Traditional Christmas Cheer

The stunningly well-preserved medieval city of Kraków – Poland’s ancient capital – provides the perfect setting for a very special, traditional Christmas break. 

Spend Christmas in style, in elegant, Royal Kraków, which has emerged unscathed through the centuries. A fascinating guided walking tour brings this city and its festive sights to life on Christmas Eve, before Christmas Day brings some free time in the day and a special Christmas Dinner at a local restaurant in the early evening. On Boxing Day, you can continue exploring Kraków under your own steam or join the optional excursion to the remarkable UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the five-star Holiday Inn Kraków City Centre, Kraków
  • Included city tour of Kraków
  • Festive dinner at your hotel on Christmas Eve
  • Special Christmas Day dinner at a local restaurant
  • Return flights to Kraków
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
  • One piece of hold luggage per person

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Kraków, and upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your luxuriously appointed city centre hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring your new surroundings, perhaps heading to a café, bar or local restaurant for dinner.

  • Wrap up warm this morning as you enjoy an included walking tour that will really bring to life this seat of Polish kings and former archbishopric of Pope John Paul II. Kraków is a compact city, great for exploring on foot. At its mesmerising heart is the great square of Rynek Glówny, medieval Europe’s largest such space, which is encircled by some stunningly beautiful buildings. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall, a covered market surrounded by the wooden stalls of the Christmas market. Enjoy browsing through the market’s festive wares – don’t miss the glorious St Mary’s Basilica, adjacent to the square, where the traditional custom of the Christmas crib-building may be seen.

    Rynek Glówny and the heart of the city is watched over by Wawel Hill, home to the former royal castle and the magnificent Gothic Wawel Cathedral, built on the site of an 11th-century original. South of the hill, bordering the Vistula River, is the Kazimierz district, historic centre of Jewish culture down the centuries.

    After a fascinating day spent exploring the sights and delights of the city, begin your celebrations with a festive dinner at your hotel in the early evening, adding to the pleasures of an enjoyable day.

  • Merry Christmas! The morning and afternoon are yours to spend as you please, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite festive spots from yesterday’s walking tour. Rynek Glówny and its Christmas markets, which are open on Christmas Day, are just a five-minute walk away.

    During the early evening, a special Christmas Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. The restaurant is a 15-minute walk or so from your hotel, and you will be accompanied by your tour manager.

  • Today you have the choice of continuing your exploration of Kraków under your own steam or joining in an optional excursion to the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine, less than one hour away from the city. Salt was mined here at Wieliczka as early as the 11th Century, and over the years, the mine has grown to be larger than the town itself. Today, it is more an underground city than a mine, consisting of an estimated 180 miles of passageways spread over nine different levels, some as deep underground as 360 yards. The near two-mile-long tourist trail takes in some fascinating features, all of which are carved from salt, including St Kinga’s Chapel, with its salt chandeliers and staircase, and Warsaw Hall, which can hold a full symphony orchestra.

    However you decide to spend your day, enjoy a last evening in the city, perhaps dining out in a traditional restaurant.

  • Bid farewell to your hosts as you transfer back to the airport for your return flight after a very special Christmas break.


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Holiday Inn Kraków City Centre, Kraków

Located in the heart of Kraków’s Old Town, just five minutes’ walk from Rynek Glówny, this luxuriously appointed, five-star hotel is a great base for exploring the compact city.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 40 minutes.

  • Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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