Krakow Christmas Market & The Winter Resort Town of Zakopane

Tour Dates
Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 December 2021

Krakow's 13th century Market Square with its majestic Cloth Hall and towering St Mary's Basilica, provides the perfect backdrop to this most traditional of Christmas Markets. After soaking up the festive spirit of the City, travel to the pretty alpine town of Zakopane.

The wooden stalls of Krakow's Christmas market, with their twinkling fairy lights, have plenty to tempt Christmas shoppers. Look out for hand painted glass baubles, traditional Boleslawiec pottery tree decorations with their distinctive blue and white designs, pine wreaths and gingerbread in all shapes and sizes. 

Christmas in Poland

 

This tour also takes to the charming villages in the impressive Tatras region of Southern Poland -a majestic mountain range, the highest in the Carpathian Mountains with pretty wooden timbre villages. You will stay in Zakopane amongst breathtaking, natural beauty and warm welcoming hospitality.

 

Moutains of Poland

Enhance your holiday with a choice of optional experiences along the way: 

You also have the option to include a visit to the incredible subterranean salt mines in Wieliczka, create your own stained glass souvenir, learning from a mastercraftsman, take a guided tour through the wonderous artworks of Czartoryski Museum - and try a sleigh ride in the magnificent Chocholowska Valley in the Tatra National Park.  

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A Deeper Dive

Did you know Krakow holds an annual Christmas Crib Making competition?

One of Kraków's most idiosyncratic Christmas traditions is the creation of szopki. A cross between a nativity scene, gingerbread house and a dolls house, these unique structures date back to the 19th century and were repopularised in 1937 with the launch of the first official Christmas Crib Competition. The Krakow Museum of History, which organises the annual competition, has kept every crib made since 1945 and the collection makes fascinating viewing.

Visiting the Crib collection is included in the tour price

© Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa

Among the 177 cribs are spectacular recreations of some the city’s most famous landmarks from St Mary’s Church tower and the city walls, to the Cloth Hall and St Florian’s Gate. Not to be missed!

image: © Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa

Princess Izabela Czartoryska was an important royal figure of the Austrian Empire, as well as a writer, art collector, and prominent figure in the Polish Enlightenment.

In 1796, Izabela ordered the rebuilding of the ruined palace at Puławy and began a museum to house a collection of national treasures to preserve Polish heritage, in keeping with her motto, "The Past to the Future." 

Historical painting of Krakow

The museum was destroyed in the Polish-Russian war, with the confiscation of the Czartoryski properties; however, most of the collection was saved, smuggled to Paris to be temporarily housed for safekeeping.  Izabela's grandson Prince Władysław (Ladislaus)
returned from life in exile to Krakow with the collection to reinstate as a National Museum at its current site. 

The Museum has a wonderful permanent collection of decorative Polish objet, including glassware, porcelain, ceramics, fashion, furniture, traditional musical instruments, and heirlooms of the Royal family. There are also fantastic and well-curated temporary shows.

The Czartorysky Family were some of the most influential art patrons and collectors over several generations.  Prince Wladyslaw's father the great diplomat, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski purchased one of Poland's most important national treasures – Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine, which he brought as a gift for his mother from Italy and can be viewed in the Museum.

We offer a guided tour of the Museum for supplement of £18pp

The Krakow National Museum Lady with Ermine

Dating back to the Middle Ages, this subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and chambers has morphed from an industrial plant at the heart of the Polish economy, into a world-famous tourist attraction, event location, and a health resort. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

A fascinating feat of engineering and natural artistry, the Mines have long attracted visitors to marvel, its first 'visitor' was Renaissance-era mathematician, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

Visiting the Mines can be arranged at a supplement cost of £45pp

Read 10 fascinating facts about the mines in our blog found via the link below:

Salt Mines of Krakow


 

Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakos


 

Strolling through the streets of Krakow one cannot help but notice the number of beautiful stained glass windows decorating churches, monuments, and many of the houses in the Old Town.
Krakow has been involved in the production of stained glass for many centuries, and at the heart of this craft and industry is the oldest functioning stained glass studio in Poland. 

Stained Glass Museum in Krakow

Located in an impressive Art Nouveau building built on Krasinski alley Stained Glass Museum and Workshop the traditions of the prestigious S. G. Zelenski Stained Glass Company continue.  Built in 1906 to meet the needs of an efficient workplace, with large windows, high ceilings, and a special basement to accommodate a large kiln, today it is a unique “living museum” combining an active stained-glass workshop with exhibition space showcasing works by contemporary designers. 

Stained Glass Mueum and Workshop


You have the option to enjoy a visit to the Museum, and partake in an exclusive stained-glass workshop, guided by skilled craftsmen, making your own small stained glass object to take home as a unique souvenir. This special experience includes a tour of the museum, and all materials are provided.  

The supplement cost for this experience is £55pp 
 

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