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Kraków and the national parks of southern Poland


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Introduction and dates

The Carpathian Mountains create a natural border  between Slovakia and Poland. Their highest, central part, the Tatra Mountains, are surrounded by several other mountain groups like Babia Gora range and Pieniny. Crossing three national parks we shall walk during this trip to the most interesting parts of The Polish Highlands. We stay in comfortable, small hotels. Qualified mountain guide accompanies the group throughout the whole trip.

Scheduled dates in 2018:

1 - 8.07.2018

29.07 - 5.08.2018

2 - 9.09.2018

Day 1: Arrival to Kraków

Arrival and a hotel check-in  in Kraków.

Afternoon introductory meeting with guide.

Day 2: Kraków

After breakfast a guided tour of Krakow. Finished approximately at 1300. After the guided tour transfer and visit of the Salt Mine in Wieliczka. In the late afternoon departure towards Babia Gora National Park in the Outer Carpathian Mountains. The Babia Gora range is the second highest in Poland after the Tatra Mountains. Optional walk in the Babia Gora range in the afternoon. Overnight in Zawoja.

Day 3: Babia Gora

Babia Gora

↑700 metres ↓1050 metres, total duration of walk: 6-7 hours

We will today hike to the peak of Babia Gora (1725 metres) through spruce forest and dwarf pine area. From the peak stretches one of the best panoramas of several Carpathian ranges. Babia Gora's name literally means "Witches mountain". According to local beliefs the peak is frequently hosting withches gatherings.  In the afternoon will then descend to the hotel in Zawoja, our accommodation.

 

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Overnight stay in a mounatian in Zawoja

Day 4: Zakopane

Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

↑450 metres ↓450 metres, total duration of walk: 3-4 hours

In the morning, a bus will take us to Zakopane, a town lying at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. After leaving our luggage in the hotel and short bus transfer to Kuznice we will head towards one the Tatra valleys for a half-day walk. The planned walk is up to 2005 metres but can be shortened by those who do not wish to take part in complete hike.

Optionally the route will start in Slovakian village Oravice , go acrosss Bobrovecka pass and descend to Chocholowska valley where the bus will await the group. Ovenight in Zakopane.

Day 5: The Tatra Mountains

 

The Tatra Mountains

complete walk to Kozi Wierch peak: ↑1200 metres ↓1200 metres, total duration of walk: 8-9 hours

walk to Morskie Oko Lake: ↑650 metres by funicular rail ↓650 metres, total duration of walk: 6 hours

limited walk along the trail to Kozi Wierch: ↑900 metres ↓900 metres, total duration of walk: 5-6 hours

In the morning a 17 km bus transfer to Palenica Meadow. The planned walk is to reach Kozi Wierch (2291 metres). The walk passes near Tatra's biggest waterfall - Siklawa. Again, the group can divide - the more ambitious part can reach the peak, the less fit can wait near the waterfall or take a moderate hike to Tatra's biggest lake - Morskie Oko instead.

Overnight stay in Zakopane.

Day 6: The Pieniny Mountains

 

The Pieniny Mountains ↑50 metres ↓100 metres, total duration of walk: 3-4 hours

In the morning we descend to Zakopane and after taking a look at it’s main attractions we continue our journey by bus to Dunajec Gorge, listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. At this point we cross the border with Slovakia and follow the Pieniny Way along the gorge with cliffs of limestone rising high above. Those who prefer may take an optional ride on board a raft along the same route. Our accommodation for the evening is arranged in the spa town of Szczawnica, back on Polish side of the border. Overnight stay in Szczawnica.

Day 7: Three Crowns

 

 

Day 7 Three Crowns ↑340 metres ↓360 metres, total duration of walk: 4-5 hours

After a good nights rest in a hotel we start our last ascent of this trip. Our destination is the peak of Trzy Korony (Three Crowns) (982 m). This time we can admire the magnificent Dunajec Gorge from above. After descending again we will be transferred by bus back to Krakow, a fine end to our trip. Hotel accommodation close to the Old Town will allow participants to explore the city at their own pace during the evening. Overnight stay in Krakow.

Day 8: Return journey

Day 8 Return journey

In the afternoon return trip home or individual stay extension.

 

 

 

 

Grade

Moderate

This trip is meant for people of all ages who are interested in mountain hiking.

Hotels:

 

Days 1 ,7: Krakow – Kazimierz*** hotel

http://www.hk.com.pl

Days 2 and 3: Jawor*** hotel

www.hotel-jawor.pl

Days 4 and 5: Zakopane – Czarny Potok***

www.czarnypotok.pl

Day 6: Szczawnica – Batory*** hotel

www.batory-hotel.pl

Price

Price per person in twin room : 680 EUR

Single room supplement: 160 EUR

Maximum group size is 18

 

Services included in price:

- Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights

- 7 dinners including one farewell dinner in a restaurant in Krakow in the Old Town

- 6 packed lunches

- Bus transport according to itinerary

- Guided visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine in Dutch

- Luggage transport between hotels

- Qualified English speaking mountain guide during all days

- Half day guided tour of Krakow with English speaking guide without entrances

- Maps of the visited region

- Entrances to Tatra National Park on days 4 and 5

Booking

booking and information at active@janpol.com