Krakow, Poland Krakow, Poland

Essential Krakow

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The perfect introduction to Krakow, our Essential Krakow is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city.

The Basics

  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Easy to Combine with:

  • Warsaw and Gdansk
  • The High Tatras
  • Prague
  • Berlin

For custom luxury travel and tours to Krakow and Poland, please contact one of our travel experts.

Download a PDF itinerary here.

ITINERARY

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$1,525 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Krakow Krakow Kazimierz Jewish District

Upon your arrival in Krakow you will be transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

The untouched medieval splendor of Krakow is a miracle for having survived unscathed during World War II, and in fact, some locals believe that Krakow has been divinely blessed with an aura of peace. Medieval buildings surround the cavernous market hall and the central square, where street musicians serenade you in the evenings with folksongs.

Exeter Services: Transfer

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 2
Krakow | Krakow Krakow Exeter

This morning meet your guide in your hotel lobby at 10AM for the short walk to Wawel Hill to visit the Renaissance Royal Castle and Cathedral. Converted from a Gothic style in the early 1500’s by a Florentine architect, the tiered courtyard of the castle is reminiscent of an opulent Italian palazzo. Inside the castle, view the State Rooms, which feature the splendid assembly of Flanders tapestries, scattered throughout the first and second floors.

You may also visit Wawel Cathedral. The cathedral, as in few cathedrals of the world, speaks the history of Poland. Adorned with a mass of side chapels, endowed by subsequent Polish monarchs and aristocratic families too, the present brick and sandstone basilica is essentially Gothic, dating from the year 1306.

This afternoon, your guide will introduce you to Krakow’s Old Town. The Gothic houses of the 13th-century burgesses still remain, although they were rebuilt and given Renaissance or neoclassical facades. You will see the medieval Sukiennice, rebuilt in the 1550’s, is one of the most distinctive sights in the country – a vast cloth hall, topped by a sixteenth-century attic dripping with gargoyles. Its commercial traditions are perpetuated by a covered market, which bustles with tourists and street sellers at almost every time of the year.

Note: All touring today is on foot through mostly pedestrian areas. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Exeter Services: Guide (6 hours)

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 3
Krakow | Krakow Krakow, Poland

This morning your driver and guide will meet you for your visit to the memorial at Auschwitz–Birkenau. Timing today is pending an appointment time at the camp. Auschwitz-Birkenau is located approximately 90 minutes outside of Krakow, near the industrial town of Oswiecim. Today it’s made of a series of barracks – each with its own displays – from luggage collected from prisoners, to seized prosthetics and more. You will see the somber and sometimes shocking exhibits located throughout the camp.

After your tour of Auschwitz, you may also visit Birkenau, where the majority of captives lived and died. A few barracks remain, as well as the railroad track that brought the prisoners to the selection process. Do not miss the monument to the dead, inscribed in ten languages, located between the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria.

Finally, your guide will take you to pay a visit to one our favorite historical museums. The actual factory of Oskar Schindler has been opened as a branch of the Krakow History Museum. It’s now a moving timeline of the history of Krakow from 1939 through 1945. You will see the changes in the city brought on by the Nazi occupation.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Unicus Palace

Day 4
Departure | Krakow Krakow, Old Town, Poland

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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