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Great Barbican Tours

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Great Barbican
The Great Barbican is a 15th-century, 7-turreted bastion in Krakow that once protected the city’s main gate—St. Florian’s Gate—and the Old Town within it. One of the few remnants of Krakow’s fortifications, the barbican consists of a small museum, medieval passageways, and a courtyard that hosts summer events such as jousting and pageants.

The Basics

As one of the most intact relics of Krakow’s medieval defenses, the Great Barbican features on almost all city tours. See it on a Segway, electric-cart, scooter, or bike excursion that stops outside for a guide to point out its historical and architectural highlights—insight you probably wouldn’t get if exploring alone. For a more in-depth look, choose a private walking tour that includes time to go inside and roam the barbican’s courtyard, galleries, and passageways. Other options include buying an admission ticket for a self-guided tour or purchasing a Krakow sightseeing card that provides access to the barbican and other key Krakow sights for one low price.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Great Barbican will appeal to history lovers and all those interested in medieval warfare and urban design.
  • Choose to view the building’s exterior or interior on a tour for a better understanding of its design and architectural detail.
  • Admission tickets for the barbican also give you access to Krakow’s defensive walls.
  • Allow about 30 minutes to see the barbican in full.
 
How to Get There
The Great Barbican stands on Baztowa Street on the northern fringes of Krakow’s Old Town and is easily accessible on foot from the Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny) or in around 15 minutes from Krakow’s main railway station. The nearest bus and tram stop is Stary Kleparz on Baztowa.
 
When to Get There

The Great Barbican is open from April to October only. Opening times are Monday–Sunday from midmorning to evening, although the building is closed to visitors on the second Monday of each month.

Things Not to Miss at the Great Barbican

The Great Barbican offers plenty of historical and architectural interest. Check out some of the 130 wall slots that were designed for use by archers and riflemen, and see the floor hatch through which boiling oil was dropped on attackers. Be sure to see the plaque commemorating one of the bastion’s strangest episodes: In 1768, a soldier—having run out of ammunition—fired one of his coat buttons into advancing Russian troops, killing their commander and effectively saving the city.
Address: Basztowa,, Krakow 30-547, Poland
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38 Tours and Activities to Experience Great Barbican

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The Barbican - entrance ticket

The Barbican - entrance ticket

Visit Krakow’s impressive historic gateway—The Barbican. You’ll be able to see rare historic architecture that dates back to the 15th century and learn about how it protected the entrance to Poland’s former capital city. With this entrance ticket, you’ll avoid waiting in long visitor lines, and you won’t have to worry about tickets selling out on the day you visit.
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  • 1 day
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$36.08
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$36.08

Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

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Zip around Krakow in an electric car on this sightseeing tour. Led by a private driver, soak up the city's rich history as audio commentary offers background on the passing attractions. Travel through the Jewish district of Kazimierz, see the Barbican and Cloth Hall in the Old Town, and experience a poignant piece of World War II history in the former Jewish Ghetto of Podgórze. Your private tour concludes back at your original departure point.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.11
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$48.11
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Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour by Eco Friendly Electric Car With Audio Guide

Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour by Eco Friendly Electric Car With Audio Guide

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Cruise through Krakow in an electric car on this 60- or 90-minute private city tour. Enjoy an open-air ride through the Old Town, passing the Rynek Główny, the Cloth Hall and the medieval structure of the Barbican, and delve into areas closed to normal traffic. Then, experience a poignant piece of World War II history as you pass Oskar Schindler’s Factory, Ghetto Heroes Square and the city’s former Jewish quarter. As you go, your private guide will discuss the stories behind this vibrant Polish city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.65
Price varies by group size
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$21.65
Price varies by group size
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Krakow Bike Tour - small groups

Krakow Bike Tour - small groups

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Discover Krakow at a faster pace than a walking tour by going on an action-packed bike tour. Pedal past many top sights including Krakow’s Main Square, St. Mary’s Church, the Cloth Hall, St. Florian’s Gate, The Barbican, Planty Park, Wawel Royal Castle, Kazimierz, and Podgorze. Learn about the sights you pass with fascinating guide commentary along the way.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.46
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$26.46

