Guided City Break to Krakow
DISCOVER A CITY THAT HARMONIOUSLY BLENDS ITS PAST AND PRESENT
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A guided City Break to Krakow with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore Poland’s former capital and one of Europe's most exquisite treasures. We’ll 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 sad history of the Jews in this city in the old Jewish quarter, Kasimierz, and visit the poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau. Your visit also includes a journey underground into the astonishing Wieliczka Salt Mine.
• Krakow’s famous buildings including the Royal Castle and the Cloth Hall
• Moving Auschwitz-Berkenau
• Astonishing Wieliczka Salt Mines
- A full programme of sightseeing
- Visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mines
- 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
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.
|The hotel offers 47 bedrooms.
All rooms are equipped with:
The Hotel has a:
Our holidays at Hotel Maksymilian are on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
The hotel offers a buffet breakfast served in the restaurant.
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.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
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.
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.
Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk exploring the different areas of the city. We will also enjoy two coach excursions outside the city.
Highlights of the sightseeing programme include:
An introduction to Krakow
Krakow's Old Town, Rynek Główny and the medieval Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)
Starting from the hotel, we will 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 and Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Castle and Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wieliczka Salt Mine
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 and the Old Town
Krakow's old Jewish Quarter, Oskar Schindler's factory and Krakow's Old Town
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 Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, which now houses an exhibition about 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).
A poignant memorial to the Holocaust at the former concentration camp
We visit the site of the concentration camp, originally a Polish-built camp for migrant workers but converted in 1940 by the Nazis into prison blocks.
Admission fees: Most admission costs are not included in the cost of the holiday. We do include the admission costs to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mines. You should allow around 285 złoty for the other entrance costs, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens.
Local transport: During this City Break the sightseeing programme will involve the use of some public transport. Allow approximately 120 złoty.
In the evenings: This holiday is sold on a Bed and Breakfast basis. However, your leader will make arrangements at local restaurants should members of the group wish to eat together. You will find that most guests enjoy dining together but the choice is yours. If you do choose to dine independently, your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option.
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between flights from Heathrow, Edinburgh, Newcastle or Manchester to Krakow airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 30 minutes to the Grand Hotel Maksymilian.
Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option.
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Krakow airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £11.50. Some City Break itineraries can involve sightseeing on your arrival day, depending on flight times. If you travel independently and arrive after the HF Holidays' flight, you may miss some of the first day's activities
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Harry was brought up in Scotland, spent 15 years in Australia and now lives in Kent, England. He was a school teacher for over 30 years and is now retired. He qualified as an HF Holidays’ Walking leader several years ago and has led many walks in England and France. He also enjoys leading City Breaks and speaks fluent German and French, and also some Dutch and Italian. He has led City Breaks in Barcelona, Seville, Bruges, and Prague. His pastimes are skiing, cycling, and swimming. He loves being an HF Holidays’ leader because of all the wonderful people he has met from all over the world. His focus is on his guests and he tries to cater for everyone’s individual needs. Harry is looking forward to welcoming you to Krakow.
Dates & Prices
|19 Jul 2018||KKLCL - Krakow City Break - Without Flights||4||£505.00||Book Now|
|23 Jul 2018||KKLCL - Krakow City Break - Without Flights||3||£455.00||Book Now|
|23 Jul 2018||
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|20 Sep 2018||KKLCL - Krakow City Break - Without Flights||4||£505.00||Book Now|
|24 Sep 2018||KKLCL - Krakow City Break - Without Flights||3||£455.00||Book Now|
|24 Sep 2018||
KKLCL - Krakow City Break
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Prices are per person
- Single Room Supplement: £23 per night
- Extra night: £29 per person
- Allow approximately 410 złoty for entrance fees and local transport
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person