A little winter wonderland awaits you! One of the most popular highlights is the annual Krakow Christmas fair on the market square, a decade long tradition which started well before the Second World War. The Christmas fair will draw you like a magnet and dazzle you with its old-fashioned magic and lights. The hot mulled wine called “grzaniec” served from enormous barrels will keep you warm allowing you to glance at candies, sweets, wooden toys, jewellery, knitwear, partridges and so much more. Street vendors will also dish up hot regional food.Traditional Polish cuisine is a real calories bomb, but once you try it, you will not be able to resist the temptation. Pierogi (Polish dumplings), Golabki (cabbage roll) and Polskie nalesniki (Polish pancakes) will be on the menu. Walking through the wooden rustic stalls, time will stop right for you to enjoy this very special moment!
Day 1 Thursday: Arrival Krakow Arrival in Krakow, optional transfer to Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum ****, check-in; welcome meeting, optional welcome dinner at hotel.
Day 2 Friday: Krakow Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The morning walking tour includes the Old Town with the St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. In the afternoon we offer an optional guided Krakow Christmas Market tour. There, you can learn about nativity displays and listen to the most amazing stories about Christmas customs in Poland. Afterwards, you will be guided through the market to learn about the traditions behind the stalls and the items sold. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.
Day 3 Saturday: Krakow This morning is reserved for an optional visit to Kazimierz district that housed Krakow’s Jews from 500 years. In the last decade it has been rediscovered, and its hollowed- out Jewish culture gradually reintroduced. Famous for its associations with Schindler and Spielberg, there’s more to the historic Jewish quarter than cemeteries and synagogues. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK, which has been active since 1st February 2010, encompasses presentation of the latest international art, education as well as research and publication projects. MOCAK’s two most important aims are presenting the art of the two last decades in the context of the post-war avant-garde and conceptual art as well as clarifying the rationale of creating art by highlighting its cognitive and ethical value and its relationship with everyday reality.
Day 4 Sunday: Krakow Departure Optional transfer to airport.