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Communism Tour and Communist Lunch (Private Tour)

  • When does it run?
    Daily
  • Start time
    9:00am
  • Duration
    Approx. 4 hours
Inclusions
  • Your hotel in Krakow
  • Hotel pick up and drop off in a Trabant
  • Transportation in a Trabant
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Walking tour of the city
  • Snacks
  • Lunch in a communist milk bar
  • Trabant driving lessons
  • Communist propaganda films, photos, maps
  • Visit in our Communist apartment museum, pickles and vodka

Key Highlights

  • Expert guide will show you an unchanged communist apartment
  • Travel in a genuine communist Trabant car
  • Enjoy lunch in a typical communist-era restaurant

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. Explore Nowa Huta, the district that still bears testament to the power of the Soviets. These labyrinths of tenements were done in imitation of the Renaissance and had meant to be a model communist city. It later came to be one of the centres of revolution and resistance within Poland, leading to the eventual overthrow of the communist regime. Visit an exclusive and unchanged communist apartment and get a flavour of everyday life in the 1970s Poland. Savour some traditional preparations for lunch at a typical communist-era restaurant. Hear stories and anecdotes from your guide that will bring back the days of yore!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    Approx. 4 hours

  • Start time

    9:00am

  • Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Krakow

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 to a communist-era restaurant for some traditional snacks. Further on, proceed on a walking tour of the famous communist districts of Nowa Huta, the easternmost district of Krakow.

    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 an exclusive and unchanged communist apartment – a private museum, and see the kind of household people had in that era. After exploring the décor of the apartment, you will be taken for lunch to an authentic communist milk bar. On your return, you could try your hands at driving the Trabant. Mr. Vieslav, an expert on communist automobiles could assist you drive the car.

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

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Your hotel in Krakow
  • Hotel pick up and drop off in a Trabant
  • Transportation in a Trabant
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Walking tour of the city
  • Snacks
  • Lunch in a communist milk bar
  • Trabant driving lessons
  • Communist propaganda films, photos, maps
  • Visit in our Communist apartment museum, pickles and vodka

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.

Customer Reviews

  • A MUST for visitors to Krakow!
    ANDREW R BAKER, United Kingdom 02/06/2017
  • Interesting glimpse into the other side of Krakow
    R B Ramsay, United Kingdom 05/19/2014
  • An excellent tour
    Mr D H Rees, United Kingdom 09/17/2013

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