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Day Trips from Krakow

By Viator, April 2014

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Although there is more to see in elegant Krakow than could be covered in a year, from thought-provoking new museums reflecting on WWII to grand palaces and ornate Baroque churches, there are plenty of amazing sights nearby. Take a couple of days to travel into the Polish countryside on these exciting full-day sightseeing tours.

Warsaw

Poland’s capital city has been revitalized since its near-destruction in WWII, so grab the chance to see the main sights in a day. Start off in the vibrant and up-and-coming Praga area, stuffed with galleries, bars and restaurants, before exploring the former royal hunting grounds of Lazienki Park and following the Royal Route to the cobbled streets and gaily painted houses of Warsaw’s atmospheric Old Town. During free time in the afternoon, tour the ornate apartments of the majestic Royal Castle, once home to the Polish monarchy.

Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine

Save money by combining two of Krakow’s most popular tours. Face the enormity of the Holocaust with a morning visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 1.5 million Poles, Jews, Russians and gypsies lost their lives in WWII. See an uplifting documentary on the liberation of the camp in 1947 and take an educational if sobering guided tour of the barracks, gas chambers and crematorium. The following day, venture far underground in the labyrinthine caverns of Wieliczka salt mine to see the bizarre salt formations and the eerie Chapel of St Kinga, where even the altar and chandeliers are made of salt.

Zakopane and the Tatras
Here’s your chance to explore rural Poland amid the gorgeous Tatra mountains. Driving past spectacular lakes and waterfalls, head to Zakopane, Poland’s winter-sports capital, to ride the funicular up Mount Gubalówka for glorious views over forested peaks and valleys. Back in Zakopane, discover the region’s traditional wooden chalets and churches before hitting the stores and restaurants of the buzzing main street, Krupówki – and don’t forget to sample the local Oscypiki sheep’s cheese!

In the Footsteps of John Paul II

John Paul II is much revered by the Poles and this informative tour showcases his life as plain Archbishop Karol Wojtyła before he left Krakow to become Pope in 1978. In the morning drive through the undulating Beskidy mountains to explore his birthplace of Wadowice. Travel on to the futuristic church at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki before returning to Krakow and visiting Wojtyła‘s former apartment and the Archdiocesan Museum at the Bishop’s Palace in the entrancing Old Town.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 899 Reviews

Leave Krakow for a morning or afternoon to visit the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. This sobering half-day trip will have a lasting impact, ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 5 - 6 hours

From USD $50.81

Krakow Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Tour plus Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 235 Reviews

Visit two of the most popular places in Poland with this Krakow Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days at a discounted price! On Day 1, ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: Varies

From USD $82.40

Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour from Krakow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Devote a day to the memory of Holocaust victims on this small-group Auschwitz tour from Krakow, led by an expert guide. Departing in the early morning, your ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.80
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 369 Reviews

Leave Krakow behind and spend a fascinating morning or afternoon touring the legendary Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in Europe. Along with ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.19

Private Tour: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Explore Auschwitz-Birkenau with a private guide on a full-day trip from Krakow, and learn about life inside the world’s most feared concentration camp during ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.14

Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 97 Reviews

Experience a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Gubalówka and take a walk around the peak. Visit the oldest part of Zakopane with its old ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.79

Polish Castles Day Trip from Krakow

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Visit three impressive Polish castles on a route known as the Trail of the Eagles’ Nest – a stretch of forested countryside in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.00

Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa including the 'Black Madonna' Day Tour from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Follow the Eagles Nest Trail to Czestochowa to see the "Black Madonna", a Gothic painting of Our Lady at the monastery of Jasna Gora. Returning to ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.15

Dunajec River Gorge and Niedzica Castle from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Undoubtedly Dunajec River Gorge is one of the Poland's prime tourist attractions and this great day trip from Krakow gives you the chance to admire some ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.48

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

While in Poland don't miss your chance to visit Wadowice - childhood home of John Paul ll. Travel through the stunning Beskidy mountain range, pay homage to ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.55

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