• Old Town Market Place, the very heart of historic Warsaw.

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  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (photo by Wojciech Krynski).

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  • The Gothic altar in Krakow's Basilica of the Virgin Mary, completed in 1484 by the German sculptor Veit Stoss.

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  • Fourteenth-century Wawel Castle. Krakow.

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  • Brandenburg Gate. A symbol of European tumult as well as peace. Berlin, Germany.

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  • The Reichstag, reimagined by Sir Norman Foster. Berlin.

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  • Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum. Berlin.

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Rebirth of a Nation: Medieval Poland Meets the 21st Century. With Time in Germany, Too.

In Poland, "Everything was done beautifully. We loved having a customized tour so we could do what we wanted to do, and change things as we went along based on our interests and our energy level."

—Gail and Ed

Poland: an inspiration, ancient cities, a burgeoning economy, a marvelous mix of old and new. Begin in Warsaw, a city that continues to reinvent itself. Then Zelazowa Wola, birthplace of Chopin. To Czestochowa, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the salt mines in Wieliczka, and Wroclaw.

     While we’re in this part of the world, consider a hop over to Germany: Dresden, Berlin, and Potsdam, three wonderful cities.

Germany, Poland

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Sample Journey

This is a 12-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create a Poland and Germany journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to Poland.
Overnight in flight
Day 2-3: Warsaw, Poland
• Arrive in Warsaw, Lazienki Park, option to Chopin Muzeum
• Walking tour including Royal Castle, St. John’s Cathedral, Old Town Square, Marie Curie’s House, Krasinski Square, Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, option to Uprising Museum.
Overnights in Warsaw
Day 4: Czestochowa, Krakow
• Drive to Czestochowa, "Black Madonna" in Jasna Gora Monastery and tour with nun or monk.
• Drive to Krakow.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 5: Krakow
• City tour including Old Jewish Quarter, Jagellonian University with Copernicus’s instruments, Cloth Hall, Basilica of the Virgin Mary, Florianska Street, Royal Castle including da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine,” Wawel Cathedral.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Krakow

Day 6: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Krakow
• Day-trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, private tour.
• Return to Krakow, Kazimierz (old Jewish Ghetto), Schindler’s Factory Museum.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 7: Wieliczka, Krakow
• Drive to Wieliczka, salt mines (UNESCO World Heritage site) and salt mine museum.
• Return to Krakow, leisure time.
Overnight in Krakow

Day 8: Krakow; Berlin, Germany
• Fly to Berlin (or opt instead to drive to Wroclaw, Poland, or Dresden, Germany, en route to Berlin; speak to an R. Crusoe travel specialist for details).
• Panoramic tour including Unter den Linden, Berlin Wall section, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Konzerthaus, and Potsdamer Platz.
Overnight in Berlin

Day 9: Berlin
Reichstag, Museum Island including Neues Museum and Pergamon Museum.
Overnight in Berlin

Day 10: Potsdam, Berlin
• Drive to Potsdam, Schloss Sanssouci, Cecilienhof Palace.
• Return to Berlin.

Overnight in Berlin

Day 11: Berlin
• Jewish Museum, Mitte District.
• Leisure time.
Overnight in Berlin

Day 12: Berlin; United States
• Fly home.

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Sample Pricing

Per person sharing room from $8,490 for this 12-day sample itinerary.

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A True Renaissance Man.

Nicolaus Copernicus.Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), born and raised in Poland, distinguished himself as a mathematician, physician, polyglot translator, classics scholar, governor, diplomat, economist, and astronomer. Among his accomplishments was the formulation of a heliocentric model of the universe that put the sun, rather than Earth, at the center.  And in 1517, he put forth Gresham’s Law, an economics theory, 40 years before Gresham even articulated the idea.

     At the University of Krakow (now Jagiellonian University), the young Copernicus began his education in astronomy and mathematics, acquiring the foundations for his subsequent achievements, stimulating his interest in learning, and becoming conversant in humanistics.

     Copernicus’s uncle and guardian sent the young man to Bologna, Italy, to continue his studies. Back home, after a brief foray into ecclesiastics, Copernicus found his calling after meeting the famous astronomer Domenico Maria Novara da Ferrara. Copernicus became his disciple and assistant.

     At the dawn of the 16th century, he continued his education at the University of Padua in Italy, working toward a degree in medicine at the behest of his uncle. But he supplemented his formal education with independent work in (you guessed it) astronomy, and it was during his Padua stay that his idea of the movement of the Earth first crystallized.

     Some time before 1514, Copernicus produced an initial sketched of his heliocentric theory, The Commentariolus. In 1512, Copernicus moved to Frombork on the Baltic Sea coast. Here he conducted many of his astronomical observations and in subsequent years refined his theories. Fearing that his ideas might get him into trouble with the church, however, Copernicus delayed further publication.

De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium.      In 1517, he set down a quantity theory of money, a principal of economics used even today. Copernicus' recommendations on monetary reform were widely read by leaders of both Prussia and Poland in their attempts to stabilize currency. In 1526, he wrote a study on the value of money, “Monetae Cudendae Ratio.” In it he formulated an early iteration of Gresham's Law that posits that “bad” (debased) coinage drives “good” coinage out of circulation.

     The publication of Copernicus’s astronomic treatise, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the rise of the ensuing Scientific Revolution. Legend has it that he was presented with an advance copy of his De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium on the very day that he died, allowing him to bid farewell to his life’s work. He is reputed to have awoken from a stroke-induced coma, looked at his book, and then died peacefully.

     Copernicus was the first person in history to create a complete and general system of the universe that combined mathematics, physics, and cosmology. Eight years later, the German astronomer and physicist Erasmus Reinhold published the "Prussian Tables," a set of astronomical tables based on the work of Copernicus. It was overwhelmingly accepted by the science community of the day.

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