Join us in the ancient royal capital of Poland, where colorful Christmas market’s, steeped in tradition, are held against the spectacular backdrop of one of the few European cities to have survived the centuries unscathed. Discover the city’s great history, enjoy Kraków by night, and soak up the festive atmosphere on this unmissable seasonal break.
- Day 1 – Fly to Krakow –
Meet your friendly tour manager and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Head out into the city this evening to explore your surroundings and wander through the central square, beautifully illuminated after nightfall. Sample some traditional cuisine and enjoy a drink in one of the many restaurants, bars and music clubs tucked away down its cellars and narrow alleyways.
As this is a short break, we don’t include checked-in hold luggage but do include the airline’s base-level hand luggage so you can choose how much luggage you want to add on when you check in for your flight.
Some airlines include a bag under the seat as their base luggage, others include overhead cabin bags – it varies from airline to airline – and there are always different options to increase the allowance. You may wish to add a hold bag if you anticipate buying lots of gifts at the Christmas markets or consider booking one hold bag between two people. The choice is yours, as we know everyone has different needs.
- Day 2 – Included walking tour of Krakow and optional Folklore show and dinner –
Discover this seat of Polish kings on today’s walking tour. The mesmerising medieval heart of the city is the stunning Rynek Główny – Europe’s largest square – lined with boutiques and cafés. Browse the wooden stalls of the Christmas market that surrounds the vast Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), itself a covered market, and see the traditional custom of Christmas crib-building at the Mariacki Church and Wawel Castle – two stunning examples of the city’s Gothic architecture.
This afternoon you’re free to relax, perhaps extending your exploration of Kraków to the Kazimierz district, the historic centre of Jewish culture down the centuries, located south of Wawel Hill. Alternatively, you might choose to simply find a peaceful café in which to sit and watch the world go by.
This evening, there is the chance to enjoy a traditional folklore show and dinner in a local restaurant on our optional tour.
- Day 3 – Optional excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau –
Today you’re free to discover more of the city’s sights, and to revisit the markets. Alternatively, join our optional half-day excursion to UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the buildings of the camp are left as they were discovered in 1945.
- Day 4 – Fly back to the UK –
.Transfer back to Kraków Airport for your return flight home.
- Set off on a guided walking tour of Kraków
- Experience an optional excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau
- The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
- Enjoy free time to browse Kraków’s Christmas markets
- Watch an optional traditional folklore show and have dinner in a local restaurant
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- Return flights to Poland