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City tour program
You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz to explore the area which used to be inhabited by one of the most diverse Jewish communities in Europe. Then a short drive will take you up the Wawel Hill which is the embodiment of Poland's former monarchical glory. Its summit is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral which hosted almost all coronations and funerals of the Polish monarchy. Having descended the hill, we stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College), the oldest building of the Academia Cracoviensis. After visiting the charming Gothic courtyard we continue to the Main Market Square. This bustling heart of the city is a perfect place for picking up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall which has been the local market place for centuries. Complete your tour by visiting St Mary's Church, where the stunning medieval altar sculpted by Veit Stoss is located and a bugle call sounds towards the four corners of the world every hour on the hour. The tour lasts approx. 4 hours.
Price: 35 Euro / person
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels and places, admission to Wawel Castle and Royal Cathedral, admission to St Mary's Church.
Departure time and place: see schedule.
Additional info: daily tour, The Royal Chambers of the Wawel Castle are closed to the public every Monday. On Monday the Collegium Maius is visited instead.
Visit Kraków, Kazimierz (the Jewish district) and Podgórze in one night!
Formerly 3 separate cities - today 3 districts, each of them having a unique atmosphere. This tour will give you the feeling of having seen more than the average tourist. The most interesting places to see are definitely included!
The heart of medieval Krakow is nowadays the Old Town, nostalgic and vibrant at the same time. You’ll get to feel the unique spirit of an old East European city here. We start from the Main Square and pass through hidden backyards, beautiful corners and secret passages. Then we take a tram and head to Kazimierz – once a Jewish district, today the centre of Krakow’s night life. Everything concentrates itself around Plac Nowy – the New Square with the most famous cracovian pubs and bars. Another place in Kazimierz that we come to see has radically different atmosfere - Szeroka Street, the only street in Europe with 3 synagogues, place where you can still feel the spirit of a Jewish town.
After leaving Kazimierz we cross the Vistula river and come to Podgórze, one of the most beautiful, yet touristically unspoilt places in Krakow.
The district surrounded by undulating hills and beautiful parks is a place where the spirit of the 19th-century Krakow has been best preserved. There we visit two squares - one with a very moving modern installation about the victims of Krakow's World War II Ghetto and the other with majestic Neogothic church of St. Joseph. We also take a stroll along the river showing you the most romantic part of its boulevards and recently opened trendy pubs.
We come back to the centre by tram that goes across Piłsudski Bridge - the most beautiful one in Krakow.
Price: 35 Euro / person
Price includes: English speaking guide, tram tickets
Departure time and place: Tours usually start in front of Tourist Information Office in The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice ) at the Main Square at 08:00 p.m. (other pick up points and times on request).
Additional info: taxi pick up from your hotel on request, tour lasts 2,5 hour.
A spine-tingling experience - get to know the darker side of Krakow's Old Town. Discover some unsolved cases as well as famous crimes that happnened in the past. Slip into the role of a detective - trace the footsteps of murderers, examine old photos, solve mysteries....
To gather information for this tour we made a research in libraries and city archives but the effect was worth it – the compilation of the most intriguing crime stories from the past. Agatha Christie would love this tour… You’ll get to know the criminal side of Krakow monasteries, hear what happened to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting during the Second World War and find out who was the most notorious mass murderer in Krakow.
Price: 35 Euro / person.
Price includes: English speaking guide service.
Departure time and place: Tours usually start in front of Tourist Information Office in The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice ) at the Main Square. Departure time is up to you, and must be set in advance.
Additional info: pick up from your hotel on request, tour lasts 2 hours.
Tour program (4 h tour):
The Old Town – Main Market Square, Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church, Royal Route, University Quarter with Collegium Maius Building (where Copernicus went to School ), Remnants of Medieval Fortifications, Dragon of Wawel Castle.
The Jewish Quarter – Synagogues and squares, Old Meat Market, Artistic Cafe's, Sites from 'the Schindler's List' movie.
The World War II Ghetto area – Heroes of the Ghetto square, Schindler's Factory, Banks of the Vistula River
We also stop at a nice cafe for a 30 min coffee brake to quench your thirst.
