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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) Tours

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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)
The lop-sided towers of the majestic Saint Mary’s Basilica dominate the northeast corner of Krakow’s lively central square, the Rynek Główny. A church has graced this spot since medieval times, but this incarnation was built of red-brick in Gothic style and consecrated in 1320 after the original was destroyed by invading Tartars in the 13th century. The northern tower was raised to 263 feet (80 meters) and became the city’s watchtower.

The interior is handsomely decorated with a star-spangled blue ceiling, heavy Gothic ornamentation and stained-glass windows that shaft sunlight into patterns in the floor. The showpiece is the magnificent carved altar, constructed with wood by the German craftsman Veit Stoss in 1489; it took him 12 long years to finish his creation, which measures 47 feet (13 meters) across and is carved with 200 biblical figures. The altar is opened daily at 11:50 a.m. to reveal gilded scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. 

St Mary’s Basilica is most famous for the much-loved bugle call that rings out across the city on the hour, every hour, played by a trumpeter standing at the top of the structure’s taller, northern tower.

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St Mary’s Basilica is located at Plac Mariacki 5, and it is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission costs 10PLN, and concessions cost 5PLN.
Address: Plac Mariacki 5, Krakow 31-042, Poland
Admission: 10PLN
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St Mary's Basilica Entrance Ticket

St Mary's Basilica Entrance Ticket

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Skip the line with prepaid admission to St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow. This church in the Main Market Square houses the Veit Stoss Altar, a late Gothic masterpiece. Admire the church’s vaulted ceilings and see for yourself why the Basilica has become a true symbol of Krakow. Stop by 8 Szczepański Square for your printed admission voucher
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  • 1 day
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$4.83
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Krakow with driver and guide and Hotel pick-up

Private 4-hour City Tour of Krakow with driver and guide and Hotel pick-up

Enjoy our amazing 4-hour private tour of Krakow with an official guide and chauffeured vehicle. In it you will know the most important places of one of the oldest cities in Poland. Tour the old town and discover one of the best preserved medieval squares in all of Europe, take a trip through the darkest corners of local history visiting some of the areas that served as locations for the famous Steven Spielberg film, “The Schindler’s List”. In addition, you can visit the Jewish Quarter of Krakow, while your guide tells you the history of the place and takes you to know The Old Synagogue and The Corpus Christi Church. Another place not to be missed is The Cloths Hall, it's a market or commercial area of ​​the town where you can buy all the souvenirs you want and even acquire certain unique pieces typical of the culture of Poland. At the end of the tour, your private driver and official tour guide will take you back to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.92
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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

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Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is the city’s most atmospheric district and the best way to explore is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour checks off all the highlights, including the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex; the medieval St. Mary’s Basilica and 17th-century St Peter and Paul’s Church; and the historic Cloth Hall.
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  • 3 hours
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Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

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Explore Krakow on this tour of the city’s top attractions. Led by an expert guide, see Wawel Castle, the main square of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and St. Mary’s Church. Stretch your legs with a walking tour along the Royal Route and browse the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Your tour concludes in the city center.
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  • 4 hours
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Krakow Private Walking Tour with Schindler's Factory

Krakow Private Walking Tour with Schindler's Factory

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Get a fantastic introduction to the rich history and resilient spirit of Krakow with this private city walking tour. See where Polish kings ruled and are buried at the Royal Wawel Castle, stroll through the atmospheric streets of the Kazimierz district, tour the remnants of the old Jewish ghetto established by the Nazis, and much more. Delve deeper into the city's wartime history with an included visit to Oskar Schindler’s Factory, and enjoy hotel transfers and personalized attention from your private guide, who will answer all your questions about this captivating Polish city.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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$48.28
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Krakow Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Krakow Private Tour

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Want to see the best of Krakow? How about exploring hidden districts? It’s all possible on this private tour! Join your favorite local & discover the old town and the beautiful Dębniki district. See from The Cloth Hall to Wawel Castle gardens, all the way to the other side of the Vistula river.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.49
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Private Walking Tour of Krakow Old Town with Expert Historian

Private Walking Tour of Krakow Old Town with Expert Historian

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Appreciating Krakow's unique history can be tricky on a self-led excursion. Explore with a history teacher for intimate insight into the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and discover significant landmarks including St. Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall, and Jagiellonian University. Benefit from the personalized service of a private tour, and choose a departure time that suits your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

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Discover the historical highlights of Krakow on this Old Town walking tour. As you walk through the cobbled lanes and squares, hear fun facts and background on the city’s history, culture, and architecture, and stop for photos at key sights such as St. Mary’s Basilica, Wawel Castle, and the Cloth Hall. About midway through, break for coffee (own expense) and chat with your guide about past and present-day life and traditions in the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Food Tour: Krakow Eats

