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Dunajec River Gorge and Zakopane: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

1. Dunajec River Gorge and Zakopane: Full-Day Trip 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 Tentative 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 at your own expense after rafting. Continue to Zakopane to ride a rail car to admire the Tatra Mountains from the peak of Gubalowka.

Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

2. Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you straight to Zakopane. In Zakopane you will have the chance to take a cable car ride to Gubałówka Hill, hike to the beautiful lake of Morskie Oko, go skiing or visit a thermal baths. Whatever option you choose, you will have plenty of opportunity to be absorbed in the natural beauty of Tatra National Park. You will also be able to meet local people and sample their traditional, regional cuisine. At the end of your activity in the mountains, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Krakow.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

3. 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 and Tatra Mountains Tour from Krakow

4. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Tour from Krakow

Following pickup from your hotel in Krakow, journey into the Tatra Mountains to experience the pristine nature of the highest mountain range in Poland. Make your way to the village of Chochołów near Zakopane, where the locals still live in traditional wooden houses. Hear about everyday life and the folk culture of the local Góral people, before visiting the workshop of a talented sculptor. Return to Zakopane via Witów to look at an old wooden church and visit the shepherd's mountain shelter of Bacowka, where traditional cheese is still produced. Get breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains on the way to Krupowki Street, Zakopane's commercial heart with lots of shops and restaurants serving local cuisine. Ride the cable car to take in breathtaking views before returning to Krakow at the end of the day.

From Zakopane: Tatra National Park Hike with Transfer

5. From Zakopane: Tatra National Park Hike with Transfer

You will be picked up from your apartment in Zakopane and taken to the starting point of the hike. The first destination is Wielki Kopieniec mountain where you will admire amazing view on High and West Tatras. You will trek through beautiful and quiet Olczyska Valley and watch sheep grazing on meadows you will pass on your way. From spring to early autumn you can try uniqe local sheep cheese "oscypek" produced there in mountain huts. The next destinations is Nosal peak, another stunning view point. This is very popular tourist destination. To get to this one you will need to use your hands for a short part and climb up a rocky bit. The last part is wisit in Kuźnice district which was Tatra's historical mining centre, now being a headoffice for Tatra National Park and main tourist centre. Our tour stops here. From Kuźnice you can take a bus (they run very frequently all day long) or a taxi back to Zakopane.

From Zakopane: Tree Top Walk and Belianska Cave Day Trip

6. From Zakopane: Tree Top Walk and Belianska Cave Day Trip

You will be picked up from your apartment in Zakopane in the morning and our journey starts from the drive to Slovakia, Bachledowa Dolina where is a famous Bachledka resort with a cable car and Tree Top Walk. You have one hour of free time time to walk around, enjoy the view, take a lot of pictures and rest in a restaurant/coffee bar on the top. Next you will be taken to Belianska Cave, that is 15 min driving away. From the parking lot there is a 20 min hike up to the cave's entrance. You will join a group and with the local guide you will be led around the cave. The cave tour takes approximately 70 min. When the tour is finished you will be driven back to Zakopane. You can ask for a drop off to your apartment or to the city centre for dinner.

Hiking Trails and Wildlife in the High Tatras

7. Hiking Trails and Wildlife in the High Tatras

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.

Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains from Krakow

8. Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains from Krakow

Your day begins with pick-up from your hotel in Krakow, then a visit to the studio of a local folklore sculptor in Chochołów to admire the traditional Polish artworks and, if you're interested, buy some of the artist's works. The day will continue with an unforgettable funicular journey to the Gubałówka mountain, which stands at an impressive elevation of 1126m. Here, enjoy spectacular views of the Polish countryside. After a hike through the mountain peaks, head down to the charming town of Zakopane and walk along Krupówki street, which runs through the town’s center. Here, have a leisurely lunch break and enjoy one of the local delicacies, a traditional smoked cheese dish called Oscypek. After lunch, visit the monumental cemetery of Pęksowy Brzyzk, as well as The Tatra Mountains Museum and the museum of Zakopane Style of Architectural at Willa Koliba. You'll also get to see the Jaszczurówka Chapel, a classical example of Zakopane architecture. As the trip nears its end, your group will head back to Krakow, where you will be dropped off at a place of your preference.

Krakow: Mountain Treetop Walk & Zakopane Day Trip

9. Krakow: Mountain Treetop Walk & Zakopane Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Krakow to two of the region's stunning sights. Take in the panoramic views of the Pieniny National Park, before vising the resort town of Zakopane. Travel from your hotel in Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a distinctive folk village on the Slovakian border. Enjoy a scenic walk along its unique treetop path, and feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement. Next, explore the authentic town of Zakopane, nestled at the base of the Tatras Mountains. This beautiful town is Poland's most popular holiday resort. Visit Krupowki, the vibrant and bustling main street and shop for some charming souvenirs. Ride the funicular up the Gubalowka mountain, and take in the panoramic views.

From Krakow: Zakopane 1-way Shuttle Bus or Private Transfer

10. From Krakow: Zakopane 1-way Shuttle Bus or Private Transfer

Visit the famous winter capital of Poland on the border of the Tatra Mountains. The Tatras Mountains offer a spectrum of trails, easier ones that you can access with a baby stroller and more advanced climbing routes that professional mountaineers use to prepare for Himalayan expeditions. If you don’t want to exert yourself on a strenuous hike but still get the beautiful mountain view, don’t worry, the panorama of Tatra Mountains can be admired from many points in Zakopane and the Gubałówka hilltop, which can be reached by a cableway. Grab a hiking snack from nearby vendors, like the local smoked cheese known as oscypek, or something to reward you when you’re done, like various leather goods and handmade jewelry.

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 126 reviews

We arrived in Poland hours before it was announced that the country shut down due to Coronavirus pandemic. All cultural institutions had already been confirmed to close and we were worried what we would be able to still do whilst in the country. I found this tour and it absolutely saved our weekend. The tour company were informative and helpful and the guide went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and to show us as much of the Tetra Mountain park as he possibly could, particularly in the face of closures and quarantines. The efforts he went through to make us comfortable and find us somewhere that would still serve us lunch was commendable and I would absolutely recommend this operator to anybody else travelling to the region.

Such a brilliant tour! Jacob was very friendly and knowledgeable about Polish culture. We enjoyed the visit to the village house and cheese tasting but most of all the mountains were beautiful. Such a great escape from the city. Highly recommend!

A nice get away from Krakow. The driver was extremely good, knowledgeable, giving us the right information and giving us options what to do. I recommend this tour if you want to get away from the city and meet the countryside!!!

Well organized trip. First stop was rafting with a nice scenery. Second we had the option to go to the tree top walk and then we went to Zakopane with a very nice view.

Our tour guide Patrick was great, gave us lots of info and took us to wonderful places. I highly recommend this tour.