Tatra Mountains High Routes Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the high routes of the Tatra Mountians of Poland and Slovakia

Code: HTLTL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • High Mountains

Level

  • Challenger
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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 £899.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Zakopane Guest Booklet 2018

Relish the challenge of exhilarating high level walks that venture to high summits, ridges and cols that are normally ‘off-limits’ on our Guided Walking holidays. Using cable-cars where possible, and then rough and steep paths that may be exposed or have fixed ropes and chains, we’ll aim for some of the area’s best summits. These holidays will have opportunities to bag some summits over 2,100m (7,000ft); a memorable achievement that you’ll want to savour.

Holiday highlights

  • High mountain walks each day
  • Dramatic peaks of Szpiglasowy Weirch, Swinica and the Western Ridge
  • Challenge and adventure a plenty

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays' leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

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

Relish the challenge and adventure on our high level walks that venture to summits and cols that are normally 'off-limits' on our Guided Walking holidays.

Challenger icon: a true test of fitness and strength  8-13 miles (13-21km) with some rough, exposed, scrambly passages, scree sections, steep ascents and up to 4,500ft (1,350m) of ascent in a day.


The Main Ridge from Kopa Kondracka to Ciemniak

We ascend to the main ridge via the hut at Hali Kondratowej. We turn west along the undulating ridge which marks the border between Slovakia and Poland to Kopa Kondracka at 2,005m and on to Ciemniak. We descend to Kiry.


Morskie Oko and Szpiglasowy Wierch

The ascent from Morskie Oko is a good path gradually rising in wide zig zags to the peak on the border ridge. There are some simple chains on the descent into the Valley of the 5 lakes.


Swinica and the Angel’s Pathway, using the cable car

This is a classic high level route, very popular and not to be missed. Swinica is 2,031m and the Angel’s Pathway meanders along the ridge with quite a lot of fixed equipment, chains, cables, short ladders, etc.


Slovakia

Here we will take a bus to Biela Voda and walk up to the fine hut at the Green Lake. We take the steep path to Velka Svistovka, which includes a gully and fixed chains. We descend to the funicular railway at Herbienok.


The Western Ridge, Starorobocianski Wierch and Konczysty Wierch

A fine ridge walk at the west end of the park, 8 tops, some simple scrambling and 2 summits over 2,000m.


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

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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‘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 Belvedere.

British Airways plane

 

 

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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 £14.

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

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
15 Jul 2019 HTLTL - Tatra Mountains High Routes
(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 Book Now
15 Jul 2019 HTLTL - Tatra Mountains High Routes - Without Flights 7 £899.00 Book Now
22 Jul 2019 HTLTL - Tatra Mountains High Routes
(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 Book Now
22 Jul 2019 HTLTL - Tatra Mountains High Routes - Without Flights 7 £899.00 Book Now
29 Jul 2019 HTLTL - Tatra Mountains High Routes
(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 Book Now
29 Jul 2019 HTLTL - Tatra Mountains High Routes - Without Flights 7 £899.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £20 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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