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Krakow: Tour by Electric Car & Optional Schindler’s Factory

1. Krakow: Tour by Electric Car & Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day. Meet at the designated meeting point so you don't get lost in the city. Your driver/guide will take you on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric car. This method of transport guarantees that you can visit the city's 3 most historical districts in just 2 hours. Get to know the city and its history during this amazing city tour. Along the way you can expect to see the following: • Old Town: Wawel Castle, Barbakan, gorgeous churches, and many other historical buildings • Jewish Quarters: Breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz • Ghetto: Remains of the Ghetto’s walls and Main Square as well as Schindler’s Factory After the 2 hour tour, you will be dropped off at the Schindler's Factory Museum. You will receive skip-the-line tickets (for an additional cost) and you will have 1 hour to visit the factory on your own. After 1 hour, you will be picked up from the factory and dropped off at the place where the tour started. If you prefer not to visit the factory, you will return to the tour starting point.

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Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wavel 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 the 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 the 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 Crypt of the Silver Bells, which is the burial place for President Lech Kaczynski and his spouse. Then, 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. 

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Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

3. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

Admire the Wawel Royal Castle and see other monuments from the Vistula River, Krakow's historic waterway. Listen to the audio commentary as you sit back and relax, enjoying the comfort of a traditional yet modern vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of Krakow's landmarks. Witness the charms of Krakow’s districts, such as Saltwator and Kazimierz, and see such sights as the Dębnicki Bridge, "Church on the Rock," and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology. This unforgettable cruise takes approximately 1 hour.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Skip-the-Line Tour

4. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the highlights of Krakow's history during this walking tour. Start with the top attraction in the city, the amazing Wawel Castle. First, have an opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside, where you will see its most important points like defensive walls, Wawel Dragon, Wawel Cathedral and much more. Outside, your guide will treat you to information about this place and its history. After this introduction, step inside Castle Wawel which is even more impressive than its exterior. Explore the most important parts of the castle, including the royal staterooms. In addition to many precious monuments, the castle is also full of ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, which have been preserved from the interior's original decoration. Next, follow in the footsteps of the Kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from Wawel Hill to the Old Town. Get to the Main Market Square to admire the Gothic exterior of St. Mary's Basilica. Marvel at the decorative details of the historic Cloth Hall, where traveling merchants would meet to discuss business and barter their wares. Finally, pass one of the world's oldest universities, Jagiellonian University, and go to the green oasis of Planty Park, built on the site of the medieval city walls.

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Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

5. Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

The tour begins at the meeting point near Wawel Castle where you’ll receive a warm greeting from your guide. Enjoy the opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside and marvel at some of its most important features such as the defensive walls, Wawel dragon, the castle courtyard, and more. As you wander, listen to your guide share intriguing facts about the castle, its history, and its former inhabitants. Head inside Wawel Cathedral next, which is even more impressive than its imposing exterior, and is considered to be the Polish Notre Dame. The cathedral is one of the most significant historical places in Poland and it’s importance is still preserved to this day. Spend some time exploring the cathedral, learning about its incredible history that spans 1000 years, and listening to your guide share stories about the events that have taken place here including the coronation of Polish monarchs. As you amble around, admire the stunning artistic architecture that has been influenced by the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist, and Modern era. There’s also time to learn about the many great Polish people buried at the cathedral including Polish royalty, national heroes, saints, poets, and more.

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From Warsaw: Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Express Train

6. From Warsaw: Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Express Train

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then travel to the train station to board the express train to Krakow. A local guide will meet you on arrival. Experience the atmosphere of the city of the Kings of Poland at the landmark monuments of the medieval Old Town. Visit Wawel Castle and see some of its ceremonial rooms, and gaze in awe at the beauty of Sigismund Chapel inside the Royal Cathedral. Learn more about the Piast, Jagiellonian and Vasa dynasties and admire tapestries that once belonged to King Sigismund August. Look at the monumental Cloth Hall on Main Market Square. Discover the remains of the old city wall and learn about the ceremonial St. Florian's Gate. See the oldest synagogue in Poland in the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and get the chance to buy souvenirs of amber and silver jewelry along the way.

