Guided Walking at Zakopane, Poland

Poland's Tatra Mountains

Code: HTLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • High Mountains

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  • Easy
  • Harder
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £768.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

With easy access to the Tatra National Park and surrounding area, Zakopane is an ideal base to discover this wonderful mountain resort.

Holiday highlights:

  • Fantastic walks in the beautiful Tatras National Park
  • Stay in the mountain resort of Zakopane, with its lively atmosphere and extensive facilities
  • Outstanding range of high mountain walks, with cable cars to reach high ridges
  • Visit rustic Polish villages and enjoy the ride on the funicular over Zakopane

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board - a continental breakfast and evening meal every day

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Accommodation

Hotel Wersal

Zakopane Hotel

The traditional, comfortable 3-star Hotel Wersal is located in a quiet location, surrounded by formal gardens in the leafy suburbs of Zakopane and close to the Tatra National Park. It is just five minutes’ walk from the lively town centre and makes an excellent base for walkers to explore the surrounding area.

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Bedrooms

Hotel Wersal has 42 comfortable en-suite bedrooms with traditional decor, which look out over the formal gardens. Some rooms have balconies and views of the Tatra mountains. All bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with WC and shower, telephone, TV, central heating and WiFi.

Hairdryers can be rented from reception and safety deposit boxes are available at the reception desk.

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Facilities

The hotel has a lounge and bar, restaurant and garden.

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Food

Our holidays at the Hotel Wersal are on Half Board basis and include breakfast and your evening meal.

Breakfast

In Poland it is traditional to eat cold meat, cheese and salad at breakfast. The hotel offers a buffet including these plus hot Polish sausages with eggs, cake, bread, cereal, fruit, tea and coffee.

Evening meal

Dinner is served in the “Wersal” restaurant which specialises in traditional Polish cuisine. Each evening you will be served a three course set menu, which has been designed to show you the many interesting dishes enjoyed in Polish households.

The hotel's cosy bar and lounge serves a selection of wines, beers and other refreshing drinks.

Picnic lunches

You can buy picnic lunches from the hotel (ordered the night before). Alternatively you could buy ingredients from the shops in town. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a local café. Your leader will advise.

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Itinerary

  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier walks: 6 to 9 miles (6.5-14.5km) generally on good paths but with some steeper and rough sections. Up to 1,600ft (480m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 5 harderHarder walks: 9 to 13 miles (14.5-19km) crossing rough mountainous terrain with steep gradients. Up to 3,500ft (1,020m) of ascent in a day.

 


Day 1: Arrival day

For those arriving on the flights to Krakow airport, the onward journey to Zakopane is by coach. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks and there will be plenty of time to mix with your fellow guests.


Day 2: The First Views Of The Tatras

These introductory walks both start with a visit to Kuznice, the main gateway to the national park, and only a short minibus ride from the hotel. The walks explore high ground close to the park boundary with good views back over the town. We will see a mixture of the modern world and the culture of the Highlanders, and start to get a feel for the flora and geology of the area as both walks aim for superb viewpoints.

Easier Walk: This group takes the bus a little further from Kuznice to the eastern end of the park. Our walk, on forest paths, takes us to the viewpoint of Gesia Szyja and the glade at Rusinowe Polana where we can see traditional sheep farming and an interesting forest chapel. We return to the road by a different gradually descending forest path and there is an opportunity to visit another fine wooden chapel on the bus journey back to the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 1,600ft (480m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This group starts by walking a cobbled track from Kuznice and then ascends the Boznan ridge, from which there are fine views back to the town. We then visit the fine Murowaniec hut for a drink before striding out to take in Czarny Staw Gasienicowy Pond (the Black Lake) and the steep path up to Karb pass. From the pass we will drop into another valley with several small lakes, and then take a different valley route back to Kuznice. 10 miles (16km) with 3,200ft (960m) of ascent.


Day 3 : Gubalowka and Giewont

Both these walks visit the most famous landmarks north and south of Zakopane.

Easier Walk: This walk starts from our hotel, crosses farmland near the town and up to Gubalowka ridge via the Harenda chairlift. This ridge affords splendid and contrasting views of the rugged mountains of the Tatras, and the open rolling farmlands to the north. We continue, using another chairlift, to descend and explore the western outskirts of the town. There is plenty of opportunity to look at the local architecture and several churches and monuments, and the view of the mountains from the second chairlift is the highlight of the walk. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This group sets out early and takes a service bus to Kuznice. We walk up the Kondratowa Valley past the Gorski Hotel and the Kondratowej Hali hut, and ascend to a col below the summit of Giewont. This summit with its large steel cross (1,894m) is very popular, and we scramble the final ascent to the summit making use of easy fixed chains. We descend by a different route to the Dolina Bialego hut and walk down the Dolina Strazyska valley to the park boundary. From here we walk back to the hotel along the boundary path. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,300ft (960m) of ascent and 3,400ft (1,020m) of descent.


Day 4 : The Kasprowy Wierch cable car and border ridge

Both groups have an early start to Kuznice and the cable car which is a popular route for hikes to the mountains. The cable car will take us right up onto the main ridgeline at Kasprowy Wierch at 1,987m, marking the border between Poland and Slovakia. Outstanding views of Poland and Slovakia will open up as both groups walk the short distance to the summit of Beskid (2,012m).

