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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)
St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)

St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) Tours and Activities

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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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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
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$47.66
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.13
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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.53
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.80
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Krakow and Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch

Krakow and Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch

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Take a full-day tour from Warsaw that includes a Krakow city tour and a sobering visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. At Auschwitz-Birkenau, visit still-standing parts of the original Nazi concentration camps along with artifacts from the prisoners who perished there during World War II. Learn about the murderous Nazi campaigns against Europe’s Jewish populations and other ‘undesirables’ as you tour the camps. Change pace in Krakow, taking in landmarks including St. Mary’s Basilica and more.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.79
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Hevelius' Treasure | Scavenger Hunt

Hevelius' Treasure | Scavenger Hunt

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If you are interested in more than just sightseeing we propose an adventure. You will explore the city to find the mysterious Hevelius’ treasure. Become a team of Astronomers, Historians or Mathematicians who arrive in Gdańsk to help local archaeologists who discovered a trail: first page with a riddle left by Hevelius himself.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$29.79
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Krakow's Essential Tour of the Old Town and Wawel Castle

Krakow's Essential Tour of the Old Town and Wawel Castle

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Learn what is the most famous window in Poland, for whom the Sigismund’s Bell at the Wawel castle tolls, see the living symbol of Krakow –the trumpeter who plays his melody every hour from the St. Mary’s church. Learn why Krakow was lucky to preserve its beauty in the days of WW2 and was not devastated by the German Nazis like Warsaw. During the 2.5-hour tour you will see the best of the city and what is even more important, we will unveil you the most glorious but also tragic chapters of Polish history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$3.56
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Gdansk Highlights Bicycle Tour

Gdansk Highlights Bicycle Tour

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Have fun cycling through one of the most bike-friendly cities in Poland while sightseeing and learning about Gdansk. Visit the Old Town, Low Town, shipyard and other areas of the city. You’ll get a much more intimate perspective than touring by car or bus, but can cover more ground than you would on a walking tour. This tour is an exciting way to see the sights while exercising.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.99
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$38.99
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Krakow Private Walking City Tour

Krakow Private Walking 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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$71.49
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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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$84.43
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Private Full-Day Guided Tour of Gdansk Gdynia and Sopot

Private Full-Day Guided Tour of Gdansk Gdynia and Sopot

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This is the ultimate whistle-stop tour of the Trinity area, and a great choice for visitors with limited time in Poland. Save time researching things to do, and enjoy a hassle-free day with an itinerary organized for you. After a hotel pickup, you’ll visit interesting places in Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot such as Gdansk Old Town, and Gdynia Museum. See amazing views, historical buildings, and have a guide to provide local insights. 
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  • 7 hours
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$61.11
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Walking Tour to Gdansk Old Town with Entry to Amber Altar

Walking Tour to Gdansk Old Town with Entry to Amber Altar

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Take part in this great walking tour and see highlights of heart of Gdansk - Old Town and Main Town, discover hidden gems, visit excellent church with unique altar made entirely of amber and learn incredible stories about Gdansk now and in the past. You will get also some tips about our local food, alcohols and souvenirs. As it is a shared tour we guarantee the best price for Sightseeing of Gdansk. At the same time the group will be maximum of 15 people and tour is led by licensed guide which will ensure high quality and will make you satisfied
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.71
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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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$176.64
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Private Walking Tour to Gdansk Old Town Legends and Facts

Private Walking Tour to Gdansk Old Town Legends and Facts

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Explore Gdansk Old Town on this private walking tour. Take the stress out of navigating, and put your full focus on enjoying the sites, as you have a private guide to lead the way. Your experience will be much more enjoyable than if you were traveling alone, as you learn about local legends, and historical facts from your guide. Get your bearings of the city, see Arthur’s Court, the Royal Way, Neptune Fountain, and much more.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.77
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Stutthof Concentration Camp: Private 5-Hours Tour

Stutthof Concentration Camp: Private 5-Hours Tour

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Prebook this Stutthof Museum and Memorial tour from Gdańsk, and guarantee your admission into the museum and memorial site. Ride comfortably from Gdańsk, and upon arrival, explore the grounds with a guide who tells you all about the seriousness of the WWII history. You’ll also get to watch a documentary film while you’re at Stutthof.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$61.42
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Undercover City Games: Krakow

