I can offer 2 good and reasonable tours staring from Krakow, all day tours and few additional suggestions which are possible to do in one day.
Zakopane is a very peculiar place. You need a good guide to discover the specifics of the winter capital of Poland. It is worth to see this place not only in winter but summer and autumn is perfect too, because of its colors.
The trip includes / does not include:
»Private transport includes.
»Guide who speaks the language of your choice.
»Visiting objects related to local architecture.
»Visit a local sculptor, if possible.
»Sleigh rides in the winter season [*on request]
»Testing local cheeses – mandatory and home-made local cheese workshop and high-percentage alcohols.
»Admission tickets paid on the spot by you.
»Trip by mountain rail to “Gubalowka” mount – we buy tickets on the spot.
»The cableway to “Kasprowy” mount has to be booked in advance to avoid queues.
»Lunch at a local restaurant with panorama view of the Tatra Mountains is not included.
»There will be time to buy local products 🙂
I came up with the most optimal sightseeing, after the last trip to Zakopane. We visit Kasprowy mount [1987 m] by cableway. We have to reserve tickets in advanced. The price is from 180 PLN/45 euro p.p. The view is spectacular ! This is what should be done before going down to the town and before any other attractions! You will never forget it ! Believe me. I’ve seen many other places but this is something unforgettable… after that we drive to see unique wooden architecture of this place. Local carpenters make wonderful works of wood. We will see “pearls” of architecture from 100 years ago and more… Then we go to visit the most known points in Zakopane. Shopping and tasting of local goods at the end :). Ski Jumps. Old town Zakopane. Krupowki – the main street. Lunch in the restaurant with spectacular view!
»Zakopane is located 100 km [62 miles] from Krakow [about 2h drive, depending on traffic] I advise to leave Krakow about 8.00/9.00 from your accommodation place in Krakow with guide in your chosen language and an assistance of English speaking driver.
»On our way to Zakopane, we will stop in famous Chocholow village to see the making process of delicious smoked cheese [will be possible to taste and buy cheese] and tasting of vodka made of plums for these brave. Village is known of sculptors and wooden houses from 19th century, unique in their mountaineer style …
»Gubalowka Mount [1126 m] funicular ticket 40 PLN / ~10$/Euro] where you will experience a stunning panoramic view of Poland’s highest peaks.
»Ski jumps. Where our World Champion Adam Malysz won several times and gave unforgettable emotions and memories to the Poles. :). Every year – in January – World competition in ski jumping.
»A walk through an Old Zakopane, visiting: 19th century churches, antique cemeteries in their characteristic mountaineer style, ‘Koliba’ villa [7 PLN, ~2$,2 euro], Pope John Paul II Sanctuary on Krupowki, Jaszczurowka and many other interesting places and objects to visit.
»Lunch in a traditional mountaineer inn / restaurant [lunch is not included]
»A walk through Krupowki – The main shopping street of Zakopane – and time for shopping, which you simply cannot miss! For ex.: oscypki [smoked ewe’s milk cheese made in the Tatra Mountains], honey, kierpce [highlander’s shoes], sheepskin coats, leather and many, many others…
and … return to Krakow
3 option: Additional attractions:
- Termy Chochołowskie – Hot and cold pools. Just Relax at the end of the tour!
- Termy Gorący Potok – Hot Stream Terms. The healing sources. Extreme Relax. I have spent New Years Eve there 😉 It was wonderful !
- Termy Szaflary – with the Mountain view !
Attention! Remember this emergency number in mountains! 0 601 100 300 Can save your live, if you decide to go higher in the mountain and not only. Take warm clothes and good, comfortable shoes because the weather in the Tatra mountains can change within an hour!
Private guided trip to Zakopane in your chosen language, speaking Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Croatian, Romanian, Turkish, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Belarusian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic and so on…