The best view of Krakow from Golf Cars

The best view of Krakow from Golf Cars

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We will experience an authentic day in Krakow after a well-planned route through the city. In my eco-friendly Golf Car I will take you around the Old Town, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter where you discover the Christian and Jewish part of district, Ghetto (from the time of the Second World War) and Schindler's Factory. We have a audio guide with informations about historical monuments (26 languages optional) - so we will stop at each location and allow time for explanation of sites and their long history. You will also discover less popular streets, where you will feel the true climate of the district and a lot of street art. On the tour you can try the most famous Zapiekanki (open-faced sandwich) at Plac Nowy. To memorize the trip you will be photographed by me and then I will send you photos to the email. Electric vehicle is also heated so it's warm and allows to use in winter time.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.34
per group
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$144.34
per group
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Krakow Private City Tour

Krakow Private City Tour

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Get a close-up view of Krakow on this walking tour around the Old Town area. As this is a private tour, you can go at your own pace, customize the itinerary, and see and do exactly what you want. Krakow’s streets and buildings are full of history, and you’ll learn all about it from your English-speaking guide. This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors to Krakow, and travelers who want an active way of seeing the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.17
Price varies by group size
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$72.17
Price varies by group size

Electric Scooter Tour of Krakow: Old Town Tour - 1,5-Hour of Magic!

Electric Scooter Tour of Krakow: Old Town Tour - 1,5-Hour of Magic!

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Explore Kraków's Old Town and have fun on an electric scooter. Get the best recommendations from your local guide. The environmentally-friendly electric scooters avoid the need for long and tiring walks. Instead, jump aboard and ride your own scooter from location to location. The tour will last 90 minutes during which you will get the essence of Krakow's Old Town. After a brief training session, the tour heads past the most important buildings and monuments of the city. Your guide will relate their history and recommend other places to visit during your stay in Krakow.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.07
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$30.07
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Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cart

Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cart

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Unforgettable Krakow City Tour by electric car. Visit all 'must see' places: Old Town, Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter Kazimierz, Former Ghetto and Oskar Schindler's Factory. During the 2-hour tour audio guide in your language will tell you about the monuments and places you pass by. English speaking driver will ensure safety and provide additional informations. Comfort and time are the biggest advantages of the service. Cars are well prepared for any kind of weather (transparent raincovers and heating for winter time). Available 28 language versions: Polish, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Greek, Romanian, Turkish, Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.07
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$37.07
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E-Cruiser Krakow Tour - experience the adventure

E-Cruiser Krakow Tour - experience the adventure

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The new way of experiencing the city. The only one E-Cruiser tour in Krakow. Chilling and cruising :) Explore the biggest medieval square in Europe, learn about it`s heritage with the city`s heartbreaking history. During the tour you will learn the history and legends, enjoy the views, take some great pictures, meet other tourists and ask all the questions to our local guide. Enjoy the freedom and choose the tour route and duration that suits best your preferences: 1. Old town tour - 2 hours in Old Town 2. Total tour - 3 hours - Old Town and Kazimierz the former Jewish District 3. Jewish Quarter Tour - 1,5 hour only for Kazimierz. Special offer for limited time only: you will get a 40% discount to rent our scooters after the tour! If you need more freedom, you can choose only the E-Cruiser rental and experience Krakow on your own.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.11
Price varies by group size
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$16.11
Price varies by group size

Krakow Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Krakow Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

We prepared with high precision and special for you a unique program of tour. During this tour you will explore the top attractions, the most famous places and beautiful views which are full of history and culture. You will be led by licensed guide who has many-years of experience and they are the best in all country! All of it will make this tour very unforgettable.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.80
Price varies by group size
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$68.80
Price varies by group size
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Old Town Krakow Walking Tour

Old Town Krakow Walking Tour

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Discover the highlights of Krakow’s Main Market Square on this small-group walking tour. You’ll save hours researching the best places to visit, and you won’t have to worry about planning transport as everything can be explored on foot. Your experience will be much better than exploring Krakow alone, as your guide will navigate and tell you about the legends and stories behind the city’s most popular attractions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.62
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$11.62
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Skip the Line: Krakow Museum Ticket & Attraction Official Pass

