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History and Sightseeing in Krakow (Private Tour)

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Key Highlights

  • Explore Nowa Huta, the district that still bears testament to the power of the Soviets and learn about its interesting history from your expert guide
  • See Krakow′s Jewish quarter and old communist city, Nowa Huta
  • Travel in a genuine communist Trabant car
  • Enjoy a free typical polish snack and a shot of vodka
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 4 hours

    Start time

    9:00am

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Krakow.
    (Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Krakow

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Boring tour guides with western cars are passé! Take this new-age excursion from Krakow where you will be taken around the old communist district of Nowa Huta in a genuine communist Trabant automobile, accompanied by an expert guide. Spend the day seeing all the hidden treasures of Krakow.

    Explore Nowa Huta, the district that still bears testament to the power of the Soviets. Originally a gift from Stalin, this working-class quarter boasts some great communist architecture, complimented by your guide’s first-hand account of what it was like to live under the ‘Iron Curtain’.

    Take a trip to the giant historic mounds built to memorialize some of Poland’s popular leaders. Also see the old Jewish quarter lined with great pubs and cafes, you will definitely want to come back later to enjoy the nightlife of this city.

    Itinerary

    This is a private tour. It offers you greater flexibility - you can spend as much time at any of the places you visit, as per your preference.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Krakow in a genuine Eastern Bloc Trabant Automobile. Accompanied by a young and energetic English-speaking ‘Crazy Guide’, you will be taken on a tour of Krakow, one of the oldest and largest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula river in the lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century.

    Begin your tour with a visit to Krakow’s famous communist enclave, Nowa Huta and take a walking tour of its historical sites.

    Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through this one-of-a-kind city and up to the gates of the steel mill that was originally the heart of this district. Following the establishment of People’s Republic of Poland, the communist authorities had encountered resistance to their regime from middle-class Krakowians. In order to correct the class imbalance, the authorities started working towards building a satellite industrial town to attract people from lower socio-economic backgrounds to the region. In 1949, Nowa Huta was started as a separate town near Krakow on the terrain resumed by the communist government.

    See the famous communist districts with special attention to the architecture and politics of the time. Your expert guide will give you in-depth information on the history of Poland’s government and first-hand details of what it was like to live under Soviet occupation. Today, the city boasts of many tributes to ardent anti-communists, with streets renamed to honour Pope John Paul II and the Polish exile leader, Wladyslaw Anders.

    Continue to the historic burial mounds, some of which date to pagan times. These giant mounds were built to memorialize some of Poland’s famous leaders and offers great panoramic view of the city.

    End the tour with a trip to Krakow’s Jewish quarter and learn from your guide about its history and rebirth. After being liquidated by the Nazis during the Second World War, this area is slowly being revitalized and is now home to the city’s artist community. The guide will also give you information on the pubs and restaurants of the city that can be visited. You will also be served some traditional snacks.

    After the tour you will be dropped back to your hotel in Krakow.

    We will then go Podgórze. Podgórze is a district of Krakow, situated on the southern bank of the river Vistula, Podgórze was a fishing village, in 1784 Podgórze was granted city status by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II.

    Our next stop will be TVP Lublin which is a TV station in Lublin which owns a 104 meter tall concrete TV Tower. Then we will see the Kraków fortress refer as Austro-Hungarian fortress. Finally we move on to allotment garden

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off in a Trabant
    • Transportation in a Trabant
    • English-speaking expert guide
    • Walking tour of the city
    • Entrance fee to the burial mounds
    • A brief history lesson
    • F R E E typical Polish snack
    • F R E E shot of VODKA
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Additional info

    The start time of the tour is flexible; if you wish to take the tour at a different time please contact the local activity operator once you have received your booking confirmation. The Trabant was an East German automobile manufactured from 1957 to 1991. During the communist occupation of Poland, Trabant autos or "Trabbies”, were a common sight. You will be taken in an authentic East German Trabant, complete with crazy seat covers and paint job you have ever seen!The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.