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|Warsaw's Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town market square)|
And the popular pick is? Poland.
Europe's latest hot spot offers a stunning mix of history, architecture and natural attractions. Warsaw is emerging as a rising star on 2015 and 2016 travel itineraries as Poland records a record high in tourist numbers. Key sights in the former Eastern Bloc capital include the Old Town's market square, Rynek Starego Miasta, rebuilt to its medieval design after its destruction in World War II. The country is also famous for its pilgrimage icon the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, Krakow's historic town square and Wawel Castle and birdwatching in its vast central marshes. Eastern European specialist Beyond Travel has released its largest ever selection of tours to Poland, including a new Polish Capitals tour from Krakow to Warsaw. A four-night tour including accommodation, guides and transport starts from $630 a person (excluding flights). Phone 1300 363 554, see beyondtravel.com.au.(03) 9885 9789, see mozi.com.au.
WEBSITE: Give backIt's said that when you travel, you should take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints. However, travelgiver.com lets you also leave a donation to a non-government, community project in one of 50 countries across the world. Log on to the website and choose from more than 300 projects, ranging from schooling for Liberian refugee children to hygiene lessons in Rwanda or spina bifida support in Melbourne, then proceed with the booking through the travel provider. Participants include Intrepid Travel, Etihad, Expedia, Lonely Planet and Accor, who will automatically donate up to eight per cent of the booking to your nominated community project. Travelgiver.com gives a comprehensive outline of each project, as well as visiting details if you're travelling in that region. See TravelGiver.com.
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