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Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow

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Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the world's oldest salt mines and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being one of Poland’s most popular attractions. This half-day tour from Krakow includes a guided tour of the underground mines, tunnels, lakes, and chapels, plus pickup and round-trip transport from a central Krakow hotel.
  • Half-day tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Explore the underground wonders of the Wieliczka Salt Mine on a walking tour
  • Admire highlights including an underground lake and the St. Kinga’s Chapel
  • Learn more about Poland’s oldest working mine from a knowledgeable guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure times available
  • Great-value tour includes entrance fees and round-trip transport
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option wth hotel pick up selected)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Fuel surcharge and insurance
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
WiFi access
Permission to take photos
Food and drinks

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  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow , Floriana Straszewskiego 17, 31-101 Kraków, Poland

    In principle the endpoint of this tour is the same as a meeting point - in front of Radisson Blu Krakow, Straszewskiego 17 Street, but you could also ask your driver to stop at a place of your choice on the way to the Krakow city center.

  • Starowiślna 65 , Starowiślna 65, 31-052 Kraków, Poland
  • Poczta Główna , Westerplatte 20, 31-045 Kraków, Poland
  • Your exact pickup time depends on your accommodation address. You will be informed about the exact pickup time right after the booking is made.
    Your tour begins with pickup from your central Krakow hotel. Traveling by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicle, set out on the short journey to the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

    On arrival, your guide is waiting to whisk you on a walking tour of the magnificent mines. Venture underground, where the vast complex of caverns, tunnels, and chambers are all completely carved from salt—a dazzling sight. Along the way, visit the Kinga’s Chapel, where even the chandeliers are carved from salt crystals; pause to admire dramatic salt sculptures; and pose for photos by the underground lake.

    After you explore the mines, head back to Krakow, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
    Itinerary
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    Wieliczka Salt Mine
    Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of Poland’s top attractions that's on UNESCO's World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage. The half-day skip-the-line tour departs from Krakow. Learn about the salt mine that is the best-preserved site of its type in the world. Opened in the 13th century, it has been in continuous operation since that time. Explore some of the 300 kilometers of hallways extending over 9 levels and reaching depths of 327 meters. See the chambers and chapels in the mine's underground city, including the famous St. Kinga Chapel, visited each year by more than a million tourists from all over the world.
    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved. The route includes over 800 stairs.
    • Not recommended for participants who become easily claustrophobic. There are some very narrow paths inside the salt mine and this may be difficult for some. Once you have begun the tour there is no possibility to shorten your visit or turn back.
    • Hand luggage should be of a reasonable size, and larger luggage should be left in the car.
    • There is no minimum age to experience the activity, however, children should be capable of walking unassisted or be carried in baby slings or baby carriers. Baby strollers are not allowed underground.
    • Temperatures in Wieliczka Salt Mine are around 15ºC or 59ºF, it is recommended that you bring a jacket
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Krakow Tours by KrakowDirect
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow ?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow .
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow ?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow ?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mines - Guided Tour with Transport from Krakow .

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    • "It is quite warm down there so there’s no need to put a load of layers on , bring a drink with you as there is a lot of steps ." See review
    • "As it says in the literature - there's lots of walking and steps - so not for the unfit." See review
    • "People should be aware a lot of walking but no inclines so easy walking and well worth it" See review

