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Krakow: Chopin Piano Recital at Chopin Concert Hall

Krakow: Chopin Piano Recital at Chopin Concert Hall

Indulge your ears with the sounds of Chopin’s piano music, and experience one of the most important elements of culture. Appreciate the genius of Poland’s best-known composer in the unique atmosphere of Krakow's Market Square. Attend a special concert dedicated to Frederic Chopin, an icon of Polish and European music and a piano virtuoso in his own right, and listen to his most famous piano pieces performed by talented young pianists. Concerts are held in the Chopin Concert Hall, decorated with Gothic architectural elements. Listen to nocturnes, mazurkas, and polonaises, in which Chopin expressed his feeling of longing for his homeland. The combination of atmospheric interior and excellent music will provide an unforgettable experience, and not just for music aficionados.

Krakow: City Sightseeing Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Krakow: City Sightseeing Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way around borders of the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the former Jewish ghetto walls and Ghetto Heroes Square before ending your tour outside Schindler's Factory Museum. If you wish, visit the museum on your own (ticket not included) and make your way back alone. Otherwise, admire the outside of the museum and return to your starting point with your guide.

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

Krakow: Rynek Underground Museum Guided Tour

Be guided on a 2-hour tour of the Rynek Underground, a unique museum situated below the main market square of the city. Explore medieval constructions in this unique archeological reserve, covering nearly 43,000 square feet. Meet your guide at the entrance to the museum, and start your discovery of the past. Learn about the city’s treasures on display while your guide narrates the turbulent history of Medieval Krakow. See reconstructions of 11th-century burials presented in the exhibition. Uncover secrets of the hidden underground with the help of touchscreens, holograms, projections, and documentary films. See Krakow from a whole new perspective.

Krakow: City Pass with Access to 40 Museums and Attractions

Krakow: City Pass with Access to 40 Museums and Attractions

Explore Krakow at your own pace and according to your own personal interests with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day City Card. Get access to 40 museums and monuments. Learn more about World War II hero Oscar Schindler at the Oscar Schindler Factory. Visit the Eagle Pharmacy in the former ghetto, and learn how the Holocaust impacted Krakow’s Jews. Go to the Main Market Square Underground Museum and encounter vampires. A full list of museums will be attached to your City Pass, and to make getting from sight to sight easier, you can choose a card with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day or night. The museums included in the City Pass include: "1. Schindlers Factory 2. Main Market Square Underground 3. Polish Aviation Museum 4. The Princes Czartoryski Museum (Lady with Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci) 5. City Defence Walls Krakow 6. Archaeological Museum (Main building) 7. Archaeological Museum (Underground of the Church of Saint Adalbert) 8. Archaeological Museum (Nowa Huta Branice) 9. The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum 10. The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art in the Sukiennice 11. The Stanisław Wyspiański Museum 12. The Zwierzyniec House 13. The Jozef Mehoffer House 14. St. Adalberts Church Underground 15. History of Photography Museum 16. Centre for documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka, Archives. Office 17. The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace 18. The Old Synagogue 19. The Archdiocese Museum 20. The Szołayski House 21. The Hipolit House 22. The Main Building of the National Museum 23. Regional Rydel`s Museum of Polish Modernism Rydlowka 24. The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum 25. Pomorska Street 26. Celestat 27. MOCAK 28. Town Hall Tower 29. Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice 30. Galicja Jewish Museum 31. The Barbican 32. The Eagle Pharmacy 33. The Krzysztofory Palace 34. Museum of the Home Army dedicated Gen Emil Fieldorf Nil 35. The Jan Matejko House 36. Nowa Huta Museum 37. Legends of Cracow 38. Kościuszko Mound"

Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

Experience the ultimate introduction to Krakow with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town. Start your tour in the heart of the city in front of St. Mary's Basilica. Your guide will have an orange umbrella, so you will find him easily on the meeting point. Feel like you've stepped back in time as you stroll amongst the medieval architecture in the Main Market Square, the largest mediaeval market square in Europe. Your professional guide will take you to the top sights of Krakow and inform you of its dramatic history. They will also provide you with insider knowledge of what to visit, see and eat while you're in this beautiful city. You'll end your tour at Wawel Castle, the impressive royal residence of Polish kings.

Warsaw: Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train with Pickup

Warsaw: Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train with Pickup

Following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, get transferred to the train station with a private vehicle. Your English-speaking driver will assist you with the check-in and wait until you are boarded for the train to Krakow. After a short train ride, you will be welcomed by a local English-speaking driver and start your tour via shared transportation to Auschwitz. Embark on a 3.5-hour guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Start the tour with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp where you'll learn about how its establishment by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz continue the tour to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. Between 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Around 90% of them were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5-hour journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town, visit Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican, and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall. Absorb the city's unique atmosphere with its thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip, there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. After your time in Krakow board the train at about 8.30 PM, get picked up at the platform and be transferred from the train station back to your hotel in Warsaw.

