A Memorable Experience: 10 Best Tours In Krakow, Poland - Updated 2021

best tours in krakow

Krakow is an ancient Polish city that dates back to the 7th-century and has played a prominent role in the country’s artistic, academic, and cultural accomplishments. The city has great diversity in the architecture of its cathedrals, castles, and universities owing to the Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque movements. It also has plenty of important landmarks listed by UNESCO, which many of Krakow’s tours cover as we’ll soon discover.

1. Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Wawel castle
Source: Photo by user FotoCavallo used under CC BY 3.0

A guided tour to Wawel Castle with a private driver and eco-friendly car is a good way to start exploring Krakow. Wawel Castle is listed by UNESCO and features the majestic Royal State Rooms and a variety of important oil paintings, such as the ‘Lady with an Ermine’ by Leonard da Vinci. This 14th-century Gothic castle is so vast that it will take around 3 hours to explore fully. A few nearby attractions that are worth visiting is Wawel Hill and the Saint Stanislaus Cathedral.

Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)


2. Krakow Auschwitz Tours (from USD 46.0)

Posted by Auschwitz-Tours.com - local tours from Krakow on Thursday, 1 June 2017

While Krakow is a beautiful and fascinating city, it also has a dark past that simply can’t be ignored. Sadly, this city is home to the notorious NAZI concentration camp, Auschwitz, where many horrifying atrocities were committed on prisoners of war, during WWII. This comprehensive 7-hour guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau facility will show visitors the watchtowers, fences, prison dormitories, gas chambers, crematoria, and memorials of the victims. This is one of the most important and heartbreaking tours that visitors can partake in when visiting Krakow.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

Duration: 7 hours

10 reviews

3. Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour (from USD 17.0)

The salt mines near Krakow, Poland. Some 100 meters deep underground, all the walls are salt, and also the sculptures and churches made by the miners decades and centuries ago

Posted by The Road Provides on Sunday, 18 June 2017

One of Poland’s most famous attractions is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which attracts huge numbers of local and foreign tourists. Moreover, this UNESCO-listed salt mine has been in operation since the middle ages. The guided tour of the salt mine lasts about half a day and takes visitors deep into its chambers and tunnels. Visitors will gain greater insight on what takes place inside a salt mine and get close and personal with those fascinating salt deposits.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour in English from Krakow

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

4. Krakow Old Town & Jewish Quarter Walking Tour (32 USD)

Welcome in Poland, welcome in Kazimierz

Posted by Good Cracow Tours on Saturday, 15 August 2015

Krakow’s Old Town is yet another UNESCO-listed destination and a much sought-after attraction by tourists. There are many stunning architectural gems in this district, while the Jewish Quarter is testament to Krakow’s thriving Jewish community. A few highlights of this tour include a visit to the Jagiellonian University, Saint Adalbert Church, Saint Mary’s Basilica, Corpus Christi Church, Rynek Glówny, Jewish synagogues, and cemetery. The entire tour lasts around 3 hours, and visitors can look forward to coffee and Polish dessert during the trip.

Krakow Old Town & Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Price: 32 USD

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)


5. Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile (from USD 51.0)

🚗 CRAZY GUIDE'S COMMUNISM TOUR BY TRABANT CAR 🚗 - PRIVATE TOUR Visit and discover Krakow's centrally-planned Socialist...

Posted by SeeKrakow on Saturday, 4 March 2017

Experience Poland’s communist past in a unique way, by driving though Krakow in a vintage Trabant vehicle. These automobiles were popular in Eastern bloc countries, and thus, have nostalgic value for many folks who lived behind the Iron Curtain. So, there’s no better way to explore Krakow’s former communist neighborhood than with a vehicle popular during that era. The knowledgeable driver and guide will explain the significance of each location during the 2.5 hour tour.

Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile from Krakow

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

10 reviews

6. Krakow Craft Beer Tasting Tour (from USD 62.0)

Let's taste the best craft Polish beers.. in niche Krakow's pub!

Posted by Krakow Beer Tours on Thursday, 2 April 2015

Craft beer tours are all the rage these days, and it’s only fitting to attend one when visiting Krakow, as this city has some excellent brews for thirsty beer aficionados. A knowledgeable guide introduces visitors to nine beers from three of Krakow’s notable pubs during this 3-hour tour. Tasty Polish snacks accompany the beer sampling, and each tour is limited to 15 people for a more personalized experience.

Krakow 3-Hour Craft Beer Tour

Duration: 3 hours

5 reviews

7. Krakow Club and Bar Crawl (from USD 19.0)

Posted by Krakow Crawl on Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Krakow has a modern and vibrant side to it, which means that it has an explosive nightlife featuring plenty of cool bars and clubs. Enjoy the best of Krakow’s party scene by taking part in the Krakow Crawl that involves visiting a bar and four nightclubs. This is a great proposition for revelers on a budget, as it covers all entrance fees with free shots, and there’s no need to wait in line. Partygoers are conveniently picked up from one location, and the guide ushers them through all the relevant venues during the tour.

Krakow Club and Bar Crawl with Free Drinks

Duration: 5 hours

4 reviews

8. Krakow Bike Tours (from USD 27.0)

The perfect size for a tour of the city

Posted by Cruising Krakow Bike Tours & Rentals on Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Take things slow, and check out Krakow’s beautiful scenery with a fun bike tour. This bike tour moves along at a leisurely pace through many famous attractions such as the home of Oscar Schindler, Pope John Paul II’s window, Wawel Castle, Vistula River, Krakow Ghetto, Kazimierz, and the Jewish Quarter. Visitors will also have lunch at an authentic Polish restaurant before the 4.5 hour tour comes to an end.

Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

10 reviews

9. Nowa Huta Tram and Walking Tour in Krakow (from USD 73.0)

Posted by Ric Bolzan on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Krakow’s long and fascinating history, particularly its communist past, is embedded in its streets and suburbs. Visitors can learn how Krakow’s citizens lived under Soviet rule, by partaking in the Nowa Huta Tram and Walking Tour. This tour will take visitors to the Nowa Huta suburb, which was designated by the Soviets as the ideal Soviet city. Furthermore, this 4 hour tour will take visitors to a popular Communist watering hole, notable Soviet buildings, and Cold War shelters to name a few.

Communism Tram and Walking Tour in Krakow

Duration: 3 hours

10 reviews

10. Polish Home Cooking Class in Krakow (from USD 79.0)

Traditional polish dumplings! The EuRA team enjoyed them! All kinds of variations and all so delicious!

Posted by EuRA - European Relocation Association on Sunday, 23 April 2017

If you’re enamored with Polish cuisine and want to learn the nuances of home-cooked Polish meals, then there’s classes available. These fascinating classes allow potential chefs to have a hands-on experience with Polish delicacies, which include potato pancakes and stuffed dumplings. These classes admit small groups and last approximately 3 hours. Furthermore, students have an opportunity to dine with an actual Polish family.

Krakow Small-Group Polish Home Cooking Class with Guide

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

Krakow is both a fun and serious destination

Krakow has two sides to it. On one hand, it has many important landmarks such as the historic concentration camp, Auschwitz, which will put one in a somber mood. On the flip-side, there’s many opportunities for fun and adventure owing to the pub crawl, bike tours, and cooking classes available.

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