Before the festive frenzy descends, November is the ideal time for a revitalising city break.
A three night escape to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe offers romance, culture and a chance to build up your strength to face December’s daunting diary of shopping centre hell and office party trauma.
Today’s Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you to Krakow, Poland’s most picturesque city, with a compact Old Town perfect for exploring on foot.
A three-night stay in one of the city’s most elegant and atmospheric hotels offers the perfect opportunity to rekindle some magic and forget those squabbles about whose parents are coming for Christmas dinner.
The Big Deal offers return flights with Ryanair from Edinburgh, with luggage allowance, and three nights B&B accommodation, based on two sharing, in the Hotel Francuski.
Old World splendour
The Hotel Francuski is an ornate, historic location for your Krakow stay. Opened in 1912, the hotel retains its classic Modernist décor, with elegant period details.
Located close to the strikingly attractive Old Town Square, the Rynek Glowny, the Francuski has been the choice of Polish society and visiting luminaries over the decades. Modern guests express their admiration of the impressive architecture and stylish features.
Accommodation combines period styling with modern comfort. Rooms, with double or twin beds, are equipped with wifi, refrigerator, TV and spacious en suite bathrooms.
Breakfast is included in the offer, but guests will also be tempted by the authentic Polish cuisine available to diners in the hotel’s inviting restaurant. A century of tradition has gone into dishes like the marinated herrings, steak tartare and pierogi dumplings.
Krakow is a vibrant and romantic city, characterised by the well-preserved medieval architecture and charming streets of the Old Town, notably in the 13th-century townhouses, palaces and churches of the main square.
Highlights for visitors include St Mary’s Basilica, the Wawel Hill fortress complex and the eclectic and evocative district of Kazimierz, location for the movie Schindler’s List and now a lively bohemian quarter.
The stalls in the old Cloth Hall, the Sukiennice, along with the city’s street markets and craft stores, will be gearing up for Christmas and Krakow is the ideal place to shop for original and colourful gifts.
Outbound flights will be between 06:15 and 22:00. Inbound flights will be between 06:30 and 23:55.
Due to availability, alternative flight carriers may be booked. Other airports and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The Hotel Francuski has earned plenty of praise on TripAdvisor. Recent guest comments include the following:
‘Comfortable, spacious, clean room and bathroom with friendly staff. Free wifi. Large breakfast. Grand staircase is impressive.’
‘It is a classic hotel, full of style and charm!’
‘Thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at the Francuski Hotel. Firstly, the old-world charm of the lobby and the room sets the mood. Our room was extremely spacious and comfortable.’
City break to remember
A Krakow break offers romance amidst some of Europe’s prettiest old squares and streets, with a lively bar and restaurant scene.
Today’s Big Deal puts you at the heart of the action, with direct flights and accommodation in one of the city’s most celebrated Old Town hotels. Let this November be memorable for that vodka by the Vistula, or that spotlit view of the cathedral.