Lesser Poland Guided tours

Our most recommended Lesser Poland Guided tours

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Tour

1. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Tour

Explore the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine and take an in-depth guided tour through the stunning 13th century UNESCO-listed site. Witness chambers, chapels, and sculptures carved in salt on a lengthy 3-kilometer underground route. Meet your guide at the salt mine and start the tour by walking down a long sets of steps, heading down 135 meters underground. Walk through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts as you make your way deeper and deeper underground. Once at the bottom, see underground lakes, four chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Experience a unique place to visit and a must-see during your stay in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, skip the stairs and take a lift from the bottom of the mine back up to the main ground level, where you can browse through the gift shop and buy unique memorabilia to take home with you.

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

2. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Visit the most famous salt mine in Europe. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. An English-speaking driver will pick you up from the city center or from the hotel if private transport is selected. With an air-conditioned, comfortable bus/van, reach Wieliczka town in about 25 minutes. Meet your guide, and walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. The guide will explain the rules of the salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for visitors. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. Hear many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After a while, encounter a huge chapel carved underground. It’s considered one of the most beautiful chapels in the world – St. Kinga Chapel, where the artists carved a church in salt. It’s time to get some photos and have a quick rest before proceeding with the tour. After a short break, proceed to a huge area with an underground lake, where the world’s first underground balloon flight took place. There will be a few places to buy souvenirs as well. Don’t worry, there is no need to climb these hundreds of steps again to go to the surface. There is a mining elevator that helps you get out of the mine. It’s time to meet your driver at the parking lot, and have a safe journey back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip

3. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip

Enjoy roundtrip transportation from Krakow to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine and take an in-depth guided tour through the stunning 13th century UNESCO-listed site. Witness beautiful chambers carved in salt on a 3 km underground route. After meeting your driver at the meeting point in Krakow, enjoy the ride to the nearby town of Wieliczka. Prearranged tickets will be waiting for you at the salt mine along with a local guide. Start the tour inside the salt mine by walking down long sets of steps, taking you 135 meters underground and through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. See underground lakes, 4 impressive chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Experience a unique place to visit and a must-see during your stay in Krakow. After your guided tour, a lift will take you from the underground back up to the main ground level. Your driver will then drive you back to the meeting point in Krakow.

Oskar Schindler's Factory: Tour

4. Oskar Schindler's Factory: Tour

Discover the real-life story behind Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List” on a guided tour of the Schindler Factory Museum. Enjoy priority entrance and follow an expert guide through exhibits commemorating the victims and survivors of the Holocaust in Krakow. Take a journey back in time and explore the place where more than 1,200 Jews in Krakow were saved thanks to the efforts of Oskar Schindler. See the permanent exhibitions and walk through impeccable reconstructions of the original rooms filled with memories of this dark time in European history. Learn the pre-war story of Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish. Hear about the Nazi occupation, the history of Krakow's Ghetto, and the Płaszów Concentration Camp. Watch emotional movies and view documents, photographs, and artifacts left behind by the heroes and victims of this incredible story.

Kraków: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

5. Kraków: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

Visit Schindler's Factory and explore the museum dedicated to preserving the history of these incredible events. Learn the historical context with your expert guide to fully understand the story of Oscar Schindler. See an intimate portrait of the life of Schindler from his pre-war endeavors to his post-war fate. Visit his original office and hear the accounts of the Jewish survivors that he saved. Step into the old enamelware factory and learn the reality of everyday life in Kraków during the Nazi occupation. Immerse yourself in the past with reconstructions of the 1939 battlefield, the bustling streets of Kraków, public execution sites, the railway station, and the Jewish ghetto wall. As you walk from 1939 to 1945, meet not only Schindler but other important figures active in Kraków during that period: Himmler, Pankiewicz, Pope John Paul II, Amon Goeth, and more.

