8 days in Zakopane & Krakow Itinerary

8 days in Zakopane & Krakow Itinerary

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8 days in Zakopane & Krakow Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+3
Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  2​h 30​min
1
Zakopane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Krakow
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
Zakopane

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Morskie Oko (in Tatra National Park) and Pieniński Park Narodowy (in Szczawnica). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Gubalowka, admire the striking features of Upside Down House (Dom Do Gory Nogami), examine the collection at Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zakopane tour builder website .

Valletta, Malta to Zakopane is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Valletta in December: high temperatures in Zakopane hover around 1°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Morskie Oko, Pieniński Park Narodowy
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Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane ©
Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane
Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Lake Morskie Oko ©
Lake Morskie Oko

5
nights
Krakow

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and explore the galleries of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip site .

Traveling by car from Zakopane to Krakow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zakopane in December; daily highs in Krakow reach 5°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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