For your delightful Zakopane and Thermal Pools in Tatra Mountains Tour you will be picked up from your hotel reception desk in the lobby of your hotel at the time arranged with the local activity operator. Alternatively, you can join the tour at the local activity operator’s office at 2 Swietego Jana Street.
You’ll travel in a car or a minibus (depending on the size of your party) with your English-speaking guide. The tour will involve some walking, so do make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.
You will drive south around 200 km to Zakopane, which lies in the south of Poland near the border with Slovakia.
Framed by the majestic Tatra Mountains, Zakopane is the highest city in Poland and an important winter sports hub. During the Second World War, it was a hotbed of Polish Resistance to the Nazis. It is famous as the birthplace of the “Zakopane Style” of wooden architecture developed by the architect, painter and novelist Stanislaw Witkiewicz. This genre blends the vernacular architecture of the Carpathian Mountains with select elements of Art Nouveau. The mountain chalets built in Zakopane style are distinctly different from chalets you would find in Austria or Switzerland.
On reaching Zakopane you will drive up Gubalówka Mountain (1126 m). There are stunning views on the way up and awesome panoramas of the Tatra Mountains from the top. To get down you will take the funicular railway which shows you different views from the ones you saw from the road.
Back in the town, you’ll have an hour at leisure in lively Krupowki Street, the most popular pedestrian street in Zakopane, with its pretty wooden houses, stalls, shops, street performers, and taverns. This is your chance to shop for souvenirs and grab lunch at one of the excellent restaurants (payable direct). You might also like to check out the barrows where the local smoked sheep’s milk cheese is sold.
Later you will visit the cemetery in Jaszczurówka Brzyzek, where many famous Poles including heroes and heroines of the Resistance are buried. You’ll also see the Chapel in Jaszczurówka, an example of Zakopane architecture with stained-glass windows.
Last but not least, you’ll see the largest ski jumping venue in Poland at Great Krokiew.
After sightseeing, you will be taken to Terma Bania (Water Park Bania), a family entertainment water park, which includes thermal pools, a water park and spa center.
The park has a “fun” zone and a “quiet zone”. In the fun zone you’ll find five thermal pools, a playground and lots of attractions for kids such as water cannons, waterfalls and a wave pool. From the outdoor pools you can see stunning panoramas of the Tatra Mountains.
The quiet zone has thermal pools and a spa with five saunas. Nudity is a feature of the saunas so guests must be over 18 to enter the sauna zone.
You can spend about 3 hours enjoying these wonderful facilities before boarding your vehicle to return to Krakow. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel or at 2 Swietego Jana Street.