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Dunajec Gorge rafting

RAFTING THROUGH THE DUNAJEC GORGE

Polana Rusinowa

Day trip from Zakopane to the Pieniny National Park

Rafting on the traditional wooden rafts, pontoons or kayaks through the one of the most beautiful gorge in Europe:

must do 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 down the Dunajec river. Those who prefer more exciting activities can choose the rafting on the pontoons or kayaks.

Day Trip from Zakopane (and the area) to the DUNAJEC RIVER RAFTING on the traditional, wooden rafts - BASIC ITINERARY:

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. The tour includes - an hour's drive in the Podhale and Spisz regions to the village of Niedzica, situated on the former Polish Hungarian border, where we offer an hour break at the foot of the 14th century Hungarian castle, as well as the modern dam on the river, which is a nice view point. After this short break minibus / van goes to Sromowce village where the rafting trip itself starts. The raft takes 12 people at a time and there are always two boatmen travelling down the river with you. Rafting takes approximately 2 - 2.5 hours (depending on the water level) and covers the distance of 18 km along the Polish Slovakian border to finally arrive at the former spa of Szczawnica. On the way back to Zakopane we plan a short break in Debno Podhalanskie to see the XV century chapel - the only monument in our region which is on the UNESCO list. The whole trip takes about 7-8 hours.
Important! The order of attractions may change depending on the weather and the tourist traffic at the marina. On rainy days the Chapel in Debno Podhalanskie is closed for visitors.

DUNAJEC RIVER RAFTING on the traditional, wooden rafts - a few options you can choose from:

Dunajec Gorge rafting on traditional rafts Dunajec Gorge rafting on traditional raft Niedzica Castle river dam in Niedzica XV century church in Debno
option 1 standard - THE PRIVATE TOUR with pick up from the hotel:
recommended for groups of 4-6 people or more who prefer to not to share a van or minibus with other tourists. Our minivan (8 seater Volkswagen Caravelle) picks you up directly from your hotel. The tour goes on according to the above program with one small difference - before getting on the raft in Sromowce you should inform the driver if you like to have a break for the lunch (not included) after the rafting, in one of the small villages on the way to Zakopane or you rather prefer to go directly home. Price includes minivan or minibus with an experienced driver rented exclusively for your group. The raft tickets are extra paid but the driver will buy them for you so you don't need to queue to the cash desk.
option 1 quick - THE PRIVATE QUICK TOUR with pick up from the hotel:
recommended for those who already have other plans for the morning or afternoon. The Quick Tour lasts about 5 hours. Our minivan picks you up from the hotel at 8.00 am or 2.30 pm, takes you to the Rafting on the Dunajec River and then drives you back to the hotel. Quick Tour is available only as the private tour.
PRICE (Private Tour Standard or Quick): 450 PLN for 1 to 8 persons plus 55 PLN for adults and 35 PLN for kids under 10 years old for the raft ticket or 1.150 PLN for 1 to 8 persons with raft rented exclusively only for your group.
For groups of over 8 people price will be calculated separately.

BOOKING: to book Private Tour Standard or Quick just fill in the BOOKING FORM, please >>>

option 2: GROUP TOUR with pick up from the hotel:
The programme is nearly the same - you will have a break near the castle and a dam in Niedzica, as well as in Debno Podhalanskie, driver buys raft tickets for you so you don't need to queue to the cash desk but there is no lunch break planned in this trip. During the high season - July and August - most of our GROUP TOURS are organized with the 18- 20 seater minibuses. In May, June, September and October we often use our minivans (8 seater Volkswagen Caravelle).
PRICE: 110 PLN for adults and 90 PLN for kids under 10 years old. Price including transfer, tickets for the rafting and Pieniny National Park entrance fee.

BOOKING: to book tickets for the GROUP TOUR just fill in the BOOKING FORM, please >>>

option 3: PRIVATE TOUR GUIDED IN ENGLISH (pick up from the hotel):
the itinerary of this tour is exactly the same like the PRIVATE STANDARD TOUR but you will be accompanied by the English speaking, licensed guide.
PRICE: 850 PLN for 1 to 7 persons PLUS tickets for the rafting: 55 PLN for adults / 35 PLN for kids under 10 years old or 1.450 PLN for 1 to 7 persons with the raft rented exclusively only for your group.
For groups of over 8 people price will be calculated separately.

BOOKING: to book the PRIVATE TOUR GUIDED IN ENGLISH just fill in the BOOKING FORM, please >>>

option 4: PRIVATE TRANSFER ZAKOPANE - KRAKOW combined with DUNAJEC RIVER GORGE RAFTING:
this is an offer for those who want to make the most of their time spent in Zakopane. On the way from Zakopane to Krakow, or from Krakow (or Krakow airport) to Zakopane you can take part in the Dunajec River Gorge Rafting. The whole trip takes 180km instead of 100km. This offer is available only as a Private Tour.
PRICE: 800 PLN for 1 to 8 persons PLUS tickets for the rafting: 55 PLN for adults / 35 PLN for kids under 10 years old or 1.450 PLN for 1 to 8 persons with the raft rented exclusively only for your group.

BOOKING: to book Private Transfer Zakopane - Krakow (or Krakow - Zakopane) combined with Dunajec River Gorge Rafting send us an e-mail >>> with your name, mobile number, number of people, address in Krakow (or flight details) and address in Zakopane

DUNAJEC RIVER RAFTING on the PONTOONS or KAYAKS:

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Day trips from Zakopane to PONTOON (or KAYAK) RAFTING through the DUNAJEC RIVER GORGE are organized between 1st of May and 31st of October.
BASIC ITINERARY: picks up from the hotel, half-an-hour brake in the village of Niedzica for a short walk through the water dam or around the Niedzica Castle, rafting or kayaking from Sromowce Nizne to Szczawnica (1.5 - 2hrs), half-an-hour break in Szczawnica and a return to Zakopane.
Helmets, paddles, life jackets are provided. Neoprene suit can be rented for an additional fee of 20 PLN per person.
Important! A towel and the dry clothes for a change after pontoon / kayak rafting are recommended.
PRICE: 119 PLN per person.
Price including transfer, tickets for the rafting or kayaking and Pieniny National Park entrance fee.

BOOKING: to book the trip or to get more information get in touch with Fun-Time Company which organizes pontoon and kayaks rafting: mobile: +48 608 80 60 30 or e-mail: info@fun-time.pl

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).