08 December 2016

 

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Krakow Sightseeing Tour
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Krakow Sightseeing Tour

Cracking day in Krakow

Krakow is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in central Europe and was chosen as the European City of Culture in 2000. The Old Town of Krakow is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List and has a unique charm, created by centuries of history and cultural wealth. With its very special climate of culture and art, this city teaches you a lesson about the history of Poland and Europe.

Krakow is a place you will keep coming back to, each time to discover new objects of startling beauty. On this tour you visit the Barbican, Florian Gate, Kazimierz, the former Jewish District, Wawel Hill, the Royal Castle, Royal Cathedral and Chambers and get to walk the Royal Route from Grodzka Street to Old Market Square, Europe's largest Medieval square. You will be joined by a guide on this minibus tour.

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Three Faces of Krakow
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Three Faces of Krakow

Get to know Krakow

When you take this tour you will learn about the history of Krakow, including the different types of architecture and cultural heritage. Nowa Huta was founded in 1949 and centered on Poland's first integrated steelworks. This is the best example of a socialist realist city and during the sightseeing you can see the Central Square, then Mogila's former village with the Cistercians Monastery.

Other places you visit on this minibus tour include the Rose Avenue, Folk Theatre and the 'Arka' Church in Bienczyce. Later you go to go to the former Jewish District of Kazimierz with its synagogues and unique atmosphere to have a coffee in one of the Jewish cafes. Next stop is the Old Town of Krakow with the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

See the great salt mine

The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Its original excavations - longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts - are located on nine levels and extend for a total of about 250 miles and illustrate all the stages of mining technology development over time.

During the tour through the mine you see underground chambers hewn out in the salt rock, statues sculpted in salt and saline lakes. You can also walk for two miles through three levels under ground. You will be taken to the salt mine by coach and a guide is with you throughout the day to tell you all you want to know about this UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

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Old Jewish District
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Old Jewish District

History and heartache

This walking tour with an English speaking guide leads you into the south-east district of Krakow known as Kazimierz, the historical centre of Jewish religious and social life. Kazimierz was originally founded as a separate town near Krakow where, since the 14th century, Jews had the right to settle. Szeroka Street is a remnant of the former market square where you visit the Old Synagogue, Isaac's Synagogue and Remuh Synagogue.

You will also visit the Podgorze quarter where a ghetto was established and the factory on Lipowa Street where Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist from Czechoslovakia, saved thousands of Jews from labour camps by employing them in this factory. His story was told in the award winning film Schindler's List. You also visit Plaszow Camp Memorial which commemorates all the victims who died in the concentration camp.

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National Park and Pieskowa Skala Castle
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National Park and Pieskowa Skala Castle

Into Jurassic Park

In the Ojcow National Park, which covers a huge area in the Valley of the Pradnik, you can see virtually all of the natural components of a Jurassic landscape. Driving along a winding road you pass breathtaking rock formations such as the Cracovian Gate and the Club of Hercules - the unbelievable limestone column, which seems to be placed upside down.

You will see the ruins of Ojcow Castle , the "little church on the water" and one of Poland's masterpieces of Renaissance palace architecture - the Pieskowa Skala Castle ( from outside). On the route along the tourist "Eagles' Nests Trail".You will also visit the three-storeyed courtyard and the castle which houses a branch of the Wawel State Art Collection. The tour ends in Krakow centre.


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Krakow By Day or Night Walking Tour
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Krakow By Day or Night Walking Tour

It's all right at night

This tour leads you through the most charming places in Old City of Krakow . . . and you can take it by day or night. Along the way you get to visit places in the centre of the city and the Jewish district which are normally inaccessible for tourists making this a must do journey for visitors who want to do more than just scratch the surface of this unique city.

Get to know why jazz was prohibited in Poland and which among the vodkas is an aphrodisiac. See the most beautiful panoramic view over Krakow and follow the footsteps of famous people. If you want to carry on after the tour has finished, and party the night away, then your guide will reccommend the best night spots in Krakow. After dark there are mystery shows and lots of unusual events in the city.

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Zakopane and Tatry Mountains
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Zakopane and Tatry Mountains

Mountains and culture

Zakopane is a town in southern Poland situated in the Lesser Poland Province and on this tour you find out all about the Goral culture in a town informally known as "the winter capital of Poland. You travel to the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains which is the most important Polish centre of mountaineering and skiing and is visited annually by some three million tourists.

Zakopane has lots of monuments and old wooden structures built in a unique regional style. During this guided tour you discover the marvellous landscape of the Tatry mountains, learn about local folklore, see wooden houses in Chocholow and sample tasty local specialties. Stop at the Tatra's Museum followed by a ride on a funicular railway up the Gubalowka Mountain.

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Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour
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Czestochowa Black Madonna Tour

The mysterious Madonna

On this tour you explore Czestochowa - the spiritual and religious capital of Poland and visit the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki. At Czestochowa you have a tour around the Pauline's Monastery on a hill called Jasna Gora which houses the famous and mysterious painting of the Black Madonna, which is believed to have miraculous powers.

Dating back to 14th century, Jasna Gora Monastery gained its reputation for Poles as the place of the Swedish siege in the 17th century. Lagiewniki is a district of Krakow famous thanks to Saint Sister Faustina, an apostle of the Divine Mercy. Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska promulgated the worship of God's Charity at the shrine of Divine Mercy and pilgrims come from all over Europe to pray here.

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Jewish Krakow - Small Group Adventure
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Jewish Krakow - Small Group Adventure

In the steps of Schindler

Experience another side of Poland on this informative walking tour through the streets of Krakow. Join a local guide and get acquainted with the Jewish faith and culture while discovering historic cemeteries, synagogues and famous film locations along the way. With the chance to pick up some local lingo and try traditional Polish fare, this urban adventure delivers doses of history, spirituality, culture and cuisine.

On this tour you walk through the historical district of Kazimierz and see where Steven Spielberg filmed the Oscar winning movie Schindler's List. Tuck into a 'zapiekanka', a traditional Polish sandwich and see so many of Krakow's famous sights. The fascinating journey ends at Oskar Schindler's factory, the place where more than 1,000 Jewish lives were saved decades ago.

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Tour to the KL Auschwitz and Birkenau
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Tour to the KL Auschwitz and Birkenau

Horrors of the death camps

This tour is one of the most moving and memorable you will ever take. The KL Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum was established by the Polish Government in 1947 on the site on the largest Nazi concentration camp, which was set up in 1940 for prisoners from Poland and from 1942 it became one of the biggest extermination camps for the European Jews.

In recognition of its historical significance and as a memorial to all who suffered and died there, the museum was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tour includes visiting Auschwitz I, which was the original camp, serving as the administrative centre for the whole complex and Auschwitz II - Birkenau, which was designed strictly as a concentration camp.

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