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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

1. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

Spend an hour and fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned bus, as you depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Visit the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its dark history. Receive a lunch box, to take a break with during the tour. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of this place.  Then, spend about one hour at the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków.

Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wawel Royal Hill, one of the most important hills in Poland. This was where Polish kings and queens reigned over Poland. Your guide will tell you about the secrets of the royals and show you the most important places within Wawel Hill.  After meeting your guide, you will pass by the most expensive hotel in Cracow, which has hosted HRH Prince Charles and President Bush. You are then going to stop by the house of Jan Długosz, the legendary Polish historian, from where you will have a magnificent view over Wawel Hill. Then, start to go uphill, passing through the Arms Gate, and stopping by the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the most important Polish heroes. Walk past the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. Continue in the direction of the center of Wawel hill and the medieval courtyard, and head to the Austrian Hospital, from where you will be able to see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. You are then going to pass by Sandomierska Tower and go downhill through the Bernardyńska Gate, eventually leading to the cave of the Wawel Dragon. 

Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

3. Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

Enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

4. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Visit the most famous salt mine in Europe. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. An English-speaking driver will pick you up from the city center or from the hotel if private transport is selected. With an air-conditioned, comfortable bus/van you will reach Wieliczka town in about 25 minutes. Meet your guide, and walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. The guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for visitors. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. There will be many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After a while, you will encounter a huge chapel carved underground. It’s considered one of the most beautiful chapels in the world – St. Kinga Chapel, where the artists carved a church in salt. It’s time to get some photos and have a quick rest before proceeding with the tour. After a short break, you will proceed to a huge area with an underground lake, where the world’s first underground balloon flight took place. There will be a few places to buy souvenirs as well. Don’t worry there is no need to climb these hundreds of steps again to go to the surface. There is a mining elevator that helps you get out of the mine. It’s time to meet your driver at the place of departure to the mine, and have a safe journey back to Krakow.

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Group or Private Tour

5. Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Group or Private Tour

You will get to know the Main Market Square. Your local tour guide will take you on a fascinating journey back into the Middle Ages. You will walk above the ground, between the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church, and then cover the same path underground, while going 4-7 meters down to the Underground Museum. You will travel back in time and experience what the Main Square looked like 750 years ago. You will learn about the history of the Market Square, which was the setting for the ceremonial meetings of the kings and foreign envoys, and a place where cloth, salt, barrels, shoes, as well as coal, lead and copper were traded. It was also a place where you could meet witches, thieves and alchemists, where the martens were put around the neck of the condemned man, and public flogging was held at the pillory. Over the centuries, the level of the Krakow market has risen up significantly, thus after descending into the underground, you will go back a few hundred years, to the times before the city was founded in 1257. With a little bit of imagination and help from your guide you will discover the atmosphere of the medieval Market Square while walking along the underground route and listening to the colorful stories. You will see the exposed foundations of former commercial buildings, medieval roads, hygienic utensils, used more than 600 years ago, or authentic 11th-century tombs, which will allow you to learn about the burials of vampires and witches. Why Travelers Choose This Tour With your tour guide you will visit the fascinating -and according to many - the best- museum in Kraków, that is the Underground Museum and do it without queuing in a ticket line. You will feel the atmosphere of the medieval Market Square. You will learn first-hand the history of the Main Market Square - the icon of Krakow, because your guide will be a local Krakow resident. You won't get similar knowledge neither from books nor the internet! Meeting point We will meet you at the entrance to the Rynek Underground Museum, Rynek Główny 1, 31-042 Kraków. Sightseeing part I (~ 0.5h) Our professional guide will take you for the first part of the walk during which you will get to know the Main Market Square and its monuments, located above the ground. You will learn where the former medieval cemeteries were located, where the martens were put around the necks of convicts, where the pillory was located and where public flogging took place. Sightseeing part II (~ 1h) Your guide will take you for the second part of the walk to the Underground Museum, where you will descend 4-7 meters below the surface of the Market Square to travel back in time and discover Krakow's medieval realities. End of the tour You will end your tour at the Main Market Square. You may then choose to go to the one of many local restaurants, recommended to you by your guide, and enjoy a delicious dinner. You can also join us on another tour, which starts at 7:30 pm.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

6. Krakow: Wawel Castle Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill. During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artefacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings and chandeliers. The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements. Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

7. Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

After meeting with your guide, you will begin your city tour around Krakow in an electric car with an audio guide in your language. You will visit Old Town, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, former ghetto, and Schindler's Factory. Your tour will take 1.5 hours, and during your tour, you can listen to information about the history of Krakow and descriptions of the monuments in your choice of 28 languages. One car can take up to 7 people on board. In case of more people, there are next car available. The roof is panoramic, so you will be able to see the monuments clearly. During good weather the car will be open, but in case of rain, you can use transparent curtains so as to still see your surroundings.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

Waste no time at Wawel Castle waiting in lines with this fast-track ticket, and spend as much time as possible exploring this historic fortified architectural complex. Choose the parts of the complex you would like to see from the various options to suit your preferences and schedule. Discover Wawel Cathedral, the most important cathedral in Poland and an architectural masterpiece. Head inside with your guide and admire the beautiful interior where Polish kings were coronated and buried. See the famous Sigismund Bell in the tower and many richly decorated chapels.   Afterward, explore the Wawel Castle State Rooms, home to the most famous Polish kings, like Zygmunt III Waza and Wladyslaw Lokietek. Marvel at ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, preserved from the original decorations. Walk around the picturesque Wawel Hill and the courtyard surrounded by impressive defensive walls before heading to the private Royal Apartments. Explore the collections of silverware and paintings, as well as the column hall and Renaissance furniture.

From Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

9. From Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Every year over 1 million tourists from all over the world visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine. They admire impressive salt sculptures, brine lakes, underground chapels, and chambers chiseled in salt. Definitely, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s most visited tourist sites. If you also want to see kilometers of underground corridors with breathtaking chambers, local expert guide will unveil them to you during the all-inclusive Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour. One of Kraków’s top tourist attractions is undoubtedly a salt mine located in Wieliczka. Wieliczka is a small town about 15 km to the southeast. The first official tourist trail in Wieliczka opened underground way back in the mid 19th century. Since then, Wieliczka Salt Mine has been ranked a number one favorite thing about Kraków (by Cracovians) many times. There are several ways to visit the mine, however, the most popular is the traditional ‘Tourist Route’ which leaves from the Daniłowicza Shaft. The route covers the most impressive parts of the salt mine, including saline lakes, ancient mining tools, and majestic chapels and chambers. The Wieliczka Salt Mine has worked for 900 years. During those years, a total of some 200 kilometers of passages, as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size have been made. The ‘Tourist Route’ starts 64 meters deep and ends 135 meters below the earth’s surface. In 1978, Wieliczka Salt Mine was inscribed on the original list of UNESCO World Heritage. Occasionally, Wieliczka Salt Mine’s biggest chambers ‘host’ concerts and other events. There is also a sanatorium for people suffering from asthma and allergy. It is situated 135 meters deep underground. Your Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour starts directly at the hotel door. You will be picked up by one of our English-speaking drivers. We leave Kraków and head towards Wieliczka. The town is situated around 12 kilometers from Kraków, so the drive won’t last long. Sightseeing with a local guide takes approximately 2 hours. It starts at Level 1 of the salt mine (64 meters deep underground). We will walk around 2 kilometers, visiting around 20 breath-taking chambers surrounded by salt in all shades of grey, black, and white, and two majestic chapels. One of them is one of the most famous chapels in Poland – the Chapel of St. Kinga. The Chapel of St. Kinga is the heart of the mine. It is filled with amazingly illuminated religious bas-relief sculptures carved in salt. During the trip, you will have a unique opportunity to taste the salt on your lips, experience the pure silence, and finally, listen to the stories of the history of the mine. Once the sightseeing is over, we will take the elevator to go back to the surface. You will be delivered to your place of departure. If needed, we can also arrange a special route for wheelchair users - please check tour options.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

10. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation" Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the "Pod Orłem" pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

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The underground Museum was fantastic, to think it was only first excavated in 2005, and the items within the Museum and the info on it all is so interesting, we had an English speaking tour, and out Guide spoke very good English, well worth a visit.

One of the best things I’ve done in Krakow. A lot of useful and exciting information, insights and black humour. Great way to tell history - the lady was a talented story teller. Just long enough. Perfect! Thank you so much!

The your was very interesting and knowledgeable . Our guide was fantastic and very friendly. Overall great , great place .

Everybody was helpful, everything was orderly; impressed with all the tour guides - clock work! Kind driver and guide.

Absolutely superb. Best tour we’ve been on. Guide was first class and so knowledgeable