Food Tour: Krakow Eats

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The UNESCO–listed city of Kraków is a great place in which to discover tasty Polish eats and treats, but knowing where to find the best traditional snacks takes local knowledge. On this tour, follow your guide through the historic streets and discover the authentic flavors of Poland. Sample local bread, pastries, sausages, and more, and finish with a Polish vodka-tasting in a neighborhood liquor store.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$58.89
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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
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$72.43
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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
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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
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Private 3-hours Walking Tour of Krakow with official tour guide

Private 3-hours Walking Tour of Krakow with official tour guide

We offer one of the most amazing and beautiful tours through the old town of the city of Krakow, also known as “The New Prague”. It is one of the most visited tourist places in all of Europe thanks to its architectural richness. The tour will start at Rynek Market Square, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval market squares in all of Europe. Little by little we will get closer to the Basilica of Saint Mary, a beautiful construction that we can admire and visit walk while the guide reveals all its secrets and tells us about its leading role in the history of Poland … If we are lucky, we´ll enjoy the notes of the trumpet that announces the arrival of a new hour of day. When we're done there, we will go to the Cloth Hall Market, the ideal place for souvenir shopping, in this place will get almost anything at a great price. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off in a central place of Krakow.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.47
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Krakow: City Highlights Private Tour by Electric Car

Krakow: City Highlights Private Tour by Electric Car

Highlights: - Enjoy comfortable city tour by electric car - Discover all the best sights in Krakow as St. Mary’s Basilica, Wawel Hill, - Learn fascinating history of Krakow through Old Town and Kazimierz District - Listen great stories and legends from local professional guide - Take advantage of riding in eco-friendly electric car Experience great city tour by electric car in the middle of Krakow. Jump on the board and admire Old Town, Wawel Hill and Kazimierz District during one tour. Enjoy accompany of professional local guide who will tell you fascinating history of Krakow since early Medieval Times and Royal Times to times with Jewish ghetto in Kazimierz. Here you will find amazing buildings like St. Mary’s Basilica and famous Cloth Hall. On every corner you will discover more and more. See Town Hall, monumental Wawel Castle, Barbican and Jagiellonian University. You will visit also Kazimierz District - very adorable former Jewish district with fascinating history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.59
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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
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$41.95
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$41.95
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Krakow Segway Tour

Krakow Segway Tour

Become an experienced Segway X2 operator while riding around Krakow's Old Town and Kazimierz - Jewish Quarter and the ghetto - Podgórze. These off-road beasts are equipped with a wide base platform for maximum comfort and deep-tread tires to traverse all sorts of terrain. No previous experience required - the training will be provided. See all the major sites while cruising the "Planty" gardens, along the historical medieval walls and fortifications. Hear the story of the first University in Poland, the Bishop's Palace (where Pope John Polu II has lived) and the Wawel castle where the Krakow's dragon breathes fire. Learn about Jewish history and culture while visiting Kazimierz's famous Szeroka street and Old Synagogue. Take a look inside Krakow's WWII ghetto while going deeper into 20th-century Jewish history with Oscar Schindler's factory and the Heroes of the ghetto square, where the liquidation began. Finish your tour on Main Markt Square the largest of its kind in Europe.
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  • 1 to 3 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.32
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$54.32
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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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$36.21
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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
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$37.07
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$37.07
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[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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$77.25
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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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$77.25
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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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$24.14
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$24.14

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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$72.09
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Best of Krakow Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Best of Krakow Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Collect all highlights points on the Krakow’s map in one day. Take advantage of walking tours with private transport to the best parts of the city with local Expert-guide. See Old Town, Kazimierz District, Kosciuszko’s Mound and much more! Highlights: - Explore highlights of whole Krakow with licensed Expert-guide - Admire historic Old Town, Royal Route and magnificent Wawel Hill - Be amazed by landscapes at Kosciuszko’s Mound and its history - Discover picturesque Kazimierz District and Nowa Huta - Get to know with best-kept secret of this amazing city
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.53
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$147.53
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Katowice: Private Tour to Krakow with Transport and Guide

Katowice: Private Tour to Krakow with Transport and Guide

Highlights: - Enjoy full day tour with private guide to historic city - Krakow - Discover highlights of Krakow as Wawel Hill, Kazimierz District, St. Mary’s Basilica - Learn fascinating history of Poland through different areas in Krakow - Spread your Katowice journey and hop to another city easily by car or train as you like - Explore Wawel Cathedral and visit famous Synagogue From Katowice you can easily jump to another cities, so let’s go for it and see amazing Krakow! Prepare yourself for a full day exploration, see the best iconic sights like Wawel Cathedral, Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica and get familiar with Krakow secrets. There are two options to adjust your travel preferences. Katowice is well-connected with Krakow by trains. Take a seat in comfortable train with your friends or family and be picked-up by local Krakow guide. If you prefer travel by car we offer english-speaking driver on route and your guide join you in Krakow to show you the best Krakow highlights.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$195.43
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$195.43
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) 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 50 St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) costs USD 4.83. Guided St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tours start around USD 4.83 per person. See all 50 St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tickets and tours on Viator.
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