I'm planning a 14-day holiday for my daughter (aged 14) & I to Poland in Aug07. We're into scenary, culture & history. I've worked out the folowing itinerary based on info I've gathered from entries in TripAdvisor :
Day 1 : Arrive Krakow in the morning. Take a bus to Zakopane. See wooden churches, visit the market etc. Overnight in Zakopane.
Days 2 - 4 : Visit Tatra mountains & its vicinity (Kuznice, Kalatowki, Kasprowy Mountain, Morskie Oko (the Eye of the Sea), Kasprowy Wierch and Gsienicowa Valley); 3 nights in Tatra Mountains.
Day 5 : Morning train from Tatra Mountains to Krakow. Visit Wieliczka Salt Mines in the afternoon. Overnight at Krakow.
Days 6 - 8 : Free & Easy in Krakow (Town Tour, Auschwitz, Wawel castle, Pszczyna Castle, Ojcow National Park including Pieskowa Skala Castle, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Cloth Hall, Market Square, St Mary’s Church, Jewish Quarter); Overnight train on day 8 to Gdansk.
Day 9 : Arrive Gdansk in the morning. Free& Easy in Gdansk;
Day 10 : Day trip to Sopot (a day at the beach, spa ?)
Day 11 : Day trip to Gdynia (acquarium & scenary)
Day 12 : Torun; Explore town. Overnight in Torun;
Day 13 : Gdansk Free & Easy;
Day 14 : Day trip to Marlbork Castle;
Day 15 : Am flight to London on Wizzair.
Pls advise if above is do-able. I would also appreciate input to the following queries :
(a) Safety in Poland for a lone female & a young daughter
(b) If there is overnight train service from Krakow to Gdansk; Safety on board the overnight train.
(c) Understand that there's a Galicia Jewish Museum dedicated to people who helped hide and protect people who may otherwise have ended up in deathcamps near Kazimierz. Is it easy to get to Kazimerz ?
(d) Understand also that there's a walking tour of Schindler's List. Is this worth doing & how do we go to this walking tour ?
(e) Is it better to base in Zakopane, & take trips up to Tatra daily in days 2 - 4 ?
(f) we're travelling on a budget. Are there train / transport passes which we could use throughout Poland in the 14 days ?
(g) We're travelling from mid Aug & yet to book accomodations. I hope I'm not too late.
Any other suggestions / tips which I should also take into consideration are welcome & deeply appreciated.