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Explorers can find winter sports, adventure, and a gateway to the Tatras Mountains in this resort town.

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Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs Tour with Hotel Pickup

Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs Tour with Hotel Pickup

Enjoy unforgettable memories in Zakopane. This captivating destination that caters to nature lovers, offers a perfect blend of traditional highland architecture, vibrant street life on town center and outdoor adventures. Your tour will begin with pickup from your hotel or apartment in Krakow (or from the nearest location if access by vehicle proves impossible or difficult). Transport from Krakow to Zakopane will take about 1,5 - 2 hours depending on road conditions. The first point of the tour is a small village Chocholow. Known for its well-preserved examples of traditional wooden architecture, provides visitors with a glimpse into the region's rich cultural heritage. Get ready for a walk and take your camera for lots of amazing photos from this place. The second stop on the tour is a shepherd's hut (cheese factory). In this place, you will have the opportunity to taste traditional smoked sheep's cheese called Oscypek and a shot of Polish vodka - giving extraordinary taste sensations. The next stop will be the city of Zakopane, where you will have 2.5 hours of free time. Once there, you'll start on the Funicular Railway that will take you to the top of Gubalowka. Viewpoint is renowned for its breathtaking panoramic views of the Tatra Mountains. There you will also find numerous cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and a gravity slide (open in summer, not included in the tour price). After going down, it is worth going for a walk along the charming streets and lunch in one of the local restaurants (not included in the tour price). Krupowki is the main pedestrian street in Zakopane. This lively and vibrant street is the heart of the town, serving as a hub for both locals and visitors. The street is lined with a diverse array of local restaurants, shops, and market stalls. Visitors can find a wide range of goods, including traditional highlander crafts, souvenirs, local food products, and clothing. The last point of the journey is the Hot Springs Complex. On site, you will receive a watch giving access to the changing room and locker. The admission ticket for 2,5 hours to the Chocholow Thermal Baths includes themed areas for children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time well. Visitors have access to outdoor and indoor pools, as well as water slides and jacuzzis (nudity zone is not included). Inside you will also find a pool bar where you can order drinks (drinks and food are not included in the price of the ticket). After the tour, your driver will take you back to Krakow, Poland.

Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pools and Hotel Pickup

Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pools and Hotel Pickup

Soak up the views of the Tatra Mountains on this bestselling Zakopane day trip. Experience the hot spring pools and warm water slides of the best Thermal Baths, ride the Mt. Gubałówka funicular, stroll along Krupowki Street, and taste local cheese and vodka in the village of Chocholow Your tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel. During the journey to Zakopane, we have two amazing stops planned. Chochołów - one of the most beautiful villages in Southern Poland where you'll find the oldest houses inhabited by locals. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the history and to take some wonderful photos. When we arrive at our destination - Zakopane, your guide will explain how to use the funicular car and provide you with all the necessary tickets, saving you time and avoiding the ticket office queues. Each tourist spends their free time in the center of Zakopane in their own way. Some can savor delicious local spices or take leisurely walks and admire mountain views, some can buy souvenirs while others count the minutes to experience the final attraction - the hot thermal pools where they can indulge in this blissful relaxation. The thermal pools in Chochołów are one of the largest facilities of this kind in Poland. The health properties of the water have a positive impact on the skin and overall well-being. Pool bars allow for a moment of relaxation with a drink. Families traveling with children will also find something for themselves because every entrance ticket we offer at Chocholow Termal Baths grants access to all zones (except the sauna). Don't forget to bring your phone and capture unforgettable moments! See you on board! Choose one the most frequently booked and the best reviewed tour from Krakow. Thousands of people have already trusted us.