Price: USD 80 per person
Price includes: English speaking local guide, segway transporter.
Departure place: Krakow center.
Departure and tour times:
May 1st - September 30th:
- 09:30 a.m - 02.30 p.m
- 02:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.
October 1st - April 30th:
-10:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
Tour program (4 h) highlights:
The Old Town, with visit to the Main Market Square, the Czartoryski Museum, the main gate & the Old City walls, St. Mary’s church;
Kazimierz, the old Jewish part of town, the Jewish cemetery, the Jewish ghetto from WWII, and then to Oscar Schindler’s factory;
some extra information about nightlife, Polish football hooligans, life in the ghetto and everything you could possibly want to know about Schindler’s List;
ride along the Vistula river to see the fire-breathing dragon of Wawel castle before making stops to talk about John Paul II and the university life in Krakow.
Tour price: 30 USD per person
Price includes: English speaking local guide, private bike for everyone.
Departure place: Krakow center
Low season (March 15th - Apr 30th and Oct 1st - Nov 15th) at 10:00 a.m.
High season (May 1st - Sept 30th) at 10.00 a.m. and afternoon tour at 03:00 p.m.
Krakow is a city of silent „live stones” that have witnessed centuries of scary, bloody and brutal history. They saw it – we uncover their story. The city’s hidden secret – now presented in a back shivering evening walk to Krakow’s abandoned attractions.
During our tour (1,5 h) you will hear:
- forgotten stories of brave freedom fighters who paid the highest price to abolish communism,
- mysterious tales of medieval customs which were supposed to open the gates of heaven,
- brutal reality of medieval Krakow,
- pagan myths and beliefs.
Tour price: USD 20 per person
(min. 4 person group)
English speaking local guide services
Departure place: Krakow center
Departure time: Friday-Sunday, at 07:00 p.m.
As you walk down 360 steps into the salt mine, you get the impression of entering a vast underground city, complete with huge caverns and underground lakes. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list thanks to the creativity of the miners who carved chapels out of the walls, hundreds of metres below the surface. You will visit the largest of the chapels dedicated to St Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners. This subterranean church is richly decorated with chandeliers, sculptures, and religious figures carved out of salt. As you follow the 2 1/2-kilometre walk, you'll pass statues dating back to the 18th century depicting mythical, historical and religious figures. The last stop in the mine is the souvenir shop and snack bar. From here, the lift carries you back to the surface. The tour lasts approx. 4 hours.
Price: 35 Euro / person.
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, admission to Wieliczka Salt Mine, guided walk through Wieliczka Salt Mine, lift pick up to the ground level on exit.
Departure time and places: see the schedule.
Additional info: tour twice a day, temperature 14 °C/57 °F of all year round.
KL Auschwitz – in the years 1940-1945 - the biggest Nazi concentration and death camp in occupied Europe. Situated at a distance of 70 km from Cracow in the town of Oświęcim. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum (founded in 1947) was included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979. During the tour you will visit both parts of the Museum located in Oświęcim (KL Auschwitz I) and Brzezinka (KL Auschwitz II Birkenau). You will also watch a documentary on the history of the KL Auschwitz concentration and death camp. The tour lasts approx. 5 hours
Price: 35 Euro / person
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, guided walk through Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, documentary screening.
Departure time and places: see the schedule.
Additional info: tour twice a day, offer directed for adults mostly.
Nowa Huta Tour gives you a unique chance to see the town built by communists after the Second World War, mainly to destroy aristocratic and intellectual character and traditions of Cracow, by erecting a huge "Lenin" Steelworks with its "healthy working class" neighbourhood. The tour starts in Central Square, in the very heart of Nowa Huta, near which an enormous statue of the city’s patron – Lenin – used to stand for years. Afterwards, the tour continues to the Steelworks – now owned by the "Mittal Steel" Company, which closed its gates for visitors, but we will be still able to admire its size and learn about its history. After that we will pay a visit to the Museum of Nowa Huta, which holds exhibitions dedicated to the history and tradition of the city. After that we will see the Nowa Huta Cross which symbolizes the bloody fights for the establishment of a church in the town. Later we will visit "the Lord’s Ark Church". The final stop of our tour is the Monument Commemorating the Site of Bogdan Włosik’s Death, which is dedicated to all victims of Martial Law, imposed in Poland in 1981. Our journey into the past ends in a typical communist era bar, where over a glass of communist times booze you will find out more about the absurdities of life under the communist rule. The tour lasts approx 4 hours.
