Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

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Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow
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Experience a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Gubalowka and take a walk around the peak. Visit the oldest part of Zakopane with its old mountaineer cottages and ash trees. Experience the true Zakopane atmosphere when you walk along Krupowki.
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In Brief

Location:
Kraków, Poland
Country:
Poland
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
Wednesday and Saturday
Highlights:
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included
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Itinerary
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Pass By: Cracow Tours, ul. Krupnicza 3, Krakow 31-123 Poland

Situated by the Vistula river, Krakow is the cradle of Polish culture anda characteristic urban phenomenon. It is the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs. For a long time it has been attracting scholars with the oldest university in the country, artists with the cultural climate and pilgrims with the sanctuaries and holy relics. Since the beginning, Kraków has also been enticing tourists with its atmosphere, monuments, and recently also the memory of Pope John Paul II.

The legendary founder of the city was Prince Krak, the vanquisher of the Wawel Dragon (the effigy of the beast stands at the foot of Wawel Hill). Remnants of the oldest history of the city have been preserved in two mounds dating from the 7th century called the Wanda and Krak mounds. The first historical information about Krakow is contained in a 10th-century note of Ibrahim ibn Jakub. In the book of Muhammad al-Idrisi (dating from the 12th century) Krakow is described as a “beautiful and large city with many houses, residents, markets, vineyards and gardens.” At the beginning of the 12th century Gallus Anonymous depicted

Krakow as a thriving metropolis and wrote in his Chronicles: “Krakow, the capital city, excels all Polish cities.” Krakow was founded according to the Magdeburg law (by Bolesław V the Chaste) on the 5 June 1257. district) was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage

Sites in 1978 as the first of its kind.It is important for the residents of Krakow to cultivate their traditions such as the annual nativity crib contest or the Lajkonik wandering in the octave of the

Corpus Christi (June) from Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square.

Among the many eminent people connected to Krakow are the Pope John Paul II; the Nobel Prize poets Czesław Miłosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisław Mrozek; Stanislaw Lem – the legend of Polish fantasy writing; Stanislaw Wyspianski – a painter, poet, playwright, designer and the author of works such as the stained glass decorating the Franciscan Church; and Dr. Feliks “Manggha” Jasinski– the benefactor of the Japanese collection displayed currently in the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology funded by Andrzej Wajda.

Stop At: Tatras Mountains (Tatry), Southern Poland Poland

Visiting Zakopane is a perfect opportunity to learn about

the wooden architecture of Podhale highlanders, and to see

the beautiful villas in Zakopane style, which was inspired by

the folklore of this region. It is worth visiting the Koliba villa, housing the Museum of Zakopane Style. Other unique

examples of the Zakopane style include the Pod Jedlami

villa and the charming chapel in Jaszczurówka designed

by Stanisław Witkiewicz, the creator of the Zakopane style.

In the vicinity of Krupowki, a famous Zakopane promenade, there is the grand building of the Tatra Museum devoted to the mountains, the Podhale folklore and the history of the exploration of the Tatra Mountains. You can also find many churches and monasteries in Zakopane. However, most pilgrims go to the sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptowki, which is run by the Pallotines and strongly linked with John Paul II.

Before you travel from Zakopane to the Tatra Mountains, it is worth taking a funicular railway to the top of Gubałowka (1120 m asl). This picturesque mountain ridge emerges from the

north of Zakopane, just on the opposite side of the Giewont peak. Another way to admire the mountain panorama is to

A view on Giewont, photo by J. Gorlach Cable car to Kasprowy Wierch, photo by J. Gorlach 22 23 take a ride on a cable car from Kuznice to Kasprowy Wierch (1985 m asl). The most beautiful lake in the Tatra Mountains is Morskie Oko, lyingat the foot of the highest peak in Poland, Rysy (2499 m asl). The lake can be reached by a 10 km asphalt road, also frequented by horse buses.

The best place to stop by and take a rest after an exhausting hike is a newly built water park at the foot of Antalowka, which offers thermal water baths.

Duration: 9 hours

Stop At: Tatra Museum, ul. Krupowki 10, Zakopane 34-500 Poland

The Dr Tytus Chalubinski Tatra Mountains Museum is housed in a purpose-built building designed by Stanislaw Witkiewicz and Franciszek Maczynski in the Zakopane style and constructed in 1913-22.

