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New Year in Krakow – Group Tour

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  • Wawel Castle, Krakow © Poland Tourist Organisation

    Wawel Castle, Krakow © Poland Tourist Organisationq
  • Wieliczka ©Poland Tourist Organisation

    Wieliczka ©Poland Tourist Organisation
  • Wieliczka salt mine, Krakow ©Poland Tourist Organisation, Fotopolska

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4 day tour
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Krakow at New Year: A Fairy Tale Winter in Poland’s City of Culture

Take a group tour to Krakow and see in the new year surrounded by the majesty of Poland’s cultural heartland and former royal capital.

New Year’s is regularly known as Sylwester in Poland. Disappointingly, however, the name derives from former Bishop of Rome, Saint Sylwester and not a lisping cat or Philadelphia boxer. Nevertheless, people take to the city’s beautiful squares to celebrate, but, with Carnival starting the next day, the party doesn’t stop at midnight.

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Sylwester in the City

Krakow in the winter is a city beset with fairy tale magic. The warming aromas of Polish specialities like pierogi and kietbasa float enticingly through the crisp winter air. Begloved hands warm themselves on mugs of spiced wine against the golden glow of the old town’s markets and cafes. Krakow welcomes you with open arms, inviting you to adore it.

Not just a city, an atmosphere.

Krakow is a city of unusually effortless beauty. While it boasts some incredible attractions such as the Wieliczka Salt Mines, Wawel Castle and St Mary’s Basilica, Krakow’s charm is woven inextricably into the fabric of the city streets. Showcasing each of Europe’s great architectural styles, Krakow creates a unique and diverse atmosphere of timelessness and modernity. It is truly a distinctive city.

The city’s old town is listed as a UNESCO heritage site in its entirety and the second you step through the eternal Floriańska gate, you’ll see exactly why.

The Subterraneans

Of Krakow’s attractions, the most impressive must be the salt mines. Welcoming tourists since 1722, the 327-metre deep mines are one of Poland’s most popular tourist sites. 300-km of tunnels connect extraordinary and extravagantly carved subterranean chapels – including the lavish Chapel of St Kinga – and salt water lakes.

The mine is the oldest operational salt mine in the world and – featuring chandeliers and statues carved from the salt – a testament to the spirit of human industry and creativity.

Marauder got your tongue?

The political and cultural capital of Poland during its 16th century golden age, Wawel Castle is a symbol of national identity akin to the Arc de Triomphe or Brandenburg Gate. The renaissance castle is split into five sections, with the State Rooms and Royal Private Apartments the most striking.

Standing watchfully over Krakow’s ornate central square, St Mary’s Basilica is known for it’s hourly bugle call. The call stops short as a nod to the story of a town crier killed by an arrow as he attempted to trumpet a warning to the city of oncoming invaders. Home to the world’s largest late-gothic altarpiece, St Mary’s is a stunning Krakovian centrepiece.

Krakow is a special place to visit year-round, but there’s something particularly beautiful about the city in the winter. It makes for a truly unique New Year experience and is the perfect place to make new memories.


30th December 2020

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Krakow

Arrive in Krakow and check in to your hotel.  If time permits, begin exploring the area – perhaps potter around the cobbled lanes of the Old Town.

Day 2

New Year’s Eve

After breakfast, visit one of the oldest working salt mines in the world, Wieliczka salt mine. Descend 140m underground into a cavern full of chambers with carvings, statues and machinery and equipment for mining, of course. After navigating this underground world, return to your hotel and celebrate the New Year with dinner and a party.

Day 3

New Year’s Day

Enjoy a day at leisure to continue your exploration of this beautiful city. Perhaps walk the royal route or admire the stunning Wawel Castle.

Day 4


If time permits, enjoy some final sightseeing or souvenir shopping before departing Krakow.

Suggested Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Krakow ****

Situated on a bend in the Vistula River across from the Wawel Castle, the hotel is within walking distance from many cultural attractions such as the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter and the historic Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The location provides the perfect base for exploring the Galician architecture, verdant city parks, baroque palaces and gothic churches of Poland’s second largest city.  Enjoy free WiFi, spacious bedrooms, complimentary fitness facilities, and a 24hr convenience mart.  The Hilton Garden Inn Krakow has two restaurants, a bar and a lounge.

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30th December 2020 Prices on request
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