Discover Poland with Vicki McKenna

Meet Your Host: Vicki McKenna

Vicki McKenna is a converted conservative and reformed Marxist. She graduated from Beloit College with a degree in Communism and pursued graduate studies at the University of Denver in applied Marxism. After realizing that to pay rent, she would probably need an expanded skill set beyond Revolution 101, she decided to embrace her inner false consciousness and get a job.

A sluggish economy at the beginning of the 90s meant she'd have to think outside the box and realized that her training in Social Justice double-speak made her perfectly suited to the world of Media.

A few tax returns into her career it occurred to her that perhaps this whole collectivism thing was a whole lot of nonsense, and after a chance encounter with former Congressman Mark Neuman, she went looking for a book by Milton Friedman at the Beloit Public Library.

That is when the fog of socialism parted permanently.

Embarrassed by her wasted days of misspent college, and determined to share her wonder at how she could pay so much for an education that taught her so little, she embarked on a career that would help her share the pathway out of economic and political ignorance with others--and the Vicki McKenna Show was born.

She's been called a Nazi (not true, she abhors Hitler and supports Israel), Atilla the Hun (she confesses to liking this one), and a "self-loathing so-called woman" for daring to reject her college indoctrination and think differently in the People's Republic of Madison and beyond.   But she also knows how true the old cliche is:  if they're shooting at you, you're over the target.

She's won a bunch of media awards and spoken truth-to-power on all the cable news stations, except MSNBC- because of course not.   She loves guns, dogs, birds, veterans, and 80's pop culture--and she once got arrested at a U2 concert.

Per Person Double Occupancy
$5,499

Single Supplement: $1,999
(Limited Availability)

May 4 – 13, 2025

10 Days / 9 Nights

Itinerary

1
Sunday, May 4, 2025

Depart
Depart the United States and journey to Warsaw, Poland.

2
Monday, May 5, 2025

Arrive Warsaw, Poland
Welcome to Warsaw, a remarkable city that rose from the ashes of World War II. Sit back and enjoy the city’s sights as a local expert enlightens you on Warsaw’s rich past and vibrant present. From its rise to prominence in the 16th century to the devastating effects of WWII and its transformation into the bustling metropolis it is today, Warsaw offers a captivating journey through history. Join a local expert for a panoramic tour, highlighting the city’s WWII history and discussing its unique cultural blend of Austrian and Prussian influences. This evening, dine with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. (D)

3
Tuesday, May 6, 2025

Warsaw
You’ll have ample time to explore on your own and discover the many highlights within walking distance of the hotel. Take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood’s alleyways, visit a museum, or enjoy a coffee in a nearby café. (B)

4
Wednesday, May 7, 2025

Warsaw – Malbork – Gdańsk
As you journey towards the Baltic Sea, admire the picturesque scenery along the way. A visit to Malbork Castle is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Built in the 13th century, it claims the title of the largest castle in the world. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle has served as one of several Polish royal residences. Gdańsk, renowned for its amber trade and located on the Baltic Sea, is a beautiful, welcoming, and walkable town. (B, D)

5
Thursday, May 8, 2025

Gdańsk
A local expert will provide insights into the history of the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement, which are integral parts of the country’s history. Admire the architecture of the city’s shipyards and the cobblestone roads. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city square and the beautiful port of Gdańsk. (B)

6
Friday, May 9, 2025

Gdańsk – Torun – Wrocław
En route to Wrocław, you will make a stop in the Medieval town of Torun, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Enjoy a guided tour and a visit to the world-famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ house. Upon arrival in Wroclaw, immerse yourself in the city’s scenic waterways, beautiful buildings, bridges, and parks. Later, delight in a traditional Polish “home-style” dinner. (B, D)

7
Saturday, May 10, 2025

Wrocław
The history of the city will come alive with a visit to the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice, which vividly portrays the Kosciuszko Uprising and stands as one of the few preserved relics from the 19th century. Wander through the Market Square, renowned as one of the most beautiful squares in Poland. This evening, feel free to explore one of Poland’s famous beer cellars. (B)

