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Salt Mine group tours

Group tours to Salt Mine  in Wieliczka Town and Bochnia Town from Krakow. Salt Mine group tours in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian,  language and other languages.

 

The price 190 PLN / 47,5 euro per person. What’s included:
  • Transportation to/from Salt Mine with air-conditioned bus or minivan.
  • Licensed local guide in your/chosen language.
  • The camp visiting in groups not exceeding 35 people.
  • English speaking tour leader care during the trip.
  • Earphones, making visiting easy.
  • The trip takes 4 hours.
  • Insurance for the duration of the tour.
  • Office address: sw. Gertrudy 14/P1, Krakow (next to Wawel Hill)

Reservation should be sent to the email address: info@krakowtourguide.info

What we do step by step:

  • Salt Mine is situated 15 km from Krakow city center and journey takes around 40 minutes up to 1 hour.
  • Upon the arrival to the parking lot, while your tour leader does all the formalities for you, you will get a break to prepare to go down the steps to the Mine.
  • Every visitor gets an entrance ticket to the mine.
  • The visit, assisted by a local guide, lasts around 2 hours.
  • One break in an underground café is included. After the visit the group gets ready to get on a miners’ lift to get back to the ground.

What we see:

  • Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt.
  • Amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt.
  • Almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors.
  • 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground. Thus it is no surprise that till now, the Tourist Route, the main visiting route of the mine has been visited by millions  tourists every year from all over the world in search of adventures.

The route:

  • The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. Here, visitors meet their guide, who during their excursion will tell them everything they want to know about the mine history and its secrets. About the forces of nature ruling within the depths of the mine, about the ethos of hard work performed by the generations of miners. Travelling further and further into the mine chasm tourists discover unusual places and see with their own eyes the power of human hands that once excavated rock salt, as well as magnificent mining tools and machines.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a completely different image of the mine hearing the legend about Princess Kinga and how she brought the salt treasure to Polish land. Half way along the route they will see the wondrous chapel dedicated to her and the saline works of art decorating the chapel. Visitors will have a moment for reflection hearing the music of Chopin accompanying a light and sound spectacle on the shores of one of the saline lakes. At the end, when they have tasted the specialities offered in the underground tavern, they will regain their strength to continue their journey to the Krakow Saltworks Museum. Here, they will see the intricately set in silver horn of an aurochs (1534) – the Saltdiggers’ Horn, experience an unforgettable meeting with history, as well as become familiar with ancient mining tools and instruments. This second part of the trip along the Tourist Route is a 1.5-kilometre journey, at the end of which they will be able to return to the surface in a lift.

Krakow is the most interesting place in Poland. Very crowded lately. You can explore the city … but if you have time? You must go to one of the Salt Mines in Wieliczka town [15 km from Krakow] or in Bochnia town [30 km from Krakow]. Is said: ‘it’s one of the miracles’. The underground cities. Created by nature, but refined by man. Both Salt Mines are wonderful. I know because I organized trips and company events in both. The only difference is that Wieliczka is well advertised, an underground tour factory. The mine in Bochnia town is less known, less advertised, which makes it more atmospheric … I have several options for visiting both mines. Everything can be adapted to your options and the contents of the wallet.

The Salt Mine, which is called one of the seven wonders of the world. It is definitely a must, this trip should be on your sightseeing short list. You can choose from a variety of booking options, such as a private option with a guide exclusively for you, different languages available; small groups with their own transport or provided by us; group sightseeing with transport (by coach), a guide in different languages and entrance tickets. Departure from the center of Krakow at set hours. A new interesting tour for organized groups and individual visitors: „Become a Salt Mine Miner for a Day”. Details below and feel free to contact us.

Attention! New safety regulations in the Salt Mine:

  • maximum size of luggage: 30x20x20 cm.
  • No bottles or containers allowed.

Salt Mine sightseeing suggestions:
You can book your tour on our website; there is a variety of options to choose from, which are also customizable:

– A private tour with a guide (different languages available): Private transport ”door to door”, tour leader/driver supervision, group sightseeing reservation (up to 35 people), a private licensed guide available in a chosen language, entrance tickets. Itinerary:

  • Hotel pickup
  • Transport to the Salt Mine (approx. 30 mins)
  • Sightseeing tour (2.30 hrs)
  • Your free time (30 mins)
  • Return to Krakow (approx. 30 mins)

– A small group tour with a guide available in a chosen language: Private transport ”door to door”, tour guide/driver supervision, group sightseeing reservation (up to 35 people), a private licensed guide available in a chosen language, entrance tickets. Itinerary:

  • Hotel pickup
  • Transport to the Salt Mine (approx. 30 mins)
  • Sightseeing tour (2.30 hrs, up to 35 people, comfortable headphones)
  • Shopping (30 mins)
  • Return to Krakow (approx. 30 mins)

Explore the Salt Mine in Wieliczka like a miner:
We invite adults and children (over the age of 10) for an unusual trip. Dressed in workwear clothes, fully equipped with mining gear, you will descend in the dark into the oldest mining shaft called Regis. The guide, here called the Foreman, will assign you to a mining job and tasks and evaluate their performance. You will become a novice miner, who takes the first steps in the demanding job. You will measure the level of methane, learn how to track and transport salt, set the route and explore unknown chambers. You will get familiar with everyday underground routine, secrets of mining traditions and rites. You will experience firsthand the hardship of mining. Sightseeing takes about 3 hrs in groups of up to 20 people, so it’s worth booking in advance! Great fun for organized groups and individual tourists.

Important:

The tour starts promptly. It takes about 3 hrs in groups of up to 20 people. It’s an active way of sightseeing and requires intense muscular effort. The trail is not linked to the tourist route and its chambers (such as the Chapel of Saint Kinga). Sightseeing possible only under the supervision of a guide. The trail is available for people over the
age of 10. Underage accompanied by an adult. Tourists receive protective overalls and mining equipment: a lamp, an absorber, and a helmet. Warm clothing and comfortable, waterproof boots are indispensable. The temperature   underground ranges from 14° to 16° C. You go down to the mine in a lift to level I (57m) and up from level II (101m). You mustn’t smoke, use the open fire or electric torches in the mine!

A brief history of the Mines:

Salt Mine in Wieliczka and Salt Mine in Bochnia Town situated 30 km from Kraków, only. That is 15 km longer distance then Wieliczka Salt Mine, but … If you have little more time and wish to visit real old style mine –  I am inviting you to see the real, harsh route of sightseeing in the Salt Mine in Bochnia. Salt Mine in Wieliczka is wonderful, amazing, surprising, worth to pay expensive visiting.  The salt mine was subsidized with a huge sum of money, years ago. That is why new corridors, new renovations, wonderful innoventions useful for visitors were prepared. Both Salt Mines were established in order of king Kazimier the Great in 14 c. but Bochnia Salt Mine was before Wieliczka Salt Mine :). Yes, it is truth! Both Salt Mine served for Polish kingdom and to the King. Brings the glory and huge money to the Polish kingdom which was in ruin after when Poland was divided into provinces and needed new fresh skills and money first of all. The both Salt Mines under The King Kazimierz gave the employment to the huge number of workers which were gathering in an area of Wieliczka town and Bochnia town. They were coming from all over the Poland and not only, to work there. The Salt was treated as a GOLD in that time, and it was very big part of the business and royal income. Very well known supervisors of both Salt Mines were from jewish community like Mr. Levkov. Still we have the street named after him in Kraków. That is proof how strong connections with jewish community existed.

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