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Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup

1. Zakopane Tour with Hot Bath Pools and Hotel Pickup

On this 10-hour program, you'll 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.

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From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Pools Tour

2. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Pools Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel, apartment, or other 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 you learn of 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.

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From Kraków: Skiing and Thermal Baths Experience

3. From Kraków: Skiing and Thermal Baths Experience

Travel two hours from Kraków to the scenic Tatra Mountains, a very popular destination for ski enthusiasts and nature lovers. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier, you'll find a route for you (though beginners who need instruction should notify us beforehand). Enjoy two to three hours of skiing among the beautiful forests and snow-covered peaks. After you've had your fill in the mountains, head to the village of Chochołów to relax in the thermal baths, where water temperatures vary from 30 to 38 degrees Celsius (86 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Choose from indoor or outdoor baths, along with hydro massages and a sauna. After a few hours at the baths, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Kraków.

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From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

4. From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

After pick-up at your Krakow hotel, you will be driven for 2 hours to the Bachledova Valley in Slovakia to walk the 1234-meter long Bachledka Treetop Trail. Situated up to 24 meters above the ground and with a 32-meter high observation tower, the trail is in the heart of the majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. View the Belianske Tatras and learn about the animals and plants that are unique to the area. Have lunch in Zakopane, then walk down Krupowki and enjoy the unique ambiance at the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Finish your day on a relaxing note and plunge into the hot springs in Chochołow Thermal Spa, before driving back to Krakow.

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From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

5. 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.

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From Krakow: Zakopane, Sleigh Ride & Thermal Baths Tour

6. From Krakow: Zakopane, Sleigh Ride & Thermal Baths Tour

Discover the natural beauty of Zakopane, the skiing capital of Poland and also the most popular holiday resort in Poland. Explore the fascinating Chocholow village, with traditional wooden houses that have been built by the local highlanders years ago. See the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels along your way. Stop at Krupowki, the main street of Zakopane. Meet and engage with some locals and see what village life offers. Stroll through the streets and shop for some souvenirs from the market. Next, take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the breathtaking panoramic views of the area. Get the stunning view of the Tatra Mountains from the top of Gubalowka. See the ski jump hill used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Experience an unforgettable sleigh ride amidst the spectacular views of the snow-covered mountains and enjoy a feast by the fire amidst the sprawling landscape. The duration of this part of the trip is 2-3 hours approximately. Then travel to thermal baths to enjoy some quality time in the therapeutic water. The Chocholowska Baths is the largest thermal complex in Podhale. The natural waters, extracted from the depth of around 3600 meters below ground level have various beneficial effects on health. Submerged rocks emit beneficial micronutrients such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Relax in the warm water of 8 whirlpool pools with a temperature of 36°C. Take a dip in the pool brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36°C.

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Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

7. 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.

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Day Trip Zakopane & Polish Tatra mountains from Krakow

8. Day Trip Zakopane & Polish Tatra mountains from Krakow

This tour to the Polish Tatra mountains and resort town of Zakopane begins at 9:00 am from the center of Krakow, or from your place of stay in the city. Zakopane is located about 150 kilometers from Krakow, and the entire day trip will last between 8 and 10 hours. One of the main attractions you will visit is Gubalowka peak, which is reached via a modern and quick incline railway. At the top, you will find outstanding views of the whole area, including the cute town below and the commanding and towering Tatra range behind it. In your time exploring Zakopane, it’s possible to see a long list of worthwhile sights, including: the center and lively main street (Krupowki), large professional ski jump (Wielka Krokiew), Jaszczurowca Chapel, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, and the Old Cemetery on Peksowy Brzyzek. For the duration of the journey, you will be accompanied by a professional, knowledgeable guide who will help you to discover the natural beauty and fascinating mountain culture of the region.

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Krakow: Mountain Treetop Walk & Zakopane Day Trip

9. 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.

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Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

10. 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.

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based on 1,016 reviews

Great experience! We enjoyed the cheese tasting, trip to Zakopane, and the thermal baths. Our driver was a little heavy on the brakes, and made the ride back too rough. The croissant and bottled water at the end of the trip was a nice gesture, as we didn’t have enough time to eat at the thermal bath.

Great full day tour, lots to do and see, Eri was a funny guide and looked after us. The shepherd’s hut was awesome and had lots of cats! Zakopane is beautiful, but be prepared to queue as it can get very busy during skiing season. The thermal pools were a great end to the day.

A great experience from beginning to end. Robert our driver was always at hand and easy to contact. The itinerary is as written and exceeded my expectations.

Beautiful drive to the Bergen and on our date (December) full of snow afterwards enjoy the wonderfully warm baths while the snow swirls around you.

Wonderful day in Zakopane where we were able to discover another side of Poland. The cold, the snow, the scenery, it was splendid.