Poland's most popular cycle track as a guided group tour. The adventure along the Dunjec at the foot of the upper Tatra through the Beskid Zywiecki is still an absolute insider’s tip. With this journey, we offer you the possibility to discover the historical and cultural treasures of Krakow and the ethnic landscape of South Poland. The route runs on unexited, fixed roads and paths without difficult ascents. A tour guide who is familiar with the place, culture, history and nature will accompany you.
Day 1: Arrival in Krakow
Discover the nice old town of Krakow.
Day 2: Krakow - Zakopane, ~24 km/15 miles
The day starts with a visit to Krakow by bike. You discover the brilliance of Krakows old town, whose historical buildings are a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon you get by bus to Zab (takes 2 and a half hour), the highest situated village of Poland. You will be impressed by the panorama of the Upper Tatra, before you roll downwards accompanied by horse and cart. Discover the specific wooden architecture of Zakopane which is unique in Europe. Do not forget to taste the famous "Oscypek", which is a kind of feta cheese.
Day 3: Zakopane - Bratislava - Nowy Targ, ~46 km/29 miles
A mountain railway takes you up to the top of the Gubalowka Mountain. Then you cycle downhill through lush meadows to the village Dzianisz and the famous open-air-museum of Chocholow. Through the valley of Cichy Potok you get to the village of Ludzmierz and to Nowy Targ which is the central town of the Gorals.
Day 4: Nowy Targ - Niedzica, ~44 km/27 miles
After visiting the old country estate Lopuszna you get on your bikes again and follow the wild river Bialka to its estuary into the Dunajec. You will be impressed by the spectacular gorge close to Nowa Biala and enjoy your route through this historic region. You follow the edge of the storage lake to Niedzica and you’ll be favorably impressed by the number of castles of the Hungarian aristocracy.
Day 5: Niedzica - Szczawnica, ~28 km/17 miles
Today’s ride is a highlight of our trip! You follow the Dunajec River to Sromowce, where you arrive at the newly constructed bridge to the Slovak city Cerveny Klastor. Carthusian monks used to live in the 'Red Monastery' which is built below the massif "Three Crowns". Then you continue on the cycle track to the Dunajec spring. Enjoy the stunning limestone cliffs that rise up to 300 m above the river and the lush vegetation along the way.
Day 6: Szczawnica - Rytro, ~50-55 km/31-34 miles
You cycle through the Dunajec Gorge like through a green tunnel. Surrounded by wide fruit gardens you roll to Golkowice and on the road you catch a glimpse of old cottages, barns, sheds and chicken houses. You ride along Lacko where the famous Slivovitz is made and along the Poprad River you get to Rytro, an old village at the foot of a castle ruin. A campfire and fresh trout will be a wonderful end to an eventful day.
Day 7: Rytro - Krakow, ~15-25 km/9-16 miles
After breakfast you take a ride through the Poprad Valley to the spa town of Piwniczna. From here you ride on to Stary Sacz. Look forward to one of the most beautiful towns of South Poland. Discover the tangle of narrow alleys and breathe the atmosphere of former times. After your lunch break you’ll go back from here to Krakow by bus. During a dinner with Klezmer music in the former Jewish Kazimierz district the tour is finalized.
Day 8: Individual departure from Krakow
If you wish so, you can lengthen your stay.
7 nights in 3*** or 4**** hotels (cat. A)
7 nights in 2** or 3*** hotels (cat. B)
mountain railway from Zakopane to Gubalowka
transport Krakow-Zab (day 2) and Altsandez-Krakow (day 7)
English speaking tour guide
Klezmer concert on your last evening
guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday
route (1)-(2): ~207-222 km/129-139 miles
mainly on flat roads or downhill along the river, 5 small ascents ranging from 50-140 m height difference
how to get there
by car: motorway to Krakow
by train: station Krakow
by plane: airport Krakow
If the minimum number of participants is not achieved, France-Bike will inform you at least 28 days before the tour start.
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