Hiking in Tatra Mountains

Kraków (2) – Zakopane (6) – Kraków

1 hiking in tatra

The Tatras are Poland’s only alpine-type mountains with scenic trails and breathtaking views. Comparing to other mountain ranges in world the Tatras are small in size, but they offer an amazing variety of landscape including sheer cliffs, broad glaciated valleys, glittering mountain lakes, caves and diverse vegetation and wildlife. The area’s fauna and flora is protected by the Tatra National Park, one of UNESCO’s International Biosphere Reserves. Zakopane is a good base to begin your great adventure in the Tatras and Podhale region. The town is an attractive mountain resort and a popular centre of sports and tourism. Well-marked tourist trails represent different levels of difficulty and everyone will find something to suit them here. While hiking in the Polish mountains you can rely on comfortable accommodation in all categories, experienced guides, cable cars and chair lifts.

DAY 1 – arrival in Kraków. Short city orientation. Dinner and overnight in Kraków.

DAY 2 – Kraków city tour, including Wawel Castle with Cathedral, Market Square with Gothic Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Church. Lunch in the Old Town. Free time to explore city.

Evening walk through Kazimierz Jewish quarter. Dinner and overnight in Kraków.

DAY 3 – morning departure for Zakopane, “Poland’s winter capital”. Zakopane lies at foot of the Tatra Mountains. En route stop in Wieliczka. Tour of Salt Mine. Arrival in Zakopane. Walk in centre of Zakopane. Dinner with Highland music at local inn. Overnight.

DAY 4 – departure for Kiry. Trekking (7 h) - the most beautiful Western Tatras valley – Kościeliska Valley (length 8km). interesting stops en route are Mroźna Cave (500 m of passages) available for sightseeing, “Icy Spring” and “Kraków Ravine”. Dinner and overnight in Zakopane.

DAY 5 – sightseeing of Zakopane. Walk through town, admiring Zakopane style of architecture, pioneered by Stanisław Witkiewicz. Visit to 19th century Villa “Koliba”. Free time for shopping on one of the best-known promenades in Poland – Krupówki. Time for lunch at a local inn. Afternoon funicular to Gubałówka hill. It gives a beautiful view over the Polish and Slovak Tatras. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6 – departure for Palenica Białczańska. Trekking (7 h): charming Rybi Potok Valley with Morskie Oko – the most beautiful mountain tarn, the largest in the Tatras and Czarny Staw at the foot of Rysy Peak (highest in the Polish Tatras). Dinner and overnight in Zakopane.

DAY 7 – departure for Kuźnice. Cable car to Kasprowy Wierch Peak, the most frequently visited peak. Descent on foot from Kasprowy Wierch Peak through Hala Gąsienicowa (6 h). Dinner at a local inn. Evening free. Overnight in Zakopane.

DAY 8 – departure for Palenica Białczańska. Trekking (8 h): Five Tarns Valley of the High Tatras with 5 round tarns and several other seasonal ones. Valley ends abruptly, which results in largest waterfall in Tatras, Siklawa (70 m high). En route stop at Mickiewicz Waterfalls. Dinner and overnight in Zakopane.

DAY 9 – departure for Kraków. Transfer to airport or train station. Departure.

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