During this new one-week stay, explore the history of Krakow, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a major center for Poland’s cultural and academic life.

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 Krakow's St. Mary's Basilica  Krakow's engaging main square  Krakow's Main Square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall  Medieval interior detail of St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow  Wawel Castle, Krakow  Poland's Wielczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage site  Sculptural detail found in the Wieliczka Salt Mines  Old Town Warsaw, a World Heritage Site

Krakow

A One-Week Stay in Poland

9 days from $3,590

During this new one-week stay, explore the history of Krakow, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a major center for Poland’s cultural and academic life.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Considered one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Krakow is a major center for Poland’s cultural and academic life. Explore the city’s history as well as many important sites nearby during this new one-week stay at the Hotel Unicus, situated in the historic area.

Highlights Include

  • Krakow: Highlights of your city tour include the Old Town (a World Heritage site), Wawel Castle courtyard and royal cathedral, Market Square, the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary, and the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine: Walk amid extensive sparkling salt carvings and underground lakes (442 feet below ground) in Europe’s oldest salt mine, a World Heritage site.
  • Zakopane: Take a day trip to the foothills of the Tatra Mountains to explore this charming resort town.
  • World War II Sites or Ojcow National Park: Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau to commemorate the many lives lost here during World War II. Or, choose to spend the day at a scenic national park and tour Pieskowa Skala Castle, the pearl of the Polish Renaissance.
  • Warsaw: Take the train to this capital city where you’ll visit the Chopin Memorial, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Madame Curie’s house, the Royal Castle, and St. Anna’s Church in delightful Old Town. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart the U.S. for Krakow, Poland

Depart the U.S. on an overnight transatlantic flight to Krakow.

Day 2 – Krakow

After arrival at John Paul II International Airport, transfer to your first-class and centrally located hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a welcome kit with maps and general information about Krakow and its environs. There’s time to unpack and relax before joining fellow Smithsonian travelers for an orientation walk of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. Meet new friends this evening during a Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (D) 

Day 3 – Krakow

A full American-style buffet breakfast is included each morning at the hotel. Start the day with a fascinating talk about the historical heritage of Krakow. Begin exploring the city at Wawel Hill with a visit to explore the castle courtyard and the Royal Cathedral. The historic center of the city is brimming with things to see including the Market Square, the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin Mary with its famous wooden altar, and the 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall, the world’s oldest “shopping mall.” Continue to Collegium Maius, the most venerable college of Jagiellonian University. Enjoy a lunch of local specialties in Krakow’s Old Town. The balance of the day is free of planned activities. (B,L)

Day 4 – Krakow

Join your Smithsonian Journeys expert for an introductory presentation. Discover the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a World Heritage site of sparkling salt carvings and fascinating underground lakes. Wieliczka is Europe’s oldest salt mine and was established over 700 years ago. You’ll see over a mile and a half of chambers and galleries that sit 442 feet below ground. The Chapel of St. Kinga is the most remarkable with altars, chandeliers and sculptures carved entirely of rock salt. This afternoon, follow your own path and explore the city on your own. This evening join your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for dinner and folkloric performance at Miod i Wino Restauracja. (B,D)

Day 5 – Krakow and Zakopane

Drive to the resort town of Zakopane, beautifully situated in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. Known as the most popular resort in Poland, it is famous for its spectacular mountain views and its charming alpine architecture. See the many wooden churches and charming buildings located in the town. For a panoramic view, you’ll take a funicular or cable car up into the mountains. There is free time to explore or relax in an outdoor café. Return to Krakow and later in the afternoon, join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Journeys travelers corner. (B,L)

Day 6 – Krakow, Auschwitz or Ojcow National Park

Today there’s a choice of tours. For those who want to visit Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp, the tour begins at the museum with a short documentary film for a glimpse into Poland’s World War II history. Then, a guide will take you through the exhibits at the camp. Continue to Birkenau for a short visit. Lunch is included en route.

For those who have opted for a journey through Ojcow National Park, the excursion begins with a short walk to see numerous impressive rock formations including the famous “Hercules Club.” Some limestone rocks exceed 164 feet. Later a guide will take you through the 14th-century Pieskowa Skala Castle, often said to be the pearl of the Polish Renaissance overlooking the forested Pradnik River Valley. Lunch is served at the castle's restaurant. This afternoon the educational focus is on the history of Poland and its people including famous Poles like Chopin, Copernicus, Walesa, and Wojtyla. (B,L)

Day 7 – Krakow and Warsaw

Head for the station and travel by rail through the Polish countryside to the capital city of Warsaw. See many of the city’s historical and cultural landmarks like the Chopin Memorial, the Royal Route, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Madame Curie’s house, the Royal Castle, and St. Anna’s Church in Warsaw’s Old Town. Enjoy time at leisure for leisurely sightseeing and lunch. Before returning by train to Krakow, visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which includes an archive of historical information on the Uprising in 1944 and the recording of the stories and memories of still-living Uprising participants. Enjoy dinner with fellow travelers at the hotel upon your return to Krakow. (B,D)

Day 8 – Krakow

Join your Smithsonian Journeys expert for an engaging presentation. The entire day is at leisure so that you can follow your own path. This evening gather with fellow travelers for a special farewell dinner at a select popular restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 – Depart for the U.S.

Get an early start and transfer to the John Paul II International Airport for return flights to the United States. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)