In 1939, Poland was the first country to face a violent and relentless Nazi assault. The world looked on as the Third Reich implemented control over the entire country until 1945. As a result, Poland remains littered with world war two history. From the infamous wolfchanze headquarters where Hitler was almost assassinated to the Reise complex which was rumoured to be the site of Nazi super weapons and paranormal experiments. Our YPT tour will take you the heart of Poland’s WW2 history with the chance to fire rare, live WW2 weaponry including an MG42.
We start the tour in Krakow, in contrary to other Polish cities Krakow did not suffer destruction in World War II. It was taken by the German army just at the beginning of the war and the Wawel castle became the residence of the infamous Nazi governor Hans Frank.
Arrival in Krakow at own leisure.
For those arriving early we will provide a city tour
Group meet up at 6pm where we will get to know each other before heading out for an evening meal and drinks.
Evening walk to see the city at night.
Overnight in Krakow.
Sunday 10th February
After breakfast we meet our driver and head to the site of the biggest mass extermination of the 20th century: Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Visiting Auschwitz is a spiritual journey into the times of World War II, the times when human life was worthless and the extermination of Jews and other nationalities considered ‘’subhuman’’ was the main task for the German state authorities. Visiting Auschwitz leaves a scar on every visitor; seeing the gas chambers, the watchtowers, the death block demonstrates clearly how life ended for many Jews, Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Communists and others – millions of innocent victims of the Nazi regime who found themselves in Auschwitz just because they were born in families that were considered politically incorrect.
We begin with a tour of Camp One, home of the infamous welcome sign, and the crematoria, the gas chambers before heading to Camp 2, which is considerably bigger and stretches for miles.
Return to Krakow with some free time to reflect on the day as this trip lasts the whole day and is a very physically and emotionally draining experience.
We head out for dinner and drinks in this extremely picturesque town.
Overnight in Krakow.
Monday 11th February
We wake up early and grab breakfast at the hotel before we break up the WW2 history and are picked up by a classic relic of Communist Poland, a fleet of Trabants.
We take off and enjoy a Communism Tour into Nowa Huta – Krakows communist district, we will have lunch in an old school “Milk Bar” canteen. You’ll also get a first hand taste of everyday life in Poland during the 1970s in our exclusive and unchanged genuine Communist apartment, where you’ll watch a propaganda movie and have the rare opportunity to eat pickled cucumbers and have a shot of vodka. We’ll also be visiting the Central Square where Lenin once stood, the restaurant frequented by secret police and informers, residential units, steelworks’ headquarters, the bullet riddled WW2 Soviet tank and the Lord’s Ark church.
Please bear in mind Vintage Trabbies sometimes break and it’s part of your adventure. In such a case we continue the tour in another Commie car or a taxi.
After lunch, we’ll head to the incredible Oskar Schindler WW2 museum housed in the original enamel factory used in the Steven Speilberg movie.
If there is time, we will head to the relatively unknown Gestapo/KGB museum outside of town. This was used a headquarters and torture centre by both feared organizations, and it’s possible to get inside the cells underneath where the names and desperate messages and prayers of those condemned to a grim fate are carved into the walls.
Evening meal and overnight in Krakow.
Tuesday 12th February
Early start and breakfast in the hotel before we meet our driver.
We head deep into the Owl Mountains in Southern Poland.
This was the place of extensive Nazi activity during the World War II. Between 1943 and 1945 the Nazis created there Riese (Giant) Complex which consisted of underground tunnels and passages. It was a secret project, and its destiny is still a mystery. The hypothesis says that it was supposed to be a factory of secret weapons, Hitler’s headquarters or even a nuclear laboratory. This vast project has never been finished, and nowadays few kilometres of tunnels are open for visitors.
We will visit the underground city of Gluszyca–Osowka complex located 15 km from Walbrzych. In the evening we will take a walk with a private guide around Wroclaw Old Town.
Overnight in Wroclaw.
Wednesday 13th February
Free time in Wroclaw to grab some supplies for the day train to Warsaw passing through pristine Polish countryside.
Evening arrival, check into hotel and evening meal.
Overnight in Warsaw.
Thursday 14th February
Breakfast in the hotel before a WW2 tour of Warsaw, nicknamed the city that cheated death, it was obliterated in the Warsaw uprising and the following Soviet push into the city. However, a lot of war damage still remains. We will visit ghetto wall memorial, the Polish fighting symbol, monument of the Warsaw uprising, the Prudential building and the tomb of the unknown soldier.
After this we will head for a tour highlight, a shooting range to fire authentic WW2 weapons including an MG-42. The tour price includes 10 rounds on the MG-42 and 20 rounds in another two weapons of your choice. More weapons can be added if desired.
After the range, we will head for some lunch.
We then head to the Polish army museum with a massive stockpile of military vehicles and aircraft outside and thousands of rare WW2 artifacts inside.
Evening meal and overnight in Warsaw.
Friday 15th February
After breakfast we head north through the scenery of the Masurian Lakes to Gierloz. This is where in 1941 Hitler decided to build one of his most infamous military headquarters known as Wolf’s Lair (in German Wolfsschanze). Hitler spent around 800 days here between 1941 and 1944. The fortress is hidden in the forest and contains 80 buildings of which 50 are concrete bunkers. Wolf’s Lair was also the scene of the assassination attempt against Hitler on July 20, 1944 made famous in the Tom Cruise movie: Valkyrie.
We will enjoy lunch nearby before the drive back to Warsaw.
Return to Warsaw
Evening meal and overnight in Warsaw.
Saturday 16th February
End of tour with an option to visit the Warsaw uprising museum for those with late flights.