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Vistula Krakow

Vistula Krakow: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

1. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

Admire the Wawel Royal Castle and see other monuments from the Vistula River, Krakow's historic waterway. Listen to the audio commentary as you sit back and relax, enjoying the comfort of a traditional yet modern vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of Krakow's landmarks. Witness the charms of Krakow’s districts, such as Saltwator and Kazimierz, and see such sights as the Dębnicki Bridge, "Church on the Rock," and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

2. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Explore Krakow from the Vistula River — the Queen of Polish Rivers — on a sightseeing cruise. Sail past landmarks such as Kościuszko Mound, Wawel Castle, Church on the Rock, and the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters while hearing about the city's legends from your guide. The heated deck and comfortable leather sofas of the modern boat will make you feel at home even on cold days. On warmer days, you're invited to the observation deck to enjoy the beautiful views while spending time outdoors. Listen to the history of Krakow from the boat's modern overhead sound system in Polish and English. Take in all the major the sights of the city, such as Skałka Church, Royal Wawel Castle, the former House of Pope John Paul II, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Cricoteka, and The 6 Bridges.

Krakow: Boat Party with Unlimited Drinks

3. Krakow: Boat Party with Unlimited Drinks

Set sail down the beautiful Vistula river at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM every Saturday night for 2 hours, and enjoy an open bar for the entire cruise, drinking games, party guides and a full surround sound system. This is an astoundingly great party with all the right ingredients required to have a great time. And to take things to a hot new level, every cruise includes a live magician show. Once back on land, you will be taken to 3 of Krakow's most infamous late night clubs and after-parties. This will include VIP entry, no lines and free welcome shots. A professional photographer will be there to capture the fun and happy images. 

Krakow: Vistula River Cruise and Beer Tasting Guided Tour

4. Krakow: Vistula River Cruise and Beer Tasting Guided Tour

First, relax on a modern boat in a truly intimate atmosphere and admire Krakow as you see it from the Vistula River during your short cruise. Take your friends to the observation deck and admire the Wawel Hill, the Church on Skałka or the Kosciuszko Mound in the afternoon sun. After disembarking, take your guided walk to trusted bars and a microbrewery to discover the best beer in Krakow. During your escapade, taste 9 craft and factory beers and find your favorite flavor. Treat yourself to local snacks and listen to the guide's stories about history and culture as well as interesting places you wouldn't normally find as a tourist!

Krakow: Discover the Old Town with a Group Bike Tour

5. Krakow: Discover the Old Town with a Group Bike Tour

Cover distances that are impossible to walk with a two-hour group bike tour of the Old Town. Visit 4 churches and see the vibrant Old Town market squares and shopping areas. Ride along the royal route and take in views of the Wawel Royal Castle. Go to the Vistula embankment and the famous Wawel Dragon Cave. Discover the well-known and hidden gems. Take in the true atmosphere and plenty of street art with help from your guide. Find places that can only be reached by bike.

Krakow Vistula River Cruise

6. Krakow Vistula River Cruise

Sit back and relax on a cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow. Take this unique opportunity to see Krakow from a different perspective. It begins at the bottom of the Wawel Hill and takes you along the Vistula boulevards, past famous churches and other Krakow attractions.  You will have a loudspeaker in English and Polish so you have the opportunity to hear historical information on Krakow’s history and the sights you will pass by in the boat.  Starting from Wawel Hill traveling up the river, you will pass famous places including: Wawel Castle, Old Town, Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Schloss Wartenberg, Podgorze and Kazimierz.