Price: 45 Euro / person.
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, admission to the museum, a drink in Stylowa Restaurant (Avenue of Roses).
Departure time and places (on Tuesday and Friday only): see the schedule.
Additional information: minimum number of participants - 2 persons.
Named after the king who invited Jews to Poland in the 14th century, Kazimierz became the flourishing centre of Jewish religion and culture. Due to the policy of religious tolerance that prevailed in Poland from the 15th century, Kazimierz became a safe heaven for diverse groups of Jewish refugees from all over Europe. The tour aims to retrace this diversity which resulted in the construction of numerous synagogues (including the oldest of the preserved synagouges in Poland) and a very unique atmosphere which is still present there. Also, you might recognise some of the sights that appeared in the Oscar winning Schindler's list which was shot in this area. The tour ends with a visit to the monument commemorating the victims of the former Nazi concentration camp in Płaszów.
Price: 35 Euro / persosn
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, admission to the Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery.
Departure time and places: see schedule.
Additional info: tours organized Wednesdays and Friday with min 2 persons group.
Your evening program
We would like to invite you to a Jewish style dinner complete with traditional Jewish music at ARIEL – a very special place in the old Jewish district of Kazimierz. The Ariel gallery was transformed into an artistic café several years ago and is decorated with many paintings, drawings and ceramics. Today, Ariel is actually a three-in-one establishment housing a restaurant, café and a gallery all with delightful ambience. The restaurant's culinary delights feature splendid traditional dishes including various roasts. As Jewish music concerts and performances are held here every night, you can dine and listen to klezmer music – traditional Jewish folk melodies and songs in Yiddish – or to a performance of a musical theatre drawing on Jewish, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian culture.
Price: 28 Euro / person
(minimum 2 persons)
Price includes: three-course dinner, coffee or tea and mineral water, Klezmer music concert.
Additional info: meeting point - ARIEL RESTAURANT, 18 SZEROKA ST.
Available dates: March, November: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
April – October: daily.
Your tour begins with a visit to Wadowice, "the place where it all began" as the Pope referred to his hometown in 1999 during his visit here. We will see the dearest places to Karol Wojtyła during his childhood and adolescence, including the parish church where he was baptised and the house where he was born. Our journey to and from Wadowice also gives you a chance to view the peaks of the Popes beloved Beskidy mountain range where he used to hike. On return to Cracow we stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. In this developing place of pilgrimage you can pay homage to the holly relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonised as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II, and admire the impressive modern basilica consecrated by the Pope in 2002. Then we travel to the foot of the Royal Castle to visit the Archdiocese Museum located in the most picturesque street of Cracow. In the museum you can see the flat where Karol Wojtyła lived while working as a lecturer of theology. Finally, we visit the Archbishop's Palace which is Wojtyła's last residence before leaving for the Vatican in 1978. There one can see the famous "papal window", where John Paul II used to show up to chat and chant with the youth of Cracow during all his visits and where thousands of people lit candles and prayed during his last days.
Price: 40 Euro / person
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, admission to the Archdiocese Museum.
Departure times and places: see schedule.
Additional info: tours organized on Tusdays and Saturdays for min 2 person group.
Visit Poland's spiritual heart on a tour to the town of Częstochowa. Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims as you gaze upon the "Black Madonna" at the Jasna Góra Monastery.
