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!
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with Success Tours who are fully bonded.
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.
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
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
Tuesday 30 April
0930 OPTIONAL pre-booked tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau
OR FULL day at leisure
1700 Return from Auschwitz/Birkenau Tour
Evening at leisure
OR Meet Lin for small group evening meal
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!).
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
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.
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)
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.
Your details will be safe with us & will not be passed on to any other person, company or business