Salt Mine & Schindlers Factory One Day tour - further information
Salt Mine & Schindler’s Factory tour is an opportunity to visit two of the absolute must-sees in Krakow in one day. Salt Mine in Wieliczka is a major tourist attraction, drawing attention of over a million visitors each year, from Poland and abroad alike. Schindler’s Factory is where you can learn about Oskar Schindler, who dedicated his life to saving Jews during World War II and about the war time in Krakow. With our special one-day tour offer you save time, money and trouble.
Salt Mine & Schindler’s Factory One Day tour is available as a shared tour or a private tour. It takes up to 6 hours. In both options, we provide modern and comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicle and friendly English speaking driver. On our shared Salt Mine-Schindler’s Factory tour we provide direct pick up from hotels our clients are staying in. It means that there are several stops around the city, but no more than 5 or 6.
Pick up time is set between 9:40 and 10:10 a.m. Our private Salt Mine & Schindler’s Factory One Day tour also includes direct pick up from your hotel. As there are no stops on your way, setting of your pick time is more flexible.
Usually we arrange it between 8:15 and 11:15 a.m.
One-way drive to Wieliczka Salt Mine takes around 30 minutes.Once in Wieliczka, our shared tours join one of local guided tours in English. In the Salt Mine walking on your own is not possible. On our private tours you have a chance to decide whether you want to have a guided your with a private guide or join one of regular tours. To book one of private guided tours, please contact us in advance.
Standard tourist route covers all highlights of Wieliczka Salt Mine and takes around 2-2.5 hours. It leads through an underground lake, caverns, narrow tunnels, salt sculptures and little chapels. A real underground treasure is carved entirely in salt St. Kinga’s Chapel, where even chandeliers are made of salt crystals.
Please note that on standard tourist route in Wieliczka Salt Mine there are approximately 800 stairs going down. It should be taken into account, because once you participate in the tour, you will be required to last until the end. After a guided tour you will be taken up to the surface by lift. There are no strict regulations regarding your carry-on, but it should be in a reasonable size. Also, baby push chairs are not allowed in the salt mine. Please also note, that in Wieliczka Salt Mine temperatures are around 15ºC. Taking photos and filming is possible only after purchasing additional pass.
There is a special route prepared for visitors with mobility problems. However, it applies only to the private option of the tour. It covers all the highlights but avoids stairs. Visitors use lifts in order to enter the salt mine and this route is slightly shorter than the standard tourist route. Wheelchair users should not experience major difficulties underground, however wheelchair cannot be wider than 56 cm to fit to the lift. If your wheelchair is wider there is a possibility to get a substitute wheelchair in line with Salt Mine’s regulations.
After your visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine, our driver will take you to Schindler’s Factory. Upon request, lunch break can be arranged on a private tour. Ride to Schindler’s Factory should not take more than 30 minutes.
Schindler’s Factory now houses a museum dedicated to the owner of enamel factory that was located there. Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who owned enamel factory in Krakow’s district of Podgorze during World War II and spent almost all of his fortune on saving his Jewish employees. Oskar Schindler’s actions became widely known thanks to Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s list”. Exhibitions in the museum are mostly interactive. In Schindlers museum visitors usually spend around 1.5 hours.
After the tour, our driver will take you back to Krakow city centre. Drop off points are the same as pick up points, but you can ask for a drop off along the way. On a private tour we provide drop off directly to your hotel or elsewhere in the city centre.
Our Salt Mine & Schindlers Factory One Day tour can be booked with a few days in advance. We offer two payment methods. You can pay online while booking our services or in cash to the driver. We prefer cash payments in Polish zlotys, but we also accept Euros, Pounds and U.S. Dollars. The amount in foreign currency is calculated accordingly to current exchange rate. Our driver gives the change in Polish zlotys.
Day tours with KrakowDirect is a great opportunity to take the most out of your stay in Krakow. With our private comfortable car and friendly English speaking drivers, you will spend a satisfying day learing about Polish history and tradition!