11 days in Krakow, Zakopane & Warsaw Itinerary

11 days in Krakow, Zakopane & Warsaw Itinerary

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11 days in Krakow, Zakopane & Warsaw Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Krakow
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Zakopane
— 2 nights
bus + train:  5​h
3
Warsaw
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Krakow

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kids will enjoy Wawel Royal Castle and HistoryLand. Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Krakow trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

New York City, USA to Krakow is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Krakow: highs are around 77°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
HistoryLand ©
HistoryLand

2
nights
Zakopane

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Rusinowa Polana, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Morskie Oko, and then take in the awesome beauty at Gubalowka. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Orla Perc Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Valley of Five Lakes.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zakopane trip planner.

You can drive from Krakow to Zakopane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Krakow in August since evenings lows in Zakopane dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Tatra National Park, Rusinowa Polana
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Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Rusinowa Polana ©
Rusinowa Polana

4
nights
Warsaw

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kids will enjoy Copernicus Science Centre and Dollhouse Museum. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science, get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Funpark Digiloo.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Warsaw travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Zakopane to Warsaw in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zakopane in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Warsaw, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Copernicus Science Centre ©
Copernicus Science Centre
Escape Room BANK ©
Escape Room BANK

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