Krakow Water activities

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Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

1. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

Admire the Wawel Royal Castle and see other monuments from the Vistula River, Krakow's historic waterway. Listen to the audio commentary as you sit back and relax, enjoying the comfort of a traditional yet modern vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of Krakow's landmarks. Witness the charms of Krakow’s districts, such as Saltwator and Kazimierz, and see such sights as the Dębnicki Bridge, "Church on the Rock," and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

2. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Explore Krakow from the Vistula River — the Queen of Polish Rivers — on a sightseeing cruise. Sail past landmarks such as Kościuszko Mound, Wawel Castle, Church on the Rock, and the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters while hearing about the city's legends from your guide. The heated deck and comfortable leather sofas of the modern boat will make you feel at home even on cold days. On warmer days, you're invited to the observation deck to enjoy the beautiful views while spending time outdoors. Listen to the history of Krakow from the boat's modern overhead sound system in Polish and English. Take in all the major the sights of the city, such as Skałka Church, Royal Wawel Castle, the former House of Pope John Paul II, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Cricoteka, and The 6 Bridges.

Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

3. Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

Sail on the Vistula River and enjoy an evening of sophistication in the royal city. Experience the breathtaking views by night, marvelous city lights, and the unique atmosphere that the river has to offer. The tour starts near the Wawel Castle, then continues upstream to the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters and the home of Pope Jean Paul II. Further on, the boat takes a route downriver, passing by the historical Wawel Castle and the Church on the Rock, then revealing the beauty of the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts with its distinctive bridges. The cruise finishes back at Kapitan Victor's mooring. A complimentary drink of your choice will be provided before the tour starts.

Krakow: 1-Hour Evening Vistula River Cruise

4. Krakow: 1-Hour Evening Vistula River Cruise

After registering your ticket at the kiosk, meet your crew whom you with travel with throughout your cruise down the Vistula River. The royal city of Krakow is full of interesting and entertaining places, many of which you pass throughout this experience. Sail past picturesque landscapes including Wawel Castle, the Dębnicki Bridge, the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters, the junction where the Rudawa River flows into Vistula, the Dębniki district, and the John Paul II Family Home. You later encounter the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, various other bridges, the Cricoteka Museum, the Kazimierz district, and the Church on the Rock. This cruise is the perfect way to relax and take some rest, accompanied by the sound of the waves lapping up against the side of the boat. At the conclusion of your experience, your boat returns you to your tour starting location.

Krakow: One-Hour River Cruise

5. Krakow: One-Hour River Cruise

Krakow is home to a suite of visual delights: from the majestic Wawel Castle to the historic Zwierzyniec and Kazimierz districts, there's plenty to see in this beautiful city. Vistula River cruises remain one of the best ways to discover all that Krakow has to offer. The river flows through the heart of Krakow, which happens to be home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Poland. You'll have the chance not only to see the city's primary attractions, but to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Krakow thanks to the comfortable pace of the tour. The cruise begins at the foot of Wawel Castle. From there, the boat glides along the picturesque boulevards first in the direction of Zwierzyniec, passing by the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters, the house of the pope John Paul II, and then in direction of Podgórze and Kazimierz districts. Pass well-known sights like Church on the Rock, Mangha Museum, Bernatka Footbridge, and Cricoteka. The tour ends back at the Wawel Castle.

Krakow: Private Traditional Gondola Cruise - Up to 12 People

6. Krakow: Private Traditional Gondola Cruise - Up to 12 People

Rent a gondola for a private cruise and enjoy the beautiful sights of Krakow by day or night. Choose the time you prefer and decide how long you want to cruise. The route recommendation depends on your wishes. For example, if you want to see the many main sights of Krakow it is recommended to go through the Old City of Krakow.  See Norbertine Monastery in Salwator, Wawel Hill, Wawel Dragon, the Baroque monastery of the Pauline Fathers on the Rock, Kazimierz, and the Jewish quarter. The route can be adjusted for your needs and time booked.

