Wander through the stunning Tatra Mountains via sled, ski and foot.

Wandering through the Tatra Mountains feels like an excursion through a pallid snow-touched dream – the only thing greater in beauty than the endless trees and rolling landscapes are the sharp peaks that define the area, not to mention the townships that have developed a symbiotic relationship with the land. On your adventures to the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains, have something more than a mere journey – have an experience.

Feel history breathe off the painted buildings of Zalipie. Understand how snow has affected local history as you travel on the back of a traditional horse-drawn sled. Replenish your energy with hearty meals, stocked to the brim with fine Polish meats and breads. Survey the lands from up high as you glide down ski-slopes. This is how the Tatras need to be experienced – through the kaleidoscopic facets that the locals have come to know and understand. Through enjoyment, tradition and exploration.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Krakow, Poland
Finish
Krakow, Poland
Countries
Poland, Slovakia
Style
Original
Code
AMCW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Krakow, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Central Europe

  • Get off the beaten track and visit Zalipie, a small but pretty village in Poland where every house is painted with folklore motives

  • Explore Zakopane, winter capitol of Poland, enjoy snowshoeing activity in Polish Tartras

  • Join Kulig, traditional sleigh ride dating back to the times of polish nobility. Enjoy traditional polish treats along the way; grilled sausages, lard with cracklings, pickled cucumbers and bread

  • Put the cross country skies on to discover the Slovakian side of Tatra mountains

  • Enjoy a range of optional winter activities during your free day in Jasna, a capitol of active tourism in Slovakia

  • Learn to make authentic Polish food, such as pierogis and placki, with a local cook

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip runs over winter, the weather is unpredictable at that time of the year in Central Europe. Please expect low, sub-zero temperatures and possibly lot of snow (not guaranteed). Be prepared with adequate clothing.

  • There are some snow based activities included in this itinerary, you don’t have to be an athlete to take part but basic level of fitness will allow you to enjoy these fully. Please be aware you’ll require adequate clothing for that; warm and waterproof jacket and trousers.

  • There will be few long rides on mountain, windy roads.

  • Vegans and vegetarians will be catered for but please note that diet is mainly meat based in Central Europe

Itinerary

Welcome to Krakow, Poland. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Your leader will be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these ready. If you’ve arrived early, consider wandering through one of Poland’s largest and oldest cities to spot some of its numerous architectural monuments or maybe hunt down some pierogi to snack on before the meeting.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Located a mere 1.5 hours out of Krakow, the first stop on your tour will be the ‘Painted Village’ of Zalipie. This famous art covered town is a fascinating location - every structure you pass; be it homes, bridges, churches and even the beehives are all covered in brightly coloured painted flowers. This tradition has stuck around for more than a century, beginning when every female resident in the town began and yearly repeated the task of painting their homes with floral motifs to cover up external faults on the structures. Enjoy a free afternoon wandering around the ancient village, marvelling in at the details and variety of the art as you stroll on by.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, travel by bus (2.5 hours) or train (3.5 hours) to Zakopane, located in the rolling foothills of the Tatra Mountains. Despite being a beautiful landscape of rolling green hillsides in the warmer months, the region around Tatra is just as stunning when coated with pure white snow. Zakopane itself is known as the winter capital of Poland, and the Tatras are well known to be a great spot for mountaineering and skiing thanks to the well marked hiking tracks and numerous cross country ski runs nestled in the surrounding hillsides. You’ll get to explore these in part during your stay, starting with an orientation walk of Zakopane when you arrive, followed by a snowshoeing adventure through the Tatra National Park with a knowledgeable local guide.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Snowshoe walk in Tatra mountains
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The origins of the old Polish winter tradition of the Kulig (the sleigh ride) dates back to the days of the szlachta (nobility) – and today you’ll get to experience this historical practice from the back of a wooden, horse-drawn sled as you wander along the snow-swept trail to Koscielsko. Before looping back to Polana Szymoszkowa, you’ll stop at a mountain hut and fill up with a traditional feast. Fill up with a hot meal of delicious grilled polish sausages, lard with crisp cracklings, pickled cucumbers and bread – then wash it all down with a nice cup of tea. Once you arrive back at Zakopane, you’ll have a free day to explore the popular tourist town. If you’re still feeling the need to explore the surrounding countryside, hunt down one of the local nature trails through the Tatra National Park – or maybe explore the popular local market for clothing or even some varieties of sheep cheese.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • ‘Kulig’ - traditional sleigh ride in Zakopane
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Situated in the Low Tatras, the next part of your journey sends you across the border into the Slovakian town of Jasna. Jasna is home to one of the best ski resorts in Central Europe, boasting close to 35kms of ski trails for multiple skill levels. You’ll begin your adventure in Jasna’s town, taking a small orientation tour through its unique structures of stone and wood before filling up with an optional lunch. Later in the afternoon, you’ll get a chance to witness Jasna’s famed slopes on a guided cross-country ski expedition through this jewel of the Tatras.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Croscountry ski trip in Slovakian Tatras
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today grants you free time to explore the Low Tatras to your heart’s content. If you like, head back up the slopes and gaze across the rolling landscapes below as you glide along on your skis. Otherwise, you might want to take one of the many walks or cycling trails through the idyllic mountainsides.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snowshoeing Rental - EUR15
  • Cable Car Ride - EUR19
  • Visit of Demanovska Jaskyna Slobody Cave - EUR8
  • Trip to Etno Village, Tatralandia and Liptovksy Mikulas - Free
  • Tatralandia water park - Wellness center - EUR25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer back to Krakow and prepare yourself for some home cooked delights. Although Polish food might not be as well known as other European cuisine, dishes such as pierogi (Polish dumplings), oscypek (traditional smoked cheese) and polish kielbasa (sausages) all serve as great examples of heartier flavours the Polish have to offer. You’ll get an insight into the broad spectrum of Polish cuisine on a food tour, held in the comfort of a local cook’s house. Enjoy a final night with your group as you feast on this sumptuous meal.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Traditional polish food cooking class - Krakow
Optional Activities
  • St. Mary's Basilica - PLN10
  • Rynek Underground Museum - PLN19
  • Schindler's Factory Museum Tour - PLN65
  • Urban Adventures - Food by Foot - EUR72
  • Obwarzanki Snack on Rynek Glowny - PLN2
  • Guided tour of Krakow - EUR120
  • History Museum - PLN8
  • Urban Adventures - Markets and Flavors of Krakow - EUR76
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines tour - PLN145
  • Wawel Royal Castle - PLN25
  • Guided visit to State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau - PLN450
  • Bike Tour - Day or Night - PLN60
  • Cloth Hall 'Sukiennice' Krakow - Free
  • Galicia Jewish Museum - PLN15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today marks the end of your Winter Tatra adventures.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Snowshoe walk in Tatra mountains
  • ‘Kulig’ - traditional sleigh ride in Zakopane
  • Croscountry ski trip in Slovakian Tatras
  • Traditional polish food cooking class - Krakow

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Important notes

Single supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions.

This is winter trip, please make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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