Overview for Cycling the Polish Tatras and Krakow
This self guided cycling tour will take you through the cosy villages and towns located in picturesque valleys and dales of the Tatra and Pieniny mountains. During most of the trip you will be cycling along the Dunajec River and visit two National Parks and three UNESCO-listed sites, including the magnificent Krakow, as well as many other places off the standard beaten tourist track. The cycling goes through quiet roads with wonderful views over the surrounding mountains.
- Tatra mountains
- Dunajec Gorge
- Local Highlander culture and wooden architecture
- City of Krakow
Day 1: Arrival to Krakow
Arrival at your hotel in Krakow on your own. Depending on the timing of your flight you will have the rest of the day to explore the cultural riches of the old Polish capital.
Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz
Day 2: Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
A morning car transfer takes you to Zab, the country’s highest village, from where you cycle downhill to Zakopane, passing beneath through the foothills of the High Tatras.
Cycling distance: 45 km, ↑377m ↓513m
Accommodation: Czarny Potok
Day 3: Zakopane – Nowy Targ
Today’s destination is Nowy Targ, capital of the Gorals, the Polish Highlanders.The route passes through the villages of Dzianisz and Chocholow, famous for their authentic wooden houses.
Cycling for the day: aprox 55 km, ↑405m ↓680m
Accommodation: Hotel Casa
Day 4: Niedzica Castle
After breakfast you head to the town of Niedzica, exploring the sites on the way such as the 15th century wooden church in Debno as well as the impressive local Hungarian castle.
Cycling for the day: 61 km, ↑405m ↓550m
Accommodation: Hotel Nad Przełomem
Day 5: Loop to Slovakian Stara Lubovna Castle
You can spend the day relaxing at the hotel next to the Dunajec canyon or cycle to the ancient castle in Stara Lobovna on the Slovakian side of the border.
Cycling: 45km, ↑680m ↓680m
Accommodation: Hotel Nad Przełomeml
Day 6: Dunajec Gorge
Today you will explore one of the highlights of the tour – the canyon of Dunajec with its limestone cliffs rising 200 metres above the river. You will then cross the border with Slovakia on a bridge passing by the Red Monastery.
Cycling for the day: 65 km, ↑990m ↓1020m
Accommodation: Hotel Budowlani
Day 7: Return car transfer trip to Krakow
A transfer takes you back to Krakow.
Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz
Day 8: Departure
Departure on you own or extension upon request.
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3-starotels, all with en-suite facilities and included breakfast. We have chosen accommodations which are close to the national parks and cycle paths. We avoid big chain hotels and prefer family run businesses.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is always included. Meals are available at the hotels or towns. Most restaurants offer local specialities as well as international cuisine.
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Arrival and departure airport – Kraków www.krakowairport.pl
Kraków Airport is the largest regional airport in Poland. The airport is 11 km west of Kraków.
Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
Travelling by train is the fastest way to get to/from the airport to the city centre where the first and last day hotel is located (the journey to the city centre takes about 17 minutes). The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. Trains run 7 days a week.
Tickets and Fares
- Krakow Airport – Krakow Main Train Station: PLN 8,00 – 2 EUR
- Cost of taxi from/to airport to city centre is 70 PLN (17 EUR)
Baggage transfer is included on all cycling days and the driver will transfer your bags to your next hotel. No luggage weight limit.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
The average daily cycling distance is 50 km, and all the routes go on quiet local roads. The roads are mostly undulating and a good level of fitness is required for enjoying the cycling paths to the maximum.
The routes are described in detail in the information pack that you are going to receive and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.
When to Go
This trip as available from the start of May until the end of September.
The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.
The Polish Carpathian mountains lie in the temperate zone of Central Europe. They are an important barrier to the movements of air masses. The average temperatures vary from 14 degrees in May to 20 in August. Highest precipitation occurs in June. On average rainfall occurs on 180 days a year.
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- Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road note; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
- Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights
- GPS tracks
- All luggage transportation between the hotels
- Introductory meeting with a company representative at the beginning of the trip
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office in Krakow
Options and Extras
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
- This holiday is available for solo travellers
- Half-board option instead of standard B&B accommodation
- Bike rental
- Airport transfer from/to Krakow airport
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Flights and connecting land transfers
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
- One extra night in Krakow before or after the holiday
- Guided tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow with return transport
- Guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum near Krakow with return transport