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Krakow: Wawel Castle Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Castle Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill. During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artefacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings and chandeliers. The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements. Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Walking Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Walking Tour

Explore the world's first UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert guide. Discover the fascinating history of this magnificent castle. Enjoy exploring one of Poland's most iconic buildings, perched on top of Wawel Hill by the Vistula River. Learn about the mysteries of the building and its surroundings with your private guide. See the famous Dragon's Den, a limestone cave which is home to the mythical Wawel dragon. Experience the castle's outstanding collection of art, and admire the Sigismund Bell in its bell tower. You can also visit Wawel Cathedral if you select this additional option.

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

3. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Visit one of Krakow's most important sites, the rocky Wawel Hill, which towers over the bank of the Vistula and has been the seat of secular and church authorities for centuries. See the museum, which today is one of the most visited and important museums in Poland, and see the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, porcelain and furniture. Explore the permanent exhibitions in the chateau, which recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and learn about its history with an experienced local guide. Experience the original royal chambers, enter the majestic Cathedral, and learn about the most interesting historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Enjoy a local dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to breathe before boarding a modern catamaran to take an intimate cruise on the queen of Polish rivers - the Vistula, and be able to admire Wawel, the Cathedral and see a little of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

4. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Explore some of the most beautiful places in Krakow on a guided tour of Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle, and the Cathedral. Hop on a cruise along the Vistula River to see the landmarks from a unique perspective. Enter the Castle with your guide and admire a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Stand in awe as the permanent exhibitions in the chateau recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. After viewing the original royal chambers, go inside the majestic Cathedral, and learn about historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Then, be invited for dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to relax. Finally, board a modern catamaran and take an intimate cruise along the Vistula to admire Wawel, the Cathedral, and some of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

5. Krakow: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

Discover Wawel Royal Castle and its cathedral on a guided tour. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe. Take a boat cruise on the Vistula to see Wawel Hill and more from the water. Meet your guide in Krakow's old town close to Wawel Hill. Head straight to discover one of the most important museums in Poland, home to collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Step back in time with a visit to the permanent exhibition in the State Rooms of the castle, where monarchs entertained their visiting dignitaries. Be immersed in the recreated Renaissance and Baroque decor. Next, enter the majestic cathedral at the heart of the royal complex. Discover its fascinating history intertwined with fairy tale stories. See its 18 ostentatious chapels, the imposing tomb of the former Bishop of Kraków, and the bones of Wawel's dragon. Then, head to a nearby cafe to catch your breath. Enjoy a two-course lunch before boarding a modern catamaran for an intimate cruise on the Vistula. Admire the rocky Wawel Hill as it towers over the banks of the river. See the cathedral and Krakow from a different angle.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

6. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

Meet your guide in Krakow then set off on your full-day adventure. First head to the historic Wawel Castle and admire its impressive architecture while learning about the many royals who lived there. Wander through the castle’s chambers and discover the secrets of the Polish kings and queens who graced these halls.  Stop by Wawel Cathedral next, then enjoy a traditional Polish lunch to get a taste of local cuisine. After lunch, travel to Wieliczka, a small town home to an ancient salt mine that dates back over 700 years. Journey 340 meters below ground to reach the mine, then explore its array of halls and caves. As you wander around this UNESCO-listed location, marvel at the fascinating carved interior and learn about the salt mine’s past. By the end of the day, you’ll have visited three of Poland’s most famous landmarks and learned about local history, culture, and way of life.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine with Lunch

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine with Lunch

Meet your guide in Krakow then set off on your full-day adventure. First, head to the historic Wawel Castle and admire its impressive architecture while learning about the many royals who lived there. Wander through the castle’s chambers and discover the secrets of the Polish kings and queens who graced these halls.  Stop by Wawel Cathedral, then, enjoy a traditional Polish lunch to get a taste of local cuisine. After lunch, travel to Wieliczka, a small town home to an ancient salt mine that dates back over 700 years. Journey 340 meters below ground to reach the mine to explore its array of halls and caves. As you wander around this UNESCO-listed location, marvel at the fascinating carved interior and learn about the salt mine’s past. By the end of the day, you’ll have visited three of Poland’s most famous landmarks and learned about local history, culture, and way of life.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

Discover some of Poland’s most iconic landmarks on this day trip from Krakow. Meet your guide in Krakow then set off on your full-day adventure. First, head to the historic Wawel Castle and admire its impressive architecture while learning about the many royals who lived there. Wander through the castle’s chambers and discover the secrets of the Polish kings and queens who graced these halls.  Stop by Wawel Cathedral next, then enjoy a traditional Polish lunch to get a taste of local cuisine. After lunch, travel to Wieliczka, a small town home to an ancient salt mine that dates back over 700 years. Journey 340 meters below ground to reach the mine, then explore its array of halls and caves. As you wander around this UNESCO-listed location, marvel at the fascinating carved interior and learn about the salt mine’s past. By the end of the day, you’ll have visited three of Poland’s most famous landmarks and learned about local history, culture, and way of life.

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What people are saying about Sigismund Bell

Mrs. Marzena turned out to be a great guide. We listened to her stories about the Wawel Castle and the Cathedral with great interest. A person with a calling. I would highly recommend.

A great trip, the guide told a very interesting story. Good organization. It's very good that we managed to skip the line because it was really long.

This was a very interesting and informative tour, the guide new a lot about the history and architecture. Don't hesitate!