Enjoy the magical Christmas atmosphere in Cracow! You can visit the Christmas market, see the exhibition of cribs and taste traditional Polish Christmas dishes.
Arrive in Krakow and transfer to the hotel in city centre. After accommodation we have lunch in Old Town. Afternoon free to relax after the journey, explore the town and enjoy the Christmas spirit.
Breakfast. Walking tour in Krakow’s Old Town with its largest medieval market, Cloth Hall, the gothic St. Mary’s church and the Wawel castle – former residence of Polish kings. We will also visit the Historical Museum to see the exhibition of Christmas cribs (Polish: szopki). In the evening we meet for a traditional Polish Christmas dinner including barszcz, pierogi and other typical dishes. The guide will bring Polish Christmas traditions closer to you.
Breakfast. Free time for individual arrangements. We recommend visiting Christmas Market which takes place at the Main Market Square. Amongst the wooden stalls you’ll find all kinds of souvenirs, from woolen slippers from the Highlands to amber jewellery from the Baltic sea. It’s a perfect opportunity to find Christmas gifts for your nearest and dearest. After shopping you can warm yourself up with a delicious mulled wine or taste grilled cheese oscypek.
In the afternoon the bus takes us to Wieliczka where we will explore the largest salt mine in Poland. We follow the 2, 5-kilometre walk passing caverns, underground lakes, statues carved in salt dating back to the 18th century depicting mythical, historical and religious figures. Highlight of the tour is the largest chapel dedicated to St Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners. Dinner in Wieliczka (tour duration: app. 4 hours)
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport in Krakow (or other city) for departure.
|PRICE INCLUDES:||3 nights in hotel*** in Krakow
3 x breakfast
2 x lunch
1 x dinner
1 x lunch
guides and tour leader
bus transfers to the airport and Wieliczka
admission to St. Mary’s church, cathedral and Historical Museum
|NOT INCLUDED:||plane tickets|
This is a sample itinerary which can be adjusted according to your requirements and needs.
Polish Christmas tradition
Krakow has a long tradition of making Christmas cribs. The first competition was announced in December of 1937 and since then a crib presentation and tournament takes place on first Thursday of each December, at the Market Square next to the Adam Mickiewicz Monument. The best “szopkas” are later displayed in the Historical Museum of Krakow in Krzysztofory palace. The typical Krakow crib is inspired by the city’s architecture and local traditions. The most frequently used motifs include the towers of St. Mary’s Church, the Barbican, the Florian Gate and Sigismund’s Chapel