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Walking & Trekking

Walking in the High Tatras from Krakow

A walking holiday in the Tatras from Krakow.
Holiday code: TTK
Countries: Poland, Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 12
8days
From 875 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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This guided walking holiday in Poland and Slovakia starts in Krakow and explores the best spots in the Tatra Mountains. It’s ideal if you want to see some of the highlights of Krakow, then discover the beauty of the mountains in more depth.

Day one is all about arriving in Krakow, with a guided tour in the late afternoon. The next day, you’ll start your journey into the Tatras to see lofty peaks, deep glacial valleys, waterfalls and traditional mountain huts.

You’ll hike to the summit of Velka Svistovka (2,038m) for panoramic views, stop for a taste of hearty Slovakian food on a day’s hiking between traditional mountain huts, and soak up the tranquillity of crystal-clear lakes and forested valleys on varied mountain walks.

Of course, there’ll be plenty of time to pause and take in the incredible scenery – you can stop to take photos whenever you like, and pop in for a coffee and a snack at one of the hospitable mountain huts along the way. Each day you’ll return to a comfortable hotel in the mountain village of Tatranska Lomnica.

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

  • Krakow is Poland´s top destination and it makes the perfect starting point for a walking adventure in the spectacular Tatra mountains.
  • This area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream – the mountains are home to lakes, waterfalls, flowers, and valleys that make the perfect habitat for mammals and birds. Plus, you can observe rare Tatra chamois up-close.
  • Centre-based holidays give you a homely base to return to each night. We’ve hand-picked a nice hotel, which is well positioned for heading out on hikes each day and is close to local restaurants for meals in the evenings.
  • This is a great choice for explorers who prefer to follow an itinerary where the organisation – including transfers and activities – is managed by your guide.
  • Mountain huts are steeped in Tatras’ history, whether they were once used in the gold rush era, or home to partisans during the war. Today, they provide a great spot for a drink and snack with a view.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking holiday for those who enjoy being outdoors and have a love of the mountains.
  • The stones on some of the paths can be slippery when it has rained.
  • On certain days there are sections secured by chains. The climbs are not physically demanding, but you must have a head for heights.

Map & itinerary

Today you’ll fly to Krakow and we’ll provide a free group transfer to your hotel. Your tour leader will meet you when you get there and run you through the essentials.

At 5PM, they’ll take you on a guided walk through Krakow’s old town. It’s a good idea to arrange your flight with plenty of time to get to your hotel before the walking tour, but if you can’t make it for this time don’t worry – your guide will leave a note for you in the hotel’s reception and you can join the group later on.

The old town itself is a treasure trove of Gothic church spires, cobbled streets and Baroque architecture, not to mention museums and galleries galore. The huge Wawel Royal Castle is well worth visiting, and the main square – Rynek Glowny – buzzes with market stalls and cafés.

The old town is also packed with traditional Polish restaurants. Keep an eye out for somewhere nice to eat, because you’ll have the evening free to head off for dinner.

Activities included
Airport transfer
Walking tour in Krakow

Meals included
none

Accommodation
Hotel – Krakow, Poland

After breakfast you’ll board a private vehicle for a 2.5-hour transfer to the majestic High Tatras.

Once we get there, our base for the week will be Tatranska Lomnica, one of the most popular villages in the Tatras, and the perfect starting point for many popular walking trails.

In the afternoon you’ll be taken on an introductory walk in the village to get to know your surroundings.

Activities included
Private transfer to Tatranska Lomnica

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After a good breakfast, you’ll take a cable car ride to the mountain lake of Skalnate Pleso (1,751m). This crystal-clear lake is surrounded by forested hills and towering granite peaks, and there’s an astronomical and meteorological observatory near the top, which you’ll have time to look around.

Velka Svistovka (2,038m) is next on our route, well-known for its high concentration of Tatra chamois. Endemic to the High and Low Tatras, Tatra chamois are a rare subspecies of the chamois. It’s thought that there are only about 600 left. They often wander around in this alpine terrain, close to where you will be walking.

