Krakow & The Carpathian Mountains

Krakow, Poland

Holiday overview




Self Guided




May - Oct


£ 750 pp


7 nights

Self-guided walking with luggage transport in southern Poland. Embark on this amazing 7 day walking holiday to Krakow and the Carpathian Mountains. This walking holiday in Poland has so much to offer, from walking in the Krakow to exploring the Carpathian Mountains.

This walking holiday to Krakow and the Carpathian mountains is an unforgettable experience. Starting your journey in the beautiful city of Krakow, this holiday takes you through the Tatra Mountains, through superb scenery and alpine trails. From Krakow you are transferred to the resort of Zakopane where you are based for 3 nights and explore the valleys, meadows and mountains such as Kopa Kondracka and the Gasienicowa Meadows with several options available. From here you stay in Niedzica and explore the surrounding area on the Polish-Slovakian border, with its charming villages. Onwards to the Pieniny National Park with its beautiful limestone gorges and an overnight in the spa town of Szczawnica before the final days walk along the Pieniny ridge and spectacular views across the surrounding mountains. You then return to Krakow where your holiday finishes.



Prices based on 2 people sharing a room

6 people £750 per person
5 people £785 per person
4 people £840 per person
3 people £915 per person
2 people £1085 per person

Single room supplement £260



  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfers between accommodation as stated by the itinerary (days 2,4,6,7)
  • Introductory meeting with representative at the beginning of the trip
  • Detailed maps with routes marked on them and times needed to cover the distance
  • 24h emergency phone number
  • Weather forecast by text message daily


Not Included:

  • Lunches & dinners
  • Insurance
  • Entrance to Tatra National Park (4, 20 PLN = approximately 1 EUR)


Grade: Moderate

You will encounter the highest ascents in the Tatra Mountains on day 3 where the altitude difference may reach 900 metres. There are several other optional routes suggested with smaller altitude differences and shorter distances. Daily walking length is 4 – 6 hours. The routes avoid steep and slippery parts of the national parks and are well marked. Walking in winter is a popular activity in Poland, therefore they are frequently used and easy to follow in winter conditions even after fresh snowfall.


Private guiding service:

On request a local English-speaking mountain guide can be hired, who will lead you start to finish on 1 or more days.

Please ask for details.

Day 1: Arrival Krakow

Arrival in Krakow and check in to your hotel. Meet our representative, who will give you detailed travel information and maps and explain the itinerary as well as answer any questions. Explore the Old Town, Market Square and the Jewish Quarter. Overnight Krakow


Day 2: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

After breakfast transfer to Zakopane (approx. 2 hours) a lively resort located in the Tatra foothills. In the afternoon, a moderate walk along one of the Tatra valleys, with several options to choose from. Walks between one and 5 hours walking. Overnight Zakopane


Day 3: The Tatra Mountains

A full day excursion to the Tatra Mountains. Among suggested routes are the peaks of Kopa Kondracka (2005 m), Czerwone Wierch (2096 m) and Swinica (2301 m)  Our walking notes contain a different difficulty grade for each route. (from 4 to 8 hours walking) Overnight Zakopane


Day 4: The West Tatra Mountains

Transfer to the Slovakian side of the Pieniny National Park.  Todays walk follows a rolling landscape and passes several limestone formations.  You descent to the valley of Dunajec.    Aproximate 4 hours walk.  Overnight stay in Sromowce Nizne


Day 5: Spisz region and Niedzica castle

The walk starts through the Dunajec Gorge. This beautiful limestone valley is listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. Today’s route follows the so called Pieniny Way to the spa town, Szczawnica. The route can optionally be covered by wooden rafts operated by local people. (Approximately 3 – 5  hours walk – two options available) Overnight in Szczawnica


Day 6: Przechyba

We head eastwards from Szczawnica and pass a village Jaworki, where a population of Greek-catholic Lemkos lived until the end of
World War II. Through a range of mountains called Beskidy, leading you to the peak of Przehyba (1175 m), where a mountain chalet is located. On the way you may also pay a visit to the nature reserve “Homole Gorge”. Overnight in Przechyba chalet


Day 7: Return to Krakow

After breakfast, transfer back to Krakow (2.5 hours journey) where you can spend the rest of the day sightseeing.  Overnight in Krakow.

The last stage of the trek leads from Przehyba peak to Poprad valley, to a quiet summer vacation area around town Rytro. From here you will be transferred back to Krakow for your final night.


Day 8: Departure or extend your stay in Krakow


2 overnights in Krakow B.B. (days 1 &7) 3* hotels

2 overnights in Zakopane B.B (3* hotel or similar pension)

1 overnight in Sromowce B.B (3* hotel or similar pension)

1 overnight in Szczawnica B.B (3* hotel or similar pension)

1 overnight in Przechyba chalet B.B


When to go:

This holiday is available from May to the end of October.

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