|Sedan 1‑2 pax||Minivan 1‑6 pax|
Half Day Walking Tour
Krakow, whose rich history and fascinating cityscape survived the destruction of the 20th century, makes for a wonderful 4 hour tour. Start with Stare Miasto, the city’s old town. Surrounded by a ring of tree-covered parks where medieval walls once stood, the town formed the historical capital of Poland for centuries. At its heart is the Rynek Glowny, one of the largest squares in Europe, and the Renaissance Cloth Hall, which today houses a colorful market and museum within its open arcades. Towering over the square is St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th century Gothic masterpiece with red brick facades. From the taller of its two spires the traditional Polish trumpet call can be heard hourly. Follow the Royal Road out of the center, past the Baroque Church of Peter and Paul, to Wawel Castle. Overlooking the Vistula River, the castle was once the seat of the Polish Kings, and boasts a Renaissance cathedral, royal tombs, and medieval fortifications.
Full Day Auschwitz (including guide)
Despite the cheery nature of Krakow’s Renaissance and Baroque character, the city is well known for a much darker legacy. Not far to the west is the town of Oswiecim, where Nazi invaders built the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp during World War II. On this 7 hour tour, a poignant and powerful experience, visit the remains of one of humanity’s greatest tragedies. The Auschwitz compound has been hauntingly preserved as a museum both to honor the suffering and sacrifice of the prisoners, and also expose the cruelty of the Nazi regime. Each country whose citizens suffered in the camp has its own exhibit within the complex. For all its heavy subject matter, the site remains one of the most important historical landmarks in Europe.
Full Day Wadowice and Kalwaria Zabrzydowska
The Krakow region has become increasingly significant as the homeland of Pope Saint John Paul II. On this 8 hour tour, visit the holy sites associated with the late church leader. Archbishop of Krakow from 1964 until becoming Pope in 1978, Karol Wojtyla was born in the town of Wadowice, southwest of Krakow, in 1920. In Wadowice, visit the apartments of the Wojtyla family, where Karol was born and grew up, which have been preserved as the Family Home of John Paul II Museum, commemorating his formative years. Next, travel to the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. The Baroque Franciscan monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the park around it.
|Sedan 1‑2 pax||Luxury Sedan 1‑2 pax||Minivan 1‑6 pax|
|Airport - Hotels||$65||—||$115|
|Rail Station - Hotels||$50||—||$95|
|Warsaw - Krakow||$465||—||$530|
|Sedan 1‑2 pax||Minvan 1‑6 pax||Minibus 1‑8 pax|
Half Day City (including guide)
Warsaw, Poland’s capital, is one of the most modern cities in Europe, although not necessarily by choice. Many sights of this 4 hour city tour are reconstructions rather than preserved, as the city was razed to the ground during the World War II. Nonetheless, painstaking efforts were made to restore the city’s rich heritage. Nowhere is this more evident than in the historic old town, where renaissance storefronts and markets abound. The stepped gables of St. John’s Archcathedral, the city’s most important church, are constructed after the church’s original Gothic design, rather than its pre-war appearance. Also of interest is the Royal Castle. Driving through the streets of town, visit the memorials that mark the borders and victims of the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest of its kind, where Nazi occupiers barricaded the Jewish community throughout the war. Finally, visit Lazienki Park, the city’s most famous public space, filled with statues, gardens, and serene ponds.
Half Day Zelazowa Wola (including guide)
Located to the not too distant west of Warsaw is the village of Zelazowa Wola. On this 8 hour day trip, visit the sleepy but scenic birthplace of composer Frederic Chopin. Born on the estate of a wealthy Polish family, Chopin became one of the leading figures of Romantic music, and was famous both during and after his lifetime. Begin in the city at the Chopin Museum. Organized in one of the most innovative museums, the collections explain the life, music, and theory of Chopin, as well as the society in which he lived. The Chopin family moved to Warsaw soon after his birth, but returned often in the summer to Zelazowa. Today the home houses a small museum, and is decorated with a statue of Chopin. The surrounding park is one of the best in Poland, and hosts frequent concerts in tribute to Chopin.
|Sedan 1‑2 pax||Minivan 1‑6 pax||Minibus 1‑8 pax|
|Airport - Hotels||$120||$270||$285|
|Rail Station - Hotels||$115||$265||$275|
|Warsaw - Krakow||$610||$675||$1005|
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