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The Best of Budapest, Krakow & Warsaw in 10 Days

This 10 day Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw itinerary will show you three very different cities that all enjoy places on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Begin your tour of Central Europe in buzzing Budapest. The Hungarian capital is frequently top of travel press must-see lists and you'll quickly see why. It's packed with things to do, from arts and museums to a thriving food scene. After a few days there your private driver will take you to historic Krakow in Poland, stopping for lunch in Slovakia. Krakow's old town will capture your imagination but there are also worthwhile day trips to the Auschwitz memorial and Wieliczka salt mine to consider. A high speed train will take you to the last destination on your tour, the Polish capital Warsaw. Here you'll find a city heroically rebuilt from the ashes of WWII. Along the way you'll find a wealth of sites of significance to people of Jewish heritage and if this interests you we can include these activities in the customized trip plan we will prepare for you. We recommend booking open-jaw flights, usually the same or only slightly more than a simple return you won't waste time or money doubling back. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Budapest - Hungary, Krakow - Poland, Warsaw - Poland

Itinerary


3 Nights in Budapest

Day 1

When you arrive at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport, a private driver will greet you and take you to your centrally located accommodation.
Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Optional: Evening Sightseeing Cruise

You're invited for a panoramic boat ride at night, when the city will be beautifully lit up for your pleasure. Glass in hand, you will be able to experience how the legends of Budapest come alive. Look behind the walls of the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the bridges, and other splendid sights all bathed in light. It's a wonderful way to experience the special ambience of the city at night. See everything from a new point of view and just sit back and relax as the sights all float your way.

Evening Sightseeing Cruise
Evening Sightseeing Cruise
Duration : 1 hour
Activity level : Easy

Included : Budapest Airport Transfer

Day 2

See Budapest with an Expert Guide, Get Educated and Oriented
Your private guide will meet you at your accommodation, then take you on a three-hour walking (and metro) tour to show you the highlights of both the Buda and Pest sides of the city. You'll start by hopping on the metro to the Opera House, Heroes' Square and City Park at the far end of Andrassy Blvd. Then you'll return to the center, where St. Stephen’s Basilica awaits. From there you'll get a closer look at the Buda side of the city, where your guide will point out Gellert Hill, the Citadel and the Royal Palace before leading you up through the old cobblestone streets to Fisherman’s Bastion and St. Matthias Church, where your tour will conclude.

Budapest Private Walking Tour
Budapest Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: Go inside Budapest’s Signature Sights or Explore a Green Oasis in the City
Although a walking tour of the city will show you its highlights, there’s just not enough time to go inside all the buildings. Our favorites to explore are the Great Market Hall, the Parliament and the Opera House. The latter two can be visited on guided tours, available most days. If you’ve already taken in all of central Budapest’s sights, why not spend some time on the Danube, either on land or by boat. Margaret Island is often overlooked by travellers but is right in the middle of the city, just off Margaret Bridge. Consisting mostly of landscaped parks, it features the occasional medieval ruin too. There were several monasteries and convents here. The island is popular with locals as a place for recreation, with swimming pools, jogging paths, four-person bikes to rent and a fun singing fountain to watch from the many seats around it.

Optional: Budapest Jewish Heritage Tour
To give you a full understanding of Budapest’s Jewish heritage, we can arrange a private guided tour of the main points of interest, from the Great Synagogue on Dohany Street, the largest in Europe, to the Holocaust Ceremony, Memorial Park and the old-new Jewish quarter, where today you will find synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants and shops.

Private Jewish Heritage Tour

Included : Budapest Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Sample Hungarian Food and Wine with an Expert, or on Your Own
The Hungarians have always placed a lot of importance on food, and their cuisine is probably the most interesting in Central Europe. Get familiar with the aromas and flavors of Hungarian cuisine on our Gastro-Budapest Tour, which will introduce you to classic local dishes, wines and spirits as well as show you some of the best places to shop, eat and drink in the city. You can follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, with lunch in the same butcher's shop, before finishing the tour with a Hungarian wine tasting.

Budapest Food & Wine Tasting Experience - Small Group Tour
Budapest Food & Wine Tasting Experience - Small Group Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light
Suggestion to explore on your own: Mix with the Locals
Is there anything more quintessentially Budapest than a visit to one of the legendary baths? With more hot springs than any other capital, the city lets you take your pick of various styles, from the old school Turkish Rudas Baths to the Art Nouveau Gellert Baths on the Buda side of the city, or even the Neo-Baroque Szechenyi Baths with a large outdoor pool in Pest’s City Park.

