Itinerary

Although Slovakia is a small country, it offers many valuable historical monuments included in the UNESCO list. This trip provides you the opportunity to see these beauties from the seat of your bike.
During the tour you will see unique UNESCO sites of Eastern and Central Slovakia.
Eastern Slovakia will enchant you with natural beauties, folk architecture, and well-preserved historical town centers with all the religious and secular monuments. And of course, the dominant of Eastern region - mighty Spis castle.
Central Slovakia also offers many natural attractions, historical villages and centers of former mining towns. These towns, surrounded by hills, have special atmosphere resulting from their mining history.

The tour is also available in reverse from Banska Stiavnica to Bardejov.
Extension or shortening of the tour is possible as well.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Krakow, Poland or Poprad, Slovakia. Transfer to Bardejov.

    - Arrival in Krakow airport or Poprad bus/railway station
    - Car transfer to Bardejov town
    - Accommodation
    - Short meeting with the guide (or representative for self-guided option)
    - Dinner

    Bardejov town, one of the oldest Slovak towns, rightly awarded the European award, gold medal of ICOMOS Foundation of UNESCO in 1986. The buildings in the historic centre are included in the Town Monument Reserve (UNESCO). Bardejov is known as the "most Gothic town in Slovakia". Its centre consists of a set of historical buildings arranged in the area limited by an almost continuous belt of town fortifications. The most significant monument of the square is the Roman-Catholic Basilica of St. Egidius from the 15th century that is located in its northern section.

  2. Day 2 Route: Bardejov - Stara Lubovna.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Bardejov - Stara Lubovna
    - Accommodation in Stara Lubovna
    - Dinner

    Stara Lubovna town is towered by the ruins of Lubovna Castle built in the 13th century, when Slovakia was part of the Hungarian Monarchy.The castle served as a watchtower and frontier castle. Another palace and a fortification were built as a late gothic annex to the castle in 14th - 15th century. Later, adjustments in renaissance style were made in the castle. Under the castle hill an open-air museum was created to present cultural values of ethnically mixed region.

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  3. Day 3 Route: Stara Lubovna - Zdiar.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Stara Lubovna - Zdiar
    - Accommodation in Zdiar
    - Dinner

    Zdiar is a typical Goral community formed by four most valuable groups of houses built in the old popular style containing structures built of wood with three rooms.
    Zdiar is famous for its folk arts and traditions. Until recently, the villagers used to put on their folk costumes on Sundays or feast days. Today they can be seen only at shows of the folk ensembles or along with other exhibits of folk art and trades in the exhibition of Zdiarska izba (Zdiar room).
    Some new buildings also stick to the architecture typical for the region.

    Shorter cycle route is available.

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  4. Day 4 Route: Zdiar - Levoca.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Zdiar - Levoca
    - Accommodation in Levoca
    - Dinner

    Historic town of Levoca, situated in the east of the Spis region, is a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns as it compounds a great number of architectural monuments linked with the glorious past of the town. The dominant part of Levoca is large rectangular square with the Roman-Catholic St James church from the 14th century, one of the most important sacral buildings in Slovakia. Late Gothic wooden main altar of St James with the height of 18.6 m is the tallest of its kind in the world. It was made of lime wood in 1507 - 1517 in the workshop of Master Paul of Levoca.

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  5. Day 5 Route: Levoca - Spis castle - Levoca.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Levoca - Spic castle - Spisska Kapitula
    - Return to Levoca
    - Dinner

    Spis Castle is the largest medieval castle in Central Europe located on a travertine rock hill. The castle hill was populated as early as 5th century BC; it is one the greatest archaeological and historical gems of Central Europe and is under UNESCO protection.

    Spisska Kapitula is sometimes also referred to as the "Slovak Vatican". Church life not only in Spisska Kapitula (Spis Chapter) was organised from here by the bishops, provosts, and canonists. The most important building of Spisska Kapitula is Late-Romanesque St Martin cathedral from the 13th century.

    Shorter cycle route is available.

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  6. Day 6 Route: Levoca - Dobsinska Ice Cave.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Levoca - Dobsinska Ice cave
    - Accommodation in Dobsina
    - Dinner

    Dobsinska Ice cave is one of the largest ice caves in Europe. Thanks to its significance and unique ornamentation, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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  7. Day 7 Route: Dobsinska Ice Cave - Rohozna.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Dobsina - Rohozna
    - Accommodation in Rohozna
    - Dinner

    This cycling route we evaluate as the most beautiful of this tour. During this day we will pass through 2 Slovak national parks, the Muranska Planina National park and the Low Tatra National park.

