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Chochołowska Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

Zakopane: Sleigh Ride with Bonfire, Local Food, and Music

1. Zakopane: Sleigh Ride with Bonfire, Local Food, and Music

Experience the quaint Zakopane wintertime highland atmosphere on this tour. Enjoy a scenic torchlit sleigh ride, gather for dinner around the bonfire, and experience traditional tales and folk dancing. Take a sleigh ride in the Chocholowska Valley for an adventure in the Tatra Mountain winter landscapes. Feel as though you've stepped into a fairytale with snow-covered trees and a quiet atmosphere with no cars or city noise. After the sleigh ride, enjoy the bonfire and a highlander feast with live music. Enjoy traditional regional Polish sausages and mountain smoked cheese cooked on the bonfire. Taste traditional bigos, a cabbage stew with assorted meats, and warm up with some hot tea. Experience a warm welcome with traditional folk music, dancing, and storytelling. Taste highlander alcohol and spend the evening singing together around the fire.

From Krakow: Dogsled Ride in Tatra Mountain

2. From Krakow: Dogsled Ride in Tatra Mountain

Explore the natural wilderness of the Tatra Mountains on a dogsled ride with this tour from Krakow. Visit a husky reserve to meet and play with the majestic dogs. Learn how to operate the sled with a local instructor. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Krakow. Sit back and relax on a 50-kilometer drive through the Polish countryside. Stop in a mountain village on the boarder of Slovakia. Make your way to a husky reserve and have some time to get to know the animals better before a staff member shows you how to prepare the harness and all the other necessary mushing equipment. Find out how to drive a vehicle that is perfectly adapted to the frozen terrain of the Tatra mountains. After your sledding briefing, start your dogsled ride. Feel the thrill of being driven by your instructor through the winter landscapes of the Chocholowska Valley. Return to the husky reserve and drive back to your accommodation in Krakow.

Krakow: Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Private Tour

3. Krakow: Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Private Tour

Meet your driver at the hotel and be invited for the fully private tour to Zakopane. Breathtaking mountain views, unique folklore, delicious regional cuisine, hospitable people… all await you in Zakopane, a charming town at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Alpine in its character, the range forms the Tatra National Park (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Start your tour with a stroll along Krupowki Street - one of the best-known Polish promenades attracting visitors from all over the world with dozens of shops and souvenir stalls, regional arts and crafts. Depending on the season, stop at the manufacture of Oscypek, where the local smoked cheese is produced. Take a chance to ride by a funicular railway to the top of Gubalowka Hill. Admire beautiful panoramas of high mountains in the Tatra National Park. After a gentle walk around the peak, visit the oldest parts of Zakopane. Pass the beautiful timber lodge of Villa Atma with its archetypal Zakopane style architecture now housing a museum, and the famous cemetery “Na Peksowym Brzysku”, a place so sentimental and special with many “gravestones” in the birch grove made of wood. These grave markers are considered to be supreme works of art. Go to “The Great Krokiew”, the biggest and the oldest ski jumping in Poland. It is a regular venue of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. At the end of the tour discover Chocholow village famous for old wooden houses and local wooden art. The joyful atmosphere has some of the best experiences Zakopane can offer. Admire Polish beautiful countryside on the way back to your hotel in Krakow.

From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Thermal Baths

4. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Thermal Baths

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before relaxing in the luxurious thermal baths of Chochołów. Travel from Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 10 kilometres from the Polish border. Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 18 to 24 meters high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches over 600 meters. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif.  This tour is perfect for families, nature lovers and mountain lovers alike. For the adrenalin hunters, there are special fragments of the route with obstacles, which can  also be omitted. For the ecologists, learn about rare local wildlife by reading educational plaques. Walk at a leisurely pace to the 32 meters-high observation platform situated on the border of Pieniny National Park and Tatras National Park. Observe the majestic natural world below. When you have finished, feel a rush of adrenalin as you slide down a 60-metre slide straight to ground level, or walk at your own pace back down the hill. Then, travel to Thermal Baths, the largest thermal complex in Podhale. Bathe in its therapeutic water, which is extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters and emits beneficial micronutrients. Relax in the warmth of eight thermal whirlpools. Dip into the brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36°C. Enjoy fun activities in the outdoor pools; from the Wild River to water basketball and volleyball, from massage jets to waterfalls and geysers. Ride down inflatable and pontoon slides. There is also a steam bath suitable for children. Relax in the regular steam sauna, or try out the salt cave and 'Textile' dry sauna. Observe the surrounding landscape from the beautiful Highlander Cottage Sauna observation deck. Revitalize your energy in the cooling pool on the terrace. You can also indulge in the restaurant during your visit.

