In keeping with much of Central and Eastern Europe, Poland is an underrated but increasingly popular country to visit. It still offers incredible value for money compared to the major European destinations like France and Italy, yet offers just as much; from the incredibly beautiful old towns like Krakow, to the modern, vibrant capital city Warsaw.
Warsaw, which is visited on the 18-day Northern Explorer tour, was mostly destroyed during WWII, but the old town has been recreated with incredible attention to detail, and the city is modernising fast, with the progressive, diverse culture and vibrant nightlife that is becoming synonymous with many of the major cities in Central and Eastern Europe.
The other major draw in Poland is Krakow. As the former royal capital, its striking architecture is very well preserved and has survived largely untouched throughout Poland’s sometimes turbulent history. The city became the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 - testament to the Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance monuments, churches and palaces found throughout the city. You can visit Krakow on Expat Exlore’s Eastern Highlights multi-country coach tour.