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Krakow City Break Tour 5 Days/4 Nights

Krakow City Break Tour 5 Days/4 Nights

Krakow City Break Tour 5 Days/4 Nights

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Krakow City Break Tour (5 Days/4 Nights)

The Krakow City Break Tour (5 Days/4 Nights) is an escorted tour that offers you more free time to enjoy the fabulous city of Krakow, compared with our classic Krakow City Break Tour (4 Days/3 Nights)

A visit to Krakow is to immerse yourself in a beautiful ‘picture perfect’ city adorned with thousands of pristine historic buildings, including magnificent cathedrals, medieval markets and a Royal Castle, showcasing centuries of architectural styles, from medieval to Baroque and Renaissance.

With the opportunity to experience no less than three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including private guided tours of Krakow Market Square, Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps (including memorial museum) and the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines, you will see some of the world’s most incredible, poignant and historic sites.

As you are guided through the fascinating history of Krakow and Poland by experts in Polish history, art and architecture, you will learn about kings and kingdoms, castles and fortifications and Poland’s rich and tumultuous past.

An optional tour of the Schindler’s List Factory and a meeting with a Holocaust survivor at the Jewish Galicja Museum in central Krakow, offers those that would like to gain a greater understanding of the history of Krakow’s Jews and the Holocaust, the opportunity to do so.

With group Welcome and Farewell Dinners and lunches in authentic Polish restaurants, as well as free time to explore the city at leisure, the Krakow City Break Tour offers the perfect balance between free time and activities, whilst the small group size** provides a more intimate travel experience in which to meet new like-minded people and build new friendships.

You will stay in a hand-picked 4-star hotel, that is both charming and welcoming, within the historic centre of Krakow.

Private transfers by car* can be arranged to and from the airport, which means from as soon as you arrive at Krakow airport, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to your hotel.

Join us on the Krakow City Break Tour for your perfect holiday in Poland.

*Please advise your Grand Cultural Tours Representative at time of booking.
**Maximum group size of 22.
 

Tour Highlights

  • Talks on Polish history, art and architecture

  • Guided tours of Krakow Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage site) and Jewish Quarter including a private tour of the Old Synagogue

  • Guided tours of the Jagiellonian University and Collegium Maius and some of Krakow’s most outstanding cathedrals

  • Entrance and guided tour of Wawel Castle and Kraków Cathedral (includes entrance to the crypt where Kings of Poland rest)

  • Aperitif at Piwnica pod Baranami, a famous cabaret bar

  • Group Welcome and Farewell dinners and lunches in authentic Polish restaurants

Options

  • Guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

  • Tour of the Schindler’s List Factory and Ghetto Square

  • Private meeting with a Holocaust survivor at the Jewish Galicja Museum

  • Guided tour of Wieliczka (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the 700-year-old salt mines

  • Ride in horse drawn carriage of Old Town

  • Private classical concert performance by Krakow’s Royal Chamber Orchestra at St. Adalbert’s church

Click here for 8 of the Best Things to Do and See in Krakow Market Square

 

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DAY 1

Afternoon* | Introduction to Tour | Discover highlights of Old Town and Market Square | Aperitif at Pod Piwinica Cabaret Bar

2.30 pm. Meet at hotel reception before being shown to a hotel conference room for private sparkling wine reception and Introduction to Tour by your Expert.

After your Introductory talk you will be guided to see all the highlights of the Old Town area that made Krakow so famous, with its restored Market Square (Rynek) of magnificent houses and palaces. The walk starts at the Barbican, a masterpiece of 15th century medieval military  fortifications, then moves on to St. Florian gate which is also the part of historical city walls. Next the spectacular Krakow Main Market Square (the biggest in Europe). Afterwards enjoy a visit to the Cloth Hall. Built in the first half of the 14th century, it was later renovated in Renaissance style during the 16th century. Its many shopping stalls inside are a perfect place to buy local authentic souvenirs. Moving on you will see the Town Hall Tower and the precious Romanesque church of St Adalbert and St Mary's Basilica with its beautiful and unique wooden High Altar, a masterpiece by Veit Stoss, the renowned German sculptor.

You will then be able to quench your thirst with an aperitif at Piwnica Pod Baranami, the famous cabaret bar just off the Main Market Square.

