During this one-week Cultural Stay, explore the history of Kraków, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a major center for Poland’s cultural and academic life.

Starting at: $4,690 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Kraków's engaging main square  Kraków's Main Square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall  Medieval interior detail of St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków  Wawel Castle, Kraków  Poland's Wieliczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage site  Sculptural detail found in the Wieliczka Salt Mines  Old Town Warsaw, a World Heritage Site  Kraków's St. Mary's Basilica


A One-Week Stay in Poland

9 days from $4,690

During this one-week Cultural Stay, explore the history of Kraków, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a major center for Poland’s cultural and academic life.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Our trip to Krakow, Poland with Smithsonian Journeys, exceeded my expectations in every way. From our tour director to the itinerary to the hotel & food to the guest speakers. It was our first time with Smithsonian and they definitely lived up to their reputation. We would definitely travel with them again.

- Kathleen E.

Excellent tour. As a first-time solo traveler, I found the fellow participants welcoming and friendly. Very easy to be with, both the other single travelers as well as the couples. Great group of people. 

- Mary C.


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Jun 5 - 13, 2022 Departure; Aug 21 - 29, 2022 Departure
Laurie Koloski

Laurie Koloski

Laurie Koloski traveled to Poland for the first time in 1981, knowing little about the country and maybe a dozen words of the language. It didn’t take long to realize what a special place it was, and she lived there for four years before returning to the US. She has been traveling to and studying east central Europe ever since.

Currently an Associate Professor of History at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, she received her BA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, an MA from Yale University, and a PhD in History from Stanford University. She also holds certificates from the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

Her teaching interests include modern and contemporary Europe, communism and socialism, historical interpretation, world history since 1000, and material culture. Her research centers on post-1945 Poland, with a particular focus on social and cultural history in early-postwar Kraków. She served as director of William & Mary’s international studies center for several years, has led large and small groups of students on study abroad programs, and has enjoyed traveling with Smithsonian Journeys tours since 2016.

Jun 26 - Jul 4, 2022 Departure
Carol Reynolds

Carol Reynolds

After a long career as a music-history professor at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, specializing in Russian and German Studies, Carol Reynolds now combines her insights on historical culture and the arts with her passion for education to create curricula empowering students and adults in their study of the Liberal Arts. Since 2011 she has spent significant time each year traveling for Smithsonian Journeys as an expert on tours across Europe, Russia, and the Adriatic. She also works closely with her colleagues at Memoria Press, Classical Academic Press, and other publishers in the revival of Classical Education, speaking widely and contributing courses designed to teach history through the lens of the Fine Arts. Her publications include her signature program Discovering Music, Imperial Russia, Early Sacred Music, America’s Artistic Legacy, and A Child’s Treasure of Music. She just published a classic family songbook called Hurrah and Hallelujah.