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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 Kraków: Skiing and Thermal Baths Experience

2. 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

3. 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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Chocholow: Thermal Baths

4. Chocholow: Thermal Baths

Chocholowska Baths are the largest thermal complex in Podhale. The water is extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters and submerged rocks, emit beneficial micronutrients such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium and sodium.Relax in the 8 whirlpool pools of thermal water with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. Dip in the swimming pool brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. The outdoor pools offer fun activities such as the Wild River, water basketball and volleyball, massage jets, waterfalls, volcano, geysers of air, water walls, grid swings and climbing water. Ride down an inflatable double slide, a pontoon slide and seasonal slide with a trap door (open from March 27 to November 15 weather permitting). There is also a steam bath suitable for children. Relax in the salt cave or 'Textile' dry sauna, for those who do not want to use the regular steam sauna. The Chocholowska Baths also has a beautiful Highlander Cottage sauna observation deck (subject to events). The cooling pool on the terrace is a perfect treat to revitalize your energy. In addition, you can indulge in the Chocholowska Baths restaurant during your visit.

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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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Krakow: Chochołów Tatra Mountain Village & Thermal Baths

8. Krakow: Chochołów Tatra Mountain Village & Thermal Baths

Get back to nature on a day trip to the Tatra Mountains. Breathe the fresh air as you explore the village of Chochołów. Savor a taste of the traditional oscypek sheep cheese. Relax at the Chochołów thermal baths and admire local craftsmanship at a folk sculpture studio. Be picked up from your accommodation in Krakow and sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the mountain village of Chochołów. See panoramic views of the Tatra mountains at the Dzianisz viewpoint. View the old-fashioned wooden houses as you walk through the village. Visit a Bacówka (Shepard's hut) to sample some salty oscypek cheese. Have the chance to purchase lunch at a traditional restaurant. Peruse local art at a unique folk sculpture studio. Go for a dip in the warm soothing waters of the Chochołów thermal baths. Let water that is straight from Wysoki Wierch mountain relieve your tension and refresh you. Take in mountain views as you soak in the water.

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From Krakow: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

9. 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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Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

10. Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

Swim in hot mineral water and watch the sunset in this revitalizing experience. Treat yourself to an evening of relaxation at Chocholow Thermal Baths. Take a break from sightseeing and luxuriate one of the eight whirlpools of thermal waters. Enjoy fun-filled activities in the indoor and outdoor pools, including water volleyball, volcano geysers, water walls, and inflatable slides. Stop by the cooling pool on the terrace or dine at the onsite restaurant before your return journey to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 406 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 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

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.