Polish Highlands, Tatras, and Krakow
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Overview

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Poland and its southern neighbour Slovakia are separated by the mighty Carpathian Mountains, of which the highest part - the Tatras. At their foot lie several historical regions, among them the colorful Podhale and Spisz. Located south of Krakow the region is inhabited by Gorale - highlanders, an ethnic group of independent culture and dialect. This tour runs through villages and towns located in picturesque valleys and dales. Most of the route follows the Dunajec - a mountain river. During this trip you will get the opportunity to visit two National Parks and three objects listed by UNESCO, including magnificent Krakow, and many other attractions which are not available to people travelling by car.

Highlights

  • Tatra Mountains;
  • Dunajec Gorge;
  • Old town of Krakow - former Polish capital.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Krakow

Arrival and accommodation in a hotel in Krakow. Meeting our office representative, who will distribute detailed travel information and maps. They will also explain the course of the following days as well as answer all necessary questions.

In the afternoon you will have a chance for individual sightseeing of the Old Town, Market Square, and the Jewish Quarter.

Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz

Day 2: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

After breakfast a car provided by us will take you to Zakopane, a lively resort located at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. In 2 hours you will reach the hotel situated close to the Tatra National Park entrance. After leaving your luggage in the hotel you can take a moderate walk along one of the Tatra valleys. There are several options to choose from, all of which are described in the extended materials you’ll be provided upon booking.

Walking for the day: Approximately 1 to 3 hours hike, depending on the preferred level of difficulty:

  • Easy trail: 7 km / 4.4 miles, 290 meters in total elevation
  • Moderate trail: 16 km / 10 miles, 670 meters in total elevation

Accommodation: Hotel Willa Pod Skocznią

Day 3: The Tatra Mountains

We offer you a full day excursion to the Tatra Mountains. Among suggested routes are the peaks of Kopa Kondracka (2005 m), Czerwone Wierchy (2096 m) and Swinica (2301 m). Each of the proposed routes are described in detail and marked well.

Walking for the day: Approximately 4 to 8 hours hike, depending on the preferred level of difficulty:

  • Easy trail: 19 km / 12 miles, 1 000 meters in total elevation;
  • Moderate trail: 23 km / 14.3 miles, 1 300 meters in total elevation.

Accommodation: Hotel Willa Pod Skocznią

Day 4: Spisz region and Slovakian Pieniny national park

After breakfast a car will be awaiting to take you to the Slovakian side of the Pieniny national park. This day hike follows a rolling landscape and passes several interesting limestone formations. You will descend to the valley of Dunajec. Accommodation is planned on the Polish side of the river near the entrance to the Dunajec gorge.

Walking for the day: Approximately 6 hours hike, 10 km / 6.2 miles with 310 metres in total elevation.
Accommodation: Hotel 'Nad Przelomem'

Day 5: Pieniny Mountains

Start of the walk through the Dunajec Gorge. This narrow limestone valley is listed by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage Site. This day’s route follows the so called “"Pieniny Way”" to a spa town Szczawnica. The route can be optionally covered by wooden rafts operated by local Highlanders.

Walking for the day: Approximately 3 hours hike:

  • Easy trail: 14 km / 8.7 miles, 240 metres in total elevation;
  • Moderate trail: 14 km / 8.7 miles, 650 metres in total elevation.

Accommodation: Hotel Batory

Day 6: Beskidy Mountains

The 6th day starts by heading eastwards from Szczawnica and pass a village Jaworki, where a population of Greek-catholic Lemkos lived until the end of World War II. This day excursion leads through a range of mountains called Beskidy and ends up on the peak of Prehyba (1175 m), where a mountain chalet is located. On the way you may also pay a visit to a nature reserve “Homole Gorge” with interesting rock formations. Overnight stay in mountain chalet on Prehyba peak.

Walking for the day: Approximately 3 - 5,5 hours hike, depends if chosen to do an extra walk in the area:

  • Easy trail: 14 km / 8.7 miles, 640 meters in total elevation;
  • Moderate trail: + extra walk - additional 7 km / 4.4 miles, with 440. meters of elevation

Accommodation: Mountain chalet on Prehyba Peak (Przehyba Peak)

Day 7: Rytro and Krakow

The last walking stage of the trek leads from Prehyba peak to Poprad valley, to a quiet summer vacation area around town Rytro. There it ends the walking part of this trip. A car will transport you from there back to Krakow, where in the afternoon you can once again spend time on individual sightseeing.

Walking for the day: Approximately 2,5 hours hike, 9 km / 5.6 miles on flat walk.
Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz

Day 8: Departure

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels

Accommodations

3 star hotels, 1 night in mountain chalet. Two hotels have spa facilities and swimming pool. Accommodation was chosen to be close to national parks and trails. We avoid big chain hotels and prefer family run businesses.

Sample hotels: Hotel Kazimierz, Hotel Willa Pod Skocznią, Hotel 'Nad Przelomem'

Meals

Breakfast is always included. With exception of one day where are mountain huts/chalets along the trail which offer simple, hot food and drinks. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in the hotels or from several restaurants in towns and villages where the accommodation is located. Most restaurants offer local specialties as well as international cuisine.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. Exact accommodation details will be provided to you upon booking confirmation.

