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From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

1. 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: 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.

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

3. 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.

Zakopane & Tatra Mountains Private Full-Day Tour from Krakow

4. Zakopane & Tatra Mountains Private Full-Day Tour from Krakow

Zakopane is the capital of winter Poland. Here there is superb scenery, perfect for winter sports lovers and fans of trekking trails. This area also has a characteristic dialect, splendid food and unique architecture. First, you will see the work place of a traditional Polish sculptor who makes outstanding wooden objects. Then here will be time in Zakopane traditional marketplace to buy handmade equipment for your house, or traditional cheeses "oscypek", and many other kinds of food. Afterwards, you will have possibility to take a 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, you will visit the charming wooden old parish church and cemetery. At the end of the trip, you will stop near the highest ski jump in Poland, Wielka Krokiew, where many international cups in ski jumping have been won.  Schedule: • Drive to the mountain side – 2 hours • Visit the Sculptor House in Chocholow – 30 to 40 minutes • Dive to Zakopane – 20 minutes • Gubalowka Mountain (with way up and down by Funicular rail) – 1 hour • Market under Gubalowka – 30 to 40 minutes  • Lunch time with walk through Krupowki – 1.5 hours • Visit Pekskowe Brzysko wooden church and cemetery – 30 to 40 minutes • Wielka Krokiew, the greatest ski jump in Poland – 1 hour • Drive back to Krakow - 2 hours Please note that times could change due to your needs or the weather conditions.

Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

5. Zakopane: Tatra Mountains Full Day Tour from Krakow

Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Zakopane. In Zakopane you will have the chance to take a cable car ride to Gubałówka Hill, take a stroll in Chochołowska Valley and down the Krupówki. At the end you will be able to see The Great Krokiew, the most famous and important Ski Jump in Poland. 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.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

6. 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.

From Krakow: Hot Springs and Zakopane with Gubałówka

7. From Krakow: Hot Springs and Zakopane with Gubałówka

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. 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. Dip into the warm outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Let the Wysoki Wierch mountain waters relieve your tensions and refresh you.

From Krakow: Morskie Oko, Zakopane & Thermal Baths

8. From Krakow: Morskie Oko, Zakopane & Thermal Baths

Enjoy an action-packed day taking a scenic hike to a glacial lake at Morskie Oko, exploring the town of Zakopane, and relaxing in the thermal baths in Chocholow. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Krakow, admire the views during your 2-hour drive toward the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain chain in Poland. Arrive at the base of the Morskie Oko hike and prepare yourself for beautiful nature and stunning views. Trek up the mountain at a leisurely pace for approximately 2 hours until you reach the Morski Oko Lake. The lake was formed from glaciers in the mountains and its name means the Eye of the Sea. While at the lake, relax for a bit before heading back down on another 2-hour hike. Next, head to Zakopane and take a trip up Gubalowka Mountain by funicular. After, spend time on Krupowki Street and soak up the authentic atmosphere of the city. Peruse the shops and restaurants, and try some traditional cottage cheese. Zakopane carries the proud name of the "skiing capital of Poland" and its the country's most popular holiday resort. From Zakopane, move on to Chocolow and visit the Chocholowska Baths, the largest thermal complex in Podhale. The water here is extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) and submerged rocks emit beneficial micronutrients such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Unwind for 3 hours in the 8 whirlpools of thermal water, the swimming pool brine bath, and the outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36° Celsius (97° Fahrenheit).

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.

From Krakow: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

10. From Krakow: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

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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based on 126 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.

Es una caminata de 9 km con algunos de los mejores paisajes de montaña, para terminar en el lago.

Amazing tour would highly recommend:) Jakub was great! Worth every penny and more!

100% recommended! Couldn’t ask for anything more. 10/10!!!