Krakow Tour Guide Christopher

Tarnow and Zalipie private tour from Krakow

Day trip from Krakow to Tarnow and Zalipie with a private tour guide-driver.

The First part of this tour is Zalipie "Painted Village". Zalipie, a picturesque village in south-eastern Poland where houses and interiors are covered in colorful floral patterns. Ornamentation of this village started probably in the 19th century. Women painted walls of their cottages to brighten their interiors and make them prettier. Every year, in the spring time following Corpus Christi Church Holiday there is organised a house flowers painting contest , they choose the most beautiful ornamentation. This contest was introduced by Polish authorities to cheer up it's citizens after World War II. One woman, Felicja Curyłowa (1904-1973) is particularly famous in Zalipie, she painted every surface of her cottage...Today her house is a museum where people can see her designs. After the Zalipie tour we will drive to Tarnow.

Tarnow is a charming town with rich history and beautiful architecture located in south eastern Poland, around 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Krakow. Tarnow dates back to medieval times. Town was founded and granted municipal rights in the 14th century. Before World War II there were around 25.000 Jews in Tarnow, which was around half the population of the town. Jews lived in Tarnow from the Middle Ages till the outbreak of the second world war. All Jews from Tarnow were murdered by Nazi Germans or were send to death camps.

Tour includes historic town center with preserved charming streets, main square with it's burger renaissance houses and gothic-renaissance town hall. An Important part of this tour is dedicated to Jewish community history.

all day tour

Tour itinerary:

  • pick up from your hotel
  • drive from Krakow to Zalipie - 1,5 hour
  • tour of Zalipie village with its painted houses
  • Felicja Curyło Household
  • House of Painters
  • Zalipie Church
  • drive to Tarnow - 40 minutes
  • private walking tour of Tarnow- around 2,5 hours, walking tour includes:
    • Tarnow Main Square
    • Town Hall
    • Cathedral Church
    • Mikołajowski House- the oldest house in Tarnów
    • Cafe Tramwaj
    • King Wladyslaw "the Elbow High" Statue
    • Remnants of medieval city walls
    • Tarnow Tower
    • Goldhammer street
    • Remnants of Old Synagogue - The Bimah
    • General Jozef Bem Statue
    • The Mikveh-Jewish Bath and the monument of first transport to Auschwitz Birkenau
    • Jewish Cemetery
  • Free time for lunch or coffee
  • drive back from Tarnow to Krakow- 1 hour and 15 minutes

Door-to-Door service Pick Up/Drop Off at your hotel