Tatra mountains winter holiday

“A week of winter adventures in the Tatras Mountains in Poland, hopping over the border to snowy Slovenia too. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and some time in Krakow and Zakopane. A guided small group tour. ”


Poland: Tatra Mountains in winter | Tatra National Park | Carpathian Mountains | Krakow | Zakopane | ‘Painted Village’ of Zalipie | Slovenia: Jasna | Snowshoeing | Cross country skiing in Low Tatras | Sleigh ride

Description of Tatra mountains winter holiday

This winter holiday in the Tatra Mountains is a small group trip, enjoying the snowy slopes and valleys of Poland’s Tatra Mountains, as well as some time over the border in Slovenia, in Jasna. Go cross country skiing on trails through empty snow laden forests, peaceful white meadows as well as traditional rural villages.

The Tatras Mountains are the highest range within the Carpathian range and form a natural border between Poland and Slovenia. The High Tatras boast more than 250km of trails and, unlike the Alps during these winter months, they are still relatively quiet and rich in local culture and tradition.

As well as enjoying the outdoor activities, which include a traditional horse drawn sleigh ride known as the ‘kulig’ in Poland, you will explore the city of Krakow, the famous painted buildings of Zalipie and the mountain towns of Zakopane in Poland and Jasna in Slovenia. Fully guided on snowshoes or cross country skis by local experts.

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2019: 14 Dec

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Tatra mountains winter holiday

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The High Tatra Mountains are beautiful and often described as the Alps of the East. For that reason, they see large numbers of tourists every year, particularly during the peak summer months when they can become a little overcrowded. By visiting the region in winter, you’ll experience a whole different side to this destination and help to offset the busyness of summer. You’ll love exploring Zakopane on the Polish side and Jasna on the Slovakian side, where winter sports are growing in popularity. When our small groups are discovering their surroundings, we’d never choose to do so in a way that negatively impacts the environment i.e. 4x4 vehicles and quad bikes. Instead, we’ll pop on a pair of cross-country skies and explore the mountains in this non-invasive way. But fear not, even if you’re new to cross-country skiing, we’ll make sure the trails we take are accessible, enjoyable and safe.

Zalipie is a quaint village filled with wooden cottages that are intricately painted with folklore motifs of the most vibrant colours imaginable. The tradition started centuries ago, when local women began painting their houses to cover building faults. It grew over the years and the idea was that each year the local women would repaint their homes after the Corpus Christi festival. Each motif is unique and painted with locally sourced and often homemade paints and brushes.

Despite its beauty, Zalipie isn’t overrun by tourists, so visiting the village is still relaxing and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. This allows the local community to keep this tradition alive. Only the interest of adventurous tourists coming around enables them to sustain this colourful tradition by selling local souvenirs, serving travellers with lunch and drinks, or just showing them around. Our small groups will contribute to keeping this place colourful for generations to come.


Krakow is known for many of its beautiful attractions, traditions and for the most delicious Polish food, of course. In almost every corner of Rynek (the old square and one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe) you’ll find amazing restaurants serving local delicacies. Tuck into pierogis (dumplings), barszcz (traditional beetroot soup), oscypek (smoked cheese) and famous Polish kielbasa (sausage). One of the most important things for us is to bring cultures together, by letting our travellers learn from local experts and allowing local people to benefit from our groups visiting the region. For example, in Krakow a local cook will invite our groups to her home (or the back of a local restaurant) to introduce travellers to the secrets of Polish cuisine. This creates a unique opportunity not only learn from, but also to interact with local people and share some of the best food in the world with them. Oh, and the benefit of this affair will not stay with a chain restaurant, but with our local friends.

In the High Tatra Mountains, the importance of local culture is probably the greatest it is in the whole country. It really is a region where religion, crafts, traditions, food, the clothes people wear, and more are all intertwined in the local culture. This environment may sometimes feel hermetic and to get to know it better it’s good to engage with the local people. Therefore, all our groups will partake in the most traditional winter activity of them all – kulig (a sleigh ride). During the ride from Polana Szymoszkowa to Koscielisko you are likely to hear the local stories, get to know a few highlanders, learn some basic slang words and taste some of the local delicacies. The best thing about this is that whilst you’re enjoying the ride, you’re also helping to keep the local tradition alive.

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