Market Square of Old Town. From the higher tower of the church of the Virgin Mary, every hour a professional firefighter-trumpeter plays a tune on the 4 corners of the world. This tradition has about 700 years old and is associated with the legend of Heynalists, who warned the city before the upcoming Tatars. Although, successfully closed the gates but the trumpeter was killed by Tatar arrow. In memory of his death - the performed signal abruptly breaks off before the end of the tune. Nowadays, people sleeping in the summer nights with the windows open, they hear the same hourly bugle call, and instead of rams, they calling the Tatars...
Pigeons in the Old Market Square. According to legend, long, long ago - cash boxes of Prince Henry IV (XIII century) were empty. The ruler went to a witch who said a spell and turned of all knights of prince into the pigeons. A flock of birds sat on the towers of St Mary's Church and each pebble pecked out from the wall after it fell to the ground turned into a gold coin. Prince gathered whole baskets of gold but he had no army. Then the witch promised to restore human form of knights, provided that the Pope will bless her. According to the legends, Henry IV all the gold lost at feasts and having fun, and according to historians, the gold for the pope were embezzled by a servant. The fact is that the Pope has not received the gold and the pigeons have not changed the form and still waiting for their prince.
Wieliczka. Weimar chamber. Figure of the Treasurer, indwelling underground spirit which guards buried treasures. According to the mining beliefs he took with him the souls of those died in the mine. He could be favorable to the people and warn them against fire or water flood in corridors, but could also be vindictive and vicious. He often took a form of a bearded miner with a torch, and after a moment he could turn into a goat, horse, dog, mouse, spider or any creature. Even if he could not be seen, anyway he was there... then usually he knocked the wall.
Wieliczka. St. John's Chapel. A wooden figure of crucified Christ on the main altar dates from the eighteenth century and is located on the background of image of color Jerusalem. On the vault placed the Trinity. Chapel today serves as a popular place for weddings. Hiring underground halls for private wedding ceremonies is the cost of at least 150 EU per hour (Chapel of St. John) to 500 EU (Chapel of St. Kinga), the price may increase depending on many factors that are difficult to list in this short description. Equally serious limitation as the financial aspect - is the date of reservation. Due to the interest, the wedding should be planned two years in advance.
Auschwitz. Wall of Death. Block 11. Internal prison of Auschwitz where died both prisoners from the camp, and prisoners brought from outside. On the first floor there was a court-martial of the Gestapo, which was passed a death judgment on an expedited basis. Immediately after hearing the judgment, the victims were discharged on the inner courtyard and killed by shot in back of the head. Only during the first mass execution in 1941, at the Polish independence day, 151 people were executed. German non-commissioned officer Palitzsch, by loading each time a new cartridge to rifle, shot down one at a time 151 people. The camp commandant and the camp doctor looked on it. In his memoirs, the commander described the NCO: "Impassive and calm, unhurried and with unmoved face, he performed his awful work. He was probably mentally so hardened that he could constantly killing, not thinking about anything (...) ".
Sightseeing of Kraków by electric bus with audio-guide system in 26 languages, or with a licensed guide in 6 languages.
All tickets and fees included in the price (museum, tour guides, parking, fuel, VAT). Transportation from anywhere in Warsaw directly to all locations on the tour route in the same car.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-3 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arrival to Kraków you have the choice of either 1 hour tour on the Old Town and other districts of the city by electrical bus with audio-guide system (26 languages) or 1-hour walk through the Old Town with a guide (6 languages in the standard). Then, after visiting Kraków, we are going directly to the Museum of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where upon arrival to the Museum, licensed guide guides you in a group of a dozen or so for about three hours in the underground of mine. You can choose a standard of 7 languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Polish).After the visit in underground salt mine in Wieliczka, we are going directly to the Auschwitz Museum, where a licensed guide guides you in a group of a dozen or so for about 2 hours in the camp in Auschwitz and Birkenau (6 languages - english, german, french, italian, spanish, polish) . Individually tour only in English. After completion of Cracow & Wieliczka & Auschwitz Tour, our qualified driver-guide takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Kraków.
2. Kraków. Sightseeing of Kraków (1 hours) by electric bus with audio-guide (26 languages). Tour: Church of St. Adalbert, St. Mary's Church. Church of St. Cross, Juliusz Słowacki Theater, Florian's Gate, Barbican, Czartoryski Museum, Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower, Franciscan Church, Wawel Castle, Piarist Church, Street of St. John, Church of St. John, Palace of Arts, Collegium Novum, Collegium Maius, Bishop's Palace, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Kazimierz Town Hall, Wolnica Square, Corpus Christi Church, Temple Synagogue, Old Synagogue, Popper Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, Isaac Synagogue, Kupa Synagogue, High Synagogue, Synagogue on the Hill, New Square, Church of St. Catherine, Skałka, Church of the Holy Trinity, Broad Street, New Cemetery, River Vistula.
3. Sightseeing of Kraków (1 hours) with licensed guide (6 languages).
Tour through the Old Town: Royal Road, Church of St. Florian, Julisz Słowacki Theater, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Barbican, Florian's Gate and Street, Grodzka Street, Market Square, St. Mary's Church with an altar by Veit Stoss, Cloth Hall and National Gallery of Art, Church of St. Adalbert, Jagiellonian University. Additional option to choose from instead of free time - or Schindler Museum, or underground of Market Square with historical exhibition of the city.
4. Transit Kraków - Wieliczka.
5. Wieliczka Salt Mine.Visiting the Mine takes place only in groups of about 35 persons. Start of the trip is going down by 380 stairs to a depth of 135 meters below ground (happily, return is already by mining lift).
The tour has 3 kilometers of corridors. On the trail is more than 20 chambers with the famous chapel of St. Kinga (built entirely of salt), Michałowice Chamber, Weimar Chamber. The temperature underground is approx. 15 C / 59 F regardless of temperature on the surface.
6. Transit Wieliczka - Oświęcim.
7. Auschwitz Museum with licensed guide (6 languages). Individually tour only in English.
Camp Gate with Arbeit Macht Frei inscription. Blocks 4 (doom exhibition - general information, model of gas chamber and crematorium, cans of Zyklon B). Block 5 (material evidence of crimes exhibition - human hair, suitcases, dentures, glasses, shoes). Block 6 (everyday life of prisoner - daily schedule, rations). Block 7 (living conditions of prisoners - toilets, washrooms, rooms with bunk beds). Block 11 (Death Block, cells in penalty bunker, cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe, penal standing, Wall of Death). Parade ground, gallows and place of death of Rudolf Hoess, crematorium I, Museum of Auschwitz II - Birkenau. Camp Gate with administration buildings of SS. Place of selection. Railway platform. Barracks in male section.
8. Transit Oświęcim - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 14 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Cracow is 300 km / 186 miles.
Distance between Cracow and Wieliczka is 15 km / 9 miles.
Distance between Wieliczka and Auschwitz is 70 km / 43 miles.
Distane between Oświecim and Warsaw is 310 km / 193 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Time of Kraków-Wieliczka-Auschwitz Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.