Zakopane National parks

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From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

1. From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

Discover the beauty of the Pieniny National Park on this day trip from Krakow. Marvel at stunning views as you stroll with a bird's-eye-view on the Bachledka Treetop Trail.  Be picked up from your Krakow hotel in a climate controlled bus. Relax on the drive through the Polish countryside on the way to the Bachledova Valley in Slovakia. Stop at the start of the 1234-meter long Bachledka Treetop Trail. Walk on a trail that is 24 meters above the ground with a 32-meter high observation tower. Take in views from this position in the heart of the majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. View the Belianske Tatras and learn about the animals and plants that are unique to the area. Purchase a nice lunch in Zakopane, then walk down Krupowki and enjoy the unique ambiance at the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Finish your day on a relaxing note and plunge into the hot springs in Chochołow Thermal Spa, before driving back to Krakow.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

2. 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: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

3. Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Zakopane. In Zakopane you will have the chance to take a cable car ride to Gubałówka Hill, take a stroll in Chochołowska Valley and down the Krupówki. At the end you will be able to see The Great Krokiew, the most famous and important Ski Jump in Poland. 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.

From Krakow: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

4. From Krakow: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

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.

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

5. 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 - The Capital of Tatra Mountains

6. Zakopane - The Capital of Tatra Mountains

Visit the Chochołów village which was founded in the 16th century by King Zygmunt III. There you will see a number of wooden cottages and visit the Museum of Chochołów with traditional interiors from the second half of the 19th century. Explore Zakopane where you can take a walk along the main street of Krupówki, which has a lively atmosphere and is full of charm with many traditional highland taverns with traditional food. After lunch, you can take a ride up the Gubałówka mountain where you can admire the panorama of the Tatra Mountains. On the way back to Kraków you will pop into a Highlander's hut where shepherds prepare the traditional smoked cheese "Oscypek".

From Zakopane: Tatra National Park Hike with Transfer

7. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 120 reviews

We had Maciej as our driver. He was excellent and could not have been better. He kept us informed about where we were and what we were passing, and ensured we had enough time to explore and see the locations on the trip. He was also at the agreed pick-up location at the agreed time. We were never rushed and felt the experience was extremely good. I would 100% recommend this tour. The locations were beautiful and each of them had their own unique areas to explore. The recommend restaurant was great. Remember to bring Euros and Zloty.

Great hike in the Tatras. Kara, our guide was terrific in explaining the area, the forest and generally the broader environment and landscape and was great company too. We had rest stops that suited our physical ability which made the whole hike very comfortable and enjoyable for us 2 ladies that are not seasoned hikers. We were very fortunate with a clear day and a great view of the early season snow from up high. A highlight of our quick weekend trip to Zakopane. Highly recommend.

Absolutely brilliant day! Our guide, Gregory was very friendly and helpful, providing fab recommendations and conversations, making the whole experience all the better. He was very flexible with how long we wanted to spend at the different locations so at no point did we feel rushed. The views everywhere were stunning and this day was definitely our favourite of the holiday.

Well worth the long drive from Krakow. Beautiful scenery and a good mix of things to see and do

fantastic day trip the driver told about sights and history of various platsee