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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: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

2. Krakow: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

Step inside the former residence of Polish royalty, Wawel Castle. With your guide, skip the lines and tour the royal residence which boasts a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, and priceless furniture. Explore chambers within, which house the famous tapestries of Sigismund Augustus and various Italian Renaissance paintings. Travel back in time as you admire the permanent exhibitions that showcase Renaissance and Baroque decor. Learn about the historical figures who called this castle home and shaped Polish history from your guide. Continue on to the Wawel Cathedral and descend into the crypts.

Krakow: Wawel Hill Guided Tour with Wine and Tapas

3. Krakow: Wawel Hill Guided Tour with Wine and Tapas

Wawel Hill - a rocky hill towering over the bank of the Vistula River, has been the seat of Polish secular and church authorities for centuries, and today it is the most visited and one of the most important museums in Poland. It collects collections of paintings, prints, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain and furniture. Enter the former royal chambers with your guide to see Sigismund Augustus' famous tapestries and wonderful Italian Renaissance paintings. After exploring the original royal chambers that give you an idea of the castle's Renaissance and Baroque décor, take a peek into the majestic Cathedral where many kings were ruled, and learn the most interesting historical facts about rulers, interspersed with fairy tales and rumors. After leaving Wawel, head towards the Old Town to continue exploring Krakow with your guide. Enter a 15th-century cellar and taste delicious wine with traditional Polish tapas. End your trek in a cafe on the roof of one of the tenement houses, from where you can admire the magnificent Royal Castle, Krakow and the Vistula River.

Krakow: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

4. 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: 2-Day Tour, Wawel Hill, Jewish Heritage, Wieliczka

5. Krakow: 2-Day Tour, Wawel Hill, Jewish Heritage, Wieliczka

Spend two days exploring the best of what Krakow has to offer. Discover the history from medieval to modern with your well-informed local guide. Relax with admission covered for each historical site and travel at a leisurely pace. Start day one by visiting the Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral. Explore the chambers of the castle and discover the secrets of the royal family. Then take a 2-hour break to relax with lunch at a café in Krakow. After lunch, walk around the Main Market Square in Krakow and stop in the Rynek Underground Museum. Go four meters under the surface of the square and experience the city’s entire history from the first settlers to modern times. On day two, begin at the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district and enjoy a walk-through of the most important monuments of Jewish culture. Continue to Schindler’s Factory Museum and get a guided tour of the core exhibition. Enjoy a 2-hour lunch in a café in Krakow. Depart from the bus park at 7 Powisle Street to admire the breath-taking salt miracles in the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine. Return by bus to the bus park to end the tour.

Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

6. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this multi-stop Krakow tour. Visit the most important places in the Old Town in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Embark on a guided tour of Wawel Castel and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Have an authentic Polish lunch.  Jump aboard a heated electric golf cart and listen to your audio guide as you see Planty Park with the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. Pass through the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard, the Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle to start your guided tour. See the collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, gold, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Partake in a 2-course lunch. Head to the Salt Mine for a guided tour that includes an underground church. Experience the unique microclimate and see the Salt Mine Health Resort.

Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

See Krakow's magnificent landmarks with an expert local guide. Visit the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Wawel Castle. Learn about Polish kings and queens while visiting the Royal Chambers. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, which has become one of the most important museums in Poland since 1930. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art contain the largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

Kraków: Wawel Hill, Schindler's Museum, Kazimierz, Wieliczka

8. Kraków: Wawel Hill, Schindler's Museum, Kazimierz, Wieliczka

Day 1: Explore the Wawel Royal Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Wawel Hill. Explore the castle's magnificent chambers graced with paintings from the Renaissance. See its collections of paintings, sculptures, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Stop for lunch at a local café. Next, visit the Rynek Underground Museum, a modern museum located underneath that Main Market Square and famously featuring 6,000 meters of multimedia exhibits depicting the city's history. Day 2: Visit Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Enter Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. Stop for lunch at a local café. Later, head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, & Rynek Underground Tour

9. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, & Rynek Underground Tour

Discover the history and iconic architecture of Krakow on this guided walking tour of Wawel Castle, Wawel Cathedral, and the Rynek Underground Museum. Follow your guide to the main square of the city and find the most interesting traces of Krakow’s past. Head to memorable Wawel Hill to see Wawel Castle, one of the very first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, and Wawel Cathedral. Explore the castle’s State Rooms and get to know about the Polish kings and queens that resided here. Marvel at the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Continue to follow your guide to one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, Main Market Square. Stroll around the square, find the most interesting artifacts of the old times, and learn their story. Find out what events took place here and what legendary people have been here. Then, go four meters underground to reach the Rynek Underground Museum. Find yourself on the same level as the cobbled roads of 12th and 13th century Krakow. Discover the secrets of ancient Krakow in this modern interactive museum. In between your tour, take a break to enjoy the included lunch.

Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

10. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

Visit the most important places in Krakow's Old Town with a group golf cart tour. Learn about these sites with an audio guide. Tour Wawel Castle and the Market Square Underground Museum with a local guide. Have a nice 2-course meal. Hop aboard a heated golf cart and travel to the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Explore Planty Park, which has the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square where you can spot the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. See the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard. Listen to your audio guide as you pass the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, the 13th-century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Castle for a guided tour of the State Rooms and Cathedral before having a delectable Polish lunch. Go 4-meters underground to the Market Square Underground Museum and find out what the city was like in the Middle Ages.

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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.