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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 and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

2. From Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

Escape the city and spend a day exploring the Polish countryside in the comfort of a private vehicle. See traditional wooden houses, view the Tatras mountain range from the top of Gubałówka Hill, and taste traditional smoked sheep-milk cheese. Begin your tour with a pickup from a location of your choosing in Krakow. Hop onboard an air-conditioned vehicle and head towards one of the most picturesque locations in Poland, Zakopane and the Tatras Mountains. Once in Zakopane, head straight to Krupówki Street located in the center of town. Explore the many boutiques, restaurants, and curio shops that line this pedestrian-only street. At the end of Krupówki Street, you'll find your next stop on the tour, the station for the Gubałówka Hill funicular. Hop onto one of the cable cars and enjoy fantastic views of Zakopane and the surrounding mountains as you make your way up Gubałówka Hill. Once at the top, marvel at the breathtaking views of the Polish Tatras Mountains. Make the most of this fantastic location and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a refreshing drink while taking in the views. Visit the Jaszczurówka Chapel, a wooden building located on the outskirts of Zakopane, and see Wielka Krokiew, the biggest and most famous ski jumping hill in Poland. The final stop on your tour is the village of Chochołów. Admire the unusual architectural style of the famous wooden houses and see the Bacówkach, the traditional houses where Oscypek or smoked cheese is produced. Learn how this local specialty is made and sample various types to discover the different flavors created by the level of smoking.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Tour from Krakow

3. 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.

Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

4. 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.

From Krakow: Zakopane Private Day Trip

5. From Krakow: Zakopane Private Day Trip

Experience the best that Zakopane has to offer with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Tour the town and be charmed by its tradition and atmosphere. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and on the way to Zakopane, see the historic wooden village, Chochołów. Ride to the top of Gubałówka by cable car and witness the spectacular views of the often snow-capped Tatras mountains. Explore Krupówki, the most popular street in Zakopane, and feel the ambiance of the mountain region. As you stroll, take in the aromas of local foods from traditional restaurants. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. On this tour, you will also taste delicious regional grilled cheeses in the shepherd's hut.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

6. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

Immerse yourself in the culture and way of life of Southern Poland on this all-encompassing day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Krakow, head to Gubalowka Hill where you will take the cable car to reach the summit and admire panoramic views of the Tatra Mountains. Next, continue to Chochołow, a picturesque wooden village. Enjoy a stroll around these UNESCO-registered wooden houses and even get the chance to enter one of them before continuing to your next stop.  Next, visit a Bacowka, which is a traditional shepherd’s hut, where you will have the chance to try the famous regional cheese Oscypek, and see how it is prepared. Eventually, reach Zakopane where you can explore the local old-school bazaar and Krupowki Street, filled with restaurants, local stores, and regional goods, as well as gift shops.  After breaking for lunch, head to Podhale to enjoy 3 hours soaking in the regenerating thermal baths. Explore the complex and its 30 different pools located both inside and outside with picturesque views of the Tatra Mountains. Find a pool or jacuzzi to relax in and experience the healing powers of the mineral-rich waters before heading back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Tour with Options

7. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Tour with Options

Zakopane is the capital of winter Poland. Here there is superb scenery, perfect for winter sports lovers and fans of trekking trails. This area also has a characteristic dialect, splendid food and unique architecture. First, you will see the work place of a traditional Polish sculptor who makes outstanding wooden objects. Then here will be time in Zakopane traditional marketplace to buy handmade equipment for your house, or traditional cheeses "oscypek", and many other kinds of food. Choose between 4 tour options: 1) Transfer to Zakopane from Krakow and back. 2) Transfer to Zakopane from Krakow and back with Gubałówka Cableway tickets included. 3) Transfer to Zakopane from Krakow and back with Gubałówka Cableway and Ski Jumping Hill tickets included. 4) Transfer to Zakopane from Krakow and back with 3h ticket to Chochołów Thermal Pools included. *Option with Thermal Pools doesn't inclued ride to Zakopane. It's transfer to Thermal Pools with

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

8. 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.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Full-Day Private Tour

9. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Full-Day Private Tour

Zakopane is the wintersport capital of Poland. It is the biggest town located in the heart of the Polish Tatra Mountains. Beautiful mountains, outstanding architecture and highland music create a unique atmosphere that thousands of tourists from the whole world are drawn to every year. Zakopane is located 100 km to the south of Cracow, the journey takes around 1.5 hours. Attractions depend on the season: Ski Jump, Eye of the Sea and Kasprowy Wierch, Gubałówka are a few of the many sites available. Each tour includes free time of around 2-3 hours at Krupówki. The planned pick-up time is between 8:00-9:00 a.m. but it can be adjusted to meet your specific requirements. Please note, that this tour only includes transport to Zakopane. You are free to choose how to spend your time there.

Kraków: Explore Zakopane Tour with Gubałówka Cable Railway

10. Kraków: Explore Zakopane Tour with Gubałówka Cable Railway

Discover the mountain town of Zakopane with this private tour from Kraków. Stroll through the old-fashioned cottage-lined streets. Gaze out at the Tatras Mountains as you ride the Gubałówka cable railway. Take off from Kraków and watch the serene countryside pass by on the way to Zakopane. Take a walk along the promenade as the smell of delicious Polish food spills out onto the streets from restaurants. Board the Gubałówka cable railway train and travel uphill through the forest. Reach a viewpoint at the top where you can enjoy panoramic views of Zakopane and the mountains. Have the option to purchase dinner at a traditional Polish restaurant.

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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

This trip was absolutely amazing! We had a great time and I loved the mixture of the guided tour and free time. I do wish I would have added the Hot Springs, but I didn’t bring my swimsuit. I was traveling alone but the guide and other travelers were very friendly, and I didn’t feel alone at all. Highly recommend!

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.

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