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Krakow Poland -recommendations for car & English speaking driver

Old Jan 2nd, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Krakow Poland -recommendations for car & English speaking driver

Planning a fall trip to Poland and will have 3 days in Krakow. My ancestors come from Nowy Sacz, Stary Sacz, Grybow & Niemieczka Dabrowka (?). I looking for recommendations on hiring a car with English speaking driver to take me to those towns. Or is there a better way to go? I'll be looking for ancestry records, cemetaries, and just the feel of the land.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2013, 07:49 AM
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nowociju,

you will undoubtedly enjoy Krakow, and in normal circumstances there would most probably be no need for a driver. We were there for 3 days and managed to get around very well, with hardly a word of Polish, and those we knew we probably mispronounced.

However with your specialist needs i can see that it would be useful. i would have thought that the tourist information office would be the place to start.

incidentally, have you only 3 days for the whole stay in that area, or are you researches and explorations to be in additional time? 3 days is barely enough to explore Krakow alone, let alone to do the exploring that you want to do.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2013, 12:21 PM
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I would start my contacts with Marta and her husband. She is a guide and he is a driver.
If you want an informational tour while you travel Marta is someone I have used and I very much enjoyed my time with her.
She has her own sort of mini van and is also a liscensed tour guide in Poland. She speaks wonderful English.
[email protected].

I found her name in a Rick Steves guide but do not hold that against her if you are not a fan of his. She is a wonderful guide.
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I think you should have a guide, not only a driver since a driver may or may not point out interesting sights along the way. If you do hire only a driver make sure he/she will help you access the records; generally a driver only takes you to a place, nothing more and you need to do the rest yourself. If you do not speak Polish you'll have a problem as people in rural areas will not speak English.

I agree with Sher - I used Marta twice while in Krakow and was very pleased.
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Thanks, great advice. I will contact Marta & see what she can do for me.
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Old Jan 5th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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Just tried to send an email to Marta but it bounced back as undeliverable.

[email protected] <[email protected]>; is this the correct email?
Thanks again.
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This is the latest email I have for Marta. I guess she changed her email address and I didn't notice the address sher used.

[email protected]
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nowociju. Sorry, I have both addresses but I guess the one I gave you is no longer valid.

I hope you get in touch with her. I really like her.
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Just wondering: .pt is the domain name for Portugal. Could it be .pl (for Poland)?
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Gordon - the gmail address I gave above is correct. And you are correct as to the "PL" rather than "PT."

You can also visit her web page which shows both email addresses:

http://www.privateguideinkrakow.com/
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Thank you, I have sent an email.
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Hi nowociju, while in Krakow, you could also go to Wieliczka salt mine - it's near Krakow and very worth visiting.

And you need only about 3 hours for it.

See the official site: www.kopalnia.pl


By the way, I think that one of the places of your roots is written Dabrowka Niemiecka (which means "German Dabrowka"), not "Niemieczka"

PS
I'm using the profile of the tour company I work for, but if you had any further questions about Krakow itself - I'm in the city, so just send me a private message at: kam.mucha[at]gmail.com
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