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Krakow Guided Tour: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, the Old Town & St. Mary's Basilica

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Learn more about Krakow’s history, churches, and museums with this informative guided tour of its four iconic treasures.

Highlights

  • Travel through Krakow’s extensive history and deep-dive into ancient secrets while walking through four of its renowned landmarks that make the city as popular as it is.

  • Start your tour at Wawel Castle, now a museum, that’s recently acquired exclusive paintings by Brueghel the Younger and Willem Claesz Heda for an exorbitant fee.

  • Before visiting the gorgeous Cathedral, stop to admire the castle’s tapestries by the renowned Zygmunt August and Renaissance paintings.

  • If you’re ready to get charmed by the medieval magnificence of Krakow then the Old Town awaits you; where you can visit St. Mary’s Basilica, see Veit Stoss’s stunning altarpiece, woodcarvings, and more.

  • Fun fact: If you’re a Steven Spielberg fan, you must know that many scenes from Schindler’s List were shot in Krakow.

Inclusions

  • Expert local guide: English, German, French, Polish

  • Wawel Castle guided tour with access to one permanent exhibition in the castle (Staterooms, Royal private apartments, or Crown treasury subject to availability)

  • Access to Wawel Cathedral

  • Old Town guided tour with access to St. Mary’s Basilica

Exclusions

  • Exhibitions not listed in the experience

  • Lunch during the tour

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Of castles and cathedrals of Krakow

  • On this guided tour of Krakow city, you are in for an archaeological, architectural, and artistic treat. You will start your tour at the Wawel Castle which was typically the residence of Polish kings and considered a symbol of statehood. This castle is now a museum with a collection of famous paintings, sculptures, fabrics, porcelain, military symbols, etc. Works of Roger van der Wayden, best known for his detailed yet emotional take on art, are something to admire. Then we have works by Quentin Massys, Ambrosius Benson, and Bartholomaeus Spranger; best known for their Gothic and Renaissance art, which can be found here.

  • Once you are done staring at the sheer magnificence of the castle, you will then proceed to the nearly 1000-year-old Wawel cathedral. This cathedral is famous for holding the tombs of Polish kings in the crypts beneath, which makes it a pious site for the people of Poland.

The good ol’ charm of the ‘Old town’

  • The Old Town of Krakow has cobblestone streets, where art, history, and entertainment meet, and it’s one spot you do not want to miss. The tour takes you to St. Mary’s Basilica, that’s at the corner of Market Square where the Veit Stoss altarpiece stands in all its glory.

Since all this exploring might make your bellies rumble, the Market Square is your go-to for all things drinks and food.

  • Tip: Once you’re done with the tour, you can visit the underground museum of Rynek and have fun pub-hopping your way through the bars at Market Square to quench your thirst.

What to bring

  • Bring a warm, waterproof coat, hat, and gloves during winter and autumn.

  • Don’t forget an umbrella or a rain jacket for year-round downpours.

What’s not allowed

  • Consumption of alcohol in public places is prohibited.

  • Strict Dress Code: No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, knees and shoulders need to be covered. Entry can be refused if one doesn’t comply with these requirements.

  • Avoid sightseeing activities during a religious ceremony.

Accessibility

  • This experience is wheelchair accessible only in certain areas.

Additional information

  • Keep local currency (zloty) handy for expenses like meals, drinks, and shopping.

  • You can check out the free events calendar, available in public libraries, for events happening around the city.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point. Students must show valid ID.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Pomnik Piotra Skargi.

  • Address: plac Świętej Marii Magdaleny, 31-044 Kraków, Poland.

  • Guide Identifier: Your guide will be holding an "excursions.city" sign.

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