Condition of roads
Mostly asphalt roads, flat or slightly down the hill. On higher elevations transfer by bus or funicular. We recommend to take your own helmet.

For this tour a good physical condition is required, as well as a good feeling of bike. The elevations can be easily done by bikes with 18-gears.

Day 1

Welcome to Krakow
bicycle free

Individual arrival to Krakow. Your guide will meet you at 3 p.m. in your hotel. Afterwards we tour the Old Town and enjoy its unique atmosphere. It has been on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1978. Landmarks include St. Mary’s Basilica, particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss, Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle. After the tour (ca. 3 hours) dinner in a restaurant in the Old Town is scheduled. Accommodation in a hotel in Krakow

 

Day 2

The Dulowska Forest – unspoiled nature near Krakow
ca. 30 km by bike (500 metres up the hill, the rest flat or down the hill), ca. 70 km by bus

In the morning we go by bus to Trzebinia and from there we cycle back to Krakow through the Dulowska Forest, the “green lung” of Krakow . On our way we will see the ruins of the castle in Tenczyn, built in the 14th century during the time of king Kazimierz the Great. The road to the castle goes 500 metres up the hill. After the picnic near the ruins of the castle we continue our trip back to Krakow. Accommodation as on day one

 

Day 3

Zakopane – herds of sheep in the Chocholowska Valley
ca. 15 km by bike (only down the hill), ca. 140 km by bus, ca. 3,5 hours on foot

Bus transfer into the High Tatra Mountains to the village of Zab, situated 1060 metres over the sea level (highest in Poland). We cycle on the Gubalowka Hill. There we can enjoy probably the most beautiful panorama of the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane. The tour goes down the hill to the Chocholowska Valley where we can see Gorale, the local mountain people, with their herds of sheep. The famous product of the region, a smoked sheep cheese, is called “Oscypek”. We continue our mountain tour on foot and enjoy our lunch in one of the inns (ca. 3,5 hours). Bus transfer to our hotel.
Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Zakopane

 

Day 4

The High Tatra Mountains and Zakopane from the Hill of Gubalowka
40 km by bike (250 metres up the hill, the rest flat or down the hill), ca. 25 km by bus

In the morning a walking tour through Zakopane (ca. 1 hour walk) is scheduled. We learn interesting facts about the unique way of constructing the wooden houses. By funicular we get to the Gubalowka station where our bikes are waiting for us. Through the village of Dzianisz we cycle down the hill (quite steep) to Chocholow, a picturesque place called “a living open-air museum”. There we have lunch (tasty local food). Then we pay a visit to a local sculptor and his interesting museum. Afterwards we continue cycling through some small villages to Nowy Targ.
Accommodation and dinner as on day three

 

Day 5

The High Tatra Mountains, Ruthenians and Gorale
ca. 40 km by bike (3 x up the hill: 200 m, 350 m and 2 km up the hill, the rest down the hill),
ca. 20 km by bus

After breakfast we go by bus up into the High Tatra Mountains, to the beautiful village of Bukowina Tatrzanska. From there we start our cycling tour through small, picturesque villages. This region is called Zips and its inhabitants who speak partly Polish, partly Slovakian are famous for their unique culture and vivid folklore. At the beautiful Bialka river we have our picnic. Along the Czorsztynskie reservoir we arrive late in the afternoon at Niedzica (2 km slightly up the hill).
Accommodation in a guest house in Niedzica

 

Day 6

the oldest church in Poland and the raft trip on the Dunajec river
ca. 38 km by bike (Once up the hill: 600 m, the rest down the hill), ca. 30 km by bus, ca. 2,5 hours raft trip

By bus we get to the Lapsze Wyzne Pass (867 m over the sea level, a beautiful panorama of the Tatra). From there we start our cycling tour, partly along the Czorsztynskie reservoir. In Debno we visit the oldest wooden church in Poland, originally decorated with paintings from the medieval times. In the afternoon we enjoy our raft trip adventure on the Dunajec river. For thousands of years the river has been trying to break through the high rocks. A scenic view at the huge, vertical, hundred meters high river banks above us.Accommodation in a hotel in Szczawnica

 

Day 7

Excursion to Slovakia
ca. 35 km by bike (once up the hill – in Slovakia ca. 2 km, the rest down the hill), ca. 30 km by bus

In the morning a short bus transfer in the direction of Czorsztyn. We cycle through Kacwin, a village in the Zips region. The architecture of this place is similar to the Hungarian villages. We pass the border to Slovakia and continue to the village of Vel`ka Frankowa. First, it goes slightly up the hill and then down the hill to the village of Cerveny Klastor (short visit). There, at the foot of the impressive massif „Trzy Korony”/Three Crowns, we take a short brake. Then we cycle on a narrow cycling path (carved in the rocks all the way through the breakthrough of the Dunajec river) back to Szczawnica in Poland. In the evening we enjoy a barbecue. Accommodation as on day six

 

Day 8

“Wieliczka” – salt mine
bicycle free, ca. 120 km by bus
In the morning we go by bus to Wieliczka where we tour an underground metropolis. It is a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. In the late afternoon time for your leisure. You may tour Krakow on your own. Because of its southern atmosphere the city is sometimes called „Florence of the North“. In a restaurant in the Old Town we have our farewell – dinner. Accommodation in a hotel in Krakow

 

Day 9

Farewell to Cracow

After breakfast we split with our guide. It is the end of the tour, individual departure. It is possible to extend your stay in Krakow .

SERVICES

- Accommodation in double or single rooms with bathroom and WC, in hotels/ guest houses
- Half board: breakfast and warm dinner. Vegetarian meals can be arranged upon earlier notice (please let us know if you eat fish)
- First meal upon the day of arrival: dinner
- Last meal upon the day of departure: breakfast
- Mineral water at your disposal during cycling sections
- All transfers listed in the programme
- Guided tour in Cracow, entry fees included
- Entry fees to the Chocholowska Valley
- Funicular to Gubalowka
- Visit to the sculptor
- Visit to the wooden church in Debno
- Raft trip on the Dunajec river
- Visit to the Cerveny Klastor in Slovakia
- Bonfire/barbecue
- Guided tour in Wieliczka – salt mine, entry fees included
- Luggage transport/service bus/repairs
- English speaking, qualified tour leader
- Map of the area

Minimum number of participants: 12 people

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