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From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option

1. From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option

Start your trip directly from your accommodation. Then, travel from Krakow to discover the natural beauty of Pieniny National Park, located in the south of Poland, near the Slovak border. Enjoy the tour around the picturesque area of Pieniny surrounded by the mountains and thick forests. Learn more about well-preserved ecosystems composed of rare species of flora and fauna. Check out the greatest tourist attraction the National Park has to offer and go rafting on The Dunajec River Gorge. This activity has been organized since the early 19th century. During the two-and-a-half hours, you will be able to observe impressive limestone rocks and mountain peaks. Being on the small wooden raft do not forget to take great pictures of the river which meanders through the valley. At the end of the rafting reach the charming resort town of Szczawnica, 20 kilometers downstream.  If you select an option of the tour extension, make your way to Białka Tatrzańska, a famous ski resort where the complex of thermal baths is located. Dip into the geothermal water, at a perfect temperature of 34-38 degrees celsius. Reduce stress in many pools, among other the external ones overlooking the Tatra Mountains. Do not skip the sauna zone and strengthen your immunity in the salt grotto and Russian banya. The tour ends with the drop-off at your hotel.

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From Krakow: Zakopane and Dunajec River Rafting Tour

2. From Krakow: Zakopane and Dunajec River Rafting Tour

Explore Zakopane, the skiing capital of Poland and the most popular holiday resort. See the Chocholow village, featuring traditional wooden houses built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels.  Krupowki is the main street of Zakopane. Mee locals and see what village life has to offer as you shop for souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the natural surroundings. From the top of the mountain is a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. See the ski jump hill, used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Take a break from the crowded city and go on a rafting trip down the beautiful Dunajec River. The traditional wooden rafts pass through Pieniny Gorge with towering cliffs and limestone formations amidst forests and mountains. View the spectacular high summits of Trzy Korony at 982 meters and Mt. Sokolica at 747 meters in the Pieniny Range, nestled in the protected national parks of rare flora and fauna. See the wonderful wooden church of St. Michael Archangel's from the 15th century in Dębno Church, which is listed by UNESCO. 

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From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec River Rafting Tour

3. From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec River Rafting Tour

On this private full-day tour you will discover Pieniny National Park and Niedzica Castle as you enjoy rafting down the beautiful Dunajec River. Here you can admire the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains and the magnificent sight of Niedzica Castle, standing 566 meters high on a hill upstream from the mouth of the Dunajec River. With transfers from Krakow, you will discover the Pieniny mountain range situated in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia. Admire the variety limestone rock, the vertical white rocky walls along the Dunajec River, and the highest peak of Three Crowns at 982 meters. You will visit Pieniny National Park, which protects the unique landscape and natural features of the most beautiful part of the mountain range. Enjoy rafting down the Dunajec River, which forms a border between Poland and Slovakia for 27 kilometers. The river begins in the town of Nowy Targ at the junction of 2 short mountain rivers – Czarny Dunajec and Bialy Dunajec.

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Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

4. Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

Travel from Krakow to the Dunajec River Gorge and Tatra Mountains, the most picturesque tourist attractions in southern Poland, on a 12-hour excursion. Marvel at the beauty of the gorge, featured on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Poland. Wooden raft trips have been offered since the early 19th century, when customers were guests of the nearby Niedzica and Czorsztyn castles. Your raft trip begins in the village of Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty and ends in the resort town of Szczawnica, 18 kilometers downstream. Enjoy a restaurant lunch to refuel after rafting. Continue on to Bachledova Valley in Slovakia to walk the 1234-meter-long Bachledka Treetop Trail, situated up to 24 meters above the ground and with a 32-meter high observation tower in the heart of majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. Discover the unique nature of the Belianske Tatras to learn about many animals and plants that can be found only in a few places of the world.

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From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting

5. From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting

Going rafting down the Dunajec river is one of the most beloved and classic tourist attractions in all of Poland. The tour begins at 9:00am from the center of Krakow, or from your place of accommodation in the city. After about 2 hours, you will reach the boating center, where you will board a traditional wooden watercraft, operated by a river guide in customary regional dress. This stunningly scenic water route will gently take you 15 kilometers downstream, underneath legendary mountain peaks and alongside thick woodlands and winding nature paths. You may even spot some curious local wildlife along the way! After the exhilarating ride, there is a break for lunch in the pretty little resort town of Szczawnica. On the way back to Krakow, you will visit a cherished fifteenth century church that’s inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in Dębno Podhalańskie, it’s dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, and is part of the Wooden Architecture Trail around Krakow. This important and distinct church is one of the trail’s highlights. The entire day will last 8-9 hours in total.

