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Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Hot Springs & Hotel pickup

1. Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Hot Springs & Hotel pickup

Explore the Tatra mountains on a private or group day trip from Krakow with hotel transfers and a guide. Explore Chocholow, a living museum of historical wooden buildings, and try regional cheese and alcohol. Ride the Gubałówka funicular, explore Zakopane on your own, and relax in a thermal bath. After pickup from Krakow, drive to the village of Chocholow to see the best examples of Goral wooden houses and learn about this characteristic wooden building style. Afterward, try regional treats, including oscypek cheese and local alcohol in a traditional shepherd's hut called Bacówka. Next, take the cable car from Zakopane to Gubałówka, the most famous peak of the Polish Tatra Mountains. In just 3.5 minutes, get to a height of 1122 m above sea level. From the top, enjoy a panorama of Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains. On your descent, enjoy free time on Krupowki, Zakopane’s most famous street. Find local shops with products from the Podhale region. You can buy jewelry (including brooches in the typical heart-shaped “parzenica” pattern), clothes made of wool and leather, and intricately carved wooden souvenirs. Finally, unwind at Terma Bania where 14 pool basins, over 300 meters of water slides, saline pools, geysers, water cannons, and jacuzzis await you. Relax with a gorgeous view of the High Tatras. In the end, be driven back to your hotel in Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

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

Explore Zakopane on a guided tour including round-trip transportation from Krakow. Experience the healing waters of the thermal pools in Białka Tatrzańska, ride a cable car to the top of Gubałówka Mountain, and enjoy a cheese and alcohol tasting.  Start with a pickup from your hotel, apartment, or another place of your choice in Krakow. 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. Chochołów 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. 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, learn about its production history while tasting it. Arrive in Zakopane, 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. Enjoy time for independent exploration and lunch (not included). This street is the market square of Zakopane, where you can find souvenir shops and many restaurants that serve local food. Zakopane also boasts cable car access. Hop on a cable car with included tickets and take in views of the Polish Tatra Mountains from the top of Gubałówka Mountain. After exploring Zakopane and the surrounding area, your driver will take you to the Bania Thermal Pools in Białka Tatrzańska. Once there, relax and feel the healing properties of thermal water. The admission ticket to the Bania Thermal Pools includes themed areas for both children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time equally. After your visit, your driver will take you to your drop-off location in Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

3. 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.

Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

4. Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

Enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

Krakow: Thermal Baths Evening Experience

5. 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.

Chocholow: Thermal Baths

6. 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 Kraków: Skiing and Thermal Baths Experience

7. From Kraków: Skiing and Thermal Baths Experience

Travel two hours from Kraków to the scenic Tatra Mountains, a very popular destination for ski enthusiasts and nature lovers. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier, you'll find a route for you (though beginners who need instruction should notify us beforehand). Enjoy two to three hours of skiing among the beautiful forests and snow-covered peaks. After you've had your fill in the mountains, head to the village of Chochołów to relax in the thermal baths, where water temperatures vary from 30 to 38 degrees Celsius (86 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Choose from indoor or outdoor baths, along with hydro massages and a sauna. After a few hours at the baths, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Kraków.

From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

8. 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.

From Krakow: Zakopane, Tatra Mountains & Thermal Baths Tour

9. From Krakow: Zakopane, Tatra Mountains & Thermal Baths Tour

Get back to nature on a day trip to the Tatra Mountains. Discover the ski resort village of Zakopane, soak in the thermal baths of the village of Chochołów, and ride the cable car to Gubałówka mountain. Following pickup from your hotel in Krakow, journey into the Tatra Mountains to experience the pristine nature of the highest mountain range in Poland. Get breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains on the way to Krupowki Street, Zakopane's commercial heart with lots of shops and restaurants serving local cuisine. Ride the cable car to take in breathtaking views. Then, explore the village of Chochołów. See the old-fashioned wooden houses as you walk through the village. Visit a Bacówka (Shepard's hut) to sample some salty oscypek cheese. Peruse local art at a unique folk sculpture studio. Go for a dip in the warm soothing waters of the Chochołów thermal baths. Let water that is straight from Wysoki Wierch mountain relieve your tension and refresh you. Take in mountain views as you soak in the water.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

10. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Baths Entrance

Immerse yourself in the culture and way of life of Southern Poland on this all-encompassing day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Krakow, head to Gubalowka Hill where you will take the cable car to reach the summit and admire panoramic views of the Tatra Mountains. Next, continue to Chochołow, a picturesque wooden village. Enjoy a stroll around these UNESCO-registered wooden houses and even get the chance to enter one of them before continuing to your next stop.  Next, visit a Bacowka, which is a traditional shepherd’s hut, where you will have the chance to try the famous regional cheese Oscypek, and see how it is prepared. Eventually, reach Zakopane where you can explore the local old-school bazaar and Krupowki Street, filled with restaurants, local stores, and regional goods, as well as gift shops.  After breaking for lunch, head to Podhale to enjoy 3 hours soaking in the regenerating thermal baths. Explore the complex and its 30 different pools located both inside and outside with picturesque views of the Tatra Mountains. Find a pool or jacuzzi to relax in and experience the healing powers of the mineral-rich waters before heading back to Krakow.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Wow! What an amazing experience and I can honestly say I am 100% glad I booked this trip. I booked it for myself and my two children (11 and 7) and they too had a great time. Gregory was an amazing host and so patient and attentive. We made friends with the four other people on the mini bus and this is resulted in an amazing, unforgettable trip. We thoroughly recommend the toboggan ride at the top of the mountain (after you get off the cable car) and the delicious hot chocolate from the main pub/cafe at the top. The swim up bar in the thermal bars was another highlight. It was a long journey there and back for the kids but the kids were happy with their tablets and headphones. A really magical day out that I wish we could do again!

The pick up from our Airbnb was on time. The coach journey was comfortable. Our tour guide was very friendly & knowledgeable. We had beautiful weather (for October!) which made the location even more stunning.

Excellent driver and host. Very informative and was able to patiently wait when others got lost. Very good trip and well explained and supported. We had a fantastic time!

Great host. Cheese tasting lovely. Tram up the mountain and great shopping. Thermal spa was fantastic. Clean and so warm.

Richard was so nice and helpfull it was e very good trip❤️