Skip the Line: Krakow Museum Ticket & Attraction Official Pass

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Enjoy complimentary access to Krakow’s top museums with the Krakow Museums and Transport Pass. Gain entrance to 40 museums, including the impressive Rynek Underground, with its original medieval market stalls; Oskar Schindler’s Factory; and a wealth of art galleries, churches and more. THis card offers generous discounts at select restaurants, shops and on other activities, and it’s a money-saving way to enjoy Krakow.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.06
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$24.06

Krakow Private Tour - 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District

Krakow Private Tour - 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District

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Private  walking Krakow Tour , 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District with Schindlers Factory. Tour with private, licensed english speaking local tour guide. Your tour guide will meet you in your hotel. This tour includes 2 parts , one part is the Krakow Old Town and the other is Krakow Jewish District including tour in Oscar Schindler's Factory. There will be a break for lunch or coffee during this day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.46
Price varies by group size
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$134.46
Price varies by group size

Krakow sightseeing by eco friendly vehicle (Melex)

Krakow sightseeing by eco friendly vehicle (Melex)

Tick through Krakow’s top sights in an eco-friendly electric car. Hop aboard with a driver, and admire the landmarks as you glide around Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and other districts. An English speaking driver will assist you during the whole tour. You can pick the audioguide in one of the 26 languages. Explore the main square, Rynek Główny, see the Cloth Hall and Barbican, view the haunting sites associated with the Holocaust of World War II, and delve into areas closed to normal traffic.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.80
Price varies by group size
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$41.80
Price varies by group size

Private Krakow Sightseeing Tour

Private Krakow Sightseeing Tour

Discover the best of Krakow on a private sightseeing tour. A private tour will give you a more personalized experience, and you’ll have your guide’s undivided attention for questions. It’s a great introduction to the city, as well as the perfect way to get your bearings. Save time and see many highlights in one tour, such as the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, the Cloth Hall, and much more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.04
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$18.04
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Exclusive Krakow City Pass with Transport and Wieliczka Entrance

Exclusive Krakow City Pass with Transport and Wieliczka Entrance

Plan your whole visit with just one booking. See marvelous Wieliczka Salt Mine with English guide and receive Krakow City Pass which gives you complimentary access to Krakow’s top museums and public transport. With over 40 museums, including the impressive Rynek Underground, with its original medieval market stalls; Oskar Schindler’s Factory; and a wealth of art galleries, churches and more, the card gives you endless possibilities to explore Krakow. This card offers generous discounts at select restaurants, shops and on other activities, and it’s a money-saving way to enjoy Krakow. Krakow Museums and Transport Pass offers free public transport and can be picked up either from the airport (which will allow you to use free public transport from airport to Krakow city center) or from Discover Cracow Tourist Information Point at Szczepanski Square 8. You can reach Wieliczka Salt Mine with public transport as well - please use bus number 304.
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  • 2 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.98
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$76.98

[Combo] Wieliczka and Krakow City Pass with transport

[Combo] Wieliczka and Krakow City Pass with transport

Enjoy complimentary access to Krakow’s top museums with the Krakow Museums and Transport Pass. Gain entrance to 40 museums, including the impressive Rynek Underground, with its original medieval market stalls; Oskar Schindler’s Factory; and a wealth of art galleries, churches and more. This card offers generous discounts at select restaurants, shops and on other activities, and it’s a money-saving way to enjoy Krakow. This combo includes the entrance to Wieliczka Salt Mine with English Guide. Krakow Museums and Transport Pass offers free public transport and can be picked up either from the airport (which will allow you to use free public transport from airport to Krakow city center) or from Discover Cracow Tourist Information Point at Szczepanski Square 8. You can reach Wieliczka Salt Mine with public transport as well - please use bus number 304.
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  • 2 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.98
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$76.98

Krakow Private City Tour - short 1,5 hour walking tour

Krakow Private City Tour - short 1,5 hour walking tour

Private walking tour in Krakow Old town .Tour with private tour guide, there is no better way to find out about the history, architecture and people from Krakow.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.32
Price varies by group size
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$49.32
Price varies by group size

