Kraków is the cultural capital of Poland and is the only city to have remained unscathed from the ravages of the Second World War. The city has a beautiful yet compact historic centre with many good shops, restaurants and bars. Dominated by the 14th-century Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary with its astonishing Great Altar that overlooks the city’s picturesque Rynek Glowny Grand Square, Krakow makes the perfect European city break. Other highlights include the renaissance Royal Castle at Wawel and the historical trade pavilions of the Cloth Hall that sits in the centre of the square. We also offer an optional excursion to Auschwitz, a sensitive and enduring monument to the thousands that perished during this tragic time in Poland’s history.
There are a number of well-placed hotels in the very centre of Krakow. Hotel costs vary hugely depending on the time of year, the standard of hotel chosen and the location. A good value 3 star hotel we have often used is the Wyspianski, or upgrade to the historic Aparthotel Leone or international chains such as the Nototel or Holiday Inn. Other hotels are available.
Day 1 – Fly from the UK to Krakow. Coach transfer with English speaking assistance to hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 – Full day exploring Krakow with an English speaking guide, part walking and part coach. Visits will include a morning in the Wawel area to visit the Wawel Cathedral & Castle. The Cathedral has beautiful highlights including the Zygmunt Chapel and Potocki Chapel housing world renown art. This area has first – class collections and a unique atmosphere and is an absolute must. The afternoon would be in the main square area and old town including the Cloth Hall Gallery. Dinner at leisure.
Day 3 – Morning visit to the atmospheric Kazimierz Quarter, with English speaking guide. This area originally had its own Town Hall and defence walls and it competed with the Capital in position and wealth. In the 15th C the King moved the Jewish community here and the area became even more distinctive. Its narrow streets and lined with low buildings is quite a contrast to the Old Town of Krakow. The tour will incorporate admission to Galicia Jewish Museum and the Remuh Synagogue. The afternoon will be free for personal sightseeing in the centre of Krakow, or an optional visit to Auschwitz. Dinner at leisure.
Day 4 – This morning travel, by coach, to Wieliczka Saltmine. Lift access to the mine both ways is included, plus a local guide for a tour of the impressive mines. Return to Krakow for afternoon at leisure. A farewell dinner at a local restaurant can be arranged.
Day 5 – After breakfast free time prior to coach transfer to airport for return flight to the UK.
Other suggestions you can incorporate into your tailor made tour include the Jagiellonian University, Czartoryski Museum, Matejko House, The National Museum, an array of museums & churches.
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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