    Muranska Planina National Park
    This national park is a karst mountainous plateau located in the eastern part of Slovakia. In this area more than 150 caves (inaccessible to the public) have been discovered, more than 50 swallow holes and karst springs, as well as a number of karst phenomena. We will walk up to the remains of the Muran castle, which bear witness to the long history of the region.

    Low Tatra National park is situated in Central Slovakia. The park and its buffer zone cover the whole Low Tatras mountain range between the Vah River and the Hron River valleys. It offers excellent conditions for sport activities throughout the whole year.

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  8. Day 8 Route: Rohozna - Liptovsky Jan.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Rohozna - Liptovsky Jan
    - Accommodation in Liptovsky Jan
    - Dinner

    Liptovsky Jan is the entrance gate to Janska valley. Healing water from thermal springs are used in local spa. The water has healing attributes of rheumatic diseases, disorders of female organs, skin and locomotive organ diseases. In the area of the spa you will also find swimming pools, relaxational pools, pools for kids and a pool with a fountain.
    Janska valley is a great starting point for various trips, what will be surely appreciated by lovers of summer tourism.

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  9. Day 9 Route: Liptovsky Jan - Vlkolinec.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Liptovsky Jan - Vlkolinec
    - Acommodation in Ruzomberok
    - Dinner

    Vlkolinec village - Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture is the extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture and was included in UNESCO list in 1993. The community was first referred to in 1376. Its unique compound of original folk buildings remained untouched by modern construction. Based in comparative study of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Settlements it was classified as the best-reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Arch. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.

    Shorter cycle route is available.

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  10. Day 10 Route: Vlkolinec - Banska Bystrica.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycing route: Ruzomberok - Spania Dolina - Banska Bystrica
    - Accommodation in Banska Bystrica
    - Dinner

    The Monument Reserve of Popular Architecture in Spania Dolina consists of a unique set of miner houses built of wood and stones. The former mining village is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. Along with the walled structures once owned by the mining administration a substantial part of local architecture is formed by houses of miners mostly built of logs on stone foundations. The saddle roofs with gables were originally covered by shingles. The majority of preserved houses are from the 19th century.

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  11. Day 11 Route: Banska Bystrica - Banska Stiavnica.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Banska Bystrica - Hronsek - Banska Stiavnica
    - Accommodation in Banska Stiavnica
    - Dinner

    Wooden articled church in Hronsek along with seven other wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area was included in the UNESCO Word Heritage List in 2008. The wooden church and wooden belfry are from 1726. There are 1100 chairs and organ was fitted in 1764. Four bulky lime trees grow in its yard.

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  12. Day 12 Sightseeing in Banska Stiavnica (UNESCO) and cycling in its surroundings.

    - Breakfast
    - Banska Stiavnica sightseeing (UNESCO)
    - Cycling around the area
    - Return to Banska Stiavnica
    - Dinner

    Banska Stiavnica is former mining town and lies amid the forests of the Stiavnicke mountains. Banska Stiavnica is one of the most beautiful anf historically one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia. The town is inscribed on the List of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
    Banska Stavnica progressively became the biggest mining centre in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th century. In 1735, the oldest mining school in the Kingdom of Hungary was founded here, few years later it became the first university of its kind in the world. Banska Stiavnica monument town reserve comprises as many as 360 structures. Together they present a unique set of high cultural and historical value, which is set into the wonderful environment of the Stiavnicke mountains.

  13. Day 13 Transfer to Zvolen. Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - Car transfer to Zvolen bus/railway station
    - End of the tour

Basic information

from €1317/€605 per person

Duration: 13 days

Type/style: Guided/self-guided cycling tour

Level of difficulty: Moderate / challenging

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Bardejov medieval main square Lubovna Castle Zdiar St James church in Levoca Levoca medieval royal town Spiska kapitula medieval monastery Zehra church UNESCO World Heritahe Spisky Castle Dobsinska Ice Cave Demanovska Ice Cave Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture Spania Dolina Village The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage

Included

- Accommodation in hotels and guest houses for 12 nights:
- 1 night in Bardejov
- 1 night in Stara Lubovna
- 1 night in Zdiar
- 2 nights in Levoca
- 1 night in Dobsina
- 1 night in Rohozna
- 1 night in Liptovsky Jan
- 1 night in Ruzomberok
- 1 night in Banska Bystrica
- 2 nights in Banska Stiavnica
- Half board (breakfast and dinner)
- Services of a private guide for 11 days (for guided option only)
- Information materials and maps

Excluded

- Lunch
- Luggage transport: 250,-EUR/ max. 2 persons
- Bike rental: 12,-EUR/bike/day
- Admission fees
- Airport transfer on arrival/departure day (can be arranged for an extra charge)