8
Sunday, May 11, 2025

Wrocław – Częstochowa – Kraków
Depart Wrocław for Częstochowa, known as the spiritual capital of Poland. Each year, over 5 million pilgrims journey to pay their respects to the famous Black Madonna in the Jasna Gora monastery. While there, you’ll view the Madonna from a distance, as the shrine tends to be quite crowded. Afterward, continue to Kraków, an enchanting city celebrated for its well-preserved town center and rich history of Polish kings. Enjoy strolling through the area and discovering a fantastic local restaurant. (B)

9
Monday, May 12, 2025

Kraków – Oświęcim – Kraków
Embark on a panoramic tour of Kraków, which includes visits to St. Mary’s Basilica, the Market Square, and the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall. Learn about the many Polish kings, the former Jewish district with its ancient synagogues, and the main square, which was once a ghetto. After lunch, you’ll travel to Oświęcim Auschwitz for a solemn visit, paying tribute to and remembering the tragic events that occurred here during World War II. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with local folk dance entertainment. (B, D)

10
Tuesday, May 13, 2025

Kraków – Fly Home
Fly home with lasting memories of your journey through Poland. (B)

Oświęcim, Poland Kraków, Poland Częstochowa, Poland Wrocław, Poland Toruń, Poland Gdańsk, Poland 82-200 Malbork, Poland Warsaw, Poland

Inclusions

Included

  • Economy Class Roundtrip Airfare from Chicago (ORD)*
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Milwaukee to Chicago (ORD)
  • Premium Hotel Accommodations throughout Warsaw, Gdańsk, Wrocław, and Kraków**
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Expert English-Speaking Guides
  • 13 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners)
  • Gratuities for Drivers, Local Guides, and Tour Director
  • Taxes and Fees as of 5/23/24
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour Including Tour Director
 

*Please call to request alternate gateways (additional fare may apply)
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances
***ETIAS: The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a visa waiver/pre-screening program for ALL travelers who are visiting countries in the Schengen Area, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Romania, expected to come into effect sometime in 2025. For more information, please visit the official website: www.etias.info.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Cocktails with your host, Vicki McKenna.
  • Get to know Vicki during a Q&A session.
  • Discover the 700-year-old Malbork Castle, the largest castle in the world and home to many Polish royal families.
  • Enjoy a farewell authentic Polish dinner with fun and lively Polish dancers.
  • Visit Torun, considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
  • Pay a solemn visit to Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration death camp.

 

Not Included

  • Increases in Taxes, Fees, or Surcharges after 5/23/24
  • Travel Insurance
  • Air Upgrades
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Optional Tours
  • ETIAS Authorization
  • Items of a Personal Nature

 


 

Activity Level 3

This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, walking along uneven surfaces.

 

Testimonials

We just completed our first tour with Cruise and Tour and there is no turning back. From start to finish they exceeded our expectations. As first-time cruisers/group travelers, we cannot say enough about the services provided. The camaraderie of our fellow travelers and the attention to detail from the Cruise & Tour staff were extraordinary. We look forward to traveling again with Cruise & Tour.
- Steve & Carolyn
The anticipation was exciting, the realization was thrilling, and the end was filled with memories, stunning and lasting. I am enjoying being back home; however, I would sign up again without reservations! You are to be commended for the impeccable realization of the cruise which went without flaws. Thank you for a most enjoyable and perfect cruise!
- Monique

Accommodations

Hotel Sheraton Grand, Warsaw
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Hotel Puro, Gdańsk
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AC Marriott, Wrocław
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Hotel Puro, Kraków
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Rates

Per Person Double Occupancy
$5,499
Single Supplement (Limited Availability)
$1,999
Travel Insurance
Quoted at time of Booking

 


Deposit/Payment

      • A $1,000 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • A second deposit in the amount of $2,000 is due 10/7/24.
      • Final payment due 1/6/25.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.

Cancellation/Refund

      • Your initial $1,000 deposit is refundable through 10/6/24, less a $500 per person cancellation fee.
      • Between 10/7/24 and 1/6/25, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
      • After 1/6/25 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.

 

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How to Book

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Travel Insurance Information

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Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.

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Covered events for trip
Cancellation/Interruption
Sickness, Accidental Injury or Death of You, Your Travel Companion, Family Member, or Business Partner Job Loss or Lay Off Traffic Accident en Route to Departure Weather Natural Disaster at Destination Extension of School Year Terrorist Attack Revoked Military Leave Strike Bankruptcy of Travel Supplier Being Hijacked, Quarantined, Subpoenaed, or Asked to Serve on Jury Duty
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