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Zakopane at the foot of the Tatra Mountain
Zakopane, Witow, Chocholow, Krakow, Pieniny National Park, Niedzica Castle, Morskie Oko, Ojcow Nature Park, Pieskowa Skala & Wieliczka Salt Mines
9th – 16th August
We meet at the airport at 8.00 pm for our Ryanair direct flight to Krakow departing at 10.05 pm. On arrival at 00.40 am, we board our coach and make our way towards Zakopane to check into our hotel.
Breakfast will be followed by a full-day optional excursion to Zakopane, one of Poland’s prime tourist destinations. We will take the mountain railway to the top of Mount Gubaówka to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Tatras. This will be followed by two stops at the nearby villages of Chocholow and Witow. The highlight of Chocholow is undoubtedly the workshop of a local artist in one of the wooden huts.
Our full-day optional excursion today takes us to Krakow. Krakow no longer plays such an important administrative role, but for many people, thanks to its rich history, Krakow represents a synthesis of all things Polish, connecting tradition with modernity. We will see the Bishop’s Palace, Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle and Cathedral. The castle was home to many Polish kings and queens. A walk up Grodzka Street leads us to the heart of Krakow, the Rynek Gówny or Main Market Square. There, the large Gothic Cloth Hall is the perfect place for souvenir shopping. We visit also the Royal Tombs and Sigismond’s Bell with our last stop being the twin spired St Mary’s Church with its famous Wit Stwosz medieval altar.
Today, we will go on our full-day optional excursion to the Pieniny National Park. We shall take a raft trip down the rapids of the River Dunajec. With its magnificent backdrop of mountain tops, 1,500ft high limestone cliffs, trees embedded in rock formations and meadows. After our eventful trip, we can enjoy lunch (extra) in a regional restaurant in Niedzica, after which we will visit the town’s castle. Niedzica Castle is a medieval stronghold dating from the 14th Century, gorgeously situated on the shore of a lake.
Today, our full day optional excursion is taking is to Morskie Oko or Eye of the Sea translated in English. It is the largest and fourth-deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains, in southern Poland. It is located deep within the Tatra National Park in the Rybi Potok (the Fish Brook) Valley, of the High Tatras mountain range. Morskie Oko is one of the most popular destinations in the Tatras, often receiving over 50,000 visitors during the vacation season. We will experience a horse drawn carriage ride (extra) that will take us most of the way up the mountain. Here, we will spend relaxing afternoon, sounded with unreal nature of mountains, greenery and crystal shining lake.
Our full-day optional excursion will give us the opportunity to see Ojców Natural Park, located along Pradik river valley. This is the most scenic landscape with an abundance of many-shaped limestone rocks. The park’s trademark 25-metre-tall “Hercules’ Bludgeon” rock by the Pieskowa Skala Castle is said to be the work of the devil. Besides walking in peaceful, green surrounding of forest and white Jurassic rocks, we will visit a recently-reconstructed historical watermill and sawmill to see how the energy of water has been used in the past to support the men. After this unique visit we will continue to Pieskowa Skala – one of the “eagle’s nest” renaissance castles build by the Polish kings to protect their borders. The castle, called ‘a pearl of the Polish Renaissance’ is located at the Ojcow Park’s northernmost end, among forests on a hill overlooking the picturesque Pradnik river valley.
Today, our optional full-day excursion will take us to Wieliczka Salt Mines, an incredible place which was once described as being ‘as remarkable as the Pyramids and more useful’! Today, this famous attraction is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights of this tour include the stunning underground lake and the beautiful underground cathedral, St. Kinga’s Chapel.
Today we will enjoy some free time for personal sight seeing in Zakopane. Check out of room by noon. We will later make our way to Krakow Airport for our Ryan Air flight departing at 7.05pm and arriving in Malta at 9.40pm.
PRICE PER PERSON
* SPECIAL PRICE
*€649 / €749 Adult in Triple
*€709 / €809 Adult in Twin
*€909 / €1090 Adult in Single
*€549 / €649 Child sharing with 2 adults
€126 Half board (6 dinners)
* Special price applies when all excursions are taken
* Seats on flights are assigned directly by Ryanair. Should you need seats near each other, this may incur a charge.
Ryanair direct flights to Krakow airport
7 nights in 3-star Hotel, Hotel Czarny Potok
in Zakopane or similar
Rooms with private facilities and TV
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
€44 / €29 Zakopane/Witow/Chocolow
€49 / €35 Krakow
€59 / €39 Pieniny National Park
€45 / €25 Tatra National Park & Morskie Oko
€51 / €31 Ojcow Natural Park & Pieskowa Skala
€59 / €39 Wieliczka Salt Mines
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Horse drawn carriage ride €30
* Above price is subject to change
INCLUDED IN PRICE:
The following extras are included in the cost of excursions: English speaking local guide, Gubalowka Funicular, raft trip, entrance to Debno wooden church, entrance to Niedzica Castle, entrance St Mary’s Church and Wowel Cathedral in Krakow, entrance to Wieliczka Salt Mines, Pieskowa Skala Castle & visit of historical Watermill.