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From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

1. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

Start your day with a pickup from Krakow and an escorted ride to Zakopane. On the way, visit the idyllic village of Chochołów, famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Learn about the traditions that keep these antique buildings looking new. Next, visit a Bacowka ─ a traditional shepherd’s hut ─ to try the regional cheese Oscypek and see how it is prepared. Eventually, reach Zakopane where you can explore the local old-school bazaar and famous Krupowki Street, filled with restaurants, local stores, and regional goods, as well as gift shops. Ride a cable car from Zakopane to the top of Gubałówka and glimpse the Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Białka Tatrzańska. Relax and enjoy the healing properties of warm thermal water before being driven back to Krakow.

Chocholow: Thermal Baths

2. Chocholow: Thermal Baths

Chocholowska Baths are the largest thermal complex in Podhale. The water is extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters and submerged rocks, emit beneficial micronutrients such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium and sodium.Relax in the 8 whirlpool pools of thermal water with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. Dip in the swimming pool brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. The outdoor pools offer fun activities such as the Wild River, water basketball and volleyball, massage jets, waterfalls, volcano, geysers of air, water walls, grid swings and climbing water. Ride down an inflatable double slide, a pontoon slide and seasonal slide with a trap door (open from March 27 to November 15 weather permitting). There is also a steam bath suitable for children. Relax in the salt cave or 'Textile' dry sauna, for those who do not want to use the regular steam sauna. The Chocholowska Baths also has a beautiful Highlander Cottage sauna observation deck (subject to events). The cooling pool on the terrace is a perfect treat to revitalize your energy. In addition, you can indulge in the Chocholowska Baths restaurant during your visit.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

3. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

Start with a pickup from your hotel, apartment, or another place of your choice in Krakow at the time you specify. From there the duration of the trip from Krakow to Zakopane is approximately 2 hours. About 20 minutes from Zakopane lies the town of Chochołów. This village is famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Settlers have traditionally washed the wooden walls of buildings with soap, which happens twice a year in the periods before Christmas and Easter. Thanks to this cleaning, the buildings that are many years old look like new. In the vicinity of Chochołów, there are places where highlanders produce sheep's cheese traditional to this region of Poland. This cheese is called "Oscypek", and as part of your trip, you will learn about its production history whilst tasting it. The town of Zakopane is the capital of the Polish mountains. Each year, this place attracts many tourists who want to experience the unique style of Górlaskie culture, which is expressed through architecture, food, music, style of speech, and clothing. In the town center lies "Krupówki" Street, and you will be given time for independent exploration and a possible lunch. This street is the market square of Zakopane, where you can find many good restaurants which serve local food, as well as souvenir shops. Zakopane also boasts cable-car access, and from the top of the "Gubałówka" Mountain, you can glimpse the Polish Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane and the surrounding area, your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Bukowina Tatrzańska. Whilst there, relax and feel the health properties of thermal water. The admission ticket to the Bukovina Thermal Pools includes themed areas for children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time equally.  After returning to the parking lot, your driver will take you to your desired location in Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

4. From Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

Escape the city and spend a day exploring the Polish countryside in the comfort of a private vehicle. See traditional wooden houses, view the Tatras mountain range from the top of Gubałówka Hill, and taste traditional smoked sheep-milk cheese. Begin your tour with a pickup from a location of your choosing in Krakow. Hop onboard an air-conditioned vehicle and head towards one of the most picturesque locations in Poland, Zakopane and the Tatras Mountains. Once in Zakopane, head straight to Krupówki Street located in the center of town. Explore the many boutiques, restaurants, and curio shops that line this pedestrian-only street. At the end of Krupówki Street, you'll find your next stop on the tour, the station for the Gubałówka Hill funicular. Hop onto one of the cable cars and enjoy fantastic views of Zakopane and the surrounding mountains as you make your way up Gubałówka Hill. Once at the top, marvel at the breathtaking views of the Polish Tatras Mountains. Make the most of this fantastic location and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a refreshing drink while taking in the views. Visit the Jaszczurówka Chapel, a wooden building located on the outskirts of Zakopane, and see Wielka Krokiew, the biggest and most famous ski jumping hill in Poland. The final stop on your tour is the village of Chochołów. Admire the unusual architectural style of the famous wooden houses and see the Bacówkach, the traditional houses where Oscypek or smoked cheese is produced. Learn how this local specialty is made and sample various types to discover the different flavors created by the level of smoking.

From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

5. From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

Discover the beauty of the Pieniny National Park on this day trip from Krakow. Marvel at stunning views as you stroll with a bird's-eye-view on the Bachledka Treetop Trail.  Be picked up from your Krakow hotel in a climate controlled bus. Relax on the drive through the Polish countryside on the way to the Bachledova Valley in Slovakia. Stop at the start of the 1234-meter long Bachledka Treetop Trail. Walk on a trail that is 24 meters above the ground with a 32-meter high observation tower. Take in views from this position in the heart of the majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. View the Belianske Tatras and learn about the animals and plants that are unique to the area. Purchase a nice lunch in Zakopane, then walk down Krupowki and enjoy the unique ambiance at the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Finish your day on a relaxing note and plunge into the hot springs in Chochołow Thermal Spa, before driving back to Krakow.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

6. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

Start your day trip in the morning where you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel. Enjoy a 2-hour drive to the lovely village of Zakopane while your English-speaking driver provides commentary along the way.   After arriving in Zakopane, you'll have 5 hours of free time to explore the village on your own. You can try delicious Polish cuisine, or visit the local market to admire the creations of Polish craftsmen and try the popular smoked cheese. Enter a wooden villa built in a traditional architectural style, or walk through the picturesque streets — the choice is yours.  Select the option including tickets for the funicular railway and travel to the top of Gubałówka mountain. Enjoy the view of the village and admire the peaks of the Polish Tatra Mountains around you. During your visit, the driver will wait for you, and after 5 hours you travel back to Krakow together. Alternatively, choose the option which includes tickets for 2.5 hours in Chochołów Thermal Pools or the other option which includes guided visits to Gubałówka Mountain, Wielka Krokiew Ski Jump, and a Wooden Mansion built in a traditional architectural style.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Dunajec River Rafting Tour

7. From Krakow: Zakopane and Dunajec River Rafting Tour

Explore Zakopane, the skiing capital of Poland and the most popular holiday resort. See the Chocholow village, featuring traditional wooden houses built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels.  Krupowki is the main street of Zakopane. Mee locals and see what village life has to offer as you shop for souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the natural surroundings. From the top of the mountain is a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. See the ski jump hill, used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Take a break from the crowded city and go on a rafting trip down the beautiful Dunajec River. The traditional wooden rafts pass through Pieniny Gorge with towering cliffs and limestone formations amidst forests and mountains. View the spectacular high summits of Trzy Korony at 982 meters and Mt. Sokolica at 747 meters in the Pieniny Range, nestled in the protected national parks of rare flora and fauna. See the wonderful wooden church of St. Michael Archangel's from the 15th century in Dębno Church, which is listed by UNESCO. 

Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

8. Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

Swim in hot mineral water and watch the sunset in this revitalizing experience. Treat yourself to an evening of relaxation at Chocholow Thermal Baths. Take a break from sightseeing and luxuriate one of the eight whirlpools of thermal waters. Enjoy fun-filled activities in the indoor and outdoor pools, including water volleyball, volcano geysers, water walls, and inflatable slides. Stop by the cooling pool on the terrace or dine at the onsite restaurant before your return journey to your hotel.

Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

9. Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

Swim in hot mineral water and watch the sunset in this revitalizing experience. Treat yourself to an evening of relaxation at Chocholow Thermal Baths. Take a break from sightseeing and luxuriate one of the eight whirlpools of thermal waters. Enjoy fun-filled activities in the indoor and outdoor pools, including water volleyball, volcano geysers, water walls, and inflatable slides. Stop by the cooling pool on the terrace or dine at the onsite restaurant before your return journey to your hotel.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Full-Day Tour

10. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Full-Day Tour

Want a taste of some real Polish folklore? Join a day tour from Krakow to Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland located in the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Explore the culture of Tatra's highlanders, take a ride to the top of Mount Gubalowka, and taste regional products. In the 19th century, Zakopane was a sleepy village inhabited by the highlanders who, living for years in isolation, had created their own unique culture. Today, artists and the social elite pronounced Zakopane their favorite place in Poland. Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains are perfect places to visit during all seasons. The city impresses visitors with its stunning nature, beautiful views, and original folklore. Transfer to Zakopane (~2h) After pickup from your hotel or chosen starting point in Krakow, head to Zakopane on an approximately 2-hour drive. During the journey, learn the history of Zakopane and listen to some folklore music specially prepared and selected by your guide. Chocholow (~1h) First on the itinerary is a typical highlander shepherd's shelter producing oscypek, cheese made exclusively in the Tatra Mountains. Learn about the cheesemaking process and taste it for yourself. Then, in Chocholow, visit a local wood-carving artist. Sightseeing in Zakopane (~3h) Next, go sightseeing in Zakopane. Start your tour by admiring houses built in Zakopane style. Visit the church on Peksowe Brzysko with its magical cemetery. Ride a funicular to the top of Gubalowka Mountain to admire the breathtaking view of the granite and limestone peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Then, at the local market, you can shop for some regional products made by highlanders. Continue to walk with your guide along the famous Krupowki, Zakopane's main street with restaurants and shops selling local delicacies. After the tour, enjoy about 2 hours for a lunch break at a local restaurant and free time. Return to Krakow (~2h) Later, take another 2-hour drive back to Krakow for drop-off.

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What people are saying about Chochołów

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 711 reviews

This trip is definitely worth the money but be prepared for a long day definitely take some water with you. Our driver Maciej was very helpful and gave us enlugh time to enjoy each activity without feeling rushed, he also accommodated to our every need and allowing us to pick and choose how long we spent on each activity. All this on top of the breathtaking scenery on the drive to the destinations made for an amazing experience we would highly reccomend this trip to anyone who enjoys a fun full day of activities at a very reasonable price. We would definitely book witj connectkrakow again- Will and Beth

This tour exceeded my expectations. Good communication from the company. They update us about the pick up time, as we were the last. Few different stops on the way, cheese tasting and wooden town. Beautiful view on the top. 3 hours free time to enjoy. It felt differently in this place, peaceful. Prices are very affordable even though it’s a touristic place. On the market nobody force to buy anything (not like other touristic places). We really enjoyed our day. And we definitely recommend this tour.

It was a great tour! The pickup and drop off were on time, and we did all the activities described (cheese taste, funicular, etc). A shout out to our excellent guide Jacek: he told us many fascinating stories about the highlanders, gave us interesting historical, social, and even geological details about Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains and he even accommodated my request for a small detour. Also, he speaks a great English!

The Zakopane mountain tour was a great day out with lots of variety, stunning views, interesting history and wonderful relaxing hot thermal springs, tasting traditional smoked goats cheese at a shepherds hut and plenty of time to either shop or relax! We had a great tour guide all to ourselves who was very friendly and helpful.

Gregory was an amazing guide. He talked us through every experience and made sure we knew what to do when he wasn’t with us.