Travel Info

Flights info for this trip

Arrival and departure airport - Krakow [www.krakowairport.pl]

Krakow Airport is the largest regional airport in Poland. The operational area of the airport covers south-eastern Poland inhabited by around 7.9 million people within 100 km of the airport. The airport is located in the south of Poland, 11 km west of Kraków, at 241 m above sea level


Transfers to/from Airports:

Arriving from UK

Travelling by train is the fastest way to get to/from the airport to city centre where the first and last day hotel is located (the journey to the city centre takes about 17 minutes). The new Krakow Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park.
Trains operate 7 days a week.

Tickets and Fares:

  • Krakow Airport - Krakow Main Train Station: PLN 8,00 - 2 EUR.

Departing from Poland

As mentioned above, train is the fastest and best way to get from last hotel in Krakow to the airport.

Cost of taxi from/to airport to city centre is 70 PLN (17 EUR)


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included and your bags will be transferred by the driver to your next hotel. No luggage weight limit.


Poland: Country Info

Capital: Warsaw
Language: Polish
Border Countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
Population: 38 million
Area: 322,575 sq km (124,547 sq miles, about size of New Mexico)
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1), Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Climate: Temperate with mild summers and moderately severe winters
Currency: Zloty (PLN, zł), 1 zloty = 100 groszy
Government type: Republic, parliamentary democracy
Members of: EU, UN, NATO, OECD, WTO and many other
Holidays: 11 days a year
Country Code: PL

Useful Info

Difficulty Grade: Easy-Moderate

On some days there is a choice of 2 walks, shorter or longer. Easy - shorter walks and Easy-Moderate - longer walks.

Fitness Level

This walking trip is appropriate for beginners and intermediate walkers. There is a choice of 2 walks on some days which allows to adjust walking difficulty to one's experience. The biggest elevation gains are on days 2 and 3 in the Tatra mountains. (read more)

Route Navigation

The route follows unpaved walking trails which are well marked and sign posted. The trails are described in detail in 'tour notes' booklet as well as marked on maps (maps scale 1:25000 - 1:30000). 24 hours emergency phone is available.

When to go

From May till middle of October - in late October you may encounter some snow in the higher parts of Tatra mountains.

Weather

The Polish Carpathian mountains lie in the temperate zone of Central Europe. They are an important barrier to the movements of air masses. The average temperatures vary from 14 degrees in May to 20 in August. Highest precipitation occurs in June. On average precipitation occurs on 180 days a year.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to airline policy only. On walking days your main luggage is transported by car to the next accommodation. One exception is day 6 when you stay in mountain chalet Przechyba where you can bring only your basic, personal things with you. (The rest of your luggage on the 6th day will be stored for you in a safe place.) For your daily essentials you should bring a comfortable rucksack. Water can be drunk from tap or bought in mountain chalets along the trails which also offer hot, basic meals. Essential atop to bring are good hiking shoes and water proof jacket. In May and October light gloves can also be useful.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Prices

This trip as available from May until October.

Weather is best in June - September. As July and August are the busiest months it is preferable that you book as early as possible.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season - so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

You will not be asked to make any payments to us before your trip availability has been explicitly confirmed.

Price: GBP 580 per person

(discounts applicable for parties of 4 or more)

Included

  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including:
    • gps-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes;
    • detailed maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked;
    • visual day-by-day photo guide;
    • daily distances and approximate walking times;
    • daily vertical profiles and elevation gains;
    • transfer information (airports, bus stations);
    • travel connection schedules for public transport (or private transfers can be pre booked);
    • hotel locations and contact data;
    • destination information and background guide to destination’s history, culture and cuisine.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights:
  • 3 car transfers between accommodation as stated by the itinerary;
  • Introductory meeting with representative at the beginning of the trip;
  • luggage transport between places of accommodation (except for Przechyba mountain chalet);
  • Detailed maps with routes marked on them and times needed to cover the distance, walk profiles;
  • 24/7 assistance by phone.

Options

  • Single room supplement: add 20% to standard trip price. Where solo travellers or individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable. (for further details of costs applicable to solo travellers see section below);
  • Guided tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow with return transport - 39 EUR per person;
  • Guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum near Krakow with return transport - 39 EUR per person;
  • Garmin GPS handheld device with preloaded tracks of all routes: £ 20 for 7 days.

Solo Traveller supplement

This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared a 20% supplement is payable on the standard trip cost (including the single room supplement above) and also on any private transfers required which are not included in the trip price.

Self Guided+

On request, we can provide a private guide (105 EUR per day for a group of up to 6 persons).

Excluded

    • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation;
    • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks;
    • Travel insurance;
    • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.;
    • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.

Other trip-related costs

Entrance fee to Tatra national park, Pieniny national park - 5 PLN (1 GBP) per person.

Booking and Payment details

  1. When you book (deposit payment):
    No payment is needed when you book initially. Within 48 hours (72 hours on weekends and bank holidays) we will send you a confirmation email with deposit payment instructions (you can pay online by credit card, debit card or by bank transfer). Deposit is 20% of the trip price including options.
  2. Balance payment:
    Four weeks before the trip, the full balance will be due for payment (we will send you a reminder email with payment instructions at least 7 days prior to this).
  3. Receiving Information pack and trip notes:
    Upon confirmation of your balance payment you will receive the information pack and detailed trip notes (no later than 3 weeks before your trip).
    A member of the Natural Adventure Team will always be available to answer any questions you may have right up to the time of your trip. During the trip you will also be able to call a member of our team any time (24/7).

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