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Krakow and the Tatras Winter Activity Break

A Winter holiday in Krakow and the High Tatras.
Holiday code: KTWAB
Countries: Poland, Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 16
6days
From 735 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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This multi-activity, 6-day winter break starts and ends in Krakow, Poland´s former capital, and ticks off the most popular winter activities in the Slovakian Tatra Mountains.

For the most part, you’ll be based in the picturesque village of Tatranska Lomnica, in the shadow of Slovakia´s highest peak, Gerlachovsky Štít (2654m). From there you’ll head out each day to enjoy everything these majestic mountains have to offer.

You’ll have one of our fantastic Slovakian tour leaders as your guide throughout, plus expert activity guides where necessary. You´ll start the week with guided snowshoeing, then get a lesson in cross-country skiing in Strbske Pleso.

You’ll go on to explore the authentic village of Zdiar, take a horse and carriage ride, and have a picnic cooked on an open fire. Plus, you’ll go skiing or snowboarding on the longest runs in the Tatras.

Why we think this trip is fantastic, and you’ll love it!

  • You’ll go cross-country skiing around Strbske Pleso, Slovakia´s highest village.
  • You’ll enjoy a horse and carriage ride that ends with a traditional picnic cooked in the Slovakian way – grilled on an open fire.
  • While you’re snowshoeing, you’ll follow routes that were used by local smugglers to bring goods from Poland to Slovakia, with stunning views on Belianske Tatras.
  • Each activity is tailored to your ability – whether you’re an expert at winter sports, or just starting out. Your leaders and guides will be able to help you get the most out of your winter adventure.
  • You can ski or snowboard on the longest slopes of the sunny Tatras.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Activities like snowshoeing, winter walking and skiing form a key part of this trip.
  • The activities are planned so people of varying abilities can take part, and are suitable for first-time skiers too.
  • In terms of physical fitness, the hardest day is snowshoeing where you will be expected to walk for about 4.5 hours on moderate terrain.
  • For the rest of the tour no significant physical fitness is required, just a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try something new.

Map & itinerary

After meeting your tour leader at Krakow airport you’ll drive to the Slovakian High Tatra mountains.

This is an area of phenomenal natural beauty, so you can expect to see frozen lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered valleys and forests, craggy peaks and ridges.

The journey takes just over two and a half hours, and you’ll cross the Polish-Slovak border to head into the heart of the High Tatras.

Our destination is Tatranska Lomnica, one of the biggest and most popular villages in the High Tatras. It’s known for its fantastic skiing and hiking opportunities, which you’ll be making the most of while you’re here. After checking in at your hotel there’ll be an orientation walk and you can settle in before tomorrow’s activities begin.

Activities included
Private transfer from Krakow´s airport to Tatranska Lomnica.

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

This morning we’ll take a private bus to the nearby village of Zdiar. After a quick lesson on how to use snowshoes, we’ll head off and follow the modest ridge of Spisska Magura.

This relatively easy terrain is the perfect place to try snowshoeing, following routes that were used by local smugglers to bring goods from Poland to Slovakia. The views of the Belianske Tatras’ white peaks are simply stunning.

Total walking
Distance: 9 km
Time: 4,5 hours
Total ascent: 242 m
Total descent: 418 m
Min elevation: 881 m
Max elevation: 1199 m

Activities included
Transfers by private vehicle
Snowshoeing

Meals included
Breakfast
Packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

Today we’ll jump on a mountain tram and head to Strbske Pleso, Slovakia´s highest village and one of the most popular winter resorts in the Slovakian Tatras. It’s home to the mountain lake of Strbske Pleso, which is a popular destination for cross-country skiers. You’ll explore this spectacular terrain during your guided lesson.

Beginners can enjoy the area around the lake, and more experienced skiers can enhance their skills in hillier terrain, taking in beautiful views of the Tatras.

Lunch is at a lovely, traditional Slovak restaurant called “Koliba”, where you can sample some local delicacies.

Activities included
Return train to Strbske Pleso
Ski hire
Guided lesson

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After breakfast you´ll take a mountain tram to Stary Smokovec, the oldest settlement in the High Tatras. From here you’ll take a cable car to Hrebienok (1,285m). You’ll have a chance to admire stunning ice sculptures created by artists from all over the world, before taking an easy 20-minute walk to Rainerova chata, the oldest mountain hut in the Tatras.

After the walk you’ll return back to Stary Smokovec and drive to the nearby village of Zdiar, a typical Goral village full of traditional wooden houses and barns. You’ll learn about the local way of life before taking a horse and carriage ride in the forest. It all finishes with an unforgettable Slovak-style barbecue on an open fire.

Total walking
Distance: 1,4 km
Total ascent: 72 m
Total descent: 67 m
Min elevation: 1258 m
Max elevation: 1303 m

Activities included
Train to Stary Smokovec
Funicular to/from Hrebienok
Ice sculptures
Walk to Rainerova hut
Private vehicle to/from Zdiar
Visit to outdoor museum
Horse and carriage ride
Barbecue

Meals included
Breakfast
Lunch (barbecue) with an option for vegetarians

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

Tatranksa Lomnica has the highest and steepest piste in Slovakia - Lomnicke Sedlo. Ski from an altitude of 2,196m, down 1,300m of near-vertical slope, to Tatranska Lomnica. The resort offers black runs for experienced skiers, and the wider ski slopes from Skalnate Pleso down to Tatranska Lomnica offer fantastic skiing on the sunny side of the High Tatras.

