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Dunajec Gorge rafting

RAFTING THROUGH THE DUNAJEC GORGE

- this is a full day trip to the Pieniny Mountains (50 km far from Zakopane) that visits some of the most popular attractions of the local area with relaxing rafting trip on the traditional, wooden rafts (or more excited pontoon rafting recommended for more active travellers) down the Dunajec river.
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DUNAJEC RIVER RAFTING on the traditional, wooden rafts

this is perfectly safe and leisure activity for everyone that takes place on traditional wooden rafts that have been in the operation in the area for centuries and were originally used for transportation of goods and people, these take 12 people at a time and there are always two boatmen travelling down the river with you.
BASIC ITINERARY: our minibus picks you up directly from your hotel. On the way to Pieniny National Park you will have a chance to see the Niedzica Castle and modern dam on Dunajec River. After we get to the rafting station your guide buys the tickets so you don't have to queue to the cash office. The rafting from Sromowce Katy to Szczawnica takes aprox. 2,5 hours. Guide meets you in the final station and takes for a short walk and lunch in SPA town Szczawnica. On the way back we plan a in the famous Chapel in Debno Podhalanskie - XV century church, the only monument in our region which is on the UNESCO list.
Below are a few options for the rafting through the famous Dunajec Gorge:

PRIVATE TOUR GUIDED IN ENGLISH (pick up from the hotel):

Our minivan (8 seats Volksvagen Caravelle) picks you up directly from your hotel. Professional, English speaking guide will take care of you during the whole trip and will provide lots of interesting information and stories. On the way to Pieniny National Park we stop for about half an hour (or longer, according your wish) at the foot of the Niedzica Castle and modern dam on Dunajec River.
After we get to the rafting station you will have a short break (coffee, wc), while the guide goes to buy tickets so you don't have to queue to the cash office. The rafting from Sromowce Katy to Szczawnica takes aprox. 2,5 hours. The raft takes 12 people. A raft can be hired for exclusive use. Your guide will go with you and translate all the will translate all the stories told by the raftmen. Driver meets you in the final station. Before going back to Zakopane you'll have an hour of free time in Szczawnica Spa Town where you can have a luch or just walk through this lovely, little town.
On the way back you will have a chance to visit famous Chapel in Debno Podhalanskie - XV century church, the only monument in our region which is on the UNESCO list.

PRIVATE TOUR WITHOUT THE GUIDE (pick up from hotel) :

The same program, minivan ordered only for you, but you are not accompanied by guide.

GROUP TOUR WITHOUT THE GUIDE (pick up from the hotel) :

The same program, transfer by bus or minibus (18-20 seats) along with the other participants of the tour (mostly Poles). Note please that this trip is available only during the high season - from the end of June till the first days of September Tour can be cancelled if the minimum number of participants (6 persons) is not reached.

DUNAJEC RIVER RAFTING on the pontoons - for groups over 10!

for groups over 10 we organize also PONTOON RAFTING through the Dunajec Gorge. This is not a typical White Water rafting for the river is very calm and in some parts there is more paddling than rafting but the scenery is beautiful and everyone will have a fun. This trip is also available for the families with kids over 6 years old.
BASIC ITINERARY: pick up from the hotel in Zakopane or Kościelisko, approximately one hour driving to the Pieniny National Park (50km), meeting the instructors, basic training, paddles and life jackets adjustment, about 1,5 hour of rafting through the spectacular Dunajec Gorge, time for changing wet clothes (in the special tents), meeting the driver and transfer back to Zakopane.
TOUR PRICE (including pontoon rafting and the transfer Zakopane - Dunajec - Zakopane): 130 - 150 PLN pp depends on the number of the participants.
BOOKING: to book PONTOON RAFTING for groups over 10 send us an e-mail with the chosen date, number of participants, your address in Zakopane and a mobile number.

A current view from the webcamera in the rafting station in Sromowce:

Dunajes river rafting station in Pieniny Mountains

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


What should we take with us on the raft?

We suggest to take a bottle of water, a snack, protection from the sun and rain, a hat and...something comfortable to sit on (a jacket or sweater).


Do raftsmen speak English?

Some of them speak English but most of them don't.


When should I book?

If you are going to book a guided trip we suggest to let us know well in advance (it is not so easy to find available English speaking guide). For the other trips booking a day or two before should be enough.


Is Dunajec river rafting dangerous?

No, it definitely isn't


Is the Dunajec river raft trip recommended for kids?

We believe that children over 5, 6 years enjoy the trip but for younger it can be hard to seat on one place for 2,5 hours.


When is the best time of year to go rafting?

Rafting season runs from 1 April to 31 October. In our opinion the best time for Dunajec river rafting is between beginning of June and a half of September.


How long is the trip?

Traditional rafting takes approximately 2,5 hours (18 km), while pontoon rafting takes 1,5 - 2 hrs (13 km)


What sort of clothes are recommended for the pontoon rafting?

In warm days t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and an old pair of sneakers are sufficient. Don't forget dry clothes to change after rafting.


Do pontoon rafting instructors speak English?

Yes, they do.


What is the minimum age for the pontoon rafting?

Kids over 7 years can join the pontoon rafting if they are accompanied by at least four adults (or two adults and two teenagers over 150 cm of height).