We would be delighted if you could join us on our 4 day tour to Krakow and Auschwitz in Poland. Contact us now if you wish to make a reservation
DEPARTS: MARCH 22nd 2019
DEPARTS : APRIL 7th 2019
- Return direct scheduled flights Dublin to Krakow
- All Airport Taxes & Charges
- 1 x 10kg hand luggage.
- Return Airport Coach Transfers
- 3 Nights - 3 star Central Hotel B&B
- Walking city tour of Krakow with local guide
- Day Trip to Auschwitz - Birkenau
- Services of our local Tour Guide
- Services of our Mackin Travel Tour Leader Theresa Davey
Optional extra excursion: Wieliczka Saltmines - €30pp - *pre booking essential
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplement : €90
- Checked Luggage €50
We are delighted to be returning to Krakow, Poland . We will be staying at the 3 star Hotel Wyspianski. For centuries Krakow was the capital of Poland, the seat of kings, drawing great scholars and artists from the whole world. Krakow has been listed by UNESCO as one of the worlds 12 most important historic sites. The renaissance Royal Castle at Wawel, the gothic St Mary's Basilica, the historical trade pavilions of the Cloth Hall, and the former separate Jewish city of Kazimierz, are all places, which make a visit to Krakow extremely worthwhile. In the special atmosphere of the beautiful and mysterious streets of the Old Town and Kazimierz you will find everything you need to allow you to escape from everyday life. Galleries full of exhibitions, cafes, pubs and restaurants: all of this is an integral part of any visit to Krakow. You will bw amazed at how inexpensive Poland is.
In the vicinity of Krakow, there are places that are well known - for entirely different reasons – all over the world. The most tragic of these is Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim. Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. The name of the city of Oswiecim was changed to Auschwitz, which became the name of the camp as well.
We depart Dublin Airport for our direct Ryanair scheduled flight from Dublin to Krakow. On arrival we are met by Theresa Davey of Mackin Travel and our local tour guide. Our coach then transfers us to our centrally located hotel, the Wyspianski www.hotel-wyspianski.pl This afternoon we will enjoy a short walking tour of Krakow, with its marvellous collections of Gothic and Renaissance buildings mercifully left unscathed by the ravages of World War II . Main Market Square (Rynek Główny) is the natural centre of Krakow: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place, and the starting point or destination for countless walkers. Other famous landmarks include Wawel Royal Castle, which was home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, best period furniture and rare ancient objects. The Basilica of the Virgin Mary’s is an immense Gothic church, Krakow's principal temple since the 13th century, and shelters the world's greatest Gothic sculpture among its many excellent works of art. Cloth Hall is the world's oldest shopping mall has been in business for 700 years. The present Renaissance edifice dates from 1555.
Today is a free day for you to explore this marvellous city. Maybe a visit to Wawel castle or You may like to take the opportunity to visit Oskar Schindler’s Factorywhichhas been turned into a modern museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow under the five-year Nazi occupation during the World War II. Museum.
We offer an optional excursion to the Saltmines today. Wonderful sculptures, underground lakes and chambers enchant visitors with their unique beauty. Remember, however, that all this is situated deep under the earth’s surface.Visitors to the mine will have to walk approximately 3.5 kilometres and the whole trip, including visiting the underground museum, lasts about 3 hours. This duration may vary.
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as well. The journey begins with a descent down 380 stairs. There are 800 steps along the whole route. After a short respite, visitors go up to the surface in a mining elevator.
Today depart by coach to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp The camp was established in mid-1940. The direct reason for the establishment of the camp was the fact that mass arrests of Poles were increasing beyond the capacity of existing "local" prisons. Initially, Auschwitz was to be one more concentration camp of the type that the Nazis had been setting up since the early 1930s. It functioned in this role throughout its existence, even when, beginning in 1942, it also became the largest of the death camps. The location of the camp, practically in the centre of German-occupied Europe, and its convenient transportation connections, led the Nazis to expand Auschwitz on an enormous scale and deport people here from almost all of Europe.
You will have free time till late afternoon to spend as you wish, maybe some last minute shopping before we depart the hotel for our coach transfer back to the airport for our direct flight home.
I hope you will be able to travel with us and should you like to make a reservation I suggest that you phone the Wexford office on 053 91 22121 The non-refundable booking deposit is €150.00 per person plus insurance if required, the balance is payable 10 weeks before departure.