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

Starting at: $4,640 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Kraków's engaging main square  Kraków's Main Square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall  Medieval interior detail of St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków  Wawel Castle, Kraków  Poland's Wieliczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage site  Sculptural detail found in the Wieliczka Salt Mines  Old Town Warsaw, a World Heritage Site  Kraków's St. Mary's Basilica

Kraków

A One-Week Stay in Poland

9 days from $4,640

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

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Our trip to Krakow, Poland with Smithsonian Journeys, exceeded my expectations in every way. From our tour director to the itinerary to the hotel & food to the guest speakers. It was our first time with Smithsonian and they definitely lived up to their reputation. We would definitely travel with them again.

- Kathleen E.

Excellent tour. As a first-time solo traveler, I found the fellow participants welcoming and friendly. Very easy to be with, both the other single travelers as well as the couples. Great group of people. 

- Mary C.

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Accommodations

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Hotel Unicus Palace

Krakow, Poland

The centrally located and recently opened in 2017, Hotel Unicus Palace is a deluxe, 5-star property with elegant furnishings that combine modern ambiance with that of a period building. Located in the center of the charming Old Town it makes it the ideal hotel for travelers visiting the city. Bearing in mind the comfort of guests, designers of the hotel have created a welcoming, functional and well-equipped rooms. All guestrooms offer air conditioning, LCD TVs, Wi-Fi and modern bathrooms. In the morning, guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast, served in the hotel’s restaurant.

Number of nights: 7

Activity Levels

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one city and region—and one hotel. Full-day excursions outside the city with some longer, extensive walking tours of villages, museums, and outdoor historic sites. Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. outdoor sites, cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Hotel centrally located for easy access to sites and restaurants during time at leisure.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Our trip to Krakow, Poland with Smithsonian Journeys, exceeded my expectations in every way. From our tour director to the itinerary to the hotel & food to the guest speakers. It was our first time with Smithsonian and they definitely lived up to their reputation. We would definitely travel with them again.

- Kathleen E.

Excellent tour. As a first-time solo traveler, I found the fellow participants welcoming and friendly. Very easy to be with, both the other single travelers as well as the couples. Great group of people. 

- Mary C.
Reading List

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The Kingdom of Auschwitz: 1940-1945
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Poland: A Novel
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In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between the ruthless Communists and rebellious farmers of the modern age. Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events, unforgettable characters, and the unfolding drama of an entire nation.   Praise for Poland   “Engrossing . . . a page-turner in the grand Michener tradition.”—The Washington Post   “A Michener epic is far more than a bedtime reader, it’s an experience. Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country’s tribulations.”—Chicago Tribune   “Stunning . . . an unmatched overview of Polish history . . . The families themselves come very much alive, and through them, Poland itself.”—USA Today   “A titanic documentary novel.”—The Wall Street Journal
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