Krakow: Zakopane with Hot Springs, Cable Car & Hotel Pickup

Krakow: Zakopane with Hot Springs, Cable Car & Hotel Pickup

Explore the Tatra mountains on a private or group day trip from Krakow with hotel transfers and a guide. Explore Chocholow, a living museum of historical wooden buildings, and try regional cheese and alcohol. Ride the Gubałówka funicular, explore Zakopane on your own, and relax in a thermal bath. After pickup from Krakow, drive to the village of Chocholow to see the best examples of Goral wooden houses and learn about this characteristic wooden building style. Afterward, try regional treats, including oscypek cheese and local alcohol in a traditional shepherd's hut called Bacówka. Next, take the cable car from Zakopane to Gubałówka, the most famous peak of the Polish Tatra Mountains. In just 3.5 minutes, get to a height of 1122 m above sea level. From the top, enjoy a panorama of Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains. On your descent, enjoy free time (2,5h) on Krupowki, Zakopane’s most famous street. Find local shops with products from the Podhale region. You can buy jewelry (including brooches in the typical heart-shaped “parzenica” pattern), clothes made of wool and leather, and intricately carved wooden souvenirs. Finally, unwind at Chocholow Thermal Baths (2,5h) where 14 pool basins, over 300 meters of water slides, saline pools, geysers, water cannons, and jacuzzis await you. Relax with a gorgeous view of the High Tatras. In the end, be driven back to your hotel in Krakow.

From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

Discover the charm of Zakopane, the enchanting mountain town nestled in the heart of Polish Mountains. Immerse yourself in the picturesque beauty of Chochołów and experience the rich cultural heritage it has to offer. Indulge in the unique flavors of traditional Polish cuisine at a rustic mountain hut where you can savor the delightful oscypek cheese paired with a selection of locally produced spirits. For adventure seekers, the iconic Wielka Krokiew ski jumping hill awaits, where you can witness the breathtaking feats of fearless athletes. Marvel at the architectural masterpiece of Jaszczurówka, a wooden church nestled amidst stunning natural surroundings. To elevate your experience, take a thrilling ride on the Gubałówka funicular and soak in panoramic views of the majestic Tatra Mountains. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural immersion, or simply a peaceful getaway, Zakopane and its surrounding attractions offer an unforgettable blend of beauty, tradition, and excitement.

Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Cable Car & Thermal Baths Ticket

Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Cable Car & Thermal Baths Ticket

Your day will start with pickup from your hotel/apartment in Krakow. On the way to Zakopane, you will visit the idyllic, over 200-year-old village - Chochołów, famous for its almost identical wooden houses. You will learn about the traditions that keep these historic buildings looking new. 10 minutes from Chochołów you will stop at a shepherd's hut to try regional smoked cheese - Oscypek and regional alcohol. This cheese is usually produced from sheep's milk, only in this region of Poland. It tastes best grilled with the addition of cranberry jam and you will taste it in this form. Then you will arrive in Zakopane, which is called "The winter capital of Poland". In summer as well as in winter, this place is visited by a lot of Polish and foreign tourists. At any time of the year, the town has its own unique charm. First, the guide will take you to the funicular railway to Gubałówka Mountain, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountains. Then you will spend time in the center of the town, where you will walk along Krupówki Street, where there are many restaurants, mainly with regional cuisine, as well as many shops, souvenirs and stands with regional products. From Zakopane, the driver will take you to the Chochołowskie thermal baths, where you will relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, in the healing thermal water extracted in this area. It's waiting for you there water slides, saline pools, geysers, water cannons, sauna, and jacuzzis. There is also a restaurant and a swim-up bar inside (cost not included). Relax with a gorgeous view of the High Tatras. You will spend about 2.5 hours in the thermal baths, after which the driver will take you back to your hotel/apartment in Krakow.

Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountain Tour with Hotel Pickup

Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountain Tour with Hotel Pickup

Take a day out from Krakow and head 100km south to the winter capital of Poland. Explore the Zakopane regional market, walk Krupowki street, and experience the town at your leisure. See authentic housing in Chocholow and marvel at the Tatra mountains by riding a funicular train up Gubalowka hill. Travel to the winter town of Zakopane. Explore as you please and find many worthwhile attractions like the professional ski jumping hill. Walk through the bustling Kripowki street and try some regional food. Find the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima, Jaszczurowca Chapel, and explore the old cemetery. Head just outside the town to the village of Chocholow and admire the traditional wooden housing. Taste an authentic highlander's cheese called 'Oscypek' and delight in the quaint magic of this hidden treasure. Climb aboard an amazing incline railway and reach the top of Gubalowka hill, 1126 meters high. Capture breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains, the tallest peaks in all of Poland.

From Kraków: Zakopane Day Tour and Optional Thermal Bath

From Kraków: Zakopane Day Tour and Optional Thermal Bath

Discover the highlights of Zakopane on this day tour from Krakow. Take the Gubałówka cable car to admire panoramic views, stroll down the charming Krupówki in the center of town, try local food, and relax with an optional trip to the thermal baths. Depart Krakow and discover the beauty of the Tatras Mountains. Enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Zakopane by taking the cable car to Gubałówka. Admire the views of the High Tatras after visiting the lodge and tasting local cheese and vodka. Visit Krupówki, the most popular promenade in the heart of our Winter Capital, where you can try local dishes from traditional restaurants (cost not included). Feel the atmosphere of the mountain region and enjoy sightseeing, shopping, and relaxing at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. After the ride in Zakopane, take a break to rest and relax in the thermal bath. Enjoy outdoor and indoor pools, slides, jacuzzis, and much more in the heart of the mountains.

From Krakow: Bus Transfer to/from Zakopane

From Krakow: Bus Transfer to/from Zakopane

Enjoy a seamless bus transfer from Krakow to Zakopane, or vice versa, and arrive at your destination on time. Get help from the friendly staff, sit back in a comfortable seat, and take in the spectacular scenery along the way. Use the free Wi-Fi to chat with your friends, and arrive in good time. Arrive at the bus station before your transfer to be greeted by the friendly staff. Then, hop aboard, sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing view from a comfortable seat. Stay in touch with friends and family by using the free Wi-Fi, and turn on the air-conditioning if needed. Stretch your legs too. Finally, arrive at your destination in Krakow or Zakopane to conclude your transfer.

From Krakow: Snowmobile & Thermal Baths Zakopane Tour

From Krakow: Snowmobile & Thermal Baths Zakopane Tour

Enjoy the scenery of Zakopane area and look at the Tatra mountains from a different angle in the company of one of our guides on snowmobiles (snowmobile renting is excluded in the price). At the start of our tour, we will stop at Chochołów Unesco World Heritage Site (wooden traditional cottage village). You will have an opportunity to explore the sculptor's hut and see how the highlanders pass their day. Taking a ride on our snowmobile will give you an unforgettable experience and mountiain views will blow your mind. Get the feel of genuine winter adventure dashing through the snowy mountains accompanied by our experienced tour guide. We have chosen a scenic route for this ride surrounded by Tatra mountains to offer you beautiful views, and of course we make lots of breaks for photos. After the snowmobile tour you will be invited for traditional cheese tasting "oscypek" grilled by yourself on firepit. At the end of the tour relax in Chocholowskie Thermal Baths. With recreation and relaxation in mind, visit largest thermal pool complex in Podhale. Chochołowskie Thermal Baths is almost 3,000 m2 of water surface and 30 pool troughs. Knowing that thermal waters are rich in many micronutrients, we guarantee a surge of vitality and full regeneration of the body. In addition to swimming pools and a jacuzzi with thermal water, we invite you to the treatment zone with sulphide and brine water. WE RUN THIS TOUR ON QUADS IF ISN'T ENOUGH SNOW. Chocholow wooden vilage is closed on Sundays. Tours on Sundays will skip this attraction. PLEASE NOTE: SNOWMOBILE RENTAL NOT INCLUDED

From Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Cable Car and Tastings

From Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Cable Car and Tastings

Take in panoramic views of the Tatra Mountains on this full-day tour from Krakow. Visit the charming town of Chochołów and taste traditional local cheese and alcohol. Spend some free time in Zakopane and ride the cable car to the top of Gubałówka.  Go to the wooden town of Chochołów where you can see the traditional wooden architecture. Afterward, savor local produce of cheese and alcohol. Arriving in Zakopane, board the cable car and travel up to Gubałówka Hill. Experience breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains that are covered in snow up until May. Enjoy free time in the bustling heart of Zakopane on Krupówki street in the town center. Admire the architecture of the 120 years old Wooden Chapel "Jaszczurówka". End the trip with a drive back to your hotel.

