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Krakow and the Tatras Family Winter Adventure

Action-packed family winter holiday in the Slovakian High Tatras.
Holiday code: FWK
Countries: Poland, Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 6
From 1065 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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Active families will love this European mountain adventure, which starts in Poland’s former capital city and packs in five full days of adventures in the Slovakian Tatra Mountains.

We’ve designed an itinerary that allows the whole family to join in with exciting winter activities, with a stunning backdrop of winding valleys, lofty peaks, crystal-clear mountain lakes and frozen waterfalls. Activities include things like snowshoeing and dog-sledding, with plenty of special extras to make your family holiday truly magical.

An expert local tour leader will look after you, and there’s a comfortable hotel to return home to each day. This is a winter adventure you’ll be talking about for years to come!

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

  • You’ll have a chance to explore the ancient city of Krakow on a guided walk.
  • Your family can try snowshoeing and dog-sledding, bathe in thermal pools and, if you want to, go snowmobiling, snow-tubing and ice skating.
  • There’s a horse and sleigh ride included where you’ll travel through the village of Zdiar to the nearby forest before stopping for a feast of local food, cooked in the woods on a Slovak-style barbecue.
  • This family winter holiday includes the opportunity to experience skiing or snowboarding, this time on Slovakia´s longest runs on the sunny slopes of the Tatras!
  • Your family will experience real-life Slovakian culture – from the hospitality at our specially-chosen hotel, to sampling local food and drink.

Map & itinerary

Krakow may not be Poland’s capital any more, but it’s undoubtedly the country’s cultural hub – so it’s the perfect place to start your Polish-Slovakian family winter adventure.

You can start exploring the incredible architecture and pretty cobbled streets as soon as you arrive – your tour leader will meet you at your hotel to run through the plan for the week, so it’s a good idea to arrange flights for a morning arrival. Later, they’ll take you on a guided walk of the city. It starts at 5pm, so you’ll need to be at your hotel by then.

The walking route has been carefully planned so you can take in all of Krakow’s main sights, including the main market square – Rynek Glówny – as well as Wawel Cathedral and Wawel Castle. Just bear in mind you’ll need to pay the entrance fees if you’d like to get a closer look at any of these.

Christmas Market

If you’re visiting between November 29 and January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere of Krakow´s Christmas market.

Meals included
No meals included

Hotel Poleski (or similar)

This morning we’ll leave the city of Krakow and country of Poland behind and head into the heart of the High Tatra Mountains, the biggest and oldest national park in Slovakia.

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. After checking in there’ll be an orientation walk around the hotel, so you can get your bearings.

Meals included

Hotel Villa Paula (or similar)

A cable car transports you to the start of your sky high adventure. Get a unique, bird’s eye view of the beautiful Belianske Tatras on a treetop walk. The 1,234 metre long walkway takes you through the forest to an observation tower, where you can keep watch for rare and exciting wildlife. This is a fun excursion for the kids as they'll be as tall as the trees spying on animals!

You'll then move on to your next exciting escapade... After a quick lesson on how to use snowshoes, you head off, following the modest ridge of Spisska Magura. This easy terrain is the perfect setting to sample family 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. Kids will love ploughing through the snow with what look like tennis rackets on their feet, and poles to help them along.

Total walking
Distance: 6 km

Meals included
Packed Lunch

Hotel Villa Paula (or similar)

After breakfast, transfer to the heart of the Tatra Mountains, famous for its dramatic ridges, hillside meadows, distinctive rock formations and caves. High snow-covered meadows offer great conditions for dog-sledding. Professional mushers will teach you the basic principles of handling the dog sled, and then you can have a go yourself. This is a great skill for parents to try, and such an exciting activity for the kids to have a go at – they’ll be the envy of their friends at school!

Later today, visit indoor and outdoor thermal pools for a spot of relaxation (3 hour entry). For an extra cost (payable locally) you can also enjoy saunas, Jacuzzis and a wellness centre.

Meals included

Hotel Villa Paula (or similar)

This morning, take a cable car ride to Hrebienok (1285m). Here we can admire stunning ice sculptures created by artists from all over the world, before enjoying an easy 20-minute walk to Rainerova chata, the oldest mountain hut in the Tatras.

In the afternoon we transfer to the authentic village of Zdiar. Zdiar is a typical Goral village, full of traditional wooden houses and barns. You’ll learn about the local way-of-life, before a horse and carriage ride in the forest and unforgettable Slovak-style barbecue on an open fire.

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

Meals included

Hotel Villa Paula (or similar)

After breakfast enjoy downhill skiing or snowboarding.

Wider runs provide the ideal environment for littler ones and those with less experience; the resort offers slopes for beginners and black runs for confident skiers. We can organise a family ski lesson if you wish – just let us know.

Meals included


Hotel Villa Paula (or similar)

Today is a free day so you can spend time as a family, or with your new-found sporting friends… You can return to the slopes to work on your skiing or snowboarding technique, or maybe take a cable car trip to Lomnický Štít peak (2634m), Slovakia´s second highest peak.

Other activities you might want to try are snowmobiling, snow-tubing or ice skating. The towns and villages below the Tatras are home to treasured historical monuments that are worth a visit, and the popular water park of AquaCity, Poprad, famous for its healing thermal pools and water slides twisting and turning all over the place, is also nearby.

Meals included

Optional Activities
Cable car to Lomnicky Peak: adult 44 EUR, child 32 EUR (under 12 yrs).
Belianska cave: 8 EUR
Snowtubing: 4 EUR
Aqua City Poprad: 19 EUR (three hour entry)
Ski rental including skis, poles, boots, helmet: adult 28 EUR, child 21 EUR

Hotel Villa Paula (or similar)

Your adventure comes to an end today. After breakfast you transfer back to Krakow for your flight home.

