This is a long trip report on our trip from May 10 – 25. My husband wanted to see Poland as his grandfather was born there -- although his Polish ancestors all migrated to the US by the late 1800’s. We decided we wanted to take a trip which focused on Poland only. Although we’d previously booked with other small tour groups, we didn’t find any US-based companies that had tours that only toured Poland. As we explored several options, and made spreadsheet comparing itineraries, we decided on the Pearls of Poland trip with Exciting Poland. I couldn’t tell you now what tipped it in their favor, but I think it may have been a little more time at Czestochowa. This is not a review of the tour company, hotels or restaurants. We may do those separately. This is just a report of what we did over the 15-day trip.
This was supposed to be a small-group tour of 6-15 people. However, we were notified by the tour operator in March that no one else had booked for May. After our trip, I thought that perhaps everyone else knew that every school-aged Polish child was on field trips in May and they knew to avoid touring then. However, 20-20 hindsight… and since we’d already purchased our airline tickets, we were given an option to convert the tour to a private tour (for a price), which we decided to do. Although we followed the basic itinerary of the Pearls of Poland, we substituted one day to drive through the area and some of the towns my husband’s ancestors came from. Going through the tour operator, we had a guide and driver with us the entire time. This eased some of the language issues, especially when we were outside of main tourist areas.
Although we’ve traveled to Europe before, we’d only been on river cruises, and added days either at the beginning or end of the trip. This was our first all-land European trip and we circumnavigated Poland during the 2-week period. It will be a long report, I’ll update as I finish days.