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Krakow

Poland
Krakow travel packages
Poland's historic capital and cultural heart.
Krakow's unique spirit has made it a popular destination for city breaks.
Poland's second largest city, Krakow is the country's most popular tourist destination. Visiting Krakow is a thrill, as it's full of history, architecture, and cuisine. Poland's royal capital, Krakow came out of WWII unscathed, unlike much 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 Jewish district gives a glimpse into life during and before WWII, while the city offers great art and history museums.
Krakow offers great restaurants providing hearty local classics, as well as more varied fare. The city has many cultural and musical festivals throughout the year, and its many students help keep the nightlife vibrant. Krakow is a popular spot for day trips, whether to nearby Auschwitz and the Wieliczka salt mine, or to Zakopane and the surrounding High Tatra mountains. Krakow will be a highlight, whether you're focusing on Poland, or also visiting its neighbors.

What we love about Krakow

Bettina

Central Europe Team Leader

The thing I like about Poland in general is how friendly the people are there. It was so in Krakow as well. Unfortunately I didn't have too much time to spend there, but the historical buildings, the green areas and of course the lovely narrow streets surely had an impact on me. I definitely would like to go back to spend some more time there.

Sasha

Central Europe Destination Expert & Prague City Host

Krakow simply is a beautiful place. I was amazed by its lovely historic buildings, charming streets as well as lively green spaces. The old Jewish quarter of Kazimiierz and the lively terraces full of people enjoying the sunshine in summer were probably my favourite things about the city.

Igor

Krakow City Host & Central Europe Destination Expert

This is my hometown! Quite often people don't know much about their place of birth, simply emphasizing the greater interest in other areas that are waiting to be discovered, but to be honest I have to say that this city is really great! Because of the lucky happenstance, not much was destroyed during World War II, so hundreds of years of history are waiting for you! However, this is not just history, because Krakow has been developing on various levels for years, and it just flourishes! It should also be added that the restaurant scene can now compete with any other large city in Europe or around the world.

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.
Central Modern Hotel
Excellent value for money, this clean, friendly hotel is located in the Old Town. The location is quiet and there's a lovely backyard area to relax.
Art Deco Design Hotel
Ideally located in the heart of the Old Town, in the peaceful area of Planty Park. Great staff, comfortable beds and quiet rooms.
Boutique Design Hotel
This hotel is one of the city's newest and most luxurious design hotel, and has a great location between the main square and Wawel Castle.

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.
Jewish Dinner and Klezmer Concert in Kazimierz
Krakow Home Cooked Small Group Tour
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Dunajec Gorge River Rafting with Private Transportation
John Paul II Heritage Small Group Tour
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver
Chopin Music Concert
Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Small Group Tour
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Ghetto and Schindler's Factory Private Tour

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Krakow vacation packages
Based on 56 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 Shelby M.

Shelby M.

New Jersey

The care I get from JayWay's staff when I'm traveling is exceptional. They go that extra mile.

The care I get from JayWay's staff when I'm traveling is exceptional. They go that extra mile.

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

You can walk safely in Krakow at night or in the day day. As in any city, be careful with your belongings in crowded areas.

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, so the best way to explore is by foot. Many streets and squares are pedestrianized so it's usually the only option! If you want to see the Old Town without walking, there are interesting options, including horse-drawn carriages, electric carts with audioguides, and bicycle rickshaws.

Outside of the center, Krakow's public transport network of trams and buses is a cheap and efficient 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' has cold winters (albeit not as snowy in recent years) and hot summers.

How can I get local currency in Krakow?

We recommend using Krakow's many bank ATMs to take out cash.
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