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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)
St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)

St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) Tours and Activities

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The lop-sided towers of the majestic Saint Mary’s Basilica dominate the northeast corner of Krakow’s lively central square, the Rynek Główny. A church has graced this spot since medieval times, but this incarnation was built of red-brick in Gothic style and consecrated in 1320 after the original was destroyed by invading Tartars in the 13th century. The northern tower was raised to 263 feet (80 meters) and became the city’s watchtower.

The interior is handsomely decorated with a star-spangled blue ceiling, heavy Gothic ornamentation and stained-glass windows that shaft sunlight into patterns in the floor. The showpiece is the magnificent carved altar, constructed with wood by the German craftsman Veit Stoss in 1489; it took him 12 long years to finish his creation, which measures 47 feet (13 meters) across and is carved with 200 biblical figures. The altar is opened daily at 11:50 a.m. to reveal gilded scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary.

St Mary’s Basilica is most famous for the much-loved bugle call that rings out across the city on the hour, every hour, played by a trumpeter standing at the top of the structure’s taller, northern tower.

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Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

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Zip around Krakow in an electric car on this sightseeing tour. Led by a private driver, soak up the city's rich history as audio commentary offers background on the passing attractions. Travel through the Jewish district of Kazimierz, see the Barbican and Cloth Hall in the Old Town, and experience a poignant piece of World War II history in the former Jewish Ghetto of Podgórze. Your private tour concludes back at your original departure point.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

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Explore Krakow on this tour of the city’s top attractions. Led by an expert guide, see Wawel Castle, the main square of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and St. Mary’s Church. Stretch your legs with a walking tour along the Royal Route and browse the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Your tour concludes in the city center.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour
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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

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Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is the city’s most atmospheric district and the best way to explore is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour checks off all the highlights, including the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex; the medieval St. Mary’s Basilica and 17th-century St Peter and Paul’s Church; and the historic Cloth Hall.
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  • 3 hours
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US$19,71
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Krakow and Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch

Krakow and Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch

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Take a full-day tour from Warsaw that includes a Krakow city tour and a sobering visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. At Auschwitz-Birkenau, visit still-standing parts of the original Nazi concentration camps along with artifacts from the prisoners who perished there during World War II. Learn about the murderous Nazi campaigns against Europe’s Jewish populations and other ‘undesirables’ as you tour the camps. Change pace in Krakow, taking in landmarks including St. Mary’s Basilica and more.
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  • 17 hours
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US$309,58
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Krakow's Essential Tour of the Old Town and Wawel Castle

Krakow's Essential Tour of the Old Town and Wawel Castle

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Learn what is the most famous window in Poland, for whom the Sigismund’s Bell at the Wawel castle tolls, see the living symbol of Krakow –the trumpeter who plays his melody every hour from the St. Mary’s church. Learn why Krakow was lucky to preserve its beauty in the days of WW2 and was not devastated by the German Nazis like Warsaw. During the 2.5-hour tour you will see the best of the city and what is even more important, we will unveil you the most glorious but also tragic chapters of Polish history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Axe Throwing In Bad Axe Krakow

Axe Throwing In Bad Axe Krakow

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We are the premium viking styled axe throwing club in Cracow where you can learn how to safely throw axes. This type of entertainment is particularly popular in North America. Our mission is to promote this form of sport in Poland, so that it becomes a popular entertainment you can enjoy with your friends and colleagues. Our clients consists of corporate workers, bachelor party participants and people looking for a unique and interesting way to spend their time. Visit to our club is a perfect way to start your evening. Axe throwing is not only competition who can throw better but a great way to fraternize. If you would like to make a team event or birthday party send us a message and we will help you out with everything.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Krakow Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour
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Krakow Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

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Explore the resilient history and local culture of Krakow’s old Jewish district on a 3-hour walking tour of Kazimierz. Learn about the area’s 14th-century founding by King Kazimierz the Great and its modern emergence as the artistic heart of Krakow. Hear how the neighborhood was shaped by the devastating events of World War II, and visit important Jewish landmarks including the Old Synagogue, the New Cemetery and the factory of Oskar Schindler.
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  • 3 hours
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US$19,71
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Thermal Pools and Zakopane Tatra Mountains from Krakow, Private

