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Christmas Time in Cracow

5 days / 4 nights

Kraków - Christmas Carol Singers Parade

Day 1 - Dec. 22nd  Cracow - Wieliczka - Cracow

Wieliczka - Salt Mine

Group's arrival to Cracow, meeting your guide at the Balice Airport and transfer to the hotel. Welcome cocktail and check-in. In the afternoon we visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the oldest working salt mine in Europe ! You will be transferred by elevator 120 metres below ground, seeing marvellous chapels and sculptures made out of salt throughout the Centuries. You will admire the underground world of salt lakes, galleries, stairs, altars and chambers all carved in salt by many generations of Polish miners, not artists. You will pass through 20 fascinating chambers. The Chapel of St. Kinga – a great chamber like a big church – with a splendid collection of sculptures and bas-reliefs makes this place terrific ! Don’t forget to see the amazing carving of the Last Supper. Please note – everything is made from the salt or in the salt. The tourists can see only 2 % of the whole mine, only 3.5 km of underground routes from more that 200 km. The tourist route takes about 2 hours. Dinner with folklore music in a traditional Polish restaurant.

D/O Cracow

Day 2 - Dec. 23rd  Cracow - Oswiecim - Cracow

Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum

Departure for the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Memorial Museum. The death camp known as Konzentrations Lager Auschwitz-Birkenau was in fact the biggest Nazi death factory and it is the largest cemetery in the world. Brzezinka camp is terrifying in its size. Here the tracks were ending … what was equivalent to the end of life for most people. To them the great monument is dedicated. Lunch en route. Return via Wadowice – visit to the Holy Father’s House. It has since been turned into a shrine-like museum. We will also visit the church he attended and where he was baptized as a child. Dinner at the hotel.

D/O Cracow

Day 3 - Dec. 24th  Cracow

Krakow - Christmas Crib (Szopka)
Kraków - Hand Made Christmas Ornaments

After breakfast sightseeing of Cracow including: Wawel Hill, Royal Cathedral - for centuries a burial place of Polish kings, Market Square with Renaissance Cloth Hall with numerous souvenir, Gothic St.Mary’s Basilica, Collegium Maius - the oldest college of Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 year, Historical Museum where tourist can admire exhibition of traditional hand-made cribs. The exhibition presents those cribs, which take part in an annual contest. Afternoon at leisure - shopping on Christmas Market situated on the Main Market Square. Possibility to see unique live Christmas crib which presents scenes of the Holy Family life. It takes place in the courtyard of Franciscan church. Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner, accompanied by Polish Christmas carols and small presents.

Option: Midnight Mass in St. Mary's Church or in Wawel Cathedral Christmas Food The traditional Christmas Eve supper consists of twelve dishes representing the twelve months of the year. No meat is served during the supper, only fish, usually herring, carp or pike. Other traditional dishes appearing on the table include red borscht, mushroom or fish soup, sauerkraut with wild mushrooms or peas, dried fruit compote and kutia, a dessert especially popular in eastern Poland. Boiled or fried pierogis, Polish dumplings with a wide variety of fillings, are among the most popular Polish dishes. For the Christmas Eve supper, pierogis are usually made with sauerkraut and mushrooms.

D/O Cracow

Day 4 – Dec. 25th  Cracow - Zakopane - Cracow

Zakopane - Jaszczurówka

Full day excursion to Zakopane. Zakopane is known as a capital of winter sports and mountain tourism. It is, as well, the centre of the Highlanders culture. They cultivate their tradition, which reflects in their folk costume, traditional wooden architecture, glass paintings, etc. Sightseeing of the oldest part of town, cable lift onto Gubalowka hill, shopping, kulig sleigh ride, bonfire barbecue with Highlanders' tea (tea laced with vodka), accompanied by Highland folk music. Return via Chocholow to the hotel in Cracow in the evening,

D/O Cracow

Day 5 - Dec. 26th  Cracow

Early breakfast. Departure.

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