Tatra Mountains Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia on a selection of fantastic walks

Code: HTLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • High Mountains

Level

  • 2
  • 5
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £849.00 - 7 to 10 nights

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Holiday overview

Zakopane Guest Booklet 2018

Discover the beautiful Tatras National Park and enjoy attractive walks in the Chocholowska and Jaszczurówka valleys. Ascend Giewont, which towers over Zakopane. Explore summits in both Poland and Slovakia, crossing the border for spectacular vistas. 

Holiday highlights

  • Reach the summit of Wolowiec in the beautiful Tatras National Park
  • Cross the border to walk in Slovakia
  • Sample Polish beers in the vibrant town of Zakopane
  • 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 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board - a continental breakfast and evening meal every day

In pictures...

Accommodation

Zakopane Hotel side webThe 4-star Hotel Belvedere, whilst modern built, reflects the local 1920's style and is located just a few minutes walk from the centre of Zakopane on a quiet residential street, close to the border of the Tatras National Park; an excellent base for walkers to enjoy the surrounding area. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

 

 

Your room

The hotel has 172 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, some with balconies. 

All rooms have:

  • mini-bar (stocked with bottles of water for guest's use)
  • TV
  • room safe (free)
  • hairdryer
  • tea/coffee making facilities.
Zakopane bedroom web

Facilities

Zakopane pool web

There are 3 restaurants, several bars and lounge areas as well as:

  • library
  • 24-hour reception
  • garden areas with seating
  • squash courts
  • snooker, pool tables and bowling alley

There is a wellness centre with spa bath, sauna and steam room and the guests have free access to a large indoor pool.

Dining

Our holidays at Hotel Belvedere  are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast
The hotel offers a buffet including fruit juices, fruit, selection of breads & cakes, cereal, tea and coffee and a hot selection.

Evening meal
Dinner is served buffet style in the Wieniawa restaurant and on two evenings, we will be dining in the rooftop restaurant, Pod Aniolem (translated as "under the angels") which has delightful views of the mountains.
Drinks
The hotel's bars serve a selection of wines, beers and other refreshing drinks.

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

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening. However you may like to join your leader for a stroll into town.

Your leader will check for any local events going on nearby or you may like to relax at the bar, with a drink and chat to your fellow guests.

Itinerary

Zakopane Guided Walking Holiday

  • 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 even simply relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
  • Please see the Guest Booklet for a more comprehensive itinerary

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks: 6 to 9 miles (9½-14½km) generally on good paths but with some steeper and rough sections. Up to 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent in a day.

HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder

Harder walks: 9 to 13 miles (14½-21km) crossing rough mountainous terrain with steep gradients. Up to 3,500 feet (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

Option 1: Gesia Szyja

Walk with HF Holidays to the viewpoint of Gesia Szyja

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our introduction to the national park is largely on forest paths as we head to the viewpoint of Gesia Szyja and the wide forest glade of Rusinowa Polana.

Don't miss: The visit to an exceptional 'Zakopane style' wooden church deep in the woods.

Option 2: Boznan Ridge

Walk the Boznan Ridge with HF Holidays

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 3,200 feet (960m)

The walk in a nutshell: This high-level circular walk provides a great introduction to the Tatras, ascending to the Boznan Ridge and taking in lakes and valleys on the return to Kuznice via the Karb Pass.

Don't miss: Excellent coffee at the traditional Murowaniec hut.


 

Day 3: Gubalowka and Giewont

Option 1: Gubalowka

Walk to Gubalowka, Poland with HF Holidays

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start the day with a chairlift onto the Gubalowka ridge, and then follow the ridge for spectacular views of the High Tatras on one side and rolling farmland on the other. We descend from the ridge back into Zakopane and explore the town before returning to the hotel.

Don't miss: The mountain views from the chairlift on the descent.

Option 2: Giewont 

Walk the summit of Giewont in the High Tatras with HF Holidays

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 3,400 feet (1,020m)

The walk in a nutshell: An early start allows us to reach this popular summit before the crowds. The walk ascends via the Kondratowej hut before reaching the summit with its large steel cross. We return to the hotel via the national park boundary path.

Don't miss: The final scramble to the summit using fixed chains - exciting but achievable!

 

Day 4: Kasprowy Wierch and the border ridge

Option 1: Kasprowy Wierch

Walk in Dolina Bialegi, Zakopane with HF Holidays

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 1500 feet (450m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start the day with a cable car ride up to the Poland-Slovakia border at Kasprowy Wierch, returning to Kuznice to walk through Dolina Bialegi, a wooded valley, winding our way back to the start point and on to the hotel.

Don't miss: The cable car ride, enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year, that heads high into the mountains.

Option 2: Along the border ridge

Walk to Malolaczniak, Poland with HF Holidays

Distance: 9 miles (14½m)

Ascent: 2,100 feet (600m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start the day with the other group, ascending to Kasprowy Wierch but rather than returning to Kuznice we turn along the undulating ridge and head for the summit of Malolaczniak, before descending to Kuznice.

