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Krakow and the Tatra Mountains

“Thank you for bringing me to Poland. I have wanted to go for so long, and it was much better… ”
Krakow
,  Zakopane
,  Tatra Mountains
,  Dunajec River
,  Pieniny Mountains
,  Auschwitz
,  Czestochowa, Poland, Europe

from $2,895* per person 9 Days August
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Sights and Soul Travels - Tours and Vacations for Women 16 people max
  • Krakow airport, krakow, poland
  • Culture & Nature trips
People are mesmerized with Poland because of its unique blend of "fairytale come alive" scenery, warm and passionate locals and the ever-present sense of history.
 

Krakow and the Tatra Mountains tour offers a rich insight into European history: the Teutonic Knights, the Golden Age of the Renaissance, the Art Nouveau movement, and the bleak years of communism, but this journey will also delight you with the natural beauty of the mountains, the exclusive spa resort and the vibrant art scene in historic, cosmopolitan Krakow. You'll experience world-class art on a personal level, attend Chopin's piano recital and Klezmer music concert. You'll visit underground labyrinths of a medieval salt mine, the splendid Wawel Castle, art galleries, museums and poignant synagogues. Then, you'll relax in the picturesque Tatra Mountains among their snow patched peaks and crystalline lakes, take a tranquil river cruise, hike the easy trails among the spectacular scenery and learn the elaborate Highlanders' dances. You will fall in love with Poland with its atmosphere of a constant celebration, its romantic sidewalk cafes, borderland medieval castles and Renaissance palaces. You'll delight in quaint, rustic landscapes of gingerbread cottages, storks' nests and roadside shrines bedecked with fresh flowers.

Locations visited/nearby

Krakow , Zakopane , Tatra Mountains , Dunajec River , Pieniny Mountains , Auschwitz , Czestochowa, Poland, Europe

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Germantown, MD USA
    Thank you for bringing me to Poland. I have wanted to go for so long, and it was much better than I could've ever imagined.
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in Wheaton, IL USA
    I loved our trip, and really felt like I came away from it, relaxed, happy, and more knowledgeable about another part of our wonderful world. Thank you for making the experience one that will forever be in my memory as a 'highlight' of my life.
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, Sights and Soul Travels - Tours and Vacations for Women:

  • Reviewer: located in Ohio USA
    Travel with Yolanta is simply in a class of its own. It's like traveling with a friend who passionately wants to share not only the sights but also the "soul" of the people - the culture, the history, their values and passions. At the same time, Yolanta tries to anticipate and meet your needs as a traveler. From the time she welcomes you with flowers when you arrive at an airport, train or bus station to the time of departure when she personally escorts you to the airport or train station, you feel special and well taken care of.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Illinois USA
    I loved our trip, and really felt like I came away from it, relaxed, happy, and more knowledgeable about another part of our wonderful world. Thank you for making the experience one that will forever be in my memory as a 'highlight' of my life.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Nova Scotia
    I had a great time in Tuscany. I liked the way you planned the trip, and have great memories and pictures to remind me of the beauty of Tuscany. Thank you so much for making my dream come true, I will definitely keep Sights and Soul in mind when planning future vacations.
    5

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Special information

  • Offers some women-only departures.

Itinerary

Day 1: At your arrival in Krakow, you will be met by a private chauffeur and transferred you to our beautiful hotel in the Old Town. In the afternoon, we'll meet for an introductory walk through Krakow's Old Town, including St. Mary's Church with its medieval sculptures and the famous Veit Stoss High Gothic altar and St. Francis' Basilica with the Art Nouveau stained glass. The walk will culminate at the Main Market Square where we'll enjoy our welcome dinner in the most romantic spot in Krakow. During dinner, we'll get to know each other and enjoy an informal discussion about Kraków's history and present. If you have energy left after dinner, you can join us for a walk around the night-time Krakow and a visit to an all-dessert restaurant.
Meals: D

Day 2: Today, we'll gain new insights into Polish history. In the morning, our private guide will take us for an in-depth visit to the Royal Wawel Castle. We'll see the Royal Chambers and Cathedral, as well as the Dragon's Cave, followed by a stop at the Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University to view the astronomical clock show. Afterwards, we'll relax over lunch in the atmospheric surroundings of a restaurant with the traditional Polish Wedding cuisine. And in the evening, we'll attend Chopin's piano recital in the Bonerowski Palace.
Meals: B, L

Day 3: Today, we'll travel to Wieliczka Salt Mine and visit the underground chambers, labyrinths, and chapels carved in salt, and decorated with salt crystals and salt sculptures. After lunch, we'll join our guide to explore the historic Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz, which defined Krakow's culture and history over the millennia, we'll tour the Schindler Museum, then relax over a traditional Jewish dinner accompanied by Klezmer music concert.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: After breakfast, we'll take a trolley ride and then a pleasant stroll to the Kosciuszko Mound, the newest (dating from the 19th century) of Krakow mounds which have been built in the city since the prehistoric times. We'll learn about the ancient tradition of building burial mounds and its modern continuation. Afterwards, we'll take a drive-through tour of the communist-era built neighborhood of Nowa Huta, with insightful commentary on the communism's historical implications. The discussion is sure to continue over lunch at the 1950s-style diner, turned a trendy restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll visit the multi-media Krakow Historical Museum and the Cloth Hall Museum with its exhibit of Polish art.
Meals: B, L

Day 5: Today, we'll leave Krakow and travel to the tranquility of the mountain resort and spa town of Zakopane. Before reaching the hotel, we'll stop at the Morskie Oko Lake, most likely the loveliest mountain lake in Europe. We'll enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, then either relax amid the spectacular scenery on the terrace of the mountain lodge or take a walk around the lake (about one hour walk on a flat, but rocky path). After checking into the hotel, we'll relax over dinner at Highlander style Angels' Restaurant, overlooking the spectacular Tatra Mountains.
Meals: B, D

Day 6: Half-way through the tour, we'll enjoy a free day to relax at the spa, hike one of the easy trails in the Tatra Mountains National Park next to the hotel, or just read on the terrace overlooking the spectacular mountains. Tonight, we will dine at Czarci Jar Restaurant, featuring Highlanders' dancing and traditional Highlanders' dinner cooked over a bonfire.
Meals: B, D

Day 7: In the morning, we'll take a cable car trip up the Mt. Kasprowy Wierch (weather permitting), take a short hike along the ridge of the mountain, and enjoy a picnic lunch amid wildflowers on an alpine meadow before taking the cable car back to town. In the afternoon, we'll take a leisurely walk through the town of Zakopane with its colorful Highlanders' Market and take a funicular up the Gubalowka Range to admire the panorama of the Tatras.
Meals: B, L

Day 8: Today, we'll check out of our mountain hotel and travel to the Pieniny National Park. First, we'll tour the Renaissance Castle in Niedzica, one of the borderland castles ruled by powerful overlords, then we'll continue to the Dunajec River Gorge, where we'll take a relaxing river rafting cruise amid the dramatic scenery and limestone cliffs. Afterwards, we'll continue back to Krakow, where we'll have some free time for last minute shopping, and in the evening, attend the farewell banquet at the Mead and Wine Restaurant, followed by a romantic, night-time carriage ride around the city.
Meals: B, D

Day 9: After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport according to your flight departure time.
Meals: B

Day 9 with optional excursion: Optional excursion to Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial.
Meals: B

Day 10: with optional excursion: After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport according to your flight departure time.
Meals: B

This tour ends on Day 9 or Day 10 (with optional excursion) after breakfast.

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