Krakow Guided City Break

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Centre Based
from £529pp

Poland's former capitol is one of Europe's most exquisite treasures, known for its well-preserved medieval core and fascinating Jewish quarter. Wander through the large medieval town square, visit Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle, and explore the Cloth Hall in the Old Town. Learn about the history of the old Jewish quarter, Kasimierz, and visit the poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau. Journey underground into the astonishing Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a walking tour that takes you through a series of chambers, many with carvings made by the miners.

Holiday Highlights

  • Krakow’s famous buildings including the Royal Castle and the Cloth Hall
  • Moving Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Astonishing Wieliczka Salt Mines

What’s included

  • A full programme of sightseeing
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Good quality and centrally located accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Bed & breakfast

Trip Notes

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Starting from the hotel, we'll walk through the narrow parkland which was once the moat alongside defensive walls which surrounded Krakow’s Old Town. We will pass the home where the future Pope John Paul II lived, and where as Pope he addressed the crowds when returning to his city. We will then enter the Old Town and head for the Rynek Główny, built in medieval times as the largest city square in Europe. Before dinner, there will be the opportunity to visit the Sukiennice, the medieval Cloth Hall, which is now a covered market.


Wawel Hill is from where Poland was ruled for over 500 years. The hilltop castle was the seat of the kings, and the cathedral is where they were crowned. At the cathedral, there will be time to ascend the Sigismund Tower, to enjoy excellent views over the city. In the castle, we will visit the state rooms, which have been restored to their original Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Wieliczka Salt Mine is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour takes us through a series of chambers, many with carvings made by miners. The tour culminates in the amazing St Kinga’s Chapel, where even the chandeliers are carved from the salt! Please note that there are a lot of steps in the mines – 380 just to start.


Kazimierz was once an independent town where the Jewish people settled when expelled from Krakow in the late 15th century. There will be time to visit the Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery which is still a place of worship and pilgrimage. We will then cross the Vistula River and walk to the site of the Jewish Ghetto. We can visit the site of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, which is now a museum, with exhibitsabout Krakow under Nazi occupation.

Later, we’ll return to the Old Town, with more time to visit some of the important buildings there: the town hall tower; the magnificent arcaded courtyard of the Collegium Maius (the oldest surviving university building in Poland); the Basilica of St Francis, with its Art Nouveau stained-glass windows and murals and Mariacki Basilica (St Mary’s Church).


We visit the moving site of the concentration camp, originally a Polish-built camp for migrant workers but converted in 1940 by the Nazis into prison blocks.



Hotel Maksymilian - Krakow

Hotel Maksymilian is a 3-star hotel located just 600m from Krakow’s main square, close to a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes as well as the city’s most famous monuments.

Rooms

The hotel offers 47 bedrooms.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Flat screen TV
  • Safe
  • Free WiFi

Facilities

The Hotel has a:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Health Studio

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Maksymilian are on a Bed and Breakfast basis.

Breakfast

The hotel offers a buffet breakfast served in the restaurant.

Lunch (payable locally)

Lunches can be bought during the day in local cafés or shops - or you may prefer to make up a small packed lunch. Your leader will advise you of the options each day.

Evening meal

In the evenings enjoy group dining at carefully selected restaurants or dine independently if you prefer. Your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, either independently or with your fellow guests.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.

Getting to Hotel Maksymilian - Krakow

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What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
12 Sep / 16 Sep 2019 Itinerary -4 Days £529 Unavailable
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Centre Based

4 nights from £529pp

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