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Wieliczka

Home to a UNESCO-listed salt mine, this Polish city is an ideal base for visiting Krakow and Auschwitz.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow (+hotel pickup)

1. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow (+hotel pickup)

Just book your trip and relax. On the evening before the tour you'll get an e-mail and text with the details like pickup time. On the day of your tour - welcome on-board, please pass the seatbelts and start magnificent journey! Get some knowleadge about the City of Cracow from experienced host-drivers and after that, join to the guide and group of maximum 30 people in the Salt Mine. At the beginning you'll pass around 370 wooden steps but it'll be not so hard! - See beautiful chambers, salt sculptures, and underground lakes. - See life-size statues, imposing chapels, and intricate altars carved in salt. - Explore the 3 underground levels and learn about the history and cultural importance of the mine. - Return using a specific, very interesting elevator. Easy and fun! Tour with a guide lasts approximately 2-2,5 hours. After all, quick drop to the destination of your choice. In Cracow of course... General, if may offer some advice. Downtown Cracow will always be there. Why not spend some time getting to know the other parts of the city? That way, when you do go "downtown", it will be that much more special... Yes? Okay! Happy travels!

Krakow: River Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

2. Krakow: River Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Enjoy a combo Vistula River cruise and guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, skip-the-line entry included. Look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, then go to Wieliczka and admire underground wonders made of salt by the forces of nature and the work of human hands. Start your day by hopping on board a boat with a heated deck and leather sofas that will make you feel at home, even on cold days. On warmer days, head to the upper platform to enjoy the views while spending time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen. Look at Krakow from the riverside and spot monuments such as the defensive walls of Wawel with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the cathedral, and the iconic silhouette of a dragon. Then, change to a bus and drive to Wieliczka, a small town near Krakow, where one of the largest ancient salt mines in Europe (700 years old) is located. The depth of the mine is 340 meters, and the total length of the corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. The tourist route is over 3 km long and includes over 20 halls, underground lakes, and a multitude of corridors and buildings, including the largest and one-of-a-kind Church of St. Kinga, the patron saint of miners. The underground church is richly decorated with chandeliers and statues of saints carved out of salt. There is a specific healing microclimate in the mine and a sanatorium at a depth of 135 meters. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning round-trip to Krakow. 

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Fast-Track Ticket and Guided Tour

3. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Fast-Track Ticket and Guided Tour

Tour Leader will assist you with entrance to the museum. Sightseeing takes place 135 m below the surface. Get ready to walk down 800 stairs to get to the starting point. The tour takes up to 3 hours. Channel your inner miner, exploring the depths of underground chambers, churches, and altars made of salt. After a 2.5 km walk with a licensed guide provided by the museum, you'll return to the surface with an original elevator used by the miners. The Wieliczka Salt Mine reaches a depth of 327 meters and extends via horizontal passages and chambers for over 287 kilometers (178 miles). The rock salt is naturally of varying shades of grey, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white crystalline substance that might be expected.

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

4. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO-listed site on a guided tour. Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets and explore the significant places of the salt mine. Learn about the fascinating history of one of the world’s oldest working salt mines.  Begin your day with a convenient pickup service and enjoy a 40-minute scenic drive through the beautiful areas of Poland. Meet your multilingual guide at the salt mine and take an in-depth guided tour of the historic site. See underground lakes, four chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Immerse yourself into the history and cultural importance of a must-see attraction in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, your driver will take you back to your accommodation in Krakow.

Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket and Tour

5. Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket and Tour

Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a rock salt deposit that has been mined since the 13th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness art galleries, underground chapels, and magnificent statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past. Stroll past magnificent chambers and learn about the historical development of mining techniques in Europe from your expert guide.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

6. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Experience the nature, history, and art that lies within the Wieliczka Salt Mine on this guided tour and save time with skip-the-line tickets to this popular attraction. Follow your licensed museum guide to a depth of 135 meters below ground.  Start by taking the stairs into the mine. Let your guide take you along a 2-kilometer route through winding corridors, caves, and chambers. Admire sculptures carved from salt and elaborate engravings.  See exhibits on old mining machines and equipment. Learn about how the salt is still extracted from this mine that has been in operation for 700 years. Uncover the acoustic properties of the mine as you listen to Chopin's music  Visit St. Kinga Chapel which is decorated with large chandeliers that cast a glowing light onto the reflective salt. Breathe in the microclimate which is thought to have some soothing respiratory properties. 

From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine

7. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine

Explore the vast, magnificent chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mines at this UNESCO World Heritage site. See the centuries of tradition and modernity that make up this underground city. As you descend into the mine, admire the charming underground lakes and twisting saline tunnels. Also, see the preserved machines, tools, and salt sculptures that date as far back as 700 years ago. Visit the chapel dedicated to Princess Kinga and admire the numerous saline works of art decorating the chapel. End the tour with spectacular light and sound show on the shores of one of the saline lakes. By the end of the walking tour, you will have only passed through 1% of the mine.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow

8. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow

Book this half-day Wieliczka Salt Mine excursion and a professional, English-speaking driver will drive you straight to the site, where a local guide will take you through the historic underground city. Experience the famous salt mine dating back to medieval times with a history of 9 centuries of salt exploitation. Embark on the tourist route through the mine, located 135 meters underground and only accessible by stairs. Encounter a unique place to visit that is a must-see during your stay in Krakow. Visiting the Salt Mine is also good for your health on account of its special climate and micro-element-filled air. 

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour

9. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour

Book this skip-the-line entrance ticket to Wieliczka Salt Mine and meet your local guide in front of the entrance. Follow him through the underground historic city as you learn about the major health benefits of visiting the salt mine because of its special climate and microelement-filled air. The Wieliczka Salt Mine dates back to medieval times and has a history of around 9 centuries of salt exploitation. The tourist route through the mine is located 135-meters (about 443-feet) underground and is accessible by stairs or by elevator.

Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour with Hotel Pickup

Benefit from door-to-door transportation from your Krakow accommodation to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine. Join a small tour group no larger than 20 people and take a guided tour through the stunning 13th-century UNESCO-listed site while witnessing beautiful chambers carved in salt.  Start with a pickup service from your hotel or accommodation by your driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day. As you drive, listen as your guide introduces you to the history and cultural importance of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the world’s oldest working salt mines. Once you arrive at the salt mine, be met by one of the mine's official guides. Enter the mine chambers and descend down through a wooden stairway with 378 stairs, taking you 64 meters underground to reach the first level of the mine. Continue further down through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. Visit the underground museum exhibiting mining machines and equipment used to produce table salt for over 700 years. See a subterranean lake and admire the chapels, altars, and unique statues that have been carved by miners out of rock salt. Learn about why this tradition came to be and the efforts that go into preserving these salty works of art. After an awe-inspiring journey through 3 underground levels, take a lift back up to the main ground level. Meet back up with your tour guide who will drop you off back at your accommodation in Krakow.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17,980 reviews

Although it seems that there are many hours, it was enjoyable because everything was very fluid and between one activity and another we had time in Krakow to eat and rest a bit. Both guides were excellent and knew how to answer all the possible questions we had, the truth is that it is a luxury with professionals like this. Highly recommended.

Great service!! Driver was so nice and picked us up before time at location point.. Tour guide was brilliant and she was so knowledgeable.. Really loved the Salt Mines tour!

Fantastic day out. Guide was amazing - very knowledgeable and interesting and really made a sad day very enjoyable

Really well organized tour, expert and very prepared guides, really very satisfied

Amazing place , but with 800 stairs it’s not a easy walk