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

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

2. 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: 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 Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

4. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

Welcome to the Royal Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Discover the most important monuments of the City of Polish kings, including the Old Town and the Wawel Hill. These monuments are among the most important monuments in Poland, and are also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While exploring the Royal Krakow, you will be able to feel the beating heart of Poland. For centuries Wawel was a place of residence of the kings of Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old streets of beautiful Krakow and feel the unique charm of the Old Town. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a history teacher. You will discover such sites as the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Adalbert’s Church, the Town Hall Tower, Planty Park, Jagiellonian University, Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Royal Castle and the Cathedral. Your guide will be a history teacher and PhD student, who has for many years been fascinated by history, especially the history of Christianity and Israel. He is a Polish native and is well traveled, having spent extensive time in the countries of both Sweden and Israel, but is glad to call Poland his home.

Krakow: Old Town Walking Tour with Visit to Wawel Castle

5. Krakow: Old Town Walking Tour with Visit to Wawel Castle

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the fragments of the city walls and the magnificent St. Florian's Gate. Take a look at the historic Barbican and take a walk along the Royal Route - the same route used by kings and their guests on their way to the castle. Walk through the Main Square - the bustling heart of the city is an ideal place to buy souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall, which has been the local marketplace for centuries. Complete your tour with knowledge about St. Mary's Church, which features a magnificent medieval altar carved by Wit Stoss and the bugle call sounds every hour towards the four corners of the world. Walk further along Kanonicza and Grodzka streets, enter Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Cracoviensis Academy with a charming Gothic courtyard. Then, enter the Wawel Hill, which is the embodiment of Poland's former monarchical glory. At its top, there is the Royal Castle and the 14th-century cathedral, where almost all coronations and funerals of the Polish monarchy took place.

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

6. 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: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

7. Krakow: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

Discover Wawel Royal Castle and its cathedral on a guided tour. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe. Take a boat cruise on the Vistula to see Wawel Hill and more from the water. Meet your guide in Krakow's old town close to Wawel Hill. Head straight to discover one of the most important museums in Poland, home to collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Step back in time with a visit to the permanent exhibition in the State Rooms of the castle, where monarchs entertained their visiting dignitaries. Be immersed in the recreated Renaissance and Baroque decor. Next, enter the majestic cathedral at the heart of the royal complex. Discover its fascinating history intertwined with fairy tale stories. See its 18 ostentatious chapels, the imposing tomb of the former Bishop of Kraków, and the bones of Wawel's dragon. Then, head to a nearby cafe to catch your breath. Enjoy a two-course lunch before boarding a modern catamaran for an intimate cruise on the Vistula. Admire the rocky Wawel Hill as it towers over the banks of the river. See the cathedral and Krakow from a different angle.

Krakow: the Old Town and the Wawel Castle Guided Tour

8. 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: Old Town, Wawel, and Underground Museum with Lunch

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

Tour Krakow's old town in an eco-friendly electric golf cart. Discover the grandeur of Krakow's royal past on a tour of the Wawel State Rooms and Cathedral. Go below the Main Square to see excavations from the middle ages. 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 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, a13th-century Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and a Papal Window. Disembark the golf cart at Wawel Royal Castle for a guided tour of the ornate State Rooms where kings and queens once entertained royal guests. Follow your guide to the Wawel Cathedral to see a mixture of architectural and artistic styles that have been used to adorn this royal burial site. Rejuvenate yourself with a delectable 2-course Polish lunch. Go 4-meters underground to the Market Square Underground Museum to uncover what the city was like in the Middle Ages.

Krakow: Wawel Hill Guided Tour with Entry to Wawel Cathedral

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Royal Tombs, Krakow

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!