President's Cruise Special Event: Schindler Factory visit
Immerse yourself among the highlights of Poland, and discover all that Warsaw and Krakow have to offer. Explore the history and charm of Warsaw’s Old Town on an included city tour, discover Krakow’s rich architecture and culture with your expert Program Director at your side, and with your fellow travelers, pay a memorable—and moving—visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Auschwitz. As part of this special 2014 President's Cruise departure, you'll enjoy an exclusive tour of the Krakow factory of Oskar Schindler, the businessman who employed—and thereby saved—up to 1,200 Jewish citizens during World War II.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations: for 3 nights in Krakow at the Superior First-Class Park Inn Krakow or similar and 2 nights in Warsaw at the Deluxe Westin Warsaw Hotel or similar
- 8 meals: 6 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- Included tours: Krakow, Auschwitz, Czestochowa Shrine, Warsaw
- Special President's Cruise Event: Tour of Oskar Schindler's Krakow factory
- Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
After breakfast, transfer by motorcoach to Krakow, enjoying an included lunch en route. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and then explore the area with your Program Director.
Krakow is a showcase of seven centuries of architecture, as you’ll see during an included tour that spotlights the Wawel Royal Castle Hill, site of the cathedral where the former Cardinal Wojtyla (the late Pope John Paul II) once celebrated Masses.
President's Cruise Special Event Today you'll visit Oskar Schindler's factory, where through period photographs and objects, newspapers, personal and official documents, and film, you'll learn about what it was like to live in Krakow in 1939, about the tragedies of World War II. You'll also learn about the eponymous factory owner—the subject of Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar-winning film—who helped saved an estimated 1,200 Jewish citizens by employing them.
After lunch on your own, enjoy time at leisure. Or join this afternoon’s optional tour, which descends 250 feet underground to visit the eleventh-century Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with sculptures and chandeliers carved from salt.
Today’s tour may be an emotional one, as you visit the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grand Circle Foundation supports the expansion of the Auschwitz Education Center. Enjoy lunch on your own this afternoon. Later, back in Krakow, enjoy time at leisure to unwind or explore more of the city before dinner on your own.
You’ll ride to Warsaw via Czestochowa, stopping for an included tour of the 14th-century Jasna Gora Monastery, home of the famous Black Madonna shrine. You’ll also enjoy an included lunch before continuing toward Warsaw. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Warsaw, or take in an optional piano recital, featuring the works of the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin, followed by dinner.
Explore the capital of Poland on today’s included city tour. Visit the reconstructed Old Town and the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial in the Muranow quarter.After lunch on your own, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.