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Our Dunajec River raft trip was wonderful, everything we had hoped. The scenery was beautiful, and our English-speaking guide was great. He was extremely articulate in English, well-informed and educated in general and kept us entertained throughout the ride from Krakow, the raft and castle trips, and the ride back.
We were also pleased with how smoothly the pick-up went at our hotel. We tried to book a Dunajec trip six years ago through a different agency, and it was a disaster. We never got to take the trip at all. So we were very pleased that your pick-up and drop-off worked so well.
Unique experience, beautiful nature, outstanding tour guide Agnieshka Bonior.
We all enjoyed it o the full. One thing is maybe that on the raft they should have some kind of rag due that it was quite cold.
We were fortunate to have our own personal tour guide as there were only 2 of us booked on the trip for that day. Niedzica is a fairytale castle perched on an escarpment with stunning views over the lake and reservoir. The castle is steeped in history with , Jack, our guide having excellent knowledge with facts and figures to hand.
A short drive away through the dramatic countryside, we came to the Dunajec River Gorge "cruise". The transport is unique 5 narrow punts lashed together with ropes and branches and captained by two very colourful locals. The boat holds around 12 people and with around 200 boats is a very popular attraction. The 2 hour + "cruise" unfolds through rolling countryside into steep sided valley cliffs with glimpses of wildlife. We were fortunate to have some very good singers on our boat and were treated to some local folk songs as we meandered down the gorge.Would recommend this tour for the stunning views and history.
Excellent tour guide, small group tour, castle tour is quite short but the rafting trip lasts 2 hours, more than making up for it! The scenery is stunning!
The trip was excellent. The guide was very good and his English was excellent. The scenery was beautiful. The trip around the castle was very interesting with plenty to see. The best part was the brilliant raft trip down the river. The two Polish boat men were good even though they did not speak a word of English they pointed out anything of interest including a white eagle. The trip down the river was very relaxing and the views of the mountains and gorges were amazing a 5 star day out
Our guide Jacek (Jack) really made the day great.
The day started off a bit rainy (drizzling only), and so it turned out we were the only people on the tour, however the tour still went ahead and we had a personalised tour where we were driven out by Jack in a very comfortable car.
What really made the day special though was the opportunity to talk with Jack about Polish politics, history, the amazing history of the families who lived in the castle, modern Polish music, insights on the difference in culture between Krakovians and Zakopane highlanders and all sorts of other interesting topics.
A really great day. The boat ride itself goes into Slovakia (so you can claim you've been to another country).
An easy day trip from Krakow, and certainly worth doing.
Andrew was a great guide. His knowledge of the countryside and its' wildlife was incredible. We had a great trip. The rafting trip actually takes you into Slavakia which was a plus for me. As Andrew explained since 1997 the river has changed making it a two country trip.
Niedzica Castle was nothing fancy but the Dunajec River Gorge was lovely and took some great pictures. This was well worth the trip and much better than the tour to Zakopane.
What an incredible day! First, we were the only ones who had booked this trip. Thank you, Viator for not cancelling it! Instead we were given the private services of Andrew, our amazing guide. The wharf area was crowded but inside of 15 minutes of our arrival, we were on a raft floating down the river. Yes, it's true the raftmen do not speak English but we were given a map with explanations in English. Our raftman helped us orient ourselves by pointing out where we were so we could follow along. At one point I commented on a particular sight and it was important enough for one of the passengers to try to explain what it was in broken but understandable English. The late Pope John Paul II had gone swimming there! Another highlight was when the raftman took off his hat and vest and turned them and the pole over to my husband who became the raftman for a few minutes. Throw in the gorgeous scenery and this was a highlight of our week in Poland!
Robert Albert B
Wonderful scenery extremely peaceful environment a most enjoyable raft ride . It was a pity that our English speaking guide did not accompany us on the raft and the commentary was in Polish we ,therefore felt we missed out.
Fabulous. If you are expecting white water rafting, don't go! But if you want to see a medieval castle and do a two hour rafting tour on the river Dunajec on the border of Poland and Slovakia amidst beautiful gorges, it is a must see! I certainly enjoyed it and took some wonderful snaps there.
The weather left us unable to do the rafting portion of the trip but our tour guide Agnes was very gracious in letting us make other stops which were not on the itinerary including lunch just inside the border of Slovakia which was an unexpected treat.
Castle wasn't so interesting as very few original artefacts were left, the River Gorge was really nice to do, although cold. I had an excellent guide for the day in Andrew.
I was the only guest that day. I did like the beauty of the landscape and the rafting. The visit of the castle was fair.
Very well organised, though an English speaking guide would have been appreciated.
Very nice way to see the southern Polish countryside and mountains. Niedzica Castle is fairly small, with narrow passages and small rooms. There are great views from the top. The river raft ride is a unique experience. Beautiful views along the river of limestone and soapstone cliffs, the Three Crowns, and occasional small villages along the way. Bring a jacket to use as a seat cushion or to wear if you get chilly. The wooden seats on the boat get uncomfortable after sitting for so long, and it can get a little chilly out on the water, even when it is warm on shore.
Did not get to go down river as it was raining and they were waiting for 6 more people to make a full raft
they never appeared so no trip. driver took us to see another castle and church went for a trip to Slovakia
The tour guide was great and we had a smaller group which was nice. However, be prepared for a long time (and confusion) being transfered between busses. Our van left before everyone found there way to the right spot and we had to turn around and go back. After being to Malbork and the castle actually in Krakow, this one didn't compare. It was a newer castle that was small and empty in comparision. It did have a great view from the top though. The float trip was a unique experience, but given how much time it takes I would only recomend if you have a long time in the Krakow area.
WEATHER STOPPED THE RAFTING ON THE RIVER BUT THE GUIDE DID HIS BEST TO ENRTERTAIN US, WALKING INTO SLOVAKIA AND GIVING US A LOVELY LUNCH. THE CASTLE WAS QUITE GOOD.
We felt that the price and time required for this tour weren't worth it. The trip to the site is two hours. The castle is small, there are few artifacts on display and little explanation of them or what it was like to live in that time period. It took us only about 45 minutes to slowly go through it. We would recommend the Wawel Castle in Krakow as a better alternative. The river gorge is relatively scenic but the guides don't speak English and we understood absolutely nothing of what was said. Also they will not take a raft out unless there are ten people. There were only two of us and we had to wait an hour until finally another eight people showed up just before we were going to leave. The float on the river is about two hours. So there's a four hour round trip and only about three hours spent at the site. The castle tour is about $5 a person, the raft is about $22 a person, the majority of the fee is spent on travel expense! We paid $112.50 each for this tour. The best part was our tour guide Andrew who spoke excellent English, was very accommodating and also a valuable source of everything Polish. He made every possible effort to make sure we got the float on the river.
The operator schedules the tour on Monday but the castle is closed on Monday and entrance fee cost was not refunded. When it came time for the Dunajec River Gorge, they require 10 passengers but there were only 4 on the trip - this should have been clarified up front. The guide was going to skip the event but after waiting an hour at the dock another group showed up that we were able to tag onto. The guide should have never taken us if there was not sufficient folks for the tour.