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From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option

1. From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option

Start your trip directly from your accommodation. Then, travel from Krakow to discover the natural beauty of Pieniny National Park, located in the south of Poland, near the Slovak border. Enjoy the tour around the picturesque area of Pieniny surrounded by the mountains and thick forests. Learn more about well-preserved ecosystems composed of rare species of flora and fauna. Check out the greatest tourist attraction the National Park has to offer and go rafting on The Dunajec River Gorge. This activity has been organized since the early 19th century. During the two-and-a-half hours, you will be able to observe impressive limestone rocks and mountain peaks. Being on the small wooden raft do not forget to take great pictures of the river which meanders through the valley. At the end of the rafting reach the charming resort town of Szczawnica, 20 kilometers downstream.  If you select an option of the tour extension, make your way to Białka Tatrzańska, a famous ski resort where the complex of thermal baths is located. Dip into the geothermal water, at a perfect temperature of 34-38 degrees celsius. Reduce stress in many pools, among other the external ones overlooking the Tatra Mountains. Do not skip the sauna zone and strengthen your immunity in the salt grotto and Russian banya. The tour ends with the drop-off at your hotel.

From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting

2. From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting

Going rafting down the Dunajec river is one of the most beloved and classic tourist attractions in all of Poland. The tour begins at 9:00am from the center of Krakow, or from your place of accommodation in the city. After about 2 hours, you will reach the boating center, where you will board a traditional wooden watercraft, operated by a river guide in customary regional dress. This stunningly scenic water route will gently take you 15 kilometers downstream, underneath legendary mountain peaks and alongside thick woodlands and winding nature paths. You may even spot some curious local wildlife along the way! After the exhilarating ride, there is a break for lunch in the pretty little resort town of Szczawnica. On the way back to Krakow, you will visit a cherished fifteenth century church that’s inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in Dębno Podhalańskie, it’s dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, and is part of the Wooden Architecture Trail around Krakow. This important and distinct church is one of the trail’s highlights. The entire day will last 8-9 hours in total.

Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

3. Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

Travel from Krakow to the Dunajec River Gorge and Tatra Mountains, the most picturesque tourist attractions in southern Poland, on a 12-hour excursion. Marvel at the beauty of the gorge, featured on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Poland. Wooden raft trips have been offered since the early 19th century, when customers were guests of the nearby Niedzica and Czorsztyn castles. Your raft trip begins in the village of Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty and ends in the resort town of Szczawnica, 18 kilometers downstream. Enjoy a restaurant lunch to refuel after rafting. Continue on to Bachledova Valley in Slovakia to walk the 1234-meter-long Bachledka Treetop Trail, situated up to 24 meters above the ground and with a 32-meter high observation tower in the heart of majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. Discover the unique nature of the Belianske Tatras to learn about many animals and plants that can be found only in a few places of the world.

From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

4. From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

Raft down the Dunajec on traditional raftsman boats to explore the Pieniny National Park from a unique perspective. Enhance your experience by upgrading to options that include a visit to Niedzica Castle or the Palenica cable car for stunning views of the Pieniny Mountains. Get picked up from hotel and travel and drive for 2 hours on an air-conditioned car to the Pieniny National Park. Begin your rafting adventure in the raftsman harbor in Sromowce and set sail on a river journey lasting about 2.25 hours.  See the diverse wildlife along the river route, which runs along a neutral border band between Poland and Slovakia. Look up to admire the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains. After your river journey, your driver pick will be waiting for you, and, if you desire, you will have the opportunity to visit this charming town of Szczawnica and try the local cuisine.

Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting Private Tour

5. Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting Private Tour

After being picked up at 8 or 9 AM from your accommodation in Krakow, your driver, who is also your tour leader, will drive you into the Polish countryside. Make a quick stop in Dębno, a small village with one of the oldest churches in Poland. Next head to Niedzica, where you can admire the picturesque view of a medieval castle situated by the lake. Continue on to the Pieniny National Park where your rafting experience will begin. Enjoy a relaxed rafting trip along the Dunajec River where you can take in the stunning views of the high limestone cliffs, rich flora, and fauna. After 2.5 hours of drifting, arrive in the small health-resort town of Szczawnica. Here, there will be time to find a local tavern and try the traditional tastes of the region. On the way back home you will travel through the beautiful Gorczański National Park before you are returned to your accommodation in Krakow. The entire tour lasts about 8 hours. 

From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting and Zakopane Tour

6. From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting and Zakopane Tour

Raft down the Dunajec Gorge through the Polish mountains. Admire the beauty of the Pieniny Mountains up close and go sightseeing in the city of Zakopane at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Be surrounded by gorgeous alpine scenery. Depart from Krakow on a comfortable bus. Head southwards on a 2-hour journey through the Polish mountains until you reach Pieniny. Get into a wooden gondola to begin cruising on the Dunajec river. The Pieniny mountain range separates the Polish border from Slovakia. Admire the beauty of the UNESCO-listed ravine of the Dunajec raft. Cruising by the national park, see the spectacular peak of Trzy Korony, standing tall at 982 meters high. After a 2-hour trip down the river, get picked up and driven to Czorsztyn. Stop here for a lunch break and check out the beautiful Lake Czorsztyn. Then, continue to Zakopane, the ski capital of the country and a popular holiday resort. Learn the history of the city, see the famous Krupówki street, visit wooden chapels. Try the local oscypek cheese, a smoked cheese made exclusively in the Tatra Mountains. Take a cable car to the top of Gubałówka mountain, for a panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains. See the biggest ski jumping hill built on the slope of Krokiew mountain, the Wielka Krokiew, where ski jumping competitions are held every winter.

From Krakow: Dunajec River Gorge Rafting Trip

7. From Krakow: Dunajec River Gorge Rafting Trip

Float leisurely along the Dunajec River in an authentic wooden punt, surrounded by mighty limestone cliffs and towering green vegetation. Admire some of the most amazing scenery in the Polish highlands. Choose to start at the meeting point or with pickup at your hotel or address in Krakow. Begin your rafting adventure at Sromowce Wyżne and end 18 km later in Szczawnica, a charming small town with a cozy atmosphere. Feel safe rafting alongside highly experienced guides that will ensure you have a smooth ride and will keep you informed about the sights you see as well as the history of the trips, which go back to the 1840s. Voyage down the winding Dunajec and take in breathtaking views of mighty limestone cliffs plunging into the water as well as stunning native vegetation, both protected by the second oldest international national park in the world. Spot local wildlife during your relaxing drift, including some rare bird species like the memorable black stork.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

We booked at the last minute, but Paul made every effort to accommodate us the next day. We were picked up on time by the driver: Tony. A very friendly man who did everything to make us wish. The boat trip was a unique experience. You were pushed by two men in traditional clothing and they told you everything about the nature reserve. It's not nearly as touristy as Zakopane. Really very nice! Tip; bring cash if you want a drink at the starting point. Unfortunately, you can't pin.

Excellent experience and superb guide. Pawel was extremely nice and caring and always ensuring we were having a good time! Our satisfaction and wellbeing was his top priority and left us without words with his kindness and excellent service. Could not recommend him enough!! Both rafting and thermal baths were really nice and we had a great time.

Not only was the landscape worth it, but Mateusz, our driver, was an excellent companion during the trip. My sister and I truly enjoyed the ride south, the Church (which is simply impressive), and the main attraction of the day, rafting along Dunajec River. We hope to come again some time in the future.

Paul is a young reliable professional with a long experience in the tourism sector. We booked with him a private tour to Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option and it was a very nice and fun experience. Fully recommended!

It was good. Would have been greatly improved for me with English speakers on the raft.