The trail is secured by chains on a few of the more difficult sections, but the mountain provides an accessible and gratifying climb. From the summit of Velka Svistovka, make your descent to the Zelene Pleso Hut secured by chains. Located at the glacier lake of the same name, this is an absolutely beautiful spot for lunch.

From Zelene Pleso you’ll continue to Biela Voda, then take a public bus back to Tatranska Lomnica, which is only about 10 minutes away.

Total walking
Distance: 13 km
Total ascent: 486 m
Total descent: 1140 m
Max elevation: 2003 m
Min elevation: 924 m

Activities included
Cable car to Skalnate Pleso
Bus from Biela Voda back to Tatranska Lomnica

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After breakfast you´ll take a mountain tram to Stary ´old´ Smokovec, the oldest village in the Tatras, followed by a funicular to Hrebienok (1,285m) the starting point of our walk.

Today you’ll hike through the Studena Dolina Valley. From its narrow beginnings, the valley gradually gets wider; terraces harbouring mountain lakes tower above. Pause and enjoy the sight of colourful flowers, scent of pine trees and sound of rare birds singing in the mountains as you traverse the valley.

The valley leads you up to Zbojnicka, or ´Robbers´, Hut, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch of soup and dumplings. Zbonicka (‘robbers’) Hut is one of the highest at an altitude of (1,960m) and still a popular base for trekkers. Its name harks back to the days when it was a hunters’ hut, and poachers used to stalk the valley.

Your hike ends where it started, at Hrebienok. From here, you take a funicular and tram back to your hotel and a well-earned dinner!

Total walking
Distance: 12 km
Total ascent: 979 m
Total descent: 979 m
Max elevation: 1960 m
Min elevation: 1265 m

Activities included
Local tram
Funicular

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

Today, your starting point is once again Hrebienok, from where you’ll trek to three of the Tatras’ mountain huts. Mountain huts have been part of the fabric of the Tatras for years; they’re traditional, welcoming and often have a story to tell. They provide lovely lunches for you to re-fuel, too!

Your hike will take you via Rainerova, the oldest hut in the mountains. It dates back to 1863 and today is a small stone building serving drinks and snacks. Teryho Hut is one of the highest in the High Tatras, and Zamkovskeho is a quaint wooden chalet offering the perfect, shady resting spot.

Your route will also take you via Cold Creek Waterfalls. These waterfalls start where the Great Cold Creek meets the Small Cold Creek and tumble their way over rocks and boulders, and through pine forests. Walking trails will take you alongside the fizzy cascades.

From Hrebienok, you’ll descend to Smokovec by funicular cable car and take the mountain tram back to Tatranska Lomnica.

Total walking
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 540 m
Descent: 730 m.

Activities included
Funicular to/from Hrebienok
Return mountain tram to Smokovec

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After three days of walking, this day is left free to relax. You can visit one of the water parks in the foothills of the Tatras offering indoor and outdoor thermal pools and wellness centres.

If you fancy a different adventure, try rafting in Pieniny National Park. A classic or traditional rafting trip through the Dunajec Gorge is a great way to soak up the views from a different perspective.

Hiring an E-bike is also an option if you want to explore the surroundings on a bike. If you’re a cave lover, then Belianska Cave should be on your list, too.

Cultural trips are also nearby. Spissky Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 12th century. Located on a hilltop above the town of Spisske Podhradie and Zehra village, it was built as the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region.

Levoca is renowned for its authentic and well-preserved architectural profiles of the old medieval town. Explore the historic centre, including the museum and St. James’ church, with the highest wooden altar in the world.

We have some great trips to choose from and can certainly help you to plan and book them – your guide will be there to help.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After a day of relaxation we have a long but amazing day ahead of us trekking through the Mlynicka and Furkotska Valleys.

