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Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

1. Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

Enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Gubalowka Funicular & Museum

2. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Gubalowka Funicular & Museum

Visit the popular winter resort of Zakopane on a full-day private sightseeing tour from Krakow and discover Poland’s most popular resort for skiing, rock climbing, rafting, trekking, cycling and paragliding. Begin your exploration of the area by visiting the highlander’s cottage and tasting the traditional highlander cheese known as oscypek. Then, continue your tour in the Koliba Villa, the Museum of Zakopane Style. After the visit to the museum, you will take the funicular railway to Mount Gubałówka for eye-popping views over the granite and limestone peaks. Return to the oldest part of Zakopane and wander the characterful main street of Krupówki to immerse yourself in Zakopane culture. Listen to the Podhale dialect - a language only spoken by the highlanders of the Tatra Mountains - admire beautiful handmade outfits, hear traditional music and peek into the workshops to see how the local art is made. Before World War I, Zakopane was widely regarded as the art and culture capital of Poland, a status it earned thanks to the many artists, writers and musicians who settled there. Among them was the painter Stanislaw Witkiewicz, who established a unique mountain cottage style of architecture known as “Zakopane Style.” You can learn more at the Tatra Museum. Having returned to the oldest part of Zakopane, you will have a chance to visit the enormous regional market and have lunch in a regional restaurant serving local specialities while enjoying your free time.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs Private Tour

3. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs Private Tour

Your tour will begin when you are picked up from your hotel or another pre-determined place in Krakow then you will travel for approximately 2-hours to Zakopane. You will then visit the town. Your driver will show you the central point of the town which is Krupówki Street. This street is the town market square and is full of tourists looking for souvenirs, trying local cuisine, admiring the style of architecture, clothing, and music specific to this region of Poland.  At the end of the main street is the cable station As part of the tour you will be able to use the cable car, which will take you to the top of the Gubałówka Mountain where will be a beautiful view on the Polish Tatra Mountains. Every year in Zakopane, the World Ski Jumping Competition is organized, and as part of the trip, you will be able to see this place. In the town of Zakopane will be a break for lunch and self sightseeing. After you finish exploring your driver will transport you to the hot springs in Bukovina Therm. You will spend there about 2 hours enjoying the health effects of thermal waters and you will be able to relax after all day of sightseeing. As part of the visit to hot springs, all pools and attractions are accessible to adults and children, as well as the sauna area (+18 non-textile) to which only adults have access. Later, you will return to Krakow to finish your tour.

Hiking in the High Tatras national park

4. Hiking in the High Tatras national park

The High Tatras sit in Slovakia, close to the Polish border. Snow stays all summer here atop jagged granite peaks, waterfalls tumble from stark rock walls, and deep narrow gorges and ridgetop trails offer great hiking, while a wealth of alpine flora is found along quiet forest paths and richly green meadows. This hiking tour will take you to the tallest and most beautiful mountains in Slovakia and Central Europe. The High Tatras ridge has been a popular hiking destination for visitors locals for a long time.   On this hiker’s odyssey, you’ll make easy scrambles up local peaks, traverse long green valleys to high summit ridges, and meet the friendly locals who share the trails with you (hiking is Slovakia’s national sport!). Hikes range in length from five to eight hours, with a return to the hotel at the end of the day. They also vary considerably in difficulty (a few are fairly strenuous); trails are often exposed and chains, ladders, and metal platforms are used to negotiate some of the trickier spots. If you feel like skipping any of the hikes, you’ll find opportunities to explore the local culture. To complement the challenging hikes, you’ll get a taste of the history and culture of the ancient lands of central Europe with visits to unspoiled medieval towns like Levoca, little-changed since the 13th century, Vienna, once the seat of the old Habsburg Empire and the hub of Europe, and Prague, a golden storybook city with beautiful architecture from nearly every major period and style.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

5. Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

Zakopane is known as the winter capital of Poland and is its local premier mountain resort. Located just 120 kilometers away from Krakow, picturesque Zakopane is a great place to visit at any time of the year. On this 8-hour trip you’ll see why Its natural scenery and local architectural style makes it one of the most popular destinations in Poland. Your itinerary will reflect your particular interests. For example, you might like to admire the beautiful scenery of the Tatra Mountains, enjoy a ride on the cable car up Gubalowka Mountain, check out the shops on Krupowki Street, and buy some traditional highland crafts at the local market. An English-speaking driver will be happy to advise you about the best spots in town.

Zakopane Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

6. Zakopane Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

Embark on a beer tasting tour of Zakopane and sample the best Polish popular, craft, and regional beer. Get to know the different beers and their history, as well as Polish traditions and customs. This fun-filled tour will provide an insightful introduction to the world of Polish beers. Spend the evening with a group of your friends or family, while your private guide takes care of you personally, explaining to you each beer that you drink. Sample brews from major Polish breweries, as well as speciality regional beers. At the first venue, you will also be treated to traditional appetizers. Every venue you visit will provide a different experience, each with a unique atmosphere and selection of beers to choose from. On the two-hour tour, taste a set of seven beers and some appetizers at three different venues. If you'd like to try even more different types and flavors, the three-hour option is for you. Savor 11 special beers with paired appetizers at four different venues.  Opt for the premium, four-hour option for the best combination of Polish beers and traditional food at five venues. Enjoy 13 beers and more food than you are able to eat.

