Following Crew Treks Adventures style, besides historical sites we want our guests to have a “full” local experience. Depending on day of the week and city visited, you can expect evening visits to local brewery, jazz alley, classical music hall or a park. We want every trip to be as much fun for all of our guests. Please Join Marek and his Crew Treks team.
Guide: Marek Wencel
Price: $2,600 (all side trips included!)
Itinerary: Sept. 16-25, 2020
Sept 16 2020 Krakow arrival-evening walk trough old town and group dinner
Sept 17 2020 Krakow Old City and Wawel Castle tour
Wawel Castle is located on Wawel Hill in Krakow, ancient capital of Poland. Wawel Castle had been the residence of Polish kings for centuries and a site of most important events in Polish history. It is considered to be the symbol of Polish statehood. The Wawel Castle is also one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland. Its premises now house one of Poland’s premier art museums.
Sept 18 2020 Full day Wieliczka Salt Mine tour and somber visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of culture in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, opened in 1940 and was the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps. Located in southern Poland, Auschwitz initially served as a detention center for political prisoners. However, it evolved into a network of camps where Jewish people and other perceived enemies of the Nazi state were exterminated, often in gas chambers, or used as slave labour. In Total, over 1.3million people lost their lives at Auschwitz-mainly Jews, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, Romas (Gipsies), Russians, Political Prisoners, and Gays.
It is a somber place to visit.
Sep 19 2020 Transfer to Zakopane and walking city tour+local highland dinner
Zakopane is a center of Goral culture and is often referred to as "the winter capital of Poland” or "Polish Chamonix" It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing, and tourism. Zakopane lies near Poland's border with Slovakia, in a valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubałówka Hill. In winter, skiing rules the town and there are even numerous World Cup Ski Jumping events. In the summer Zakopane is a center for hiking and climbing, with 100's of miles of trails and established climbing routes.
Sep 20 2020 Transfer to Budapest, Hungary, explore Banska Stiavnica
In just 5hrs drive we’ll cross the border of Slovakia and then Hungary ( Along the way, we’ll stop at Banska Stiavnica-the oldest mining town in Slovakia. Before we’ll continue to Budapest, we’ll nibble on local history and cuisine. Once in Budapest, we’ll join one of the evening Danube Night Cruise’ with the glass of champagne in hand.
Sep 21 2020 Budapest City Tour
Once called the “Queen of the Danube,” Budapest has long been the focal point of the nation and a lively cultural centre. The city straddles the Danube (Hungarian: Duna) River in the magnificent natural setting where the hills of western Hungary meet the plains stretching to the east and south. It consists of two parts, Buda and Pest, which are situated on opposite sides of the river and connected by a series of bridges. Although the city’s roots date to Roman times and even earlier, modern Budapest is essentially an outgrowth of the 19th-century empire of Austria-Hungary, when Hungary was three times larger than the present country. Hungary’s reduction in size following World War I did not prevent Budapest from becoming, after Berlin, the second largest city in central Europe
In one swoop, we’ll visit famous Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, walk trough Old Town and finish the day at Széchenyi Baths (yes, bring your speedo’s!)
Sep 22 2020 Transfer to Vienna, Austria (yes, our 4th country!) (3hrs drive)
Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning architecture. Famous for its many cultural events, classical concerts, imperial architecture, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. During our short visit, we’ll drop by Mozart House, walk trough Schönbrunn Palace and finish the day at Prater Amusement Park and spin on famous Giant Ferris Wheel.
Sep 23 2020 Transfer to Prague, Czech Republic (4hrs drive)
Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe at the moment and this has much to do with the fact that it is replete with a huge amount of culture to absorb. From castles to churches and from museums to art galleries, there is something for everyone in this magical city. Obviously this popularity does mean that certain areas of the city do become crowded with eager tourists rather regularly, but getting away from the crowds is easy. Simply take a detour down a side alley or a tram to a less well known part of town and you will immediately see the real Prague. After we settle in our hotel, we’ll continue with afternoon old city walk. We’ll cover Charles’ Bridge, Old Town Square and end the day at Mala Strana and one of its restaurants.
Sep 24 2020 Continuation of Prague City Tour
We’ll power trough Prague Castle, shop at Wenceslas Square, and in the evening catch a glimpse of Prague’s rebellious side at John Lennon Wall and a local pub.
Sep 25 2020 Depart for home
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Here are some useful links:
Wawel Castle in Krakow
Krakow Old City Main Square
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Oscypki-smoked cheese in Zakopane