Krakow, Zakopane & the High Tatras

8 Days from £749 | June, September

Two of Poland’s most spectacular sites, Krakow and Zakopane, are brought together in this holiday of contrasts. The medieval university city of Krakow, for centuries Poland’s capital, is combined with Zakopane, Poland’s highest city, set amidst the spectacular Tatra Mountains.

Krakow, Zakopane & the High Tatras

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 84%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights bb in Krakow, 4 nights bb in Zakopane
  • Walking Tours of both Cities
  • Spectacular raft journey through the Dunajec gorge, in the Pieninski National Park

Day One: Flight to Krakow, short transfer to your hotel in Krakow for three nights bed and breakfast accommodation.

Days Two and Three: Free in Krakow with an included half-day walking tour. Krakow is a very special place to visit. With over a thousand years of history, it is Poland’s cultural capital and is, of course, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the Middle Ages, Krakow’s walls had 55 defensive towers. The 14th century main gate survives and is the starting point of the ‘Royal Road’, which ends at Wawel Castle, and passes by the Town Square, St. Mary’s Basilica and the Czartoryski Museum. They claim the museum contains fragments from the grave of Romeo and Juliet, as well as the chair Shakespeare sat on to write about them!

Krakow is also a university city – the Jagiellonian, one of Europe’s oldest, dates from 1364 and boasts many illustrious alumni including Karol Józef Wojtyła – better known to us as Pope John Paul II.

You can also join an optional excursion to nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz. Salt has been mined at Wieliczka since the 13th century. The result of centuries of mining is a huge network of underground passages, corridors and chambers whose crowning jewel is Kinga’s Chapel, 600ft underground and carved entirely out of rock salt – even the chandeliers are made of salt! From 14th June 1940 until January 1945, Auschwitz Concentration Camp was the site of some of the worst atrocities of WWII. The visit includes a film showing the liberation of the camp and the chance to see the infamous Death wall, the national memorials and the cells where the inmates were held. Over 1.1 million people are thought to have died at Auschwitz and the visit is both moving and thought-provoking.

Day Four: Today you travel to Zakopane. It may only be 63 miles from Krakow by road, but you spend 2-3 hours rafting gently through the stunning scenery of the Dunajec River Gorge, in the Pieninski National Park. Two hours from Krakow lies the village of Sromowce, on the Slovakian border, where you embark your rafts, which are operated by experienced raftsmen wearing traditional local costume. The gentle Dunajec River offers sightseeing as you go – you will see the 13th century Red Monastery and the gorge itself, with its spectacular limestone cliffs and rock formations. You disembark in the spa town of Szczawnica, and after some free time, continue to Zakopane (35 miles), arriving late afternoon for four nights bed and breakfast accommodation.

Days Five to Seven: Free in Zakopane, with an included walking tour. Zakopane lies in the heart of the Tatra Mountains, a mountain range that many people believe to be among the most beautiful in the world. The scenery is spectacular and the mountains impressive – they were shaped by glacial erosion, which helps to explain the magnificent peaks, lakes and valleys. The Tatra National Park was created in 1955 and hosts abundant flora and fauna, including bears and golden eagles.

You can also join an optional excursion across the border into Slovakia, Poland’s southern neighbour. You go to Stary Smokovec, from where a cable car leaves for the mountain town of Hrebienok, 4000ft up and site of several waterfalls.

Day Eight: Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Depending on your flight time you may have time for some last minute shopping in Krakow. Please note: throughout the tour you are on a bed and breakfast basis. There is a wide variety of lunch and dinner options available in all price ranges in Krakow and Zakopane and the other places you visit. Your Tour Director will be happy to assist and point you in the right direction.

A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.

