“Krakow and Zakopane – magic and highlanders”
Come to Krakow to feel magic when you cross the streets around the Old Town. Experience the history in each building which you see. Then go to Zakopane to feel the highland atmosphere and admire the beautiful Tatra Mountains. And of course try one of the most popular cheese in Poland – Oscypek, available only in this part of Poland.
Day 1 /Dinner
Arrival to Krakow airport, meet and greet with the guide and transfer to hotel. Check in for all group, after that time for relax. Evening dinner at traditional restaurant with Polish food tasting.
Day 2 /Breakfast, Lunch
Full day city tour of Krakow with local guide, include the Wawel Hill, Old Town and Kazimierz District.
We start from the Wawel Hill over which tower the Royal Palace with its impressive arcaded Renaissance courtyard and the famous Gothic cathedral - the place of coronation and the necropolis of Polish kings (tour include entrance to the Cathedral). Then through the Kanoniczna Street (the oldest street in Krakow) we walk to the Collegium Maius which is the oldest university college. Here you will see a beautiful Gothic courtyard. Walking through the amazing and magic streets you will finally see the Main Market Square - the largest medieval square in Europe with St. Mary's Church, Gothic church inside which you can admire the impressive altar by Wit Stwosz (Veit Stoss). The Old Town was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. Time for lunch at local restaurant.
A tour around Kazimierz - the former Jewish district, preserved in excellent condition until today - will introduce you to the world of their rich culture, customs and history. It was there that the renowned philosopher Mojżesz Isserles (called Remuh) taught, Helena Rubinstein was born, who is considered to have been one of the richest women in the world, and the esteemed director, actor and screenwriter Roman Polanski spent his childhood. The old Jewish district, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, became an even more recognizable landmark in Europe following the release of the famous "Schindler's List".
Day 3 /Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Half day tour to “Wieliczka” Salt Mine which is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. A million tourists from all over the world visit this please in each year. It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Going down the 380 steps into the salt mine you may have the impression of entering a magical underground city, full of mysterious caves, amazing underground lakes, majestic designs and unique salt carvings. The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. Here, visitors meet their guide, who during their excursion will tell them everything they want to know about the mine history and its secrets Going down deeper and deeper, the visitors will see unusual places, take pleasure in watching the light spectacle on the banks of one of the saline lakes, and learn the famous legend of Princess Kinga, who brought a wealth of salt into the Polish soil. In the middle of the route there is St. Kinga's Chapel. The group has an opportunity to see on their own eyes the power of human hands that once excavated rock salt, as well as magnificent mining tools and machines.
Lunch at underground restaurant in the mine, then transfer to Zakopane. Arrival to hotel and check in. Evening dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 4 /Breakfast, Dinner
City tour of Zakopane with local guide. In the 19th century Zakopane was a sleepy village inhabited by the Polish highlanders who - living for years in isolation - created their own unique culture. The tour starts with a ride up the funicular railway to the top of Mt. Gubalowka where you have a wonderful view of the Tatra Mountains. After a stroll around the summit, we return down to visit the historical part of Zakopane with its old highlander cottages, surrounded by ash trees and blackened by the sun. These wooden houses and churches were built in the Zakopane style by the famous Polish artist, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. You will visit also the famous cemetery in Peksowy Brzyzek and the wooden chapel in Jaszczurowka. The tour will finish at the Krupowki street which is the most popular street in the city. You will find there shops, restaurants, pubs, etc.
Back to hotel and evening dinner at one of the local restaurant with live music of highlander band.
Day 5 /Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On this day we invite you for a rafting on the Dunajec River.
A Dunajec raft trip is one of the most popular Polish mountain attractions. While on the raft, you will enjoy amazing views of the high peaks of Trzy Korony and Mt. Sokolica. Dunajec Rafting Trip starts at the marina in Sromowce-Kąty, is 18 km long and takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the water level. Rafting takes place on specially adapted, safe rafts made of five canoes. One raft takes 10-12 people at once and is run by two experienced rafters. The Polish-Slovak border runs along the most part of the Dunajec Rafting Trip route. Another attraction of the tour is a visit to Niedzica Castle, built in the 14th century by the Hungarians to protect an important trade route leading through the Dunajec Valley, and related to a remarkable story of the Incas who found refuge here. After the rafting lunch at local wooden restaurant and back to Zakopane. Evening dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6 /Breakfast
Morning the last chance for shopping and transfer to the airport in Krakow for your flight back home.