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Christmas Market in Kraków

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It  must  be  a  Nativity  scene,  this colourful  design  with  silver,  foil and  beads!  Oh,  look!  Even  the  tiny stained-glass   windows  are  illuminated  from  the  inside! What  is  it?  Fabergé Eggs? No, it’s a glass Christmas tree ornament. But it smells of grilled sausages  and  smoked  goats’  cheese here!  Warm-up  with  some  spiced wine and then try some of the treats!

Day 1: Kraków

Flight to Kraków. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Kraków.

Day2: Kraków

Today your morning schedule includes a visit to Kraków, one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. You will be given a professional tour of the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church, which includes the Altar of Veit Stoss, and Wawel Hill, the site of the Royal Castle and the Cathedral, all of which are definitely worth seeing. In the afternoon we will take you to the History Museum to see an exhibition of Kraków Nativity cribs. The competition is an unusual event that has enjoyed enormous success all over the world. The tradition goes back to 1937 when the first Nativity crib competition was held. Kraków’s special atmosphere is present in the city even in winter. In fact downright the opposite is the case, for this is precisely the time when Kraków exudes a special festive character. Hence we encourage you to spend some time with us in the very heart of Kraków – on the Market Square, where you will be able to buy souvenirs and Christmas presents for all your friends and loved ones in its many wooden stalls. You can also try a glass of Galicyjski grzaniec, a regional mulled wine, which will leave you with a pleasant warm feeling on a frosty December day.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 3: Kraków – Wieliczka (13 km)

Today you will go to Wieliczka, Europe’s oldest salt mine still in operation today and recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A three-mile-long guided tour of its chambers and corridors, richly decorated with sculptures and figures, is an unforgettable experience. After your time in Wieliczka we offer you the chance to visit a Christmas bauble factory in Miechów, where you will have a unique opportunity not only to observe how baubles are made, but also to decorate a bauble of your choice. You will be able to take your bauble home with you as a souvenir that could always remind you of your magical trip to Kraków. In the evening we invite you to a special dinner to the accompaniment of a folk group at one of wonderful restaurants.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 4: Kraków – Zakopane – Kraków (208 km)

Today you will take a day trip to Zakopane, one of Poland’s prime tourist destinations whose traditional charms also attract thousands of foreign visitors. In the morning you will be given a sightseeing tour of the town, including a funicular train ride up to the top of Mount Gubałówka, where you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Tatras. We will also show you Zakopane’s famous Krupówki Street, full of shops with tempting things to buy, and street traders inviting you to try Highlander specialities such as smoked ewe’s cheese. Zakopane is also well known for its wooden architecture and ornamental style. In the enchanting Podhale village of Chochołowo you will find a living museum of regional architecture which attracts hundreds of tourists every day.

In the afternoon, depending on the weather, we would also like to take you on a horse-ridden sleigh or carriage ride. After your sleigh ride, we would like to offer you some refreshment in the form of authentic highlander tea with vodka. Return to Kraków.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 5: Kraków