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Kraków is a bustling, vibrant city, with a rich history and well preserved medieval architecture. It also had an established Jewish community until the Nazis arrived in 1939 when it became the capital of Germany's General Government and played a significant part in wartime history.

The city of Kraków lies on the banks of the Vistula River. Its Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district were placed on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978. The centrepiece of the Old Town, or Stare Miasto, is Kraków’s Main Market Square, or Rynek Glowny, and its centre is dominated by the Cloth Hall, or Sukiennice, home to the Gallery of the National Museum, the new Underground Museum and numerous arts and crafts market stalls. 

Approximately 1½ hours away from the centre of Kraków, Auschwitz was the location of the three largest German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here between 1941 and 1945. Kraków and Auschwitz have since become enduring and deeply moving testaments to the brutality and inhumanity of war.

01 Tour Highlights

Walking Tour of Kraków

An ideal introduction to Poland’s ancient capital, this guided tour includes a visit to Royal Wawel Castle, proudly perched on a rock above the Vistula River with its remarkable Flemish tapestries and cathedral which served as a pantheon. Continuing on to the lower part of the city you’ll arrive in the market square with its elegant buildings and the famous Cloth Hall.

Walking through the paved streets past Renaissance style buildings and the university leads to the Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, admirably well-preserved. It was here that several scenes from the film “Schindler’s List” were filmed and time spent here includes a stop outside the Remuh synagogue.

Schindler's Trail - Walking Tour

During this tour you’ll explore the district of Kazimierz, Kraków’s arty neighbourhood characterised by lovely small streets and trendy cafés. Before World War II, Jewish culture flourished in this neighbourhood for centuries. This is however an area comprised of buildings that witnessed Kraków’s Holocaust. Visits include Wolnica Square, the former Jewish district with its synagogues, and the old meat market. Steven Spielberg filmed scenes from his Oscar award winning-movie “Schindler’s List” here.

Continuing on to the district of Podgórze you’ll see remnants of the Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto that survived, the location of Pankiewicz’s pharmacy and the tour finishes at Oscar Schindler’s factory/museum.

St Mary's Church

Situated in the north east corner of Kraków’s central main square, St Mary’s Church (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) is considered to be the most famous of all Poland’s churches. Following the Tartar raids in the 13th century the original church was left in ruins but was then rebuilt in Gothic style on the existing foundations and consecrated in 1320. In 1365 a chancel was added followed by large and impressive stained-glass windows, three of which are still in place. By the end of the 14th century the body of the church got its current form of a basilica.

The exterior of St Mary’s Church has two towers. In the early 15th century the towers took the iconic form they have today, when the northern “Excubiarum” tower was raised to 80m high and made into a watchtower for the city. The church bells are located in the lower tower at a height of 69 metres. This is the only tower in the world from which a trumpeter has played the Heynal (bugle call) to the four quarters of the globe every hour throughout the whole day for over 600 years.

Royal Wawel Castle

The Royal Castle on Wawel Hill has been home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs, at the political and cultural heart of Poland through the 16th century, and is an important symbol of Poland. It sits above the city at a bend in the Vistula River, flanked by grassy banks and wide boulevards, with the cobbled paths of the medieval city at its feet. Forming part of the Wawel complex the Cathedral built in the early 11th century whose towers dominate the castle hill, was the coronation site and burial place of almost all of Poland’s monarchs and rulers.

A walk up to the complex is recommended, if only to take in the impressive architecture of the buildings and the views across the city and river.

Rynek Undeground Museum

This museum is located in the east corner of the Cloth Hall. Opened in 2010 the museum was built on the site of an archaeological excavation that took place over five years. Situated four metres below the main market square, visitors can explore the excavated medieval merchant stalls that predate today’s Cloth Hall and are taken on an interactive journey through the city’s entire history from its first settlers right up to the death of Pope John Paul II via high-tech multimedia exhibits.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps

Approximately 1½ hours away from the centre of Kraków, Auschwitz was the location of the three largest German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here between 1941 and 1945. The authentic memorial consists of the former camps and the post-camp relics are protected by the State Museum which was created in 1947.

Your guided tour is conducted by an Auschwitz Memorial Guide which ensures efficient movement around the entire museum grounds and full information about the museum, the buildings and their history, and the exhibitions. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours with a maximum of 30 in each group.

Oskar Schindler’s Factory/Museum

This museum located on the right-bank of Vistula River focuses on life in Kraków pre and post invasion and is located in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory at 4 Lipowa Street. The permanent exhibition ‘Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939– 1945’ is primarily a story about Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, during World War II.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Located approximately 10km from the city centre, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is impressive in its size and complexity, visited by more than a million people each year. This unique mining site was placed by the UNESCO on its first World Cultural and Natural Heritage List In 1978 and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.

A guided tour which follows the popular ‘Tourist Route’ begins at the shallowest level, 64 metres below the surface, and takes visitors through about twenty different chambers, covering the founding of the mine, its history, galleries of rock sculptures, the stunning chapel, the eerie underground lake and a music display to illustrate the incredible acoustics of the mine’s chambers.

Aquapark Kraków

Located in the north part of Kraków this aquapark offers a wide range of attractions. Boasting Poland’s largest indoor swimming pool hall it includes over 2000m2 of pools, a network of water slides and plenty of water attractions.

02 Accommodation

Hotel Maxsymilian

Located a 10 minute walk from the Old Town Square, this hotel is a 20th Century building which has recently been renovated throughout with high standard modern features.

Hotel Atrium

This 3* hotel is in a great location just 5 minutes walk from the Old Town Square. It has a good sized restaurant area, bar and meeting room and is an ideal base for school groups.

Hotel Chopin

If you prefer to stay a little further out of the city centre then the Hotel Chopin is ideal. Its located a 10 minute tram ride away from the historic centre. It’s a larger hotel than the smaller city centre options and offers great facilities for recreation. 

03 Further Information

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Kraków.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

The prices shown are based on a minimum group size of 20.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Kraków trips are available throughout the year you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Krakow your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Krakow ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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