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We went to the 4.30 tour on a Friday which was still busy. This was a group of about 12, differing ages 25-65, fortunately, all around the same level of fitness. Completed the tour in an hour and a half. Then queued around half an hour for life back up. Lifts hold 10 people including lift operators and are very small, so be prepared. Not an issue for me but maybe others if claustrophobic, though the journey back up is quick. Need to wear comfortable shoes, possibly an extra jkt or clothing, temperature in the mine is set at 17-18 degrees. Moving at a constant pace and relatively quickly, meant that I didn’t need extra clothing to keep warm. Initially a lot of steps (wooden) down to the mines. One set of steps (rock salt) to the largest chamber. Rock salt statues very impressive, and the chambers also gave us some respite from the sun as temperatures in Krakow and surrounding areas were in the 30’s in late August 2019.
Pavel had waited forever as we were the last through immigration. That was a shambles. We then had to find our luggage. As it was now an hour since arrival the carousel didn’t show which one for our Liverpool flight. Two lonely bags were found at the back of a stationary carousel after searching them all. Pavel was still there waiting and smiling. He had his own Mercedes limousine with lovely cream leather interior. He was friendly an d spoke great English. He gave us a lot of local info also.
It was a great tour, but it was quite pricy. You can save a lot of money by booking your own tour on wieliczka website and go to the mine village by bus or train. I did this tour because I was alone, but if you are traveling with more people, save money by organizing it yourself. If you do want to do a tour, the driver was really nice and when I was lost, he personally came to find me, so it was a good experience overall.
The tour itself was excellent with a extremely knowledgable guide in Joanna. Only criticism was the organisation from the pickup point and transportation was chaotic. We were dropped of at a completely different place from where we were picked up. There was also no guide on the return journey on the coach.
A lot of queeing and brakes which is due to the unavoidable physical circumstances and huge crouds of people. As always guides are young and "run" - they forget that they will be old some day. We were adviced before that it is cold in the mine - actually there is warm and sweaty !