Don’t worry if you’re just starting out – there are 6km of ski slopes which are perfect for beginners, or we can arrange a ski lesson for you. Tatranska Lomnica also has a suspension cable car, which will take you to Lomnický štít (2,634m) for stunning panoramic views. After a full day on the slopes, you’ll head back to the hotel.

Activities included
Ski/snowboard rental
Activities not included
Ski pass (30-40 EUR / day)

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

Straight after breakfast we’ll take a private vehicle back to Krakow airport for your flight back home. Our estimated arrival time at Krakow airport is 11:00AM. If your flight back home is much later in the day, or even the next day, we can drop you off in Krakow city on request.

Activities included
Private vehicle back to Krakow

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Mon 10 Feb 20 - Sat 15 Feb 20 Available 779 € -
Mon 17 Feb 20 - Sat 22 Feb 20 Available 779 € -
Mon 24 Feb 20 - Sat 29 Feb 20 Available 779 € -
Mon 02 Mar 20 - Sat 07 Mar 20 Available 779 € -
Mon 09 Mar 20 - Sat 14 Mar 20 Available 779 € -
Mon 16 Mar 20 - Sat 21 Mar 20 Available 735 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Five breakfasts, two lunches

Accommodation
Five nights in a three-star hotel

Activities
All activities as per itinerary

Transport
Private vehicle from/to Krakow
Mountain trams in the Tatras
Private vehicle in the Tatras

Tour Leader
English speaking tour leader

International flights
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance

Single room supplement: 70 EUR

Min 5, max 16

Please contact us if you’d like to arrange a private group for just you and your friends.

This tour starts in Krakow.

Our holidays do not include flights. This gives you the freedom to choose a local airport that works for you and shop for the best deal.

We recommend booking your flight to Krakow as this is the official starting point of this tour.

Free transfers with Slovakia Explorer

Arrival and departure group transfer from/to Krakow airport will be provided free of charge.

During this tour you will use: private vehicle, mountain trams, cable cars.

During this tour you will stay in a comfortable three-star hotel.

The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of your destination, within walking distance to restaurants. All rooms are comfortably furnished with private facilities. There is also a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access.

This tour ends in Krakow.

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 a suitcase or backpack that is easy to lift and carry, because you will be expected to carry your own bag during travelling, and take it to your hotel room etc.

You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us.

A thick coat or ski jacket
Thermals
Waterproof trousers
Fleeces and warm jumpers
Gloves, hat and scarf
Walking boots
Strong trainers
Water bottle
Small first-aid kit
Sun cream and sunglasses
Swimwear, beach towels and flip flops for optional thermal pools and wellness centres.

This trip is accompanied by one of our local group leaders. All the organisation, including transfers and activities, is managed by your leader. Our experienced guides are some of the best in the country; they will be there to assist you with anything you might need, giving you advice and organising your activities on a daily basis so you can fully focus on one thing – enjoying Slovakia´s spectacular mountain scenery!

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.

Poland: Polish złoty, Slovakia: EUR

In comparison with other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland and Austria, your money goes much further in Slovakia. Prices of services and goods may vary depending on the type of establishment, but as a guide this is what you can expect to pay during your stay:

Mineral Water, 1.5 litre - from 0.45 EUR
Beer - from 0.65 EUR
Wine - from 2.30 EUR
Lunch (soup + main dish) - from 4 EUR
Dinner (three-course) - 10 EUR

Tipping in Slovakia is an accepted part of the service and tourism industries. We thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on what to tip the different people who will make your trip an excellent one. Of course, this is just to give you an idea – it’s entirely optional, and you can choose to tip as much or as little as you wish.

Tour leader – 2-4 EUR per day
Guides/activity instructors – 2-3 EUR per day
Drivers – 1-2 EUR per day
Restaurants – round up to the nearest EUR

Temperatures during the winter are very cold, as would be expected at this time of the year. Daytime temperatures in the mountains can range from -15 to 0 degrees Celsius. Temperatures drop considerably at higher altitudes and it is imperative that you come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear, as well as protection from the mountain sun.

It is a condition of travelling with us that you have holiday insurance. Please make sure you arrange this prior to travel.

An entry visa is not usually required by citizens of EU, USA, CAN, AUS and NZ. Citizens from other countries should confirm all visa-related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.

You need to be in good physical health to participate in this trip. Please read the itinerary carefully and, if you’re in any doubt, contact one of our team for guidance. We recommend you carry a first-aid kit with you, and contact your doctor for up-to-date vaccination advice.

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Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Trip Notes provide detailed information including visa info, how to get to your hotel, what to pack, money matters, climate – pretty much everything you need to know about this tour and more.

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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