One of the oldest regional museums in Poland, it was first created in 1888 as a museum of nature to commemorate Dr Tytus Chalubinski (1820-89), the physician, botanist and great public figure who was enamoured with the Tatra Mountains, uncovered the beauty and originality of the highlanders' culture, and promoted Zakopane. The key champion of the initiative to open such a museum in Zakopane was Adolf Scholtze, the Warsaw industrialist, chemist and devoted naturalist.

The Museum preserves its holdings in several departments. The Nature Department is devoted to the nature and wildlife of the Tatra Mountains, their geology and caves. Among its prized possessions is Tytus Chalubinski's collection of more than 2,700 specimens of moss, nine albums containing 900 species of vascular plants, a unique collection of nearly 140 species of lichen, and numerous herbaria. The zoological holdings, spanning the areas of the Tatras, the Rocky Podhale, the Orawsko-Nowotarska Dale and the Pieniny Mountains, number some 581 exhibits and are particularly noted for the collections of birds, of the Tatra and Podtatrze butterflies, and of the Tatra dragon-flies. The geological holdings include 2,081 specimens of rocks, minerals and fossils from the areas of the Tatras and Podtatrze. Of special interest is a beautiful collection of 96 marine fossils, with ammonites, sea-urchins, molluscs and snails.

The Ethnographic Department preserves objects of material culture, crafts and folk art from the areas of Podhale, Spisz and Orawa. Visitors will see the local sheep-herding and household equipment; costumes, including the precious female attire from the area of Czorsztyn; paintings on glass; decorated metal and leather objects; and embroideries. There is also a valuable collection of folk instruments and metal pins. The Art Department is home to a precious collection of paintings, graphics and drawings, all having the Tatras as their subject, a new occurrence in the Polish art in the first half of the nineteenth century. There is also a large collection of portraits executed in various techniques and presenting the top-most Zakopane artists, politicians, sportsmen, as well as mountain folk. The Museum's patron, Tytus Chalubinski, has a number of portraits by various artists, Stanislaw Witkiewicz among them. There are also several pastels drawn by Witkiewicz's son, Stanislaw Ignacy (nicknamed Witkacy) in his famous "Portraiture Company". Of special note is also a collection of fifty cartoons of the author's contemporaries by Kazimierz Sichulski, one of Poland's most renowned cartoonists, as well as a collection of sculpture by Zakopane artists.

Contemporary art is represented by artists' individual collections, such as that of works by Wladyslaw Hasior. A separate place is dedicated to exhibits related to the history of climbing and skiing in the Tatras and to the Tatra Mountains Rescue Service. On display is historical sports gear, club badges, medals and mementoes of leading sportsmen.

Permanent exhibitions: History: The Exploration of the Tatras; Nature: Nature and Wildlife, Geology and Caves of the Tatras; Ethnographical: Interior of the Highlander's Cottage in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries; Folk Culture in its Many Aspects.


Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local live guide.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (designated centrally located Krakow hotels only).
  • If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup, please make sure to contact the supplier
  • no later than 24h prior to your tour.
  • Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels.
  • Pls arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
  • You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
  • If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced,
  • you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street,
  • across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow.
  • Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
  • Entry/Admission - Tatra Museum

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

8:35 AM

Departure Point

Powiśle 7, 33-332 Kraków, Poland

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point
Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, or designated centrally located Krakow hotels.
If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup, please make sure to contact the supplier no later than 24h prior to your tour.
Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, or you do not confirm the pickup time & location, you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
Departure Time
Please note that departure times vary depending on the pickup location. Unless you will be picked up from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Departures from the designated centrally located hotels are held 30-50 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Return Details
original departure point

