A bustling student city
Krakow, formerly the capital of Poland, is also justifiably called the jewel in the Polish crown. The city is somewhat hidden in the south of the country on the banks of the river Wisla.
We board our flight to Krakow. On arrival, we are taken by coach to Wieliczka for a visit of the beautiful salt mines. Salt has been extracted from this mine since the 13th century, digging down to a depth of 327 metres and across an area of 10 km². After lunch, we drive to the hostel in Krakow for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, the programme includes a guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau, a place where the past is all around. Walls, guard towers, barbed wire fences, execution walls and crematoria all serve as a reminder of the horrors perpetrated here during the Second World War. In the afternoon, we head for the Fiat factory in Tychy, where the famous Fiat 500 is produced. We then travel back to Krakow.
In the morning we walk through Krakow and admire the city’s wealth of historic monuments: the great Market Square, the Royal Route, the Barbakan city gate, built in the Gothic style, the Royal Castle of Wawel and the Kazimierz district. We then visit Schindler’s factory, the former manufacturing facility that has been converted into a unique museum that tells the story of the city of Krakow during the war years from 1939 to 1946. The tour includes Schindler’s office and the stairs that are featured in the famous film. We end the day with a visit to the Polish Aviation Museum where an array of historic and more recent aircraft and aircraft engines are displayed.
After breakfast, the coach takes us back to the airport for our flight home.