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From Krakow: Morskie Oko Lake Tour in the Tatra Mountains

1. From Krakow: Morskie Oko Lake Tour in the Tatra Mountains

After pickup from your hotel head out on a scenic 2-hour drive to the starting point for the trail to the lake. Deep in the Tatra Mountains, Morskie Oko Lake was formed by glaciers. The lake is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Tatra Mountains, which makes for magnificent views. It is also home to many animals, birds and even natural fish stocks (something that is rare in the Tatra Mountains). The hike to the lake is 8 kilometers long and takes about 2-2.5 hours each way. The hike is along a paved roadway and is not difficult. You'll enjoy beautiful views along the walk including several mountain waterfalls. At the end of your visit to the lake, you'll hike back to the starting point and then head back to your hotel in Krakow.

Ojcow National Park: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

2. Ojcow National Park: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

This 7-hour excursion to Ojcow National Park begins at 09:00 in the center of Krakow, or at your accommodation in the city center. Your adventure starts in Czajowice, where you’ll find the large limestone cave known as Grota Lokietka. Marvel at the sparkling stalactites and the 2 grand chambers of the famous cave. Hike through the dense woods and among the rocks to the imposing Krakow Gate rock formation. At this point, you’ll be in the center of the park, where the Gothic castle ruins lie waiting to be explored. Next, your bus will take you to Pieskowa Skala, the dramatic limestone cliff with its own, well-preserved castle. Tour this impressive Polish Renaissance property, and stop for photos at the oddly shaped boulder known as Hercules’ Club nearby.

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.

Krakow: Mountain Treetop Walk & Zakopane Day Trip

5. 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.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

6. 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.

From Krakow: Morskie Oko Lake Tour and Thermal Baths Visit

7. From Krakow: Morskie Oko Lake Tour and Thermal Baths Visit

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Krakow and heads off towards Morskie Oko Lake, also known as the Eye of the Sea. To reach the lake, enjoy a two hour walk through stunning scenic landscapes and admire epic views of the Tatra Mountains. Upon arrival, admire this magnificent lake, formed by glaciers, and see the array of flora and fauna that live here. After your visit to the lake, relax at the popular Chocholowska Baths. Unwind in one of the 8 thermal pools and soak up the benefits of the water's rich minerals, including sulfur, calcium, and magnesium. Marvel at views of the sprawling mountain landscape as you let the stresses of everyday life melt away. There’s plenty of fun to be had at the baths too, including water basketball, waterfalls, water walls, swings, inflatable slides, and more. There’s also a child-friendly steam bath. At the end of an action-packed day, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation in Krakow.

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.

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

9. 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 and the Tatra Mountains from Krakow

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lesser Poland

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based on 135 reviews

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!

really definitely worth making this trip you see so much about life and ski tourism in Poland ... really had a great day out and not to forget Patrick our guide ... one in a thousand

A very well organized trip. The driver was very nice, punctual. He answered the questions asked, you could feel safe and have a good time. I recommend

Magnificent and exotic activities. Very good support from the driver. Strongly recommended !

The whole program is awesome, guide was very friendly. :)