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Adventures in Zakopane and Dublin

Renee VanderMeer

Renee VanderMeer

10 Mar 2024

Embark on a thrilling 20-day journey through the picturesque landscapes of Zakopane and the vibrant streets of Dublin. Discover stunning waterfalls, explore enchanting gardens, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of these two captivating destinations. Join us on this unforgettable adventure!

Day 1Majestic Waterfalls and Scenic Valleys
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$70

Siklawica Waterfall
A forest trail leads to this towering waterfall, which plunges down a steep cliff into a rocky pool.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Free
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Dolina Strążyska
Mountain valley with a short hiking path through beech forest & along a rock-studded stream.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Free
10 - 12 min

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Polana Szymoszkowa
Large, rustic ski resort with hot springs, lodging, eateries, lessons & a cable car.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$70
Day 2Alpine Wonders and Breathtaking Views
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$44

Polana Strążyska
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Free
18 - 22 min

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Dolina Białego
Forested valley with mellow hiking trails among waterfalls & streams, plus views of Zakopane.
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
19 - 28 min

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The Great Krokiew
Ski-jumping stadium within a sheltered forest setting, with a capacity of 40,000 spectators.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$44
Day 3Snowy Mazes and Whimsical Museums
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$175

Snowlandia Śnieżny Labirynt
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$88
6 - 8 min

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MYSZOGRÓD ZAKOPANE
Quirky attraction with miniature houses, villages, a railway & a ski resort populated by live mice.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$44
4 - 6 min

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Be Happy Museum Zakopane
Kid-friendly museum with quirky, candy-colored exhibits like unicorns for taking selfies with.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
$44
Day 4Exotic Birds and Mountain Cable Rides
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$132

Największa Papugarnia Egzotyczne Zakopane
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
$44
8 - 10 min

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Kasprowy Wierch Cable Railway - Ground Station
Cable car from Kuźnice to the top of Kasprowy Wierch in the Tatra Mountains.
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$88
Wielka Siklawa
This 65-m. waterfall in the High Tatras mountains is the largest in the country.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Free
Day 5Trekking through Tatra National Park
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$0

Tatra National Park, Poland
Expansive, mountainous national park with lakes, caves, wildlife & miles of scenic hiking trails.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free
Day 6Serenity at Morskie Oko
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$27

Morskie Oko
Scenic views feature at this tree-ringed lake, the largest & fourth-deepest in the Tatra mountains.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$26
Day 7Conquer the Summit of Kasprowy Wierch
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$175

Kasprowy Wierch
1,987-m. mountain, accessed by cablecar & a popular destination for skiing & hiking.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$175
Day 8Alpine Valleys and Panoramic Views
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$44

Dolina Gąsienicowa
Picturesque valley for hiking amid pine trees, meadowland & a dramatic mountain backdrop.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
90 - 108 min

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Gubałówka
Majestic mountain offering hiking trails & a cablecar to the top, with panoramic views of the area.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$44
Day 9Skiing Thrills at Nosal Ski Center
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$132

Nosal Ski Center
A variety of beginner-friendly slopes & group instruction are the draw at this local ski center.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$131
Day 10Aquatic Adventures and Skiing Fun
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$263

Aqua Park Zakopane
Modern & spacious all-weather waterpark with adventure tubes, a wild-river ride & waterfalls.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$131
16 - 20 min

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Ski Station SUCHE
Family-friendly ski resort at the base of the Tatra Mountains with a ski school & slope for kids.
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$131

Budget breakdown: $2629 In total

Activities & Food:$2459
Transport:$170
Day 1Majestic Waterfalls and Scenic Valleys
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$263

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$ 31

SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium
Family-friendly exhibits with a variety of sea creatures (most offer play areas & group packages).
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$131
24 - 29 min

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Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Picturesque old harbour offering pier walks, cruises & a lively strip of restaurants & pubs.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
21 - 26 min

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Imaginosity
Under 9s learn as they play explore the different areas that are set up to encourage discovery.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$131
Day 2Alpine Wonders and Breathtaking Views
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$88

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$ 31

Powerscourt Waterfall
398-ft. waterfall in mountain foothill area with ancient trees, sika deer & rich birdlife.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$88
48 - 58 min

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Forty Foot
Famed promontory along Dublin Bay featuring year-round swimming in the Irish Sea.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free
36 - 44 min

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Iveagh Gardens
Unique collection of garden landscapes designed in 1865 and mostly restored since 1995.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Free
Day 3Snowy Mazes and Whimsical Museums
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$219

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$ 16

Powerscourt House & Gardens
Stately 18th-century home & famous landscaped grounds, with themed gardens & a waterfall.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$131
24 - 29 min

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Airfield Estate
Family-orientated events on the Overend family's working farm, plus vintage cars, gardens & a cafe.
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$88
Day 4Exotic Birds and Mountain Cable Rides
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$175

Garden of Remembrance
Formal garden remembering all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Free
11 - 16 min

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National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland
Family-friendly museum with interactive exhibits telling stories about Ireland's mythical creatures.
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
$88
9 - 14 min

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Dublinia
Sights and smells bring hundreds of years' worth of history to life at this child-friendly museum.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$88
Day 5Trekking through Tatra National Park
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$350

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$ 16

Viking Splash Tours
Tour operator for rides through Dublin in amphibious buses that float along the Grand Canal Basin.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$219
12 - 17 min

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The National Wax Museum Plus
Family museum containing hundreds of wax versions of famous Irish and international personalities.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$131
31 - 38 min

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Sport Ireland: National Aquatic Centre
Indoor water park with an Olympic-size swimming pool, slides/rides & a gym hosting classes & events.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Free
Day 6Serenity at Morskie Oko
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$0

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$ 31

Farmleigh House & Estate
Restored, 18th-century state guest house on 78 acres, with gardens, guided tours & a boathouse cafe.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
16 - 20 min

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Irish National War Memorial Gardens
Elegant, Lutyens-designed gardens dedicated to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died during WWI.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Free
5 - 6 min

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Wellington Monument
Imposing 62m obelisk built to commemorate victories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Free
Day 7Conquer the Summit of Kasprowy Wierch
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$0

Phoenix Park
Wild deer, a zoo & a fort feature in this 708-hectare park known as 'Dublin's playground'.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free
Day 8Alpine Valleys and Panoramic Views
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$0

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$ 16

Glasnevin Cemetery
Victorian burial grounds & museum with guided tours, interactive exhibits, a gift shop & cafe.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Free
8 - 11 min

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National Botanic Gardens
Large area with naturalistic sections, formal gardens, an arboretum and a Victorian palm house.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free
29 - 35 min

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St Anne's Park
Sprawling green space with tennis courts, gardens & follies like the Clocktower & Fairy Door Tree.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Free
Day 9Skiing Thrills at Nosal Ski Center
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$175

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$ 16

Dublin Zoo
The largest zoo in Ireland has African Plain, Fringes of the Arctic and Asian Forests exhibits.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$175
46 - 56 min

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Poolbeg Lighthouse
Iconic red lighthouse reachable by a lengthy seawall that attracts sightseers, anglers & cyclists.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Free
Day 10Aquatic Adventures and Skiing Fun
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$132

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$ 16

Marlay Park
Park hosting large scale concerts and farmer's market with sports facilities and woodland walks.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
36 - 44 min

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Malahide Castle & Gardens
Medieval fortress set in 260 acres of parkland features antiques, paintings & a fairy trail.
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$131

Budget breakdown: $2629 In total

Activities & Food:$2459
Transport:$170