Krakow: Schindler’s Factory Private Tour

6. Krakow: Schindler’s Factory Private Tour

Start a journey back in time to Krakow during World War II. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the Polish Jews, giving you a general historical overview of their situation. Heading to the Museum on an eco-vehicle, you will stop at Ghetto Heroes Square - the point of departure for thousands of Jews from the Cracow ghetto to various camps. This place will certainly help you to start this emotional journey through the everyday life of Cracow’s citizens under the Nazi occupation. The Museum is housed in the former enamel factory of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who famously saved the lives of over a thousand people during the Holocaust. He was brought into the limelight in 1993 by Steven Spielberg’s famous film 'Schindler’s List'. Ever since that time tourists from all over the world have been coming to Lipowa Street to discover the individual histories of Krakow’s wartime inhabitants, the fate of the Jews, the city’s underground resistance and more, using archival documents, photos, radio and film recordings, period artefacts and dynamic multimedia installations. Get the most from your visit and see Schindler’s Factory at your own pace, without rush with your dedicated private guide. 

Wieliczka: Salt Mine Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Wieliczka: Salt Mine Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of Poland’s top attractions that's on UNESCO's World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage. The half-day skip-the-line tour departs from Krakow. Learn about the salt mine that is the best-preserved site of its type in the world. Opened in the 13th century, it has been in continuous operation since that time. Explore some of the 300 kilometers of hallways extending over 9 levels and reaching depths of 327 meters. See the chambers and chapels in the mine's underground city, including the famous St. Kinga Chapel, visited each year by more than a million tourists from all over the world.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow with Pickup

8. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow with Pickup

Just book your trip and relax. On the evening before the tour you'll get an e-mail and text with the details like pickup time. On the day of your tour — welcome aboard, please pass the seatbelts and start magnificent journey. Get some knowledge about the City of Cracow from experienced host-drivers and after that, join to the guide and group of maximum 30 people in the Salt Mine. At the beginning you'll pass around 370 wooden steps but it'll be not so hard! - See beautiful chambers, salt sculptures, and underground lakes. - See life-size statues, imposing chapels, and intricate altars carved in salt. - Explore the 3 underground levels and learn about the history and cultural importance of the mine. - Return using a specific, very interesting elevator. Enjoy a tour with a guide lasts approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

9. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wawel Royal Hill, one of the most important hills in Poland. This was where Polish kings and queens reigned over Poland. Your guide will tell you about the secrets of the royals and show you the most important places within Wawel Hill.  After meeting your guide, you will pass by the most expensive hotel in Cracow, which has hosted HRH Prince Charles and President Bush. You are then going to stop by the house of Jan Długosz, the legendary Polish historian, from where you will have a magnificent view over Wawel Hill. Then, start to go uphill, passing through the Arms Gate, and stopping by the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the most important Polish heroes. Walk past the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. Continue in the direction of the center of Wawel hill and the medieval courtyard, and head to the Austrian Hospital, from where you will be able to see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. You are then going to pass by Sandomierska Tower and go downhill through the Bernardyńska Gate, eventually leading to the cave of the Wawel Dragon. 

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

10. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill.  During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artifacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings, and chandeliers.  The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements.  Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

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An amazing place to visit, the guide was very informative. We travelled by train to Wieliczka from Krakow which was very straightforward and met our guide at the Salt Mine. Be aware there are a lot of steps going down into the mine and you are underground for two and half hours. Walking in the tunnels is very good, no uneven surfaces. An exceptional experience not to be missed. It really is amazing.

A excellent trip with a friendly guide that told us many interesting things and showed us different areas and also gave us chance to step off the Segway’s and look closer at a couple of interesting things. Felt very safe travelling round and the roads and paths. Highly recommend

Very good and educative experience, excellent museum. We definitely recommend it. Krzysztof was very good and knowledgeable guide.

Best thing we’ve done in Krakow, guide with an amazing memory for history. Highly recommend it

Tour was fantastic. Guide wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly.