Christmas in Krakow
At Christmas time, Krakow swells with excitement and an inviting festive atmosphere. The city’s main square is laced with twinkling lights and decoration, setting the scene for our Christmas break. It’s one of Poland’s oldest cities - we’ll soak up its Gothic atmosphere among the old town’s grand arches, spires and gargoyles. We’ll also stroll through traditional Christmas markets, sip mulled wine on Christmas Day, and explore the fascinating wonder of Wieliczka Salt Mines.
6 excursions and visits
- Polish folklore evening
- Guided walking tour of Krakow
- Guided walking tour of Jewish quarter
- Visit Krakow Christmas markets with mulled wine tasting
- Guided visits to Wieliczka Salt Mines and Wawel Castle & cathedral
- 5 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 11 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 2-6) 1 lunch (day 4) 5 dinners (days 1-5)
- Welcome drink, tea/coffee with included meals, and an alcoholic or soft drink with dinner on 24th & lunch on 25th
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Krakow
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Krakow. On arrival we transfer to the hotel where a welcome drink awaits.
Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre (5-star)
Deep underground, just a few miles outside Krakow, lie the Wieliczka Salt Mines, A guide takes us into this unusual world containing over 20 chambers of chiselled rock salt, amazing underground saline lakes, unique salt statues and the stunning Chapel of St Kinga, dedicated to Princess Kinga whose actions led to finding the salt. It was mined by hand in the 13th century and so, finally closing in 2007, illustrates the development of mining technology over time. Your afternoon is at leisure. This city is so lovely to explore at Christmas time, with an impressive Christmas tree and grand buildings adorned with twinkling lights. Later, we head to a local restaurant for a traditional Polish evening. Enjoy dinner and a folklore show, with dancers in traditional costumes bringing folklore to life with the aid of live music.
Christmas Eve - Krakow
Krakow has belonged to five different countries, yet the Old Town has not changed much since the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the capital of Europe’s largest country. It may not have such a grand title anymore, but Poland’s second city is flourishing once again and this morning’s walking tour highlights a superb medieval legacy. This afternoon we’ll take a walking tour of Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish Quarter, we’ll learn the story of the Jewish communities that lived here for over 500 years.
Christmas Day - Krakow
After a leisurely start to the day, we take a stroll at the Christmas market, and enjoy a mulled wine tasting. Old-fashioned hand-painted glass baubles, wooden sculptures, village pottery, embroidered tablecloths and heart-shaped gingerbread fill traditional stalls. We return to the hotel for a Christmas turkey lunch, and then an afternoon at leisure. This evening, dinner will be at a local restaurant, accompanied by a local band who’ll treat us to some classic Polish carols.
Boxing Day - Krakow
We take a tour of one of the city’s great treasures - Wawel Castle - this morning. Within its fortified walls, this ancient seat of royalty contains Poland’s crown jewels. In the cathedral, the grandiose scene of almost every coronation in Polish history protects the remains of many kings, queens and statesmen. The afternoon is at leisure to explore more of this city, or relax in one of the many cafés, to soak up the festive atmosphere.
Day 6 Krakow - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.