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From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Pools Tour

1. 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 Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

2. 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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Day Trip Zakopane & Polish Tatra mountains from Krakow

3. 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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Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

4. 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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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. 

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Tatra Mountains Day Trip to Terma Białka Thermal Baths

6. Tatra Mountains Day Trip to Terma Białka Thermal Baths

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or other location on arrangement, and then travel in comfort to an amazing wellness center and aqua park near the ski resort of Kotelnica Białczańska in the Tatra Mountains. Be amazed by the unusual architecture and surrounding terrain of the Terma Białka on arrival. Get help to purchase your entrance ticket and then make use of the thermal facilities at leisure. Access almost 9,000 square meters of water entertainment and relaxation amenities. Let go of all your stress in the quiet zone and relax in silence. Indulge yourself at the 3 thermal swimming pools set in tranquil surroundings. Take the children to the loud zone, where they can let off excess energy at the 5 thermal swimming pools, external water slides and other fun activities. Find a tasty bite to eat in the on-site restaurants in both the loud and quiet zones. Enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the aperitif bar, or treat yourself to something more sophisticated in the cocktail bar. Top up your tan whilst you drink in the exclusive saunarium and sunbathing bar.

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From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Trip

7. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Trip

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.

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Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Tour from Krakow

8. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Tour from Krakow

Following pickup from your hotel in Krakow, journey into the Tatra Mountains to experience the pristine nature of the highest mountain range in Poland. Make your way to the village of Chochołów near Zakopane, where the locals still live in traditional wooden houses. Hear about everyday life and the folk culture of the local Góral people, before visiting the workshop of a talented sculptor. Return to Zakopane via Witów to look at an old wooden church and visit the shepherd's mountain shelter of Bacowka, where traditional cheese is still produced. Get breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains on the way to Krupowki Street, Zakopane's commercial heart with lots of shops and restaurants serving local cuisine. Ride the cable car to take in breathtaking views before returning to Krakow at the end of the day.

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Zakopane - The Capital of Tatra Mountains

9. 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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From Krakow: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

10. From Krakow: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

Zakopane is the winter capital of Poland, thanks to its splendid natural scenery, its pistes and hiking trails, and a rich folk culture. You will begin your exploration of the area by taking the funicular railway to the top of Mount Gubałówka for views over the granite and limestone peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Having returned to the oldest part of Zakopane, we will visit the charming wooden old parish church and the most unique cemetery in Poland. To complete your experience, you have a chance to visit the enormous regional market and enjoy lunch in a regional restaurant serving local specialities. If you wish to find out more about this unusual region you can visit the Tatra Museum or the village of Chochołów (famous for its 150-year-old wooden log cabins and a serene atmosphere).

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 257 reviews

Our driver was polite, punctual and knowledgeable about the area we visited. We went in early December and it was thick snow with stunning scenery both from the mountain tops and in the town itself. its almost post card perfect and great for those instagram snaps! The cheese tasking was a nice addition; not only getting to see how the cheese is made locally - and it really is a "cottage industry" - but also getting to taste it as the locals eat it was a welcome addition. Finally the thermal Spa.... Best way to end the trip. You get plenty of time here - we jad about 3 hours - and the combination of the thermal pools with swim up bar and incredible mountain views is well worth it. The whole bus pretty much slept all the way home we were that relaxed

Absolutely stunning place to visit, especially this time of year when the whole village and surrounding mountains are covered in snow. Attempted the cable car up to the tatra mountains, but as an acrophobic I probably shouldn’t have done! The tour guide was lovely, explained and answered anything we wanted, and as it was only us two, it was pretty much a private tour and we got to choose where we went and what we did. Highly recommend coming here if you’re visiting Krakow

Absolutely brilliant! Such a great day on Saturday, better than expected. Our tour guide Marious was amazing, he went above and beyond throughout the day. I would definitely recommend to book this attraction. The scenery, the cable car, the thermal baths, cheese trying were all fabulous! Picked up from our hotel and dropped back off. Brilliant day with brilliant service! Thankyou so much

Everything went very well ! Our driver picked us up from our hotel on time. Very friendly and careful on the road. We tasted a typical cheese and then went to the city center. Free time to take the cable car and the shops. Delighted with this outing

Our driver Gregor was amazing, lovely guy and top knowledge. All the little parts of the trip made it a great experience and to finish off at the spa was the icing on the cake. Would 10000% recommend this trip