Thermal Pools and Zakopane Tatra Mountains from Krakow, Private

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See the traditional wooden homes of Chochołow, the hills of Zakopane, and the thermal pools of Chocholow on this day trip from Krakow. In Zakopane, you’ll have a chance to walk down Krupówki Street in the city center and admire the views from Gubałówka Hill. Spend 3 hours relaxing in the thermal pools of Chocholow before your return to Krakow.
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US$155,23
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Jewish Quarter, Oskar Schindler's sites and Kraków under Nazi occupation

Jewish Quarter, Oskar Schindler's sites and Kraków under Nazi occupation

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In the beginning we go to see the very well preserved medieval Jewish quarter in Kazimierz, with its most interesting, ancient streets: Meisselsa, Józefa and Szeroka. Having this background we go over the Wisła (Vistula) River to find out the history of the Closed Jewish District (ghetto) in Podgórze. We also see the remaining parts of the ghetto wall in a very striking "matsevah-like" shape. Then we visit the historical museum in the former Schindler's Factory in Zabłocie. The new (opened in 2010), interactive exhibition shows how Kraków looked like days before WWII started and how WWII affected its people. Finally we visit the area of the concentration and labour camp in Płaszów, the monument and a villa where infamous commandant SS-Hauptsturmführer Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes in the movie) used to live.
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  • 5 hours
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US$109,23
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From Krakow: Off-road adventure and relax in thermal pools.

From Krakow: Off-road adventure and relax in thermal pools.

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Escape from Krakow into the wild and experience unique day in Polish Mountains. Feel the thrills of off-roading in professional 4x4, side-by-side buggy. Tonnes of fun and excitment is quarantee as you will drive across creeks and rivers, navigate through muddy puddles, rocky trails as well as climb nearly vertical slopes. Take a break to admire stunning views of Tatra Mountains and Podhale. Once your off-road adventure is finished it's a time to chill out at thermal pools, where hot mineral water will let you relax in the best possible way.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$170,18
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Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

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Wawel Royal Castle is a stunning attraction, but also a popular one that can take a while to get inside. Pass by the long entry lines with this Wawel Caste Skip-the-Line Tour. You’ll go on a guided tour of the castle with a guide who dives into its history. Choose from a tour that explores the whole castle or see only the State Rooms or the Cathedral if you’re short on time.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup
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Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup

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Soak up views of the Tatra Mountains and highland landscapes on this classic Zakopane day trip, with a stop to experience the hot, spring-fed pools and warm water slides of Bukovina Thermal Baths (Termy Bukovina). Ride the Mt. Gubalowka funicular, stroll Krupowki Street, and sample highland smoked cheese and regional vodkas: your package includes hotel transfers with onboard Wi-Fi so you don’t miss a minute.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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US$86,80
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Segway Tour of Krakow: Full Tour (Old Town + Jewish Quarter) - 3-Hours of Magic!

Segway Tour of Krakow: Full Tour (Old Town + Jewish Quarter) - 3-Hours of Magic!

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Discover the best of Krakow on this comprehensive Segway tour. Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll see highlights like the medieval Main Square, historic synagogues, Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Church, and more. This customizable tour can be tailored to your interests, with additional stops like Schindler’s factory and places to sample Polish cuisine.
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  • 3 hours
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US$57,49
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Skip the Line: Stained Glass Workshop and Museum Ticket and Tour

Skip the Line: Stained Glass Workshop and Museum Ticket and Tour

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See how master artisans are keeping alive a cherished Polish art form with a ticket to the Stained Glass Workshop and Museum in Krakow. Take a guided tour of the Art Nouveau factory building to learn about the history of stained glass and watch craftspeople at work designing, cutting, and framing stained glass using the traditional Tiffany method. Later, you can take a self-guided tour of Krakow's finest stained glass windows with a provided map.
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  • 45 minutes
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US$11,50
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US$11,50

Entrance ticket to Polish Museum of Aviation - Polskie Muzeum Lotnictwa

Entrance ticket to Polish Museum of Aviation - Polskie Muzeum Lotnictwa

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Visit Krakow’s Polish Museum of Aviation with this pre-paid entrance ticket. Housed in what was once the Rakowice-Czyżyny airport, the museum holds an impressive collection of aircrafts, gliders, helicopters, engines, and more. With hulls from German combat planes and many pieces from the Soviet Union, the Museum of Aviation offers a unique portal through which to understand Polish history.
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  • 1 day
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US$8,97
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Home hosted dinner with typical Polish family

