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A winter discovery holiday in Krakow, the Tatras and Bratislava

Winter in Krakow, the Tatras and Bratislava.
Holiday code: KBW
Countries: Poland, Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 16
From 1085 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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On this week-long, guided winter tour you´ll discover the Polish city of Krakow, then move to the beautiful High Tatra mountains before taking a scenic train to the charming city of Bratislava, Slovakia´s capital.

Covered in snow, the spectacular Tatras mountains make an incredible sight in winter. And you’ll be able to soak up the impressive views from Lomnicky Peak, which you’ll reach via cable car. You’ll also explore fascinating villages and mesmerising caves, and set off on a horse and carriage ride through a snow-dappled forest – hold tight!

As for city sights, you’ll have a full day to explore Krakow at the start of your holiday, and Bratislava at the end. Time your trip to coincide with each city’s Christmas market for an extra-special experience.

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

  • Krakow, the former Polish capital, has a fantastic atmosphere in winter
  • The cable car journey up to Lomnicky Peak opens up a 360° panoramic view of Slovakia and Poland
  • You’ll walk to some hidden gems, like mountain huts and glacial lakes
  • The horse and carriage ride is really special – you’ll canter through the forest and enjoy a traditional picnic cooked on an open fire
  • Bratislava, the pearl of the Danube River offers a cosy and Christmassy atmosphere in the winter months
  • On certain dates, you can experience Bratislava´s Christmas markets as well as in Krakow on the biggest square in Europe

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 winter discovery tour.

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

Hotel Benefis (or similar)

After breakfast you´ll start exploring Krakow´s top attractions. 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

Hotel Benefis (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 Smokovec, the oldest 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 Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast you´ll walk to the centre of Stary Smokovec, the oldest settlement in the High Tatras. From here you’ll take a cable car to Hrebienok (1285m). 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

Meals included
Lunch (barbecue) with an option for vegetarians

Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Start the morning with a cable car ride from Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia´s highest ski resort, to Skalnate Pleso (1751m), where you’ll find a frozen glacial lake and star-gazing observatory.

From here, you’ll take a second cable car to Lomnicky Peak, which is 2634 metres high. Take in the panoramic views over Slovakia and Poland – the snow-capped scenery is straight from a fairy-tale.

Next you´ll transfer to the spa village of Tatranska Kotlina, the starting point of our 30-minute walk to the Belianska cave. The guided tour of the cave takes around an hour and is a magical experience that’s often considered one of the highlights.

Meals included

Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning you´ll transfer to Strbske Pleso (1347m), Slovakia´s highest village and the official spot where the winter sports world championships were held in 1970.

The village’s beautiful lake is a popular place for winter walking and cross-country skiing, and there are very popular ski jumps and an outdoor stadium close by. After a guided tour around the village and lunch in a traditional Slovak restaurant, KOLIBA, we’ll transfer to Poprad, from where we´ll take a fast train to Bratislava.

Meals included

Hotel Devin (or similar)

After breakfast you´ll head right into the heart of the old town. The walking route has been carefully planned so you can take in all of Bratislava’s main sights, including the Bratislava castle perched on a hill above the Danube river, the 18th-century Primate´s Palace, the old town hall and Michalska gate. 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.

For a really memorable end to the tour, you can have dinner at the UFO restaurant tower located above the Danube river at a height of 95 metres. From here, you’ll have a stunning view of Bratislava´s castle and the historical part of the city – the perfect setting to end an incredible week.

Christmas Market
If you’re visiting between November 22 and December 22, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere of Bratislava´s Christmas market.

Meals include

Hotel Devin (or similar)

After breakfast transfer back to Bratislava or Vienna airport. Your adventure comes to an end today – until next time...

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 31 Jan 21 - Sun 07 Feb 21 Available 1085 € -
Sun 07 Feb 21 - Sun 14 Feb 21 Available 1085 € -
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Holiday information

Seven breakfasts, one lunch

Airport transfers
All local transfers to/from activities

Seven nights in three-star hotels

All activities as per itinerary

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement: 160 EUR

Normally min 4, 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, 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.

At the end of your holiday we recommend you book your flight home from Bratislava as this is the official finishing point of the tour.

Alternatively, you can also book your flight from neighbouring Vienna, which is only a 45-minute drive from Bratislava.

Arrival and departure group transfer from/to Krakow and Bratislava, or possibly Vienna will be provided.

During this tour you will stay in three comfortable three-star hotels. That includes two nights in Krakow at the start of the tour, three nights in the Tatra mountains, and two nights in Bratislava at the end of the tour.

All hotels are conveniently located in the centre of your destination, within walking distance to restaurants. All rooms are comfortably furnished with private facilities and free Wi-Fi access.

This tour ends in Bratislava.

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.

We strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10 kg / 22lb. 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
Beach towels and flip flops for thermal pools

This trip is accompanied by one of our local group leaders. All of 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 and the cities of Krakow and Bratislava.

Please note, we want to run this trip following the day-to-day itinerary on the trip notes. However, sometimes operational circumstances may 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 feedback from past travellers, occasionally our itineraries are amended. The final version of your trip notes will therefore be emailed to you prior to travel.

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

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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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