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Guide services in Kraków


Must -- sees of Kraków:
  1. The Wawel Hill:
    • Cathedral – PANTHEON of Poland, you must see: the mausoleum of St Stanislau, the patron saint of Poland; the Sigismund Chapel – the pearl of Renaissance; the Royal Tombs in the crypts; the tower with the bell «Sigismund ».
    • Royal Castle - in the style of the Florentine renaissance, with two exhibitions to choose from: „Apartamenty prywatne” (Private Royal Apartments) or „Komnaty królewskie” (Royal Representative Chambers), with spectacular 16th c. tapestries forming one of the largest collections in the world.
    On the Wawel Hill you can also see:
    • ”Royal Treasury and Armoury” – the only original part of the ancient royal collection
    • ”Oriental Art” – Turkish and Chinese art, mementoes of Polish – Turkish wars
    • ”Lost Wawel” – archaeological reserve presenting the history of the Wawel Hill
    • ”The Cathedral Museum” – exhibits from the Cathedral Treasury, works of sacral art and John Paul II keepsakes
    Duration: for the Wawel Hill, including entrances to the Cathedral and the Royal Castle, you need to reserve approx 2.5hrs
  2. Old Town
    A stroll through the historic heart of Kraków, along the Royal Route. A walk through the charming mediaeval and renaissance streets; the Market Square; the Cloth Hall; the Bishops’ Palace; the Franciscan Friars’ Church with stained glass windows by Stanisław Wyspiański; Collegium Maius – the oldest university building; old fortifications with the Barbican; entrance to St Mary’s Church where you can see the 15th c. masterpiece - altar by Veit Stoss.
    During the walk there is a possibility to see one of the numerous museums, eg. The Czartoryski Museum and its collection of European paintings, including THE LADY WITH AN ERMINE by Leonardo da Vinci (a visit to the Museum takes approx. 45 mins)
    Duration: Old Town with entrance to St Mary’s Church – 3 hrs
    Old Town and Wawel without any entrances – 2.5 hr
  3. The Jewish Quarter and retracing Spielberg’s Schindler’s List
    A walk through the Jewish Quarter; entrance to the Remuh synagogue and cemetery. The possibility to visit the Old Synagogue that houses the Judaic Museum, with an exhibition about Jewish religion, traditions and festivals; then the former WW II ghetto with “Apteka pod Orłem” museum, the Schindler’s Factory and (by car or bus) the labour camp in Płaszów.
    Duration: the Jewish Quarter with entrances to synagogues: 2.5 – 3 hrs
    The Jewish Quarter, former WW II ghetto, Schindler’s factory and Płaszów camp: 4-5 hrs.
  4. Nowa Huta
    An enormous industrial complex connected with the steelworks, a symbol of grey reality of the communist era but at the same time one of the most important places of the Solidarność protest against the communist regime. A visit to the Lord’s Ark church; Aleja Róż (the Avenue of Roses); Plac Centralny (the Central Square); the complex of the Cistercian monastery and the Administrative Centre of Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks.
    Duration: approx 3-4 hrs
  5. The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki
    The capital of the worship of the Divine Mercy. It is here that the world – famous painting of the Merciful Jesus and the relics of Sister Faustyna are located. There is a possibility to participate in a religious service.
The Wawel Hill, the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter are walking tours. In the case of other tours, it is necessary to engage a car or bus. It is also possible to travel by means of public transportation (apart from the Nowa Huta tour because of long distances between particular objects)

Tour leading and interpreting services


If you wish to visit places around Krakow, you can use services of our tour leaders and interpreters. Our commentaries concerning Poland, its history, religion, heritage, geography, political situation and traditions will certainly enrich the program of your stay.

We recommend:
  1. Wieliczka Salt Mine:
    The mine is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tourist route is nearly 3 km long, and it is situated between 64 and 135 m below ground. This, however, is only a fraction of 300km of corridors in the entire mine! You will see underground lakes and chambers, beautiful sculptures and chandeliers made of rock salt. Unforgettable and unique excursion! Once down in the mine make sure you take many deep breaths as the air is known to cure all kinds of respiratory diseases!
    Duration: Visit to the mine 2.5 hrs + travelling there and back = 4 hrs
  2. Auschwitz – Birkenau – ( approx 1.5 hrs away from Kraków)
    A visit to a death camp created by the Germans in 1940, at first for Polish political prisoners and then for Gypsies and Russian POWs. From 1942 to 1945 a place of extermination of European Jews.
    Warning : Not recommended for children under 13 years !
    Duration: the visit itself takes 3 hours, including the Museum in Auschwitz I, then a short transfer to Birkenau. There due to the enormous size of the camp the visit is limited to wooden barracks in the quarantine section and the guard tower above the main entrance that allows you to see the size of the camp. It is also possible to see the entire camp in Birkenau, in which case you need to reserve the entire day for the trip.
  3. Wadowice
    The home town of the pope John Paul II. It was here that he spent his childhood. A visit to the museum based in his family home and to the Basilica in which he was baptised.
  4. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
    One of the most beautiful pilgrimage destinations in Poland, often referred to as “The Polish Jerusalem.” A stunning shrine dedicated to the Passion of Jesus and the cult of St Mary, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visited by John Paul II on numerous occasions, it is famous for many miracles and the painting of St Mary of Kalwaria and the mysteries of Lord’s Passion.

    Duration: usually a visit to Wadowice and Kalwaria is organised together on the same day, and such a trip takes approx. 4-5 hrs
  5. Zakopane
    A town in the heart of the Polish Tatra Mountains, the centre for winter sports and a tourist town, famous for the wooden chapel in Jaszczurówka built in local style; the breathtaking panorama of the Tatras to be admired from the top of Gubałówka; the great variety of handcraft available on local open air markets; beautiful wooden houses in Chochołów; as well as the hospitality of the Górale, as you will find out for yourselves during lunch in a local inn.

    Duration: entire day
  6. Dunajec River Gorge rafting trip
    An unforgettable adventure! Embark on a raft to admire the astonishing beauty of the Pieniny Mountains and the gorge of the Dunajec River as it breaks through the white rocks. Listen to amazing stories told by the raftsmen as they steer you safely past the highest peak of the mountain range. En route it is also possible to see a masterpiece of wooden architecture, the church of Archangel Michael in Dębno, as well as the castle in Niedzica.

    Duration: 1 day, including the raft trip of 2.5 hrs
  7. Pieskowa Skała Castle and the Eagles’ Nests trail, including the ruins of the Ogrodzieniec castle.
    A 40 – minute-drive away from Kraków, within the Ojców National Park, a renaissance castle awaits you. Today it houses an exhibition of painting, furniture and handicraft spanning the Middle Ages and 19th c. Right next to the castle you will find Hercules’ Mace, the most famous monadnock, the result of limestone erosion. In the Krakowsko - Częstochowska Upland there are many defensive castles, situated on rocky hills, hence their name “Eagles’ Nests.” The majority of them are nowadays nothing but picturesque ruins, just like the Castle in Ogrodzieniec. Pieskowa Skała, a beautiful example of renaissance architecture, is a part of that trail.

    Duration: approx. 5 hrs
  8. Jasna Góra (Black Madonna Shrine) in Częstochowa
    This defensive shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims, is famous for its miraculous portrait of Mary of Częstochowa (otherwise known as Black Madonna). The beauty of this place will leave a lasting impression on you!

    Duration: 1 day
In the Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the Auschwitz Museum as well as on Jasna Góra it is possible to book a guide speaking your language. If no such guides happen to be available, we can be your interpreters. As your tour leaders, we will be able to provide you with a lot of information about Poland during the transfer.