Our tour takes you to a place which receives around 5 million visitors a year (including over 150 thousand pilgrims on foot). After arriving at the monastery we visit the chapel of the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna, which is the embodiment of the attachment to the Cult of Mary so typical of the Catholic faith in Poland. Next we visit the Basilica, which is the main church of the monastery. You can also visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, or attend Mass while others on the tour have a break for lunch and a visit to a souvenir shop. On the way back we alter our route slightly to admire the most spectacular limestone rock formations typical of the Kraków-Częstochowa Uplands. This allows us to visit the only remaining castle of the so called Eagle Nest Trail at Pieskowa Skała.
Price: 65 Euro / person
Price includes: English speaking guide, roundtrip transportation (pick up and drop off from Hotel Wyspiański only).
Departure time: 08:00 on Tuesdays and Fridays (other days on request only)
Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains Travel to Zakopane, a mountain resort nestled at the foot of the Tatra mountains and boasting breathtaking views of Poland's countryside.
Zakopane is the winter capital of Poland, thanks to its splendid natural scenery, its pistes and hiking trails, and a rich folk culture. You will begin your exploration of the area by taking the funicular railway to the top of Mount Gubałówka for views over the granite and limestone peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Having returned to the oldest part of Zakopane, we will visit the charming wooden old parish church and the most unique cemetery in Poland. To complete your experience, you have a chance to visit the enormous regional market or enjoy lunch in a regional restaurant serving local specialities. If you wish to find out more about this unusual region you can visit the Tatra Museum or the village of Chochołów (famous for its 150-year-old wooden log cabins and a serene atmosphere).
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, admission to the funicular railway and the Tatra Museum.
Price: 65 Euro / person
Departure time and places: See our schedule here.
Additonal informations: tour goes on Wednesdays and Saturdays ( other days on request).
The one day tour to Zakopane & culinary lesson is organized on request of min 4 person group, on any date. Our guide-driver pick you up from any hotel in Krakow. During your 2 h ride to Zakopane, by a private car, you will get to know more about Southern Poland and mountains located in that part of Poland.
First part of your visit to Zakopane is a sightseeing tour of the city. You will see the famous wooden architecture of Tatra mountain region, visiting few examples like villa Atma, old church and cemetery at Peksowy Brzyzek. You tour will be enriched by a ride to Gubalowka hill, by a cable car, where you see a marvelous panorama of Polish Tatra mountains. At the end of you city tour a visit to famous local trade market, where you can see and purchase a wide range of hand-made products.
Second part of your visit to Zakopane is a 3 hours culinary lesson, arranged at local, regional restaurant. Your lesson is composed with 2 separate parts – theoretical and practical.
The lecture elucidates the cuisine together with its cultural and geographical distinctiveness, and describes the most characteristic natural produce which serves as a basis for all dishes. During the practical, hands-on module the theory will be put in practice under the watchful eye of knowledgeable chef coaches and dishes as well as the most popular additions will be produced live. Thereafter the participants, working in team (min 4 person) people will create their own dishes individually, step by step. the event is wound up with tasting of dishes prepared.
Later on that day return ride to Krakow, with our guide-driver. Transfer to your hotel in Krakow, your one day tour ends at early evening time. Price:
130 USD / person
(min 4 person group) Price includes:
transfers by a private car, van, bus (depend on a group size), English speaking guide assistance, 3 h city tour of Zakopane, entries and the 3 h culinary lesson with protective clothing as a souvenir, all the necessary ingredients of the dishes, table with its furnishings. Departure time and places:
any date and hotel in Krakow on your request (min 4 person group required). Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the most spectacular gorge of Europe – the Dunajec River gorge.
This undoubtedly one of the Poland's prime tourist attractions gives you a chance to admire some of the most amazing scenery of the Polish highlands. Usually referred to as "the raft trip down the Dunajec river" this in fact a rather leisurely drift in large wooden punts. Highly experienced guides make sure you have a smooth ride and keep you informed about the sights you see and the history of the trips, which goes back to 1840s . The voyage down the winding Dunajec offers breathtaking views of mighty limestone cliffs plunging into the water as well as stunning native vegetation both protected by the second oldest international national park in the world. Also, while sailing down the river you can spot some rare bird species including the Black Stork. Another attraction of the tour is a visit to Niedzica Castle which was originally built in the 14th century by the Hungarians to protect an important trade through the Dunajec valley. Nowadays the castle towers over a large water reservoir and an impressive dam built in mid 90s. While visiting the castle you can admire the delightful view over the artificial lake and learn an amazing story of Inca refugees that found shelter there. Our trip begins at Niedzica Castle, then continues to the wharf in Sromowce Niżne and ends 15 km later in Szczawnica. The voyage lasts two to three hours, depending on the water level of the river. It is advisable to bring rainwear or a sun hat depending on the weather.
