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Tatras and Polish Highlands in winter

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Self-guided winter walking tour with luggage transport in Tatra Mountains , Pieniny national park and Beskidy range.

Start and end in Krakow

Day 1 Arrival to Krakow


Arrival and accommodation in a hotel in Krakow. Introductory meeting and collecting of maps, travel materials. In the afternoon you will have a chance for individual sightseeing which shall include the Old Town, Market Square and the Jewish Quarter. Overnight stay in Krakow

Day 2 Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

Transfer to Zakopane, a lively resort located at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. Moderate walk along one of the Tatra valleys. There are several options to choose from, all of which are described in our materials. (Approximately 1to 3 hours walk) Overnight stay in Zakopane

Day 3 The Tatra Mountains

 We offer you today a full day excursion to the Tatra Mountains. Among suggested routes are the peaks of Kopa Kondracka (2005 m) or Gasienicowa Meadow. Each of the proposed routes is described in detail and marked well. Our materials contain also difficulty grade of each route. (Approximately 4 to 8 hours walk) Overnight stay in Zakopane

Day 4 The West Tatra Mountains

Short car transfer in the morning to western part of the Tatra mountains. Walk along Chocholowska valley which recently has been a set of several films. The destination is Iwaniacka Pass (1459 metres). (Approximately 4 to 8 hours walk) Overnight stay in Zakopane

Day 5 Spisz region and Niedzica castle

Transfer to Magura Spiska. Today’s walk follows Polish-Slovakian border. After the two countries joined Schengen zone it is easy to cross. The route passes villages Osturnia and Frankova on Slovakian side of the border and comes to an end in Niedzica which is dominated by a medieval castle. (Approxiamtely 5 hours walk) Overnight stay in Niedzica

Day 6 Pieniny Mountains

Car will transfer you to Pieniny National Park, where the Dunajec Gorge starts. This narrow limestone valley is listed by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage Site. Today’s route follows the so called Pieniny Way to a spa town Szczawnica. The route can be optionally covered by wooden rafts operated by local Highlanders. (Approximately 3 hours walk) Overnights stay in Szczawnica

Day 7 Beskidy Mountains (loop around Szczawnica)

Today's walk follows a trail along picturesque Homole Gorge and reaches Wysokie Skalki Peak (1050 metres). The trail follows main Pieniny ridge with views of all surrounding mountain groups. Afterenoon transfer to Krakow
(Approximately 3 - 4 hours walk) Overnight stay in Krakow.

Day 8 Return home

Return home or individual stay extension.

Services included in package price

- accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights:
     - Krakow, 3 * hotel
     - Zakopane, 3* pension
     - Niedzica, 2* hotel
     - Szczawnica, 3* hotel
- 6 dinners
- car transfers between accommodation as stated by the itinerary
- introductory meeting with JAN-POL representative at the beginning of the trip
- detailed maps with routes marked on them and times needed to cover the distance
- 24h emergency phone
- Weather forecast by text message daily
- GPS device with the walking route (optional)

Grade and Private guiding service

Grade: moderate, you will encounter the highest ascents in the Tatra Mountains on day 3 where the altitude difference may reach 900 meters. There are several other optional routes suggested in our materials with smaller altitude differences and shorter distances. Daily walking length is 4 – 6 hours.
The routes avoid steep and slippery parts of the national parks and are well marked. Walking in winter is a popular activity in Poland, therefore they are frequently used and easy to follow in winter conditions even after fresh snowfall.

Private guiding service: The described itinerary can be followed easily by persons with experience in summer walking without previous experience in winter.
On request one can however hire a local English-speaking mountain guide who will lead you from start to finish of the walk on the days chosen by you.

Booking and information

For bookings and price information please contact:  active@janpol.com

For more information: direct telephone: 0048 606 620 460

skype: jan-pol-inc09