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Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) Tours

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Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski)
Crowning Krakow’s Wawel Hill and adjoining Wawel Cathedral, Wawel Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of numerous Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, and baroque buildings, courtyards, and gardens. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle was home to many of Poland’s monarchs and is a symbol of Polish history and pride.

The Basics
Flanking an arcaded Renaissance-era courtyard, Wawel Castle is divided into several exhibition sections that can seem confusing to first-time visitors and are best explored with a guide to ensure you cover the highlights and understand their history. There are five key sections: the Royal Apartments, State Rooms, Crown Treasury and Armory, Lost Wawel, and Oriental Art—each accessible by separate, entry-timed tickets.
 
Many tours of the sections include time-saving skip-the-line access, while others are teamed with a River Vistula cruise that showcase views of the castle from the water. Alternatively, book a Krakow walking tour that includes a castle visit and a stroll around Krakow’s Old Town and perhaps its former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. Other fun ways to see the castle include Segway, bike, and electric-cart tours, or even city helicopter flights.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wawel Castle is an essential for history buffs and newbies to Krakow.
  • Security screening is in place, and backpacks, large bags, and strollers must be checked in to the complimentary luggage rooms.
  • Only limited areas of the castle are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Visitors can enter and stroll around the castle grounds for free.
  • Ticket numbers are capped for some of the castle’s exhibition rooms, so if you’re exploring independently, book ahead.
 
How to Get There

Wawel Castle is just a 10-minute walk from Krakow’s Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny). To get there by tram, disembark at Wawel—just below the castle—or Stradom; or if you’re traveling by bus, hop out at Jubilat or Stradom.
 
When to Get There
The castle’s five main sections are open Tuesday–Friday 9:30am–5pm and Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays 10am–5pm, with last entry at 4pm. The Crown Treasury and Armory and the Lost Wawel exhibitions are also open 9:30am–1pm on Mondays, with free admission tickets issued until 11:45am. The castle gets busy in summer and on weekends, and because visitor numbers in some areas are capped, aim to arrive early.
 
Highlights at Wawel Castle
Standouts include the opulent State Rooms where Krakow’s royals once entertained—don’t miss the spooky Envoys’ Room with its carved wooden heads in the ceiling—and the Crown Treasury’s royal paraphernalia, including an original coronation sword. Another must-see is the 16th-century arcaded courtyard—a masterpiece of Italianate-style colonnades framing a cobbled square.
Address: Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001, Poland
Admission: Varies
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Wawel Castle and Wawel Hill Audio-Guided Tour

Wawel Castle and Wawel Hill Audio-Guided Tour

Where did the dragon come from? Does the Wawel chakra really exist? What kind of entertainment was present over the centuries at the Wawel court? To these questions, you will find the answer on our tours. Wawel Hill is one of the most important places for Polish people. It has been the home for kings and queens for many decades. It is a must-see for Polish and foreign tourists. Wawel has been the monarch’s residency from the 11th century, where they have been crowned and as well as buried. The Wawel hill consists of the Royal Castle, magnificent Cathedral, Crown Treasury and Armory, the Dragon’s den and beautiful courtyards.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.87
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$5.87
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Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour

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Visit the Royal Private Apartments of Wawel Castle on a guided tour that explores the history of Poland’s royals at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skip the long lines and start your tour with a guide who shares details about the royal families, the architecture of the castle, and Poland’s history. You’ll stroll around the 14th-century castle complex, which is considered one of the country’s architectural gems and a must-see attraction in Krakow.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.97
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$17.97
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Krakow - Wawel Sightseeing of the Royal Hill

Krakow - Wawel Sightseeing of the Royal Hill

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Explore Poland’s most prized architectural gem on a guided tour of Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the Gothic hilltop complex, which dates back to the 14th century and was the royal residence of many Polish kings. Skip the entrance lines, and stroll through grand courtyards, regal chambers, chapels and museum galleries while a guide shares tales from the castle’s long and illustrious history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$11.98
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$11.98
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.32
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$56.32
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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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$21.13
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$21.13
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Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

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Cycle the scenic streets of Krakow on this bike tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past the city’s top attractions, such as Jagiellonian University, Wawel Castle, the Jewish quarter and more. Learn about the area’s rich history and architecture as you go, stopping to relax with a traditional Polish lunch. After an afternoon of exploration, your tour concludes at your original departure point.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.36
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$26.36
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Krakow Vistula River 1 Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Krakow Vistula River 1 Hour Sightseeing Cruise

