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ACTIVE AND NATURE TOURS

The two sides of Tatra: Krakow, Tatra, Goralen and Spiš land. Cultural and hiking tour

The Tatra Mountains - the only high mountain range between the Alps and the Caucasus. On both sides of the Tatra mountains, special cultural traditions have been preserved, each with its own characteristic features. On the Polish side, this is the folk culture of the so-called "Gurals" (mountain people), who have been able to preserve their uniqueness to this day with their music and songs; their wooden constructions, which are one of a kind in Europe, are also particularly interesting. On the Slovak side of the Tatra Mountains you can meet the shared heritage of Slovaks, Germans and Hungarians - three cultures that have lived together here for several centuries. Mountain castles, well-preserved Gothic towns and the wooden architecture of the country, which is also specific to this region, offer views of a special kind. Exploration of the cultures on both sides of the Tatra Mountains - with many opportunities for recreation - is the main goal of this trip.

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit to a unique sight of European industrial culture - the medieval salt mine in Wieliczka
  • Raft ride through the breakthrough valley of the Dunajec river
  • Cable car ride on the Kasprowy Wierch Peak 
  • Visit to the Jakob Church in Spiš with the highest Gothic altar in the world
  • Visit to the Orava Castle - one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia


Itinerary:

1st day
"Arch-Polish Krakow - between Rome, Vienna, and Nuremberg"
Arrival in Krakow overnight, hotel check-in.
morning "Arch-Polish Krakow - between Rome, Vienna, and Nuremberg" - guided tour in the Old Town of Krakow (Market Square, St. Mary's Church, University, Old Town streets) and the Jewish District Kazimierz.
afternoon Time at your disposal.
evening Dinner at the Jewish restaurant "Klezmer - Hois" with candlelight and Jewish music.

2nd day
Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Dunajec valley

morning "Wieliczka - underground city" - a visit to a unique sight of European industrial culture - the medieval salt mine in Wieliczka (10 km from Krakow).
afternoon Pieniny and the Dunajec breakthrough valley - bus ride to the Larch-wood church in Dębno (under UNESCO protection) and in the Pieniny National Park, raft ride through the breakthrough valley of the Dunajec river - unique ride in a deep and meandering gorge with several hundred meters of rocks above our heads.
evening Arrival in Zakopane. Hotel cover and dinner.

3rd day
"Gorale" and their houses
morning Walk in Zakopane - the "capital of Tatra" with the main focus on "Zakopane architectural style - how peasants have become high art objects", visit of a villa which was converted into a museum. Afterward time at free disposal.
afternoon Drive to Chocholow - a goral village, the best example of the living building tradition, with dozens of inhabited log houses with shingle roofs.
evening Folklore evening with the traditional goral dinner in a traditional goral restaurant.

4th day
Hiking in Tatra

morning Half-day hike in the Tatra Mountains or ride with a cable car up Kasprowy Wierch with a beautiful panorama of the mountains.
afternoon We continue our journey to Bukowina Tatrzanska - a goral village with a lively tradition of trade. Visit to the workshop of a blacksmith and a glass painter.
evening Dinner at the hotel and time at your disposal.

5th day
Spiš - the land of the Slovaks, Germans, and Hungarians
morning & afternoon Drive from Zakopane through the border crossing Lysa Polana to Slovakia to Spiš. Visit of the towns of the sg. Spiš Saxons - the German settlers who settled the country already from the 13th century. On the way, we will see Kiezmarok (Kaesmark) with Kaesmark Castle, Church of the Holy Cross, Town Hall, Kaesmark Lyceum, etc. In the afternoon we will take the cable car to the mountain hostel Hrebienok and hike in the Tatra mountains.
evening Stay in a hotel in Poprad-Spisska Sobota.

6th day
Spiš - the land of the Slovaks, Germans and Hungarians, part II
morning & afternoon Spisska Sobota - nowadays a part of Poprad, one of the richest towns in Spiš (Renaissance houses on the market square, St. George's Church with works by the Levoca Master Pavol) and then on to Levoca - the pearl of Spiš with several Renaissance buildings, a beautiful town hall, and St. Spiš's Church. Jakob Church with the highest Gothic altar in the world, the work of Master Pavol from Levoca with the altar of Master Pavol from Levoca. Continuation to the spiritual center of Spiš, visit of the Cathedral Church, Canon's House, and Spiš Castle - the largest castle ruin in Europe (under UNESCO protection). Return to Stary Smokovec, then a short walk in the picturesque area of Spiš Castle.
evening Conversation about the multicultural tradition of Spiš with a historian and Spiš expert.

7th day
Slovakian Paradise
morning & afternoon Day trip with the hiking in the area of the wild and romantic National Park of the Slovak Paradise - a forested mountain range with the richness of deep ravines, rocks, waterfalls, and enchanting meadows and forests and with the highest point - the famous Dobšov Ice Cave (UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site).
evening Farewell evening at the camp.

8th day
Orava and Krakow
morning return to Krakow with a visit to the Orava Castle - one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia, which rises on a 112 m. high rock above the Orava River.
afternoon Arrival to Krakow, free time.
evening Dinner and overnight. 

9th day
Return journey.

Services included:

  • 2 night's accommodation in Krakow on bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 night's accommodation in Zakopane on bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 night's accommodation in Poprad on bed and breakfast basis
  • All transfers as per above mentioned itinerary
  • Private English speaking guide as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing
  • Meals as per the itinerary

Services not included:

  • The journey to and from Poland
  • Tour guide 
  • Public transport
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenditure, tips, etc.
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Price on request.

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For individual guests and small groups /up to 10 people/ this trip can also be booked under the particularly favorable travel conditions of our “New opening special offer”. Find out more here.