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From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

1. 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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Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

2. 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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Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

3. 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.

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Zakopane - The Capital of Tatra Mountains

4. Zakopane - The Capital of Tatra Mountains

Visit the Chochołów village which was founded in the 16th century by King Zygmunt III. There you will see a number of wooden cottages and visit the Museum of Chochołów with traditional interiors from the second half of the 19th century. Explore Zakopane where you can take a walk along the main street of Krupówki which has a lively atmospheric and full of charm with many traditional highland taverns with traditional food. After lunch you can take a ride up the Gubałówka mountain where you can admire the panorama of Tatra Mountains. On the way back to Kraków you will pop in to a Highlanders hut where shepherds prepare the traditional smoked cheese "Oscypek".

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

5. 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.

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From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Tour of Zakopane

6. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Tour of Zakopane

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before exploring the popular holiday town of Zakopane. 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 back into Poland to explore the authentic town of Zakopane, nestled at the base of the stunning Tatras Mountains. Proudly named the "winter capital of Poland", this beautiful town is Poland's most popular holiday resort. Visit Krupowki, the vibrant and bustling main street. Chat to some locals and discover what village life has to offer, before shopping for charming souvenirs. During this tour, you will be able to see the unique Chocholow village and its traditional wooden houses, which were built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the historical wooden chapels along the way. You will also be able to view the ski jump hill, which is used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition.

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Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains from Krakow

7. 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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From Krakow: Tatra Mountains and Morskie Oko Hike

8. From Krakow: Tatra Mountains and Morskie Oko Hike

Your adventure starts when the driver picks you up from your accommodation in Krakow. In the early morning, you will make your way to Morskie Oko, also known as Eye of the Sea. The lake is located within the Tatra National Park that lies in southern Poland and is the largest of its kind in the Tatra Mountains. Once arrived you can enjoy the picturesque panorama while hiking along a 9-kilometer route towards the lake.  Morskie Oko is the most famous lake in Poland and many people say it is the most beautiful one. The lake is embedded in the High Tatras at 1395 meters above sea level and it is surrounded by high mountain peaks reaching over 2000 meters which creates a breathtaking panorama.  After the tour, the driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Krakow.

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Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

9. Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk 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 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 to refuel after rafting. Continue on to 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 in the heart of majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. Discover the unique nature of the Belianske Tatras to learn about many animals and plants that can be found only in a few places of the world.

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Tatras Mountains: Full-day Hiking Tour from Krakow

10. Tatras Mountains: Full-day Hiking Tour from Krakow

You’ll be driven from Krakow to Kuznice, where you will board a modern cable car to get to Kasprowy Wierch. This is a prominent summit at the Polish-Slovakian border, with meteorological and astronomical observatories.  The tour continues to Liliowe Pass before reaching the meadows of Hala Gąsienicowa. There you will find a stone shelter where you can eat your lunch.  40 minutes from the shelter, there is an excellent viewing point that offers vistas over Orla Perc, a sharp ridge of summits. The tour ends with a walk through the Jaworzynka Valley. As you hike, your English-speaking tour leader will tell you about the mountains and their flora and fauna. You will also learn about the history and culture of the Gorale, the local highlanders.  The guide will bring scientific equipment like humidity and temperature probes to make the hike interactive and informative.

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What people are saying about Tatra National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 220 reviews

This was the highlight of our trip to Poland. It was an expensive trip but so worth it. Our tour guide Gregory brought us to so many amazing places on this day. He was such a good tour guide that we used him for the remainder of the days in Kraokow.

The guide was really helpful. Easy to talk to, the day itself was probably the best thing about my whole trip, the views are amazing and breath-taking. I will 100% go back to Slovakia and the places visited on the above trip.

Incredible experience - special thanks to Gregory who was a great tour guide/driver and so passionate. Lots of experiences (&slides) which were unforgettable!

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.

We had the best day with the best guide, Gregory. He was so gentle and kind and made our day very special.