Krakow tour
Krakow tour - Poland

DAY 01: KRAKOW

Arrival in Krakow - a historical town with a thousand years long tradition as a center of science, culture and art. In 1978 the historical centre of Cracow was placed by UNESCO on the list of the world's 12 most precious monuments. For five centuries, until Warsaw took over as capital in 1596, Krakow was the capital of Poland and Polish kings were crowned and buried here. Today, the former residence of Polish Kings, Wawel Castle houses an exhibition of historical furniture, paintings and an internationally-recognized collection of 16th century tapestries.

Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Half day city tour of Krakow including entrances to Wawel Castle, Wawel Royal Cathedral and

St. Mary's Church

Sightseeing tour of Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, a royal city on the Vistula lying at the foot of Wawel - a limestone hill on whose peak rise a splendid royal palace and the cathedral church of St. Waclaw and bishop Stanislaus You will start with the Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill that has been remodelled according to the new Renaissance taste in the beginning of the 16th century.

It is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried here. Afterwards, drive to the Old Town with the Main Market Square with magnificent houses and palaces. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall built before 1349, but altered in the 16th century. Inside are many shopping stalls. Also in the square admire the magnificent extensive Gothic Church of Our Lady with the famous wooden altar created by Wit Stwosz. 

Visit the Museum at the former Oscar Schindler's Factory The main exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation, 1939-1945" shows the dramatic choice that people made. Key phases of the period come in for special attention, including notorious Sonderaktion of November 1939 (during which 183 people were arrested, most of the the university professors), as well as the creation and liquidation of the Jewish Ghetto. "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation: 1939-1945" showcase life during the war for Poles and Jews, concentrating at least some of its narrative on the disruption of Polish-Jewish relations against the backdrop of Nazi brutality. The atmosphere of the era is evoked by recreations of typical Cracovian interiros and street scenes. At the same time it presents the history of Krakow Jews and the tragedy of Jewish community being a part of the tradegy of the rest of the population. Overnight at centrally located hotel Vienna House Chopin*** /Golden Tulip City Centre****/Holiday Inn City Centre *****


DAY 02: KRAKOW - OSWIECIM - KRAKOW

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau - Auschwitz considered as the biggest Nazi's concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau was established on 14th June 1940 and liberated in January 1945. About 1.5 million people of 28 nationalities lost their lives here, mostly Jews. Prisoners were unloaded onto the specially designed ramps, poisone with Zyclon B or exhaust fumes and burned in piles or crematories. Fellow prisoners were forced to service the gas chambers and assist the cremation of the bodies and their robbing. During the camp evacuation in January 1945 thousand of inmates died in so-called death march. When the camp was liberated there were about 7 000 prisoners, all in terrible conditions.

After the retreating only part of the camp was destroyed by Germans. What has remained became the symbol of homicide. Today the site is the museum and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Return to Krakow and time at leisure for shopping and exploring the city on own.

Overnight in Krakow.


DAY 03: KRAKOW - CZESTOCHOWA - KRAKOW

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Visiting Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa

Czestochowa is one of the most important places of religious worship in the Christian World with traditions of pilgrimage that go back to the 14th century. In recent years this place has been visited by 4-5 million pilgrims annually, including 100 thousand from abroad. Only Lourdes and Fatima host more pilgrims. The tradition of pilgrimiging to Jasna Gora dates back to 1382 when the monastery was funded. The Prince Ladislaus II of Opole invited Pauline monks to Poland. He gave them Jasna Gora hill with a small church under the invocation of Holy Virgin Mary the Succourer. Next he presented them with the miraculous picture of Our Lady which is told to be painted by Luke the Evangelist on the plank of the table on which the Holy Family prayed and dined. However the newest research proves that it was a Byzantine icon from the sixth or seventh century. During the Hussite wars in 1430 the monastery was sacked and robbed and the picture profaned. To this day one can see the sword-cuts on the cheek of the Madonna. In the 1717 the picture was crowned with papal diadem and was started to be called the picture of "Black Madonna". The interiors of the Basilica are richly decorated with stuccos, frescos, and marble in the Baroque style.

Transfer back to Krakow.

Overnight in Krakow.


DAY 04: KRAKOW - - WADOWICE - LAGIEWNIKI - KRAKOW

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Wadowice (53 km's around 1 hour).

Visiting Wadowice

Karol Jozef Wojtyla, known as the Pope John Paul II was born on 18th May 1920 in Wadowice, the small city located about one hour drive (54 km's) from Krakow. On 20th June 1920 He was baptised in the parish church next to his house (former Rynek No 2, today Koscielna Street No 7.). The tall church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary was also the place witnessing His First Holy Communion at the age of 9, the Sacrament of the Confirmation at the age of 18 and His First Holy Mass. His mother died in 1929, His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and His father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. They rest in peace on the Rakowiecki Cemetery in Krakow.

Transfer to Lagiewniki (49 km's around 1 hour)

Visiting Lagiewniki

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy was founded in Warsaw by Mother Teresa Eva Potocka on November 1, 1862. Mercy has always been the central theme of the congregation's spirituality. From the very beginnings the sisters cooperated with God's mercy in saving lost souls by extending spiritual and educational care to wayward girls and women in need of deep moral conversion and renewal. These women found a refuge and safe haven in "Mercy Houses" where they could reform their lives and learn various trade skills. They could stay in the Mercy House as long as they wished or reintegrate themselves into society whenever they felt ready to do so.The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has become more widely known in recent years because of one of its members - Sister Faustina Kowalska - the most "faithful daughter" of the Order. With Sister Faustina's beatification and mission, the congregation began to establish itself in various countries and continents. While most of the houses are located in Poland, the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy are now also represented in the United States, Italy, Russia, and Czech. Transfer back to Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.


DAY 05: KRAKOW

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Krakow airport and departure for another destination.