chapels on the first three levels. A highlight of the trip down the mines is the fabulous Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, where everything, including statuary and chandeliers, is carved from salt. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mine displays 700 years of evolving technology and artistry.

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Gdansk

Gdansk, Poland’s maritime city on the Pomeranian Coast of the Baltic Sea, was first mentioned in historical documents in 997. In its 1,000 years of existence, this venerable port city has been the prize in a long game of tug-of-war between Germany (who called it Danzig) and Poland, changing hands six times. In fact, disputes between the Germans and the Poles over Danzig were the pretext for Hitler’s declaration of war on Poland.

To Westerners, the name Gdansk is inseparable from the trade union Solidarity and its leader, Lech Walesa. Solidarity’s strikes at the Gdansk shipyard in 1980 were, in retrospect, the beginning of the end for communism. A visit here can include the neighboring seaport of Gdynia and the seaside resort, Sopot, which make up the Tri-city area, along with Gdansk.

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Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at [email protected] or 111-111-1111 to plan a custom & private trip to Gdansk.

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Malbork Castle

As a military and religious order, the Teutonic Knights were intent on bringing Christianity to the pagans of the Baltic Coast, and to gain some land for themselves. They constructed their headquarters on the Vistula at Malbork Castle, which they called Marienburg. This medieval fortress is one of the largest in the world, containing 80 acres within its defensive walls. In 1997, UNESCO listed Malbork in its register of historic places, calling it “the supreme example of the medieval brick castle that characterizes the unique architecture of the Crusading Teutonic Order in eastern Europe.”

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Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at [email protected] or 111-111-1111 to plan a custom & private trip to Malbork Castle.

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Zakopane

The beautiful resort and ski town of Zakopane is the highest town in Poland. Set high in the Alp-like Tatra Mountains of the Carpathian chain, Zakopane is called the “Winter Capital of Poland,” because of its celebrated ski hills and spas. The local mountain people, called gorale, have their own folk culture and were the first to produce a uniquely Polish product for the EU, oscypek, a special sheep cheese.

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Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at [email protected] or 111-111-1111 to plan a custom & private trip to Zakopane.

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When to Travel to Poland

Christmas markets and traditions, throughout Poland (December)

Polish Christmas carollers

The people of Poland have been celebrating Christmas for over a thousand years now, and they know how to do it right. Wander the brilliant Christmas Markets in the medieval Market Square in Krakow and the Main Market Square of Warsaw, both of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Feast on roasted kielbasa and hot mulled wine and browse the little stalls of handcrafted ornaments and gifts.

The Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow (June-July)

The Jewish Culture Festival is held over the course of nine days, and features great entertainment including concerts, exhibitions, plays, lectures, workshops, and tours of the historic Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz. Music is a central part of the festival and the two most important events are the concerts held on the first and last days of the festival. The inaugural concert takes place in one of seven synagogues of Kazimierz and features cantorial music. The final concert is held outdoors, on the main street of Kazimierz, and features traditional klezmer music.

St. Dominic’s Fair, Gdansk (August)

St. Dominic’s Fair has been held for over 750 years and is one of the biggest trade and cultural open-air events in Europe. The Fair lasts for three weeks and hosts over 1,000 merchants, artists, and artisans who offer a variety of handcrafted goods. The fair is visited by an average of 70,000 people daily and the program is diversified by various cultural and entertainment events. There are plenty of food stalls offering cold beer, grilled meats, potatoes and the ubiquitous sausages. Travelers can taste traditional Polish dishes, such as pierogi, bigos, or hunters’ stew, and farmhouse bread with lard and dill pickles.

Warsaw Autumn (Warszawska Jesień), Warsaw (varies by year)

Warsaw Autumn is the largest international Polish festival of contemporary music. The Festival has an open formula, and presents a variety of both popular and classical music. It is an annual event, normally taking place in the second half of September, and it lasts for eight days.

Christmas markets and traditions, throughout Poland (December)

The people of Poland have been celebrating Christmas for over a thousand years now, and they know how to do it right. Wander the brilliant Christmas Markets in the medieval Market Square in Krakow and the Main Market Square of Warsaw, both of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Feast on roasted kielbasa and hot mulled wine and browse the little stalls of handcrafted ornaments and gifts.