Home hosted dinner with typical Polish family

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Enrich your visit to Krakow by enjoying a home-cooked meal in a local family’s home. After being picked up at your hotel, you’ll travel 10 minutes from Krakow to a home in the countryside. Step inside to enjoy a delicious three-course meal of family recipes. Your menu choices include pierogis, pork chop, rolled cabbage, beet soup, apple cake, and other traditional dishes.
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  • 4 hours
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US$57,48
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Segway Tour of Krakow: Jewish Quarter Tour (Kazimierz) - 1,5-Hour of Magic!

Segway Tour of Krakow: Jewish Quarter Tour (Kazimierz) - 1,5-Hour of Magic!

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On a fun Segway tour of Krakow you can experience the city close up, just like on a walking tour, and cover a lot of ground, like you would touring by car. You’ll be in a small group, so you will have the chance to hear your guide’s interesting stories about Krakow’s past and present and ask your own questions. See the city’s must-see attractions as well as lesser-known backstreets and hidden corners.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$28,75
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US$28,75

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

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This is a fun and eco-friendly way to explore the highlights of Krakow. Set off in an electric car with an audio guide to teach you about the sights you pass. The tour can drive through a variety of areas—such as the Old Town area, the Jewish Quarter, Wawel Castle, and the former site of Schindler’s Factory. No need to worry about missing great photo opportunities—the tour is able to stop for photo breaks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$41,44
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Krakow City Tour by Golf Cart
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Krakow City Tour by Golf Cart

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Explore Krakow from the comfort of an electric golf cart. Over the course of 2 hours, your English-speaking guide will take you through the scenic Old Town with its main market square, and Kazimierz, the historic Jewish Quarter. Further highlights include Jagiellonian University, Wawel Castle, and Schindler’s Factory. Take pictures and listen as your guide shares the history of every sight.
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  • 2 hours
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US$137,98
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US$137,98
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Salt Mine in Wieliczka with private transport, tour from Krakow

Salt Mine in Wieliczka with private transport, tour from Krakow

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Benefit from private round-trip transportation from Krakow to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an underground marvel with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers hand-carved from solid salt. The mine is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as the oldest salt mine in Europe. Your guide takes you through some of the three upper levels of the stunning underground complex, ranging from 210-442 feet (64 to 135 meters) deep.
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  • 5 hours
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US$85,55
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US$85,55
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Tatra Moutains and Zakopane Tour from Krakow

Tatra Moutains and Zakopane Tour from Krakow

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Take advantage of Zakopane’s close proximity to Krakow on a day trip to the winter capital of Poland. Depending on the interests of the group, your guide customizes your itinerary for maximum enjoyment. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Tatra Mountains, shop for artisan souvenirs on Krupowki Street, replete with restaurants and shops, ride the cable car to the summit of Gubalowka Mountain, and learn about the indigenous Goral culture. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$91,99
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US$91,99

The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour
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The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour

Cover ground you couldn’t manage in a day on public transport with the help of a private driver on this spiritual tour of the Krakow area. Visit the Family Home of John Paul II in Wadowice, where the saint was born, with a guide; see the 17th-century sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where he prayed; and pay your respects at St. Faustina Kowalska’s shrine.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$86,24
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Pub Crawl + Unlimited Drinks + VIP entry + Drinking Games & Photographer

Pub Crawl + Unlimited Drinks + VIP entry + Drinking Games & Photographer

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With such a variety of bars and clubs, it can often be difficult to choose the best nightlife venues in Krakow. Guarantee a great night in Poland’s capital on a Krakow bar crawl, a great choice for solo travelers looking to meet like-minded people. Your evening experience includes an open bar, free shots in each venue, a photographer, and VIP entry to one of Krakow’s hottest nightclubs.
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  • 5 hours
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US$15,18
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US$15,18

Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour
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Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour

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Experience Auschwitz, a place not to be liked but to be honored. It is very meaningful by itself and it is important for everyone to understand what happened and have the opportunity to educate themselves.
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  • 7 hours
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US$37,94
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) costs USD 3.44. Guided St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tours start around USD 3.44 per person.
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