Start your experience with a pickup from your central Krakow hotel at your desired time, and board your Melex — a small electric car akin to a golf buggy. Settle behind your professional driver and learn how the small, quiet and eco-friendly Melex can access many areas of Krakow Old Town closed to normal traffic, making it ideal for exploring the city.
As you set off on your private tour, listen to the recorded audio commentary. Sit back and enjoy the sights as you discover the history and events behind the passing monuments and districts. If the weather is rainy or cold, the Melex comes with plastic, transparent covers so you can stay warm and dry as you tour.
Head into the UNESCO-listed Old Town and take in the main square, Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest medieval square. Admire the splendid Cloth Hall, St Mary’s Church and other sights, and then continue to the old city walls to see the Barbican — a medieval defense tower that is one of only a handful of similar structures still standing in Europe.
Travel on to Kazimierz, the former Jewish neighborhood. Make your way to Szeroka, the heart of this old-world district, and pass quaint merchants’ houses and synagogues as your audio guide reveals how Jewish settlers first laid down roots here in the 14th century.
Continue to Podgórze, site of the Jewish Ghetto during WWII, and retrace the terrible story of the Holocaust through its poignant sites. See Ghetto Heroes Square, the ‘Under the Eagle’ pharmacy whose staff helped to safeguard local Jews, and Oskar Schindler’s Factory, where many Jews were employed and thereby saved from the concentration camps.
After roughly 1.5 hours of exploring, arrive back at your hotel, where your tour ends.