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Royal Krakow

8 June 2020

5 days from £1,690pp

Join lecturer Tom Abbott on an in-depth discovery of Poland’s secret capital; beautiful Krakow. Explore Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture atop ancient Wawel Hill, venture into the Wieliczka Salt Mine and indulge in fascinating Polish art at the National Museum.
  • Discover astounding examples of the Polish contribution to the international Art Nouveau style
  • Experience the magnificent Altar of the Virgin by Veit Stoss, the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world
  • Tour Wieliczka Salt Mine, a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and chapels, many richly embellished with salt carvings
  • Explore spectacular Wawel Hill, a fortified architectural complex which includes the Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral
With the exception of Prague, Krakow is the only metropolis in eastern Middle Europe to have survived wars and regime changes unscathed. Despite the rise of Warsaw from the 17th-century, Krakow has remained Poland’s secret capital, the cradle of Polish statehood. Political significance, cultural riches and intellectual charisma manifest themselves in the cathedral and castle on the Wawel hill, residence of Poland’s kings from the 11th-century to 1609. They are also reflected in the university, founded in 1364, and in the main market square, dominated by the brick Gothic church of St Mary and the enormous Renaissance Cloth Hall, both testimony to the kudos of Krakow’s merchant burghers. Inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1978, long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Krakow boasts over 5,000 listed buildings and is home to a staggering two and a half million works of art. In recent years this abundance has been distributed to various branches of the National Museum throughout town: from Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Lady with an Ermine to ‘Młoda Polska’ – modernist art of ‘Young Poland’. Krakow’s churches are equally plentiful, with treasures such as Veit Stoss’ carved tour de force Altar of the Virgin or the luminous art nouveau stained glass designed by the playwright, poet and painter Stanisław Wyspiański.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Amadeus, Krakow

★★★★
Overview
The four star Hotel Amadeus is conveniently situated in the historic centre of Krakow. This traditionally furnished, comfortable hotel has a restaurant, café and bar, as well as a small fitness centre and sauna. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning