SPA and Wine Vacation in Southern Poland and Krakow
September 3 – September 9, 2023
US $3450 /PP
Discover the Relaxation of a Luxurious Polish SPA, Great Tasting Polish Wines and the Magic of Krakow with Poland Culinary Vacations!
Southern Poland is a never-ending destination to experience world-class SPAs, family owned wineries, cultural attractions and fine dining. In addition, travelers to the area can also enjoy unique handicraft shopping and activities such as easy hiking in the mountains, visiting agrotourism farms and tasting high-quality artisan foods made by local producers.
Let us be your guide to a week of wellness and relaxation which will include: individualized SPA treatments, small family vineyard visits & spectacular wine tastings, a cooking class with a Polish chef and sightseeing in Malopolska Lesser Poland region and the hidden region of Podkarpackie – Subcarpathian, Poland. These two regions in south-eastern Poland have rolling vineyards, enchanting palaces and manors, UNESCO Timber Architecture Church Route and Krakow Market Square, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking mountainous scenery.
Your first four nights accommodation will be at a 4-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica- Zdroj (Zdroj – means mineral spring in Polish) with peaceful, tranquil atmosphere perfect for a SPA vacation. On most days while in Krynica you will enjoy different SPA treatments which will be rejuvenating, relaxing and unforgettable! The small SPA town of Krynica Zdroj is a cultural and wellness oasis and because it is located in the mountains, easy hiking is also very popular activity here.
We have assembled our own guide to areas greatest destinations and attractions to make your vacation in southern Poland and Krakow most memorable!
- 7-day/6-night custom-designed, intimate SPA & wine vacation in Poland’s Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions, with sightseeing of beautiful Krakow.
- Elegant and comfortable accommodations at a luxurious: 4-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica-Zdroj and boutique Hotel Maltanski within walking distance to Krakow’s Market Square.
- Personalized face and body SPA treatments including a full body massage.
- Private tours and Polish wine tastings at family owned wineries in Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions throughout the week.
- Hands-on and/or demonstration-style cooking lesson with a professional Polish chef.
- Delicious regional cuisine: freshly made meals and breads, plus wine, beer and vodka tastings.
- Visits to agrotourist farms, famous for exceptional artisan foods, warm hospitality and Polish countryside experiences.
- Motor excursions into famous cities and towns to see renowned art and architecture, including buildings on the
- UNESCO World Heritage List.
- The option to extend your time in Krakow and further explore this spectacular southern Polish city
Day 1 – Sunday
We meet in Krakow for a group pick-up at a designated hotel near the Market Square at 10:00am. Our local guide will then take us on a tour of Kazimierz district of Krakow which for many centuries was widely known as the home of the largest Jewish commune in Europe. One can easily spend an entire week just enjoying Krakow, a trove of history, and we’ll resume this magnificent city’s discovery upon our return on Thursday. After touring Kazimierz, we’ll head out to Krynica-Zdroj to 4-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel and SPA, our home for the next four nights. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the Galician Inn in Nowy Sacz for a delectable lunch with local wine and touring of the Galician Town. After lunch, we continue our drive through gorgeous countryside to Krynica-Zdroj. After settling at the hotel, we meet for a festive Welcome Dinner of local cuisine at our hotel’s elegant “Szosty Zmysl” restaurant and enjoy chef Janusz Myjak’s gourmet culinary specialties.
Day 2 – Monday
After delicious breakfast at the hotel, guests who have signed up in advance for Specialty Spa Treatments will enjoy their first SPA treatments. Guests are also free to use other facilities of the spa or relax and enjoy the mountain beauty and serenity. After the first morning SPA session or mountain outdoor activity session, we’ll enjoy light lunch at the hotel restaurant. In the afternoon we’ll tour Krynica-Zdroj, biggest SPA town in Poland, often called the Pearl of Polish Spas with vibrant concert niche which includes the Jan Kiepura Festival of Arias and Songs held here every August. We begin with visiting the historic downtown with a central pedestrian promenade and pump rooms with water from over twenty local mineral springs where we’ll sample some of the mineral waters. We may also take Poland’s longest cable-car ski lift to Mt. Jaworzyna Krynicka. Before dinner some of us may like to go hiking in Jaworzyna Krynicka or return to hotel for relaxation. We meet for dinner with regional fare at “Karczma Cichy Kacik” restaurant in Krynica.
