Krakow Tours

For the convenience of our guests, we offer a variety of daily guided tours around Krakow and its surroundings. All tours leave from the hostel doorstep, guests are transported in comofrtable bus to the destination, where the tour is guided in selected language by a professional, certified guide.

Our best sellers:

I. Auschwitz-Birkenau

II. Wieliczka – Salt Mine

III. Old Town Walking Tour

I. Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau (1941 - 1945) was the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated within the range of about 60 kilometers from Kraków, and 280 kilometers from Warsaw. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I - the administrative centre, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) – an extermination camp, and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) – a work camp. In 1990, the figure of the people killed in the camp was placed at 1.1 million. About 90 percent of them were Jews from almost every European country. Most of the dead were killed in gas chambers using Zyklon B; other deaths were caused by systematic starvation, forced labor, lack of disease control, individual executions, and the so-called medical experiments. At the end of the war, the SS made great efforts to destroy what remained of the camp, burn the archives, and murder all the people they referred to as the „Bearers of Secrets”. Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour gives you an opportunity to learn about holocaust and see one of the most terrifying but also touching places in the World.

Tour Details (6 - 7 hours)

During the tour you will have a chance to visit the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the Main Camp(Auschwitz) and visit the most important original objects at Birkenau. The whole tour lasts about 6-7 hours. You will spend around 2 hours in the first part of the camp and around 1 hour in the second part. Please do remember that there is no lunch break during the tour. You are allowed to take photos within the Musuem. After your arrival back in Krakow you will be dropped off at your pick up point.

Tour Includes

  • hostel pick-up
  • transportation by air conditioned minibus
  • professional Museum guide (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian)
  • professional English speaking tour leader
  • hostel drop-off

Tour Price

Regular Ticker - 155 PLN

Student Ticket - 120 PLN

Tour Timetable and tickets for each day available at hostel reception (book when you're checking-in)

II. Wieliczka – Salt Mine (4 - 5 hours)

The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only site in the world where mining has continued since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as lesser and major shafts) stretch for the total of 300 kilometres: reaching the depth of 327 metres they illustrate all the stages of the development of the mining technology over time." - the quotation comes from the justification of entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine into UNESCO's 1st World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage on 8th September, 1978 together with 11 other sites from all over the world. The mine is also notable for a long tradition of tourism. The famous breath-taking site has been visited over the centuries by Nicolaus Copernicus, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Dimitri Mendeleev, Boleslaw Prus, Ignacy Paderewski, Pope John Paul II, and crowned heads of state, not to mention millions of people from all over the world. Included in the tour is a stunning "underground town" with lakes, passages, and the marvelous St Kinga chapel.

Tour Details (6 - 7 hours)

During the tour you will have a chance to visit the twenty historic chambers connected by 2 kilometers of passages. Descent into the mine by staircase (380 steps) to the 1 st Level( at a depth of 64 metres) and return to the surface by lift up the Danilowicz shaft from the 3rd Level (at a depth of 135 meters. The whole tour lasts about 4-5 hours. You will spend around 2 hours in the Salt Mine. If you would like to take photos, you have to buy permission at the entrance to Saint Kinga's Chapel. During this tour there is no lunch break. If you have bought a student ticket, please do no forget to bring your student card (please do remember that student tickets are only for people under the age of 25). After your arrival back in Krakow, you will be dropped off at your pick up point.

Tour Includes

  • hostel pick-up
  • transportation by air conditioned minibus
  • professional Salt Mine guide (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian)
  • professional tour leader
  • hostel drop-off

Tour Price

Regular Ticker - 150 PLN

Student Ticket - 120 PLN

Tour Timetable and tickets for each day available at hostel reception (book when you're checking-in)

III. Old Town Walking Tour (3 hours)

The Royal Route - the highlight of the Old Town, which begins at St. Florian's Church in the northern part of the Medieval Old Town, continues along Floriańska, Grodzka, and Kanonicza Streets, and ends at Wawel Castle – the old residence of Polish monarchs, which was built in the 14th century. With a number of prominent historic landmarks on its way, The Royal Route is a true reminder of the golden age in Krakow's history. Wawel Hill - a 50m-high rock on the edge of the old town located on the bank of the Vistula River. On the top you’ll see the most important monument of Poland – Wawel Castle. The building is a mixture of Medieval, Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque style. Up until the 17th century the Castle was the seat of the Polish Monarchy. One of the most important parts of the historical structure is the Cathedral, which is full of chapels, tombs and sarcophagi. While visiting Wawel Hill do not forget to enter the Royal Chambers and the Armoury. The cord in front of the Cathedral offers a beautiful view of the Sigismund Chapel with its gold covered roof. St. Mary’s Basilica, Rynek Główny 4 - The basilica was built in the 13th century in place of the previous one, which was destroyed during one of the Tartar invasions. Inside, you will find works of the most prominent artists in this region of Europe. The magnificent altarpiece by Veit Stoss and the polychrome paintings by Matejko, Mehoffer, and Wyspiański are only some of them. SS Peter& Paul’s Church on Grodzka Street 54 - The most important Jesuit church in the city. Although it was built in the first decades of the 17th century, it was rebuilt a few times and its current appearance is much different from the original one. The Cloth Hall and the Underground Museum - This 14th century building was rebuilt after the conflagration in 1555 and serves as a splendid edifice of the renaissance. Some structures, such as the arcades or the central transepts, were added on in the late 1800s.

Tour Details (ca. 3 hours)

During this walking tour you will have a chance to see: The Wawel Hill, Royal Castle and The Cathedral, Old town, Jagiellonian University district, Planty Park, Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica, leftovers of fortifications. There will be also time for:

  • 1/2 hour coffee break to discuss the social and economical situation of Poland,
  • funny stories and legends,
  • customs and traditions.

This tour is actually free of charge :-) The guides work for your tips. Tour Timetable for each day available at hostel reception (no need to book in advance)

MEETING POINT: St. Adalbert's Church, Main Market Square

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