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Kraków: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

1. Kraków: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

Visit Schindler's Factory and explore the museum dedicated to preserving the history of these incredible events. Learn the historical context with your expert guide to fully understand the story of Oscar Schindler. See an intimate portrait of the life of Schindler from his pre-war endeavors to his post-war fate. Visit his original office and hear the accounts of the Jewish survivors that he saved. Step into the old enamelware factory and learn the reality of everyday life in Kraków during the Nazi occupation. Immerse yourself in the past with reconstructions of the 1939 battlefield, the bustling streets of Kraków, public execution sites, the railway station, and the Jewish ghetto wall. As you walk from 1939 to 1945, meet not only Schindler but other important figures active in Kraków during that period: Himmler, Pankiewicz, Pope John Paul II, Amon Goeth, and more.

Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

2. Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

You will start in the early morning around 08:00 a.m. (in the winter season the pick up might be slightly earlier). The tour begins in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: first part lasts about 1,5 hours, you will visit Auschwitz I Museum with certified live guide provided by the museum. You will learn the tragic history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After short break you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum when you will spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, you will travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Before entering the Salt Mine you will have 1 hour lunch break. The English-speaking tour of the Mine will begin at 16:00 or 17:00 (depending on road conditions). Head 140 meters underground on a 2.5-hour journey along more than 2.5 kilometers of tourist routes and see chambers with amazing carvings and statues, with everything made of salt. You should arrive around 19:30 p.m. to Kraków.

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

3. Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

After meeting with your guide, you will begin your city tour around Krakow in an electric car with an audio guide in your language. You will visit Old Town, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, former ghetto, and Schindler's Factory. Your tour will take 1.5 hours, and during your tour, you can listen to information about the history of Krakow and descriptions of the monuments in your choice of 28 languages. One car can take up to 7 people on board. In case of more people, there are next car available. The roof is panoramic, so you will be able to see the monuments clearly. During good weather the car will be open, but in case of rain, you can use transparent curtains so as to still see your surroundings.

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

4. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Krakow's Kazimierz district has a long Jewish history. From the medival times Jews were living around this district. The memory of this rich history are beautiful preserved synagogues, prayer houses and small shops located around Kazimierz. Your guide will walk with you around the famous Szeroka Street with Remu and Old Synagogue, old city walls, original Schindler’s factory in the city’s industrial district of Zabłocie and the Podgorze where Getto was located during World War II. In Podgorze you will have chance to see Pankiewicz Eagle's Pharmacy and Plac Bohaterow Getta square with memorial made of 68 chairs.

Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

5. Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way to the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the remains of the former Jewish ghetto's walls and main square before ending your tour at Schindler's Factory Museum. Here, if the option has been selected, visit the museum at your own pace, unguided, with pre-purchased skip-the-line tickets. After an hour in the museum, be picked up and brought back to the original starting point of the tour. Alternatively, if you don't visit the museum, be dropped off immediately after the tour ends at the original starting point of the tour.

Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in Vintage Car

6. Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in Vintage Car

Get an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car. Learn where the large statue of Lenin stood on Aleja Róż (Avenue of Roses), and marvel at the grandeur of Plac Centralny (Central Square). Get familiar with the history of Polish communism by taking a ride in a classic Polish car of that era and visiting bomb shelters that were built around a city in the case of World War III. Take a stroll through the Central Square and Roses Avenue, where Poland's biggest statue of Lenin once stood. See the remains of Socialist Realism architecture and learn more about the urban layout of the city. Discover the city’s huge steelworks initiative, which was the reason for its foundation. Travel through time in either a Polish Fiat 126 model “Maluch,” Lada 2101, classic Nysa, Żuk, or even a soviet army van model UAZ 452. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist director's offices of steelworks.

Kraków 2-Hour Guided Tour: History and Photos

7. Kraków 2-Hour Guided Tour: History and Photos

Spend an authentic day in Krakow after a well-planned route through the city. Instead of showing the most popular Old Town with the main market square that everyone can, this is a special trip by electric golf car. Discover the most important and suggestive monuments surrounding the Old Town, Kazimierz (Christian part with churches and Jewish part with synagogues), the Jewish ghetto from the Second World War and Oskar Schindler's Factory. Explore the most famous churches, synagogues and monuments. Explore less popular but beautiful streets, where you will feel the true climate of the district. On the tour you can try the most famous Zapiekanki (open-faced sandwich) on Plac Nowy. To reminisce about the trip for a long time, be photographed at the most interesting points. If your English is not very good, don’t worry - you have the opportunity to hear the history of the monuments from the installed audio system in your language.

Krakow: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

8. Krakow: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Meet your driver-guide at the meeting point in the center of the city. Discover the best of Krakow on a 1.5-hour tour with an audio guide in 28 languages. Learn about the monuments and areas you pass by and receive plenty of recommendations for your stay in the city. First, visit the Old Town of Krakow with the largest medieval market square in Europe. Travel along the Royal Route and the defensive walls and fortifications. See many beautiful buildings such as the Jagiellonian University, Słowacki Theater, and the breathtaking Wawel Castle. Explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where you can see beautiful synagogues, old cemeteries, atmospheric streets and squares. Visit the district of Podgórze where you can stop at Ghetto Heroes Square, the Eagle Pharmacy, and the remains of former Ghetto walls. Learn of the tragic history of the Jewish community during the years of World War II, and see the famous factory of Oskar Schindler, where many lives were saved. Then, be dropped off at the meeting point or any location in the city center.

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

9. Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 4 to 4.5 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant where you can order anything from pirogies to Żurek, a sour wheat soup. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square. 

Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

10. Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins next to the Wawel Castle at an easy-to-find meeting point. From there, you will begin covering the most important parts of Krakow. Begin by explore the Old Town, including Wawel Castle. This area contains many gorgeous churches as well as the Bishop's Palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. You will then explore the Jewish Quarters, which contain breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz. You will then discover the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square, as well as Schindler’s Factory. Following those 2 hours, you will have some time to go inside Schindler's Factory on your own. Please check the price of the ticket and if the museum will be open this day, and your driver is able to wait for about 50 minutes before driving you back to the city center.

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based on 36,461 reviews

My family really enjoyed our tour around Krakow, very interesting facts were provided along the trip and being our first excursion on arrival to the city, this gave us our bearings and helped us decide what we wanted to go and visit next. The tour guide was extremely friendly, picked us up from our hotel, which was very convenient and even offered to drop us off at one of the attractions instead of having to go back to the hotel.

The guide was very good at picking the most interesting parts of the museum and pulling us through in an intriguing way. It’s an easy place to get overwhelmed but she helped us navigate and really brought the important messages home!

The guide have established varm and welcoming atmosphere in the group. Appropriate amount of information, number of stops and time for questions made the activity worth of recommending it to others.

The guide was switching between English and polish very easily, I was impressed with her ability to do the tour double time and still keep everyone interested!

Really enjoyable tour. Guide was very friendly it was the best way to do the tour on a hot day