Get off the beaten path and explore one of Eastern Europe's most beautiful cities: Krakow, Poland. Home to Europe's largest market square as well as Europe's highest concentration of bars (over 300 in the town square area), there's no shortage of things to do and see while taking in the original Polish culture. Visit the Krakow Castle for a touch of majesty, then enjoy traditional Polish dishes such as pierogies and stuffed cabbage. Take a day trip to the mesmermizing Salt Mines for a totally unique experience, and soak in the history of Auschwitz for a sombering reflection.
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The trip meets in Krakow at the accommodation anytime after 16:00, after which you will be able to check into your rooms. A Bus2alps trip leader will be in the lobby to help check you into your rooms. If your Bus2alps trip leader is not available at the time of your check in, they will they will coordinate with the front desk to give you your room key and weekend information. The rest of your night is free to explore Krakow, one of Eastern Europe's most beautiful cities, with Europe’s largest market square, incredibly cheap and delicious food, and Europe’s highest concentration of bars (300 located near the town square).
Friday morning we will head out on a walking tour of Krakow. The walking tour will explore the home of Pope John Paul II, Europe’s largest market square, Krakow Castle, and other various sites. The afternoon is free to visit many of Krakow’s up and coming museums, art galleries, or take a day trip out to the incredible Salt Mines. After the walking tour, the day is yours to explore the city. Take this time to explore the Jewish quarter and Schindler’s Factory, or ask your Bus2alps leader for any other suggestions. At night, there will be an optoinal group dinner at a traditional Polish restaurant.
On Saturday morning we will have a day trip to the concentration camp of Auschwitz, the most known of World War II. We will spend several hours at the site where you will have the option of a guided tour of the camp. Upon return to Krakow, you will have a free evening to head out for a typical Polish meal of pierogies, stuffed cabbage, and other assorted treats. Afterwards, there will be an optoinal pub crawl to enjoy many of the over 300 bars.
The trip ends on Sunday. Check out from our accommodation is at 10:00 and luggage storage is available through the hostel.