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Cruise under the stars is the perfect solution for a romantic date or an unusual way to meet friends. Great fun and unforgettable emotions! Ready for an adventure? Our crew is waiting to take you on a cruise on the Vistula River. The royal city of Krakow is full of interesting and entertaining places. Sail and see picturesque landscapes: Wawel Castel, Dębnicki Bridge, Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters, the place where the Rudawa River flows into Vistula, Dębniki district, John Paul II Family Home, Manggha museum of japanese art and technology, Grunwaldzki Bridge, Piłsudskiego Bridge, Bernatek Footbridge, Cricoteka Museum, Kazimierz- historical district, Church on The Rock. Cruise is also perfect to relax and take some carefree rest among the sound of waves. Please note that several types of boats operate this tour and the type of boat you will be on is subject to availability
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.18
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$13.18

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

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Highlights: • Discover with local Expert-Guide why Wawel Castle was granted to UNESCO-list • Visit Top 3 attractions in Krakow: Wawel Castle State Rooms, Royal Apartments and Wawel Cathedral • Don’t waste your time staying in long queue, skip the line and save over 2-hours • Enjoy tour in small group up to 15 people and avoid crowded 30-people groups as other agents offer • Learn about Polish powerful Monarchs as the King Zygmunt III Waza and see what luxury and wealth mean centuries ago Visit the most important part of Wawel Castle and Cathedral, take advantage of skip the line tickets to avoid a few hours long queue and learn its history from licensed live guide. Look around and see hidden gems of rich heritage of former Polish Kings. It’s Must Do while visiting Krakow!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.02
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$47.02
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The Heart of Krakow: Old Town & Wawel Castle Private Tour

The Heart of Krakow: Old Town & Wawel Castle Private Tour

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On this private tour, explore the city's historic old town with its remarkable landmarks and squares. Hear all about the origins, history, and culture of the city as well as its fascinating legends as you make your way to the Wawel Castel. Get the perfect introduction to the city at the Live Bagel Museum of Kraków, where your host will tell you all about this signature snack that the locals love. Explore Market Square, where you can find two of Krakow's icons, St. Mary Church and the Cloth Hall, a UNESCO protected building with an interesting story. Follow your local host through the streets of Old Town uncovering hidden gems. Check out Stary Kleparz, a local market that dates back from the 12th century and see how it has transformed through time. And get ready, a magical storytelling time is ahead! Go to Wawel Castle and wander through its beautiful gardens as you try to spot its legendary dragon. Your local host will tell you all about its mythical story while you admire the view.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$23.96
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Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle and Cathedral Private Guided Tour

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle and Cathedral Private Guided Tour

Highlights: • Find out why Wawel Castle was granted to UNESCO-list and explore it with local licensed guide • Visit Wawel Castle Top1 attraction and Wawel Cathedral Top2 attraction in Krakow during one tour • Don’t waste your time staying in long queue, skip the line and save over 2-hours • Enjoy exclusive private guide who will adjust tempo and information according to your wish • Learn about Polish powerful Monarchs as the King Zygmunt III Waza and see what luxury and wealth mean centuries ago Explore with private guide amazing Wawel Castle and Cathedral, take advantage of skip the line tickets to avoid a few hours long queue and learn its history. Get familiar with heritage of former Polish Kings, their wealth and hidden gems. It’s Must Do while visiting Krakow!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.95
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$101.95
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Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle and Hill Guided Tour

Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle and Hill Guided Tour

Highlights: - Follow local Expert-Guide and see why Wawel Castle was granted to UNESCO-list - Visit Top 1 attractions in Krakow: Wawel Castle State Rooms - Enjoy tour in small group up to 15 people and avoid crowded 30-people groups as other agents offer - Avoid long queues and use skip the line tickets, you will save over 2-hours - See what luxury and wealth mean centuries ago for Polish Kings inside State Rooms See representative State Rooms in Wawel Castle, the rich heritage of rule of Polish Kings. Take advantage of skip the line tickets to avoid a few hours long queue and learn its history from licensed live guide. It’s Must Do while visiting Krakow!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.47
Price varies by group size
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$68.47
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Krakow - Wawel Sightseeing of the Royal Hill