Krakow, Zakopane & the High Tatras

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 84%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL WYSPIANSKI ***, Krakow (three nights)
The hotel is named after the famous Polish artist, poet and playwright, Stanislaw Wyspianski, who once lived in a house at the site of the hotel. It is located right in the centre of Krakow, the proverbial stone’s throw from the main square. Rooms are fully equipped with bath/shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, telephone and radio. There is also a restaurant and a bar. (www.hotel-wyspianski.pl)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 79%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
HOTEL WERSAL ***, Zakopane (four nights)
This hotel is located in a quiet, yet central, area of Zakopane. It has 42 rooms with bath/shower wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, radio and telephone. There is a restaurant offering both traditional Polish and international cuisine and a bar serving hot and cold drinks. (www.hotelwersal.pl)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 86%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Krakow, Zakopane & the High Tatras
Holiday Code: 7KZT
Supplements per person:
Single room £140

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AberdeenTue 27/06/20178LH via FRA16152245Places Available869Krakow140

AberdeenTue 26/09/20178LH via FRA16102245Places Available869Krakow140

Belfast IntlTue 27/06/20178Easyjet10101615Places Available749Krakow140

Belfast IntlTue 26/09/20178Easyjet10101615Places Available749Krakow140

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EdinburghTue 26/09/20178Ryanair17452340Places Available749Krakow140

HeathrowTue 27/06/20178BA16452230Places Available789Krakow140

HeathrowTue 26/09/20178BA16452230Places Available789Krakow140

Leeds-BradfordTue 27/06/20178Ryanair20101945Places Available749Krakow140

Leeds-BradfordTue 26/09/20178Ryanair20101945Places Available749Krakow140

London GatwickTue 27/06/20178Easyjet09251500Places Available749Krakow140

London GatwickTue 26/09/20178Easyjet09201445Places Available749Krakow140

StanstedTue 27/06/20178Ryanair08552325Places Available749Krakow140

StanstedTue 26/09/20178Ryanair08552325Places Available749Krakow140

Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 27/05/2017 at 22:47:05

The best PTS holiday we have had (not that any have been poor). Hotels ideally located. Rooms at hotel Wyspianski were small but we felt adequate and the different traditions had a certain appeal. Courier was excellent and bed and breakfast arrangement in Krakow a much better option due to excellent choice of inexpensive restaurants nearby.

Mrs & Mrs C, Lanarkshire

I really enjoyed this holiday Krakow is a lovely city, lots to see and do. Zakopane is also a lively interesting town and the area is a complete contrast to that of Krakow. Another plus is the cost of living in Poland. It is a very inexpensive holiday once you arrive which is quite important bearing in mind the economic climate. I would certainly recommend this holiday to others.

Mrs M, Scarborough

We cannot praise enough our Tour Director who was superb and really added to our holiday. Also the Hotel Wersel was exceptional for a 3*. We had a wonderful holiday – our first with PTS. Many thanks.

Mr & Mrs M, Dundee

This holiday has been very worthwhile and we have received a high quality of care from the tour couriers. Hotel in Krakow was ideally situated whilst the Hotel in Zakopane was wonderful. Auschwitz tour was remarkable and very emotional – the tour guide here was amazing in both knowledge and delivery. We have enjoyed our time here and would certainly use PTS again.

Mr H, Scarborough

I experienced an exceptionally well organised and executed trip. Guides were professional, Tour Director entertaining and looked after us very well. English well spoken. The Drivers were punctual and professional. The choice of hotels was great, perfect locations of both places. Thank you for organising a lovely holiday.

Mr & Mrs K, North Yorkshire

We have just returned from our holiday to Krakow, Zakopane and the High Tatras and just wanted to say a big thank you to Preferred Travel Services. We had a really good time in Krakow where the temperature reached the high 20’sc. It is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do. Our guide met us at the airport with a welcome smile and was with us until we reached Zakopane. She was excellent and very knowledgeable. Zakopane was much cooler and quite different from the big city but every bit as enjoyable. Both hotels were excellent and return flights from Edinburgh on time and hassle free. We hope to use your services again in the future and will certainly recommend you to others.

Mr & Mrs B, Midlothian

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