Krakow and Beskidy Mountains Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £479 per person
Walking Tour Highlights
• Walk through limestone mountain ranges
• Tour starts only an hour from Krakow
• Explore the unique landscape of the Carpathians
• Walk or use the extensive public transport along the route
• An easy tour with good connections to the UK
Walking Route Features
A fairly easy walking holiday designed to showcase the region with some more difficult terrain so the ability to walk confidently is required.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: (Saturday): Arrival in Krakow
Arrival in Krakow, checking-in, meeting with our representative who will give you the necessary tour description and hiking maps and provide information on the rest of the trip.
Day 2: (Sunday) Lubon Wielki – Rabka
Walking time: 4 hours, +/- 350 – 500 m Walking distance ca 10 km
Following breakfast you can spend some time on your own exploring Krakow. In the afternoon you will be driven to a pass at a height of about 650 meters. The highlight of this first hike is the Lubon Wielki, rising like a wild mountain island from inhabited valleys.
The 1022 m summit has some of Poland’s most charming mountain huts that look like they might belong to a fairy-tale. From there you descend to Rabka, a small town with many parks known for its spa for children.
Day 3: (Monday) Rabka – Lopuszna
Walking time: 7-8 hours, +/- 700 m Walking distance ca 18 km
The longest day-hike is planned for today through the forested Gorce range. Its highest peak is the Turbacz at 1310 m. It is a long but not difficult hike without too many ascents or descents.
There are three mountain huts along the way where you can rest if necessary. There is a wonderful view of the Nowy Targ basin and of the High Tatras while descending followed by a walk through Zarebek, a shepherd’s village and Lopuszna on the way to your Bed&Breakfast.
Day 4: (Tuesday) Kluszkowce – Niedzica
Walking time: 2-3 hours, +/- 150 m Walking distance ca 5 km
This is the least strenuous leg of the trip. One of many public buses take you from Lopuszna to Kluszkowce. Your goal is the not very high but exposed Wdzar mountain (767 m) which can be climbed either on foot using the chairlift.
The mountain is a geological curiosity and offers an impressive view of the Pieniny, the Dunajec valley and two old castles in Czorsztyn and Niedzica above a man-made reservoir. You will have ample time to visit both ruins as there is a regular ferry service between the two.
Overnight stay is in Niedzica on the Spis, an area that once was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Day 5: (Wednesday) Sromowce – Szczawnica
Walking time 3-6 hours, +/- 500 m Walking distance ca 10 km
We will order a bus to bring you to Sromowce Nizne, shortly before the point at which the Dunajec begins its wild rush. The river forms a natural border between Poland and Slovakia where it is now easy to visit the Carthusian monastery thanks to a new bridge for pedestrians. The limestone peak, “Three Crowns” (Trzy Korony, 982 m, 500 m above the river valley!), arises majestically above the river.
Hikers are well advised to climb the mountain as well as the viewing platform. Then we continue on to Szczawnica. You can walk along the mountain ridge or along the Dunajec on the Pieniny trail hammered into the rocks.
The raft trip down the Dunajec gorge, however, is the most spectacular option with huge jagged rock faces going up to a height of 300 m lining the two hour ride. You will spend the night in Szczawnica, an old and introspective spa resort with elegant villas and park cafes.
Day 6: (Thursday) Szczawnica – Rytro
Walking time 6-7 Std., +/- 400 m Walking distance ca 15-19 km
For a complete change of atmosphere the hike today is in the quiet Beskid Sadecki, covered with primeval mixed forests. One option is to go to the Jaworki village, where the Ruthenians once lived, with its old tavern and the Orthodox church.
It is a region known for its numerous flocks of sheep still herded according to past custom. The goal of this leg is Rytro, a small holiday village, in the deep green valley of the Poprad river.
One can see the ruins of a small 12th century castle in the distance. “Conquering” this castle will be your final hurdle of the day and sautéed trout in your hotel on the banks of the Poprad the reward for the day.
Day 7: (Friday) Final day
We will order a bus for the day to first take you to Stary Sacz, the oldest town of the region as its name suggests and one of the most attractive small cities in Poland. It boasts an impressive convent and charming market square with narrow alleys lined by small and colourful houses.
Following the tour of the city we will ride further to Krakow unless you are planning to extend your stay in Zakopane. The arrival in Krakow will be at 17:00 at the latest so that you can catch an evening train or flight. For those not travelling we recommend that you book an extra night in Krakow for £36 per person.
You walk on good hiking trails, as well as on walking paths where surefootedness is necessary. You should be in good shape for daily tours from 3, 5 to 6 hours.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Krakow and Beskidy Mountains tour stays in 6 overnight stays with breakfast and dinner, 3* hotels in Krakow Szczawnica and Rytro, Pensions in Rabka and Lopuszna. All rooms have their own shower and bathroom. carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- 6 overnight stays with breakfast and dinner, 3* hotels in Krakow Szczawnica and Rytro, Pensions in Rabka and Lopuszna. All rooms have their own shower and bathroom.
– 3 transfers by bus: Krakow-Lubon Wielki, Niedzica-Sromowce, Rytro-Krakow or Rytro-Zakopane as the case may be.
– Baggage transport between the accommodations.
– Lending out information material: Hiker’s routes with detailed descriptions of the many available options. In case of bad weather or if you are a bit under the weather we have information about how to return using public transport.
We recommend flying to Krakow and using local public transport to the tour starting point. For more information, please visit Krakow Airport.
Krakow and Beskid Mountains, Poland, 7 days, 6 nights
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Holiday Price: From £479
Single Supplement: £119
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