Private Walking Tour of Krakow: Wawel Castle, Old Town, and St Mary's Basilica

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Explore the best of Krakow in a half-day, with a private guide. Enjoy skip-the-line tickets to Wawel Castle's highlights, entrance to St Mary's Basilica, and a walking tour of Old Town.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Previously Poland’s capital, Krakow is one of Europe’s hubs for history and culture.  On this half-day highlights tour you will dig up that history as you explore the best of Krakow, including the Old Town. On your private tour you will:

  • Have the personal attention of a private, licensed tour guide accompanying you throughout your day. 
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrances to: Wawel Royal Castle, Wawel Cathedral, and St Mary’ Basilica.
  • Visit Wawel Castle, which was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world.
  • Visit where Polish monarchs were coronated at Wawel Cathedral. 
  • Tour Krakow’s Old Town, where you will see many of its highlights, including the Royal Road, Church of Saints Peter & Paul, and St. Mary's Basilica.
Your half-day tour is the perfect introductory tour for anyone new to the city, where you will learn about the country’s medieval history and tour its’ spectacular highlights, including a visit to the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Your tour begins at one of Krakow's most renowned locations: Wawel Castle, the massive structure sits upon Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula River. The castle served as the royal and political centre of Krakow for centuries, dating back to the eleventh century. Before becoming a museum in 1930, the castle was also a hospital, a military barracks, and a governmental residence.  

After your tour of the castle, follow in the footsteps of the kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from Wawel Hill to the Old Town. Here at the Market Square, you will see some of the finest examples of medieval architecture now filled full of shops, bars, and cafes. Then your guide will take you into St Mary’s Basilica, where you’ll see one of the finest examples of Polish Gothic architecture and see the spectacularly ornate, multicolor altar piece which dominates the front of the church. Lastly, you will walk by one of the world’s oldest universities, Jagiellonian University, and visit the idyllic park, Planty Park, which encircles all of Old Town. 

Tour duration
3.5 hours 30 minutes

Type of tour
Walking tour: no transportation is included

Tickets included
- Skip-the-line ticket to the Wawel Castle State Rooms
- Entrance ticket to the Wawel St. Mary's Basilica    

Other inclusions
Food & drink not included (otherwise specified)
Gratuites not included

Suitable for
Family, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

Main Square (Rynek Glowny)
A gigantic medieval square, Rynek Glowny is Kraków’s beating heart.

St Mary’s Basilica
A model of Brick Gothic style, this church is home to the Poland's national treasure: the gigantic wooden Altarpiece of Veit Stoss.

Wawel Castle
This castle perched atop Wawel Hill was the centre of power in Poland for centuries, and is the country's most important historical site.

Wawel Cathedral
Over 900 years old, this gorgeous cathedral is the coronation and burial site for Polish Kings and Queens.

Planty Park
Encircling the Old Town, the thirty scenic gardens of Planty Park are perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Jagiellonian University
Founded in 1364 in Krakow, the Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in all Europe.
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