Cisterian Trail

Warsaw (1) – Gdańsk (2) – Pelplin – Poznań (1) – Trzebnica – Lubiąż – Wrocław (2) – Warsaw (1)

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The first Cistercian monks appeared in Poland in the 12th century in a town called Jędrzejów near Kielce. More abbeys were founded successively not too far away from the first one in Sulejów, Wąchock and Koprzywnica. All of them came under the auspices of the monastery in Citeaux in France. As well as their profound spirituality, the Cistercians brought with them agricultural and horticultural know-how and expertise in craft and industry. The Council of Europe has mapped out cultural routes through Europe with the aim of integrating nations on the basis of their shared European heritage. The Cistercian route from Portugal to Eastern Europe is one of them. In our sample itinerary we give you a glimpse of the rich traditions the Cistercian order has in our country.

DAY 1 – arrival in Warsaw. Transfer to the hotel. Walking tour of the Old Town. Dinner & overnight.

DAY 2 – departure for Toruń. Guided tour of the city including Copernicus house. Lunch. Continue to Malbork. Visit to one of the most impressive medieval fortifications in Europe. Overnight in Gdańsk.

DAY 3 – guided tour of the Tri-city: in Gdańsk a stroll throughout the Old Town and along the Royal Route, visiting the major tourist attractions. A walk on the Pier at Sopot, a famous holiday resort. A quick tour of Gdynia, a major port city. Overnight in Gdańsk.

DAY 4 – departure for Poznań. En route visit to the Cistercian Abbey in Pelplin with magnificent 14th century Gothic cathedral, library and Gutenberg Bible from 15th century – one of the few original versions in existence. Lunch en route. Continue to Poznań via Gniezno to see its 14th century Gothic cathedral where the first five Polish kings were crowned. The pride of the shrine is the Gniezno Door from the 12th century. Overnight in Poznań.

DAY 5 – guided tour of Poznań – one of the oldest cities in Poland – with Cathedral and Town Hall from 13th century. Lunch and departure for Wrocław. En route visit to Kórnik Castle – founded in the 16th century, one of the most picturesque romantic residences remodeled in the Neo-Gothic style. Stop in Lubiąż – to admire the largest and most impressive monastic complex from the 18th century in this part of Europe. Devastated after WWII it is now regaining its former glory. Drive to Trzebnica, a former Cistercian Abbey which was founded in the 13th century for Cistercian nuns. The abbey was built of brick, which was an innovation in those times. Overnight in Wrocław.

DAY 6 – morning tour of the city including: Ostrów Tumski with cathedral, University of Wrocław with the beautiful Baroque Aula Leopoldina, Market Square with Town Hall from 13th century After lunch an excursion to Krzeszów, famous for its abbey, considered one of the most precious monuments oland. Founded in 1242 for the Benedictines, it then belonged to the Cistercians. The monastic church from the first half of the 18th century is regarded as a masterpiece of Silesian Baroque. Overnight in Wrocław.

DAY 7 – departure for Sulejów to visit the Sulejów Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1176, surrounded by impressive defence walls with bastions. The northern part of the walls houses a hotel. Lunch en route. Farewell dinner and overnight in Warsaw.

DAY 8 – departure.

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