Excursions in Krakow
Experience Stalin's gift to Krakow in a genuine Eastern Bloc Trabant automobile. Come with us and discover the centrally-planned district of Nowa Huta, complete with steelworks and houses built in the Soviet Renaissance style.
This unique project was meant to be a model Communist city, but later came to be one of the centres of revolution and resistance within Poland. During our tour, you will travel back in time in a genuine Trabant automobile to experience the wonders of this unique city. Not only will you discover how the average Pole lived, worked and played under Communism, but stories and anecdotes from your laid-back local guide will bring the "good old days" back to life! You will be picked up from your hotel in a Vintage Trabant automobile at 09:00 and taken to the Nowa Huta district where we will visit the Central Square housing estate, the steelworks and the Lord's Ark Church built to resemble Noah's Ark. Then after refreshments in a Communist era milk bar you'll be invited for a shot of vodka with pickles as you watch a propaganda movie in a 1970s apartment. On our way back you can even try your hand at driving the Trabant yourself before returning to your hotel at 13:00.
Please note that vintage Trabbies sometimes break down (all part of the experience). Should this be the case we will continue in a new car or by taxi? Also remember your guide is not a historian. He's your laid-back driver and friend showing you Krakow through his eyes.
Visit PolandÂ´s spiritual heart on a tour to the town of Czestochowa. 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 the 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-Czestochowa Uplands. This allows us to visit the only remaining castle of the so called Eagle Nest Trail at Pieskowa Skala.
Discover the most spectacular gorge of Europe, the Dunajec River Gorge. This undoubtedly one of the Poland's prime tourist attractions gives a chance to admire some of the most amazing scenery of the Polish highlands.
Kazimierz used to be a separate town close to medieval city of Krakow. It was mostly populated by Jewish community. Throughout years it became Krakow's district, but the abundance of markets, synagogues and kirkuts (Jewish cemeteries) shaped character of this part of town. As Kazimierz depicts the history of Polish Jews, some shots of Steven Spielberg Schindler's List were captured here. During this tour you will discover this charming part of Krakow with its monuments and complex history.
The tour gives you the chance to follow the footsteps of the man who was to become one of the greatest Popes and human beings in history. Our 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 Wojtyla 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 Lagiewniki. 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 Wojtyla lived while working as a lecturer of theology. Finally, we visit the Archbishop's Palace which is Wojtyla'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.
Visit the historical centre for PolandÂ´s Jews on a tour of Kazimierz, the district where "SchindlerÂ´s List" was filmed. 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 SchindlerÂ´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 Plaszów.
We invite you to follow the route that will take you where the scent of ancient logs, inside a church or a cottage, will help you find the spirit and serenity of the past. "Kazimierz the Great received a Poland made of wood but gave it back built of stone" - as the saying goes. However, as it was the case in towns mostly, in most rural areas local carpenters continued to build of wood. This seemingly inferior material was cheaper, more available and enabled people to be self-reliant. As a result wooden architecture still prevailed in the countryside where buildings were erected in perfect harmony with the landscape. The unmatched number of preserved objects in Ma'opolska lead to the creation of The Wooden Architecture Route which stretches for about 1500 km comprising over 200 churches, belfries, granaries, cottages and manor houses. The trip takes you to the most attractive places which are within a relatively short distance from Krakow and also gives you a chance to see the countryside off the main tourist routes.
See yourself where the atrocities of the Nazi's "Final Solution" were carried out with a tour to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. 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 Oswiecim. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum (funded 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 Oswiecim (KL Auschwitz I) and Brzezinka (KL Auschwitz II Birkenau). You will also watch the documentary on the history of the KL Auschwitz concentration and death camp.
Travel to Zakopane, a mountain resort nestled at the foot of the Tatra mountains and boasting breathtaking views of PolandÂ´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 Gubalówka 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 and 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 Chocholów (famous for its 150-year-old wooden log cabins and a serene atmosphere).
Discover the taste of Jewish cuisine and the charm of klezmer music. We 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. Ariel is a three-in-one establishment housing a restaurant, a café and a gallery, all with delightful ambience. The restaurantÂ´s culinary delights feature splendid traditional dishes including various roasts. Moreover, Jewish music concerts and performances are held here every night.
Travel back in time and feast like an aristocrat from the period Poles still affectionately refer to as the Republic of Nobles. This was the era when Poland was one of the biggest countries in Europe and when everyone was a noble. Join for a sumptuous evening of delicious food and nostalgic folk music that will linger long in the memory.
Pieniny is the mountain range situated in southern Poland and northern Slovakia. Characterised by a variety of limestone, picturesque buildings, vertical white rocky walls along the Dunajec River with the highest peak of Three Crowns (982 m). The most beautiful part of the mountain range, with a unique landscape and many natural features, is protected by the Pieniny National Park. The main attraction of this region is the rafting down the Dunajec River and a visit to the Niedzica castle. Finally, transfer back to Krakow.
