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RealPoland Tours

#11 of 256 Tours in Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland
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About RealPoland Tours
We are an incoming tour operator, specialized in tours around Poland. Our aim is to make your stay here an unforgettable experience. We are experts in organizing unique, custom-made Polish holidays, suiting your personal needs. Our team consists of natives, fascinated by their homeland, licensed guides and touring agents with huge knowledge and energy to share. We will do our best to meet your highest expectations.
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mhkzak52 wrote a review Jul 2022
San Diego, California10 contributions3 helpful votes
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As a couple, we took RealPoland’s June 2022 Ultimate Poland 12-day/11-night tour. The tour only had about 50% of full capacity, meaning about every other seat on the bus was empty. I feel very fortunate that the tour proceeded. One fewer guest and it may well have been cancelled. Concerns were (and are) Covid and the war in Ukraine. But, for us, face masks were never required anywhere in Poland. And except for the numerous displays of Ukrainian flags along side Polish flags and some anti-Putin graffiti here & there, you wouldn’t even know there was a war in the neighboring country. Certainly no masses of refugees in the streets. Life in Poland was normal. Our tour proceeded exactly as described in the Day-by-Day itinerary listed on RealPoland’s website. No deviation. That included breakfast every morning and dinner on 9 of the 11 evenings. No one went hungry. Most of the meals did not offer a choice of entrees, but that didn’t seem to be too much of an issue. At least one dinner was a buffet, and another had a selection of pierogis with three different types of fillings. Two of the dinners featured live music close to our table. Prices for like items are generally much lower in Poland than in America. For the amount we paid for this tour, I could not imagine receiving better value from any other tour company. It was truly a bargain. Every town featured a local tour guide just for us, with the exceptions of Auschwitz/Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where we joined a larger English-speaking group. Although, due to English not being the first language of any of the heavily accented local tour guides, there was substantial content lost in translation. One thing that does jump out at you after a while during these local tours is that the statues and monuments that survived World War II (and also those that were damaged and later reconstructed) are STILL STANDING. What a contrast to America of the last couple years where vandals and their accomplices in elected office have on an almost daily basis torn down statues and then worked to rewrite history. Poles acknowledge and respect their history. Most mornings didn’t start until 8:00-9:00 or so, but there were a couple early starts because of the long drives ahead. We did, after all, entirely circle Poland. Some hotels were only one-night stays, but that’s the nature of this kind of itinerary. One sequence had us checking out of our hotels three mornings in a row, but the tour does end with four consecutive nights in a Krakow hotel. Every hotel included an in-room safe, a small refrigerator, two bottles of water, and at least one (and often only one) English-language TV channel. Being Europe, the hotel rooms were small by American standards, with most too small to lay out two open suitcases on the floor without creating a trip hazard. And most shower enclosures were quite small. But it seemed like every hotel’s negative aspect was offset by something positive, such as a poor room view offset by a great breakfast spread. The hotel in Lidzbark even had an indoor swimming pool. Pack your bathing suit. Every hotel was located within walking distance of city centers. There is a lot of walking on the tour. I averaged about 13,500 steps a day, and we didn’t even go out on the town every evening during free time after dinner. It’s not entirely a stretch to recommend that you train for this tour. Of course, all that time on the bus does allow for napping. Pro tip I: If you want your clothes washed, skip the hotel laundry services. Besides, this would only work at hotels where you’re spending more than one night (due to their drop off in the morning and pick up that evening schedule). The hotels don’t do laundry on Sundays and two price lists that I read ran very high, as in $9 U.S. to wash one pair of trousers. Instead, go to the self-service laundromat located just around the corner from the hotel in Gdańsk, where the second afternoon is scheduled as free time. Pro tip II: If your hotel room has a door hanger that says the equivalent of “Do Not Disturb” on one side and “Please Clean Room” on the other (talking about you, Krakow), be sure to display the “Please Clean Room” side if that’s what you want. They default to "Do Not Disturb” if no hanger is put out and by the time you get back to your room, Housekeeping will already be gone for the day. For those not familiar with Poland (or Europe in general), prepare for a few culture shocks: You’ll be walking on cobblestones almost everywhere. Wear comfortable shoes and be vigilant to not trip. Public toilets (WCs) are not free. Carry lots of small bills and coins. Water in restaurants is not free. And if you order iced tea, the waiter will bring an 8 oz. bottle and pour cool (not cold) tea into a small glass. No free refills and no ice cubes, which are all but nonexistent. Bottled water comes in two varieties: Sparkling and still (or gas and no gas). They are very different. Instead of butter, your option for something to spread on your bread may be just lard. And don’t expect packets of sugar substitutes. It can be difficult to exchange a 500 zloty note for smaller currency. One bank would not accommodate me because I did not have an account with them. We were very fortunate to have Magda K. (not to be confused with Magda G., who handles RealPoland’s e-mail inquiries) as our tour guide. She was always full of energy and smiles and regularly went out of her way to tend to every guest want, need, and concern. And her English is impeccable! At various times, she purchased snacks and water to have on the bus for the group, and even gave every guest a personalized parting gift during our final dinner. What other tour guide does that? If you get her as your guide, you are truly blessed. If you’re thinking about taking this tour, do it! Yes, Covid and war in Ukraine can change things at any time, but in June 2022, neither was a factor in any way affecting our tour.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Latinamerica2017 wrote a review Jun 2022
