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Full-Day Trip to Zakopane from Krakow

Kraków, Poland

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Leave the bustle of Kraków behind for a day among the alpine beauty and traditional charm of the Polish highlands. Admire distinctive wooden craftsmanship in Chochołów, visit a historic cemetery and villa museum in the delightful town of Zakopane, and be inspired by the majesty of the Tatry Mountains on a cable car ride up Gubałówka peak. A mix of guided activities and free time to explore makes this a carefree country escape.
  • Full-day tour to Zakopane and Chochołów from Kraków
  • Experience the fresh air and charm of the Polish highlands
  • Admire traditional wooden architecture
  • Explore local crafts and design at the Villa Koliba museum
  • Ride a funicular up to Gubałówka Hill, and hike along Butorowy Rib
  • Take in inspiring views of the Tatry Mountains
  • Makes a great day trip from Kraków
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Transportation by bus
Lunch voucher (can be used any day during your stay in a local restaurant in Krakow)
Funicular ride to Gubałówka
Chairlift ride from Butorowy Rib
English-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
3W8R+FX Kraków, Poland

Departure Time

7:15 am

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and climb aboard a bus in central Kraków in the morning, and watch the urban landscape change into forests and green hillsides on the drive to the village of Chochołów, making a quick stop halfway. See fine examples of traditional Polish wooden architecture from the 19th-century, when houses were commonly made without the use of any nails. Time permitting, see how craft traditions are being kept alive with a visit to a local artisan’s workshop.

Continue on to the charming mountain town of Zakopane, where many shops and homes appear untouched by time. Explore highlands heritage and decorative arts at the Tatra Museum and Villa Koliba, a beautifully designed and preserved wooden home. See evidence of local burial customs at a historic cemetery, and pay a visit to the town’s oldest wooden church.

Get a new perspective on the neighboring Tatry Mountains with a funicular ride up Gubałówka Hill, followed by a short hike along Butorowy Rib for spectacular views. Ride back down to Zakopane on a chairlift, and enjoy a break for lunch and shopping on the popular commercial street of Krupówki (own expense). On the way out of town, stop to see two more local highlights — the log cabin–style Jaszczurówka Chapel and a ski jump popular with locals during wintertime.

Your full-day country escape concludes with drop-off back in central Kraków in the late afternoon.
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Cracow City Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY Malopolska PKS Sp. z o.o.

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Leisure tour to Zakopane
, Jun 2019
We enjoyed the tour to Zakopane. Our tour guide gave us a very good introduction regarding the culture and the mountain trail. It is good experience to take the chairlift .
Great tour and worth doing if you...
Christine S
, Oct 2017
Great tour and worth doing if you have a day spare in Krakow. Marta was a thoughtful, considerate guide with heaps of information. The day was over-caste and windy but we still managed some outstanding views and found Zakopane an interesting town to spend some relaxing time. The tour company provided all it promised. We were probably lucky that it was the end of the tourist season so it was only two of us which made it more like a private tour.
Outstanding day long tour. Our bus...
, Aug 2017
Outstanding day long tour. Our bus had two tour guides, one giving information in Spanish, and one giving info in English. Both were wonderful. We enjoyed our stop at the town with the wooden houses, visited a very interesting cemetery, and learned some interesting facts about this area. Then in Zakopane, we were lucky to have a relatively clear day to see the nearby mountains. Be aware though, Zakopane is a very touristy spot, but the mountain vistas and the various souvenirs for sale were outstanding. To make your tour authentic, be sure to try the oszypek, a salty cheese, warmed and topped with a cranberry sauce which is a treat typical of this area of Poland. We had time for lunch in Zakopane before we returned. It was an enjoyable day well spent.
My husband and I always book...
, Aug 2017
My husband and I always book different excursions and tours to view and experience different parts of the country or city that we are visiting. This by far was the worst! First of all, no one confirmed the pick up time the day before and I had to reach out to viator who kindly confirmed the information with the tour company. We were supposed to be picked up at 8:30, but we weren't picked up until 9 am. No one bothered to call and Inform us of the delay. The hotel had to reach out to them. Also, We booked an English tour, however when we were picked up we found out that it was an English/Spanish tour. This meant that every time the English speaking tour guide spoke, the Spanish speaking guide would repeat the information in Spanish. This may not seem like a big deal, but when there are 40 Spanish speaking visitors and only 9 English speaking it is as the other visitors would converse during the part that was not in their language. It is a long ride, about two hours, and about half way through we stopped at a gas station for a break. A gas station with 2 bathrooms. 2 bathrooms for about 50 people. Here we wasted over 20 minutes. Once we got back on the bus we sat in traffic at a complete stand still for 30 minutes. Traffic is obviously not their fault, however they mentioned that they know there was construction, so why make a stop at a gas station and waste time when you knew we'd be delayed. Also I overheard the guide telling someone in town that the driver didn't want to go a different way even though he knew of the construction. Our first stop was Chocholow, which was beautiful but we were rushed through it. We walked down a street, looked at some houses, walked into an artist's shop, looked around, bought a souvenir, and walked back on the bus. If you do decide to go on this your against my recommendation, purchase any wood items you want there as they are beautiful and unique. After that we got into Zakopane. We were given an hour and a half for lunch and shopping. This is not nearly enough time. We later went to the top where we saw a beautiful view but we were rushed as we were only given 15 minutes. Finally we took a ski lift down and walked to the bus. The bus was hot when we got on and since it was a very hot day I didn't understand why the driver wouldn't cool the bus down a bit since he knew a lot of people were about to get on. Lastly, we had to wait quite a while for 3 women who went off somewhere. All in all, Zakopane is beautiful and I'm glad I got to see it, however I wish I saw it with a different tour and guide. There are too many people on this tour and like I mentioned earlier there were two different groups on board. There was a lot of wasted time and we spend more time on the bus than in Zakopane.
Very nice and knowledgeable tour guide...
Philipp L
, Apr 2017
Very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. My wife and me enjoyed the entire day a lot.
Had a fantastic time on this tour...
dean b
, Apr 2016
Had a fantastic time on this tour. Zakopane was charming and will definitely be going for a holiday in the near future. Big thank you to our guide Kasha (apologies if I got the name wrong) who was very knowledgeable and made this tour very special.
nice tour in the mountains . Zakapone...
johanna w
, Mar 2016
nice tour in the mountains . Zakapone is a must see place while visiting krakau !

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