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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.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

2. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

Start your day trip in the morning where you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel. Enjoy a 2-hour drive to the lovely village of Zakopane while your English-speaking driver provides commentary along the way.   After arriving in Zakopane, you'll have 5 hours of free time to explore the village on your own. You can try delicious Polish cuisine, or visit the local market to admire the creations of Polish craftsmen and try the popular smoked cheese. Enter a wooden villa built in a traditional architectural style, or walk through the picturesque streets — the choice is yours.  Select the option including tickets for the funicular railway and travel to the top of Gubałówka mountain. Enjoy the view of the village and admire the peaks of the Polish Tatra Mountains around you. During your visit, the driver will wait for you, and after 5 hours you travel back to Krakow together. Alternatively, choose the option which includes tickets for 2.5 hours in Chochołów Thermal Pools or the other option which includes guided visits to Gubałówka Mountain, Wielka Krokiew Ski Jump, and a Wooden Mansion built in a traditional architectural style.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

3. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

Start your day with a pickup from Krakow and an escorted ride to Zakopane. On the way, visit the idyllic village of Chochołów, famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Learn about the traditions that keep these antique buildings looking new. Next, visit a Bacowka ─ a traditional shepherd’s hut ─ to try the regional cheese Oscypek and see how it is prepared. Eventually, reach Zakopane where you can explore the local old-school bazaar and famous Krupowki Street, filled with restaurants, local stores, and regional goods, as well as gift shops. Ride a cable car from Zakopane to the top of Gubałówka and glimpse the Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Białka Tatrzańska. Relax and enjoy the healing properties of warm thermal water before being driven back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

4. 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.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

5. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

Start with a pickup from your hotel, apartment, or another place of your choice in Krakow at the time you specify. From there the duration of the trip from Krakow to Zakopane is approximately 2 hours. About 20 minutes from Zakopane lies the town of Chochołów. This village is famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Settlers have traditionally washed the wooden walls of buildings with soap, which happens twice a year in the periods before Christmas and Easter. Thanks to this cleaning, the buildings that are many years old look like new. In the vicinity of Chochołów, there are places where highlanders produce sheep's cheese traditional to this region of Poland. This cheese is called "Oscypek", and as part of your trip, you will learn about its production history whilst tasting it. The town of Zakopane is the capital of the Polish mountains. Each year, this place attracts many tourists who want to experience the unique style of Górlaskie culture, which is expressed through architecture, food, music, style of speech, and clothing. In the town center lies "Krupówki" Street, and you will be given time for independent exploration and a possible lunch. This street is the market square of Zakopane, where you can find many good restaurants which serve local food, as well as souvenir shops. Zakopane also boasts cable-car access, and from the top of the "Gubałówka" Mountain, you can glimpse the Polish Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane and the surrounding area, your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Bukowina Tatrzańska. Whilst there, relax and feel the health properties of thermal water. The admission ticket to the Bukovina Thermal Pools includes themed areas for children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time equally.  After returning to the parking lot, your driver will take you to your desired location in Krakow.

From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

6. 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: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

7. 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 Krakow: Morskie Oko Lake Tour in the Tatra Mountains

8. 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.

Zakopane: Tour from Krakow

9. Zakopane: Tour from Krakow

A special trip with tapered options for the most select guests. If you are interested in transport by air conditioned car with and an English speaking driver who will double as your guide, choose the first option. You will be picked up from your apartment and dropped off in the 'capital city' of the Polish Mountains. You will also have the opportunity to visit Gubałówka, one of the best viewpoints in Zakopane. With spectacular views of the High Tatras, the area is still covered with snow even in May. You also have the option to extend your trip into the evening and relax in the hot bath pools; with countless outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides and Jacuzzis to relax in after your day. Another option is an adrenaline rush — the best tracks in Polish Mountains are waiting for you. Try skiing or snowboarding and after relaxing in the Hot Bath Pools.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Dunajec River Rafting Tour

10. From Krakow: Zakopane and Dunajec River Rafting Tour

Explore Zakopane, the skiing capital of Poland and the most popular holiday resort. See the Chocholow village, featuring traditional wooden houses built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels.  Krupowki is the main street of Zakopane. Mee locals and see what village life has to offer as you shop for souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the natural surroundings. From the top of the mountain is a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. See the ski jump hill, used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Take a break from the crowded city and go on a rafting trip down the beautiful Dunajec River. The traditional wooden rafts pass through Pieniny Gorge with towering cliffs and limestone formations amidst forests and mountains. View the spectacular high summits of Trzy Korony at 982 meters and Mt. Sokolica at 747 meters in the Pieniny Range, nestled in the protected national parks of rare flora and fauna. See the wonderful wooden church of St. Michael Archangel's from the 15th century in Dębno Church, which is listed by UNESCO. 

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What people are saying about Tatra Mountains

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,442 reviews

What a great day out. This is a trip everyone who visits Krakow area must do. The scenery is amazing, the water is calm but still exciting enough sailing over rocks. Safe for kids and the raft guides are super entertaining. But they only speak Polish. So if you want to understand all the awesome jokes then bring a Polish speaking translator, you will pee yourself laughing. The booking company was great and the driver Milosc really cared about us all and made sure we had the best possible experience. He was very knowledgeable and tried to make the day unforgettable. The vehicle was super luxurious and the long drives were very relaxing and comfortable. If you are in the krakow area, then you must do this tour.

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.

I had a wonderful experience in the trip! and the guide was kind and informative. I learned many things and explored different places in Zakopane and Tatra mountain. Totally recommend this trip!

Nice trip to beautiful Zakopane and Tatra mountains. The driver was very helpful.

The guide was very nice and friendly. Sheep cheese tastes amazing