I chose Chris based on his Trip Advisor profile. Which I thought was risky. I only had 1 full day (and 2 half days) in Krakow and I wanted a guide for the full day. My other option was a pretty expensive one. I emailed Chris to see about his availability and he was open. More importantly, I decided that I really needed him to get us to the Salt Mine and Auschwitz. This was a change from my initial ask about Old Town/ Jewish Quarter Krakow Tours. He was willing to drive us and we agreed to meet at the hotel.
* Great call on timing at Auschwitz
* Creative answer at the Salt Mine
We were supposed to meet at 9am for the trip to Auschwitz. Chris actually came by the hotel the night before while we were out and left us a note to meet at 840am instead, because he (correctly) anticipated heavy crowds. It was a huge win to arrive before the line stretched incredibly long. He also navigated the crowds inside to get us our tickets and set us up.
We left there for the Salt mine and arrived at 4pm for the 5pm English tour. Chris directed us to some food and went to take care of the tickets. When we met back up, he told me that the English tour had been sold out for 5 hours! Then he told us he called in a favor and "attached" us to another English tour at 5:10. Score! And it was cheaper. Well done!
It would have been helpful for him to pick us up at Auschwitz II, rather than make us take the shuttle bus back. Not a big deal.
Chris also made a few stops along the drive to show us other important historical sites. Nice!
It was just my wife and I, with Chris, in the car for everything but the tours (which used onsite guides). Like the great guides we've used in numerous other places, Chris had the right combination of historical knowledge, personality, and eagerness to please that really made the day great.
I'd highly recommend Chris if you are in Krakow. If we had more time, I would have no concerns about asking him to show us more of Krakow.
Photos from the trip will be on kbevphoto dot com. You can email me directly if you have other questions