Founded in 1956 by Piotr Skrzynecki, the famous Polish impresario and choreographer, Piwnica Pod Baranami has been entertaining audiences with its cabarets for more than 50 years. The most popular intellectual cabaret in post-war Poland, it became famous for its satirical criticism of the post war communist regime, which led the magazine Przekrój (the oldest Polish weekly news magazine still in operation) to write, "For 41 years [Skrzynecki] and his cabaret persuaded us that, despite the system, we had come into this world for happiness and joy." It’s the perfect place to relax whilst you chat with friends and absorb its unique cultural heritage.

A short walk to your hotel to freshen up before a Welcome Dinner at an authentic Polish restaurant in the Market Square.

Evening | Welcome to Krakow Dinner at an Authentic Restaurant in Krakow Market Square

Overnight | at Hotel in Historic Centre of Krakow

Meals included: D

*Please advise a Grand Cultural Tours Representative if you require transfers from Krakow airport to the hotel

 

DAY 2

Morning | Guided Tours of the Jagiellonian University & Collegium Maius, Church of St Anne and St Adalbert’s Church with Optional Royal Chamber Concert

This morning you will visit the Jagiellonian University and the Collegium Maius where Nicolaus Copernicus studied

Afterwards you will visit the church of St Anne and before walking to the St. Adalbert church.

Krakow’s oldest church, St Adalbert’s church, is located at the southeast corner of the Market Square and is a mix of pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The earliest parts of the building date to the 11th century, pre-dating the Market Square and explaining its seemingly random position within it. A look inside is well worth it, not least because the floor sits some two meters below the surface of the main square, and a great way to enjoy the church is during the frequent concerts by the Royal Chamber Orchestra*.

Afternoon | Lunch in Market Square | Rest of Afternoon at Leisure or Optional Ride in Horse Drawn Carriage

This afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional ride in a horse-drawn carriage, taking in the main sites of Krakow’s Old Town.

Evening | Dinner at Leisure**

Overnight | at Hotel in Historic Centre of Krakow

Meals included: B, L

* Please let your Grand Cultural Tours representative know at time of booking if you would like tickets for a concert of the Royal Chamber Orchestra at St. Adalbert’s church
**Grand Cultural Tours are more than happy to provide restaurant recommendations

 

DAY 3

Morning | Guided Tour of Wawell Hill, Wawel Royal Castle & Wawel Cathedral

This mornings guided tour will feature Wawel, the Royal Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. Its collection of 16th century tapestries is matchless. You will also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are architectural masterpieces and its giant bell, Zygmunt, ranks as one of the world’s largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried.

Afternoon | Lunch Close to Wawel Hill | Rest of Afternoon at Leisure

Evening | at Leisure

Overnight | at Hotel in Historic Centre of Krakow

Meals included: B, L

 

DAY 4

Morning | At Leisure or Choice of Three Guided Tour Options: Ghetto Square & Schindler’s List Factory, Auschwitz, Wieliczka Salt Mine

Visit to Podgorze with Ghetto Square, remain of Wall and Schindler’s factory

In 2010 Krakow’s fabled Oskar Schindler's Factory of Enameled Vessels ‘Emalia’ was turned into a modern museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow under the five-year Nazi occupation during World War II. The museum takes up the sprawling administration building of the defunct plant at 4 Lipowa street. Ingenious exhibitions combine period artifacts, photos and documents with multimedia and set-piece arrangements to create a full-immersion experience. Oskar Schindler, his factory, and the fate of its Jewish workforce feature prominently in the museum. Roughly a sixth of the museum’s permanent exhibition is dedicated to them. The rest shows prewar Krakow, the German invasion in 1939, Krakow as the capital of Poland under the Nazi occupation, the sorrows of everyday living in the occupied city, the wartime history of Krakow Jews, the resistance movement, the underground Polish state, and lastly the Soviet capture of the city.

Return transfer to your hotel.

Visit to Auschwitz

The death camp, known as Konzetrationslager Auschwitz, was the largest Nazi concentration camp of the Second World War. More than two million people, mostly Jews, perished. It consisted of several ‘units’, including the largest one at Brzezinka (Birkenau). Of the millions of people brought there in the period between 1940 and 1944, only 60 to 70 thousand victims were found alive at the time of the camp’s liberation.

Your Local Expert Guide will lead you on a tour of this memorial to the victims of the holocaust.

Return transfer to your hotel.

Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Private transfer to Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes, and chapels carved from salt. The greatest of the underground chapels is that of St. Kinga with magnificent chandeliers and sculptures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is a unique cultural experience.

