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.
15 April 2018
Depart Dublin 0720 arrive Kracow 1115
Depart Kracow 2110 arrive Dublin 2310
Please note that the flight times are subject to change.
Led by Theresa Davey
- 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
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 Ellard 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 morning after breakfast 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 . The rest of the day is free for you to explore Krakow, which is one the architectural gems of central Europe, chockfull of history. 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.
After breakfast we 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 a visit to the saltmines or some last minute shopping before we depart the hotel for our coach transfer back to the airport for our direct flight home.