Easier Walk: The easier group returns to the cable car and back to Kuznice. The walk continues on a wide cobbled track up one of the main valleys and then turns onto a smaller path which winds through the forest, over a low ridge, and contours along the side of the ridge with occasional views through the trees to the town. The route continues through the picturesque Bialegi Valley to the path entrance (where there is a refreshment hut) and back to the hotel. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.

Harder Walk: This group turns west along the undulating ridge to Kopa Kondracka at 2,005m, passing several minor summits en route, and on to Malolaczniak (2,096m). The route then reverses to the col at Suchy Wierch and takes a good path which descends to the Schronisko na Kondratowej hut for refreshments. We continue to Kuznice and the service bus returns us to the hotel. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,200ft (630m) of ascent and  5,100ft (1,554m) of descent.


 Day 5: Free Day

Each week there is a free day where you may want to explore Zakopane or take an excursion further afield to Krakow or a day river rafting on the Dunajec River. For other options see Local Area tab


Day 6: Slovakia

Both groups take a bus to the Slovakian side of the Tatras to enjoy the quiet valleys and spectacular scenery. You may require some Euros for this day; your leaders will advise you where currency can be exchanged.

Easier Walk: This walk begins around the lower lake of Strebske Pleso before ascending to the higher lake of Popredske Pleso via a balcony path with fine views, arriving at a fine hut by the lake. Once we’ve circumnavigated this lake, an alternative path leads back to the coach. 8 miles (13km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The harder walk in Slovakia takes in two fine valleys, with lakes and a fine mountain refuge. This route takes the group up one valley, visiting the hut en route, across a high col and down another valley to the Polish border. 12 miles (19km) with 3,000ft (900m) of ascent.


Day 7: The Chocholowka Valley

Our final day of walking takes us by bus to Siwa Polana, the western entrance to the park. Before walking we catch the road train for a short ride up the Chocholowska Valley, passing the houses where they smoke the sheep’s cheese. After leaving the road train both groups carry on walking up the valley.

Easier Walk: The easier group crosses to the Koscieliska Valley, via a high pass at Iwaniacka Przel at 1,459m. After a drink at the Schronisko na Hali Ornak hut we enjoy a walk down the valley past towering cliffs to Kiry to catch a service bus home. 8 miles (13km) with 1,600ft (480m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The harder group visits the Chocholowska Polanie hut and then climbs out of the valley joining the ridge at Grzes, following the ridgeline up to the high point at Rakon (1,879m). If time allows we can opt to visit the summit of Wolowiec (2,064m) before dropping back into the Chocholowska valley and returning by road train and service bus to Zakopane. 12 miles (19km) with 3,300ft (990m) of ascent.


Day 8 Departure day


 

Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

Local area

Situated in the south of Poland just a short distance from the Slovakian border, at an altitude of around 840m above sea level, the town gives us an ideal base, with easy access to the Tatra National Park, and the surrounding area. The town itself has a busy shopping centre, with a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars. Many small museums hope to entice visitors, and the streets are full of the culture brought to the town by the Podhale Highlanders, the original mountain folk of the Tatra area.

Immediately to the south of the town, the Tatra National Park covers a vast area. The impressive mountains rise to over 2,000m, with a mixture of open country, forest, and lakes, some secluded, some very busy. Part of the main ridge of the Tatras forms the border between Poland and Slovakia.

Zakopane - Relax and take time to enjoy the mountainous resort.

Dunajec river rafting - Enjoy a leisurely cruise in wooden canoes down the Dunajec river giving you a chance to enjoy the stunning Pieniny National Park.

Krakow - An era in Polish history. Krakow’s Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district, were placed on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978.

Shops & facilties:

There are two small supermarkets (delikatesy) at the traffic lights near the hotel, but they do not open on Sunday. There are larger supermarkets on Krupowki St. There are hiking equipment and ski shops on Krupowki St. Also the “Intersport” shop is to the left of the traffic lights near the hotel. On the same street you will find banks with ATMs, a post office and at the north end of this street there is a large, mainly tourist market which is open daily.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

 

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‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Heathrow to Krakow airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours to the Hotel Wersal.

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‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Krakow airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flight* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £12.50.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

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Dates & Prices

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3 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane - Without Flights 7 £769.00 £768.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
3 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Jul 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jul 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Jul 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Jul 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £929.00 £928.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
10 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Jul 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Jul 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 17 Jul 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Jul 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £929.00 £928.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
24 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 24 Jul 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Jul 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 31 Jul 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 31 Jul 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £929.00 £928.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
24 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane - Without Flights 7 £769.00 £768.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
31 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane - Without Flights 7 £769.00 £768.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
31 Jul 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 31 Jul 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 31 Jul 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Aug 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Aug 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £929.00 £928.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
21 Aug 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Aug 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Aug 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Aug 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Aug 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £929.00 £928.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now
21 Aug 2017 HTLCL - Guided Walking Zakopane - Without Flights 7 £769.00 £768.00 Price Guaranteed - plus the HF Price Promise Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £6 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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