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Kraków: Evening or Night River Cruise

1. Kraków: Evening or Night River Cruise

Feast your eyes on the visual delights of Krakow, from the majestic Wawel Castle to the historic Zwierzyniec and Kazimierz districts. Hop onto a Vistula River cruise, one of the best ways to discover all that Krakow has to offer. Begin the cruise at the foot of Wawel Castle then glide along the picturesque boulevards first in the direction of Podgórze and Kazimierz districts. Pass by well-known sights like Church on the Rock, Mangha Museum, Bernatka Footbridge, Cricoteka, picturesque bridges, towards Dabie district. Journey along the river that flows through the heart of Krakow, which happens to be home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Poland. Have the chance to see the city's primary attractions and immerse yourself in the spirit of Krakow thanks to the comfortable pace of the tour.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

2. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

Admire the Wawel Royal Castle and see other monuments from the Vistula River, Krakow's historic waterway. Listen to the audio commentary as you sit back and relax, enjoying the comfort of a traditional yet modern vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of Krakow's landmarks. Witness the charms of Krakow’s districts, such as Saltwator and Kazimierz, and see such sights as the Dębnicki Bridge, "Church on the Rock," and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

3. Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

Sail on the Vistula River and enjoy an evening of sophistication in the royal city. Experience the breathtaking views by night, marvelous city lights, and the unique atmosphere that the river has to offer. Choose to include a glass of wine to enjoy during the cruise. The tour starts near the Wawel Castle, then continues upstream to the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters and the home of Pope Jean Paul II. Further on, the boat takes a route downriver, passing by the historical Wawel Castle and the Church on the Rock, then revealing the beauty of the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts with its distinctive bridges. The cruise finishes back at Kapitan Victor's mooring.

Krakow: 1-Hour Evening Vistula River Cruise

4. Krakow: 1-Hour Evening Vistula River Cruise

After registering your ticket at the kiosk, meet your crew whom you with travel with throughout your cruise down the Vistula River. The royal city of Krakow is full of interesting and entertaining places, many of which you pass throughout this experience. Sail past picturesque landscapes including Wawel Castle, the Dębnicki Bridge, the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters, the junction where the Rudawa River flows into Vistula, the Dębniki district, and the John Paul II Family Home. You later encounter the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, various other bridges, the Cricoteka Museum, the Kazimierz district, and the Church on the Rock. This cruise is the perfect way to relax and take some rest, accompanied by the sound of the waves lapping up against the side of the boat. At the conclusion of your experience, your boat returns you to your tour starting location.

Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

5. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

See all that magnificent things with an expert local guide. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, becoming one of the most important museums in Poland since 1930. 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 also the Wawel collections of Eastern art 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.

Krakow: Vistula River Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Guide

6. Krakow: Vistula River Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Guide

During this one-hour boat cruise on the Vistula River in Krakow, travelers can experience the city's rich culture and history while enjoying stunning views of its landmarks and skyline. The cruise begins at the dock, where passengers board the boat and embark on a scenic journey down the river. The first stop is the iconic Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings and queens. Passengers will have the opportunity to admire the castle's stunning architecture and learn about its fascinating history from an expert tour guide. As the boat continues down the river, passengers can take in the panoramic views of Krakow's most famous landmarks, including the Kazimierz district, the Bernatek Footbridge, and the Vistula Boulevards. Along the way, the tour guide will provide interesting historical and cultural insights about each of these sites. The cruise concludes back at the dock, where passengers can disembark and continue exploring Krakow on their own. With its stunning views and expert tour guide, this boat cruise is a must-do experience for anyone visiting Krakow.

Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

Step into history with a guided tour of the former residence of Polish kings and a symbol of statehood, Wawel Castle. Discover the castle, which became a museum in 1930, and hosts a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See inside the chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and the magnificent renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. Explore the Wawel collections of eastern art, one of the largest and most important collections of tents in Europe. Learn all about how the castle is also an important center for the conservation of art. Feel like you’re walking back through time as you discover the permanent exhibitions which decorated the way they would have been during the renaissance and baroque periods.

Warsaw: Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train with Pickup

8. 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: The Old Town Walking Tour

9. 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.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

10. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill.  During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artifacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings, and chandeliers.  The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements.  Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

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We went on the first day in Krakow and it was a great way to get a feel for the area. There was only four of us on the tour so it felt quite personal compared to other tours I've been on with large groups. The tour guide knew his facts and we stopped frequently to look at artitecture, statues, bridges and places of historical interest. He told us both historical facts aswell as local legends and tales which gave an great feel for the area and its history. Overall great experience, would recommend.

Everything was really well organized and great care was taken to ensure that you got on the right platform or got off the right way. The tour in Auschwitz was interesting, but it was a bit rushed, which was a shame. But the trip is still worth it!

Lovely end to a beautiful holiday. Very relaxing after a action packed week

unbelievable day out an amazing heart felt stories amazing guide ,thank u

BART was a fantastic guide, very passionate & knowledgeable.