Krakow & The Carpathian Mountains

Poland

Holiday overview

Destination

Poland


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 659 pp


Duration

7 nights


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Self-guided walking with luggage transport in southern Poland.

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.

Price:

£659 per person based on 2 people sharing.

Single room supplement £180

 

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Krakow, 3 * hotel
  • Zakopane, 3* pension (Bel-Ami)
  • Niedzica, 2* hotel
  • Szczawnica, 3* hotel
  • 6 dinners
  • Transfers between accommodation as stated by the itinerary
  • 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
  • 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. Up to three 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) or the Gasienicowa Meadows. (from 4 to 8 hours walking) Overnight Zakopane

 

Day 4: The West Tatra Mountains

Short transfer in the morning to the western part of the Tatra mountains. Then walk along the Chocholowska Valley, much used as a backdrop for films, to the Iwaniacka Pass at 1459 metres. (Approximately 4 to 8 hours walk) Overnight stay in Zakopane

 

Day 5: Spisz region and Niedzica castle

Transfer to Magura Spiska. Today’s walk follows the Polish-Slovakian border. The route passes the villages of Osturnia and Frankova on the Slovakian side of the border and comes to an end at Niedzica which is dominated by amedieval castle. (Approximately 5 hours walk) Overnight Niedzica

 

Day 6: Pieniny Mountains

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

 

Day 7: Beskidy Mountains (loop around Szczawnica)

Today’s walk follows a trail along the picturesque Homole Gorge and reaches Wysokie Skalki Peak (1050 metres). The trail follows the main Pieniny ridge with views of all the surrounding mountain groups. Afternoon transfer to Krakow

(Approximately 3 – 4 hours walk) Overnight stay in Krakow.

 

Day 8: Departure or extend your stay in Krakow


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