Spirit Of Krakow
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW19358
- Travel Type: Air
4 nights. March 2019 - November 2019. From £469.00.
The treasures and preserved medieval glories of Poland's former Royal capital
One of a handful of major Central European cities to have survived the centuries unscathed, Krakow, former Archbishopric of Pope John-Paul II, and a colourful university seat humming with modern life and post-Communist enthusiasm, is one of Europe's must-see 'new' destinations. Our escorted break lifts the veil on this great visual masterpiece whose UNESCO-listed architectural treasures rival any found across the continent, and also pays a respectful visit to the preserved remains of infamous Aushwitz-Birkenau.
Vibrant Krakow is not a museum piece, but a bustling, lived-in city. It's especially lively in the evening, when it offers an ever-widening choice of eateries, from traditional Polish, Russian, German, Lithuanian and Jewish to some of the latest 'foodie' fads and fashions.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsStay in the heart of Krakow
Enjoy a guided tour of Poland's stunning former Royal capital
Discover the great medieval square of Rynek Glowny
Wander the market stalls and galleries of the Sukkennice Cloth Hall
Don't miss the stunning Mariacki church
Take in Wawel Castle and its stunning riverside views
The historic Kazimierz district
Enjoy Krakow's vibrant cafe culture
Visit poignant, sobering Auschwitz-Birkenau
Four nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a centrally located hotel
Return flights to Krakow
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Krakow, meet your tour manager and transfer into the heart of the city and your hotel. Time permitting, take your first look at the city, or head for a cafe or local beer cellar. Our tour manager will be on hand to point you in the right direction, and to make dinner suggestions.
Day TwoOur included guided, mainly walking tour of the city, in the company of our friendly guide, will bring to life this seat of Polish kings and former home to much loved Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who was destined to become John Paul II. The focal point of Stare Miasto, Krakow's mesmerising medieval heart , is the great square of Rynek Glowny, medieval Europe's largest such space, surrounded by buildings of breathtaking beauty, churches with towers and intricate spires, and at its centre the vast Sukkennice or Cloth Hall, which today serves as a covered market, its upper floor a fascinating art gallery, and its ground floor cafes perfect places in which to rest awhile. Close by, the Mariacki Church is one of Poland's finest buildings, and both north and west of here the medieval and Renaissance splendour continues, with the University district especially appealing.
Following the tour, continue your exploration. Perhaps the opulent State Rooms of Wawel Castle might draw you away from the stunning views of the River Vistula. Don't miss the stunning wooden altarpiece of the Mariacki church, or the art treasures of the Czartoryski Palace, close to Florianska Gate and the three-metre thick defensive walls of the Barbakan fort, at the northernmost point of the Old Town. South of Wawel Hill lies the Kazimierz district, historic centre of Jewish culture until the events of 1941, which forced the population into the ghetto across the river, a temporary home before the tragic final journey to Auschwitz‑Birkenau. The rest of the day and evening are free.
Day ThreeToday we have included an excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau, some 70km southwest of the city. This harrowing and thought-provoking pilgrimage will provide a very real insight into the events of the Final Solution, as you tour the buildings of the camp, many left as they were discovered in 1944. You'll return to the city, perhaps to explore the Kazimierz quarter, or to visit the poignant 'Pharmacy under the Eagle' museum, across the river in the Podgorze district, the cramped, post 1941 ghetto. This evening, dine in the city once again.
Day FourToday is free to discover more of the city's sights, perhaps to return to a place of interest, or to look for souvenirs of your visit, although many will wish to join the optional excursion, making the short journey to the astonishing salt mine at Wieliczka, a UNESCO-listed monument that was first excavated a thousand years ago, and whose vast underground chambers, which while no longer functioning as a mine, remain one of Poland's most fascinating attractions, with subterranean walkways leading past some remarkable natural and man-made wonders, including a full-sized chapel carved out of the salt and, at the very lowest level, a stupendous working concert hall. A museum of mining gives an in-depth impression of what life was like for the miners, and the visit ends with the subterranean gift shop and cafe, before you are returned to the surface by lift. Spend a final evening in Krakow, reliving the excitement of the last few days.
Day FiveDependent upon your flight time, catch a final glimpse of the majestic city, before transferring to the airport for the return flight to the UK. Back to top
AccommodationNovotel Krakow City West
This comfortable hotel offers modern accommodation in a quiet area of Krakow. The city centre is easy to access on the local bus service, which leaves from just outside the hotel. Alternatively, it's a pleasant 30-45 minute walk to central sites such as Wavel Castle and Rynek Glowny (the main square).
The hotel's facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a restaurant offering Polish and international cuisine, and a lounge bar.
The guest rooms are spacious and modern, and each has satellite TV, a mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and Wi-Fi access.Hotel Logos
Centrally located in the heart of Krakow, this hotel is just a short stroll from the famous old town square, and is close to a good selection of bars and restaurants.
The hotel has a traditional cellar restaurant where breakfast and evening meals are served.
All of the bedrooms have satellite TV, mini-bars, telephones and Wi-Fi.Q Hotel, Krakow
The Q Hotel offers modern, comfortable accommodation in the Bronowice district. The city centre is easily accessibly by local bus, while Wavel Castle and Rynek Glowny (the city's main square) are a 45- to 60-minute walk away.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top