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Krakow

Awe-inspiring history, great landmarks, and impressive landscapes await at Poland’s culture capital.

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  • Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

    1. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

    Discover some of Poland’s most iconic landmarks on this day trip from Krakow. Meet your guide in Krakow then set off on your full-day adventure. First, head to the historic Wawel Castle and admire its impressive architecture while learning about the many royals who lived there. Wander through the castle’s chambers and discover the secrets of the Polish kings and queens who graced these halls.  Stop by Wawel Cathedral next, then enjoy a traditional Polish lunch to get a taste of local cuisine. After lunch, travel to Wieliczka, a small town home to an ancient salt mine that dates back over 700 years. Journey 340 meters below ground to reach the mine, then explore its array of halls and caves. As you wander around this UNESCO-listed location, marvel at the fascinating carved interior and learn about the salt mine’s past. By the end of the day, you’ll have visited three of Poland’s most f...

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup

    2. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup

    Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip transfer from your Krakow hotel. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a b...

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

    3. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

    Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip bus transfer from Krakow. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of t...

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Private Transfer

    4. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Private Transfer

    Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and a private roundtrip transfer from your Krakow hotel. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterwar...

  • From Krakow: Guided Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau with Pickup

    5. From Krakow: Guided Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau with Pickup

    Learn about the history and gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps on a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow.

    An English-speaking driver will pick you up from a pre-arranged meeting point in Krakow and transfer you in a comfortable vehicle. Upon arrival at the Auschwitz Museum, a local guide or a booklet in your chosen language will be provided, depending on the option booked.

    Visit both Auschwitz and Birkenau and acquire a sense of the symbolically important place of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes. You will visit the remaining prison blocks, gas chambers, and crematoria buildings, as well as seeing the remains of the railway ramp in Birkenau.

    The guided tour of Auschwitz will take between 1 hour and 20 minutes and 1 hour and 45 minutes. There will be a 10-minute break for lunch after which you will be transported to ...

    This is a must do tour. The coach picked us up at a near by location (4 minute walk away) as pick up was not possible at our hotel. There was a tour guide on the coach, they explained what was going to happen. We had 3 small breaks, during the tour, where there were toilets and refreshments. The tour itself was excellent, very informative & emotional. The guide explained in detail what atrocities happened in each area. Something we were unaware of - everyone got off at one stop regardless of pick up. Our hotel was a 30 minute walk away. Luckily we had a small amount of charge on our phone so could follow google maps to get back.

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

    6. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

    Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip bus transfer from Krakow. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of t...

  • From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip with Pickup

    7. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip with Pickup

    Enjoy a hotel pickup and roundtrip transportation from Krakow to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine and take an in-depth guided tour through the stunning 13th century UNESCO-listed site. Witness beautiful chambers carved in salt on a 3 km underground route. After your hotel pickup in Krakow, enjoy a shared transfer ride to the nearby town of Wieliczka. Prearranged tickets will be waiting for you at the salt mine along with a local guide. Start the tour inside the salt mine by walking down long sets of steps, taking you 135 meters underground and through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. See underground lakes, 4 chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Experience a unique place to visit and a must-see during your stay in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, take a lift from the underground back up to the main ground level. Your driver will then drive yo...

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Trip with Pickup - Non-Refundable

    8. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Trip with Pickup - Non-Refundable

    Follow a licensed guide on a poignant tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. After, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and take a guided underground tour and witness beautiful chambers carved in salt. Enjoy a hotel pickup service on this unique combined tour experience from Krakow. Get picked up from your hotel and travel to the Auschwitz I Museum to begin your walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. After a lunch break, drive to the nearby town of Wieliczka to visit...

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip

    9. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip

    Follow a licensed guide on a poignant tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. After, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and take a guided underground tour and witness beautiful chambers carved in salt. Benefit from roundtrip transfer services on this unique combined tour experience from Krakow. Arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. After a lunch break, drive to the nearby town of Wieliczka to visit its famous salt min...

  • From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

    10. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

    Follow a licensed guide on a poignant tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. After, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and take a guided underground tour and witness beautiful chambers carved in salt. Benefit from roundtrip transfer services on this unique combined tour experience from Krakow. Arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. After a lunch break, drive to the nearby town of Wieliczka to visit its famous salt mine...

Frequently asked questions about Krakow

What top attractions are a must-see in Krakow?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Krakow offers plenty to see and do, with some extremely appealing day trip options beyond its borders. Book your stay for at least 4 or 5 days.

  • Where to stay?

    If you're only in town for a couple of days, booking a hotel in the Old Town or nearby Kazimierz will place you conveniently by Krakow's main sights. However, for visitors looking to keep their distance from the tourist district, Zwierzyniec might be the best place to stay. It's certainly the greenest!

  • How much money to bring?

    Krakow is not expensive. Even if you only ate in the Old Town you could do all meals and drinks for as little as $30-40 a day. Match that amount for tours and attraction tickets (more for day trips). It's worth checking to see if you'll get a better exchange rate on your currency there, rather than before you leave. Also, don't be persuaded to start a tab in any bars you're not familiar with and check prices first!

Good to know

  • Language
    Polish
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +48
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when temperatures are mild and tourist crowds are at a minimum!

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What people are saying about Krakow

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 78,212 reviews

My guide was very knowledgeable and, more importantly, very eager to share his knowledge. I learned a lot and got to visit some very interesting sites. I loved seeing the abandoned steelworks building and the bunker. Very creepy and atmospheric! This was a great tour and I highly recommend. (Also you get to ride around in a classic Polish Fiat car which will get you lots of attention from passerby—very funny!)

Timely and efficient transportation to the camps where they then set us up with a guide associated with the Auschwitz-Birkenau sites. We were helped along every step of the way and it was a very efficient process. I highly recommend using this service.

Great communication!!! Guides were friendly and knowledgeable!! They made it stress free and easy to navigate. Highly recommend using them.

Excellent driver . Very friendly . Polite and helpful . Punctual also

Uplifting to the soul. The mood and ambience was brilliant.