Escape the crowds of the city and uncover some of the most beautiful villages in Poland, with the help of a local guide committed to showing you stunning settlements you simply wouldn't find yourself.
There’s a saying in Poland – “Kazimierz the Great received a Poland made of wood, but gave it back built of stone” – and whilst this might be true of most of the towns, the majority of rural villages were built by skilled carpenters and craftsmen.
On this tour of some of the most stunning examples of traditional wooden architecture, you’ll be picked up from a centrally located hotel in Kraków, before being taken on a select portion of the Wooden Architecture Route. This route stretches over 1500 km and consists of over 200 churches, belfries, granaries, cottages and manor houses, all sculpted in exquisite detail.
You’ll see buildings that blend with perfect harmony into the pastoral Polish countryside, as a result of wood being a cheaper, more available and more easily sculpted than stone back when these villages were established.
The tour visits selected sites where the Wooden Architecture Route runs close to Kraków, some of which provide unparalleled examples of perfectly preserved, traditional Polish villages.
From the picturesque village of Lanckorona, with its cluster of beautiful buildings gathered around its traditional market, the manor house in Stryszów which sits comfortably nestled beneath Mount Chełm, to the Wygiełzów Heritage Park, scattered with attractive homesteads, orchards and vibrant floral gardens, there is a huge amount to see, all set in the rolling hills of the Polish countryside.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off back in central Kraków.