Today’s trek starts with a tram journey through the Tatras’ most famous settlements to Strbske Pleso (1,347m), Slovakia´s highest village and home to a beautiful glacial lake. The village is one of the most popular destinations in Slovakia as it provides many kilometres of hiking routes and the chance to admire the lake itself.

From here, you’ll follow a trail to Skok waterfall. The hiking trail is waymarked and leads you along a road to the peace and tranquillity of the pine-forested Mlynicka Valley. From here, a stony path squeezes you through hairpin turns to the foot of the waterfall, which drops 25m from the rocky ledge above. We think they are one of the High Tatras’ top ten attractions, because the cascading waters are beautiful as they tumble down the mountain into the pools below. We can make a stop here, maybe dipping your feet into the refreshing water while enjoying a picnic!

Continuing through the valleys, and passing a number of smaller glacial lakes, you’ll reach Pod Soliskom Hut, one of the newer mountain chalets in the region. From here you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Low Tatras.

Descend to Strbske Pleso by cable car, and then by tram to your hotel at Tatranska Lomnica.

Bear in mind that today’s route also involves trekking through sections that are secured with chains, and you’ll need a head for heights.

Total walking
Distance: 12 km
Total ascent: 1108 m
Total descent: 609 m
Max elevation: 2295 m
Min elevation: 1322 m

Activities included
Return tram to Strbske Pleso
Cable car

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

This morning you’ll take a private transfer back to Krakow for your flight back home. Our estimated arrival time at the airport is between 11am and noon, so please arrange your flights accordingly.

Activities included
Private vehicle to Krakow airport

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Book before the end of January 2020 and save up to 60 EUR per person.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sat 18 Apr 20 - Sat 25 Apr 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 02 May 20 - Sat 09 May 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 16 May 20 - Sat 23 May 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 06 Jun 20 - Sat 13 Jun 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 20 Jun 20 - Sat 27 Jun 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 04 Jul 20 - Sat 11 Jul 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 18 Jul 20 - Sat 25 Jul 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 01 Aug 20 - Sat 08 Aug 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 15 Aug 20 - Sat 22 Aug 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 05 Sep 20 - Sat 12 Sep 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 19 Sep 20 - Sat 26 Sep 20 Available 875 € -
Sat 03 Oct 20 - Sat 10 Oct 20 Available 875 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Seven breakfasts, one packed lunch

Accommodation
One night in a three-star hotel
Six nights in a comfortable mountain hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary

Transport
Airport transfers
Transfer to/from Tatras
Mountain trams in the Tatras
Cable cars
Private vehicle in the Tatras

Staff
English speaking tour leader

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement: 80 EUR

Normally min. five, 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 Krakow will be provided free of charge.

During this tour you will use: private vehicle and cable cars.

During this tour you will stay in two comfortable hotels. That includes one night in Krakow at the start of the tour, and six nights in the Tatra mountains.

Both hotels are conveniently located 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 backpack for your main luggage and daypack for each day’s trekking. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us. There is no specialist walking or climbing equipment, such as harnesses etc., needed for this trip.

Walking boots
Trainers
Shorts and t-shirts
Walking trousers and tops
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproofs
Water bottle
Small first-aid kit
Sun cream, sunglasses and sunhat

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.

Slovakia: EUR

Poland: Polish zloty

In comparison with other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland and Austria, your money goes much further in Poland and 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

During the summer season from June to September, the most popular months for walking, the weather in the High Tatras is typically variable. Temperatures can vary greatly, according to whether you are located on the sunny side of the slopes or in deep valleys, or canyons. In the early summer even the higher parts of the mountains are green, with the slopes providing plenty of food for the grazing chamois, bears and other wildlife that the Slovakian mountains are well known for. July and August are the warmest months, with temperatures at times reaching 30 °C, but with more frequent storms. September is the driest months with the most stable weather of the year. The temperature falls but it is still possible to experience some hotter daytime temperatures, similar to those in August.

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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