Day 4

A lovely and comfortable drive awaits you today. A private driver will pick you up in Budapest and bring you to your accommodation in Krakow. The journey will be scenic as you'll go through the beautiful countryside of Slovakia, including the Tatra mountains. The advantage of taking a private transfer is that for a small additional fee to cover waiting time you can make a stop along the way. If you just want a lunch stop then a true slice of Slovak life can be sampled at a sheep farm. For a longer stop there are plenty of UNESCO-listed sites, such as the preserved village of wooden houses at Vlkolinec or the medieval town with a silver-mining museum and not one but two castles, Banska Stiavnica. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.
Included : Budapest - Krakow Private Transfer
Budapest

A little about Budapest

The Paris of Central Europe, Budapest is the Queen of the Danube, a sprawling, regal city split in two halves by the mighty river. The city’s two UNESCO-listed halves, ancient Buda and modern Pest both have their charms and are linked by numerous picturesque bridges. From the Buda Castle to the Danube Embankment and the sprawling Andrassy Avenue, with its impressive architecture, there is plenty to keep you busy here, exploring and discovering this atmospheric city. It’s a little too big to explore only on foot, but the Pest side of the city is well laid out with broad avenues of the Parisian system, so it’s hard to get lost, and there is also comprehensive public transport. Budapest has all the charm of Western Europe at a fraction of the price. Here you can taste excellent wines produced throughout the region, and even enjoy Michelin-star dining. We can offer you more than enough exciting activities in the city, from a visit to the incredible Parliament building to a boat cruise with dinner, or an exploration of Budapest’s communist past. The city also has a rich Jewish heritage, so you’ll find the perfect balance of history and modern culture here. Voted Best City in Europe in 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler readers and a regular in their top 3, Budapest really is a special city with activities to cater to every interest.

3 Nights in Krakow

Day 1

When you arrive in Krakow, your driver will bring you straight to your centrally located accommodation.

Suggestion to explore on your own: Krakow Classics: The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) shopping, Wierzynek Restaurant, Horse Carriage Rides
Today we recommend exploring the center of Krakow to see the rich panoply of sites and experiences the city has to offer. The Cloth Hall, in the main market square in Old Town, is the city’s most recognizable building. This iconic hall is packed with cloth and dry goods merchants. It’s a great place to pick up unique souvenirs. Wierzynek Restaurant, located in Old Town, is one of the city’s most impressive restaurants. The dining room is decorated with original 14th century interiors, knights’ armor and sabres and stained glass. Expect high class twists on Polish cuisine. On the main square you’ll see plenty of horse drawn carriages available for hire. This is a magical way to see the city. The routes depend on what you want to see and can be agreed with the driver as can the length of the tour. Don’t forget to ask the driver to take your picture!

Day 2

Exploring Krakow: Private City Walking Tour
Today you’ll be getting a feel for the story of the city with a private tour hosted by a local tour guide. This is the best way to discover little known historical facts and anecdotes while wandering around the heart of the Krakow. You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz. The next stop is a short walk up to the Wawel Hill. Atop it is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral. Having descended the hill, you’ll stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College). The tour continues to the Main Market Square, making for the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall. The tour is completed with a visit to St. Mary’s Church. Your guide knows all the secrets of the city and will give you insight into the historical events that have made Krakow the special place it is today. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation and will drop you off there after the tour, or can provide suggestions for further exploration.

Krakow Private Walking Tour
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: Quirky Quarter: Exploring Kazimierz
Kazimierz is Krakow’s most unique neighborhood, combining its heritage as the Jewish Quarter with a more recent reinvention as the city’s bohemian headquarters, with great cafes and galleries, markets, museums and more. Today we recommend exploring the neighborhood at your leisure. The historical side of Kazimierz includes five synagogues and the New Jewish Cemetery. We definitely recommend visiting the Old Synagogue, one of the country’s oldest surviving examples of Jewish religious architecture. Beyond that, you should plan to explore the neighborhood’s hipper enclaves, especially the cafes and bars around the square called Plac Nowy, where you’ll also find numerous markets. Excellent restaurants also abound, including the kosher restaurant Olive Tree, French bistro Zazie and the delicious restaurant Szara Kazimierz.

Included : Krakow Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Dark History: An Excursion to Auschwitz
A visit to Krakow isn’t truly complete without an excursion to the Auschwitz concentration camp. 70 kilometers from Krakow, the camp has been turned into a monument and museum, testifying to the atrocities that took place here. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to Auschwitz, where you’ll join a 3-hour tour of the camp and the Auschwitz Memorial Museum led by one of the museum's expert guides. Onboard the bus, you can watch historical documentaries to give you more insight into these events.