Meals included


Dates & Prices

Below are our scheduled dates for this trip. Booking your place on one of these dates means you'll most likely be in a group with other people.

If the dates below don´t suit you and you need to travel on a different date, or you'd like to experience this holiday as a private trip with just your family or friends, please get in touch and we'll do the rest. Please also note that in order to guarantee our brochure price, the minimum group size for this trip is usually 4. Smaller groups are welcome, but the price may be amended accordingly.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sun 27 Dec 20 - Sun 03 Jan 21 Guaranteed 1165 € 1095 €
Sun 07 Feb 21 - Sun 14 Feb 21 Guaranteed 1065 € 995 €
Sun 14 Feb 21 - Sun 21 Feb 21 Guaranteed 1065 € 995 €
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Holiday information

Seven breakfasts
One packed lunches
One traditional barbecue on an open fire

Private vehicle, train
Airport transfers

One nights in a three star hotel
Six nights in a mountain hotel.

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary

Tour Staff
English-speaking local tour leader from start to finish

International flights
Travel insurance
Ski pass
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement
February: 130 EUR

Normally min 4. Max 16.

This tour starts in Krakow, Poland.

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.

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

This tour ends in Tatranska Lomnica.

During this trip you’ll stay one night in a three-star hotel in Krakow at the beginning of the tour, and six nights in a three-star hotel in Tatranska Lomnica.

All rooms are comfortably furnished with private facilities. There is also a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access.

This tour ends at Krakow airport.

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 suitcases or backpacks that are easy for parents to lift and carry, because you will be expected to carry your own bag during travelling, taking 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
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 thermal pools

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.

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Your place is secured with a 99 EUR deposit per person, and can pay by debit or credit card (no fees apply) or by bank transfer (fees apply).

3. A confirmation email will be sent to your email automatically.

Have a look at our detailed trip notes or please 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!

Customers reviews

Mary Ann Kenny (United Kingdom) December 2019

We had a fantastic holiday and came home feeling refreshed and invigorated. We had tons of exercise and fresh air and met a lovely group of people. The activities were great fun and very varied and were suitable for both adults and children.

Lots of highlights, so it’s hard to choose! Skiing, thermal pools, winter walk to Skok waterfall, BBQ, sledging

The accommodation was ok. Warm, dry and clean. It was a bit cramped and gloomy, but it’s not like we spent much time in our room!

Really nice friendly driver. Punctual and helpful. All transport – both public and private – ran on time and was warm and comfortable.

I loved the breakfast every morning in the hotel. The packed lunches were ok. And we bought our own evening meals at various restaurants in the area which were consistently good value. It was interesting to try the local food. I was impressed by the quality of everything we ate and drank.

Andrej was a fantastic leader. He genuinely wanted us to have a good time and really seemed to care about us all. He was calm, efficient and organised and was able to relate to everyone in the group, from kids to adults to granny! Lovely guy.

The trip notes state that no real physical fitness is required. This is an understatement as some of the activities - snow shoeing for example - are quite strenuous. Not a problem for our family but best to be forewarned!

Steve Thompson (United Kingdom) December 2019

Great family winter holiday for all ages, excellent mix of activities in a beautiful landscape. It was nice to be with other families and make new friends.

Snowshoeing was really good, hard, but we really enjoyed it. We also enjoyed the BBQ in the woods and sitting around the fire, the hosts were so welcoming. We also enjoyed the skiing and loved the sledging (all big kids!)

Rooms were clean and comfortable. Our only criticism was the lack of relaxation space, the lounge area is quite small and there are no facilities.

Excellent throughout and was very accommodating with Jane (Liz’s mum)

Breakfast was ok. Good choice of restaurants locally, Andrej helped us with recommendations and reservations and we had some lovely meals.

Andrej was excellent and so helpful. He was also very good company and we enjoyed talking to him over dinner about his life and the other tours he is a guide for.

Definitely take strong walking boots, if you’re nervous on icy paths/tracks then crampons would be a good idea. A buff/balaclava would be a good idea too.

Lisa Cooke (United Kingdom) February 2019

We all had a fantastic time and made new friends. We felt very lucky to be in the group that we had, we all got on very well. It was nice not to have too large a group.
We were very impressed with you communication prior to our holiday. Jan was an excellent guide, very friendly and was keen for us to have the best experience that we could whilst on holiday. The holiday appeared to work well as the members of the group appeared to be of similar fitness and ability (I feel that the holiday might not have gone so well if this were not the case). The activities were thoroughly enjoyed.

Kerry Godliman (United Kingdom) February 2017

We really enjoyed our holiday. All the activities were lovely and despite my daughter not being fully well (had a cold throughout the week) the kids loved it. Our guide Dana was great, she really made us feel looked after. The weather was fine, albeit a bit warm for snow, but no one can help that! Thanks for all your help, and send our thanks again to Dana.

Alison OCallaghan (Dubai) February 2016

We had a fantastic holiday and loved Slovakia! Our guide Linda was brilliant and did everything to make our stay a memorable one.

Helene Demetriades (United Kingdom) February 2016

Go ahead and book it! Great fun, with variety. I would recommend skiing in Strbske Pleso – I found that a very beautiful location. Of course it helped that there was lovely snow that day. Children will love the adrenalin water tubes at the thermal pools. And do have a go at being a sledge driver with the dogs! It is quite exhilarating!

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