Cracow - historic and cultural capital of Poland

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Cracow - historic and cultural capital of Poland

Date: 2013-11-17

Time: 08:00-23:00

from 660 PLN
approx. 165 EUR

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As soon as the guests reach Cracow they start to discover the city’s highlights with a local guide.

Cracow – a rocky height overlooking the Vistula river, the defensible Wawel Hill is said to have been kept out of bounds by a legendary dragon living in a cave below it. Only when a certain shoemaker named Skiba managed to kill the dragon (by tricking the creature into eating animal skin stuffed with tar and sulphur) was the Hill finally available for the founding of Cracow. After that the city never looked back, becoming the seat of the Polish monarchy and the country\\\\\\\'s capital until 1596, and growing steadily in both size and importance.

Thanks to the fortuitous absence of major catastrophes, Cracow’s heritage remains fully intact for today\\\\\\\'s visitor to enjoy. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and considered special even in such a distinguished company, Cracow’s enchanting Old Town boasts countless buildings of architectural and historic importance, including the Wawel Castle and the Cathedral complex, where kings of Poland and national heroes lie buried, and one of mediaeval Europe\\\\\\\'s largest market places with its Renaissance Cloth Hall and Gothic Church of St. Mary.

Once a city walk is finished a lunch in one of the local restaurants will be organized.
After lunch visit to Kazimierz district – it is only a short distance from the city centre to enter the maze of narrow streets at the former Jewish district of Kazimierz, to plunge into the culture of a different world. Until 1939, the district\\\'s life resembled that described by Isaac Bashevis Singers in his books. The dramatic history of the Jewish community, exterminated by the Nazis, was presented by Steven Spielberg, who directed the movie ”Schindler\'s List” in the actual setting. In the past, Kazimierz was a distinct town with its own Market Square and Town Hall, as well as thriving culture, which blossomed in the 16th century. That period witnessed the foundation of Poland\'s oldest Judaic shrine, the Old Synagogue now with the exhibition, which shows the history and culture of the Jewish community of Cracow, and then the Remu’h Synagogue with the adjoining Renaissance cemetery.

Tour executed by fast train (morning train to Cracow at 08:45 am; evening train to Warsaw at 8:00 pm, arrival in Warsaw at 11:00 pm).