Zakopane tour

Anita Stanislawska - a licensed Krakow City Guide. Nr/Card No: PM/93/07, as well as an English speaking tour leader. Nr/Card No: PW/256/09.

Booking of a licensed tour guide to Krakow and its vicinity, speaking Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Croatian, Romanian, Turkish, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Belarussian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic and so on…

Contact number: +48 602 388 200. E-mail: 
anita@cracow-guide.net

Pre-trip Advice: Take warm clothes and good, comfortable shoes, because the weather in the Tatra mountains can change suddenly. On this guided excursion, you will leave Krakow behind for the day and travel 2 hours through river valleys and rolling hills to reach the High Tatra Mountains, home of Poland's Highlanders (the "Gorale" people). Along the way you will stop in the charming little village of Chochołów. Within its traditional wooden cottages you’ll see how they make their famous smoked cheese and try some for yourself. You’ll continue on to the town of Zakopane just below the highest peaks of the mountains. Here you’ll see more traditional wooden architecture, including the town's fascinating cemetery filled with beautifully carved wooden headstones. After enjoying lunch in a traditional mountain inn, you’ll take a short funicular ride to nearby Mount Gubałówka, where you will experience a stunning panoramic view of Poland's highest peaks. You’ll then have the option to experience some of Zakopane’s other attractions, such as its ski jumps, the John Paul II sanctuary, or its main shopping street, where you can buy cheese, honey, sheepskin coats, and leather products. Included: Transportation and full day of guide services. Not included: Lunch (about $10-20) and Extra paid Gubałówka Mount [1126m] funicular ticket 40PLN / ~10$/Euro. Kasprowy Mount [1987m] cable railway ticket *on request* extra paid 140 PLN / ~35$/Euro.

Those who wish may also take a breathtaking cable car ride into the highest peaks above Zakopane, all the way to the Slovakian border. The views are amazing and it is even possible to take a short walk in the unique alpine environment. However, those who wish to add this to their trip must tell their guide before departing Krakow, as tickets for the cable car often sell out well in advance. It is also important to keep in mind that the weather at this altitude can be dramatically colder than in Zakopane, as well as the fact that the paths are rocky and steep. Unfortunately a long hike is not possible due to the severity of the trails.


Attention! Remember emergency number in mountains! 0 601 100 300

• I propose the following itinerary of a trip, all day tripZakopane is located 100 km [62 miles] from Krakow [about 2h].
8.00/9.00 – departure from the place of accommodation in Krakow, with an assistance of English speaking driver and a guide-tour escort. [Attention! Take warm clothes and good, comfortable shoes, because the weather in the capital of the Tatra mountains can change within an hour!]. Reaching Zakopane takes 2h [depending on traffic]. 

On our way to Zakopane, we will stop in Chocholow village to see the making process of famous smoked cheese and will be tasting of cheeses and vodka tasting, made with plums, for these brave.  Sculptors and wooden houses from 19th century, unique in their mountaineer style … sculptress Aniela Stanek.

Reaching Gubalowka mountain by funicular, where you will experience a stunning panoramic view of Poland's highest peaks. [40 PLN per person. ~10$ ~10 euro]
A walk through an Old Zakopane, visiting: 19th century churches, antique cemeteries in their characteristic mountaineer style, ‘Koliba’ villa [7 PLN, ~2$,2 euro], Pope JP II Sanctuary on Krupowki, Jaszczurowka, 
3 ski jumps and many other interesting objects...
13.00 – lunch in a traditional mountaineer inn. [lunch is not included, costs ~40-80 PLN,~10-20$, ~10-20euro]
A walk through Krupowki - The main shopping street of Zakopane – and time for shopping, which you simply cannot miss! For ex.: oscypki [smoked ewe's milk cheese made in the Tatra Mountains], honey, kierpce [mountaineer moccasin], sheepskin coats, leather and many, many others…
18.00 – come back to Krakow

If you are staying longer in Zakopane, I recommend: Hot outdoors springs in Czarny Dunajec village. The Water temperature 36-46 C. 

  
The price: depending on the number of participants
The extra fee: cable car tickets: 21 PLN per person 
lunch: the cost of  extra lunch box is 60 PLN per person

• A trip to Zakopane for the tireless and physically strong. A walk to Morskie Oko with a guide.

General plan of the trip:

7:00 - Departure and transfer from Krakow to Zakopane [car transfer with our guide or meeting with the Tatra Mountains licenced guide in Zakopane]

9:00 - the walk from Zakopane to Morskie Oko begins :)

Morskie Oko is one of the most visited surroundings of Zakopane. It is the biggest lake in the Tatra Mountains, situated in the Rybi Potok (ang Fish Creek) Valley, 25 km away from Zakopane. You will go by car or bus from Zakopane to Palenica Bialczanska and then walk through 8 km of an asphalt switchback which leads through the woods, giving you a marvellous view on the High Tatras and its famous peak called Rysy (2503 m. ASL). The walk from Palenica to Morskie Oko takes 2h 30min and the way back takes 2h. The road rises up gently, so the walk is easy. It litfs more heavily only if you cut through the curves. Morskie Oko is one of the most popular destinations of visits among those who come to Zakopane. In the Summer, it is completely besieged by the tourists. The main reason is the breathtaking view on the High Tatras. After the walk and sightseeing, we will go back to Zakopane.

15:00 (3:00 p.m.) - return to Zakopane Town

15:00-17:00 - Lunch in Zakopane (organized by us or on your own)(the price min. 55 PLN)

Then, time for shopping and after that we will return to Krakow (we will be back about 20:00)

Attention!

The following itinerary is not compulsory. It is only a general plan and can be changed according to the season, weather and other conditions during or before the trip.


Describing Zakopane Town :)
Small town but spa in the centre of Polish Tatra mountains. If you have free day and have already visited Krakow, then I encourage you to visit Zakopane: 28 000 inhabitants but is visited by about 3 milion of tourist annually. This glamourous town is surrounded by mountains: 3 main mountains: Kasprowy Wierch-1987m high, Giewont- 1895m high, Gubalowka-1126m high. The hill Gubalowka is located at the end of Krupowki alley. You can take a mountain tram (cable car) there and you are on the top. There are gorgeous views on the mountains and recreational places. Zakopane - the most important Polish center of mountaineering and skiing. Zakopane hosted World Ski Championship the Winter Unversed, where great Polish ski jumper occurs - Adam Malysz, multiple winner of Ski Jumping World Cup. The main trace alley “Krupowki” which leads, through the centre of town, there you can buy any products made of leather, sheep wool, handicraft products, traditional food. There are 3 main churches to visit in Zakopane: God’s Mother from Fatima Sanctuary on Krzeptowki – the vote for salvation John Paul II’s life during attack; The Old Church God’s Mother of Czestochowa with wonderful and unusual cementery; The Church of Saint Family on Krupowki.

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