Tour: 6080 - 2013 (6080) - 2013 / 2015


Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Marlbork Castle This afternoon excursion with a local guide will take you by coach on a short journey to the enchanting medieval marvel of Marlbork Castle for an inside visit. The Teutonic Order launched its first crusades in the early 13th century to the territories around the central stretch of the River Nogat in order to covert the local inhabitants to Christianity. The Teutonic knights started building a castle here at the beginning of he 1380s, which was referred to as St. Mary's Stronghold (German Marienburg). In only just under 30 years they had managed to raise a quadrangular convent building complete with chapel, chapter house, dormitory, refectory and an enclosed courtyard.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person

Folklore & Dinner On this evening excursion you will be taken to enjoy the unique atmosphere of a 18th century wooden restaurant just outside Krakow. After a glass of vodka or wine or soft drink as an aperitif sit back and relax and enjoy a 4 course traditional Polish dinner with unlimited drinks, mineral water and coffee or tea. At the start of the meal there will be relaxing background music and singing followed by the first half of the folklore programme. After a short break for you to enjoy the main course, the show will continue and people will be invitied to dance with the members of the folk group if they wish. To round off the evening the band will play some well-known international hits. Return back to the hotel in Krakow around 11 pm.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Wieliczka Salt Mines This excursion lasts about 4 hours and takes you to Wieliczka salt mines, which are a UNESCO World cultural heritage. Wieliczka is an old mining town with a 14th century bastion remaining from the town walls and 16th/18th century churches. The visit of the mines will be with a local guide, and you will be taken down to the mines by a short elevator ride. The salt mines have been in operation continuously since the 13th century and are one of the oldest working mines in the world. The tourist route is about 3 kms long and on 3 levels going to a depth of 136 metres. The route leads through various chambers, passing small salt lakes and richly decorated with salt sculptures and leads into the chapel of the Blessed Kinga. This excursion is not recommended for anyone with walking difficulties and those participarting are advised to wear suitable shoes and to bring a sweater or coat as it is quite chilly in the mines. At the end of the tour ride back to the surface by the elevator. Anyone wishing to take photos or videos will need to buy a special pass at the ticket office before going down into the mines..

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Polish Flavours Drive to the entrance of the Old Town for a walk through the narrow streets to a restaurant located in the shadow of Zygmunt's column on Warsaw's most well-known street. This traditional Polish restaurant, with its cosy atmosphere and impressive range of local and international dishes, will let you enjoy a 3 course dinner with unlimited wine or beer or soft drinks plus mineral water and coffee or tea. During the evening there will be live piano music to add to the admosphere. After dinner you will have some time to stroll through the romantic cobbled streets before returning back to the hotel by coach or if you prefer to stay longer in the area you will be told how to you can easily make your own way back to the hotel.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Wilanow Palace Early afternoon departure for a drive out to Wilanow Palace and Museum, where upon arrival a local guide from the Palace will take care of you for a guided tour lasting approx. 2 hrs. The Palace was built at the end of the 17th century as a present by King Jan III Sobieski for his French wife and to make her feel more at home in her new country, as it was modelled on Versailles. Wilanow reached its heyday in the time of Stanislaw Potocki between 1799 and 1821 as he spent a considerable amount of time and effort in bringing the residence to top condition. In 1805 he opened the vast collection to the public thus creating Poland's first museum. Since 1945 the Palace has become state property. There will probably be time to look around the famous gardens with Baroque style garden, an English garden, a Chinese summerhouse, a Roman bridge and old pump house. Later in the afternoon drive back to Warsaw.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

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