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Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wavel Royal Hill, one of the most important hills in Poland. This was where Polish kings and queens reigned over Poland. Your guide will tell you about the secrets of the royals and show you the most important places within the Wawel Hill.  After meeting your guide, you will pass by the most expensive hotel in Cracow, which has hosted HRH Prince Charles and President Bush. You are then going to stop by the house of Jan Długosz, the legendary Polish historian, from where you will have a magnificent view over the Wawel Hill. Then, start to go uphill, passing through the Arms Gate, and stopping by the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the most important Polish heroes. Walk past the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. Continue in the direction of the Crypt of the Silver Bells, which is the burial place for President Lech Kaczynski and his spouse. Then, head to the Austrian Hospital, from where you will be able to see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. You are then going to pass by Sandomierska Tower and go downhill through the Bernardyńska Gate, eventually leading to the cave of the Wawel Dragon. 

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Skip-the-Line Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the highlights of Krakow's history during this walking tour. Start with the top attraction in the city, the amazing Wawel Castle. First, have an opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside, where you will see its most important points like defensive walls, Wawel Dragon, Wawel Cathedral and much more. Outside, your guide will treat you to information about this place and its history. After this introduction, step inside Castle Wawel which is even more impressive than its exterior. Explore the most important parts of the castle, including the royal staterooms. In addition to many precious monuments, the castle is also full of ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, which have been preserved from the interior's original decoration. Next, follow in the footsteps of the Kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from Wawel Hill to the Old Town. Get to the Main Market Square to admire the Gothic exterior of St. Mary's Basilica. Marvel at the decorative details of the historic Cloth Hall, where traveling merchants would meet to discuss business and barter their wares. Finally, pass one of the world's oldest universities, Jagiellonian University, and go to the green oasis of Planty Park, built on the site of the medieval city walls.

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Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

3. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover Krakow and learn about the stories, anecdotes, and legends of the city from your expert guide as you visit sites including Grodzka Street and the elegant Wawel Cathedral. Head to St Florian’s Gate, one of the symbols of the city that welcomes visitors arriving in Krakow. Follow the road towards Pijarska Street, one of the most famous streets in Krakow. From here, walk directly to the heart of the city, the Main Market Square. Admire the charming Cloth Hall, Krakow’s oldest commercial center featuring beautiful renaissance architecture. Visit St. Adalbert's Church and the Town Hall Tower standing at an impressive 230 ft. See the Mariacki Square which surrounds St. Mary’s Basilica. Discover the Basilica's high altar by Veit Stossa and the star-strewn murals by Jan Matejko, covering the vaulting. Explore St. Andrew’s Church, one of the oldest churches in the city. Walk along the picturesque Kanoniczna Street which dates back to the 14th century. Gaze at the Wawel Royal Castle from the top of Wawel Hill and enjoy views of the spectacular renaissance palace. Enter the Wawel Cathedral, the most important house of worship in Poland.

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Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wawel Castle and Hill Guided Tour

4. Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wawel Castle and Hill Guided Tour

Get an excellent lesson on Wawel Castle and see inside the State Rooms with a local expert guide. Skip the line easily with fast track ticketed entrance to Wawel Castle and save 2-3 hours, leaving you to see as much as you can. Enjoy a small-group experience of no more than 15 participants as you discover Wawel Castle. First, admire the beauty of Wawel Hill and the courtyard. See the defensive walls, giant gates, and towers which served as protection for this important site. Inside the castle, visit the State Rooms which house a variety of exhibitions with historical artifacts dating back to Medieval times. Explore the elegant rooms which have hosted many important royal and political figures throughout the centuries, such as King Zygmunt III and Wladyslaw Lokietek. Discover ancient paintings, amazing furniture, and stunning tapestries as you learn about the history of the castle with your guide. One of the rooms has an extraordinary ceiling - remember to look up and see 30 sculptures of heads placed in the roof. Hear interesting stories about events which took place in these halls, as your knowledgeable licensed guide will tell you everything!

