The Most Unusual Things to Do in Poland

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Bison in the Bialowieza Forest I | © Malgorzata Drewniak
Weronika Jurkiewicz

With over a thousand years of history and many natural wonders, Poland has a great deal to offer visitors in search of a rewarding travel experience. The next time you’re in the country of Frederic Chopin and Maria Skłodowska-Curie, get off the beaten track and check out these unusual things to do.

Take in a painted village

Located in south-eastern Poland some 68km from Krakow, Zalipie is a quaint little village known for the floral patterns covering its every square inch. The tradition began almost hundred years ago, when housewives started to paint the houses to cover dark marks from soot produced by wood-burning stoves. Though the stoves were eventually replaced with more modern heating alternatives, the tradition carried on, fuelled by the increased interest in folk art after World War II.

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GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

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An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Visit Skull Chapel

It’s hard not to get the shivers when visiting Skull Chapel. Located in Czermna near Kudowa-Zdrój in Lower Silesia, its interior is covered with over 3,000 bones arranged in decorative patterns that are both macabre and awe-inspiring, while underneath the chapel are a further 21,000 human bones hidden in a crypt. The chapel was build in 1776 as a tomb for victims of the Silesian Wars and the cholera epidemic of the 18th century, and is one of three buildings of this type in Europe, with other two located in the Czech Republic and Portugal.

See a city made out of salt

Spanning nine levels and going 327 meters deep, the salt mine in Wieliczka is the only such site in the world where mining has continued since the Middle Ages. However, Wieliczka is much more than just a salt mine, it is, in fact, an entire city built out of salt, with a chapel, bas-relief wall carvings, and even a restaurant and a museum.

Look into the past at Fotoplastikon

Once a popular precursor to film which allowed visitors to be visually transported to various locations around the globe, Kaiserpanoramas (stereoscopic theatres) are now mostly forgotten. With only a few functioning devices around the world, visitors to Warsaw should head to Fotoplastikon to experience this thrilling form of entertainment from the previous century.

Feel the history of Malbork Castle

A must-visit for history buffs, Malbork Castle is a great example of medieval Gothic architecture. Restored after World War II, this fortified monastery belonged to the Teutonic Order and served as their headquarters when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice in 1309. Once a symbol of power and cultural traditions, the castle played a vital role in European history and is seen to personify crusades in Eastern Europe.

Hike the Holy Mountain of Grabarka

Considered one of the most holy places for Orthodox Christians, the Grabarka Mountain attracts over 10,000 pilgrims every year during the Feast of Transfiguration. The mountain is covered with crosses of all sizes, brought by those who seek to be cured or healed. The first mentions of its miraculous properties date back to 1710 when the local community prayed for the end of the cholera epidemic.

Check out the city of 300 dwarves

Dubbed ‘the city of dwarves’, Wrocław offers refuge to over 300 dwarves. The first dwarves appeared in the 1980s, on white-washed anti-communist graffiti as part of artistic protest from the Orange Alternative Movement. Nowadays, the dwarves take the form of little statues and are created to commemorate important events in the city’s history.

Explore Białowieża Forest

Located on the border between Poland and Belarus, Białowieża Forest is Europe’s last primeval forest in Europe and home to the largest population of the European bison. Its ecosystem has been untouched by human hand for over 7,000 years, making it a unique environmental time capsule. This is a true gem not only for those who like to spend time in the great outdoors, but is also a must-visit for all who need a reminder about the important of preserving nature.

Scale the Errant Rocks

Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian may recognise this place, as it served as one of the film’s shooting locations. Errant Rocks are a nature-made rock maze situated in the Stołowe Mountains National Park, in south-western Poland, and are an amazing place for those who want to escape the city.

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