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Medieval glories & moving memories

Krakow is one of Europe's must-see 'new' destinations - one of only a handful of major Central European cities to survive the centuries unscathed. Our escorted break lifts the veil on this visual masterpiece, full of UNESCO-listed architectural treasures, and also pays a visit to the preserved remains of infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Stay in the heart of Krakow
Enjoy a guided tour of Poland's former Royal capital
Discover the great medieval square of Rynek Glowny
Wander the market stalls and galleries of the Sukkennice Cloth Hall
Don't miss the stunning Mariacki church
Take in Wawel Castle and its stunning riverside views
The historic Kazimierz district
Enjoy Krakow's vibrant cafe culture
Visit poignant, sobering Auschwitz-Birkenau

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Four nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a centrally located hotel
A tour of Krakow
A visit to Auschwitz
Return flights from the UK to Krakow
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Poland from the UK

Fly to Krakow, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, head out to take your first look at this city that boasts the State Rooms of Wawel Castle, the stunning wooden altarpiece of the Mariacki church and the treasures of the Czartoryski Palace. Why not head to a cafe for hot chocolate, or to a local beer cellar to try the local brew?

Day Two: Included Krakow city tour

Discover Krakow on our included guided walking tour. This seat of Polish kings was also the former home of much-loved Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II). Admire the medieval and Renaissance splendour of the city's great central square, Rynek Glowny, and its centrepiece the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

Here, behind the many-arched facade, you'll find market stalls to browse, cafes where you can sit and relax, and even an art gallery on the upper floor.

Day Three: Included day trip to Auschwitz

Today we'll head to Auschwitz-Birkenau, 70km southwest of the city. On this harrowing and thought-provoking pilgrimage you'll tour the buildings of the death camp and gain a sense of the horrors of the "Final Solution".

Later we'll return to Krakow and you'll be free to explore. Visit the Kazimierz quarter - once the historic centre of Jewish culture in the city - or the 'Pharmacy under the Eagle' museum across the river in the Podgorze district - the cramped wartime ghetto.

Day Four: Optional salt mine excursion

Today you're free to discover more of the city's sights, or to join an optional excursion to see the vast underground chambers, full-sized chapel and stupendous concert hall of Wieliczka's astonishing salt mine. Find out about life in the mines at the on-site museum, and browse the subterranean gift shop and cafe before catching the lift back to the surface.

Day Five: Fly back to the UK

Depending on your flight time, you may have time to catch a final glimpse of the majestic city before we transfer you to the airport to check in for your flight home.

PRICES

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Q Hotel ★★★

The Q Hotel offers modern, comfortable accommodation in the Bronowice district. The city centre is easily accessibly by local bus, while Wavel Castle and Rynek Glowny (the city's main square) are a 45- to 60-minute walk away.

Novotel Krakow City West ★★★★

This comfortable hotel offers modern accommodation in a quiet area of Krakow. The city centre is easy to access on the local bus service, which leaves from just outside the hotel. Alternatively, it's a pleasant 30-45 minute walk to central sites such as Wavel Castle and Rynek Glowny (the main square).

Hotel Logos ★★★

Centrally located in the heart of Krakow, this hotel is just a short stroll from the famous old town square, and is close to a good selection of bars and restaurants.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

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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