Enjoy a classical massage in your accommodation, the intensity of which can be healing, relaxing and stimulating. Our mission is to make a positive impact on the body and spirit of anyone staying in a hotel, whether on holidays or on a business trip, and is looking for beneficial yet pleasant rest
Join us for a walking tour of Kazimierz, the former Jewish district of Krakow and now a vibrant and funky artistic district of the city. Then continue across Vistula River to the former ghetto area in Podgórze and finish this emotional morning by the factory where Oskar Schindlers Jews worked.
Discover the beautiful, historic, and culture-packed city of Krakow on a bus and walking tour. You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz to explore the area witch 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 the 14th-century cathedral witch hosted almost all coronations and funerals of the Polish monarchy. Having descended the hill we strong along Kanonizca and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College), the oldest building of the Academia of Cracovensis. After visiting the perfect place of 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 witch 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.
All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim (Auschwitz in German) which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. A visit to concentration and extermination camp museum might help you to comprehend what incomprehensible. Transfer back to Krakow.
Czestochowa is known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora that is the home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine of the Virgin Mary. She is the Queen of Poland that the whole nation and country was entrusted to. This spiritual capital of Poland every year attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. During your trip you could visit: the Basilica with Black Madonna Shrine, the exhibition devoted to the 600-years of the Monastery, the Armoury Room and the Treasury Room. Transfer back to Krakow.
Krakow is a city of silent living stones that have witnessed centuries of scary, bloody and brutal history. The stones have borne silent witness now we uncover their stories. See the citys hidden secrets unearthed in a spine-tingling evening stroll along and among abandoned attractions.
Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland with Old Town listed as UNESCO Heritage. During the tour you will see Barbican and defensive walls with Florian's Gate, the Main Market Square with Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St Mary's Church and Town Hall Tower. We will proceed to the Jagiellonian University; pass by Archbishop Palace (where John Paul II used to live) as well as St Andrew's Church and SS Peter and Paul's Church to reach the Wawel Hill.
Pieskowa Skala is a renaissance castle, part of Eagles Nest fortification system. It is situated in a rocky complex of Jura Krakowsko - Czestochowska, on the top of a limestone hill in Ojcowski National Park. During this trip you would have a chance to visit a beautiful, ancient castle of Pieskowa Skala as well as the ruins of Ojcow castle overlooking the village. The tour ends with the transfer back to Krakow.
The Tatra Mountain is a beautiful section of the Carpathian mountain range and the only one of Alpine character in central Europe. The whole Polish Tatras area constitutes the Tatra National Park (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). During this tour you would walk through the Chocholowska Valley, take a trip by the cable and ground railway to Gubalowka Mountain and have a chance to stroll around streets of Zakopane, a town that is the heart of this tourist region. The tour ends with the transfer back to Krakow.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (UNESCO Heritage) is the monastery complex of the Franciscans-Bernardines. The exceptional cultural monument conducted in natural scenery has attracted thousands of pilgrims from the very beginning. During this trip you would visit the monastery complex with the early baroque church and dozens of chapels spread around in a beautiful countryside scenery. We will also visit Wadowice, the Pope John Paul II birthplace, with the basilica. The tour ends with the transfer back to Krakow.
Transfer from Krakow to Wieliczka the most beautiful and the oldest operating salt mine in the world (UNESCO Heritage). From over 700 years it was a source of Polish fortune and a physical fundament of culture. Today Wieliczka is the most willingly visited Polish tourist object with magnificent chapels, charming underground lakes and original tools and equipment. During this tour you could see a number of excavated chambers on 3 levels adorned with beautiful sculptures made of salt as well as a salt museum. Transfer back to Krakow.
The Trail of the EaglesÂ´ Nests is one of the most beautiful tours in Poland. You will discover castles and legends as well as breathtaking landscapes and hear fascinating stories about these former royal palaces. The tour includes a visit to Ojców Castle, which stands sentry over the Prdnik Valley, the renaissance castle in Pieskowa Skala and Ogrodzieniec, the largest castle in Polish Jura mountains, which according to legend is haunted by ghosts.
Be ready to be amazed at the devotion and superstition that drove miners to carve figures, monuments and altarpieces into the walls of an 800-year-old salt mine. As you walk down 360 steps into the salt mine, you get the impression of entering a vast underground city, full 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 the walls, hundreds of meters below t
Cycle through Krakow like locals do and discover the citys top highlights as well as off-the-beaten track places. Explore parks, Vistula river boulevards and quirky areas you would never find on your own. This active tour is a pure pleasure for all ages.