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We had a stop over time for 7 hours and took the time for a private citytour ex/to airport. This was very comfortable. The arrangements before were very professional handled by e-mail with Magdalena Gromek and our guides name was Magdalena as well. She was very professional, knowledgeable and very good english. The rate was very fair for 6 hourse. By the way the driver Anja was very nice, spoke neglish as well and had a super clean, top car. We had a good time - I can highly recommend this company.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Janice G wrote a review Apr 2022
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I have always dreamt of visiting the land of my ancestors. A friend gave my Magda's name & RealPoland Tours information. My friend was very satisfied with their trip. I put a deposit down in 2019 for a trip that included myself and my three daughters.(My daughters are grown women, but the spot below did not give me the option so I put teenagers) Because of Covid, our trip was delayed until April 2022. My daughters and I are 100% satisfied with this tour. Not only did RealPoland deliver everything that was promised, there actually was more than expected included in the tour. They were with us every step of the way, making sure we caught the train, or our flights in time, ect. We needed a negative Covid test to return to the States, and they were very helpful with that as well. Everything ran like clockwork. I was very impressed. The hotels were all very high quality. Most were located in the city centers, where there was plenty to see & do after a day of touring. All of the hotels had lovely breakfast buffets . Some were more elaborate than others, but all had a wide variety of delicious foods to choose from. RealPoland included my special request that we visit my grandmother's very small home town, along with her church. This was an incredible experience, and I will always be grateful to RealPoland and Magda for making this experience a part of our visit. We visited and toured many cities & their history museums. Warsaw, Gdansk, Sopot, Czestochowa, Turin, Krakow, and Zakopane. Every city had a wonderful tour guide who knew the answers to all of our questions, in perfect English. Many of our drivers and guides were doing their first tours since the Covid lockdown. They were happy, eager & so full of knowledge. They were happy to answer all our questions and give us other advise as far as money exchanges, shopping, and restaurants to visit. We had some of the most delicious food we've ever experienced. We love Polish food, but even non Polish foods were gourmet quality. The money exchange rate certainly made this an affordable trip. There is a lot of walking. There was a lot of stair climbing. Sometimes you are walking on cobblestones, or stones, or bricks. All of which can be slippery when wet. I'm 66, and very active and was able to keep up with my daughters and our guides. But things move fast ! We walked an average of 4-7 miles every day. Guides are trying their best to get in so many details every single tour. You won't be sitting much. You'll be moving, moving moving! We enjoy history and Poland is a country rich with history. We enjoyed every single day and would talk about all of our adventures every evening at dinner. It truly was a remarkable trip of a lifetime. I cannot imagine any other company doing this tour any better. I thought the price was actually very reasonable for all of the services provide. Consider me 110% satisfied.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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pamelap740 wrote a review Jan 2022
Myrtle Beach, SC16 contributions5 helpful votes
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Real Poland provided a 16 day land tour of Poland that was perfectly amazing in every respect! Hotels and meals were 5stat! Tour guide was best we have ever had. Driver was excellent. We made a giant circle trip to every major Polish city and visited castles, cathedrals, charming old town squares, museums, local “must dos”, just everything. BEST small group, guided tour of Poland. See the REAL Poland with Real Poland!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Sue G wrote a review Nov 2021
Barnstable, Massachusetts47 contributions25 helpful votes
From the beginning planning stages Magdalena Gromek was instrumental helping plan our group trip with Real PolandTours. It could not have been more perfect for the 10 adults traveling to Krakow and Zakopane. From the walking tour of Krakow, pierogi cooking class at Pod Aniolami restaurant, Salt Mine and Auschwitz tours, to hiking, everything was arranged with precision, consideration and expertise. Real Poland's guide for the group was Małgorzata Zielina (Gosia), was with us every step of the way and gave us 100% + throughout the 6 nights we were there. Her guidance, kindness, and knowledge was way above and beyond what most have experienced. Not one person in the group has a negative thing to say about this trip to Poland and the experiences they had. A truly fabulous trip. It was such a memorable trip and we plan to work with them again in the future. Thank you Real Poland Tours.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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