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Pieniny: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 trip 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.

From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec River Rafting Tour

2. 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.

From Krakow: Rafting on Dunajec River Full-Day Trip

3. From Krakow: Rafting on Dunajec River Full-Day Trip

Take a day trip from Krakow to experience the scenic beauty of the Pieniny mountains and Dunajec River, with hotel transfers included. Follow your instructor's directions and go rafting down 2 riverbeds of the Dunajec and pass by the Velveteen Mountains, the Three Crowns Massif, and Lake Czorsztyn. The Pieniny area of the Dunajec is an extraordinary place that delights with picturesque views and a unique phenomenon. The Dunajec River turns its current 180 degrees in the part of the Gorge, flowing for some time in the opposite direction to the sea, to finally turn back. This type of phenomenon occurs only in one other place in the world. Interestingly, the Pieniny looks completely different in summer than in autumn, when colorful leaves cover the trees growing along the entire route. Rafting on the Dunajec is a great way to get to know the greatest attractions of the Pieniny National Park. Starting from the raftsmen harbor in Kąty, we will see, among others, Marcelowa Góra, which is excluded from sightseeing and no tourist trail leads to it. We will raft through one of the two separate riverbeds of the Dunajec, forming a two-kilometer island in the middle, and we will see the Velveteen Mountains, where the legendary robber Janosik was supposed to hide. Then the river current leads to the pearl of the Pieniny, i.e. The Three Crowns. This is where the Gorge begins, consisting of 7 loops and magnificent, monumental limestone hills stretching along the length, which are even 300 meters high. The view is breathtaking, but you have to see it with your own eyes to understand how amazing it all looks. The current of the river is usually calm, only sometimes it accelerates its course and then slows down again. Special rafts made of five canoes guarantee full safety during both a calm and more exciting voyage when the current increases its speed. An additional attraction of the area is a visit to the Dunajec Castle in Nidzica (lac: Castrum de Dunajecz) – a historic and original stronghold from the 14th century, located right on the rocky shore of the lake.

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What people are saying about Pieniny

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 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.

Fantastic trip with Mr. Paweł. Very professionally organized. Mr. Paweł picked us up at the address and drove us to the place after finishing. Everything was well organized. They would not have to worry about anything. On the way we learned interesting things about Krakow. Very nice day spent We highly recommend this trip. You can have a great time rafting, admire the views and then relax in the thermal pools. A great trip.

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.

Really good trip on the river, so nice. The guide did not speak much English, but a really good local experience. The guide who picked us up was incredibly good, knew a lot about the things we saw, spoke perfect English and drove safely and well.

Amazing experience, our driver Pavel really went above and beyond to make sure we had a fantastic time in a beautiful part of Poland.