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Dunajec River Full-Day River Rafting Tour from Krakow

6. Dunajec River Full-Day River Rafting Tour from Krakow

Raft down the Dunajec River through the Pieniny Gorge and along the Polish-Slovak border, and experience one of the greatest tourist attractions in Poland. Following a hotel pick-up and transfer from Krakow, stop en route to Dunajec at Debno, and visit a unique and charming wooden church that dates back to the 16th century. Continue to the Dunajec River to enjoy a rafting expedition on traditional wooden rafts. Glide gently below the towering cliffs, and marvel at the limestone rock formations of the gorge, enhanced by the picturesque mountain scenery and surrounding national forest. Animated river guides will bring the pristine and wild environment to life as you set off from the raft wharf at Sromowce Nizne. Cruise for approximately 15 kilometers to Szczawnica, enjoying about 2-3 hours on the boat, depending on the water level of the river. While aboard the raft, enjoy excellent views of the high summits of Trzy Korony and Mt. Sokolica for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Dunajec River Rafting - Private Tour from Krakow

7. Dunajec River Rafting - Private Tour from Krakow

The Dunajec River Gorge, the narrow valley of 9 kilometres length, is featured on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. While floating down the Dunajec, you can explore the biggest attractions of Pieniny National Park, including limestone cliffs ranging between 300m and 500m in height, and a rich flora and fauna. Since almost 160 years, rafting on this river has been organized by locals for tourists, in the past mainly for guest of nearby castles. Today it is one of the most exciting experiences you can have in the area, providing fun and excitement for those young and old. Before getting on the raft, your guide will take you to Debno to see one of the oldest churches in Poland. On your way, you will also stop in Niedzica to admire the medieval castle, situated picturesquely on the shore of lake. The main attraction of the day – rafting on River Dunajec – will take around 2.5 hours and will end in charming small town of Szczawnica. After lunch, you'll hit the road and travel back to Krakow through Gorczanski National Park – the best way to finish unforgettable day.

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From Kraków: Dunajec Rafting Trip

8. From Kraków: Dunajec Rafting Trip

Take a break from crowded city, and go for a rafting trip down the beautiful Dunajec River, one of Poland's greatest and breathtaking scenic attractions. The traditional wooden rafts pass through Pieniny Gorge with its towering cliffs and limestone formations amidst forests and mountains. View the spectacular high summits of Trzy Korony (982 m) and Mt. Sokolica (747 m) in the Pieniny Range nestled in a protected national park of rare flora and fauna. Truly an unforgettable experience!  During the tour you will see wonderful wooden church of St. Michael Archangel's from 15th century in Dębno. Church is listed on the UNESCO List of World. 

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Krakow: Classic or Active Rafting on Dunajec River

9. Krakow: Classic or Active Rafting on Dunajec River

The trip begins with pickup from your hotel in Krakow, and leaves the busy city behind as you head to the peaceful Pieniny National Park where adventure awaits you. Arrive at the village of Sromowce Niżne in the park, and visit the onsite information point and souvenir shop. Then it’s time to hop on board your raft, and begin your sail along the Dunajec River. For a calmer experience, choose the classic raft option for a tranquil glide along the river. Admire the mountainous landscape and lush greenery of the region, and calmly ride along the river. If you’re looking for a more fast-paced adventure, opt for the active rafting experience and feel the thrill of adrenaline rush through you as you course along the river rapids.

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From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

10. From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

Raft down the Dunajec on traditional raftsman boats to explore the Pieniny National Park from a unique perspective. Enhance your experience by upgrading to options that include a visit to Niedzica Castle or the Palenica cable car for stunning views of the Pieniny Mountains. Get picked up from hotel and travel and drive for 2 hours on an air-conditioned car to the Pieniny National Park. Begin your rafting adventure in the raftsman harbor in Sromowce and set sail on a river journey lasting about 2.25 hours.  See the diverse wildlife along the river route, which runs along a neutral border band between Poland and Slovakia. Look up to admire the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains. After your river journey, your driver pick will be waiting for you, and, if you desire, you will have the opportunity to visit this charming town of Szczawnica and try the local cuisine.

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What people are saying about Krakow

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 26 reviews

We booked at the last minute, but Paul made every effort to accommodate us the next day. We were picked up on time by the driver: Tony. A very friendly man who did everything to make us wish. The boat trip was a unique experience. You were pushed by two men in traditional clothing and they told you everything about the nature reserve. It's not nearly as touristy as Zakopane. Really very nice! Tip; bring cash if you want a drink at the starting point. Unfortunately, you can't pin.

We were very enthusiastic about the tour with Rafał, he picked us up at the hotel on time and the journey began. He showed us a lot and explained a lot. What you should know, however, is that it is best to take a seat cushion with you for the trip on the Danube, the trip takes a little longer than 2 hours and the seat is uncomfortably hard. But it was very worth it.

Excellent experience and superb guide. Pawel was extremely nice and caring and always ensuring we were having a good time! Our satisfaction and wellbeing was his top priority and left us without words with his kindness and excellent service. Could not recommend him enough!! Both rafting and thermal baths were really nice and we had a great time.

Not only was the landscape worth it, but Mateusz, our driver, was an excellent companion during the trip. My sister and I truly enjoyed the ride south, the Church (which is simply impressive), and the main attraction of the day, rafting along Dunajec River. We hope to come again some time in the future.

It was good. Would have been greatly improved for me with English speakers on the raft.