Krakow Sightseeing walking with pick-up from hotel

Krakow Sightseeing walking with pick-up from hotel

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Sieze the day by going on this extensive sightseeing tour of Krakow by minibus. Thanks to the mode of transportation, see a large swath of the city while learning about the history of Krakow: trendy and hip Kazimierz, once the the Jewish ghetto; Grodzka Street, Old Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica, among many other spots.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.50
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$54.50

Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour

Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour

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Get an insider's view of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Krakow with this private guided tour of the city. See the main sites, including Wawel Castle, the main square and many ancient churches, and learn about the history of each place. Stroll around Kazimierz, the city's former Jewish neighborhood, now a trendy and hip part of town.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.83
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$71.83

Krakow Museums and Transport Official Pass

Krakow Museums and Transport Official Pass

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Enjoy complimentary access to Krakow’s top museums and its bus and tram network with the Krakow Museums and Transport Pass. Choose from a 2- or 3-day pass and gain entrance to 38 museums, including the impressive Rynek Underground, with its original medieval market stalls; Oskar Schindler’s Factory. • Admission to attractions is possible upon presentation of our Card at the ticket office (valid for 1 day starting from the day of issuing the card) • Discounts: restaurants, car rental, cinema • Free and unlimited city’s public transport for 1 day (zones I & II) • The card doesn't need to be validated, in the event of an inspection, it is enough to show it to the person checking the tickets • 13 Card collection points within the city center
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.08
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$36.08

Dragon Tours - Feel the Soul of Krakow

Dragon Tours - Feel the Soul of Krakow

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Discover the most excited historical places in Cracow with us. We will show you the most interesting places in Cracow that create the spirit of a city. We will show you where to look to find traces of the city in its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries, when Copernicus himself walked these streets. These were the days when Krakow teemed with the sounds of many different languages, colorful clothing and exotic goods, and people from around the world who came here seeking their fortune. But the carousel of history never missed the royal city, and its days of wealth and prosperity turned to times of collapse and decline. We are flexible and for your convenience you can choose from three options of the tour: 1. Dragon Tour - Old Town and Jewish Quarter - 4 hours duration 2. Old Town only - from Grunwald Monument to Wawel Royal Castle - 2 hours 3. Jewish Quarter only - from Plac Wolnica to Szeroka street - 2 hours duration
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.51
Price varies by group size
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$80.51
Price varies by group size

E-Scooter Krakow sightseeing tour

E-Scooter Krakow sightseeing tour

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Flexible e-scooter tour. Don't feel like walking the whole day? We will deliver the scooters to a pre-agreed location where we will meet you. You will get a brief instruction and off we go! We will show you the most interesting parts of the old town, the glorious castle, the riverside and the Jewish district. Since this tour is just for you, we can modify it as you wish. We will contact you after the booking to agree on the time and starting point of the tour. Our Xiaomi scooters are fun, safe and very easy to use.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.39
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$38.39

Krakow Highlights of Old & New Town Private Walking Tour

Krakow Highlights of Old & New Town Private Walking Tour

We prepared with high precision and special for you the unique program of tour around Old & New Town in Krakow. During this tour you will explore the top attractions, most famous places and beautiful views which are full of history and culture. You will be led by licensed guide who has many-years of experience and they are the best in all country! All of this will make this tour very unforgettable.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.19
Price varies by group size
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$104.19
Price varies by group size
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3-hour private tour of Krakow

3-hour private tour of Krakow

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We are licensed local guides. We speak your language perfectly and we have a high level of professional preparation. During the visit we will show you the present city, also the city of our childhood, including our parents and grandparents. We will leave the usual routes to take you on our own paths telling the story of Poland and Krakow but without boredom. We will explain our traditions, our customs, leisure, our food and also something about the social and cultural life of Poland. Our walks are exceptional. Passionate guides that adapt to the age, pace and interests of their travelers. Hire the visit with us to feel Poland and you will see that our country will stay in your heart forever
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.13
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$54.13

Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I book Great Barbican tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Great Barbican can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 38 Great Barbican tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Great Barbican 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Great Barbican costs USD 36.08. Guided Great Barbican tours start around USD 36.08 per person. See all 38 Great Barbican tickets and tours on Viator.
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