Leave Krakow and drive south to the mountain paradise of Zakopane.
Take the cable car to the top of Gubałowka Mountain for awe-inspiring views of the great Tatra Mountains, which form the border between Poland and Slovakia. Make sure you have your camera to capture the glorious panoramas.
Return to the town for a stroll along Zakopane’s famous Krupowki Street with its colorful shops and street performers. This is your chance to try some of the local smoked sheep’s milk cheese!
Learn about Zakopane’s unique style of wooden architecture which blends typical Carpathian house designs with Art Nouveau features. Your guide will show you some fine examples. You’ll hear about Zakopane’s role as a center for Polish Resistance in World War II and visit a cemetery where Resistance fighters and other heroes are buried.
Finally, visit the Terma Bania Water Park and Spa, where adults can relax in the thermal baths or saunas, and kids can have a wild time on the attractions in the water park.
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.
Zakopane is lovely village which is surrounded by mountains Thermal pools - one can enjoy a swim surrounded by awesome scenery Definitely would re visit...Miss Carmen Attard
A long, but interesting day. A nice trip through the Tatra Mountains to Zakopane. The thermal pools were amazing =) A great way to relax....Ms E Lee
Pick-up time: Approx 0800h (8:00am). Pick-up times vary between the hotels.
Duration: 11 hours
Please wait next to the reception desk in the lobby of your hotel in Krakow.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator on arrival in Krakow with these details.)
Alternate Pick up point: You can join the tour at 2 Swietego Jana Street, Discover Cracow Tourist Information point. (Corner of Swietego Jana Street and Main Market Square).
You will be dropped off back at your hotel.
Alternatively you can be dropped off at 2 Swietego Jana Street.
Please note that temperatures in mountains are lower than in other regions. Please bring appropriate swimwear.
Please call the activity operator on your arrival in Krakow to reconfirm departure details.
There is a nudity zone at the Terma Bania Waterpark and Spa and entrance to the sauna is restricted to persons aged over 18.
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