Krakow - Wawel Sightseeing of the Royal Hill

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Dating back to the 14th century, the Wawel Royal Castle complex is by far the most important collection of buildings in Poland. Its historical and artistic value places it among the gems of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The great halls, churches, state apartments, and courtyards that make up the vast complex each have their own stories to tell. As you stroll through the royal chambers, our expert guide will bring the castle to life by explaining the turbulent history surrounding the various buildings, and their royal and presidential connections. Please dress respectfully (cover your shoulders and knees) as you’ll be visiting the Wawel Cathedral. Those who aren’t dressed appropriately might not be permitted entry.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.99
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$5.99

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Tour

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided 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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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.17
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$133.17
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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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$110.95
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$110.95
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Creepy Krakow City Walking Tour

Creepy Krakow City Walking Tour

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Learn about the creepy side of Krakow with this evening walking tour. Your local guide will regale you with ghost stories, tales of medieval torture, urban legends, and true crime accounts. Make your way to some of the city’s favorite landmarks like St. Mary's Basilica, Collegium Maius, and Katyński's Square, but this time discover their lesser-known dark pasts.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.43
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$15.43

Krakow: Regular Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with tickets

Krakow: Regular Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with tickets

Highlights: - Visit Top 1 attraction in Krakow: Wawel Cathedral with licensed guide - See on your own rich and extraordinary place of coronation Polish kings - Enjoy tour in small group up to 15 people and avoid crowded 30-people groups as other agents offer - Admire this magnificent architecture, gold dome, precision and details of monuments - Explore interiors, chambers, tower and listen about powerful Monarchs Visit the most important cathedral in whole Poland - Wawel Cathedral! Explore the Cathedral with provided tickets and with knowledgeable licensed guide. Look inside place of coronation Polish Kings and their burial place. It’s Must Do while visiting Krakow!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.65
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$45.65
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Krakow Old Town & Castle Japanese Language Tour

Krakow Old Town & Castle Japanese Language Tour

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Our tour guides are experienced and knowledgeable about the subjects covered and can offer unique insights that would be unique insights. Although we are a part of the nature. As we are a family business we are very proud of the quality that we offer and we have flexible services and we have flexible with the timings and destinations on the tour. tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.45
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$23.45
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Krakow Night Tour: The Magical Tales of the Old Town (Ghosts, Legends, Vampires)

Krakow Night Tour: The Magical Tales of the Old Town (Ghosts, Legends, Vampires)

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This tour will take you back centuries, through medieval Krakow. Your guide will show you some of the most beautiful buildings, tell you about the hidden histories behind them, and share with you the many stories that have been passed down for generations. Stories of Vampires, Ghosts, Dragons and Devils. You will learn of some of the greatest men in Krakow’s history too, the Alchemists and Kings whose exploits are the stuff of legends even today! Whether you’ve just arrived and want to orient yourself in the city, or to experience the Gothic beauty of it all when the sun goes down, this tour will give you what you seek.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.29
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$22.29
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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
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$143.79
per group
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$143.79
per group
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Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

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A guided city tour by electric car. You can visit Old Town, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, the Ghetto and Schindler's Factory, with an audio guide in your language.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.18
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$43.18
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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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$22.77
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$22.77

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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$26.36
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$26.36

Hop on Hop off Kracow Sightseeing Tour

Hop on Hop off Kracow Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Krakow’s major sights at your own pace with a 1- or 2-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Take in the views from a double-decker bus and learn about local history through recored audio commentary, hopping off and back on at any of 10 different stops to design your own perfect day in one of Poland’s most beautiful and historic cities.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.97
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$17.97

Krakow Historical Sightseeing Tour

Krakow Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the sights of Kraków on a small-group walking tour of the city. With a local guide and group, you’ll stroll around the UNESCO-listed Old Market Square as tales of the city’s history ring in your ears. Admire the imposing Cloth Hall; stand before the Wawel Royal Castle and its cathedral; and check out St. Florian’s Gate, the Franciscan Church and more. It’s the perfect experience if you want to check off Krakow’s main sights in a short space of time.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.28
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$46.28

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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$16.04
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$16.04
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.43
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) 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 88 Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) costs USD 5.87. Guided Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) tours start around USD 5.87 per person. See all 88 Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) tickets and tours on Viator.
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