Krakow: Vistula River Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Guide

7. Krakow: Vistula River Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Guide

Admire Wawel Royal Castle, the Kościuszko Mound, and other important sights of Krakow from the Vistula River on this cruise with an audio guide. Spend time with friends or family on the water while getting to know the city from a unique perspective.  Hop on board and set sail to spot Krakow sights such as the Skałka Church (Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel), the Church of St. Catherine, the Holy Father John Paul II Family Home, the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters, the Kościuszko Mound, and the Camaldolese Monastery in Bielany. Cruise past the Wawel defensive walls with a panorama of Wawel Royal Castle, Wawel Cathedral, and the famous silhouette of the Wawel dragon. Snap photos of Krakow bridges, footbridges, and more.

From Krakow: Scenic Boat Trip to Tyniec Village

8. From Krakow: Scenic Boat Trip to Tyniec Village

Discover the picturesque village of Tyniec, set on the Vistula river, with this scenic cruise from central Krakow. Admire the views as you pass the house of pope John Paul II, the Church of St. Salvatore, Przegorzaly Castle, the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters, and more. Start your cruise near Wawel Castle, then sail up river towards Tyniec. Listen to expert commentary and see the beautiful sights as you sip a complimentary drink. Enjoy a one-hour break to explore the village and its famous Benedictine Abbey, before sailing back to Krakow.

Krakow: Old Town Tour by Golf Cart and Vistula Cruise

9. Krakow: Old Town Tour by Golf Cart and Vistula Cruise

Travel through Krakow's Old Town during a ride in an eco-friendly and comfortable golf cart with audio commentary, and see such monuments as Planty park with the remains of medieval walls and the Barbican, the Main Market Square with the Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica, the Latin Quarter, the Church of St. Anna, the Academy of Fine Arts and St. Florian, a 13th Century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, the Papal Window, and Wawel's Royal Cathedral and Royal Castle. Continue exploring the royal city after the ride, this time from aboard a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. Travel in comfort on cold days on a heated terrace with leather sofas. Admire the beautiful views from the observation deck on warmer days and spend some time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen.

Krakow: Vistula River Cruise and Beer Tasting Guided Tour

10. Krakow: Vistula River Cruise and Beer Tasting Guided Tour

First, relax on a modern boat in a truly intimate atmosphere and admire Krakow as you see it from the Vistula River during your short cruise. Take your friends to the observation deck and admire the Wawel Hill, the Church on Skałka or the Kosciuszko Mound in the afternoon sun. After disembarking, take your guided walk to trusted bars and a microbrewery to discover the best beer in Krakow. During your escapade, taste 9 craft and factory beers and find your favorite flavor. Treat yourself to local snacks and listen to the guide's stories about history and culture as well as interesting places you wouldn't normally find as a tourist!

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What people are saying about Krakow

A lovely hour cruising on the river. We arrived a little early as we were unsure as to the meeting point as the email wasn't fully clear. After walking along the river and asking someone we managed to find our boat. Our trip was originally on a smaller boat for English tourists but we were offered the paddle steamer boat on the German tour which we accepted. Although we didn't have the commentary, it was still a lovely trip as we went one way down the river then turned around and back down the other way passing some lovely bridges. The boat was very comfortable with plenty of seating both inside and out.

We were picked up promptly by our driver Victor and enjoyed a scenic 2 hour trip where we started off with river rafting which was amazing. The sights were stunning. The only thing I would mention is that the rowers do not speak English but that did not bother us. After rafting we drove an hour to do the funicular. There were cute little booths to do some tourist shopping if that is your thing, but we just enjoyed pizza at the top of the mountain with breathtaking views. Would recommend this trip to everyone.

Really nice evening, lovely sites to see. Only down fall was the weather, it being cold, maybe they should offer blankets if your sitting on the top deck..... apart from that it was amazing

hermoso, el barco muy cómodo, cerrado para evitar el frío de esta época, el capitán excelente, mucha información de la historia de la cuidad

Amazing! Highly recommended. Captain was very nice and the boat is in great condition.