Krakow: UNESCO Salt Mine and Rural Poland Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
The Bochnia Salt Mine Tour is available everyday, regardless of the weather, with hotel pickup available from every hotel in Krakow. Transportation to and from the salt mine will be arranged in minivans with an English-speaking driver. The salt mine in Bochnia is one of the oldest salt mines in Poland, and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Temperatures underground are around 14-16 degrees Celsius, and throughout your sightseeing tour you will be able to navigate the underground by boat. You will have a total of 5-6 hours for your cave visit, and at the conclusion of your experience your driver will be waiting for you to return you back to Krakow.
The history of salt extraction in the Bochnia region dates back to 3,500 years B.C. Salt was acquired by evaporating water from brine. The Bochnia mine was opened in 1248 and it became a royal facility generating lots of income. Until now, the mine has been the greatest treasure of the region and due to its salt deposits, it has become one of the most important economic facilities. Bochnia is also listed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The trip from Krakow to Bochnia takes around 1-hour. Once you get there, you will have a short toilet break and get ready to go underground with your tour guide in your chosen language. During your guided tour, you will have the chance to visit the most beautiful excavation level. The tourist route is composed of the most breathtaking chambers and galleries with unique shapes and geological structures, including the most famous Mys...
After transferring from Krakow to Bochnia, you will experience the oldest salt mine in Poland. Complete with a beautiful underground chapel, you will explore the mine with your friendly English-speaking tour guid. The mine features 300 kilometers of galleries which are filled with works of art and statues sculpted into salt. The mine itself was added to the UNESCO Heritage List back in 2013. Later, you will transfer to Tarnow, a charming little city with an originally preserved Old Town which dates back to the 18th century. The final stop on your tour will be to Zalipie, a true pearl of rural Poland. Here you will discover picturesque little houses painted in flowery patterns, and visiting this small village will truly make you feel as if you have traveled through time. At the conclusion of your tour, you will transfer back to Krakow.
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