Day 3 – Tuesday
Breakfast will be followed by a day trip to Kambornia Manor near Krosno featuring Carpathian Wine Salon and Polish cooking class followed by lunch at the Manor based on our culinary efforts. After lunch, we head to Krosno, a small town and the glass industry center of Poland. “KROSNO” S.A., founded back in 1923, is the largest glass manufacturer in Poland and a major glass exporter to over 60 countries around the world. We begin our visit with touring of the Krosno Glass City and Glass Heritage Center. The tour begins with a live show of the art of glass-blowing. Wine connoisseurs will be able to purchase a new set of six meticulously crafted and high quality wine glasses after touring Krosno glass factory to take back home from their VINOTECA KROSNO line. Tonight is yours to enjoy at the hotel or perhaps have dinner at one of the recommended restaurants on the town.
Day 4 – Wednesday
Early morning breakfast will be followed by the final sessions of face or body treatments that you may have signed up to enjoy. In the afternoon, we’ll head out to Jaslo, a small tranquil town, the capital of modern Polish wine making where the annual International Wine Days festival is organized. On the way to Jaslo we’ll stop at 15th century UNESCO St. Michael the Archangel wooden church in Binarowa village. Six timber churches from Malopolska and Carpathian foothills have been entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the church in Binarowa is one of those special churches. There are over 100 wineries in the Podcarpackie region offering an exciting array of varietals, styles, and tasting experiences. Today we tour two notable local family owned wineries: “Dwie Granice” and “Jasiel”, near Jaslo. We’ll enjoy early dinner with special and fabulous wine at “Jasiel” vineyard with our hosts Mr & Mrs. Szpak.
Day 5 – Thursday
This morning we will transfer back to Krakow where we’ll spend the next two days of our SPA and wine vacation in southern Poland. Upon arrival, we will venture to a fresh food market, called Stary Kleparz, a centuries-old tradition in Krakow. Locals and visitors shop in an unforgettable atmosphere for fresh, traditional Polish food products, which we’ll have an opportunity to taste: breads, cheeses, meats, fruits and vegetables. After food market visit, we’ll continue with a guided sightseeing and tasting tour of Krakow. Krakow is Poland’s third largest city and escaped the devastation that obliterated other Polish cities during World War II. It’s perfectly preserved medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is on the itinerary for this afternoon’s tour. We visit the Market Square, the largest medieval town square in Europe and the 14th-century Wawel Castle and Cathedral. After settling in our hotel, we head out to wine social to enjoy exclusive wines and appetizers at Krako Slow Wines bar and shop which offers natural wines from Central and Eastern Europe.
Day 6 – Friday
In the morning we’ll tour the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, a virtual underground city, with galleries, lakes, chapels and murals – all carved from salt – and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After Wieliczka tour we travel to local winery “Srebrna Gora” for wine tasting on the outskirts of Krakow from which we also take in spectacular views of Vistula river and surrounding area. After wine tasting, you are free to enjoy the sights and shops of Krakow on your own. Krakow offers a good choice of art, crafts, and souvenirs. We recommend Cepelia store, which has a great selection of quality Polish folk handicrafts. Our Farewell Dinner will be at Wesele restaurant, serving old Polish and Krakow delicacies and specialties located in the heart of Krakow’s Market Square.
Day 7 – Saturday
Breakfast at your hotel followed by departures or extended stays. Even though our trips are carried out with relaxation and at a leisurely pace, you may want to consider staying an extra night before and after in Krakow. You may find that the extra time will make your week even more relaxing and enjoyable!
- Six nights accommodations, double-occupancy, with en suite bathroom (four nights at 4-star Dr. Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica Zdroj and two nights at a boutique Hotel Maltanski in Krakow.)
- Arrival transfer from Hotel in Krakow at 10:00 a.m. to Dr.
- Irena Eris Hotel & SPA in Krynica Zdroj
- Daily breakfast
- Daily lunch
- Dinner as outlined on itinerary
- Local beer, house wine, tea, and coffee with all included meals (Please note that cocktail drinks and drinks consumed outside of mealtime are not included)
- Personalized face and body SPA treatments including a full body massage
- Private tours and Polish wine tastings at family owned wineries in Malopolska and Podkarpacie regions throughout the week
- One hands-on and/or demonstration-style Polish cooking lesson
- Excursions to cultural sites, all entrance fees and food artisan visits
- Transportation where specified
- English interpreters
- All luggage transfers
- Taxes and service charges
What’s Not Included
- Airfare or other non-specified transportation to the trip starting point, and from the trip ending point
- Meals and alcoholic beverages not specified in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls
- Passport or visa fees
- End of vacation gratuities for guides (not required, but greatly appreciated)
- Insurance of any kind
Szczęśliwej Podróży i Smacznego! - Happy Travels & Bon Appétit!