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Polish Winter Adventure
Poland - Trip code PW Short Breaks
Days 5
Deposit From £66
Price from £659
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

The pine covered peaks of the Pieniny Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this short break in the crisp Polish winter. Spend an exhilarating few days snowshoeing through the stunning snow-covered surroundings and go for a walk through the dramatic Dunajec Gorge. A highlight of this trip for many is the torch-lit horse-drawn sleigh ride and evening spent with the locals tucking into traditional, rustic Polish food accompanied by folk music. There's also time to uncover the architectural delights of the UNESCO-Listed city of Krakow and the option to join a cooking class.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 4

      Dinner: 1

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader

      Driver(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

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      Accommodation

      4 nights standard hotel

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      Trip pace:

      Moderate

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      Group Size:

      8 - 14

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Join trip Krakow airport and drive to Szczawnica

    Join the trip at Krakow airport. Our trip begins at Krakow airport where we will meet and transfer towards the Carpathians and the picturesque resort town of Szczawnica. Nestling amongst the beautiful Pieniny Mountains this lovely spa town is the ideal base from which to explore the scenic and natural diversity of this pristine region.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Walking in Dunajec River Gorge; snowshoeing and a sleigh ride in Szczawnica

    Our first full day sees us crossing the border into neighbouring Slovakia, heading towards the small village of Cerveny Klastor, home to a 14th century Cartesian monastery and the starting point for our walk along the beautiful Pieniny Way. Following the Dunajec River we meander along the bottom of the spectacular gorge that bears its name, passing a landscape of towering limestone cliffs, blanketed in lush forests of fir, beech, larch and spruce. Part of the Pieniny National Park, the gorge is without doubt one of the most stunning in Europe and its verdant slopes attract a diverse collection of wildlife, including lynx, wolf, stag and some 14 species of bats. If you are incredibly lucky you may spot eagle and pygmy owls, three toed woodpeckers or rare black storks along the river's edge. The Dunajec River has been a famous attraction since the middle of the 19th century, when tourists came here to raft down the gorge and today its gentle waters still attract those who prefer to float along through this beautiful landscape although this is an activity restricted to summer months. Returning to Szczawnica this afternoon we don snowshoes for an introductory walk along some trails of the Pieniny Mountains. Snowshoeing is fairly easily mastered and we should need just a few minutes to feel confident enough to head off on our afternoon's exploration. The Pieniny ranges fall between the Tatras to the west and the Beskid Sadecki to the east. We'll enjoy the tranquil splendour of the mountain scenery, its spruce and beech trees covered in layers of blanketing snow. Later this afternoon we plan to take a lovely torch-lit sleigh ride through the town; the perfect way to end a full and active day. We spend the evening here enjoying the hospitality of the locals with a traditional evening of food and musical entertainment.

    Please note: Snow shoes will only be used should the snow be deep enough. Where there has been little snow fall hiking boots alone will suffice.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 3 - Snowshoeing in the mountains

    This morning we take a longer walk amongst the high slopes of the Pieniny Mountains, enjoying the crisp, clean air and the spectacular views across the Tatras. Our afternoon has been left free for you to relax or to enjoy other winter activities available for you to book in the area. Perhaps you may like to try skiing or snowboarding, or go snowmobiling at Polana Sosny.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Drive to Krakow; Krakow walking tour

    This morning we leave the majestic setting of the mountains behind and head back towards Krakow. Arriving mid-morning we have the opportunity to explore Poland's former capital. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's one of Europe's most distinctive and emotive cities. Your Explore Leader will introduce you to the delights of the Old Town on a guided walking tour. We walk through a maze of narrow streets, opening out on to the huge market square - the largest in medieval Europe. The Sukiennice, a vast cloth hall in medieval times and now a covered market, is a distinctive sight and the vendors' wares vary from wooden toys to beautiful amber jewellery. If time allows, you may wish to pay a visit to the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill which overlooks the old town.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 5 - Trip ends Krakow

    Our trip ends in Krakow after breakfast.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Poland

    Climate

    Poland has a temperate, changeable climate. September and October are cooler and gradually become damper until late November when temperatures fall below freezing with snowfall, particularly in mountainous areas. Cold temperatures last through to March, but are tolerable. Snow can lie for up to three months in the mountains.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Polish

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Krakow - Guided tour of Wawel Castle £16.00; Cooking lesson for a local dish €2.00; Schindler's Factory €5.00

    Polana Sosny - Skiing 50 PLN (day rental of skis, ski boots and ski poles), and 50 PLN (minibus transport to ski slope and back); Snowboarding 40 PLN (day rental of snowboard and snowboard boots); Snowmobiling 450 PLN (for 2 hours), and 50 PLN (minibus transport per person).