Zakopane Walking Tour

7. Zakopane Walking Tour

The best way to get to know Zakopane is to walk around the streets and learn about its rich history and numerous famous artists and other interesting people that called Zakopane home. Walk around with your local guide and see many of the different building styles in Zakopane, including the famous Zakopane style wooden houses. Visit Krupowki St. and look past the busy crowds to the interesting old buildings which ones were of much importance for the development of Zakopane. Visit an old highlander museum to get a look into how people lived here in times pasts. Your guide will take you to the most interesting sights and guide you through our unique city.

From Kraków: Zakopane Private Day-Trip

8. From Kraków: Zakopane Private Day-Trip

See some of the highlights of the Zakopane area with a private guided tour from Kraków. Taste local products, see the heart of the town, and admire panoramic views from the top of Gubałówka Hill. Your tour begins pickup from your hotel. Your first destination awaits, the wooden village of Chochołów. Here, you can taste the local oscypek cheese, grill some of it yourself, and also try some local tinctures. Head to the very heart of Zakopane and walk along the well-known Krupówki Street. Enjoy the atmosphere and purchase some Zakopane souvenirs if you wish. Take a ride on the funicular at Gubałówka Hill and admire panoramic views of the Tatra Mountains. If the weather is good, you might even see the Beskid Mountains. After the tour, your driver will drop you back in Kraków at your hotel or wherever else in the center of the city you like.

Zakopane Private Vodka Tasting Tour

9. Zakopane Private Vodka Tasting Tour

Set off on an amazing party tour with a great combination of facts and hands-on vodka experiencing. Grab your friends for a tasting and lesson at the same time. Drink both white and flavored vodkas, as well as legendary local liqueur, and play fun games to compare the flavors with your mates. Your guide will teach you how to drink vodka the Polish way and tell you about the occasions in which Poles drink vodka, as well as why it is referred to as the national drink. All the locations are carefully chosen based on their unique atmospheres, which reflect different periods in Polish culture and history. During the tour, you will also taste appetizers perfectly matched to the spirits, which include white vodka (potato, grain), flavored vodka (nuts, lemon), liqueur, and 70% absinthe. If you and your friends like partying and nightlife tours, this activity is a must-do during your stay in Zakopane. Choose the two-hour option to taste a set of five vodkas and appetizers at three different venues. If you are interested in more flavors, then opt for the three-hour option, which includes seven special shots at four different venues, all paired with appetizers. For the best combination of Polish vodka and traditional cuisine at five venues, select the four-hour option to enjoy 10 vodkas and more food than you're able to eat.

Zakopane Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

10. Zakopane Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

Discover how the culture of eating has strong roots among Polish people. On this private food and sightseeing tour, your professional guide will show you the best dishes from Polish cuisine in 2, 3 or 4 carefully chosen local venues. At these places, enjoy the special opportunity to try, compare, and choose which flavor from a rich range of traditional dishes you like the most. Each option includes a guided tour of Zakopane's highlights.  Choose the 2.5-hour option to try a basic set of food in 2 places. Sample different kinds of dumplings, Polish meats, and other specialists. Also, enjoy 1 soft drink with cake and coffee/tea (except soup and beer).  Alternatively, choose the 3.5-hour food and sightseeing tour. With this option, taste even more traditional Polish food at 3 venues. Try various kinds of dumplings, different kinds of Polish meats, other specialists, and traditional soup. This option includes 1 soft drink, beer as well as cake and coffee/tea. During the tasting your guide will tell you about some Polish traditions and customs and what meals are related to which occasion. If you want an even more comprehensive tour of Poland's culture and cuisine, choose the special 5-hour option. This tour includes a combination of tasting not only food but also vodka or beers (you can choose 8 kinds of beer or 10 kinds of vodka shots) and more extensive sightseeing. Get to know the local history of the city better, and discover the country's best-kept secrets as you explore Krupowki Street and Goral's villas.

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Great experience! Eri and Sebastian were really welcoming and thoughtful and thanks to both of them we really were able to enjoy our day in Zakopane! Everything was very well organized, we weren't in a rush and really enjoyed how the day went! We would recommend 100% if you want to spend a day out of the city and have a swim in a really nice place! Thank you Eri and Sebastian, from the two french vodka drinkers

We had an amazing day from beginning to end. I was a little put off by the travel time but decided to go anyway. Our guide was fab, broke the journey up with a little cheese and flavoured vodka tasting stop off. Zakopane was beautiful. Thernal baths were fab too. Definitely a trip id do again.

MUST GO! Seriously, if you go to Krakow, you will NOT regret spending your hard earned money for this one. It's worth every single cent. What an amazing day and all the staff throughout was wonderful as well.

Great tour. You get enough time at each location. Rose the driver is great and attentive. Zakopane is very busy on Sunday, so if possible I would recommend another day.

Great day out , brilliant views from the top ,spa was a good way to end