Karakow Sightseeing Tours
The best way to tour the lovely city of Krakow is in a Trabant, the classic Eastern Europe car. You'll experience the real Krakow on this lively tour, and visit parts of the city that go unnoticed by most visitors, in the company of your young and enthusiastic guide. Krakow is an old city, even by European standards, and one of its greatest assets is the fact it has never been razed throughout its long and tumultuous history.
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» Krakow in One Day Sightseeing Tour
For over a thousand years, Krakow has been the center of science, culture and art in Poland. Come and see for yourself upon boarding the Krakow City Sightseeing Tour by Coach. You'll see the likes of Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the Rynek Glowny, Main Market Square and St Mary's Church. It's a fine introduction to this historic city!
Your tour begins with a short walk along the streets of the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. Next, Wawel Hill, crowned by Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral and the seat of royal power up until the 17th century. The Castle was home to many Polish kings and queens and the royal crypts in the Cathedral their final resting place, along with several other Polish heroes.
A walk up Grodzka street leads you to the heart of Krakow, the Rynek Glowny, or Main Market Square. There the large Gothic Cloth Hall is the perfect place to shop for local souvenirs.
The last sightseeing stop is the twin-spired St Mary's Church with its famous medieval altar by Wit Stwosz and where, every hour the brave trumpeter of Krakow still calls out his warning.
» Krakow Half-Day Tour by Trabant
The best way to tour the lovely city of Krakow is in a Trabant, the classic Eastern Europe car. You'll experience the real Krakow on this lively tour, and visit parts of the city that go unnoticed by most visitors, in the company of your young and enthusiastic guide.
Krakow is an old city, even by European standards, and one of its greatest assets is the fact it has never been razed throughout its long and tumultuous history.
After being picked up in a genuine Trabant automobile, your tour begins with a visit to the Nowa Huta district, Krakow's famous communist enclave. Originally a gift from Stalin, the working-class quarter boasts some classic communist architecture. Your guide will share first-hand accounts of what it was like to live behind the Iron Curtain.
Next, you'll visit the city's historic burial mounds, some of which date back to pagan times. The mounds were built as a memorial to Poland's most famous leaders and provide great panoramas of the city. From this vantage point, your guide will point out some of Krakow's more unusual landmarks.
The tour ends with a trip to Krakow's Jewish quarter. After being razed by the Nazis during World War II, this area is slowly being revitalized and is now home to the city's artist community. It's lined with great pubs and cafés, and you will definitely want to come back later to enjoy Krakow's authentic nightlife.
» Traces of Jewish Culture from Krakow
While in Poland, don't forget to visit Kazimierz, historical area for Poland's Jews. Learn about the history, diverse Jewish groups, see some of the oldest synagogues in Poland, and visit a monument that commemorates the victims of the former Nazi concentration camp.
Kazimierz, was named after the King Kazimierz lll who invited Jews to Poland in the 14th century, it became a flourishing area of Jewish religion and culture. Due to the policy of religious tolerance that prevailed in Poland from the 15th century, the area became a safe heaven for the diverse groups of Jewish refugees from all over Europe.
The Traces of Jewish Culture day tour aims to retrace this religious diversity which resulted in the construction of numerous synagogues (including the oldest of the preserved synagogues in Poland) and a very unique atmosphere which is still present. You might even recognize some of the sights that appeared in the Oscar winning Schindler's list which was shot in this area.
The tour ends with a visit to the monument commemorating the victims of the former Nazi concentration camp in Plaszów.
» Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile from Krakow
The Wall may be over and done with, but many of Krakow's most famous communist artifacts are alive and well!
Visit Nowa Huta, the district that still bears testament to the power of the Soviets. Most notably, your guide will lead you on a in-depth tour of the place that was originally given as a gift to Krakow by Stalin himself! These labyrinths of the tenements were done in imitation of the renaissance and meant to be a model communist city. It later became one of the centers of the revolution and resistance within Poland, leading to the eventual overthrow of the Communist government.
This guided tour is complete with transportation in genuine Trabant automobiles - cars manufactured by the Eastern Bloc specialists. During your 2.5 hour tour, your young and energetic guide will lead you through this one-of-a-kind city and up to the gates of the steel mill that was originally in the heart of this district.
Upgrade to the Communism DELUXE Tour in Krakow (4 hours):
The Communism DELUXE Tour upgrade is a must-do for any visitor to Krakow! This tour was recently made famous by travel documentary maker Michael Palin after his feature in 'Palins New Europe' series in 2007. Also recommended by the BBC, Reuters, New York Times, Lonely Planet guidebooks and many others. An extended version of the standard Communism Tour in a Trabant automobile, the Communism Deluxe tour includes a trip to a Communist-era restaurant and guided visit to our private museum. Explore everyday life in Poland in the 1970's in our exclusive and unchanged Communist apartment. This deluxe tour includes the rare opportunity to eat pickled cucumbers and toast times past with Communist relic, Mr. Vieslav (upon request). You can also try your hand at driving the trusty Trabant. Enjoy lunch in an authentic Commie milk bar canteen.
» In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow
While in Poland don't miss your chance to visit Wadowice - childhood home of John Paul ll. Travel through the stunning Beskidy mountain range, pay homage to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and visit the Archbishop's Palace on this intriguing tour from Krakow.
Travel from Krakow and through the Beskidy mountain range with a visit to Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll, previously the Krakow archbishop Karol Wojtyla. You will see the house where the he was born, pass the parish church, where he was baptised, and places of interest that had an effect on him during his childhood and adolescence years.
Before you return to Krakow you will stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki. The sanctuary is situated some four kilometers south of Krawkow's central Old Town historic district and is a developing place of pilgrimage that you can pay homage to the holly relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II, and admire the impressive modern basilica consecrated by the Pope in 2002.
Then travel to the foot of the Royal Castle to visit the Archdiocese Museum located in the most picturesque street of Krakow. In the museum you can see the flat where Karol Wojtyla lived while working as a lecturer of theology.
Finally, visit the Archbishop's Palace which is Wojtyla's last residence before leaving for the Vatican in 1978. See the famous "papal window", where thousands of people lit candles and prayed during his last days. Tour ends with drop off at Krakow city center,
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