The Wawel Hill and Cracow Old Town  with State Rooms

Private city tours in Cracow with an English speaking Blue Badge guide



The Wawel Hill and Cracow Old Town with State Rooms

Dates of the tour to the Wawel Hill and Cracow Old Town with State Rooms:

 

EVERY DAY EXCEPT: 1ST JANUARY, HOLY THURSDAY, HOLY FRIDAY, HOLY SATURDAY, EASTER SUNDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER, 24TH AND 25TH OF DECEMBER. EVERY MONDAY.

 

Duration: 5 hours

 

Itinerary of the tour to the Wawel Hill and Cracow Old Town with State Rooms:

 

Visit Cracow, the former capital of Poland in four hours. The city is appreciated for its historic monuments and buildings that escaped damage during the second world war. We will see the Wawel Hill with its patios and the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Stanislaus and Wenceslaus, which has more than one thousand years of history. It is the site of coronations and eternal rest of Polish kings. We will admire the Castle's Patio which dates back to the 16th century. It is a perfect example of the renaissance style, work of Francesco Fiorentino and Bartolomeo Berrecci.

 

In the Castle we will see the State Rooms, adorned with tapestries. They were ordered in the second half of the 16th century by the king Sigismundus Augustus. We do not know how many tapestries were ordered, to this day 138 remain. Two can be found in the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the rest is on the Wawel Hill, however not all of them are on display. We know that the tapestries were tailored specifically for the castle, and that at some point, every wall of the castle was covered by them. The Polish king did not participate in the discovery of the Americas, however, he was very interested in everything related to them. This is reflected on the tapestries, as a portion of them is detailed with many examples of fauna and flora of the newly discovered continents. Unfortunately, numerous representations of those plants and animals do not have much in common with reality.

 

Continuing, we will walk through the two oldest streets - Kanonicza and Grodzka. In the gothic franciscan church we will admire the polychromy and modernist stained glass windows. The majority of them were designed by Stanislao Wyspiański. From there, we will proceed to the university buildings of the Cracow Academy, founded in 1364, by the king Casimir the Great. Today it is known as Jagiellonian University. The oldest building of the complex is Collegium Maius from 14th century.

 

Afterwards, we will proceed towards the Main Market Square, the largest medieval square in Europe. It dates back to 1257. It was built 10 years after a devastating Tatar invasion, which ravaged the city. We will walk through the Sukiennice, constructed in the 13th century. The building was remodelled in the 16th century, thanks to an artist from Florence, Santi Gucci. The building served as a market for all kinds of textiles, hence the name.

 

We will enter the Saint Mary Basilica, the most important church of Cracow's burgeoisie. The impressing wooden altar inside was built at the end of 15th century, by a German artist, Veit Stoss. The altar shows scenes from the lives of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. It is one of the most beautiful altars in Europe. Furthermore, we will pass through the Floriańska Street to reach the remnants of the city's defence walls. The walls were constructed at the beginning of the 13th century, however, the Saint Florian's Gate and the Barbican were built almost two hundred years later.

 

Our trip will end in front of the theatre dedicated to Julius Słowacki, which resembles the Paris Opera. Prior to its construction, the site was occupied by the buildings of the Holy Spirit Hospital.

 

The price of the tour to the Wawel Hill and Cracow Old Town with State Rooms includes:

 

The tour will begin at the hotel or apartment where you are accommodated. It will end in Cracow city centre or at your hotel/apartment - according to your wishes.

 

Private transfer to the Wawel Hill from your place of accommodation and from Szpitalna street to your place accommodation.

 

 

Service of an English speaking Blue Badge guide for up to 5 hours.

 

Entrance to the Royal Cathedral and Saint Mary's Basilica.

 

Entrance to the Wawel Castle State Rooms.

 

whisper system for a better experience during the visit.

 

InsuranceWE RECOMMEND: CANCELLATION INSURANCE

 

V.A.T.

 

The price of the tour to the Wawel Hill and Cracow Old Town with State Rooms does not include:

 

Cancellation insurance.

 

Anything not mentioned above.

 

PRIVATE CITY TOUR IN ENGLISH IN CRACOW, ONLY FOR YOU AND YOUR GROUP

 

PRICES DEPENDING ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:

 

Price per person with 6 persons:    49 euros

Price per person with 5 persons:    55 euros

Price per person with 4 persons:    65 euros

Price per person with 3 persons:    80 euros

Price per person with 2 persons:  109 euros

 

If there are more persons make a request, contact us and we will quote a price for you.

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