Krakow Chistmas Markets & Wieliczka Saltmine Tour

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Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with evidence showing settlements there since 20,000 BC. Legend has it that it was built on the cave of a dragon whom the mythical King Krak had slain.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the largest tourist attractions in Poland, registered on the UNESCO list and visited by over a million tourists every year.

It’s an eerie world of pits and chambers, and everything within its depths has been carved by hand from salt blocks. The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, about 300km distributed over nine levels, the deepest being 327m underground. A section of the mine, some 22 chambers connected by galleries, from 64m to 135m below ground, is open to the public by guided tour, and it’s a fascinating trip.

The mine is renowned for the preservative qualities of its microclimate, as well as for its health-giving properties. An underground sanatorium has been established at a depth of 135m, where chronic allergic diseases are treated by overnight stays.

The salt-hewn formations include chapels with altarpieces and figures, while others are adorned with statues and monuments – and there are even underground lakes. The showpiece is the ornamented Chapel of St Kinga (Kaplica Św Kingi), which is actually a fair-sized church measuring 54m by 18m, and 12m high. Every single element here, from chandeliers to altarpieces, is of salt. It took over 30 years (1895) for one man and then his brother to complete this underground temple, and about 20,000 tonnes of rock salt had to be removed. Other highlights are the salt lake in the Erazm Barącz Chamber, whose water contains 320g of salt per litre, and the 36m-high Stanisław Staszic Chamber.

Inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Krakow
  • Airport transfer to your City Centre Hotel
  • 3 nights in the 3* Logos Hotel Based on 2 adults sharing a twin or double room,
  • Single rooms also available upon request
  • Buffet breakfast each morning
  • Guided tour to Wieliczka Salt mine
  • Christmas Markets!
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Direct flight Krakow to Dublin
  • Services of a representative for coach transfers and insiders tour
  • Taxes, charges, 1 x check in bag per room of 15kgs and 10kg hand luggage per person

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly directly from Dublin to Krakow and private guided transfer included to your hotel.

Day 2

Morning guided tour to Auschwitz Camp, stopping at Birkenau camp. Return to Krakow in the afternoon. (Replaced with Wieliczka Saltmines for all December departures)

Day 3

Day at leisure. There are a number of  interesting things to do in Krakow, including the Wieliczka Saltmines (€35 per person) and classical concerts in a number of the churches, including St. Peter & St Paul’s Church, and St. Bernadin’s Church. These afternoon concerts are very reasonable, working out at approximately. 40 PLN per person.

Day 4

Collection from your hotel and transfer to the airport. Return direct flight to Dublin.

Accommodation

The comfortable 3-star Logos Hotel offers spacious guestrooms. Since 1995, it has been hosting guests in the heart of Krakow. Notable for its location in Old Town of Krakow, the hotel provides access to EC Krakow, Wawel and Town Hall Tower within 10 minutes’ walk. The property is set a 20-minute stroll from Krakow center.

The castle, churches and museums are set within walking distance.

This property offers 37 rooms including Spacious Suite, Small Twin Room and Quadruple Room. The rooms are appointed with private bathrooms and light wood furniture. Dining options include a hot hot buffet breakfast served every morning. The Rotisseria restaurant serves fusion cuisine. Guests can relax in the coffee bar serving bottled drinks. J. Paul Ii Balice Intl airport can be reached in 15 minutes by car from Logos Hotel.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated above
  • Single room Supplement €53
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €100 per person
  • Full payment due at 10 weeks prior to departure
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance from €21 (conditions apply)

  Cost per person: €399pp
  Number of nights: 3

03 December 2017 €399

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