Walking Holidays in Poland - Poland to Slovakia - Short Break Walks

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Our Polish/Slovakian Short Break begins in Szczawnica located within the Pieniny National Park. You follow the striking Dunajec River before entering Slovakia then crossing the border back into Poland to spend the night in the popular town of Zakopane. Next you walk entirely within Slovakia as you enter the enticing Tatras National Park with the spectacular Tatra Mountain Range rising in the distance before staying in the serene mountain village of Kalatowki.

The Area

Life in this area of rural Poland appears to have changed little over the years; both men and women continue to work the land with horses and wooden implements, you will see this first-hand. Your destination of the High Tatra Mountains is one of the best walking areas in Europe and attracts walkers from throughout the world.

Day 1: You will be collected from Krakow airport and transferred to your first accommodation in Szczawnica. Overnight Szczawnica.

Day 2: Today’s walk takes you through the Pieniny National Park following the Dunajec River. You will see plenty of rafts drifting downriver along the Dunajec Gorge; this famous narrow limestone valley is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Your walk will end near the Red Monastery on the Slovakian side of the border. You cross the river back into Poland. Overnight Zakopane.

Ascent: 100m. Descent: 175m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 3: Beginning with a taxi to the start at Wierch Poroniec, this walk will take you into the Tatras National Park. It is a day of great variety from forest tracks, open pastureland, craggy peaks and a ski village. Although not a particularly long walk there is great height gained and this is rewarded with magnificent views. This walk involves crossing several streams and it may be difficult to keep your feet dry. Overnight Kalatowki.

Ascent: 1655m. Descent: 920m. Distance: 10 miles. Time: 6-7 hours.

Day 4: Walk to Zakopane (3hrs) before transferring back to Krakow airport. 

Extra Nights

You may need to add an extra night in Zakopane to allow time to walk from Kalatowki (no vehicle access) dependent on flight times.

You may also wish to add an extra night or two in the fascinating city of Krakow (see our pricing page for extra night prices).

Nawigator Hotel 3*, Szczawnica

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Set in the heart of the Pieniny Spa Resort, this is the perfect place to relax after a long days walking. Rooms are comfortable and the majority have panoramic views of the Pieniny Mountains. The hotel restaurant offers a rich menu of traditional and regional cuisine.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer. 


Solar Spa Hotel 4*, Szczawnica

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Situated in the heart of Szczawnica Health Resort, this delightful modern 4* hotel is surrounded by beautiful greenery. There is an impressive medical SPA which offers rehabilitation in addition to an indoor swimming pool and Finnish Sauna. There are two restaurants on site which both offer a wide variety of delicious dishes.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.


Bel Ami 3*, Zakopane

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Located in the beautifully quiet town of Zakopane, this charming hotel features stunning views of the Tatra Mountains. The spacious rooms have balconies, some overlooking the lush gardens. Enjoy excellent dishes at their cosy restaurant.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC and shower. 


Belvedere Hotel 4*, Zakopane

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This luxurious 4* hotel is situated right next to the Tatra National Park, with the city centre just a 10 minutes’ walk away. The Spa & Wellness Centre features a swimming pool, hot-tub and steam bath in addition to many relaxing treatments. The four on-site restaurants offer rich and diverse menus.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.


Gorski Kalatowki, Zakopane Mountains

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Sitting at an altitude of 1198m, this traditional alpine hut offers magnificent scenery. Surrounded by mountains and streams, there is an incredibly relaxed atmosphere up here. Enjoy panoramic views from the restaurant whilst taking your meals.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi and private bathroom with WC and shower. 


Availability Information

The best time is Spring and early Summer when the flowers are at their best and it is cooler. September and October are also an excellent time for the autumn colours, and when the weather is at its most settled. In July and August, it can be hot with late afternoon storms and the area is at its busiest.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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