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Krakow: City Sightseeing Tour by Electric Golf Cart

1. Krakow: City Sightseeing Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way around borders of the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the former Jewish ghetto walls and Ghetto Heroes Square before ending your tour outside Schindler's Factory Museum. If you wish, visit the museum on your own (ticket not included) and make your way back alone. Otherwise, admire the outside of the museum and return to your starting point with your guide.

Warsaw: Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train with Pickup

2. Warsaw: Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train with Pickup

Following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, get transferred to the train station with a private vehicle. Your English-speaking driver will assist you with the check-in and wait until you are boarded for the train to Krakow. After a short train ride, you will be welcomed by a local English-speaking driver and start your tour via shared transportation to Auschwitz. Embark on a 3.5-hour guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Start the tour with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp where you'll learn about how its establishment by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz continue the tour to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. Between 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Around 90% of them were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5-hour journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town, visit Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican, and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall. Absorb the city's unique atmosphere with its thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip, there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. After your time in Krakow board the train at about 8.30 PM, get picked up at the platform and be transferred from the train station back to your hotel in Warsaw.

Krakow: Old Town Guided Segway Tour

3. Krakow: Old Town Guided Segway Tour

Embark on a guided segway tour of Kraków and learn about its golden age. Learn about its role as a major city on the trade path from the far east and its importance as a hub of Polish culture and history as you pass sites such as the Barbican armory, St. Mary’s Church, and Wawel Castle. Use your Segway to see the Barbican armory, the original leftovers of a big defensive wall that used to surround the whole city. Learn about the mysteries of the Main Square and the dungeons beneath it and complete it with immortal legends and stories. Take a minute to admire the 700-year old architecture of St. Mary’s Church and the enormity of the Royal Wawel Castle. Continue along the Wisła riverside to take some great pictures with the legendary, fire-spitting Wawel dragon before ending your fun and informative tour.

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

4. Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 3.5 to 4 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square.  In the summer you can choose between the morning 4h tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz - Jewish District and Podgórze - the WWII Ghetto and the evening 2h tour of the Old Town and Kazimierz - Jewish District

Krakow: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

5. Krakow: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Krakow at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Krakow’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the imposing Town Hall Tower! Visit the iconic Kraków Cloth Hall with its unique exhibits and explore the miraculous St. Mary's Basilica. Take a photo at Floriańska Gate in the city center and get lost in the historic Plac Szczepański in the center of the old town. Learn about the pioneering Nicolaus Copernicus and his life. You will also pass by the unique Church of Sts Peter and Paul, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shiver with Wawel Cathedral in the center of the city, while Smok Wawelski, the symbol monument, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Krakow Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. Krakow Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

As a former capital city of Poland and residence of the Polish monarchy, Krakow is full of historical and cultural heritage. Join this tour to discover outstanding monuments and lesser known spots in the historic Old Town and hear incredible history facts and legends of Poland. Make unforgettable memories in Krakow! The 2-hour walking tour will start at the historic Krakow Barbican, a late 15th century fortified gateway, which once linked to the inner city walls. From here, you will stroll along the Florianska street to the Main Market Square while listening to the fascinating stories about the monarchs who used this so-called Royal Route when returning to the city after victorious battles. In the beating heart of the Old Town, you will marvel at the towering St Mary’s Basilica, the old Town Hall Tower, and the medieval commerce center of the iconic Renaissance Cloth Hall (Sukiennice). Follow your Private Guide through the historic streets, lined with old churches, palaces and tenement houses, and you will quickly understand why Krakow Old Town became one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. See the ornate Baroque-style Saints Peter and Paul Church, Holy Trinity Church and St Andrew’s Church. This tour will end at the bottom of Wawel Hill, and the guide will give you some tips on the best local restaurants, bars and leisure spots so that you can enjoy the rest of your stay in Krakow. Choose the 3-hour option to learn even more about Krakow and explore the outer courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle. Follow your Private Guide up the Wawel Hill to see the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Romanesque and Gothic exterior architecture of the monumental castle complex. As a former royal residence, this place is of special historical and political importance to Poles. Hear the legend of the Wawel Dragon and enjoy amazing views of Vistula River from the terrace. Pick the 4-hour tour to enrich your experience with a visit to the Wawel Cathedral. This 13th century church is a true mecca of Polish history and culture, deeply connected with the history of the Polish monarchs, especially the Jagiellonian Dynasty. Inside, you will discover a beautiful interior featuring an ornate altar, medieval religious paintings and sculptures, and royal tombs. Marvel at the famous golden-domed Sigismund’s Chapel, walk up the Sigismund Bell Tower, and see royal artefacts at the Cathedral Museum. The 6-hour option gives you a full experience of Krakow Old Town with a visit to St Mary’s Basilica (Kościół Mariacki), famous for its extraordinary wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz) and hourly trumpet calls from the Gothic watchtower. In addition, you will explore Jewish heritage sites in the former Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz, and learn about the turbulent World War II history of Poland. See the historic Old Synagogue and Remuh Synagogue, and visit the 19th century Tempel Synagogue, an active place of worship known for its beautiful Moorish Revival interior.

Krakow Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Krakow Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Delve into Krakow's medieval past, with tales of ancient kings and fire-breathing dragons, on this tour of the historic old town and castle. Hear how Krakow was transformed into a royal city and Poland’s capital until 1596, after starting out as a humble merchant town. Begin your walk in the city’s medieval market square, and move through the city to learn its long history, from the invasion of the warriors of Genghis Khan, and the history of Wawel Castle in WW2, and the rise of Pope John Paul II, Krakow's most famous former resident. Look forward to highlights on the four such as the story of St. Mary's trumpeter, Krakow's legendary fire-breathing dragon, and take a walk around Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Krakow's entire Old Town, and see the Royal Palace. Hear stories about St. Mary's Basilica, and the Wawel Cathedral, and hear tales of the Krakow Barbican, a medieval fortress. Enjoy a short visit to the Bishop's Palace, the former home of Pope John Paul II. Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of the city, and enjoy the freedom to stop for a break at cafes and refreshments along the way. Finish the tour at Wawel Castle, only a short walk from the market square.

Krakow: Old Town Audioguided walking Tour

8. Krakow: Old Town Audioguided walking Tour

Explore Krakow's Old Town with the help of a professionally prepared audio guide. The records are prepared in such a way that they are accessible to everyone. Learn about the most important monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the Barbican, Cloth Hall, Florian's Gate, St. Mary's Basilica and the hidden gems of Krakow's Old Town. A well-prepared guide will fascinate you with the city's history, as well as trivia and legends. Start on Grodzka street below St. Peter and Paul Church, the oldest baroque church in Krakow. Head down charming Kanonicza Street to the lovely Planty Garden Chain. Discover the secrets of the Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and a source of knowledge for its students. Head to Szczepanski Square, where you can see Krakow's pre-WWII skyscraper, before heading to Krakow's Market Square, the vibrant center of the Old Town. Find out what happened to the town hall and what is buried next to its tower. Learn about St. Mary's Cathedral and the dark legends of cannibalism. Find out why St. Mary's iron pillars are so polished. Turn left to Florianska Street, where Jan Matejko used to live. Discover the location of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings in Krakow and... watch out for the chains! Stroll through the alleys of the old town and admire impressive monuments such as the Slowacki Theater and the Dominican Basilica, as well as charming places such as the Little Market Square. Find the first building in Krakow with electricity. Complete the loop and return to Grodzka Street, full of new and inspiring stories. The content of the audio guide was created in cooperation with a highly recognized Krakow guides who combines enthusiasm with extensive knowledge of the Old Town of Krakow. The audio guide is available in two languages: Polish and English. This allows you to explore Krakow's Old Town at your own pace rather than following a group. The audio guide also contains useful information and fascinating facts about Krakow's oldest districts. The tour with our audio guide is informative so you can better plan your remaining time in Krakow. During the tour, you will learn about places around Krakow's main square, which you can later explore on your own. The ease of use of the device, the precise instructions included in the recording, the accompanying map and the on-screen instructions make the audio-guided tour a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Krakow: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

9. Krakow: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Town Hall Tower! Visit the iconic Kraków Cloth Hall with its unique exhibits and explore the miraculous St. Mary's Basilica. Take a photo at Floriańska Gate in the city center and get lost in the historic Plac Szczepański in the center of the old town. Learn about the pioneering Nicolaus Copernicus and his life. You will also pass by the unique Church of Sts Peter and Paul, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shiver with Wawel Cathedral in the center of the city, while Smok Wawelski, the symbol monument, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Krakow: City Tour Golf Cart & Schindler's Factory Guide Tour

10. Krakow: City Tour Golf Cart & Schindler's Factory Guide Tour

Meet at the dedicated meeting point and get ready to see some of the most interesting places in Krakow. Learn about the history of the medieval city ─ the Old Town of Krakow, the Jewish district ─ and wander through Kazimierz and Podgórze (former territory of the Krakow ghetto). Come along on a wonderful journey. Explore over 30 places and discover the secrets of this historically and culturally rich city. See highlights including Matejko Square, St. Florian's Church, Planty Park, Wawel Castle, and many more. Check out some of the traditional shops and local attractions to catch a flavor of the city. End your tour at the famous Schindler's Factory and go on a guided tour with a licensed guide. Learn more about what took place here from your knowledgeable guide. After visiting the city, the driver of your electric golf cart will hand you over to a pilot who will take you on a guided tour of the Oskar Schindler Factory.

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4.7
(786 reviews)

Overall, I thought the tour and tour guide were excellent. It was very well organized and all the guides were friendly. Very reasonably priced. I did have a lot of trouble keeping up at Birkenau though. It’s massive and there was what seemed like a half mile walk just to get to the main building. An average person shouldn’t have trouble, I’m just very out of shape. I made it through Auschwitz 1 and after that, I was tired. So adding on Birkenau, I ended up hitting a wall halfway in. Just couldn’t walk anymore. So if you are a sedentary person, I would possibly recommend a shorter tour. It was more walking than I expected.

everything was well organized despite the long distance. trains were clean and spacious and the drivers friendly! our tour guide in both auschwitz and Birkenau ,Evelina, was amazing ,polite,respectful and speaking great English for all to understand. the polish tour guide was a lovely lady too giving even extra information to the group. highly informative tour as you get to hear facts you cant find in books. also there is enough time to explore krakow by the beautiful sunset and by night. very tired at the end of the day as lots of walking is needed but it was all worth it!

We went on the first day in Krakow and it was a great way to get a feel for the area. There was only four of us on the tour so it felt quite personal compared to other tours I've been on with large groups. The tour guide knew his facts and we stopped frequently to look at artitecture, statues, bridges and places of historical interest. He told us both historical facts aswell as local legends and tales which gave an great feel for the area and its history. Overall great experience, would recommend.

Everything was really well organized and great care was taken to ensure that you got on the right platform or got off the right way. The tour in Auschwitz was interesting, but it was a bit rushed, which was a shame. But the trip is still worth it!

We enjoyed the golf cart tour , fantastic and our driver was very accommodating …