This trip to Poland comes from the needing of looking for a
closer and cheap destination for the summer to make the wait softer for
our big travel by the end of the year.
The wish appeared several years ago, when I was
amazed by some images of Wieliczka salt mines I could see on TV.
I could find other wonders from Poland in later
searches, like Bialowieza Forest, Masurian Lakes or the magnificent old
towns in the main Polish cities.
As Ryanair allows to fly to different cities in
Poland, we could think since the beginning about an entry to the
country from the North and exit from the South. Gdansk and Krakow
airports matched with this plan so we’ve got a primary route between
these two cities which we should just make it pass by the places we
wanted to visit.
the whole itinerary clear we preferred to concentrate the nights as
much as possible to avoid having to organize the bags every day. We
could choose a day driving and ending by night in the same place we
should spend the next day.
So, finally, the definitive route plan (number of
day and where we’ll sleep) is the following, starting by June 16th of
2 & 3: Mikalojki
4 & 5: Varsovia
7 & 8: Cracovia
The total budget for this travel, counting
flights, hotels and car, can be less than 1000€ for two persons with
good, but lesser, insurance conditions for the hired car.
It was clear we were flying with Ryanair for this
destination, an airline we use to avoid. But, in this case, we’ve
purchased two tickets from Dublin to Gdansk by 76€ each and other two
tickets from Krakow to Dublin by 73.5€ each.
As we must check in a bag, we must pay 40€ each way to
complete the costs about flights.
Finally, then, the flights are like this, by 379€:
06/16/2018 DUB 7:10
06/24/2018 KRK 21:10 DUB
As this is a cheap destination and time is a priority here,
we’ve focused in location when searching for allocation. So, basically,
we’ve tried to choose the best value for money around the places we
want to visit on each city from the ones available in Booking.com:
- The first night is very important as we’re coming from a
very early flight, so we’ll arrive tired and we’ll probably need a nap
during the day. We’ve chosen Kamienica Goldwasser, by the
river, just besides the medieval port crane in Gdansk. We’ll pay 360
zlotys for it.
- Mikolajki is the center of Masurian Lakes, so we look for a
place there. We’ve got a room in Prohibicja Peter's Pub just a few
steps where is everything in this city. 396 zlotys is our price for the
- In Warsaw we’ve chosen an apartment in the Old
Town, a few meters from the Market Square. We’ll pay 498 zlotys for the
two nights in Spichlerz.
- The place for Wroclaw is Hotel Patio, in Old Town. This is
the only one that we had to pay in advance: 93€ for the only night
we’ll spend there.
- In Krakow, in Old Town too, besides Cathedral, Apartamenty Sienna 7 gives us all
we need by 502.20 zlotys in total.
This is giving us a total cost in hotels of 1756.2
zlotys + 93€. This is about 500€.
After a quick comparison I learn that, as usual, best rates
for rental cars are coming from local agencies. I chose Panek,
which allows me to take the car in Gdansk’s airport and make the
delivery in Krakow city center. Besides, we’re getting a Seat Ibiza by
80.85 zlotys per day. This is the rate with unlimited mileage, but this
rate can be lower with a lower limit for the mileage..
Euro is around 4 zlotys currently, so we only have
to calculate the half of the half to get an approximated conversion of
a price in euros. In this case, 20€ per day is 160€ for all 8 days I’m
renting the car, plus a 100 zlotys charge for delivery in a different
location, it makes a total of 185€.
Somehow, security is at minimum and, therefore,
the deposit when picking up the car is huge. I preferred adding all
insurance options, so the rate raised to 280€, but deposit is now 125€
and I’m covered for any problem I can get with the car.
have no extra costs on this travel, only the tickets for the places
we’re going to visit, which we’ll pay at the moment and will be
explained in the story for every day.
Detailed plan, then, is like this: