KRAKOW SPRING CITY BREAK

Sunday 28 April 4-days
Enjoy this beautiful city at the best time of year - in the Spring!

Is KRAKOW on your ‘bucket-list’? If so, now is your chance to experience this beautiful city, in company, completely hassle-free, at one of the best times of year for a relaxing City Break!

Stroll through the streets of Krakow and soak up the city’s mystical atmosphere. You will find a different aspect of Krakow’s history around every corner ….  from the ancient and historic to its modern regeneration. The ideal destination for a Spring City Break.
A historical and cultural gem in Poland’s crown, Krakow is just perfect if you’re looking for legendary castles, beautiful parks & gardens (especially in the Spring!), magnificent churches, bustling marketplaces and a plethora of cuisine – from the traditional to the international. Visitors from all over the world enjoy the delights of Krakow, so why not join them!

Although the famous and absolutely spectacular Salt Mines are included in our Solent Events tour, as this is a CITY BREAK, you are welcome to ‘do your own thing’ and explore Krakow as you wish. 
Solent Events have arranged TWO OPTIONAL tours – the Schindlers Factory Museum (90mins) and Auschwitz/Birkenau  which you are most welcome to book (see booking form). They are both exceptional tours and well worth visiting.

MORE MUST DOs IN KRAKOW: Travelling by tram or bus is one of the highlights of visiting Krakow, being cheap & easy to get around the sights, especially if you’re not a big walker (great for getting to Wawel Castle from the city centre!).
One of the major attractions in Krakow is Royal Wawel Castle, a strong symbol for Polish national identity and brimming with treasures and antiquities spread over five different museums. Poland is known for its vodka, so a tasting tour may be on your ‘must do’ list. There are several to choose from in Krakow.
The Old Town is the place to go for souvenirs of your cheap city breaks to Krakow. Start in the Cloth Hall’s large souvenir market where you’ll find crystal glassware, amber jewellery and sheepskin rugs. Galerias Krakowska and Kazimierz are large air-conditioned shopping centres.
Krakow is home to a variety of bustling marketplaces, selling everything from trinkets to Polish snacks. Plac Nowy is known as the Jewish market and you’ll find an enormous collection of different stalls here selling clothing, antiques and souvenirs. Hala Targowa is a fun market to explore where the line between trash and treasure is pretty thin. Here you’ll find everything from old books and postcards to jewellery and paintings. If you’d rather buy some fresh local produce, Stary Kleparz is a historical food market that dates back to the 12th century. Make sure you try some local specialities while you’re here, including obwarzanek, a type of bagel, and oscypek, a type of cheese that comes from the Tatra Mountains.
To experience a bit of the Krakow ‘nightlife’, grab a table at one of the bars in Rynek Glowny in the early evening before heading to the buzzing bars of Plac Nowy, many of which are hidden underground!
To learn about the Jewish history of Krakow, head to the Galicia Jewish Museum, where you’ll find a touching and informative exhibition on the Jewish culture of the former Austro-Hungarian region of Galicia, and the victims of the Holocaust. 

EATING: There are numerous traditional and international restaurants and cafés in Krakow, especially in the Main Square of the Old Town, at very reasonable prices, plus a huge, impressive Shopping Mall (Galeria Krakówska) not far from our hotel for those who like a bit of retail therapy!  One traditional Krakow delicacy is the obwarzanek, a large pretzel that’s sold in every cafe and on every street corner. Krakow’s food is hearty with choices such as zurek, a creamy sour soup served with sausage or hard-boiled egg, barszcz or beetroot soup and Polish dumplings or pierogi. Similar to ravioli, made with sweet or savoury fillings.

OUR HOTEL: The PURO Krakow Stare Miasto is ideally located in Kraków City Centre and close to Main Market Square in the Old City. The Galeria Krakówska and the historic Train Station are also nearby.  The Puro Hotel  boasts a terrace, cafe, restaurant and a bar.

This exclusive Solent Events tour is designed for a maximum of 26 passengers, so please book as soon as you have decided to join us, especially if you require a single room (double/twin for sole occupancy) as we only have 8 available to us!

Price
Only £875pp
CLUB-21 MEMBERS EARLYBIRD - booked before 01 October 2023 - £855pp
Deposit only £150pp

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with Success Tours who are fully bonded.

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY
The Final Itinerary & times will be published in early 2024. NB. It was necessary to move our Optional Schindlers List Factory Tour from Monday to Wednesday, during our last morning in Krakow. 

Day 1
Sunday 28 April 2024 
Travel to a London Heathrow airport by Luxury coach from four local pick-ups and relax in an airport lounge
0855     BA scheduled flight to Krakow at  (Approx 2hrs 40 mins)
1230     Arriving at John Paul II Krakow Airport (local time), a coach and guide will be waiting for us when we land to transfer us to the beautiful city of Krakow.
We will then enjoy a City Orientation Tour before checking into our centrally situated 4* Puro Old Town Hotel (check-in in normally mid-afternoon aorund 3pm).
FREE TIME to explore
EVENING at leisure to sample local restaurants 
OR Meet Lin in reception for small group evening meal at 1900 

Day 2 
Monday 29 April
0930     Meet guide for included Salt Mines Tour situated approx 30 minutes outside Krakow 
1030     2-hour tour of Salt Mines                         
1300     Meet coach for journey back into Old Town or Hotel   
FREE TIME        Afternoon & evening at leisure
OR Meet Lin for small group evening meal

Day 3
Tuesday 30 April     
0930     OPTIONAL pre-booked tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau 
Approx
OR         FULL day at leisure
1700      Return from Auschwitz/Birkenau Tour
Evening at leisure
OR Meet Lin for small group evening meal

Day 4
Wednesday 01 May
1100     Check out and meet for OPTIONAL pre-booked tour of Schindlers List Museum at 1200pm
OR        Full day at leisure until 1715, meeting back at the hotel for transfer to Krakow Airport 

As check-out is at 1200 noon, luggage can safely be left in reception, until we leave for the airport.
1730    Leave hotel for airport
2030    BA direct flight to London Heathrow
2210    Arrive London Heathrow (local time)
2245    Meet coach for journey home

NB. For your comfort, a maximum of 26 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events Tour (the normal max for Tour Operator tours being around 45!).

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY
Schindlers Factory Museum Tour  –
WAS: Mon 29 April, but they are no longer opening on a Monday.
The tour has now been changed to 1200 on Wednesday 01 May 
Duration: 1hr 30mins

Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum in Krakow. Explore the exhibitions in the enamel factory where hundreds of Jewish employees were saved from deportation. Follow an expert guide through Schindler’s office, and examine multimedia projections, artifacts and photos while learning the stories of the workers.
 
  • Explore the museum housed in Schindler’s original WWII enamel factory with an expert guide
  • See Schindler’s office and learn the personal stories of some his Jewish workforce
  • View the displays and photos that chart Krakow’s wartime and post-war history
  • Be transported back to the Nazi and Soviet occupations through multimedia projections, documents, and artifacts
  • Hear Schindler’s story and how it was brought alive by Spielberg’s Oscar-winner, ‘Schindler’s List’
  • Group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures more personalized attention from the guide
  • Pay tribute to the souls lost at Auschwitz-Birkenau on a guided tour
  • Hear about the medical experiments, the gas chambers, and more
  • Specialist guide leads the group, with headsets to hear the story clearly
 
Professional local guide (if specific option is selected)
Entry fee
All Fees and Taxes
Guide 
 
Excluded in this tour:
Food and drinks
 
What to expect:
We will make our own way here, but hopefully the coach will drop us near here when returning from The Salt Mine Tour, with time at leisure for lunch before the tour begins at 3pm in from of Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum, where our guide will be waiting for us. Before heading inside, we will hear a brief introduction about Oskar Schindler, the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film, ‘Schindler’s List.’

After placing our belongings in a safe drawer, the guide will lead us into the museum, passing through rooms documenting the impact of World War II on Krakow. Travel back in time through photographs of cobbled streets, resistance hideaways, and prisons of the Nazi- and Soviet-occupied city. Listen in on original film and radio recordings for a sense of the overwhelming fear that gripped the country during that time.

As we continue to explore the interactive displays, learn the stories that took place inside the factory. Hear how Schindler’s Jewish employees manufactured pots, pans, tins and other enamelware for the German army, and how this vital war effort protected them from transportation to the concentration camps. See some of the products made here, view Schindler’s office, and hear the fates of some of the 1,200 Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—who worked in the factory.

Our tour concludes outside of the museum, when we will return to the hotel by tram/bus.

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Duration: Full day – 7hrs

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum marks the site of the Nazi German concentration camp where over a million Jews and other prisoners died during World War II. A sensitive, licensed guide will lead your tour of the two separate camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau, enhancing your understanding. Round-trip transfers come direct from local pick-up (hopefully from our hotel)

  • Pay tribute to the souls lost at Auschwitz-Birkenau on a guided tour
  • Hear about the medical experiments, the gas chambers, and more
  • Specialist guide leads the group, with headsets to hear the story clearly
Licensed, English speaking local guide
Entry fees (Auschwitz I & Auschwitz II Birkenau), insurance and taxes
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Round-trip transportation from and to Krakow by air-conditioned vehicle (mini-van or mini-bus)
Hotel pickup or meeting point  and drop off
Professional assistance in case of any issue
Highly qualified, helpful and friendly customer service
 
Excluded in this tour:
Food and drinks
 
NOTES:

BAG SIZE: Please note you are not permitted to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum with large bags or backpacks. The maximum size permitted is 30cm x 20cm x 10cm. You can leave your bags at the car which is locked during your visit.
LUNCH: Lunch is not included. There is not enough time for a regular lunch between your visits to the Auschwitz (1st camp) and Birkenau (2nd camp), so we will take a snack to eat. On the spot you can find a grocery shop, snack bar and restaurant.
SECURITY: Be prepared to go through a security check (similar to the airport’s one) in order to enter Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, but they are very quick.

 
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