Excellent tour all round. We were picked up in a coach and transported for 5 minutes to a more central meeting point, where we got on the mini bus for the tour Jacek Our guide was enthusiastic, engaging and full of life. I am guessing he has lead this tour many, many times before and yet he approached it as if it was all fresh information he was imparting for the 1st time, with his passion for the Polish dancers and their way of life really shining through. Zakopane is lovely, and the trip up the mountain to gaze upon the Tatra mountains was wonderful. There was snow on the rooftops and plenty of places to eat both at the top of the mountain and in Zakopane itself. Once you are up the mountains you are given free time to either stay up there, or descend and explore Zakopane. There is even a free Museum visit thrown in for those who fancy it.
I loved visiting Zakopane! I’m glad we chose to do this tour, I even got to ride a horse and hold a baby lamb!! We did not get to see the mountains though as it was too cloudy. This tour only runs on Wed and Sat so be aware of that when making plans. Also note that the tour guide will take you up the mountain and immediately bring you back down. DO NOT FOLLOW HIM DOWN. There is much more to do up above than there is down below!! S/he won’t let you see all the different booths and shops on the top. We read other reviews and were prepared ahead of time to say no to going back down. We only went back close to the end when it was time for the tour to be over and that was plenty of time to see what was at the bottom.
Had a good day considering the weather was not too good, rained quite heavily some of the day, View of mountains was not too good because of the weather. I did clear up for a while when we were in zakopane we sat outside and had lunch which was really nice Best crumble ever with cream. Small pretty place. I am sure it wouldve been better had the weather been good. There was only 3 of us travelling on trip so were in a car. The driver was good he did take us around and was very helpful. As always it was well organised by Viator
Andre, our guide, was lovely and very knowledgeable. The weather was glorious, so the views at the top of the funicular were breathtaking. I wish I had done what others in the group did, and stayed up there rather than following 'the tour' and going back down. Although then I wouldn't have seen the graveyard, which was very interesting. Zakopane itself is very pretty, but the crowds were horrendous, and completey ruined it for me. We were left to our own devices for about 3 hours, but there wasn't really that much to do other than wander up and down the main street with everyone else. I would much rather have either stayed at the top for longer although it was crowded there too, and spent less time in the town. Having said all that, its definitely worth going, just for the views.
Would highly recommend this tour. We had an brilliant day. The views from the top are stunning. It had recently snowed and was very cold but we were well wrapped up. There are lots of market stalls at the top and bottom of the mountain and many places to have some food or drink. We ate in Tunel pizza restaurant which was very good and reasonably priced. As we were there at the end of December it was very busy as there are many tourists visiting for skiing holidays. The traffic is very busy into Zakopane so my only wish would be that the tour left the hotels an hour earlier to allow more time for the visit. It was amazing!