Auschwitz - Birkenau Group Tour
Auschwitz - Birkenau Group Tour
Duration : 6-7 hours
Activity level : Light
Optional: Out of Town: Salt Mine Excursion
One of the day trips from Krakow we recommend most is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside the city. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and driven by bus to the salt mines, where you’ll get a fascinating glimpse into history. This amazing 800-year-old mine is full of monuments, carvings and altar pieces. You’ll explore underground with an experienced guide with a stop at the souvenir shop.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour
Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

You'll be heading north to Warsaw today. There are frequent trains between Krakow and Warsaw, one every two hours or so. We will provide train tickets with seat reservations based on your preferred departure time and arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the train station. The journey takes about 3 hours. If you'd like to take your time while enjoying more privacy, we can also organize a personal transfer with stops along the way in Lodz or Czestochowa. It makes the journey longer but adds a visit to your choice of these remarkable destinations.
Included : Krakow - Warsaw Train Ticket, Krakow Train Station Transfer
Krakow

A little about Krakow

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

3 Nights in Warsaw

Day 1

When you arrive at the Warsaw train station, a driver will meet you there and take you directly to your accommodation in the city center.

Included : Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer

Day 2

Private City Walking Tour
Today you’ll be getting acquainted with Warsaw with the help of an expert local guide who has organized the tour according to your preferences. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you on the tour. At the end of the tour you'll be accompanied to your accommodation, or given tips for further exploration.

Warsaw Private City Tour
Warsaw Private City Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: Sample Polish Food and Vodka
Polish food is hearty, warming and delicious. There are numerous cultural specialities and pierogies are just the beginning. Today we recommend sampling some of the food and drink available in Warsaw. You’ve probably seen the pierogi stands throughout the city and central markets in Old Town and New Town. If you’re looking to sample some of the local spirits, Zubrowka vodka, flavored with local bison grass, is smooth, flavorful, and uniquely Polish.

Included : Warsaw Private City Tour

Day 3

Suggestion to explore on your own: Explore Warsaw's Jewish Heritage
Warsaw has a rich Jewish history, and we highly recommend exploring it while you're visiting the city. The most significant historical monument to local Jewish culture is the Warsaw Ghetto. On Prozna Street you'll find the ghetto's surviving tenements covered in an artistic memorial to the victims of Nazism. There are also numerous statues, including the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, and the Monument to Mila 18, which was the headquarters of the ghetto's resistance fighters. The Nozyk Synagogue was once one of 400 synagogues in the city. Today it is the only one that survived World War II. It's certainly worth visiting, if only to marvel at the architecture and the interior. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is also a must-see. The museum's postmodern exterior is striking in itself, but inside you'll find truly breathtaking exhibitions that reveal the rich history of Jewish life in Warsaw. Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Suggestion to explore on your own: Open Air: Lazienki Park & the Banks of Vistula
Warsaw may appear rather industrial but in fact there are numerous outdoor areas in the city that are worth checking out. Lazienki Park is the city’s largest park, complete with ponds and a palace. It’s probably the most popular place in the city for a Sunday stroll. On the banks of the River Vistula (especially in the hip disctrict Praga), you’ll find numerous beach bars and snack shacks, making it the perfect destination for an outdoor day, especially if the weather is cooperating.

Day 4

Based on your flight time, we'll arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the Warsaw airport.
Included : Warsaw Airport Transfer (Chopin Airport)
Warsaw

A little about Warsaw

Warsaw, the capital of Poland and its largest city, has bounced back from the devastation of World War II, reconstructing the historic center, and earning UNESCO World Heritage status in the process. This is a bustling metropolis with a charm that’s distinct from other cities in Poland. Here you’ll find art museums and theaters galore, with lively performances and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as frequent festivals of all sorts. The culinary scene here is top-notch, with several well-respected restaurants offering classics of Polish cuisine and modern masterpieces from European gastronomy. Warsaw has distinct neighborhoods that are perfect for exploring on foot, but it’s also fun to get an appreciation for the size of the city by being chauffeured. You can explore different layers of Warsaw’s history, from World War II to its Jewish heritage and communist past. You’ll definitely want to sample the local cuisine while you explore the city, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to do so, from street stalls to fine dining. When you’re ready to go farther afield, the region surrounding Warsaw offers gorgeous lakes, castles and other notable cities and villages. There are no shortages of ways to enjoy your time in this vibrant city.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(4.9/5 based on 30 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary


"We want to thank Betti, Kinga, Carmine, and all of JayWay for a most wonderful trip to Poland and Munich. It was a great experience. We enjoyed learning the history and local flavor of the cities on the walking tours and then spending time later to follow up with suggestions from the guides. (One of the best things that happened was the alternate (spontaneous) John Paul II tour which developed into two most memorable visits for us in Lagiewniki and Czestochowa.) All the hotels were great for their accommodations as well as their location, drivers good and cautious, guides  very knowledgeable and personable. We are very happy with Jayway Travel and the people who work for them."