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Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

5. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this multi-stop Krakow tour. Visit the most important places in the Old Town in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Embark on a guided tour of Wawel Castel and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Have an authentic Polish lunch.  Jump aboard a heated electric golf cart and listen to your audio guide as you see Planty Park with the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. Pass through the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard, the Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle to start your guided tour. See the collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, gold, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Partake in a 2-course lunch. Head to the Salt Mine for a guided tour that includes an underground church. Experience the unique microclimate and see the Salt Mine Health Resort.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

6. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Explore Krakow and the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle and the Gothic Wawel Cathedral with your expert guide. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art, that contain the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle, Kazimierz, Wieliczka, Auschwitz

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Kazimierz, Wieliczka, Auschwitz

Visit the Wawel Royal Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Wawel Hill. Explore the castle's magnificent chambers graced with paintings from the Renaissance. See its collections of paintings, sculptures, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Walk past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Learn about the story of Oskar Schindler as you visit his former Enamel Factory, which is now turned into a museum. See the 'Krakow under Nazi occupation' exhibition to find out more about the city's history. Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, a former Nazi concentration camp established under the authority of the SS and police leaders in Krakow. The concentration camp is preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

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Krakow: Old Town by Golf Cart, Wawel, & Wieliczka Salt Mine

8. Krakow: Old Town by Golf Cart, Wawel, & Wieliczka Salt Mine

Spend the day exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this multi-stop Krakow tour, lunch included. Visit the most important places of the Old Town in a comfortable and eco-friendly golf cart vehicle, then embark on guided tours of Wawel Castel and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. During this sightseeing tour in a heated electric golf car, see the oldest of Krakow's historic area and some of the most iconic parts of this UNESCO heritage-listed city. Explore the Planty Park with the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican and drive through Main Market Square where you can spot the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. See the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard. Listen to your audio guide as you pass the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, the 13th-century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Next, take a look at the Wawel Royal Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle in all its glory and go inside to visit the symbol of Krakow and one of the most important museums in Poland. Following alongside an expert local guide, take in the museum’s collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Visit the chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August, Italian Renaissance paintings from the Lanckoronski collection, and the Wawel collections of Asian and Middle Eastern art featuring the largest collection of tents in Europe. Experience the museum's permanent exhibitions that recreate the appearance of rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. After getting to know the castle and cathedral, take a break and have a traditional Polish lunch (included). Next, go to Wieliczka, a small town 10 km from Krakow where you can find one of the largest ancient salt mines in Europe. Follow a more than 3-km-long route and see more than 20 halls, including the unique St. Kinga's Church. Explore the underground church that’s richly decorated with chandeliers, carvings, and sculptures. The depth of the mine is 340 meters and the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. The mine also features a special curative microclimate in the mine and the sanatorium at a depth of 135 m. 

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Krakow: 2-Day Tour, Wawel Hill, Jewish Heritage, Wieliczka

9. Krakow: 2-Day Tour, Wawel Hill, Jewish Heritage, Wieliczka

Spend two days exploring the best of what Krakow has to offer. Discover the history from medieval to modern with your well-informed local guide. Relax with admission covered for each historical site and travel at a leisurely pace. Start day one by visiting the Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral. Explore the chambers of the castle and discover the secrets of the royal family. Then take a 2-hour break to relax with lunch at a café in Krakow. After lunch, walk around the Main Market Square in Krakow and stop in the Rynek Underground Museum. Go four meters under the surface of the square and experience the city’s entire history from the first settlers to modern times. On day two, begin at the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district and enjoy a walk-through of the most important monuments of Jewish culture. Continue to Schindler’s Factory Museum and get a guided tour of the core exhibition. Enjoy a 2-hour lunch in a café in Krakow. Depart from the bus park at 7 Powisle Street to admire the breath-taking salt miracles in the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine. Return by bus to the bus park to end the tour.

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Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

10. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

Visit the most important places in Krakow's Old Town with a group golf cart tour. Learn about these sites with an audio guide. Tour Wawel Castle and the Market Square Underground Museum with a local guide. Have a nice 2-course meal. Hop aboard a heated golf cart and travel to the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Explore Planty Park, which has the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square where you can spot the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. See the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard. Listen to your audio guide as you pass the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, the 13th-century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Castle for a guided tour of the State Rooms and Cathedral before having a delectable Polish lunch. Go 4-meters underground to the Market Square Underground Museum and find out what the city was like in the Middle Ages.

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We have booked the tour the day before. Together with my friend we were the only attendants. Our guide Eva was very knowledgeable and was telling the history very interesting. The tour includes only visiting the hill, without entering the church or the castle itself. However I advise you to spend 1,5 hour of free time on this tour

Dominica was so sweet and friendly. She knew a lot about Krakow and helped show the group how every corner of the city has a history. I had a lot of fun on this tour, and I would recommend to anyone who wants to get familiar with the city.

The guide was able to put the sights very well into the tontex of the respective historical epoch. He concentrated on the essentials. Peter Hermanns

We had a great tour with Krzysztof. He went over and above for us to give us the full Krakow experience. Very informative and fun.

A very nice guide, kind, smiling. TERMINOWA. recommends a guided tour of Wawel