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Krakow

Poland
Krakow travel packages
Poland's historical capital and cultural center.
Krakow has a spirit unlike any other European destination.
Poland's second largest city, after Warsaw, Krakow is the country's most popular tourist destination. Visiting Krakow is a thrill. It's full of history, architecture, and cuisine. Book a nice hotel and get ready for a fantastic vacation in Poland. Once the royal capital of Poland, Krakow came out of WWII unscathed, unlike much of the rest of the country. There is no doubt why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The quaint Old Town is lovely, though it houses Europe's largest medieval market square. Krakow's former Jewish ghetto gives a glimpse into Jewish life in WWII, and Krakow has great museums dedicated to Polish history and art.
Typical Polish food consists of hearty meals. You'll find a number of Krakow restaurants offering home-style cooking. Krakow's Old Town has a wide range of foreign cuisines as well. Polish vodka is the national drink. It is smooth and best enjoyed ice-cold. Krakow has many cultural and musical festivals throughout the year. Krakow has a large student population which makes for a vibrant nightlife. Krakow will be the highlight of your Polish vacation, whether you're focusing on just Poland, or covering a larger portion of Central Europe.

What I love about Krakow

Sabina

Trip Planner & Accommodation Expert

Krakow's historical spirit will capture your heart, it will leave a stain on it - the kind of stain that will keep your memory of this place alive and the wishes to come back. What I love about Krakow is its beautiful Old Town with so many hidden treasures that you can spend a lifetime discovering. I love the sound of bells striking every hour, the trumpeter reminding us about his beautiful sacrify, the pigeons eating from the childrens' hands, the street musicians - just everything!

Where to stay in Krakow

In Krakow the majority of the accommodation options we offer, from hotels, B&Bs to apartments, are located in the historic old town area, with just a few by Kazimierz, the former Jewish ghetto. Take your pick from simple but cozy three star to luxury five star hotels in historic buildings. If you're staying a little longer the extra space of an apartment and access to a kitchen is also a possibility. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Splurge a bit by staying in Krakow's castle. Well, almost. This luxurious hotel is located in the old palace right on Market Square. Location backed by elegance
Historical Townhouse
You can live like a local in these spacious and comfortable apartments that are perfectly located in the heart of Krakow's Old Town.
Historical Building
Located just around the corner from one of Krakow's liveliest streets, this historic hotel decorated with Polish works of art is a real treat.

Things to do in Krakow

There's lots to see in and around Krakow and we can include many varied tours and activities as part of the Krakow leg of your Eastern Europe tour. Learn about Krakow's history on the City Tour, go down the salt mines of Wieliczka, learn in detail about Jewish Krakow, even go for a traditional Jewish Style Dinner with Klezmer. The most historically significant sites near Krakow is of course Auschwitz, about an hour away, and this can be visited on a private or group day trip, or included on a transfer to or from Prague. Or get out of the city center and into Poland's great outdoors with a day trip to the mountain resort of Zakopane. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
Jasna Gora Monastery - The Black Madonna Small Group Tour
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour
Kazimierz Highlights of Jewish Heritage Private Tour
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Ghetto and Schindler's Factory Private Tour
Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Small Group Tour
Krakow Pierogi Cooking Class

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Krakow vacation packages
Based on 51 reviews
Review by Vicky & George

Vicky & George

Florida

Jay Way Travel makes it easy to plan a trip the way we prefer to travel: with a lot of support, planning help and guidance and yet you are not in a big group but independent. Definitely recommend. And thank you for a great nine days!

Jay Way Travel makes it easy to plan a trip the way we prefer to travel: with a lot of support, planning help and guidance and yet you are not in a big group but independent. Definitely recommend. And thank you for a great nine days!

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Poland
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Poland
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by William & Rebecca

William & Rebecca

California

Because of JayWay Travel's guidance and service our trip to Central Europe exceeded our expectations in every way.

Because of JayWay Travel's guidance and service our trip to Central Europe exceeded our expectations in every way.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Harmon & Betty

Harmon & Betty

Pennsylvania

JayWay Travel was easy to work with, outstanding service, honest and pleasant. Jared was tops.

JayWay Travel was easy to work with, outstanding service, honest and pleasant. Jared was tops.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Białystok
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Krakow, Warsaw, Białystok
Rating :
5 / 5

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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Krakow

How long should we spend in Krakow?

Krakow's pretty old town and somewhat scruffier former Jewish ghetto area of Kazimierz need at least a day to see in any detail and we usually arrange a walking tour of these shortly after our guests arrive to get their bearings in the city as well as learn of its rich history. If you are particularly interested in Jewish heritage then the Jewish Krakow tour or the Jewish style dinner are musts too.

Popular trips outside of Krakow include a visit to Auschwitz Birkenau or the Wieliczka salt mine. Nature lovers might enjoy a full day trip to Zakopane, in the Polish Tatra mountains. With all these possibilities it's very easy to spend at least 3 days in Krakow.

Is Krakow safe?

Krakow is a beautiful university and cultural center that was not destroyed during the War. The city center dates back to the 13th Century. It is a place where you can walk safely at night or day. There is some danger of pickpockets, but normal precautions are sufficient. ATMs are to be found everywhere, so you need carry very little cash.

What are the people like in Krakow?

There's a very large student population from all over Poland and further afield in Europe so the atmosphere is friendly, and you will have no problems communicating - around 80% of young people speak English, as do staff in all the bars and shops in the town center. Although popular with visitors, Krakow is not overcrowded with them. As a result Krakow has an authentic feel, and if you want you should find it easy to chat with the locals.

How can I get around Krakow?

Most of the sights are located within easy walking distance in the center so the best way to explore old Krakow is on foot. Many streets and squares are pedestrianised so it's usually the only option! If you want to see the old town without walking there are however some interesting options, from horse-drawn carriages, electric carts with a taped guide, to a bicycle rickshaw.

Outside of the center Krakow's public transport network of trams and buses is a cheap and effiicient way to get from place to place. Taxis are also relatively inexpensive. A 10km journey, between 6am and 10pm Monday to Saturday, will cost you no more than 50zl or 70zl from 10pm to 6am or all day Sunday.

What is the weather usually like in Krakow?

Krakow's weather is not too dissimilar to that of New York, with snowy winters and often quite hot in the summer.

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