Dec 10-12/13 City Break in Krakow, Poland - UNESCO World Heritage, X-mas Market

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Join us for a relaxing 2 or 3 nights weekend city break in Krakow.

EARLY BIRD BOOKING PRICE
IF YOU PAID BEFORE[masked]. THE PRICES ARE:
£189 for 2 nights or £259 for 3 nights

Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland has been its capital for seven centuries and represents an eclectic mix of many styles of architecture. In recognition of its value, Krakow has been among the first cities declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1978. Krakow is sometimes called Rome of the North as there are 120 churches and convents in the city. The most famous of them is the Mariacki church, boasting the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world. The Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 is the second oldest in this part of Europe.
But Krakow is much more than a tourist destination. It's a city of culture, proud of its theatres and museums as well as a vibrant student city with rich nightlife.

Whether you enjoy discovering the narrow streets of a medieval city with its nooks and crannies, visiting fascinating monuments or trying out local food and drinks, Krakow has it all.

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Krakow Old City UNESCO site

- Jewish District UNESCO site

- Wieliczka Salt Mine UNESCO site

- Polish cuisine

- all this presented by our crew member Weronika, originally from Krakow

- if you stay till 13.12. Auschwitz Museum

The trip is suitable for every fitness level. It will involve a fair deal of walking to explore the city and its surroundings but there will be plenty of time to wander around on your own and enjoy the Polish food scene as well as a lively nightlife. Since we'll be there in wintertime you could expect temperatures slightly above or below zero.

Our guide will be Weronika, our team member and a yoga teacher who was born in Krakow and has lived there for most of her life.

FRIDAY
The recommended flight will arrive at Krakow Balice Airport at 12.40 am.
We will arrive at our hotel located right at the heart of the Jewish Quarter. After checking in, we will have a quick lunch and then go exploring the medieval Kazimierz district with its 7 synagogues. Due to its uniqueness as a religious complex, Kazimierz had been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site.

After having a meal at a traditional Polish restaurant, you could check one of the trendy 'vodka and snack' bars.

SATURDAY
We will spend most of Saturday exploring unhurriedly the Old City with all its landmarks: city walls, the Main Square (the largest medieval square in Europe!), old university buildings and the Wawel Royal Castle standing tall at the banks of the Vistula river. We will stopover for a quick lunch at a restaurant located in the atmospheric cellars of the historic building.

We shall finish the trip around 4 pm in the Main Square. It would be a perfect opportunity to buy souvenirs or relax in one of the innumerable atmospheric cafes. We will all meet again in the evening at a meal at a traditional Polish Highlanders restaurant. You'll get a chance to try some regional dishes, entertained by a band playing traditional folk music.

SUNDAY
On the last day, we will head outside Krakow to see the highlight of the trip - Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The salt mine had been continuously in use since the 13th century up until 2007 which makes it one of the oldest salt mines in the world! We will walk down 800 steps to get 135 meters underground and experience a 3 hour long trip of wonders. The mine features an underground lake, a chapel, historic statues, mythical figures carved out of rock salt and even rock salt chandeliers. We will finish the tour at lunchtime at a traditional Polish restaurant. From Wieliczka, we will head back to Krakow and then to Balice airport.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be based in twin rooms at the 3- star Regent Hotel, located in the heart of the historical Kazimierz district. The entire property has wireless internet. There is an option to have a massage at the hotel, charged extra.

PRICE of £219 INCLUDES:

- 2 nights in a 3* hotel within the Old Town, accommodation in twin rooms

- 2 breakfasts

- airport pick up and drop off (recommended flights only)

- transport to/from Wieliczka Salt Mine

- Financial Consumer Protection according to Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992

- guiding during the trip by Polish native speaker - Weronika, originally from Krakow

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

-flights
-entrance to the sights in Krakow (£5)
- entrance to Wieliczka Salt Mine (£20)
-lunches (£7-9) and dinners (£9-13)

YOU MAY HAVE A SINGLE ROOM FOR £70 EXTRA FOR 3 NIGHTS; £50 - 2 nights, please email to [masked] if you are interested.

EXTRA NIGHT

There will be an option to stay one night and one day longer for an extra cost of £70 per person. If you have time you may buy cheaper flight returning on Monday and spend more time exploring Krakow and the area. Organisers will be staying for 3 nights and we may plan our time according to group preferences.

There are many attractions in and around Krakow. You could make a whole day trip to Auschwitz- Birkenau Concentration Camp Museum and Memorial, 60 km away from a city.
As a lighter alternative, you could spend the day outdoors. Ojcowski National Park, famous for its lime rock formations, tranquil valleys and castles is just 30 min drive from Krakow.

If you preferred to stay in Krakow, you could explore Nowa Huta district - entire urban complex built in soc-realistic style. Our crew member Weronika is from Nowa Huta and she would be happy to show you places where you can still feel and see the remnants of the communist era.

Please advise us as soon as you have bought your flights so we may reserve a room for you.

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ITINERARY
[masked] Friday
13.00 meeting at arrivals at Krakow Balice Airport, transfer to the hotel[masked] lunch[masked] a walk through Kazimierz district
19.00 dinner
[masked] Saturday[masked] breakfast[masked] sightseeing in the Old City with a break for lunch
16.30 free time
19.00 dinner in the Old City
[masked] Sunday[masked] breakfast[masked] transfer to Wieliczka[masked] sightseeing Wieliczka Salt Mine with English speaking guide[masked] lunch in Wieliczka[masked] transfer to Krakow Old Town, free time
18.30 transfer to the airport
[masked]. Monday (optional)[masked] breakfast
a day trip to Auschwitz (3.5 h guided tour)
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a tailored trip with Weronika

19.00 transfer to the airport

FLIGHTS

The recommended Ryanair flight London Luton- Krakow

Fri 10 Dec
09.15 - 12.40 Ryanair FR 1813 London Luton - Krakow

Sun 12 Dec
21.10 - 22.40 Ryanair FR1812 Krakow- London Luton

Transfers are included.

You may also choose below flights and make your own way to the hotel:

Fri 10 Dec[masked] Eay Jet EZY 2111 London Luton - Krakow
08.35 - 11.55 Ryanair FR 2432 London Stansted - Krakow[masked] Easy Jet EZY 8511 London Gatwick - Krakow

Other options for return flights include:

Sun 12 Dec
17.10 - 18.40 Easy Jet EZY2112 Krakow - London Luton
21.40- 23.05 Ryanair FR 2435 Krakow - London Stansted

The recommended flight, if you are staying for an extra day with included transfer, is:

Mon 13 Dec
21.45- 23.10 Ryanair FR 2435 Krakow - London Stansted
OR[masked] Easy Jet EZY 2112 Krakow - London Luton

MONEY: £1 = 5.2 Polish Zloty, you may change/withdraw at Krakow airport.

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INSURANCE

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