    Please check that your travel insurance fully covers you for medical and repatriation expenses if you intend to go snowmobiling.
    The snow mobile operator reserves the right to charge you for any damage you cause to the snowmobile. An excess may be payable in the event of any damage to your snowmobile; this excess, together with any third party liability (damage to someone else or someone else's property whilst driving a snowmobile) may not be to covered by your travel insurance policy.

    Clothing

    Pack for cold mountain conditions. It's best to dress in warm layers of breathable fabrics. You'll need waterproofs and plenty of warm clothing including a warm waterproof jacket, jumper, fleece, gaiters, gloves, hat, scarf and thermal underwear.

    Footwear

    Warm waterproof walking boots with a good tread and ankle support are required for snowshoeing. Trainers for relaxing.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    One main piece of baggage and a daypack for personal items.

    Equipment

    Bring a water bottle, torch, binoculars, camera, sunglasses and suncream.

    Tipping

    Explore leader
    At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly you should allow approximately £15.00 for gratuities for local staff.

    In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

    Poland

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £8
    Dinner price
    £18.00 - 22.00
    Beer price
    £1.50 - 3.00
    Water price
    £0.8
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Polish Zloty2
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    British Pounds Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are all accepted at exchange offices and banks2
    Where To Exchange
    Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival
    ATM Availability
    Available in all major cities
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Credit cards are widely accepted in all major cities
    Travellers Cheques
    Easily exchanged
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Poland: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Included activities

    Please note that if the weather is milder than expected for the time of year and there hasn't been enough snow for us to enjoy the normal included trip activities then the snowshoeing will be changed for walking/hiking along the same trails and routes, so that you will still be able to see the breathtaking mountain scenery. Please ensure you pack a pair of comfortable and waterproof walking shoes. On day 3 the sleigh ride will be exchanged for a similar experience on a traditional horse and cart.

    Ability to swim

    No

    Poland

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Tickborne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Additional Information
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    Why book this trip

    Our Polish Winter Adventure receives excellent reviews as it offers you the chance to stay in a authentic Polish mountain resort, to take part in winter activities such as snow shoeing and to sample hearty Polish food.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Thu 24 Jan 2019 - Mon 28 Jan 2019 Guaranteed departure
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    Price from £445
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    Single room option +£85
    On request
    Please call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 14 Feb 2019 - Mon 18 Feb 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019
    Price from £445
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    On request
    Please call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 18 Feb 2019 - Fri 22 Feb 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019
    Price from £445
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    3 spaces available
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 12 Dec 2019 - Mon 16 Dec 2019
    PW_2019
    Price from £445
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 23 Dec 2019 - Fri 27 Dec 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019 Christmas
    Price from £690
    Save was
    Single room option +£155
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport (KRK)
    Time and place
    13:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 29 Dec 2019 - Thu 2 Jan 2020
    PW_2019 New Year
    Price from £690
    Save was
    Single room option +£155
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport (KRK)
    Time and place
    13:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 24 Jan 2019 - Mon 28 Jan 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019
    Price from £659
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    On request
    Please call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 14 Feb 2019 - Mon 18 Feb 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019
    Price from £775
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    On request
    Please call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 18 Feb 2019 - Fri 22 Feb 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019
    Price from £745
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    3 spaces available
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 12 Dec 2019 - Mon 16 Dec 2019
    PW_2019
    Price from £659
    Save was
    Single room option +£85
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport
    Time and place
    20:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow (KRK)
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 23 Dec 2019 - Fri 27 Dec 2019 Guaranteed departure
    PW_2019 Christmas
    Price from £1099
    Save was
    Single room option +£155
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport (KRK)
    Time and place
    13:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 29 Dec 2019 - Thu 2 Jan 2020
    PW_2019 New Year
    Price from £1099
    Save was
    Single room option +£155
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Krakow Airport (KRK)
    Time and place
    13:00 at Arrivals hall
    Ending Point
    Town
    Krakow
    Time
    09:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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