Krakow: City Tour of 3 Districts by Electric Car

Krakow: City Tour of 3 Districts by Electric Car

Kraków's Old Town is the historical and central district of Kraków, and is one of the most famous old districts in Poland. The district features the centrally located Rynek Główny (Main Square), which is the largest medieval town square of any European city. There is a number of historic landmarks in its vicinity, such as the St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki), the Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's), and the Church of St. Barbara, as well as other national treasures. At the center of the plaza and surrounded by kamienice (row houses) and noble residences, stands the Renaissance cloth hall Sukiennice. Kazimierz is the district south of the Old Town and was the center of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years before being systematically destroyed during World War II. It was rediscovered in the 1990s thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure gained from the lens of Steven Spielberg. This has caused Kazimierz to rebound, and it is today Kraków’s most exciting district. It is a bustling, bohemian neighborhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes, and art galleries. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, which has led to the return of contemporary Jewish culture in the area. Podgórze was the site of the city’s greatest human tragedy. The Nazis saw its natural placement between the river and the cliffs of Krzemionki as the ideal place for establishing a prison district, and in March of 1941, Kraków’s Jewish population was marched into the center of Podgórze and walled off in what became known as the Kraków Ghetto. Liquidated two years later, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered inside, while others met death in the nearby Płaszów concentration camp or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Bełżec.

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 3.5 to 4 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square.  In the summer you can choose between the morning 4h tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz - Jewish District and Podgórze - the WWII Ghetto and the evening 2h tour of the Old Town and Kazimierz - Jewish District

Krakow: Old Town Guided Segway Tour

Krakow: Old Town Guided Segway Tour

Embark on a guided segway tour of Kraków and learn about its golden age. Learn about its role as a major city on the trade path from the far east and its importance as a hub of Polish culture and history as you pass sites such as the Barbican armory, St. Mary’s Church, and Wawel Castle. Use your Segway to see the Barbican armory, the original leftovers of a big defensive wall that used to surround the whole city. Learn about the mysteries of the Main Square and the dungeons beneath it and complete it with immortal legends and stories. Take a minute to admire the 700-year old architecture of St. Mary’s Church and the enormity of the Royal Wawel Castle. Continue along the Wisła riverside to take some great pictures with the legendary, fire-spitting Wawel dragon before ending your fun and informative tour.

Kraków: Old Town & Wawel Castle Walking Tour

Kraków: Old Town & Wawel Castle Walking Tour

Welcome to the heart of Krakow, where history, culture, and beauty intertwine. The Old Town that survived the Second World War pulsates with the ambiance of the days when it used to be the capital of Europe’s largest country. Join us for a tour of a city that hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages to find out why it was included on the first-ever UNESCO Heritage List! Explore the Royal Route: As you follow the Royal Route, you'll pass by breathtaking landmarks, including the magnificent Wawel Castle, the awe-inspiring St. Mary's Basilica, and the bustling Main Market Square. Each site holds a piece of the city's story, and our expert guides will bring those stories to life, adding the precious context of the history and culture of Poland. Cultural Hub: Krakow's Old Town has long been a cultural hub, hosting artists, scholars, and leaders from across Europe. We will show you where to look to find traces of the city in its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries, when Copernicus himself walked these streets. A UNESCO World Heritage Gem: The Old Town & the Wawel Castle are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and for a good reason. Its charming streets, stunning architecture, and rich history make it one of Europe's most well-preserved and cherished destinations. A Unique Experience: What makes our Old Town tour truly exceptional is the depth of insight you'll gain. We don't just show you the sights; we provide context, stories, and a genuine understanding of this extraordinary place. On this 2h 30 minutes’ FREE Walkative! TOUR you will see: - medieval city walls and the Barbican - Main Market Square with the Cloth Hall - St Mary’s church with its famous trumpeter - Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the oldest university in central-eastern Europe - Archbishop Palace and John Paul II “papal window” - Wawel Hill with the Cathedral and Castle’s courtyard - Wawel Dragon - and much more…!

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I’d thoroughly recommend doing this trip. We were picked from our hotel and then left Warsaw at 6.40. We arrived in Krakow at 9 and were met by the driver who took as a short drive to the old town where we had an hour to walk and have a drink. The journey to Auschwitz by car was around 80 minutes but was very comfortable. The tour itself was very professionally done and the chance to visit the museum and site of the camps is worth it. After the tour we were driven back to old town Krakow where we had 2 hours before we took the train home. We were then met on the platform and driven straight back to our hotel. The museum was a real experience and probably something you’d only ever do once, what made it a real experience was the seamless transfers, god quality transport and the amount of time to enjoy Krakow old town itself. For the money, it’s an excellent deal.

Emotional trip but one that is a must, tour guides really help paint the terrible picture that these people went through. Our transport guide was amazing so friendly and the ease of finding everything was great.

Tour was great fun with a wide variety of vodkas tried and a number of snacks provided. Guide (Maja) was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend

Mateusz is a great guide. I found his stories about Krakow very interesting. Thank you very much

Magda is a phenomenal guide and storyteller. Highly recommend!