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Dunajec River Gorge and Zakopane: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

1. Dunajec River Gorge and Zakopane: Full-Day Trip 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 Tentative 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 at your own expense after rafting. Continue to Zakopane to ride a rail car to admire the Tatra Mountains from the peak of Gubalowka.

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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.

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From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting and Zakopane Tour

3. 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.

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Our guide Marek Etgins was an excellent tour guide. He was very informative although his job was mainly to drop us off and pick us up. He was very accommodating. He allowed use to change our tour day of the tour. We were suppose to go to Gubalovka but we request instead to go to Kasprawy Wiech which was a mush better option with breathe taking views. He took us to a great restaurant where they served traditional foods and he took the time to explain the foods and culture. One of our fellow passengers forgot their backpack at this restaurant. He took the time to drive all the way back 45min drive to get it. He spent a lot of time with us the tour was suppose to be 2-3 hour shorter but he allowed us the extra time for a better experience.

Dunajec River Gorge and Zakopane: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

Philip our guide was great and was with us every step of the way to help, advise and translate as and when required. There was just Annie and myself on the tour so we had the luxury of a limousine to ourselves and of course the services of Philip on a one to one basis. We had a really nice day, we learnt a lot from Philip about life in Poland, he was so knowledgeable, he is a credit to the tour group. I highly recommend this trip. Thank you Philip

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.

Well organized trip. First stop was rafting with a nice scenery. Second we had the option to go to the tree top walk and then we went to Zakopane with a very nice view.

The guide Marrk was very nice and helpful The rail ride in Zakopane into a commercial area with a second rate views was a disappointment