Family Krakow and High Tatras Adventure

A family holiday in Krakow and Tatra Mountains.
Holiday code: FKT
Countries: Poland, Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 7
From 1145 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
  • Jan
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  • Jun
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
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Set out for the most significant natural and cultural treasures of Poland and Slovakia on this active family holiday. You will get to know the beauty of ancient Krakow, with the world’s biggest medieval market square. Next, from Krakow, we will move to Zakopane, the “gateway” to the Polish Tatras and the most important tourist centre in Poland, also known as the Polish Fatima. Our journey continues to Slovakia, where we get to know the biggest mountains in Central Europe – the beautiful Slovakian High Tatras and their surroundings.

Over eight days, you will experience:

  • Krakow – one of the most beautiful ancient cities in Europe
  • The salt mine Wieliczka – one of the oldest mines in the world
  • Zakopane – the most prominent tourist centre in Poland
  • Horse-drawn carriage – to Morskie Oko, the biggest lake in the Polish Tatras
  • Rafting – on the river Dunajec in the national park of Pieniny
  • High Tatras – Slovakia’s most extensive and oldest national park, known as the Slovak Alps
  • Cable car to Skalnate Pleso – for beautiful panoramic views
  • Tatranska magistrala trail – walking on the most popular tourist trail in the High Tatras
  • Spiš Castle – one of the largest castles in Central Europe
  • Levoča – UNESCO medieval town with the world’s largest wooden altar
  • Spišský Jerusalem – walking across a unique complex of historical buildings that recall ancient Jerusalem on a one-to-one scale

On this trip, you´ll also have an opportunity to visit some of Poland´s and Slovakia´s most significant pilgrimage sites, including:

  • The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Lagiewniki. The chapel where the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina are to be found.
  • The Sanctuary of Mother of God of Fatima in Zakopane.
  • St. Mary Hill in Levoca.

Map & itinerary

Krakow is the perfect place to start your Polish-Slovakian adventure. Today you´ll meet your guide at your starting hotel in Krakow. Depending on your arrival time, there might be time for an introductory walk to the Old Town.

Meals included: No meals included
Accommodation: Hotel Poleski (or similar)

Krakow is a UNESCO World Heritage City famous for its beautifully preserved Old Town, which houses three kilometres of city walls, 46 spires, countless historic buildings, narrow streets, and churches.

We’ve included a guided tour that explores the city’s highlights, including the Rynek Glowny, Europe´s largest medieval market square, Wawel Castle and Cathedral, and a walk through the most enchanting district in Krakow, the Jewish Kazimierz.

The afternoon is free for you to spend time in Krakow; there’s plenty to do in this relaxed and charming city.

Optional programme for pilgrims:

This afternoon you can visit one of Poland´s most important pilgrimage sites, the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Lagiewniki – the chapel where the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina are to be found. This chapel has since witnessed extraordinary graces, including the revelations of Jesus and the Blessed Mother. This is a place where people from all corners of the world come on pilgrimage.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Krakow, hotel benefits (or similar)

This morning we´ll have a short 20-minute transfer to the UNESCO Wieliczka salt mine, where we´ll explore this unique underground, such as saline lakes and beautiful underground chambers, including the unique St. Kinga’s Chapel. Children will learn about old mining tools and machines, the methods of salt extraction, and the transport used in the past.

After the salt mine tour, we´ll continue on our journey to Zakopane, “the capital” of Polish Tatras. After the hotel’s check-in and lunch, we’ll have a guided tour around Zakopane, and we´ll also visit the local sporting area famous for the big hill ski jumps, where local athletes train here even in the summer months.

Zakopane seems like a big living outdoor museum where the local “Gorals” dressed in traditional costumes offer you a horse-drawn carriage ride, where you can buy Polish specialities, including smoked cheese (Ostiepok) and handmade products of leather, wool, and wood.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Zakopane, Villa Orla (or similar)

Today is free for many optional activities that Zakopane has to offer.

Enjoy a walk or horse-drawn cart to Morskie Oko Lake, "the Sea-Eye," the largest lake in the High Tatras at an altitude of 1,395 meters. The walk is full of beautiful views and nature. Worth mentioning are Mickiewicze waterfalls. Morskie Oko is also the starting point for a trek to Rysy at 2,503 metres, Poland's highest peak.

You can also enjoy spectacular cycling in Chocholowska valley or cycling to Nowy Targ following a new dedicated cycle path and old railway line. Along the way, pass rural fields and pretty traditional villages with the High Tatras' beautiful views.

Cable car to Kasprowy Vierch Peak (1,987 metres) is one of the biggest attractions in the Polish Tatras, recommended in summer and winter, and is full of spectacular views.

For those that want to take it easy, you can explore more of Zakopane or relax in geothermal pools. Today, there is also the chance to take a funicular railway ride to Gubalowka for incredible mountain views.

Your guide will be there to assist with anything you might need.

Optional programme for pilgrims:

For Christians, Zakopane is also known as Polish Fatima. Here you have the chance to visit the Sanctuary of Mother of God of Fatima. On the day of Pope John Paul II's assassination on 13 May 1981, the Poles promised to build a church if the Pope recovered. The church was built and consecrated in 1992, and during the Pope's visit to Zakopane, the Pope served Holly Mass here on 7 Jun 1997.

Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch
Accommodation: Zakopane, Villa Orla (or similar)

This morning we head to the national park of Pieniny that forms the natural border between Poland and Slovakia. Here we visit a cultural gem called Cerveny Klastor “Red Monastery,” which was home to the Cistercian monks. We´ll learn about the most famous monk, Cyprian, allegedly the inventor of a hang glider and author of the oldest pharmacy in Central Europe.

Only a short walk from the monastery is the Dunajec River, which flows through one of the longest canyons in Europe. One of the best ways to see the canyon´s beauty is from water. So under the guidance of a professional instructor, we´ll enjoy about two hours of easy and enjoyable rafting through this spectacular canyon surrounded by towering, forested peaks.

After our rafting adventure, we enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant before driving to Smokovec, our home for the next three nights in the Slovakian High Tatras, the biggest mountains in Central-Eastern Europe.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Smokovec, Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning we take a mountain tram to Tatranska Lomnica and enjoy a cable car ride to Skalnate Pleso (1,751 metres), home to a crystal-clear mountain lake and an observatory, located in the foothills of Lomnicky peak at (2,634 metres).

From here, you’ll hike along a popular family trail, exploring mountain huts and cascading waterfalls on a scenic trek that has views over the villages and settlements below. En route we stop at Zamkovskeho hut where we´ll enjoy our packed lunch before continuing to Cold Creek waterfalls and Rainerova hut – the oldest hut in the Tatras. From here, we continue to Hrebienok from where we descend back to Smokovec.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Smokovec, Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning we’ll drive to the national park of Slovak Paradise, where we’ll visit the UNESCO Dobsinska ice cave, which belongs among the essential ice caves in the world. The average temperature in the cave in the summer months is only about -2°C below zero, so don’t forget to bring a warm jacket.

After the cave adventure, our journey continues to Spissky Castle. Its area exceeding 4 hectares is considered one of the largest castle complexes in Central Europe. A guided child-friendly tour will give you an insight into its fascinating history. From Spissky Castle, we’ll descend (1.7 km) by foot to a small medieval town of Spisské Podhradie, where we’ll have lunch.

After lunch in Spisské Podhradie, you’ll continue hiking to Spisska Kapitula, the church administration’s main seat in the region in the 12th century. Today’s hike ends with a walk across Spissky Jerusalem, which recalls ancient Jerusalem on a one-to-one scale. It’s a magical end to this walking adventure with stunning views over the Spisska Capitula, Spissky Castle, and the Tatra mountains.

Our journey then continues to the medieval town of Levoca – one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Slovakia. This UNESCO town with beautifully preserved city walls hides one of the most significant gothic treasures in Europe: St. James Cathedral with the biggest wooden altar in the world. After our visit to the cathedral and the town’s hall, we’ll return to our hotel for our last night in spectacular Slovakia.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Smokovec, Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast, we´ll travel back to Krakow´s airport where your tour ends.

Meals included: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

This trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between Jun and September, and we’ll make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Tue 01 Jun 21 - Thu 30 Sep 21 Available

Please note that our official rates are in Euros. Other currencies are informative only.

Holiday information

This well-thought-out trip is a great choice for families who like active holidays or would like to try something new. The basis of this tour is walking, rafting, and sightseeing, and it’s designed so that it can be managed by active children from the age of seven.

  • Seven nights in a three-star hotel
  • Seven breakfasts
  • All activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide from start to finish
  • International flights
  • Arrival airport transfer on day one
  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room: 150 EUR

Normally 7 – 16 people.

This tour starts in Krakow.

This tour ends in Krakow.

Recommended arrival and departure airport: Krakow

How to get from the airport to my hotel?

Private transfers (door-to-door service)

You can book your private airport transfers directly with us. Our fast, reliable, and affordable private transfers are the best way to reach your starting hotel quickly and comfortably. For up-to-date prices of airport private transfers, click here.

During this tour you´ll stay in three three-star hotels.

If you need to arrive or leave on a different date, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to arrange extra pre or post tour accommodation for you.

We recommend you pack as light as possible, with suitcases or backpacks that are easy for parents to lift and carry. A daypack for activities is also useful. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us.

  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Long-sleeved tops and trousers
  • Jacket/coat/fleece
  • Swimwear
  • Walking boots
  • Strong trainers
  • Water bottle
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Sun cream, sunhat and sunglasses

Please note, we want to run this trip following the day-to-day itinerary on the trip notes. However, sometimes operational circumstances may sometimes prevent us from doing this. Your tour leader will keep you fully informed of any alternative plans that are necessary on-the-ground. Also, based on feedbacks from past travellers, occasionally our itineraries are amended. Final version of your trip notes will be emailed to you prior to travel.

  1. Check availability online or contact us by clicking the ENQUIRE OR BOOK button.
  2. Your place is secured with a 99 EUR deposit per person and can be paid by debit or credit card (no fees apply), PayPal, or by bank transfer (fees apply).
  3. Once the deposit is received, a confirmation will be sent to your email, and your place/s will be officially confirmed.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Our knowledgeable and helpful team is here to help, and we look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular country soon!

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why book with slovakia explorer?

This tour is organized by the expert team at Slovakia Explorer. Our holidays provide unique experiences that give you unparalleled insight into Slovakia and the cultural value of Central Europe.

Whether in the form of castles and chateaux, folklore, traditions, or pilgrimage sites of world importance, when creating them, we pay maximum attention to the content and all the details so that your holiday is perfect.

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