The stunningly well-preserved medieval city of Kraków – Poland’s ancient capital – provides the perfect setting for a very special, traditional Christmas break. Spend Christmas in style, in elegant, Royal Kraków, which has emerged unscathed through the centuries. A fascinating guided walking tour brings this city and its festive sights to life on Christmas Eve, before Christmas Day brings some free time in the day and a special Christmas Dinner at a local restaurant in the early evening. On Boxing Day, you can continue exploring Kraków under your own steam or join the optional excursion to the nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau, a poignant reminder of one of humanity’s darkest chapters.
Spend four nights in stunning Kraków
Explore the elegant, medieval city of Kraków
Free time to enjoy Kraków’s Christmas markets
An optional thought-provoking excursion to poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau
Fly to Kraków, and upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your luxuriously appointed city centre hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring your new surroundings, perhaps heading to a café, bar or local restaurant for dinner.
Wrap up warm this morning as you enjoy an included walking tour that will really bring to life this seat of Polish kings and former archbishopric of Pope John Paul II. Kraków is a compact city, great for exploring on foot. At its mesmerising heart is the great square of Rynek Glówny, medieval Europe’s largest such space, which is encircled by some stunningly beautiful buildings. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall, a covered market surrounded by the wooden stalls of the Christmas market. Enjoy browsing through the market’s festive wares – don’t miss the glorious St Mary’s Basilica, adjacent to the square, where the traditional custom of the Christmas crib-building may be seen. Rynek Glówny and the heart of the city is watched over by Wawel Hill, home to the former royal castle and the magnificent Gothic Wawel Cathedral, built on the site of an 11th-century original. South of the hill, bordering the Vistula River, is the Kazimierz district, historic centre of Jewish culture down the centuries. After a fascinating day spent exploring the sights and delights of the city, begin your celebrations with a festive dinner at your hotel in the early evening, adding to the pleasures of an enjoyable day.
Merry Christmas! The morning and afternoon are yours to spend as you please, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite festive spots from yesterday’s walking tour. Rynek Glówny and its Christmas markets, which are open on Christmas Day, are just a five-minute walk away. During the early evening, a special Christmas Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. The restaurant is a 15-minute walk or so from your hotel, and you will be accompanied by your tour manager.
Today you have the choice of continuing your exploration of Kraków under your own steam or joining the optional excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau. This harrowing and thought-provoking pilgrimage will provide a very real insight into the horrors of the Final Solution as you tour the buildings of the camp, many left as they were discovered in 1945. However you decide to spend your day, enjoy a last evening in the city, perhaps dining out in a traditional Polish restaurant of your choice.
Bid farewell to your hosts as you transfer back to the airport for your return flight after a very special Christmas break.
Four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the five-star Holiday Inn Kraków City Centre, Kraków
Included city tour of Kraków
Festive dinner at your hotel on Christmas Eve
Special Christmas Day dinner at a local restaurant
Return flights to Kraków
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
One piece of hold luggage per person
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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