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup, please make sure to contact the supplier no later than 24h prior to your tour. Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, or you do not confirm the pickup time & location, you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Fantastic day trip. Our guide Jacek was very friendly and knowledgeable and kept us entertained the whole day
• Submitted 15 Nov 2019
Our guide was the best guide I have ever had on a Viator tour. She was polite, funny and knew what she was talking about. I apologize for not remembering her name but I will never forget the memorable tour.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2019
We booked this thinking it was just a ride to Zakopane and not much else. Our guide was Alexandra and she was excellent! She took us to this local sheep cheese maker and had lots of history and information on the area. She took us for a guided walk through the village and up to the top on the little tram and said “meet back at the station at 3” which was excellent because i had read on some reviews that guides go up and take groups straight back down. We had. About 2 hours of our own to explore. Definitely would recommend.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
This was a great tour. The drive was a bit long but the countryside amazing and the guide Krzysztof Ciacma was awesome. Some much knowledge and passion for the history of Poland, the changing country side, and the Polish culture.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Lovely day - wouldn’t change anything- nice to have plenty of free time in Zakopane. Alexandra was an excellent guide
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
What a lovely relaxed day out with the most wonderful driver and guide.He was so informative and helpful to my wife who needed a small bit of assistance through some icy parts on our walk. Showed us around every area we stopped and really went out of his way to make this such an enjoyable trip.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019
Excellent tour all round. We were picked up in a coach and transported for 5 minutes to a more central meeting point, where we got on the mini bus for the tour Jacek Our guide was enthusiastic, engaging and full of life. I am guessing he has lead this tour many, many times before and yet he approached it as if it was all fresh information he was imparting for the 1st time, with his passion for the Polish dancers and their way of life really shining through. Zakopane is lovely, and the trip up the mountain to gaze upon the Tatra mountains was wonderful. There was snow on the rooftops and plenty of places to eat both at the top of the mountain and in Zakopane itself. Once you are up the mountains you are given free time to either stay up there, or descend and explore Zakopane. There is even a free Museum visit thrown in for those who fancy it.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2018
I loved visiting Zakopane! I’m glad we chose to do this tour, I even got to ride a horse and hold a baby lamb!! We did not get to see the mountains though as it was too cloudy. This tour only runs on Wed and Sat so be aware of that when making plans. Also note that the tour guide will take you up the mountain and immediately bring you back down. DO NOT FOLLOW HIM DOWN. There is much more to do up above than there is down below!! S/he won’t let you see all the different booths and shops on the top. We read other reviews and were prepared ahead of time to say no to going back down. We only went back close to the end when it was time for the tour to be over and that was plenty of time to see what was at the bottom.
• Submitted 03 Oct 2018
Price was very reasonable and so worth it. Hassle free tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. The tour was amazing we saw lots of scenery and we were allowed ample time to explore by ourselves. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 14 Sep 2018
Fantastic, guide was brilliant the day was sooooo much fun would advise everyone that this trip was a must. Right from being picked up at our hotel until the end of the day it was great
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
Absolutely brilliant tour, all thanks to our guide, Jacek and driver, Marek. Nothing too much trouble. So much information and history etc from the guide. Very highly recommended thank you so much for a fabulous day
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
It was snowing in Zakopane and it was magical. The tour guide was knowledgeable and I enjoyed the day.
• Submitted 23 Feb 2018
We visited Zakopane in August but it is considered to be a winter destination with lots of skiing trails. Even in the summer we could enjoy the scenic beauty of Zakopane and the Tatras mountains from certain vantage points. A must for all nature lovers.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2017
Throughly enjoyed this tour provided by Cracow Tours, our tour guide Jack was very knowledgeable and informative providing a detailed insight into the Zakopane history, geography and the local customs, Zakopane is a delightful place and the views from the viewing area of the snow covered Tatra mountains were absolutely stunning, I have visited Zakopane in the early spring and in December when the entire mountain area was covered in snow AMAZING Special thank to our tour guide on this tour.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
Zakopane was beautiful and Christopher our tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous. If you go to Zakopane stop at one of the numerous booths selling a cheese only from that area. I loved it.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2017
The trip was well organised. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended services.
• Submitted 12 Sep 2017
Amazing guide who really wanted to be there! He not only had brilliant knowledge about all aspects of the trip but also allowed us to deviate from the 'set plan' of going to the museum etc. Instead we partially climbed this brilliant mountain with a beautiful waterfall at the top and then proceeded to Zakopane. Zakopane itself is very pretty in good weather and gives spectacular views at the top of the funicular. All 5 of us on the tour had an amazing time and I cant praise our guide enough!
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
Beautiful experience with an excellent tour leader.
• Submitted 18 Aug 2017
Really enjoyed this, beauty was amazing. We didn't do the Gondola but the Funicular up.
• Submitted 17 Aug 2017
Great tour. Really knowledgable guide who made the trip.
• Submitted 23 Jul 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 13 Jul 2017
The tour guide was really friendly and knowlegable!
• Submitted 28 May 2017
Throughly enjoyed this tour, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative, Zakopane is a lovely place and the Tatra mountains were amazing, would defiantly recommend.
• Submitted 23 Apr 2017
Wonderful tour to a lovely area. It was very cold but the sights were amazing.
• Submitted 19 Apr 2017

In Brief

Location:
Kraków, Poland
Country:
Poland
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
Wednesday and Saturday
Highlights:
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included