Don't miss: Outstanding views from the border summit of Beskid and all along the ridge.

 

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: Walks in Slovakia

Option 1: Strebske Pleso

Walk to Popredske Pleso in Slovakia with HF Holidays

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,3300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Today we head to the Slovakian side of the Tatras, with this option circuiting two beautiful lakes. We walk up to the higher lake via a wonderful balcony path, and return via a peaceful valley.

Don't miss: The unique climber's cemetery with its fascinating history and intricate memorial posts.

Option 2: High in the Slovakian Tatras

Walk in Dolina Kezmarskej, Slovakia with HF Holidays

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

The walk in a nutshell: This option showcases the best of the Slovakian Tatras - we experience two fine valleys either side of the high col of Predne Kopske Sedlo, enjoying this quieter side of the mountains.

Don't miss: The hut at Chata pri Zelenom, dating from 1895, is a great spot for a refreshing coffee and cake.

 

Day 7: The Chocholowka Valley

Option 1: Chocholowka Valley

Walk in the Chocholowaska Valley with HF Holidays

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Heading to the Western part of the National Park both groups take a road train into the Chocholowka valley. Our group then heads into a neighbouring valley via a high pass with spectacular views of towering cliffs.

Don't miss: Take a look inside the traditional sheep cheese smokehouses on the valley floor.

Option 2: Rakon

Walk to Wolowiec, Poland with HF Holidays

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 3,300 feet (990m)

The walk in a nutshell: After alighting the road train we climb out of the valley to the ridge path at Grzes. Our walk follows the ridge line to the high point of Rakon at 1,879m before returning to the valley.   

Don't miss: Views from the ridgeline across Slovakia on one side and into Poland on the other.

 

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.

Two-centre

Make the most of your European holiday by combining a week at Zakopane with our guided city break in Krakow?

Zakopane & Krakow - 10nts

Historic buildings in KrakowCombine a week at Zakopane with a 3-night city break in Krakow. Wander through the large medieval town square, visit Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle and explore the Cloth Hall in the Old Town. The holiday also includes visits to poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau and the astonishing Wieliczka Salt Mine.

With flight & transfers: £1,399

Without flights & transfers: £1,199

A transfer between Hotel Wersal and Hotel Maksymilian via Krakow airport is included in the price.

Local area

Zakopane

Situated in the south of Poland at the foot of the Tatra mountains on the border with Slovakia, Zakopane is a popular destination for skiing in the winter, and mountaineering in the Summer. The town dates back to the 17th Century, when it was a small village with fewer than 50 inhabitants. Today Zakopane boasts Poland’s oldest cemetery, where prominent artists and writers were buried amongst many others. The town has an interesting wooden style architecture, and you can learn about the history of the area in the Tatras museum.

Dunajec River

The Dunajec River runs for 274km mostly in Poland through the Pieniny Mountains, until it meets the larger Vistula River, which then flows into the Baltic Sea. The area is made up of predominantly Limestone and Dolomite rock. River rafting is a very popular activity on the Dunajec, travelling through amazing scenery in the heart of the Pieniny Mountains, with several organised tours running from Zakopane and the surrounding area.

Krakow

Krakow is the ancient capital of Poland, founded in medieval times, this city has a wealth of culture and is steeped in Legend and Myth. With its many Churches, museums, cafes and small cobbled streets, there is plenty to explore. Guided tours of the city run daily and uncover the hidden gems Krakow has to offer. Nowadays, it is the second largest city in Poland is situated around 100km (60miles) from our hotel in Zakopane and can be reached by bus or train.

Auschwitz

Situated to the north of Zakopane, and west of Krakow Auschwitz-Birkenau is now a UNESCO world heritage site. It has become a museum, with two parts: Auschwitz I, the older and smaller camp, and Auschwitz II (Birkenau), which was a much larger camp. Organised trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau run from Zakopane and can include an English speaking guide at the museum.

Did you know?

Zakopane was founded in the 16th and 17th Centuries as Farmer and Shepherd settlements.

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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Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick 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 Belvedere.

 

 

Bus

 

‘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 £15.

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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8 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 8 Jul 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Jul 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 15 Jul 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jul 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,099.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
8 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 8 Jul 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Jul 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 15 Jul 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jul 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,099.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
8 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £849.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
15 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £849.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
15 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 15 Jul 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jul 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,099.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
22 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £849.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
22 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 29 Jul 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,099.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
29 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £849.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
29 Jul 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 29 Jul 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 5 Aug 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Aug 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,099.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
2 Sep 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £899.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2019 HTLCL - Zakopane Guided Walking & Krakow City Break - Without Flights 10 £1,299.00 £1,299.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 2 Sep 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,149.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2019 HTLCL - Zakopane Guided Walking & Krakow City Break
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 2 Sep 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 12 Sep 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Sep 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
10 £1,549.00 £1,549.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2019, 9:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Krakow Balice

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2019, 1:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: Krakow Balice
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,149.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2019 HTLCL - Tatra Mountains Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £899.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £26 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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