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Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Zakopane

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What should I do on my first trip to Zakopane?

One of the absolute necessities during your trip to Zakopane is to take a cable car to Mount Kasprowy. This incredible natural feature makes for a stunning sightseeing destination all year round. If you're an experienced hiker, then taking a 5-hour walk up Mount Giewont is a definite great nature fix. Throughout the year, this is a stunning location that offers some of the most breathtaking views in all seasons. Also, visiting the local markets, which pop up all over the streets of Zakopane, is a great way to experience the culture and immerse yourself in the cuisine.

What are some hidden gems to see in Zakopane?

Some of the most wondrous hidden gems in Zakopane include the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which is a popular religious site, Quadoo Adventure Zakopane, and Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku, which is a hauntingly-beautiful cemetery.

How much time should I spend in Zakopane?

Even though it’s more than possible to make just a day trip to Zakopane, we suggest you spend two or three days here. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture fully and enjoy all of the delicious food Zakopane has to offer, then definitely consider spending a couple of days here.

What food is Zakopane known for?

Zakopane is a hub of Goral culture and is often referred to as ‘the winter capital of Poland’. Some of the most popular tourist activities in this town include skiing and mountaineering since Zakopane resides near the mountainous border between Slovakia and Poland.

What is the best way to get around Zakopane?

The great thing about Zakopane is that it’s a very compact town and the roads are partially closed to vehicles. So, the best way to get around town is on foot!

What are the best months to visit Zakopane?

September and October in Zakopane are often temperate, sunny, and dry, so if you’re looking for a warm, beautiful destination, then this may be it. However, winter is when the town really starts to come alive, with frequent snowfalls and some incredible white landscapes.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Zakopane?

Kasprowy Wierch (Tatra National Park) is easily the best place to visit when you’re in Zakopane. It’s easy to get to the top of Kasprowy Wierch via cable car from upper Zakopane. Once you reach the top station, you’ll be greeted by friendly locals and incredible scenery. The area is calm and quiet, and you’ll find a restaurant, souvenir shop, and, if you go in winter, ski rental.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

An excellent shopping neighborhood in Zakopane is Podgorze - a historic district on the southern bank of the Wisla River. It features the spacious Bonarka shopping mall, complete with your typical range of chain stores and services, as well as a cinema and food court.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Zakopane?

The area around the Kasprowy Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Zakopane, thanks to its central location. It’s located in the heart of the city, and is surrounded by plenty of nightlife spots to spend your evenings at. If you want something a little more tranquil, consider staying in the mountains - most of the time, the only sound there is that of singing birds and rushing water.

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Our guide Mirek was really helpful and ensured we had a great day. We were sent loads of useful tips on where to go to get the very day out the the trip. It was fun and informative. Mirek also arranged all of the bits of the day in the best order so that we could enjoy it according to limitations with the weather. We would recommend the trip. The bus was a little tight but everything else was great 👍 x

The trip was excellent. The guide was perfect...the right level of humour, information and helpfulness. The one issue was the music on the bus. Some of the lyrics were highly inappropriate for a young audience and the same few tracks were played repeatedly for the 1.5 hours return journey. Loved the experience.

our guide for the day was Adam, he was great! so friendly and informative, had a really good day!

Mido, our driver and guide made the visit so much more memorable. We can't thank him enough.

Wonderful trip! Dawid was an excellent guide and driver. Highly recommend this tour!