Krakow: Romantic Evening Vistula Cruise with a Glass of Wine

7. Krakow: Romantic Evening Vistula Cruise with a Glass of Wine

Spend your evening discovering one of the most beautiful cities in Poland with a Vistula River cruise. Experience Krakow from a new perspective as you relax, admire monuments located along the river, listen to stories about the city, and enjoy your evening. The cruise begins near Wawel Hill. Heading towards the Salwator district, you will hear very interesting stories and legends about Kraków's knights. While approaching the Norbertine Sisters' Convent, you can see the Kościuszko Mound over Krakow in the distance. On the way back you will be able to see the house at Tyniecka Street, where Karol Wojtyła, later John Paul II, lived during the occupation period. On the other side of the Castle, in the Dębniki district, you can admire the Manggha Japanese Art Center, a national cultural institution, which entered into the State Museum Register in 2013. You can also see the Church on Skalka, which also has a long and rich history dating back to the Stone Age. Learn about Kazimierz, a special place shaped by being a centuries-old Christian-Jewish neighborhood.

Krakow: River Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

8. Krakow: River Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Enjoy a combo Vistula River cruise and guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, skip-the-line entry included. Look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, then go to Wieliczka and admire underground wonders made of salt by the forces of nature and the work of human hands. Start your day by hopping on board a boat with a heated deck and leather sofas that will make you feel at home, even on cold days. On warmer days, head to the upper platform to enjoy the views while spending time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen. Look at Krakow from the riverside and spot monuments such as the defensive walls of Wawel with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the cathedral, and the iconic silhouette of a dragon. Then, change to a bus and drive to Wieliczka, a small town near Krakow, where one of the largest ancient salt mines in Europe (700 years old) is located. The depth of the mine is 340 meters, and the total length of the corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. The tourist route is over 3 km long and includes over 20 halls, underground lakes, and a multitude of corridors and buildings, including the largest and one-of-a-kind Church of St. Kinga, the patron saint of miners. The underground church is richly decorated with chandeliers and statues of saints carved out of salt. There is a specific healing microclimate in the mine and a sanatorium at a depth of 135 meters. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning round-trip to Krakow. 

Krakow: River Cruise and Schindler's Factory Museum Tour

9. Krakow: River Cruise and Schindler's Factory Museum Tour

Admire Krakow's cityscape while taking a cruise down the Vistula River. Afterward, make your way through Kazimierz and Podgórze on a golf cart before arriving at the Schindler's Factory Museum. Take a guided tour of the museum and hear about Krakow's experience during World War II. Look at the royal city of Krakow from the deck of a catamaran. Embark on a cruise down the Vistula River and enjoy some sightseeing. Check out the defensive walls of Wawel with a panorama of the royal castle, the cathedral, the silhouette of a dragon, and more. Afterward, ride a golf cart through the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts and see monuments dedicated to the Jewish community. Listen to your audio guide along the way to learn more about Jewish heritage in Krakow. Arrive at the Schindler's Factory Museum, from the German entrepreneur who saved many Jews by employing them in his enamel factory during World War II. Tour the museum and go over the theme of Krakow's fate and its inhabitants during Nazi occupation. Conclude your tour outside of the museum.

Krakow: Private Traditional Gondola Cruise - Up to 12 People

10. Krakow: Private Traditional Gondola Cruise - Up to 12 People

Rent a gondola for a private cruise and enjoy the beautiful sights of Krakow by day or night. Choose the time you prefer and decide how long you want to cruise. The route recommendation depends on your wishes. For example, if you want to see the many main sights of Krakow it is recommended to go through the Old City of Krakow.  See Norbertine Monastery in Salwator, Wawel Hill, Wawel Dragon, the Baroque monastery of the Pauline Fathers on the Rock, Kazimierz, and the Jewish quarter. The route can be adjusted for your needs and time booked.

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What people are saying about Vistula Krakow

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 967 reviews

Great hour spent on the river. The captain was a great guide he pointed out all of the important landmarks and we could ask him lots of questions too. We went just as the sun was about to set which was lovely as the historic buildings were beginning to light up. Being a little more mature person I did struggle to climb aboard perhaps a small step may have helped other than that a fantastic and fun trip on a lovely boat, thank you, well worth the money.

Very nice boat ride to both sides of the river (from the starting point). Not the boat we booked, but way more suitable for our small group.

Very informative tour with great scenery! Would definitely recommend people to do this tour

It was a very easy process and the boat journey was so peaceful and would recommend it

Lovely little cruise great way to spend an hour great value for money