Afternoon | Lunch Followed by Return Transfer to Jewish Quarter for Guided Tour

Private transfer to the Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz District where you enter a maze of narrow streets and plunge into the culture of a different world. In the past, Kazimierz was a distinct town with its own Market Square and Town Hall, as well as a thriving culture, which blossomed in the 16th century. Nowadays, Kazimierz with its authentic architecture and unique atmosphere was a setting of Steven Spielberg’s movie, Schindler’s List. Your visit includes a private guided tour of the Old Synagogue and Rem’h Cemetary.

Transfer to hotel to freshen up before Farewell Dinner in Kazimierz district.

Evening | Farewell Dinner at an Authentic Jewish Restaurant Accompanied by Klezmer Music Performance

Overnight | at Hotel in Historic Centre of Krakow

Meals included: B, L, D

*Please be advised that the Wieliczka Salt Mines require walking down many steps to the Salt Mines underground. There then follows a long walk through the mines during the guided tour.

 

DAY 5

Morning | at Leisure

Tour concludes after breakfast. If you would like to experience any other optional activities, please advise your Grand Cultural Tours Representative at time of booking.

Return transfer to your hotel. Tour concludes*.

Meals included: B

*Please advise your Grand Cultural Tours Representative at time of booking whether you would like to pre-arrange a transfer to the airport.

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  • 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a hand-picked 4 star hotel in Krakow Old Town

  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners (each 3 courses including water, coffee and tea, glass of wine or beer) in authentic restaurants

  • English speaking Local Expert Guides (walking tours, historic places and monuments)

  • Tour Manager assistance throughout tour

  • All transfers by air-conditioned coach or minibus

  • All entrance fees and tours as described in tour itinerary

Not included:

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Optional activities

Local Expert Guides

Local Expert Guides

Our Local Expert Guides are experienced licenced tour guides with special access to museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions. 

Professional and gifted communicators with unparalleled local knowledge, each one specialises in bringing the past to life. 

For more information about our Expert Guides, please contact us on 020 8877 2883 to speak with a Grand Cultural Tours representative.

Hotel Pod Roza

Located between the Florianska Gate and the Main Square, in the heart of old town, Hotel Pod Roza is the oldest hotel in Krakow.

Since the 17th century it has played host to numerous international luminaries. Tsar Alexander I of Russia, Grand Duke Constantine Romanov, Persian emissary to Napoleon Mohamed Riza, Franz Liszt, Honoré de Balzac are amongt many eminent guests that stayed here. 

"Stet Domus Haec, Dones Fluctus Formica Marinos Ebibet Et Totum Testudo Perambulet Orbem"

This latin proverb egraved at the entrance of the palace, guarantees nothing will change for the centuries to come (“May this house stay here until the ant drinks all of the sea water and the turtle ends its route around the world”).


Double Rooms

Double rooms are fitted with one double bed that is 180 cm wide. Bathrooms feature a Jacuzzi bathtub or a shower. Windows overlook Świętego Tomasza street or the hotel’s inner courtyard.

Twin rooms have two separate 120 cm wide beds which cannot be joined. Bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub or a shower. The windows overlook Świętego Tomasza street or the Hotel's inner courtyard.

 

 

Single Rooms

Single rooms over look Floriańska street or Świętego Tomasz street and are equipped with wooden antique furnishings. The beds are 120 cm wide. There are showers in the bathrooms.

 

 

 

Passports and Visas

For general information regarding passport validity for UK citizens, please refer to the Foreign Office website.

A Visa is not required by UK citizens to enter Poland.
 

Foreign Office Travel Advice including Health & Safety Information

Click here for Foreign Office travel advice for Poland (for UK nationals). 

Click here for general Foreign Office travel advice.
 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a pre-requisite for participating in the Wroclaw & Kraków Tour. If you do not currently have travel insurance and would like to contact our partner travel insurance company, please click here for more details.
 

Currency

The currency of Poland is the Zloty. Click here for Foreign Office money advice.
 

Weather

Click here for the BBC's Kraków weather page.
 

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Dates & Prices

Start Date(s) Price excluding flights* Single supplement

14th July 2017

£795

£250

18th August 2017

£795

£250

15th September 2017

£795

£250

20th October 2017

£745

£250

* Please click here for more information regarding flights for this tour.

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