Royal Tombs, Krakow

Royal Tombs, Krakow: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

1. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Explore some of the most beautiful places in Krakow on a guided tour of Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle, and the Cathedral. Hop on a cruise along the Vistula River to see the landmarks from a unique perspective. Enter the Castle with your guide and admire a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Stand in awe as the permanent exhibitions in the chateau recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. After viewing the original royal chambers, go inside the majestic Cathedral, and learn about historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Then, be invited for dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to relax. Finally, board a modern catamaran and take an intimate cruise along the Vistula to admire Wawel, the Cathedral, and some of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

2. Krakow: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

Step inside the former residence of Polish royalty, Wawel Castle. With your guide, skip the lines and tour the royal residence which boasts a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, and priceless furniture. Explore chambers within, which house the famous tapestries of Sigismund Augustus and various Italian Renaissance paintings. Travel back in time as you admire the permanent exhibitions that showcase Renaissance and Baroque decor. Learn about the historical figures who called this castle home and shaped Polish history from your guide. Continue on to the Wawel Cathedral and descend into the crypts.

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

3. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Visit one of Krakow's most important sites, the rocky Wawel Hill, which towers over the bank of the Vistula and has been the seat of secular and church authorities for centuries. See the museum, which today is one of the most visited and important museums in Poland, and see the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, porcelain and furniture. Explore the permanent exhibitions in the chateau, which recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and learn about its history with an experienced local guide. Experience the original royal chambers, enter the majestic Cathedral, and learn about the most interesting historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Enjoy a local dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to breathe before boarding a modern catamaran to take an intimate cruise on the queen of Polish rivers - the Vistula, and be able to admire Wawel, the Cathedral and see a little of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Wawel Hill Guided Tour with Entry to Wawel Cathedral

4. Krakow: Wawel Hill Guided Tour with Entry to Wawel Cathedral

Meet your guide in the square near the royal castle. Walking towards it through the medieval streets, you will learn the general historical outline of this symbolic place. Later, your guide will introduce you to the world of crowned heads and past events while standing in the magnificent castle courtyard. There are also a few words about the characteristics of architectural styles. But most importantly - what is hidden behind the thick walls. Explore the residence of Polish kings with your experienced guide. See the rich collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain and furniture, recreating the appearance of rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal Chambers, which are home to the famous tapestries of Sigismund Augustus and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings. Enter the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once the sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

Kraków: Wawel Castle, Schindler's Museum, Auschwitz

5. Kraków: Wawel Castle, Schindler's Museum, Auschwitz

Day 1: Explore the Wawel Royal Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Wawel Hill. Explore the castle's magnificent chambers graced with paintings from the Renaissance. See its collections of paintings, sculptures, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Stop for lunch at a local café. Next, visit the Rynek Underground Museum, a modern museum located underneath that Main Market Square and famously featuring 6,000 meters of multimedia exhibits depicting the city's history. Day 2: Visit Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Enter Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. Stop for lunch at a local café. Later, head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Day 3: Visit Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp established under the authority of the SS and police leaders in Kraków. The concentration camp is preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

6. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

Visit the most important places in Krakow's Old Town with a group golf cart tour. Learn about these sites with an audio guide. Tour Wawel Castle and the Market Square Underground Museum with a local guide. Have a nice 2-course meal. Hop aboard a heated golf cart and travel to the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Explore Planty Park, which has the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square where you can spot the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. See the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard. Listen to your audio guide as you pass the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, the 13th-century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Castle for a guided tour of the State Rooms and Cathedral before having a delectable Polish lunch. Go 4-meters underground to the Market Square Underground Museum and find out what the city was like in the Middle Ages.

Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Discover the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle and visit Wawel Cathedral on a guided tour in Krakow. Let your guide teach you about the royal history of Poland. Make your way to the castle after meeting your guide at St. Mary Magdalene Square. Explore Wawel Castle with your guide as you learn about the history of the Polish monarchy. See the castle's vast collection of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, furniture and other treasures. Visit the king's royal chambers and see how the kings of Poland once lived. Have a look at the famous tapestries of King Zygmunt August and the magnificent Renaissance paintings of the Lanckoronski collection. Afterward, enter the stately Wawel Cathedral for a tour. Admire the Gothic architecture and see the place where Poland's kings were crowned.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit the magnificent Wawel Castle with a private guide on a 3-hour tour. Wawel Castle has been a residence of Polish royalty and the symbol of Polish statehood since the 10th century. Now the castle is one of the country’s best art museums, which boasts ten curatorial departments responsible for various collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian paintings.   You will meet your guide outside Hotel Royal in Krakow. From there it is a short walk to the castle, situated on Wawel Hill with picturesque views of the Vistula River boulevards. During your private tour of the castle, you will visit the courtyard, the royal chambers, the cathedral, and a unique archaeological and architectural exhibition.   You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the permanent exhibitions. Choose from either then state rooms, the lost Wawel, the cathedral's museum and royal tombs, or the crown treasury and armoury. Ask your informative and experienced private guide any questions you might have throughout the tour.

Krakow: the Old Town and the Wawel Castle Guided Tour

9. Krakow: the Old Town and the Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Take a guided walking tour of Krakow and discover the history of Poland along the Royal Route in Old Town. Cross the city from north to south and discover all the places that connect power with prestige. Enter into cathedrals, visit the Wawel Castel, and retrace the step of Polish Kings and Queens. Meet your guide and step onto the 'Royal Route,' the path that winds from the Florian Gate to the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. Be transported back into past centuries, when Krakow was Poland's capital, and see all the significant sights. Admire as you walk the Church of St. Mary, the Market Square with the Passage Rows of Sukiennica, the University Quarter, and the Franciscan Monastery. Walk as though you are royalty, and enter into St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Finally, arrive at Wawel Hill itself, and experience the castle and cathedral with tickets and your guide included. Learn all about the history of the Royal Chambers, gaze at the portraits, and look through all the things they left behind. Use your imagination and see the Monarchs of Poland dancing, flirting, and making all the crucial decisions for the country. In the museum and the Cathedral, experience the spirit of Old Poland and understand a country whose citizens strongly cultivated the Catholic religion while at the same time longed for the pleasures of life.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

10. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

Visit the central square of Royal Krakow with a professional guide. Take a walk on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with a visit to the Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. Stroll around the square, find the most interesting artifacts of the old times, and unravel their purpose. Find out what events took place here, and what legendary persons have been here. Go underground to the Dungeon Market Museum to find yourself on the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle and discover the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Admire the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the royal chambers. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art containing the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Finally, enter the gothic Wawel Cathedral, a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

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What people are saying about Royal Tombs, Krakow

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Our guide Konrad was very pleasant and engaging. Very knowledgeable as well. Our tour started out in the pouring rain, so the first few minutes in the Jewish quarter we’re from the van. We were able to walk about when the rain stopped. Konrad offered a place to buy a rain poncho or umbrella if we needed one. We got separated from the group for a time and he didn't seem annoyed with us at all (although we were rather embarrassed!).

Nice tour. Marianna was very nice and knowledgeable. Wish the tour of the castle was longer more detailed. Also if the tour of the underground of the cathedral was included that would be great. We had to go back to see it

This tour was the most better time we've spent in Krakow. Although we've made it on the last day of our stay, it was for sure the best way to put together all the views and ideas we ha been getting on the previous 4 days

Great Value

A very enjoyable city tour of Krakow. Our tour guide Konrad was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly with a great sense of humour. The Wawel Castle is a great attraction, very impressive and well worth a visit.

Outstanding tour. Our guide did a great job giving us a detailed historical overview of the city and the castle. Learned a lot!