Krakow, Poland Krakow, Poland

Simply Krakow

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Krakow at an uncommon value, Simply Krakow is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the experience that only Exeter International can provide.

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

Highlight of Exeter’s Simply Krakow

  • Privately guided tour of Old Town, including the Royal Castle; personal Pierogi making lesson

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.

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ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

$850 per person, based on double occupancy.  Please contact us for specific pricing. 

Day 1
Arrival | Krakow

Arrival into Krakow. Your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim and customs and transfer you to the Hotel Copernicus in the city’s historical center.

Exeter Services: Transfer

Hotel: Copernicus

Day 2
Krakow | Krakow

This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and will take you on a walking city tour of Old Krakow.  Well preserved through the ages, Krakow is a city of medieval architecture delighting visitors with beautiful manor houses and splendid squares.  Your guide will take you to the famous Florian Gate, the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall, and the Town Hall Tower.

Begin your tour of the Old Town with the beautiful Florian Gate, built around 1300 on one of the streets laid out according to the town plan of 1257.  The Gothic houses of the 13th-century burgesses still remain, although they were rebuilt and given Renaissance or neoclassical facades. 

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.  The tall tower next to the Cloth Hall is all that remains of the original, fourteenth-century town hall, pulled down in the 1820’s.  It’s worth the climb for an excellent overview of the city.

Later your guide will take you 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 Komnaty Krolewski (State Rooms), which feature the splendid assembly of Flanders tapestries, scattered throughout the first and second floors.   The oldest tapestry in the castle is the mid-fifteenth-century French “Story of the Swan Knight” displayed in Sigismund the Old’s first-floor bedroom.

The Skarbiec (Royal Treasury and Armoury) with its display of crown jewels and lesser royal possessions including rings, crosses, the coronation shoes and burial crown of Sigismund August are not to be missed.  The Armoury rooms of the castle contain a variety of items including finely crafted weapons, shields and helmets.   Items of serious warfare are also on display with weapons captured over five centuries from Poland’s host of foreign invaders.

The cathedral, as in few cathedrals of the world, speaks the history of Poland.  Evoked by former Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, as with Westminster abbey or St. Peter’s, the moment you enter Wawel Cathedral, you know you’re in a place resonant to the core with national history.  Adorned with a mass of side chapels, endowed by subsequent Polish monarch s and aristocratic families too, the present brick and sandstone basilica is essentially Gothic, dating from the year 1306.  Look for the collection of prehistoric animal bones as you enter the cathedral – as long as they remain, so legend maintains, the cathedral will too.

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Later this afternoon, back in Old Town, step into one of Krakow’s local restaurants for a private lesson in making pierogi – Poland’s national dish!  Don your apron and learn the tricks of perfect pierogi, while you create memories that will last a lifetime.  After your lesson, you might wish to stay on for dinner (payable locally) at this very traditional and rustic restaurant.

Exeter Services: Full-Day Guide

Hotel: Copernicus

 

Day 3
Krakow | Krakow

Today is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city.  Many guests who visit Krakow are interested in visiting Auschwitz or perhaps take a trip to Zakopane in the High Tatras.

Have any particular special interest?  Krakow is a perfect base for:

  • Art

  • Jewish History

  • WWII History

  • Hiking the High Tatras

  • Biking

If you would like us to arrange for additional sightseeing please advise your travel consultant and we will be happy to customize your free time in Krakow.

Exeter Services: No Exeter Services

Hotel: Copernicus

Day 4
Departure | Krakow

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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