Undercover City Games: Krakow

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Come on, how often do you have the chance to become a top undercover agent? If you're looking for a really fun & unique way to discover Krakow, then this is most definitely it. What is more, everyone can play- we cater for all kinds of tourists, families, stag/hen parties & business groups, getting you to really explore the city but in a hugely fun (and often competitive!) way.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$16.80
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Traditional Polish Private Food Tour in Gdansk

Traditional Polish Private Food Tour in Gdansk

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Poland is known for its delicious and hearty cuisine. Taste your way around the city on this traditional walking food tour of Gdansk. You’ll save time trying to translate menus by having a guide to translate for you, and take you to places locals love for traditional cuisine. You’ll visit five food stores and restaurants, and try a variety of dishes such as polish dumplings, and cheesecake.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.67
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Krakow Private Tour

Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Krakow Private Tour

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This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Krakow from a unique perspective! Get to know Krakow on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, with city highlights, hidden gems, storytelling, and a local treat - this tour has it all! Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Krakow at its best but from the eyes of a local. Check out main landmarks like Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Basilica, Corpus Christi Basilica and uncover hidden gems and city secrets with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. And the cherry on top, a local treat is included. Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.21
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Gdansk Private Bike Tour

Gdansk Private Bike Tour

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On this Gdansk bike tour, you’ll be taken to interesting sites in the Old Town and Lower City. You’ll save time researching cycle routes and your guide will take you to unusual spots that are difficult for tourists to find. Highlights include St. Mary's Basilica tower and the Shipyard area. Conveniently, bike rental is included, so you can travel light. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.88
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$81.88
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Private tour of the Old Town and the Wawel Castle Hill

Private tour of the Old Town and the Wawel Castle Hill

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This is a very informative introductory walk to the Polish history, culture and heritage. The guides are very well educated, experienced and knowledgeable and they are local people who can answer your questions about Krakow and Poland. We know all secrets so join us and we will share them with you!
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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$109.17
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EVERYDAY Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing

EVERYDAY Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing

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Polish history is long and rich, as well as Polish cuisine. During this food tasting tour you will discover both things at the same time. Have a look around beautiful historical Old Town with must-see places and get your stomach full by many traditional dishes. If you ever wonder what to order when you come to Poland - after this tour you won’t have any trouble what to choose. You will get to know all Polish and Gdansk’s dishes in a nutshell! As it is a shared tour we guarantee the best price for a food tour in Gdansk. At the same time the group will be maximum of 15 people and tour is led by licensed guide which will ensure high quality and will make you satisfied.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.64
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Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cart

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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 1,5 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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.80
$37.07
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Krakow Private City Tour - full day tour of Old Town and Jewish District

Krakow Private City Tour - full day tour of Old Town and Jewish District

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Private walking Krakow tour with local expert tour guide, 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District with Schindlers Factory. Tour with private, licensed english speaking tour guide. Our tour guide will meet you in your hotel. This tour includes 2 parts , the first part is the Krakow Old Town and the second part is Krakow Jewish District including tour in Oscar Schindler's Factory. There will be a break for lunch or coffee during this day. Tour itinerary: -pick up in your hotel -tour in Krakow Old Town -2, 5 hours -coffee/lunch break -30 minutes -tour of Jewish Quarter 1, 5 hour -guided tour in Oskar Schindler's Factory 1, 5 hour The itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailored to every visitor's wish. Tour duration: 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.19
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$133.19
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Krakow and Wieliczka Tour from Warsaw by Private Car with Lunch

Krakow and Wieliczka Tour from Warsaw by Private Car with Lunch

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Discover the subterranean mysteries of the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the historical highlights of Krakow on a full-day trip from Warsaw. Alongside your guide, you’ll travel to the UNESCO-listed salt mines to explore an underground labyrinth of chambers. See artworks, monuments and the magnificent Chapel of St Kinga (Kaplica Św Kingi) — an underground church made entirely from salt — before returning to Krakow to tour the city’s cultural treasures. Admire important landmarks such as Cloth Hall and Wawell Hill while learning of the Polish capital’s rich history.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$326.89
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) costs USD 3.56. Guided St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tours start around USD 3.56 per person.
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