From Krakow: Full-Day Private Trip to Zakopane

5. From Krakow: Full-Day Private Trip to Zakopane

Following a pickup in Kraków, the tour starts with a visit to the lovely village of Chochołów, comprised almost exclusively of the heritage Polish wooden houses. Visit a local museum and also the workshop of a folk artist in the village. Then, ride the cable car to the top of Mt. Gubałówka to see a wonderful view of the Tatra Mountains.  After a short walk around the peak, return down to visit the oldest part of Zakopane town where the old cottages of the mountaineers still stand. Surrounded by ash trees and blackened by the sun, these wooden houses and churches were built in the Zakopane style by the remarkable Polish artist, Witkacy.  To better experience the true Zakopane atmosphere, take a walk along Krupowki Street lined with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and souvenir shops. To complete your experience, visit the enormous regional market and take the chance to enjoy lunch in a restaurant serving local specialties.  If you wish to find out more about this unusual region, you can also visit the Tatra Museum. The last stop in Zakopane is the ski jump at Nosal followed by a beautiful chapel in Jaszczurowka with extraordinary stained glass window. You’ll then depart back to Kraków around 4 PM.

All day from Kraków: Snowmobile and Sleigh Ride in Zakopane

6. All day from Kraków: Snowmobile and Sleigh Ride in Zakopane

Delight in the festive atmosphere of Poland’s most famous winter resort with a full-day experience including a snowmobile tour and a horse-drawn sleigh ride, followed by a warming bonfire complete with local delicacies.  A driver will pick you up from your hotel in Kraków to take you to Zakopane, roughly a two-hour journey. When you get on place, you’ll meet your instructor who will lead you on a three-hour snowmobile expedition through the beautiful scenery at the foot of the Tatra mountains.  After the snowmobile tour you have two hours of free time to explore the Gubałówka hill. Take the funicular down the mountain to see Zakopane, wander through its picturesque streets, and grab some lunch at a local restaurant. The next stop of your adventure will take place in Chochołowska Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys in the Tatra Mountains. We meet in the centre of Zakopane and go together by bus to the place, where horse sleigh takes place. Relax on your torch-lit, horse-pulled sleigh as you admire views of snow-capped mountains, then venture through a winter forest and across scenic fields.  End the day with a warming bonfire, complete with folk music and regional delicacies like a homemade Bigos stew, sausages, and Oscypek, a local cheese. A driver will then take you back to your hotel. 

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What people are saying about Chochołowska Valley

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Fantastic experience from start to finish. Damian was fantastic, drove us to the location and was very friendly. Answered any questions and translated anything we needed. The dog sledding was an amazing experience I’ve not done before and getting to meet the dogs and spend time with them before hand was a very nice touch. I would definitely recommend!

From the start to the finish was great. Damien the driver collected on time drove us safely there and waited while we had our experience. The dogs were friendly and well trained. They worked hard throughout. The instructors were helpful. Then Damien drove promptly back to our hotel.

Great trip, the treetop walk is a must see! thermal baths were very busy but a fun afternoon, Milo our driver was very helpful and friendly and gave us lots of local food recommendations. would recommend this trip to others

It was a great time. But, if you have a car drive to the starting point. Zakopane is CRAZY to drive in and find parking.

Amazing, breathtakingly beautiful tour. Our tour guide Raphael made it extra special, relaxing, and enjoyable!