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    star-5
    Salt mines in Krakow.
    Nancy_S
    , Jul 2022
    The mines were Definitely worth touring. It’s amazing how beautiful the salt mines are. The transportation to and from the tour and the driver were exceptional.
    star-5
    Excellent tour
    Sarah_O
    , Jun 2022
    Great tour of the salt mines. Exceeded expectations. The official guide Nicholas was excellent. Fascinating places with incredible sculptures. Really enjoyed this tour. Transport was good, efficient, clean and comfortable. Highly recommend visiting the mines.
    star-5
    Well worth if
    Lisa_A
    , May 2022
    So glad we did this. Our boys (aged 7&11) were equally enthralled as us and didn’t complain once about the walking! Highly recommended.
    star-5
    Very enjoyable
    Gary_C
    , May 2022
    Salt mines were amazing, managed to take some amazing pictures. Guides English could have been a bit better, but she was very friendly and welcoming. Head sets would be a welcome addition, as often couldn’t hear her, especially when other parties were in the vicinity. But tour was amazing, and would definitely recommend. Busses used by this company were also of the highest quality.
    star-5
    Would definitely recommend visiting
    Jennifer_G
    , May 2022
    Excellent tour and salt mine had wonderful displays with some moving and sound. Would definitely recommend a visit Bus also good but not much leg room
    star-5
    Not to be missed
    Aisling_C
    , Apr 2022
    Very interesting experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable both about the mining history but also about the history of Poland. The site itself is amazing and it is an experience not to be missed.
    star-3
    Amazing mines, just felt...
    Karen_T
    , Mar 2022
    Amazing mines, just felt rushed with the guide..couldn't hear him properly as we were at the back of group, the time we got to view any sculptures etc, he was off on next bit of walk. Head sets would be a good option. We went on the half day tour, you may have time to browse/ eat or shop on a full day
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Dear Karen Thank you for making us aware of the issue. We are very sorry however the only authority responsible for the guides is the Salt Mine itself. We hope that other parts of the tour did meet your expectations.
    star-5
    Definitely recommend
    Madison_L
    , Mar 2022
    Michael, our driver/organiser was lovely to chat to and gave little bits of information along the journey from the city to the mines, and was happy to accomodate everyone's needs when dropping them off afterward. The salt mines were such an amazing experience, it was unlike anything we'd ever seen before.
    star-5
    A must!
    Kaylee_N
    , Mar 2022
    Excellent tour! It is amazing!!!! Knowledgable tour guides and pick up points from hotel. Really glad I booked this
    star-3
    Not much value added.
    Katie_T
    , Feb 2022
    Our guide in the mines was fantastic and its a very interesting tour HOWEVER travelling with this company was a convenience but nothing else. They were perfectly friendly but they called several times to say the driver was waiting for us, even though we were still about 5 mins ahead of the time they had given us. At the mines, we had no option to visit the gift shop - the tour guide offered to give us time but the majority of the tour group refused, and then back at the surface, we took a few minutes to consider visiting the shop but the tour company was ringing me to say the driver was waiting again despite us being way ahead of schedule. He said we were likely to be back in Krakow by 1pm and we were back by midday - so absolutely no reason for no extra time. We even asked and were told that everyone else was on the bus so no. A little disappointed.
    star-3
    Too expensive
    andresparodi2005
    , Feb 2022
    The salt mines are huge, of which only a small part is visited. The tour is interesting, including a visit to a church built entirely of salt, several metres underground. However, it is not as impressive as I expected, and the price seemed excessive for the experience. For that money it is possible to go on more interesting excursions in Krakow or the surrounding area.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    You must see the Salt Mines. Unbelievable.
    PaulIan_J
    , Feb 2022
    A visit to the Salt Mines is a must for anyone visiting Krakow, the statues, artwork and huge areas all carved out of natural salt stone is breathtaking. Be aware that this is a 3km walk down hundreds of steps and along the mined floor, if you are in doubt about your ability or for many young children, it will not be a nice experience. You are told this on their website though. A big Thankyou to our guide Kinga, she spoke very good English, was very informative and knowledgable too.
    star-5
    Excellent trip ,well worth the money
    Paul_D
    , Jan 2022
    Salt mine statues and the lakes.guide was excellent in info and in English.lots of walking. Could do with longer breaks to rest.
    star-5
    Amazing salt mine tour with Krakow Direct
    Abigail_D
    , Dec 2021
    We could not fault this tour from Krakow Direct. We were running slightly late to the meeting point but our driver waited for us (something I was worried would not happen). He was also incredibly informative and friendly throughout the drive from Krakow to the Salt Mines giving us food recommendations, sightseeing hotspots and historical information about places all over the city which we saw on the drive. We were kept up to date with every part of the tour from meeting points to timings; the communication between the driver and the guide was excellent. The driver took us through the entrance gate and showed us to the tour guide, the direct handover meant that no one was lost and everyone knew who the guide was. The mines were breathtaking, definitely something you need to visit! The tour was lengthy, well paced and incredibly informative - very good value for money! When we finished, the driver was waiting at the pickup place and even offered to drop us to different places around the city if we wanted. We would definitely book this tour again.
    star-5
    Beautiful
    Tom_V
    , Nov 2021
    Very beautiful and informative tour. The guide took us deep into the earth to see wonderful caverns. The sculptures were craved by masterful artisans that truly captivated the lifelike art.
    star-5
    Great experience all round
    Chris_L
    , Nov 2021
    Great experience from booking to drop off! Driver slightly delayed but received a call to keep us informed and was only a few minutes, and later dropped us off wherever we wanted in town. Tour guide friendly and informative. All in all, highly recommend
    star-5
    Highly recommended
    Maria_S
    , Mar 2020
    Amazing experience a fair bit of walking but such a wonderful experience. Well organised from pick up to drop off driver was lovely !
    star-5
    Mine superb
    CHRISTOPHER_E
    , Mar 2020
    Mine is amazing Lots of walking (Downhill) but plenty of stops (to hear about mine) and a couple of breaks. Slight moan re Mine (not operator) produced a 20zl not to psy for 8zl orange and girl on desk really unhelpful and refused to take. I am diabetic 2 so this was awkward for me. Dont think offering 20 for 8 was unreasonable well into day
    star-5
    Great trip
    Wayne_B
    , Mar 2020
    Second time of doing this visit with the same operator. Always on time and an excellent service from start to finish
    star-4
    Krakow Salt Mines
    michael_m
    , Mar 2020
    The Highlight of our visit to Krakow area. Tour was well organised. Picked up at our hotel by a very pleasant young man and transported to site in a very comfortable minibus with six other tourists We were in a guided tour of 40/50 people with an Excellent English speaking guide. Th tour moved at a steady rate. Tourists need to be very mobile as there is a lot of walking up and down mine shafts at a brisk pace as there are large numbers of visitors every day Strongly recommend this tour. It is a great experience and worth the cost I do not think it would be as enjoyable as s solo tourist without a guide
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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