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Admire the stunning scenery of Poland’s Dunajec Valley with this day trip to the Dunajec River Gorge from Krakow. Float down the river on a wooden raft and soak up views of the limestone cliffs from the water. Top off your trip with a visit to the 14th-century Niedzica Castle before making the journey back to Krakow.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Krakow to Dunajec River Gorge and Niedzica Castle
  • Visit 14th-century Niedzica Castle, which overlooks Czorsztyn Lake
  • Have fun floating down the Dunajec River on a wooden raft
  • Enjoy the stunning views of limestone cliffs shooting up from the water
  • Entrance fees included

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What You Can Expect

Dunajec River Gorge and Niedzica Castle from Krakow

Dunajec River Gorge and Niedzica Castle from Krakow

Your day trip will begin with pickup from your select Krakow hotel. Travel by comfortable coach to the 14-century Niedzica Castle, initially constructed by Hungarians to protect one of the Dunajec Valley's crucial trade routes. Explore the interior of the castle and soak up views over Czorsztyn Lake. Learn the history behind the Incas who found refuge here, as well as background on the castle’s large water reservoir and extensive dam.

Continue to Sromowce Nizne, where you’ll hop aboard a wooden raft and float along the Dunajec River. See the picturesque Dunajec River Gorge, as well as stunning views of limestone cliffs from the water. You’ll also have the chance to spot rare bird species or native flora.

Your guide will point out top sights as you go and fill you in on the rich history of the gorge. Weather depending, bring rain wear or a sun hat for the 2- to 3-hour voyage. Your trip will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.

Customer Reviews

Sherin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful experience ,beautiful scenery, guide was friendly,helpful a real gent, even though it rained it was exciting ,would love to do it again if I return to Kraków.

Yogesh J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The castle was interesting, though not much different from others we had seen near Krakow. But the region is really pretty, with mountains, lakes, rivers and tiny villages. The rafting down the Dunjec River Gorge was particularly enjoyable. The views are breathtaking and, since the weather was cool and pleasant, we found it to be very relaxing as well. The boats men did not speak English, so you miss out a bit. But the spectacular views make up for everything. It was a fairly smooth ride, with Slovakia on one side and Poland on the other. You also cross the border for a short while. Overall, a very worthwhile fun trip.

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Andrew was very informative and helpful. There was some confusion as to our pick up point, but Andrew followed up via our hotel and made it all happen seamlessly.
The raft journey was in Polish so needed to read about what we were seeing. Countryside wonderful.
Overall a great experience.

Sofie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Well organized and a fantastic day out! The scenery is beautiful and we even got to see a bear.

Norman C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

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.

Andrey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Unique experience, beautiful nature, outstanding tour guide Agnieshka Bonior.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

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.

FREDA E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

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.

Ashley M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

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!

Robert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

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

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