Price: 85 Euro / person
Price includes: English speaking guide, hotel pick up from selected hotels, admission to the raft trip, admission to Niedzica Castle.
Departure times and places: See our schedule here.
Additional info: the tour runs in April-October on Mondays nad Thursdays. Other days on request only.
Polish Folk Evening
The band is made up of folkore musicians, dancing couples and lajkonik, a person dressed as a Tartar riding a wooden horse during a Cracow Corpus Christi Day festival. The programme is divided into two parts.
The first one lasts about 25 minutes in which folklore national Polish dances are presented and the folklore traditions e.g. / the legeng of Lajkonik and hejnał mariacki, a bugle call sounded daily from the tower of St Mary’s Church in Cracow
The second part starts with shared dances, after eating the traditional Polish food, which consists of two traditional Polish dishes; beetroot soup with egg/ red borsch/ and a piece of pork, potatoes and set of salad as the main course.
It lasts over 35 minutes and in that part visitors are invited to take part in all dances. and singing folk songs together .The whole event looks like an authentic village wedding reception in the Polish countryside .
Price: 25 Euro / person
Price includes: traditional Polish buffet dinner, folk music programme.
Time and place: centrally located restaurant in Krakow Old Town, start at 07:00 p.m.
March - October: Every Wednesday & Friday & Sunday
November - February'11: Every Friday
The Royal Chamber Orchestra is a band consisting of outstanding musicians of Cracow, graduates of Academy of Music, who have been giving many concerts locally and all over the world for a few years.
Their music is the connection of excellent taste, limitless imagination and their developed technique. The concerts are held every day at St. Adlbert's Church, one of the oldest churches in Cracow with its baroque dome, which makes unique acoustics and chamber ambience.
We invite you to that musical feast.
Concert time: 7 P.M.
Price: 20 Euro / Regular and 15 Euro / students
Cracow- an ancient magic city.
Cracow offers a wide spectrum of museums, art galleries full of exhibitions, theatres, historic cellars, clubs, cafes & restaurants with live music, is an exciting destination for the travelers on the world map!
The city’s cultural heritage is mirrored in its intellectual achievements – the Jagiellonian University is the oldest in Poland. The student population of the city numbers almost 100,000 and this large student population fires a lively nightlife scene that burns brightly in the atmospheric cellar bars away from the tourists above. Cracow has sharply contrasting seasons with cold, snowy winters and fresh springs and autumns. Visitors should beware of the locals’ use of the word fresh – an optimistic reference to blatantly cold weather. The labyrinthine cellars of the Old Town are an ideal place to escape the winter chill. However, come summer, the quintessential Cracow experience is relaxing in a pavement café on the main square enjoying one of the long and balmy nights.
Cracow (Krakow) is now well established as a major tourist destination. At the height of summer, Poland’s fourth largest city throngs with tour groups, all manner of tourist tack and countless pavement cafés that seem to occupy every cobble of the main square. Out of season, late at night or even in the first slivers of morning light, it is clear why so many people flock to visit. This magical city, situated in the southeast of the country, between the Jura uplands and the Tatra Mountains, on the banks of the Wisla (Vistula) River, has one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Dozens of churches cover almost every architectural period and are surrounded by monasteries and abbeys – walking through the Old Town streets is like drifting back through the musty pages of a historical novel.
Cracow – a tourist horn of plenty
Cracow, Poland's former royal capital, is one of the most attractive spots on the tourist map of Europe. This is a place where legends, history and modernity intertwine. The city, which lies on the banks of the Vistula River, is famous for its priceless historical monuments of culture and art.