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.
- 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
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.
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