- Traveled to Krakow, Warsaw, Bydgosz, Gdansk, Munich in September 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

"The trip was excellent. Enjoyed every part of the trip which was very well planned. Guides were great and Poland was wonderful. Thanks to all Kevin Axe, Kinga and Bettina. Job well done and greatly appreciated by us."

- Traveled to Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Krakow in August 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

"We had a wonderful time visiting Poland, thanks to JayWay Travel. They took care of the logistics, such as lodging, train tickets & schedules. The travel itinerary ensured we visited major cities in Poland for a good representation of the country. Lodging was well located and comfortable. Airport, train, and hotel transfers were consistently reliable. Suggested highlights in each city and surrounding areas was especially appreciated. Travel options - from lodging to sightseeing - were very flexible. We highly recommend JayWay Travel."

- Traveled to Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Krakow in August 2016 - rating:
(4.7/5)

"Another amazing JayWay journey. My wife and like to enjoy our travels and Jayway with your knowledge of hotels, restaurants, sights, along with appropriate transfers take away the stresses that can so often dimish the joy of seeing new, far away places. Darja was most helpful and has a genuine sense of responsibility and was great to meet and share lunch with.

Dear Jay, my wife and I will remain grateful for the wonderful experiences we had because of your efforts and those of your staff. It is hard to imagine a more proficient and concerned tour company."

- Traveled to Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Krakow, Vienna, Berlin in May 2016 - rating:
(4.6/5)

"Everything worked beautifully and everything was completely and efficiently handled from start to finish. All we had to do is show up and have fun."

- Traveled to Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest in April 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

Our trip involved 33 days total. Jayway arranged for all but our flights. Every aspect of our trip was well taken care of and wonderful. The guides, excursions and transfers were well arranged without exception. Every question before the trip was answered promptly and thoroughly. During the trip when a few issues arose, our contact Darja, was readily available and helpful. We had a wonderful time.

- Traveled to Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow in September 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"You exceeded our expectations on all fronts with professional, friendly and courteous service and the phone is a very good idea, nice to have that lifeline when needed. Great apartments everywhere we stayed. I loved having the freedom to move around but always having the transportation planned, the transfers saved so much time. Great from start to finish."

- Traveled to Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Krakow in September 2013 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay took a lot of hassle out of the trip and gave excellent guidance & suggestions in finalising the individual cities on our trip. This was clearly based on considerable experience with each of the countries. We particularly loved the transfer service at each location. It was most welcome when arriving somewhere tired and not knowing where to go! The local contacts also provided outstanding help and guidance on the road and the mobile phone was a great idea."

- Traveled to Krakow, Wroclaw, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik in September 2013 - rating:
(5/5)

"The folks at JayWay are very friendly and knowledgeable. They offered us some great recommendations in terms of places to see and restaurants to eat at. The tour guides are excellent and provided us with a fascinating overview of the cities that we visited. The boutique hotels that we stayed at were very unique and nice, and they were all within close proximity of the city squares. Their expertise and assistance allowed us to travel with ease and experience Prague, Krakow and Budapest to the fullest extent. We enjoyed our trip immensely and would definitely recommend JayWay to anyone considering traveling to Central Europe!"

- Traveled to Prague, Krakow, Budapest in August 2013 - rating:
(4.75/5)

"Jay and the team responded promptly to my requests, with complete information. Their in-depth local knowledge, unique hotel choices, recommendations on things to do, tours, scheduling all added up to a great vacation."

- Traveled to Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow in June 2013 - rating:
(5/5)

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Budapest
  • Budapest Airport Transfer
  • Budapest Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Private Guide, Hotel pick-up, Public transportation tickets
    Excludes : Entry fees to sights and museums, Tip for the guide
  • Budapest - Krakow Private Transfer
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Krakow
  • Krakow Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Private guide, Entrance fees
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Krakow - Warsaw Train Ticket
  • Krakow Train Station Transfer
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Warsaw
  • Warsaw Train/Bus Station Transfer
  • Warsaw Private City Tour
    Duration : 4 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick up, Private English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Admissions, Tip for the guide
  • Warsaw Airport Transfer (Chopin Airport)
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer


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- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions (unless explicitly stated otherwise)).
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