Poland & Slovakia Walking & Hiking Tour

National Parks Adventure from Kraków to the Tatras

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Take your Eastern European experience to new heights in the High Tatra Mountains, a dramatic natural border between Slovakia and Poland. Twenty-five peaks measuring over 8,000 feet tower above the picturesque lakes and rivers, dense forests and broad valleys of the countryside below. Spend your days exploring an alpine wonderland protected by national parks and relish nights in grand lakeside hotels and mountain-ringed retreats. With alluring Kraków bookending your alpine adventure, your trip is complete. 

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Poland & Slovakia 

Start/End Kraków

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  • Traverse from Poland into Slovakia on foot while exploring the High Tatras' lofty peaks, rugged terrain and mesmerizing scenery 
  • Experience Lesser Poland, a region steeped in history but undergoing change, as you pass through old-world hamlets and modern villages
  • Hike through the diverse landscapes of treasured national parks to discover mountain lakes and flocks of sheep hidden among rocky crests 
  • Explore Kraków, a World Heritage site and the heart of Polish culture, literature and history, before or after your Backroads trip 
Poland & Slovakia 

Start/End Kraków

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Day 1 From Kraków we shuttle into breathtaking Tatra National Park | Climb through dense forest and open meadows, pausing to enjoy panoramic vistas of surrounding mountains and valleys | Bustling Zakopane has long been a popular gateway resort for alpine enthusiasts and a fascinating center of highland culture.

Days 2-3 Get to know Szczawnica, a mountainside spa town made famous nearly two centuries ago by the curative properties of its thermal mineral springs | Pass through tiny mountain hamlets where local ethnic communities proudly display their distinctive dress, customs and language | Venture into Pieniny National Park, stopping to greet local shepherds and sample their goods—care for some oscypek? | Joined by a local mountain guide as we hike through grassy meadows and along a dramatic ridgeline, we gain insight into the region's varied landscapes, as well as the traditional highland culture.

Days 4-6 Following an off-the beaten-path route, cross the border into Slovakia on foot | Enjoy the views at our splendid hotel nestled between Strbské Lake and the Slovakian High Tatras | Discover a panorama of craggy massifs, pristine lakes and wildflower-strewn meadows in the High Tatras | Fuel up with a hot lunch on the trail at a rustic mountain hut | For an added challenge, hike to Vel'ké Hincovo Pleso, the area's largest and deepest glacial lake, tucked high amid rocky peaks | Hiking through a spectacular alpine refuge for myriad flora and fauna, see for yourself why Tatra National Park is recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve | Returning to Poland, hike a wooded route, passing by a picturesque sanctuary and pilgrimage site before traveling on to Kraków. 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more Guests: from $3,999 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $4,499 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
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Premiere Hotels

Aries Hotel
Aries Hotel & Spa

Zakopane​ (1 night)

Modrzewie Park Hotek, Poland
Modrzewie Park Hotel 

Szczawnica​ (2 nights)

Kempinski High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia
Kempinski High Tatra Mountains

Štrbské Pleso (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Poland

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Aries Hotel

Aries Hotel & Spa

Zakopane​ (1 night)

A stylish resort in Zakopane's center, housed in the iconic Dom Turysty (Tourist's House), which opened its doors to guests in the 1950s. (pool, spa) 

Modrzewie Park Hotek, Poland

Modrzewie Park Hotel 

Szczawnica​ (2 nights)

With art deco-inspired interior spaces, this boutique hotel is set alongside a wooded park. (pool, spa)  

Kempinski High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia

Kempinski High Tatra Mountains

Štrbské Pleso (2 nights)

Consisting of three buildings constructed during various eras, this stately property sits on the shore of Štrbské Lake and beneath the craggy peaks of the Slovakian High Tatras. (pool, spa)  

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 800 4* 900 6* 1400
2 5* 400 5* 1200 7 1300
3 4* 900 9 1400
4 4* 1200 5 1300 7* 1800
5 7 1000 8 1100 11 2400
6 4* 400 5* 1200

Note: The terrain on this trip is rolling, with some steeper inclines and descents, particularly in the High Tatras. We generally follow well-marked valley and alpine trails on which you can expect to encounter uneven surfaces including rocks and roots.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.


All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Poland

The Best Leaders in Poland

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Poland, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Poland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Poland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Poland that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Poland, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.