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Vistula Krakow

Vistula Krakow: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

1. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

Admire the Wawel Royal Castle and see other monuments from the Vistula River, Krakow's historic waterway. Listen to the audio commentary as you sit back and relax, enjoying the comfort of a traditional yet modern vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of Krakow's landmarks. Witness the charms of Krakow’s districts, such as Saltwator and Kazimierz, and see such sights as the Dębnicki Bridge, "Church on the Rock," and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Krakow: Boat Cruise to Tyniec

2. Krakow: Boat Cruise to Tyniec

Take a break and sit down to enjoy fantastic views from the river and discover the beauty of one of the most popular cities in Europe. From Vistula River, board the boat and see all the main sights including Wawel Castle, Church on the Rock, and Norbertine Monastery. Begin your trip close to Wawel Hill and cruise toward Tyniec. When you arrive at Tyniec, you will have 1 hour of free time. You can explore the village and it is advisable to visit also the Benedictine Abbey. After your time in Tyniec, you will head back to Krakow and continue exploring the city.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

3. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Explore Krakow from the Vistula River — the Queen of Polish Rivers — on a sightseeing cruise. Sail past landmarks such as Kościuszko Mound, Wawel Castle, Church on the Rock, and the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters while hearing about the city's legends from your guide. The heated deck and comfortable leather sofas of the modern boat will make you feel at home even on cold days. On warmer days, you're invited to the observation deck to enjoy the beautiful views while spending time outdoors. Listen to the history of Krakow from the boat's modern overhead sound system in Polish and English. Take in all the major the sights of the city, such as Skałka Church, Royal Wawel Castle, the former House of Pope John Paul II, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Cricoteka, and The 6 Bridges.

Krakow: Boat Party with Unlimited Drinks

4. Krakow: Boat Party with Unlimited Drinks

Set sail down the beautiful Vistula river at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM every Saturday night for 2 hours, and enjoy an open bar for the entire cruise, drinking games, party guides and a full surround sound system. This is an astoundingly great party with all the right ingredients required to have a great time. And to take things to a hot new level, every cruise includes a live magician show. Once back on land, you will be taken to 3 of Krakow's most infamous late night clubs and after-parties. This will include VIP entry, no lines and free welcome shots. A professional photographer will be there to capture the fun and happy images. 

Krakow Vistula River Cruise

5. Krakow Vistula River Cruise

Sit back and relax on a cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow. Take this unique opportunity to see Krakow from a different perspective. It begins at the bottom of the Wawel Hill and takes you along the Vistula boulevards, past famous churches and other Krakow attractions.  You will have a loudspeaker in English and Polish so you have the opportunity to hear historical information on Krakow’s history and the sights you will pass by in the boat.  Starting from Wawel Hill traveling up the river, you will pass famous places including: Wawel Castle, Old Town, Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Schloss Wartenberg, Podgorze and Kazimierz.

Krakow: Romantic Evening Vistula Cruise with a Glass of Wine

6. Krakow: Romantic Evening Vistula Cruise with a Glass of Wine

Spend your evening discovering one of the most beautiful cities in Poland with a Vistula River cruise. Experience Krakow from a new perspective as you relax, admire monuments located along the river, listen to stories about the city, and enjoy your evening. The cruise begins near Wawel Hill. Heading towards the Salwator district, you will hear very interesting stories and legends about Kraków's knights. While approaching the Norbertine Sisters' Convent, you can see the Kościuszko Mound over Krakow in the distance. On the way back you will be able to see the house at Tyniecka Street, where Karol Wojtyła, later John Paul II, lived during the occupation period. On the other side of the Castle, in the Dębniki district, you can admire the Manggha Japanese Art Center, a national cultural institution, which entered into the State Museum Register in 2013. You can also see the Church on Skalka, which also has a long and rich history dating back to the Stone Age. Learn about Kazimierz, a special place shaped by being a centuries-old Christian-Jewish neighborhood.

Vistula River: 45 min Cruise Tour

7. Vistula River: 45 min Cruise Tour

You will start your cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow from the bottom of Wawel Hill (close to the Old Town). This is an excellent choice for all who want to enjoy the beauty of Krakow from the perspective of a unique "Vistula". On your tour, you will see the most representative monuments of the "City of Kings", Krakow. You will set out from the harbor "Vistula Garden" next to the Bridge Dębnicki, before sailing besides the most important symbol of Krakow; Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle. You will also pass St. Archicathedral, St. Stanislaus and Wenceslas, after which you will cruise through the bend where the Vistula Sisters Norbertine monastic complex is located. Some more highlights you will experience on this tour are St. Peter's Basilica, St. Michael the Archangel, Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr and the Church on the Rock. At the tail-end of the tour, you will reach the Father Bernatka Footbridge connecting the edges of two districts: Kazimierz and Podgórze. This famous footbridge of Krakow is also called the "Bridge of Love", and is greatly appreciated by tourists and locals alike. At the conclusion of this tour, you will sail back to Wawel Hill where you will disembark the vessel.

Krakow: Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

8. Krakow: Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Start your journey at Przystan Wawel near the Grunwaldzki Bridge, where you will board a cruise boat. Cruise along the Vistula River and take in the breathtaking views of the city. Pass by Wawel Castle, the Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Podgorze, and Kazimierz. Enjoy audio guide commentary in Polish or English as you learn historical information about Krakow's history and the important landmarks and sights you are passing. Take the chance to purchase drinks and snacks at the bar on board.

Krakow: Private Traditional Gondola Cruise - Up to 12 People

9. Krakow: Private Traditional Gondola Cruise - Up to 12 People

Rent a gondola for a private cruise and enjoy the beautiful sights of Krakow by day or night. Choose the time you prefer and decide how long you want to cruise. The route recommendation depends on your wishes. For example, if you want to see the many main sights of Krakow it is recommended to go through the Old City of Krakow.  See Norbertine Monastery in Salwator, Wawel Hill, Wawel Dragon, the Baroque monastery of the Pauline Fathers on the Rock, Kazimierz, and the Jewish quarter. The route can be adjusted for your needs and time booked.

Krakow: Cruise, Golf Cart Ride and Schindler's Factory Visit

10. Krakow: Cruise, Golf Cart Ride and Schindler's Factory Visit

Take a look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. See Krakow from the riverside, and see monuments such as the defensive walls of Wawel, with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the Cathedral, the silhouette of a dragon and more. Follow the footsteps of Jewish cultural monuments in Krakow in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Visit monuments in the Kazimierz district and the ghetto that existed during the war in the Podgórze district, and learn about their history. Enter the Schindler's Factory Museum - one of the most popular museums in Krakow. Learn about the fate of Krakow and its inhabitants during the Nazi occupation, while walking through a museum named for a German entrepreneur who saved many Jews by employing them in his factory. Experience the interactive exhibition and learn about the history of Krakow with a knowledgeable guide.

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What people are saying about Vistula Krakow

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 967 reviews

We were in a small boat for 4 people, it was covered, so the sun wasn't shining on us. The teacher told interesting stories and told what to pay attention to. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to spend an hour relaxing.

It is worth seeing Krakow and Wawel on the Vistula River. The helmsman explained the history of the bridges to us, we spent the hour-long voyage in a pleasant atmosphere. I was positively surprised by the quietness of the engine.

a great attraction, full of beautiful views of Krakow, from a different perspective

Meeting Point a Bit difficult to find, Bit all together very cool experience

Lovely boat ride with lovely guide. Very knowledgeable.