Cracow full-day tour from Warsaw by train
Being from Warsaw in the third generation I did not forget about the most beautiful Polish city – Cracow.
I invite you for a walking tour around the Krakow Old Town and the former Jewish district in Krakow – Kazimierz. One day you may visit two monumental complexes entered into the first World Heritage List by UNESCO. I will meet you at the hotel in Warsaw we will catch a train or we may drive to Krakow by car – see the itinerary below.
As we arrive at Cracow, an 8-hour Cracow walking tour around Krakow begins. During this Cracow guided tour I will show you the whole beauty and magic of the former capital of Poland.
Royal Route in Cracow
Our tour starts in front of the main gate – St Florian’s Gate which leads us to the center of the city. The medieval defensive walls – Barbican are well preserved and they have remained up till now in their original form. Via Floriańska Street – a part of the Royal Route – we get to the Main Market Square which is the heart of the city. It used to be a commercial, administrative, and religious center of Krakow, so that is why today we can admire the most important buildings – the Renaissance Cloth Hall, the medieval Tower of the Town Hall, and the Gothic church of Saint Virgin Mary – the famous for the biggest medieval wooden altar sculptured by Wit Stwosz between 1477- 1489. On the way to Wawel Hill, we will pass through the University District which is one of the oldest universities in Europe founded in 1364 by King Casimir the Great. Last but not least, we reach Wawel Hill, one of the most important places in Krakow, where You will admire Wawel Castle and the Cathedral were built at the very beginning of the existence of the Polish state – in the 10th century. Krakow’s Cathedral was a coronation and burial site for Polish kings from the 14th to 18th centuries and a national pantheon.
The Wawel Royal Castle, rebuilt by Italian artists Niccolo Castiglione and Mateo the Italian in the 16th century, holds a unique collection of 16th-century Flemish tapestries.
- Barbican Medieval fortifications in the northern part of Cracow
The Jewish population had played an important role in the Kraków regional economy since the end of the 13th century, granted the freedom of worship, trade, and travel by Boleslaw Pious the Duke of Greater Poland issued in 1264. Kazimierz, the town founded by King Casimir the Great in the 14th century, was originally a Christian city. By the end of the fifteenth century, Jews had been expelled. Before the Second World War Cracow was an influential center for 69,000 Polish Jews. The Krakow Ghetto was formally established on 3 March 1941 in the Podgórze district, not in the Jewish district of Kazimierz.
During that walking tour, You will have a chance to see all seven of Kazimierz’s Synagogues, one of them active and connected to an Old Jewish Cemetery. Then the route will lead us to Podgórze District, the location surrounded by buildings that witnessed the Holocaust. You will explore the Schindler’s Factory and the remnants of the Ghetto’s wall from the World War II period.
- Remuh Synagogue with the old Jewish cemetery
- Wolnica Square (old meat market)
- Progressive Synagogue (Tempel)
- New Square with former Ritual Slaughterhouse for poultry
- Sites from the Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List
- The building that used to be a Ritual Bath
- The former main ghetto square
- Remnants of the ghetto wall
- New Jewish Cemetery on Miodowa Street
- Schindler’s factory – „Emalia” (optionally)
- Train ticket 62 PLN per person- 16 Euro per person one way
- MY GUESTS WILL COVER ALSO MY TRAIN TICKETS!!! TICKETS NEED TO BE BOOKED 30 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE OTHERWISE, THE PRICE WILL BE APP. 160-250 PLN PER PERSON ONE WAY !!!
- Mariacki Church 15 PLN app. 4 Euro
- entrance to one of the Synagogues 10 PLN PER PERSON
- Schindler’s Factory „EMALIA” in Krakow – REGULAR 32 PLN app. REDUCED 28 PLN PLUS 170 PLN FOR GUIDING SERVICES – CLOSED EVERY FIRST TUESDAY IN THE MONTH ( THIS TOUR NEEDS TO BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE )
- 1-2 PAX 350 Euro per tour excluding entrance fees above
- 3-4 PAX 400 Euro per tour excluding entrance fees above
- 5-6 PAX 450 Euro per tour excluding entrance fees above
- 6-7 PAX 500 Euro per tour excluding entrance fees above
Duration: 12 hours – Walking Tour – IF YOUR GROUP IS BIGGER THAN SEVEN PAX PLEASE ASK FOR THE PRICE