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Journey to Poland for party nights, traditional food, castles, kayaks, ancient streets and even beaches!
Poland is a country located in the heart of Europe and it has a rich cultural heritage. It was recently one of the host countries for the 2012 European Football championships.
The country has a rich and diverse geography. You could explore the Carpathian, Sudeten and Holy Cross mountain ranges or go for a more leisurely ramble through the lowland farming areas.
Many of the most historic old cities had to be extensively rebuilt after the ravages of the Second World War.
Famous for its intricate castles and wooden churches, Poland can offer a wide variety of cultural activities and arts and music festivals. Many of the large cities such as Krakow and Warsaw have various celebrations going on throughout the year and they welcome visitors of all nationalities.
Visitors should take time to visit the famous salt mine in Wieliczka, which has been in use since the 13th century and is now one of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. Further north, be sure to visit the photogenic Ostórda-Elblag Canal, which is reputed to be one of the most scenic waterways in Europe. A complicated system of rails and pulleys allows boats to travel overland in places before rejoining the waterway.
To the east of the country is the Bialowieza Forest, the only remaining section of a primeval forest that once stretched across the lowlands of Europe and is now home to unique flora and fauna which attract many visitors.
The UK has seen an explosion of air services to Poland...
Cheap flights are offered from all over the UK to cater for the huge number of ex-pats travelling to and from both countries.
Poland flights are available from many UK airports and you can fly into Warsaw (WAW), Gdansk (GDN), Wroclaw (WRO), Krakow (KRK), Katowice (KTW), Lodz (LCJ), Rzeszow (RZE), Szezecin (SZZ) or Bydogoszcz (BZG).
Ryanair operates a huge number of flights to Poland from their many UK bases. Destinations such as Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow and Gdansk are joined by Szczecin, Rzeszow, Poznan, Bydgoszcz, Lodz, Wroclaw and Lublin. Wizzair, another low-cost carrier, flies into Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice, Wroclaw and Lublin from Luton, along with several services from Liverpool, Doncaster and Glasgow Prestwick. In addition, easyJet flies into Krakow from several of its UK bases, while Polish Airlines, the state carrier, flies to Warsaw with onwards connections to other Polish cities from London's Heathrow, along with British Airways.
Flights take around two to three hours dependent on where you're travelling from and to, unless you take a connecting flight via London, Paris, Amsterdam or Germany where the connection can easily double the flying time.
The peak period for tourism in the country is during the summer months, particularly July and August, and these are the times when the cities are at their busiest. From December to March the ski season is at its height.
You can find cheap flights to Poland by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.
Don't waste a moment when you touch down in Poland - find out how to get to your final destination, where the good times begin...
Public transport is excellent throughout the country, with good rail links between towns and cities and almost all villages accessible by bus or microbus.
Jumping in a taxi is often the fastest way to get to your city base from the main airports. Use the licensed taxis at the official ranks and check the fixed tariff, which should be clearly displayed in the window. City hotels can also be reached using public bus services, while some airports have train links. Use trains if you arrive in cities around rush hours, as this can avoid congested street traffic.
Some hotels will also offer airport shuttle services.
If you plan to see lots of Poland or your destination is far from the airport, consider hiring a car to save on expensive transfers and to make getting around a doddle. Pre-book your hire car to get the best deal.
Use our handy guide to find a hotel in Poland that meets your needs...
In the big cities, such as Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw, there is a wide range of hotels to consider. You'll find a good number of cheap hotels with basic facilities - no more than a place to shower and lay your weary head after a day of sightseeing. Good value hotels often occupy some highly-prized central locations in the cities though, usually around the historic quarters, so you don't need to compromise on location if your budget is tight.
At the other end of the market, luxury hotels in Poland are wonderful havens of traditional hospitality and comfort and you can find plenty of four- and five-star hotels in the major cities. When booking a city break, it's usually wise to look for hotels that are located as centrally as possible in order to simply stroll to the best bits of the destination.
Many of the recognisable international brands operate hotels in Poland, such as Mercure, Sofitel, InterContinental, Novotel, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Radisson Blu, Ibis, Best Western and Hyatt Regency.
For something a little different, you can also check in at spa hotels, golf hotels, ski lodges in the mountains, hotels with a focus on (and views of) the great outdoors, cool city apartments, and rooms in former palaces and castles.