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Krakow was a royal capital for 500 years, and this memorable tour to Poland will show you this wonderful city at its very best. With its magnificent medieval square, more than 6,000 historic buildings and monuments, eighteen museums, 2.5 million works of art, one of Europe’s oldest universities, countless churches, famous theatres, forty parks and five nature reserves, the city is a delight to explore. A true cultural gem, it was the first historic centre of its kind to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also chosen as the EU European Capital of Culture in the year 2000.
Developed over many centuries and miraculously escaping much of the destruction of 20th century wars, Krakow is a rich architectural showcase from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and even Stalinist.
You can see all this fascinating variety on your tour of Poland - in the 16th century Cloth Hall that still bustles with small traders, in the rich and ornate decorations of the 14th century St Mary’s Church, in the exquisite Eclectic-style Slowacki Theatre, and in the immense medieval fortifications of Florian Gate, built to protect the city from Tatar attack. No tour to Poland could miss out either on a visit to the famous Wawel castle district. Dating back to the 11th century, dominating
the city from a high hill and named after the evil Wawel Dragon of folklore, its myriad of buildings include the sumptuous Royal Palace, centre of ancient trade routes to the Orient and Baltics, and Wawel Cathedral, the final resting place of Polish monarchs.
Your Poland tour gives you other options, too. There’s the opportunity to visit the famous salt mines, the source of Krakow’s huge wealth for 700 years and adorned by dozens of statues, three chapels and an entire cathedral carved out of the rock salt by generations of miners. You can also choose to visit nearby Auschwitz and Birkenau – poignant and moving monuments to the horrors of war.
A most enjoyable holiday. We were well looked after everywhere we went. Our Tour Manager, John, was outstanding in his attention to detail, enhancing our tour with his knowledge of .. [Read More]
We have just returned from this lovely river cruise. Our guides were Jane and Mandy, who worked so hard to make our holiday one to remember. The staff on board the boat are incredible, hard .. [Read More]
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Another Birthday and to celebrate, another cruise. This was our third river journey with you and our sixth Riviera holiday. We knew we would not be disappointed, .. [Read More]
Roberta Davis and George Matthews
My friend and I have had the most amazing trip to Krakow. Vic, our tour guide, made everything run so smoothly and was so kind and knowledgeable. The lovely local Polish guide, Joanna, who took .. [Read More]
I’m recently home from my first holiday with Riviera and just want to thank everyone involved. The hotels and transport were excellent, comfortable and efficient. But the star .. [Read More]
We have had another wonderful Riviera holiday, which exceeded expectations. In no small part this was because our tour manager John was outstanding. He has a deep and extensive .. [Read More]
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Colin and Mary Millett
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Tony and Jane Richardson
Inspired by our 1st tour with Riviera a couple of year ago, we felt that we could not go wrong with booking this tour. We were not disappointed, everything was so well organized, hotels .. [Read More]
Mike & Tessa Parker
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Val & Pete Cornish
An excellent well planned tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it. the hotels were comfortable and food was good - masses of choice and lots of fresh fruit and salads. Above all we really appreciated our .. [Read More]
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John and Viv Scott and family
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