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So much to discover

  • Explore centuries of history on a guided walking tour of Krakow’s medieval centre
  • Visit Wawel, the castle district, home to one of Europe’s most striking royal residences
  • Discover the Wieliczka salt mines, source of the city’s wealth, on an optional tour
  • Take a guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau (included but optional)
     

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3 nights in 4-star accommodation
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Daily visits & tours
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Overview

Krakow is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities, ranking with Prague and Vienna as one of the real architectural gems of central Europe and its historic centre is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The city first came to prominence nearly 1,000 years ago when it became the royal capital of Poland. It remained so for 500 years, spanning both the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. The castle evolved to become the sumptuous Royal Palace and was the centre of ancient trade routes to the orient and Baltic. This, together with salt (that vital commodity, which it possessed in abundance) ensured its immense prosperity, and the result is the amazing collection of palaces, aristocratic buildings and works of art that you see today.

The city reached its zenith during the 16th century when learning and science prospered and over the centuries influence from Prussia, cities from the Hanseatic League and absorption within the Habsburg Empire have all left their classic and architectural influence, contributing to the masterpiece that is now Krakow.

Centred in a magnificent medieval square, the second largest in Europe, the statistics are staggering – over 6,000 historic buildings and monuments, 18 museums, 2.5 million works of art, one of Europe’s oldest universities and over 140 churches – many of them stunningly decorated in their own right. Spared any significant war damage, today the city is a delight to explore. Krakow is far from just a collection of buildings, its atmosphere is vibrant, alive and timeless with the past and present beautifully intertwined.

The city also boasts a great cultural past, which is hardly surprising from the country of Copernicus and Chopin. During the evening there could be nothing better than to attend one of the numerous classical music concerts that are held in churches throughout the city.



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW

Krakow's main square

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Krakow. We transfer by coach to the four-star Novotel Krakow Centrum for three nights, with breakfast.

This evening we will gather with our tour manager for a lovely welcome dinner, where you will get a chance to meet other travellers joining the tour on their own.

Novotel Krakow Centrum modern restaurant

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4* Novotel Krakow Centrum - Krakow

Chosen for its great location and excellent service.

  • Central location
  • Breakfast buffet included
  • Comfortable and modern rooms

DAY 2 - KRAKOW TOUR

Wawel Royal Castle

Morning

After breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour of Krakow’s historic centre. Rynek Glowny, the medieval main square, is lined with grand pastel-coloured buildings dating back centuries and always busy with locals going about their business. In the centre of the square is the Cloth Hall, a splendid colonnaded Renaissance building that’s been the centre of the textile trade since the 16th century. Today it’s full of colourful stalls selling amber jewellery and other local crafts, and also houses an art gallery.

Overlooking the square is Saint Mary’s Basilica, richly decorated with a stunning carved wooden altarpiece and a vaulted nave painted with stars. The 14th-century stained glass is particularly ornate. When the sun shines through, a kaleidoscope of colour decorates the chancel below. Listen out for a trumpeter sounding an hourly warning from the top of the taller of the basilica’s two ornate spires.

We visit the Wawel Royal Castle district, built on a low hill on a bend in the Vistula inhabited since the Palaeolithic period. The complex includes the cathedral, royal apartments, state rooms, crown treasury and armoury. In the royal apartments you’ll see the impressive range of rooms that have been restored to their original Renaissance and Baroque glory, overflowing with fine furniture, works of art and one of Europe’s largest – and best – collections of tapestries. There will be free time to explore the rest of the complex, including the three-tiered Italianate Renaissance courtyard. 

Afternoon

This afternoon there’s an opportunity to tour the famous 13th-century Wieliczka Salt Mines, a spectacular subterranean attraction adorned by statues and even a chapel, all sculpted from rock salt that looks like marble; your tour manager will advise you about timings and cost. Alternatively, you may choose to join a street food tour to sample Polish specialities and explore Krakow’s Kazimierz neighbourhood with a local guide. 

DAY 3 - AUSCHWITZ & BIRKENAU

DAY 4 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Personalise Your Holiday

Traditional Polish food tour - from £54 per person

Sample over a dozen types of traditional and authentic Polish and Krakow specialities, including Polish vodka and craft beers, with a local guide. Discover places loved by locals and explore the historic neighbourhood of Kazimierz. Your friendly guide will regale you with stories of the cultural traditions and history of the places we visit and the foods we try. We recommend a healthy appetite for this filling 3.5-hour walking tour

Please contact us to book this experience.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Krakow Airport Krakow 25 mins

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person and is based on one person occupying a double or twin bedded room. The price includes return flights, three nights with breakfast, solo traveller welcome dinner, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrance to Auschwitz, and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. 

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