Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Tatra Mountains, Zakopane is the winter sports capital of Poland. Plentiful snow and challenging runs make for excellent skiing, while the summer months offer walkers mountain lakes, glacial valleys and stunning waterfalls. Enjoy three days in historic Krakow before taking the bus - a journey of around two and a half hours - to Zakopane. A town full of folklore and bearing the legacy of Poland’s artistic set from the 1930s, this independent alpine getaway in the shadow of the spectacular Tatra peaks can be as relaxing or as active as you choose.
Ask a Regent Poland Specialist for more information.
Fly to Krakow and transfer to the hotel for three nights.
Free day in Krakow to explore at leisure or book optional excursions. Join those in the know who frequent this jewel of a city with its maze of medieval streets lined with delightful Gothic and Baroque architecture. Imposing hilltop Wawel Castle looms over the city and the ancient Market Square which is at its hub. Saunter through the Jewish District, home to Schindler’s Factory, browse the stalls in the Cloth Hall market and try some heartwarming Polish specialities. After dark choose between highbrow opera, classical music and a puppet show or head for the Market Square jazz clubs, ultra-cool nightclubs in the Kazimierz district or the cosy cellar bars and restaurants which pack the Old Town. (B)
Free day in Krakow to explore at leisure or book optional excursions. It is not a difficult decision to make whether to go to Auschwitz when visiting Krakow as you do feel it is your duty to remember and in some small way honour all those lives lost. It is a place that everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Nothing prepares you for the sight of those grim words Arbeit Macht Frei ( "Work makes you free" ) as you make your way silently though these gates trying to imagine how prisoners must have felt years before. Choose to book a private excursion or travel on one of the many well-run coach trips. (B)
Take the bus to Zakopane (journey takes around 2 hours 30 minutes and there are over 30 departures daily). Check in to the hotel for 3 nights. (B)
Free day in Zakopane to explore at leisure. Perhaps take the funicular to Gubałówka hill, which you can catch in centre of Zakopane. Gubałówka (1100 metres) offers spectacular views over the town and the surrounding Tatra Mountains or take the cable car to Mount Kasprowy. (B)
Free day in Zakopane to explore at leisure or book optional excursions. Maybe head to the local market to shop for souvenirs such as leatherwear, wood carvings and knitted goods, as well as the delicious Oscypek cheese. A few hours can be be spent on Krupówki Street, the main pedestrian zone of Zakopane, which is full of shops, bars and restaurants. (B)
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Ellie Marr took on board our basic requirements and seemed happy to tailor a holiday to suit – offering suggestions but taking note of our wishes. I found this pleasantly unusual and reassuring.
All aspects of the holiday went smoothly. As planned with transfers to/from the Airport and Hotels.
We would like to go to Russia and would certainly consider using Regent Holidays based on our recent experience in Poland.