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Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

7. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

Welcome to the Royal Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Discover the most important monuments of the City of Polish kings, including the Old Town and the Wawel Hill. These monuments are among the most important monuments in Poland, and are also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While exploring the Royal Krakow, you will be able to feel the beating heart of Poland. For centuries Wawel was a place of residence of the kings of Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old streets of beautiful Krakow and feel the unique charm of the Old Town. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a history teacher. You will discover such sites as the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Adalbert’s Church, the Town Hall Tower, Planty Park, Jagiellonian University, Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Royal Castle and the Cathedral. Your guide will be a history teacher and PhD student, who has for many years been fascinated by history, especially the history of Christianity and Israel. He is a Polish native and is well traveled, having spent extensive time in the countries of both Sweden and Israel, but is glad to call Poland his home.

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Krakow: Guided Private Walking Tour

8. Krakow: Guided Private Walking Tour

Take a guided walk around the magical city of Krakow, exploring its amazing cultural and spiritual center. Krakow was included on the first UNESCO Heritage List, among 12 of the most valuable sites in the world. The city is thriving with artists and students, churches and palaces, restaurants and cafes, and little streets and squares. Throughout your tour you can also view Wawel Castle over the Wisla River, which combined with the rest of the city helps create an important, charming, and unforgettable atmosphere which you will experience during this tour. Your guide will be with you at all times to show you the best spots, as well as some hidden places of this amazing and very unique city. Your tour includes a walk through Krakow Old Town and Kazimierz, the former Jewish Quarter. There is also the possibility of a coffee/snack break in a charming spot, if so requested.

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Krakow: Family Friendly Historical Walking Tour

9. Krakow: Family Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the highlights of Krakow with a family-friendly private guide. Swap boring historical facts for intriguing legends and fairy tales to keep your kids entertained at all times. Marvel at the monuments of Main Market Square in the historic Old Town, along with other landmarks such as St. Mary's Basilica and Wawel Cathedral on Wawel Hill where the Kings of Poland set up residence in the 17th century. Try to defeat the legendary Wawel dragon to look inside his amazing cave. Hear about events from the Middle Ages and learn about the more recent history of the city along the way. Opt for the 3-hour tour option to check how actually confectioners are doing candies. Sugar artists will show you the art of hand-made sweets in their factory. After this, taste still warm candies and get them home. If you choose the 4-hours version, enter the Historyland. It’s very modern place where the history is shown in a unique way - by LEGO bricks! Let kids find themself in the heart of events and learn the history of Poland by models built from LEGO bricks and interactive solutions.

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Krakow: John Paul II Trail Private Tour with Local Historian

10. Krakow: John Paul II Trail Private Tour with Local Historian

The John Paul II Trail Tour will take you to the places which are particularly associated with Karol Wojtyla who could become pope. Krakow is a special place to learn about the life of Pope John Paul II as he lived in Krakow for more than 30 years prior. During his years in Krakow, he was first a student, then a priest, and finally as bishop of Krakow. In Krakow, he has also experienced the unimaginable cruelty of World War II and then communism. Your guide will be a history teacher and PhD student who will lead you throughout Krakow showing you the places that shaped Pope John Paul II and tell you about his life in Krakow. After meeting your guide visit the Jagiellonian University. Then continue to the Wawel Cathedral, where Karol Wojtyla sought spiritual guidance and confession and where he celebrated his first Mass. After, go to his apartment on Kanonicza Street, the Franciscan Church, and the Bishop’s Palace.

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What people are saying about Wawel Hill

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based on 891 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour our guide was very knowledgeable. We Went all over including wawow and saw the dragon and he randomly blows flames from his mouth. We visited the Jewish quarter and was told about all the stories and history which was fascinating and then finished off the trip in schindlers factory. Loved every minute of it.

Great from start to finish. our guide was informative and spoke about everything we saw with passion. she was excellent and in my opinion the whole experience was better because of her. It was also very good value for money. Thanks

Such an amazing experience today on the tour! So helpful, with suggestions on where to eat and places to go. We opted to go to the museum and would highly recommend. Very informative! Can not fault this experience!

Our guide was fantastic! I learnt so much and I’ve been on this trip before! Honestly, the best guide! Thanks so much!

Really enjoyed the day the driver was very informative and helpful would defo recommend it