Cracow Tours


Throughout its over 80-year-long tradition, Polish Travel Office ORBIS has been offering a wide choice of travel arrangements, from package tours, individual tours, family or theraupetical holidays and other specialized tours to congress arrangements.
The Orbis offices in Cracow help foreign tourists providing the following services:
- hotel reservations
- business travel arrangements
- incentive tours
- organization of international congresses and conventions
- arrangements for group and individual tour
sightseeing on a daily basis: Wieliczka Salt Mine, Czestochowa and Auschwitz-tours
- trips on request: Zakopane (the Tatra Mountains), raft ride down the Dunajec Water Gap, Czestochowa ( the most famous shrine in Poland with the icon of Black Madonna), Renaissance castle in Pieskowa Skala etc.
- guide-interpreter`s services
- sale of tickets for domestic and international routes
- car hire, transfers
- American Express Travel Service



 

KAZIMIERZ

                                          

Kazimierz - the south-east quarter of Cracow - historical centre of Cracow`s Jewish religious and social life, was incorporated into Cracow in the 18th century. The tour of Kazimierz takes you to the most important monuments in this area. First you see the sites, which Steven Spielberg used for his location of the Oscar winning "Schindler`s List". Then you visit the Old Synagogue - now the Judaic Department of the Historical Museum of the City Cracow, the Remuh Synagogue and Remuh Cemetery - the most precious monuments of the Jewish culture in Cracow.
We offer you a Jewish style dinner with traditional music, which goes on in ARIEL - very important place of the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. The gallery Ariel was transformed into an artistic cafe with many paintings, drawings and ceramics several years ago. Steven Spielberg was fascinated by the special atmosphere of this place while living in Cracow and working on his film " Schindler`s List". Nowadays Ariel contains a gallery, cafe and a restaurant with a delightful atmosphere and splendid menu with traditional Jewish dishes and baked goods. The local speciality is the "Berdyczowska soup", "Sephardine carp" and other delicacies. Concerts of Jewish music and Jewish Performances are held there. During a dinner you can listen to the klezmer music - traditional Jewish folk melodies, songs in Jewish language - Yiddish or the performance by the music theatre based on Jewish, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian culture.


WIELICZKA

Wieliczka is famous for one of the oldest salt mines in Europe, which has been in operation for at least 700 years. The oldest part of the mine is opened to the public as a museum. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was placed in 1978 on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Our route in the mine leads you through galleries, chambers and chapels on three levels, from 64 to 135 meters below the ground. The route is 2,5 km long and figures and monuments there are carved in salt. The highlight is the richly ornamented Chapel of Blessed Kinga. The last stop of our visit in the mine is a souvenirs shop and from here after a short break a lift takes you back to the surface.


PIESKOWA SKALA

Pieskowa Skala - a well-preserved Renaissance Castle on a route along the tourist "Eagle Nests Trail". Rising on the valley of the steep elevation over the valley of the Pradnik river, this 14th century fortification was rebuild in the 16th century into a Renaissance residence. Now it contains the Museum of the National Wawel Art Collection. In the vicinity of the Castle rises a characteristic rock called "the Club of Hercules" (25 meter high). The whole area is located within the Ojców - national Park containing beautiful valleys and caves carved by water in the limestone cracgs, as well as rare specimens of plants. On the way back to Cracow a visit of the Wierzchowska Cave - a magnificent exemple of karst forms.
 


TATRA MOUNTAINS

 

                      

 

Nestled at the foot of the Tatras, Zakopane is the most famous mountain resort in Poland. In winter, natural snow provides excellent skiing possibilities while summer months offer hikers the lure of glacial valleys, waterfalls and mountain lakes. The mountains are home to diverse and unique flora and fauna. Our tour of Zakopane starts at the top of Mount Gubalowka, which we climb with a funicular, to see the most beautiful view of the Tatras. After a short walk on the top of Mt. Gubalowka we go down back to visit the oldest part of Zakopane with the mountaineers` old cottages blackened from the sun and surrounded by ashtrees. These houses and churches form the typical local wooden architecture in so-called Zakopane style, were created by Witkacy, the remarkable Polish artist. Apart from the interesting architecture, magnificent colourful folk costumes and jewellery have also survived.
To see it and to feel a local atmosphere we take a walk along Krupowki, the central mall lined with restaurants, and cafes, boutiques and souvenir shops and we make a lunch break there.
Our last stop in Zakopane is the visit in the Tatra Museum or on the way back to Cracow a visit to Chocholow - a lovely old genuine wooden village.


BLACK MADONNA IN JASNA GORA

 

Situated in the south-eastern corner of the Poland`s national shrine and the icon, which has drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries. The monastery of Jasna Gora is home to the miraculous "Black Madonna", a Gothic painting of Our Lady, which after Rome, Lourdes and Mecca makes it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world today. Our visit of the monastery includes the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. If you wish you can visit the 600th - Anniversary Museum, the Arsenal and the Treasury on your own, or have a break for lunch and buying souvenirs. After visiting Czestochowa our journey back to Cracow takes you along the Eagles Nests` route. This once important strategic system of watchtowers and castles are today mainly in ruins. However, not all of them have been destroyed completely and you will see some that managed to endure the rigours of time.

 


 

RAFT TRIP DOWN THE DUNAJEC RIVER

 

                         

 

Raft trip down the Dunajec river through the Pieniny Gorge is believed to be one of the greatest tourist attractions in Poland. You will have an opportunity to admire an unpolluted and picturesque mountain scenery of limestone rocks. Our trip begins in the raft wharf in Katy and after a 15-km journey you disembark in Szczawnica. The trip takes two or three hours, depending on the water level of the river. While on the raft, you can enjoy the excellent view of the highest summit of Trzy Korony (Three Crowns) and Mt. Sokolica. On the way back to Cracow we have a lunch break in the regional inn "U Walusia" in Kroscienko.

 


AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

 

                 

 

Most well known world`s cemetery and place of genocide. Started in 1940 as a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners in 1942 became the centre for extermination of European Jews as well as Poles, Gypsies, Russian POW`s and members of other nationalities. Our tour begins with a 15-minute documentary film about the liberation of the camp and then museums-guide shows you exhibitions in some of the surviving prison blocks, the gas chamber and the crematorium. After a short break we continue to Birkenau, where we go up to the watchtower above the entrance gate to see the view of the biggest Nazi extermination camp.