Experience Poland's Spectacular Landscapes and Rich Culture
Join us in Kraków and Zakopane, Poland from October 11-19, 2019 to experience, explore, race, and give back. We’ll take in the rich history and culture of Krakow, explore the Tatra Mountains on foot and bike and by river, and make new friends over plenty of delicious highlander cuisine.
Priced now at $2,100 per person.
We are partnering with our friends at Baza Tatry. Zakopane’s premier hiking and trail guiding outfit.
Your Guide - Hanna Kozlowska
A native of Zakopane, Hanna is at home in the Tatra Mountains but has traveled and taught mountain adventure sports in the Alps, Pyrenees, the Rockies, and the Caucasus. She is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to hike, snowboards, windsurf, and kiteboard.
Fee schedule per person
$2,100 per person through August 15
$2,250 after August 15
Experience, Explore, and Race in Krakow
We’ll have a locally-guided tour through Kraków, Poland's cultural capital, starting at the biggest medieval market square in Europe and the stunning St Mary’s Church (Mariacki Basilica), then over to Wawel Royal Castle and Wawel Hill, two of the most historically and culturally significant sites in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will travel to the old Jewish district and visit the famous factory of Oskar Schindler, now a beautiful museum.
We will race in the 6th annual Royal Half Marathon through the picturesque streets of Kraków. Growing in popularity, the race features runners from around the world who come to compete in Poland's premier half-marathon.
Adventures in Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
Just south of Kraków, Zakopane is nestled in the heart of the Tatra Mountains, separating Poland from Czechia and Slovakia. Known as Poland's winter capital for its world class skiing, Zakopane also boasts premier alpine climbing, river rafting along the Dunajec, and top-rated mountain biking. We will get a taste of each, minus the skiing!
Live the Highland Culture and Give Back
In addition to high-mountain adventures, we will taste all that Zakopane's highland culture offers. We will learn the centuries-old technique behind making the famous oscypek salted sheep-milk cheese, enjoy plenty of traditional fare cooked next to a Spruce, Beech, and Mountain Pine bonfire. And we are in Poland, so you will definitely get your fill of home-made wodka (vodka)!
With each Open World Racing journey, we strive to do no harm to the environment and leave a positive impact on the places we visit. In Zakopane, we will support sustainable eco-tourism by lending our labor to maintain a series of high mountain trails. And as with all of our trips, we will offer you a choice of carbon offsetting projects managed by Native Energy to mitigate your carbon footprint.
Day 1 - Welcome: We'll pick you up at Krakow airport, take you to the hotel to rest and unpack, and meet you for a welcome dinner with a local guide. We'll chat about the unique geography, history, and culture of Kraków and Zakopane. We love these dinners because they are a great opportunity for our group to get acquainted with each other and our destination in a fun setting over a shared meal.
Day 2 - Take in Kraków: After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll meet a local guide and take a walking tour of Kraków, starting around the biggest medieval market square in Europe and the stunning St Mary’s Church (Mariacki Basilica) past Wawel Royal Castle and Wawel Hill which constitute the most historically and culturally significant site in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a group lunch, we'll visit the old Jewish district and the famous museum of Oskar Schindler. You will be free to explore Kraków that evening.
Day 3 - Race Day: We will race in the 6th annual Royal Half Marathon through the picturesque streets of Kraków. Growing in popularity, the race draws runners from around the world who come to compete in Poland's premier half-marathon. That evening, we will enjoy a traditional Polish dinner featuring dishes such as gołąbki, bigos, and żurek. Oh, and don't forget the wodka (vodka)!
Day 4 - Transfer to Zakopane and Highlander Delights: We will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Zakopane, nestled in the Tatra mountains. Upon arrival, we will check into a classic wooden chalet-style boutique hotel. We’ll enjoy a traditional highlander meal that evening and take in historic Zakopane.
Day 5 - Mountain Biking and Rafting on the Dunajec: We will experience the beautiful mountainous region surrounding Zakopane by cycling along the natural river gorge on the border between Poland and Slovakia and return by rafting back through the rapids.
Day 6 - More Adventure and Giving Back: We will set off on a cable car to Kasprowy Wierch (2100m) in the Tatra mountain range, getting a first-hand look at the most beautiful vistas southern Poland has to offer. We will be met at the top by a local conservation expert and guided on a mission to help clean and preserve the park and trail system. After a small lunch at a mountain shelter, you will opt to hike down or continue on to climb one of the highest peaks of the Tatras with a qualified mountain guide. Following the day's activities, you will have a free evening to enjoy the town and local hospitality if you have any energy remaining.
Day 7 - Relax and Explore Zakopane: You’ll have a chance to sleep in this morning and enjoy breakfast following the previous day’s hike - you’ll need it! In the afternoon, we’ll reconvene and visit a traditional cheese maker's hut. We’ll have a tasting of traditional smoked sheep cheese, while learning about the history and culture of the highlanders in the area. We’ll gather that evening to share our experiences over one last hearty meal.
Day 8 - Departure: After breakfast, we will drive you to Kraków to catch your flight back to normal life, as sad as we will be to see you go.
A Few Questions and Answers
What's included in the price?
All overnight accommodations. There will be an additional $250 charge if you'd like a single occupancy option, "single supplement."
In Kraków, we will be staying in a 4-star hotel in the heart of the old town - rooms will be double occupancy unless you choose the single supplement.
In Zakopane, we will stay in a wooden chalet-style boutique hotel.
All planned in-country transportation.
All meals planned by OWR and included in the agenda.
All program activities listed in the agenda.
Race fees and other miscellaneous costs.
What is not included in the price?