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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Step into history with a guided tour of the former residence of Polish kings and a symbol of statehood, Wawel Castle. Discover the castle, which became a museum in 1930, and hosts a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See inside the chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and the magnificent renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. Explore the Wawel collections of eastern art, one of the largest and most important collections of tents in Europe. Learn all about how the castle is also an important center for the conservation of art. Feel like you’re walking back through time as you discover the permanent exhibitions which decorated the way they would have been during the renaissance and baroque periods.

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Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

2. Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

Go beneath the surface of Krakow’s long and tangled history with a tour of the one-of-a-kind Underground Museum. Enjoy convenient skip-the-line entry and an exclusive private tour that allows you to avoid the crowds and enjoy the exhibition in a small intimate group. Reach the museum under Krakow's famous Market Square and follow your guide through underground corridors, learning about the countless relics and items uncovered by archeologists. Take advantage of the private tour setting to adjust the tempo and topics of the tour to your tastes. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of an earlier Krakow as you stroll through the city's original streets and cellars of buildings that no longer exist.  Then continue your private tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Krakow. Admire the beauty of monumental Wawel Castle and the cozy Kazimierz District. Walk along the famous Royal Route from the Middle Ages and pass top sights like St. Mary's Basilica and Cloth Hall. Visit hidden gems with your guide that will make you feel like a local.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

3. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

Visit the central square of Royal Krakow and find the most interesting traces of past events on Market Square. Take a walk on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with a visit to the Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. Stroll around the square, find the most interesting artifacts of the old times, and unravel their purpose. Find out what events took place here, and what legendary persons have been here. Go 4 meters underground to the Dungeon Market Museum to find yourself on the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle. See the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the Royal chambers. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art containing the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Enter the gothic Wawel Cathedral, a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

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Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

4. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this multi-stop Krakow tour. Visit the most important places in the Old Town in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Embark on a guided tour of Wawel Castel and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Have an authentic Polish lunch.  Jump aboard a heated electric golf cart and listen to your audio guide as you see Planty Park with the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. Pass through the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard, the Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle to start your guided tour. See the collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, gold, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Partake in a 2-course lunch. Head to the Salt Mine for a guided tour that includes an underground church. Experience the unique microclimate and see the Salt Mine Health Resort.

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Kraków: Wawel Castle, Schindler's Museum, Auschwitz

5. Kraków: Wawel Castle, Schindler's Museum, Auschwitz

Day 1: Explore the Wawel Royal Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Wawel Hill. Explore the castle's magnificent chambers graced with paintings from the Renaissance. See its collections of paintings, sculptures, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Stop for lunch at a local café. Next, visit the Rynek Underground Museum, a modern museum located underneath that Main Market Square and famously featuring 6,000 meters of multimedia exhibits depicting the city's history. Day 2: Visit Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Enter Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. Stop for lunch at a local café. Later, head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Day 3: Visit Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp established under the authority of the SS and police leaders in Kraków. The concentration camp is preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

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Kraków: Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter, Wieliczka, Auschwitz

6. Kraków: Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter, Wieliczka, Auschwitz

Day 1: Explore the Wawel Royal Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Wawel Hill. Explore the castle's magnificent chambers graced with paintings from the Renaissance. See its collections of paintings, sculptures, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Stop for lunch at a local café. Next, visit the Rynek Underground Museum, a modern museum located underneath that Main Market Square and famously featuring 6,000 meters of multimedia exhibits depicting the city's history. Day 2: Visit Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Enter Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. Stop for lunch at a local café. Later, head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Day 3: Visit Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp established under the authority of the SS and police leaders in Kraków. The concentration camp is preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

See all that magnificent things with an expert local guide. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, becoming one of the most important museums in Poland since 1930. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See also the Wawel collections of Eastern art contain the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Explore Krakow and the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle and the Gothic Wawel Cathedral with your expert guide. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art, that contain the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

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Warsaw: Kraków and Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

9. Warsaw: Kraków and Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

Spend the first part of the day in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous symbol of Nazi domination in Europe, and the largest extermination and concentration camp ever built on the old continent. Visit prison blocks, the Wall of Death, gas chambers, a crematorium and a vast camp area. Realize how thoroughly and carefully the Third Reich planned the complete extermination of European Jews, Poles, the Romani people, and Soviet Prisoners of War. After an emotionally exhausting visit, go for lunch in a nearby town and after a short drive, reach Krakow. Breathe the history in the second largest city in Poland and one of its most important, scientific and cultural centers. Observe the original medieval street layout, impressive buildings and soaring gothic church towers of Krakow, a symbol of Poland's power and wealth at the time when it was ruled by kings.

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Krakow: River Cruise, Kazimiz, & Schindler's Factory Museum

10. Krakow: River Cruise, Kazimiz, & Schindler's Factory Museum

Discover the highlights in Krakow as you view the city from the deck of a modern catamaran on a Vistula River cruise. Drive on an eco-friendly golf cart through the vibrant streets of the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts. Explore the city's past at the Schindler's Factory museum.  Start your tour with a catamaran ride on the Vistula River. Take in panoramic views of the defensive walls of Wawel, the Royal Castle, the Cathedral, and the mysterious silhouette of a dragon. Hear facinating commentary from your audio guide as you pass these sights. Jump aboard a comfortable electric golf cart and roll through colorful cafes and rich religious sites in the Kazimierz district. Pass by Jewish cultural monuments before heading to the site where the WWII ghetto existed in Podgórze. Learn about the WWII history of Krakow from your audio guide. Finish your tour with a guided tour of the Schindler's Factory Museum. Discover the story behind the German entrepreneur who saved many Jews during WWII by employing them in his factory. Get lost in the story of the fate of Krakow and its inhabitants during the Nazi occupation.

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What people are saying about Wawel Hill

Super good experience The guide was good and spoke good English super plus The guide showed a lot A small minis was that when we had to meet at the collection point it was hard to see who our guide was Highly recommended

Together with my mother, we are very pleased, professionally, reliably and we liked the guide very much, greetings.

2 lovely ladies who went out of their way to tell their history. You must be able to run fast

Chris the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

A great trip and guide ... I recommend it heartily.