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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: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

2. From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

Spend the day with a scenic hike to a glacial lake at Morskie Oko and exploring the charming town of Zakopane. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Krakow, relax during your two-hour drive towards the Tatra Mountains. Arrive at the base of the Morski Oko hike and prepare yourself for beautiful nature and stunning views.  Leisurely hike up the mountain for approximately two hours until arriving at the Morski Oko Lake. The name of the lake means the Eye of the Sea and was formed from glaciers in the mountains. While at the lake relax for a bit before heading back down on another two-hour hike. From Morski Oko head to Zakopane where you can take a trip up Gubalowka Mountain by funicular. Also spend time on Krupowki Street and peruse its shops and restaurants before going back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Ojców National Park & Ogrodzieniec Private Tour

3. From Krakow: Ojców National Park & Ogrodzieniec Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Krakow. Drive 30 km outside of Krakow to the Ojcow National Park. Although the park is the smallest national park in Poland, it’s filled with natural beauty and rich history. The park is located within the Jurassic Upland, an area of Poland known for its stunning limestone formations, caves, and wildlife. Hike along the Trail of the Eagle’s Nests. Considered to be one of the best tourist trails in Poland, the Trail of the Eagle’s Nest consists of several castles and watchtowers that were used to protect Poland’s trade routes. Visit the Gothic castle at Ojców and the Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skała. Marvel at the ruins of the 14th-century Castle in Ogrodzieniec. See the Chapel on the Water, the beautifully simple shrine made from a former bathhouse. Admire the enormous limestone edifice known as Hercules Club. After your tour, your driver will take you back to your accommodations in Krakow.

Kraków: 4-Hour Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle

4. Kraków: 4-Hour Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle

Following pick-up from your accommodation in Kraków, journey to Ojców National Park in the Jurassic Plateau between the Prądnik and Sąspówka rivers. Visit some of the 400 caves in the park on the famous Trail of the Eagle's Nests. Marvel at miracles of nature, such as the amazing Club of Hercules rock formation, and visit Pieskowa Skala castle to admire one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland. Now home to a branch of the Wawel Royal Castle, Pieskowa Skala was built by King Casimir III in the first half of the 14th century and is stunningly situated on the edge of a limestone cliff. Next, visit the wooden Chapel of St. Joseph ("Chapel on Water") and see the ruins of the Gothic castle in Ojców. Admire the beautiful surroundings of Ojców National Park before the return journey to Kraków.

From Krakow: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

5. From Krakow: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

Zakopane carries the proud name of the "skiing capital of Poland". It is Poland's most popular holiday resort. During this tour you will be able to see the Chocholow village, which features traditional wooden houses that have been built by the local highlanders years ago. Along your way spot out the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels. Visit Krupowki, the main street of Zakopane. Meet some locals, see what village life has to offer and shop for some souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka, ride in a funicular and experience the natural surrounds. From the top of the mountain you will have a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. On this trip you will be able to view the ski jump hill, which is used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition.  This mountainous journey will take 2 hours to drive depending on traffic. The driver may be up to 15 minutes late depending on agreed meeting location and time. Please wear warm clothing. 

From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

6. From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

Take a day out from Krakow and head 100km south to the winter capital of Poland. Explore the Zakopane regional market, walk Krupowki street, and experience the town at your leisure. See authentic housing in Chocholow and marvel at the Tatra mountains by riding a funicular train up Gubalowka hill. Travel to the winter town of Zakopane. Explore as you please and find many worthwhile attractions like the professional ski jumping hill. Walk through the bustling Kripowki street and try some regional food. Find the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima, Jaszczurowca Chapel, and explore the old cemetery. Head just outside the town to the village of Chocholow and admire the traditional wooden housing. Taste an authentic highlander's cheese called 'Oscypek' and delight in the quaint magic of this hidden treasure. Climb aboard an amazing incline railway and reach the top of Gubalowka hill, 1126 meters high. Capture breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains, the tallest peaks in all of Poland.

From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

7. From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

Raft down the Dunajec on traditional raftsman boats to explore the Pieniny National Park from a unique perspective. Enhance your experience by upgrading to options that include a visit to Niedzica Castle or the Palenica cable car for stunning views of the Pieniny Mountains. Get picked up from hotel and travel and drive for 2 hours on an air-conditioned car to the Pieniny National Park. Begin your rafting adventure in the raftsman harbor in Sromowce and set sail on a river journey lasting about 2.25 hours.  See the diverse wildlife along the river route, which runs along a neutral border band between Poland and Slovakia. Look up to admire the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains. After your river journey, your driver pick will be waiting for you, and, if you desire, you will have the opportunity to visit this charming town of Szczawnica and try the local cuisine.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

8. 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.

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.

From Krakow: Morskie Oko Lake Tour in the Tatra Mountains

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lesser Poland

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4.5 / 5

based on 137 reviews

A great casual tour of zakopane. Thomas is so friendly and knowledgeable and takes care of everything, including smoking the cheese while you down some shots of vodka, and any tickets you need. You are driven everywhere with minimal walking which was a relief after days of walking krakow and other attractions. Good value as well.

Few things. The weather so good, the car comfortable and clean, the driver so nice and polite, the travelers like a family and the view from the mountain was amazing, village so worm and lovely. all together done a beautiful day. Thanks a lot. Joseph Poliker

Just amazing from start to finish. Exactly what it says on the tin. Highly recommend. Tour guides Monika and John were simply fantastic.

Fantastic trip, would highly recommend. Natalia our tour guide was fantastic and very informative all through the day.

The taxi was fantastic and picked us up from the hotel. the guided tour really interesting.