Itinerary

This spectacular journey through Slovakia takes us from the National Park of High Tatras, the tallest European high mountains situated north of the Alps, to lowlands in Slovakia Hungary border, a region steeped in tradition, history and fine wines. Crossing the Carpathians you enjoy exhilarating and gentle cycling along the scenic Hornad Valley, leaving cliff-top castles, rural villages and historic towns in our wake, and the Hungarian steppes in the famous wineyard of the Tokaj-Hegyalja region.

We will cycle through dense pine forests and alpine meadows en route to the historic towns of Kezmarok and Levoca. We will visit the imposing ruins of Spis Castle a UNESCO site. We will cross the quiet country lanes that follow the Hornad River, we then head through the Carpathians, the scenery becoming more tranquil and rolling as we head into the warmer climes around Kosice town, Slovakia's second largest town. Continuing south from here we join the course of the Bodrog River as it meanders through a terrain of vineyards and villages towards the Hungarian border.

Last stop on the bike is Tokaj region, occupying the northern uplands close to the Zemplen Hills and Hungary's most northern town. We find ourselves in the famous wine producing landscapes of the Tokaj-Hegyalja region, en route to the picturesque town of Tokaj.

The end of our journey is in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.

The tour can start in Krakow, Bratislava or Vienna.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Poprad, Slovakia. Transfer to Tatranska Lomnica village.

    - arrival in Slovakia; Poprad town
    - car transfer to Tatranska Lomnica village
    - accommodation, informal reception

    Overnight in Tatranska Lomnica

  2. Day 2 Route: Tatranska Lomnica - Kezmarok.

    After breakfast we begin cycling, enjoying an exhilarating downhill ride to the historic town of Kezmarok, once one of the most important settlements on medieval Slovakia's eastern boundaries.

    The buildings in the historic centre are the parts of the Town Monument Reserve.

    The pride of Kezmarok is the Protestant wooden articled church. This Protestant church was built in 1717 next to an older sacral stone building from 1593, which today is a sacristy. This unique wooden building made of yew and red spruce wood was built without using a single metal component. The Baroque interior of the church is also made of wood. Of immense artistic value is also the church organ with wooden pipes.

    Overnight in Kezmarok

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  3. Day 3 Route: Kezmarok - Levoca.

    This day we will bike to Levoca town, a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns as it possesses a great number of architectural monuments linked with the glorious past of the town. The dominant part of the old Levoca is the large rectangular square, with the Roman-Catholic St. James church from the 14th century, which is one of the most important sacral buildings in Slovakia. The Late Gothic wooden main altar of St. James with the height of 18.6 m is the highest of its kind in the world. It was made of lime wood in 1507-1517 in the workshop of Maestro Pavol of Levoca.

    Overnight in Levoca

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  4. Day 4 Route: Levoca - Krompachy.

    On the route from Levoca to Krompachy we will visit the Spis castle, one of the largest castle compounds in Central Europe.

    Construction of the medieval castle on a travertine hill dates back to the beginning of the 12th century. The oldest written reference to the castle is from 1120. At present there are the collections of the Spisske museum placed in the castle documenting its history, along with medieval arms and feudal jurisdiction. From the top of the Gothic Tower there is a spectacular all round view of the surrounding landscape. From here we cycle downhill to the village of Zehra, to view its 12th century church, before continuing to the old mining town of Krompachy in the Hornad River Valley.

    Overnight in Krompachy

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  5. Day 5 Route: Krompachy - Kosice.

    Today we will bike along the Hornad River Valley, following a network of cycle paths and minor roads, traversing a landscape that takes us through the Carpathians to the town of Kosice, the second biggest town of Slovakia. The most valuable monuments are situated in its centre. The dominant of the square and the town is the monumental Gothic Cathedral of St. Elisabeth. This building, rather isolated from the rest of the square, is the largest church of Slovakia and the easternmost situated Gothic cathedral of western type in Europe.

    Overnight in Kosice

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  6. Day 6 Route: Kosice - Satoraljaujhely, Hungary.

    This day we cross the Hungarian border in the northern uplands close to the Zemplen Hills.

    Satoraljaujhely is town located on the trading routes to Russia, Poland and Transylvania, the town thrived during the Middle Ages, being granted town privileges in 1261 by King Stephen V. The most northern town in Hungary, nestling amongst a landscape of forests and vineyards.

    Overnight in Satoraljaujhely

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  7. Day 7 Route: Satoraljaujhely - Tokaj.

    Cycling along the Bodrog and Tisa Valleys today we follow an abandoned railway line that takes us via the historically important town of Sarospatak. We take time to visit the riverside castle of Rakoczi. After our visit we continue south, following the flow of the Bodrog River towards the town of Tokaj, lying to the west of the confluence of the Bodrog and the Tisza. This is one of the most celebrated wine producing areas in the country and Tokaj makes up part of the expansive Tokaj-Hegyalja region that runs through the southern and eastern fringes of the Zemplen Hills.

    Overnight in Tokaj

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  8. Day 8 Transfer to Budapest. Farewell.

    - car transfer to Budapest
    - Farewell

Basic information

from €1113/€497 per person

Duration: 8 days

Type/style: Guided/self-guided cycling tour

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

The Articled  Protestant Church of Holy Trinity in Kezmarok UNESCO heritage Tatra National Park Levoca medieval royal town St James church in Levoca Spisky Castle Zehra church UNESCO World Heritahe Kosice Tokaj wine region

Included

- accommodation in stylish pensions/hotels for 7 nights
- 7 x half board (breakfast, dinner)
- services of professional guide throughout the tour
- admissions proposed sites
- all taxes and fees
- information materials and maps
- car transfer on first and last day

Extra charges:
- Luggage transport: 240,-EUR
- Bike rental: 12,-EUR/bike/day

Excluded

transport from airport to starting point of the trip and back